Knit and crochet OCD


I might not post a lot but I keep my hands very busy, sometimes I just can’t stop πŸ™‚ It’s text-book OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) when you’re obsessed about something and you are not able to stop doing that thing even if it hurts :)))

Now, let me show you what I’ve been up to lately:

My first Raglan style dress (sorry about the pictures, not so fancy :D)

Raglan style black dress1 Raglan style black dress2

Piece of cake after I figured out how to do the Raglan increases πŸ˜‰ I’ve made crochet borders from joined motifs (at the base of the neck and bottom of the dress) I picked up stitches and knit to the end. I’ve made alterations for a better fit (increase/decrease evenly in the round), I added 2×2 Rib knitted borders at the sleeves.

Next project done was a purse that I made for someone, I did it before but I thought you might like to see how it turned out πŸ™‚ You can find the pattern here

Circle based granny square purse1 Circle based granny square purse2

Then, my inspiration came from a cute pattern that you can find here. It’s shrug but I modified it and made it longer with long sleeves. I made one for my mom, too πŸ™‚

Hat and top1 Treble crochet top

And of course, to go with it I stitched up a hat after I saw a picture on Google and tried to do something similar, not so slouchy though.

Treble crochet hat

Next was this cute top, a crochet knit combo with foundation Hdc and Hdc worked in every stitch through the back loops only, picked up stitches (120sts) and worked a cable pattern 6CB 6CF with a purl stitch on each side (P16CB 6CFP1), knit the rest of the stitches. So, for the cable pattern you need 14 stitches and the rest it up to you how many you need to cast on to fit your size. The crochet part is worked flat and the knitted part in the round.

Cable top1 Cable top2

The last finished item was a V-stitch cardigan with reverse single crochet borders:

Cardigan and top1 Cardigan and top2 V-stitch cardi1

Right now I’m working on two projects so I’ll keep you posted πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoyed my manic knitting (crocheting) phase. LOL

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Spider stitch shrugs with a touch of knit


It’s been a while since my last post but only because I’ve been so busy working on this cute projects. I found myself starting nowhere and ending doing two projects at once, actually 3 but that’s another story πŸ™‚ They are really easy and fun to crochet (and knit) and pretty quick also.

The pattern for the spider stitch it’s written bellow:

(multiple of 19+3)

Ch 21, go into the fourth chain from hook and work two rows of double crochet; at the end of each row Ch2 (or Ch3 as you please, counts as Dc) and turn. Next row: 4Dc (a total of 5 Dc), Ch4, skip 1 stitch, 1 TrCr (Treble Crochet), skip 1 stitch, 1TrCr, skip 1 st, 1TrCr, skip 1st, 1TrCr, skip 1 st (you will have 4 TrCr), Ch4, 5Dc at the end of the row, Ch2, turn.

Next 3 rows: 5dc (counting the turning chains), Ch4, Sc in top of each TrCr, Ch4, 5Dc, Ch2, Turn.
Next row: 5Dc, Ch1, TrCr in the first Sc (TrCr in each Sc with Ch1 in between), Ch1, 5Dc, Ch2, turn.

Next two rows: Dc (including the Ch1 spaces).

As an idea how to work these: I’ve used a 5mm hook and a 5 mm circular knitting needle, Ch78, 2 rows of Dc and followed the spider stitch pattern for a length of approx 67 cm and a width of 45 cm. You adjust the dimensions to your shoulder and back measurements. You’ll have a rectangular shaped piece. Next I folded the corners to form the armholes and joinΒ  them with a couple of stitches. Now it’s all up to your imagination and creativity: you can work a knitted ribbed border, or any border you like, you can lengthen the back in the same way I did, work long or short sleeves, the choice is yours. I wanted to use a knitted border because I’ve missed knitting so much I almost forgot how much since I started crocheting!

I hope it makes sense and this is how they look like πŸ™‚