310 posts tagged crochet
I’ve always wanted to try crocheting some sort of clothing piece that I could wear as I’ve previously made a lot of accessories such as cowls and hats. I dabbled in sweater-making with Myla’s “Arbor Baby Sweater" but up till now, I could not find a crocheted sweater pattern for adults that I absolutely loved. Furthermore, I didn’t feel confident enough to try making my own design since I had no previous experience working on an adult sweater.
Much to my delight, I saw a picture of a gorgeous sweater that draped beautifully on-line, and it turned out to be a free crochet pattern on the Lion Brand Yarns website called the “Simple Crochet Shrug" (see HERE). When I quickly read through the pattern, I was blown away by its simplicity as the construction was simply one massive rectangle folded in half and then seamed along the sides while leaving arm holes- no other attachments were necessary! It was a very popular pattern as over 600 people had made this project on Ravelry, and I couldn’t wait to give this sweater a try!
Picking out the colour and yarn I wanted for my sweater was tricky, but eventually we decided upon Bernat’s Softee Chunky in “Grey Ragg”. It is a very soft yarn that does not fuzz up too easily and I absolutely loved the light grey and white variegation that I knew would give my sweater a beautiful look. It’s a super bulky (level 6) yarn that has a net weight of 100 g/3.5 oz and approximately 99 m/108 yds. In total, I used five skeins of this yarn. Each skein regularly costs $4.99 (Canadian) and with the Michael’s 40% off coupon, each skein came out to $2.99, so the cost of materials for this sweater was very affordable. You can also find this yarn on Amazon HERE for only $2.74!
I read through almost all the Ravelry entries of this project to see how other people’s sweaters turned out depending on how many chains they started with, what yarn they used and any other modifications they made. It was a challenge determining the size as some people’s sweaters turned out too long or too short, and it was hard to judge how tall these people were in their photos. I wanted to make my sweater oversized and long enough to cover my rear, and I actually ended up making my sweater WAYY too big on the first try. Sweaters stretch a lot and I decided to frog my work and start over so that I could try and make it the perfect size on the second try!
I chained 76 using my 10 mm crochet hook. It is VERY important to note that this initial series of chain stitches will be the LENGTH of your sweater, so determining this initial length is key as you will not be able to change it later on (unless you add some edging at the end). The rows worked later on will be the width of your sweater. Do keep in mind that your sweater can stretch later on as you pull it downwards too. For reference, I am about 5’ 6” tall.
To achieve the beautiful ribbing of this sweater, you work single crochets in the back loops only. As a reminder, the back loops are the loops further away from you while the front loops are the ones closer to you when you’re crocheting.
You crochet row by row in the back loops only, turning your work as you go. How simple can this pattern be? It’s the perfect project to work on when you’re watching tv or having a conversation since you don’t need to keep the count and it works up so quickly since you’re using chunky yarn and such a large crochet hook. Doesn’t the ribbing give such beautiful texture?
You keep adding rows until you are happy with the width of your sweater. In the end, I ended up with 56 rows measuring 31”/79 cm across. Lengthwise, my rectangle was 38.5”/98 cm (remember that this is capable of stretching quite a bit too).
Next, you fold the rectangle in half. It is very important that you fold your rectangle in half so that the rows are running vertically! I noticed that quite a few people on Ravelry were folding their rectangles the wrong way as their rows were running horizontally. This meant that their resulting sweaters were very wide and short!
To create the arm holes, you seam up the sides.
I seamed up 11”/28 cm and left 8”/20 cm for the arm hole on each side.
This is how you wear the piece- now it’s looking more sweater-like :) You’ll notice that the the rows now run horizontally in the front but vertically in the back. When I was working on this piece and periodically measuring it to my body to check for size, it seemed as though it might end up being too short. However, we learned from our first experience, and we knew that it was capable of stretching a lot later on. Thus, don’t be too worried if you think your sweater seems it might be a tad short…
I wanted to add my own modification to this sweater pattern by adding a special ribbed collar. To do so, I located the midline of the sweater and attached a stitch marker (you can’t see it too well in the picture below, but there is a peach stitch marker where the midline arrow is pointing to). Next, I wore the sweater and determined where I wanted the collar to start. I placed a green stitch marker 12 rows below the arm seam on either side (this will vary depending on your height and where you want your own collar to start). In case you’re interested, I have been using my “Clover Lock Ring Markers" a lot for all my recent projects, and none of them have broken on me (buy them HERE)!
Starting from the green stitch marker on the left side (when you’re looking at the sweater) and crocheting upwards towards the peach marker, I worked some slip stitches, single crochets, half double crochets and then double crochets in Row 1. This helped to slowly build up the collar and make it taper towards the ends. I did the exact same pattern back downwards to the other green stitch marker once I reached the midline at the top to make it symmetrical. I used a smaller 8 mm crochet hook for this collar part to get tighter, smaller stitches compared to those of the body. I also tried to pick up stitches quite close together so that there were no gaps in the collar.
Row 1 is complete!
Next I alternated front post double crochets with back post double crochets in Row 2 to begin creating a ribbed effect.
I did the same thing for Rows 3 and 4 to really emphasize the ribbing.
The ribbed collar is complete!
You can fold the collar up…
And the ribbing is on the other side too :) I think this ribbed collar is a really nice addition, don’t you? I’m really happy with how it turned out!
Here is the pattern for the collar that I added in case you’re interested in crocheting one for your sweater too!
To access the free Lion Brand pattern for their “Simple Crochet Shrug”, click HERE. They have also written up patterns for the same shrug using different weights of yarn (e.g. worsted, bulky, super bulky), so see a list of them HERE towards the bottom under “Also available in other Lion Brand yarns" to get an idea of what numbers you should use for your particular yarn.
In summary for my own sweater, I chained 76 initially and did 56 rows of single crochets. I used a 10 mm crochet hook for the body of the sweater and 5 skeins of yarn. Keep in mind that these numbers will vary for yourself depending on how long and wide you want your sweater to be (and depending on your height), what hook size and yarn you use (worsted, bulky, super bulky) and how tightly you crochet (smaller, tighter stitches will result in your sweater stretching less while loose stitches will result in more stretching).
- Tag upper midline with stitch marker.
- Tag sides with stitch markers indicating where you want your collar to begin and end (12 rows below arm seam for mine).
Using 8 mm hook,
R1: Sl st 2, Sc 2, Hdc 2, Dc 57 (or however many it takes for you to reach stitch marker at upper midline- space your stitches close together so that there are no gaps). Dc at stitch marker. Repeat exact same pattern down the other way to your stitch marker: Dc 57, Hdc 2, Sc 2, Sl st 2. Slip stitch to next stitch, turn.
R2: Sl st 2, Sc 2, Hdc 2, alternate fpdc and bpdc around (i.e. start with fpdc, bpdc, fpdc, bpdc, etc) until 6 stitches left. Hdc 2, sc 2, sl st 2. Slip stitch to next stitch, turn.
R3: Same as R2 but alternate bpdc with fpdc (i.e. start with bpdc, fpdc, bpdc, fpdc, etc) to ensure that ribbing is building up.
R4: Same as R2.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
I was incredibly excited to try on my new sweater and we took advantage of the last days of summer weather to do a photoshoot before the snow comes! This sweater is so versatile as it looks cute over a dress, and I can see myself wearing this in the winter with leggings and tall boots too!
I’ll be able to wear this as my pregnant belly continues to grow as I enter my third trimester soon- oversized cardigans and sweaters are a must as winter and sweater weather rolls around! I practically lived in my nursing tank tops with blazers and cardigans over top when I was nursing Myla (see my Maternity Fashion HERE and my Nursing Fashion HERE), so I know I’ll be wearing this sweater a lot post partum, especially since we’re having a winter baby.
I’m really happy with how the sizing of the sweater turned out as the length is not too long or too short. The ginormous sweater I made on my first try (I chained 100 and did 68 rows) made me look like I was being engulfed in a blanket as it extended down towards my calves!
The vertical ribbing looks beautiful from behind. This sweater is so incredibly luxurious and romantic…
This sweater does tend to bunch around the bum area a bit due to its construction, but it’s not a big deal…
Popping up my ribbed collar! If you don’t want to add this special collar or you think it might be too difficult, you could always simply crochet more rows when working on your big rectangle to increase its width. The piece will naturally fold to give a collar if it’s wide enough.
You could also add some buttons to this sweater if you wanted some closure! I myself love how it hangs and drapes naturally when I wear it. Another modification you could try is adding sleeves by crocheting around the armholes too!
[Dress: Urban Outfitters, Boots: Steve Madden; Purse: Coach; Sweater: Me :D; Bracelet: Mikaylove; Necklace: Mahina; Watch: Michael Kors]
I know people tend to whip out their crochet hooks as temperatures drop and fall and winter begin, so this is the perfect project to work on! Sweater weather will soon be upon us, and it is actually currently snowing where I live as I write this post (ahh, the fleeting days of summer). This sweater is so incredibly simple to crochet and the results are gorgeous, like something you would see in a high end fashion boutique. It’s a great beginner’s project, and it’s such an amazing feeling being able to wear something you created with your own two hands from scratch (I love seeing the looks on people’s faces when they discover that I made my crocheted pieces)! Let me know what you think of this sweater in the comments below, if you’ll be trying out this design, and if you’ve come across any other sweater patterns that you’ve loved. If you do end up making your own sweater, I think it’d be really helpful to leave a comment below letting us know what yarn you used and how many chains and rows you ended up going with too :)
Here are some of my previous winter crochet projects in case you’re interested in crocheting some hats and cowls while you’re at it! From left to right and top to bottom we have the Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie, Knotted Headband, Puff Stitch Cowl, Buttoned Shell Stitch Cowl, Long Double Crochet Cowl, and Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie. The “Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie" has a similar construction to this sweater and is a great beginner’s project! Don’t forget to keep up with me on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as I’m putting the final touches on a lot of new designs and projects. I’ve been on a crocheting frenzy as I try and bring to life all the designs swirling in my mind before Baby #2 comes and life gets extremely busy! Enjoy making your own beautiful sweaters and let me know how it goes!
Sneak peek of upcoming blog post & step-by-step tutorial: Easy Chunky Crochet Sweater
Last Christmas I whipped up some of these adorable coffee sleeves as gifts and was delighted with how they turned out! I recently pulled out the pattern again and thought I would blog about it since I love them so much :)
You might be wondering what crochet stitch this coffee sleeve uses since it has such a beautiful braided look: it’s actually the half double crochet! Instead of crocheting in both the front and back loops, you crochet in the third loop (found below the back loop of half double crochets). This free pattern is by “Frayed Knot" and is called the "15 Min Coffee Sleeve”- it’s true that it works up extremely quickly, and adding a button is such a cute touch. So if you’re in a scramble for a quick handmade gift, check out this free pattern HERE!
I’ve got another exciting magazine feature to share with you all! Issue 35 of “Knit Now" magazine based in the UK comes with an exclusive special edition magazine called "Quick & Easy Crochet”! This bumper issue contains many free patterns and is a great 2 for 1 deal, particularly if you are both a knitter and crocheter :)
If you look at the cover of “Quick & Easy Crochet”, you’ll spot the amigurumi Pony that I designed and blogged about for Chinese New Year!
I am delighted and honoured to have such a beautiful spread in the magazine! They interviewed me and asked questions such as what it is I love about amigurumi specifically and the biggest lesson I’ve learned about crochet since getting back into it. This spread includes pictures of Dragon, Snuggles, the Knotted Headband, Sweetheart Bunny and Pony. Along the right hand side of the feature, you’ll see a little section called “How to perfect kawaii style" in which I give some tips about eyes and nose placement!
The following pages include my Pony Pattern! Hopefully some more people will be inspired to begin their amigurumi and crocheting journeys by seeing my pony pattern in this magazine :)
Thank you to Hugh for interviewing and featuring me in “Quick & Easy Crochet”! I am so thankful for each and every magazine feature that I get and I see each one as another opportunity to share my love of crochet and amigurumi with new people. You can purchase the digital copy of “Knit Now 35" HERE and you will also receive the digital copy of “Quick & Easy Crochet" (I’m told the supplement starts after the last page of the main magazine). You can also find the magazine at Barnes & Noble stores in the US. I think it’s wonderful how knitters are being introduced to the world of crochet through this supplement, and I’m so happy that I could be a part of it!
I attended my cousin’s wedding over the weekend and made this card for the newly married couple! I always turn to the free simple heart pattern on “Little Birdie Secrets" found HERE when I want to add a touch of crochet to my cards. I simply use hot glue to attach the crocheted heart to the cardstock (I used hot glue to attach the lace as well). There are so many fun free crochet appliques out there (cupcakes, moustaches, snowmen), and I think they add such a beautiful surprise to cards! Check out this list of free crochet appliques HERE and start dreaming up what kind of handmade birthday, wedding or Christmas cards you can make ❤
Thank you so much for all the love and encouragement you’ve shown us since we announced that our family is growing! We are truly touched by each and every comment we received through the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, and we are so excited that we can share these special moments with you!
This blog has not only been a portofolio of my crochet projects, but also a journal documenting things that I love and what I’ve experienced. In addition to my crochet projects, I’ve also blogged about my love of food and travel, and also topics such as maternity and nursing fashion since becoming a mom. I created a special tab in the navigation bar called “OTHER" to help document these blog posts and to organize them a bit better so that they don’t simply get lost in the Archive! To access ALL my previous posts, click the "ARCHIVE" tab where they are organized chronologically by month and year.
The new “OTHER" tab has the following sections:
- Food: I’ve blogged about some of my favourite recipes I’ve found on-line (e.g. the Red Velvet Cake pictured above) as well as some of our own recipes! My Lychee Frozen Yogurt and Layered Fingered Jello seem to be pretty popular :)
- Travel: We love visiting new places, and it’s been fun sharing our favourite restaurants and sites from destinations all over the world (e.g. the Black Sand Beach in Maui above).
- Maternity/Nursing/Family: On my journey to becoming a mom, I’ve adapted my style to accommodate my growing pregnant belly and need to nurse a baby (e.g. nursing tank above)!
- Cosplay & Craft Tutorials: We love making our own costumes and blogging about other crafting projects we’ve worked on (e.g. our DIY Yarn Storage).
- Reviews: I’ve enjoyed blogging about shops and products that I love (e.g. Clover Amour Crochet Hooks) and hosting giveaways as well!
Check out this “OTHER" tab in my navigation bar to see some previous posts that you may have missed before!
During our California Blog Meet Up (read all about it HERE), we had a delightful pin exchange in which we prepared crafty pins ahead of time for each other! As soon as fellow amigurumi artist Jo suggested that we do a pin exchange, I knew exactly what type of pin I wanted to make!
I love perusing Craftgawker, and there was a particular project that had caught my eye from December of last year. Francesca of “Fall for DIY" had made some beautiful "DIY Monkey Fist Knot Earrings”, and I absolutely loved how they looked like little yarn balls! For our pins, I thought it would be so cute to make a little yarn ball with a crochet hook similar to the one pictured in my blog logo! In Francesca’s blog post on how to make her earrings HERE, she includes step-by-step instructions, and she also filmed an extremely helpful video entitled “How to Tie a Monkey Knot” HERE (I’ll embed the video at the end of this blog post too!). Rather than reiterate her instructions, we recommend that you visit her blog post and watch the video to see how it’s made!
We searched for the perfect pink yarn, and we ended up going with Lion Brand Yarn’s “Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend in Gerbera Daisy”. Ryan is actually the one who mastered the monkey fist knot, and to keep the yarn balls consistent and similar-sized, he made them all! It was such a whirlwind leading up to our California trip since we were making our costumes for Anime Expo as well, and I am so thankful that I have such a supportive husband who helped me make these pins! Here are some step-by-step photos showing how Ryan made our little yarn balls and crochet hooks :)
We bought some brass jewelry pins from Michaels (came in a set of 10) and hot glued the little crochet balls onto the pins after tying the ends of yarn into a knot. To make the crochet hooks, we used these ornament hooks that we purchased from Walmart a couple years ago (we have a large stash of these since we use them to hang the baubles from our white Christmas tree every year)!
Ryan used pliers to shape the ends of the ornament hooks to resemble crochet hooks! You may recall that we made a similar crochet hook for Mochi our Fluff Bear to hold (read about the making of our amigurumi Fluff Bears HERE)!
Ryan placed the crochet hook through the yarn ball so that the yarn ball was at the bottom of the hook. He then added some hot glue to the middle of the crochet hook and then slid the yarn ball upwards into the glue in order to secure the hook in place. After each pin was complete, we mounted them on cardboard and were so excited to give these out at the meet up!
To see the making of a monkey knot in action, please see this wonderful video below filmed by Francesca of “Fall For DIY”! We paused this video many times as we followed along to learn how to make this special knot!
Here are some notes about making your own yarn ball:
- Instead of wrapping the yarn around the hand three times, we did it four times to make a bigger yarn ball (depends on thickness of yarn).
- Towards the end, try and pull each strand of yarn evenly and with consistent tension to make a uniform yarn ball.
- Don’t pull the strands of yarn too tight or else the yarn ball will be squished.
- Ryan made many “failed” monkey knots/yarn balls before getting the hang of it and achieving the right look, so just keep trying and practicing and don’t be discouraged!
These little yarn balls are so cute, and once you’ve mastered how to tie this special knot, they are inexpensive and relatively quick to make! Wouldn’t yarn ball earrings or a yarn ball necklace pendant be the perfect gift for us yarn lovers? The addition of the little crochet hook helps us proudly display the love of our craft too! I hope you enjoyed reading about the making of our “Yarn Ball & Crochet Hook Pin" and I want to extend a big thank you to Francesca for inspiring this idea! We are giving away one of these pins on my Instagram page (@AllAboutAmi) since we reached 5000 followers recently- if you would like to win one, just follow me on Instagram and leave a comment on the picture of the pin to enter! Happy monkey knot and yarn ball making :)
Remember the amigurumi siu mai I crocheted three years ago? Recently they were featured in the July issue of “Homespun Magazine”, Australia’s leading monthly craft title! Click on each pic above to get a closer look at each page :) It’s neat how my little pork dumplings are getting some time to shine in the Land Down Under- have any of my Australian readers checked out “Homespun” before? If you want to crochet your own expressive siu mai, be sure to visit the step-by-step blog post HERE and the very easy free pattern HERE!
We are back from our wonderful vacation in California! We had so much fun attending the Anime Expo, going to Disneyland, and stuffing ourselves with delicious food. One of the highlights of this trip was the blog meet-up that my fellow amigurumi artist Jo (of “A Morning Cup of Jo Creations”) and I organized to meet other crochet enthusiasts!
We ended up holding this get-together in the very peaceful and beautiful Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights. Some people who were interested in coming to the meet-up ended up not being able to make it since it was during the very busy Independence Day long weekend. Others were attending the last day of Anime Expo or the location was a little too far out of Los Angeles for them. We ended up with a smaller group, but this made the meet-up more intimate and personal which I really enjoyed!
Jo had the brilliant idea of having a handmade pin exchange so that we crafters could prepare something for the meet-up and come away with a variety of pins! It was a lot of fun seeing what everybody made, from hand-stitched pins to cute crocheted stars! Can you guess which one Jo made (it’s very reflective of her company name)?
For our pin, Ryan and I ended up making this little yarn ball and crochet hook that resembles my logo! I’ll do a full step-by-step blog post on the making of this pin so that you can make one for yourself if you’re interested!
It was great meeting in the park because Myla could run around and be free! She also really enjoyed looking at all the handmade pins and examining each of them!
Being naturally introverted, I was both nervous and excited for the meet-up. I enjoy talking with people one-on-one and was unsure how the larger group setting would be like. Jo actually brought some board games and yarn, but we ended up just chatting for most of the time! It felt very casual and relaxed as we talked about when we all started to crochet, how we got started, and traveling in general. Ryan is very extroverted so he really enjoyed the large group setting and getting to know everyone!
It’s rare that we get to really sit down and talk with people when we travel (besides just chatting with people in passing), so it was wonderful being able to get to know some new people as well as meeting on-line friends in real life! Despite our geographical differences, I thought it was so neat how our love of crochet and crafting united us all together. We all came from different occupations, backgrounds and experiences, but our passion for crochet was such a unifying factor that helped lead us into other topics of conversation easily. We had a good laugh about how there is no need for chunky cowls, hats and scarves in California since it’s always so sunny and beautiful there (as opposed to the frigid Canadian winters we experience).
Here are all the people who took time out of their busy schedules to meet up with Jo and I! Love all the big smiles :) We want to thank each and every person who came! You made our trip to California very memorable, and it was so surreal meeting people who read my blog! I know there were some of you who really wanted to come but were unable to for various reasons- we apologize that the timing couldn’t work out, but we hope we can meet you in the future!
Besides Jo and I, there were two other crafters who have blogs! Check out Amanda's “Crystal Panda" HERE (and photo credit to her for the last two photos of the collage below) and Peng's “Yarn Treasures" HERE! I also want to give a shout-out to my brother Corey who came along with us on this trip (he’s a big Anime fan) and helped us take care of Myla so much, including at this meet up!
Jo is such a talented artist who is also very passionate about her education and teaching! She is very inspiring, and I am so happy that I could finally meet her in person after connecting with her for the past few years. Thank you for helping me organize this meet-up, Jo!
I am excited to share more about our trip to California, especially the Anime Expo! We took a lot of photos of our cosplaying, and I can’t wait to show you what our experience was like! Thanks again to those who came to the meet-up, and I really hope I can meet more of you in the future!
Today I am being featured over on “Little Things Blogged”, a wonderful crochet blog by Tanya from Greece! Tanya’s blog is full of beautiful photos and free patterns, and she has regular posts such as “The Yarn Over List”, in which she shares links to lovely crochet projects that she’s found. I love perusing her blog for inspiration! I am featured in her series called “Untangling Yarn with…”, in which she gets to know fellow yarn crafters! Head on over to her blog to read my feature HERE and learn a little bit more about me! Thanks, Tanya!