[Mix & Match Pattern] Crochet Wavey Long Sleeve Convertible Crop Top

(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!).

Front

Back
Side

Front

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. =)

Now to the pattern of this crocheted wavey long sleeve crop top. Following are the basic ingredients: (By the way, I’m wondering when can you call that the pattern design is yours?)

STEPS

1. Design inspirations: My main basis of this top is Crochet Poncho Pattern by Jane Green of Beautiful Crochet Stuff.

Crochet Poncho Photo from beautifulcrochetstuff.com
For 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.ca
2. 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 Smith
3. 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 pattern
4. 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.

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Buying Yarns in Cebu, Philippines

“Sis, where do you buy your yarns?” is a question I would get from time to time in instagram.

This was also the very first question I had when my nanay tried crocheting again. I think I had tried all sorts of places where I think it’s possible to buy yarns: from the “merkado,” neighborhood school / office supply stores, book stores, malls, and downtown / Colon of Cebu. Cebu does not have a dedicated store for crochet / knitting supplies. We could mostly find yarns in fabric / sewing notions suppliers.

Just a quick note, the most available yarns in Cebu are acrylic and the mercerized cotton threads. Acrylic is a synthetic type of yarns, and tend to be warm. The cotton are of course come from the cotton, so they’re closer to being natural and cooler.

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Yoda ka ba?

(Yoda-inspired beanie / hat crochet pattern is from stitch11.com >>.)

Kasi YODA one for me! 

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I kind of lost count of how many beanies I made. Crocheting a beanie / hat or toque for Canadians is a love-hate relationship. But the best part of making a beanie for me is figuring out what design or style to make.

I usually try to make a beanie based on the “personality” I perceived from a person. So when I made one for this geeky-nerdy person, I realized that I really have no inkling idea of this guy except that he probably loves travel so much that he created a nerdy app called “3 Streets 1 City” — go download it on iOS. 


But I can’t make a globe beanie for him, right? So what does geeky/nerdy people like? I thought that I’d never go wrong with making some thing from Starwars. And, I have green yarns, so I ended up with Yoda, which Cho thought that it was Viking. 

So there. 

#projectuglycrochet

Welcome! After much contemplation, I went ahead and put up a website for craftynanay.com. So let’s start hooking.

In the mean time, I have a few crochet related stuff in my personal blog owrange.com/category/projectuglycrochet which you can check. =)