I hoarded quite an amount of yarns that will probably take me 5 years to use them up. So I solemnly swear promise to myself that I will use them up all before I would even dare look at yarns. So 2018 is the year of GREAT DESTASH!
So I started with this baby blanket. This is for the “monthly” birthday celebration of my niece, Kahla. I’d been making themed-beanies, outfit, and tops for her. I thought of making something her mom can use as backdrop for her monthly photo shoot.
I did not use all the yarns on the photo above. I only used up to 3 cakes but each cake were not totally used up. The finished blanket was quite huge already; it can cover a 6-year old. Sorry, I forgot to take dimensions.
So I’m planning to make one again with the rest of the yarn cakes. It’s definitely a great project for destashing yarns. So please God of Hookers let me not be lazy. I’m not really fond of crocheting the same pattern again and again.
(For the details / steps on how this top, Crochet Wavey Long Sleeve Convertible Crop Top, is created, go straight at the bottom of this post.)
I don’t know if I’m crocheting because I love doing it, or it’s just an excuse for me to play modelling / fashion blogger hashtag #fashionblogger. =)
A little background about this crocheted top: I made this crocheted top for the husband’s cousin in SF. We got more or less the same “body type,” extra curvy sexy. =) So I made up the crocheted top design to be friendly to plus sizes female, and with a tinge of playfulness in it (Gasss, sounding like a fashionista there!).
Credits to our neighbor’s fence, which matches the top =) #twinning Presenting stretch marks!Selfie
And, in all angles.
But if that’s all too complicated, you can just hang it around in your neck and make it a scarf, just how the recipient did it. =)
Crochet Poncho Photo from beautifulcrochetstuff.comFor other inspirations, you can check these:
Wave crochet pattern photo from etsy.com/shop/byaccessorise Crochet Tunic Wave Pattern Pullover Cover up PATTERN, Romantic Beach Cover-up Tunic Pattern from etsy.com/shop/SassyloveCrochet Crochet Wave Shawl from susanableile.blogspot.ca2. Modelling / Blogger posing Inspiration. I was trying to imitate the cut design of this knitted sweater / pullover.
Yucatan Sweater by Alexandra Tavel Convertible Crop Sweater Cowl Scarf in TT
by Stephanie Smith3. Crochet stitch pattern: Just google “crochet waves pattern,” and that’s it. There’s a lot of variation, but I followed the one on Jane Green’s blogsite, Colorful Waves Pattern >>.
Crochet Wave stitch diagram graph pattern4. Materials. For the yarns, gradient yarn from Ashley’s Crochet which I won during their yearend raffle last December. For the hook, I use 4.00MM. You can play around with the yarns, and hook. Though, I think the thicker or the worsted would make the project faster to finish. =)
A bit of how I created the crocheted top:
1. Chain in multiple of 16 (16 stands for the number of stitches it takes to create 1 wave).It was a trial and error, for me, in getting the right number of chains because the length might increase or decrease as you add on rows. I totally forgot how many chains I made.
Anyway, for my design, the number of chains is based on the length from one cuff of my hand to the other. Though, I tend to make the beginning foundationchain shorter because the length tend to increase when I added rows.
2. The original crochet stitches are sc, hdc, dc, trc for the waves. I increased it to up 1 notch so it’s like the sc became hdc, hdc became dc, dc became trc, then trc became double trc or something like that. I increased the length of the wave because the yarn I was using was thinner, and also to make the waves “clearer.”
The SC rows in between the waves were maintained at SC.
3. I created two panels, front and back. Then I worked on the rows “horizontally.” Then I SC the two panels together leaving “holes” for the head and body.
4. Pour some coffee, and enjoy! =)
This was a fun crochet project to make. I like big projects with a lot of changes in crochet stitches. This will be fine for the beginners because getting some stitches wrong would not really matter to the overall project.