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Why You Should Learn to Crochet: Part 2

sweet sweaterAnother great reason to learn to crochet yourself is so that you can custom make a garment to fit your body. Mass produced garments will often sag or billow or stretch in unflattering ways because they are not made for your shape. Many crochet patterns have notes or options for waist or bust shaping and can usually be made shorter or longer to closely fit your exact measurements. Amy Herzog at Stash, Knit, Repeat has recently created a 10 part tutorial on how to create a garment to flatter your body type. Her blog is geared towards knitting but you can certainly use her shaping tips to create form flattering crocheted garments as well.

My favorite crocheted sweaters are worked from the top down in one piece which makes them easy to try on and adjust as you go. Sure, some patterns are complex and it might be difficult to adjust them on the fly if you’re not a seasoned crocheter. However, many patterns feature a simple enough stitch pattern that even the novice would be able to customize it without much trouble.

The photo above is a custom crocheted sweater from CrochetMe.com that I made using a schematic type pattern, top-down, adjusted while I worked (click the photo for the pattern.)

Some more recommended crochet patterns (click for a link to the pattern):

Patterns above are:
Clarice tank my Kim Guzman and Anya tunic by Kristin Omdahl

Why You Should Learn to Crochet: Part 1

PICT0004I’ve been reading articles all over the internet lately about how crochet is making it’s way onto the runways and into the latest fashion trends in a new way. It’s absolutely not all about granny squares or ironic retro 70′s hippie buzzword buzzword blah blah blah…

Crochet can be beautiful without being gimmicky of course. It pops up in trend reports every few years but I think the only reason it doesn’t get bigger or stick around longer is that it’s expensive to buy/manufacture. The reason for that isn’t about materials necessarily, it’s about labor. Unlike knitted garments, crochet can not be replicated by a machine. If you buy a “crocheted” garment from a store and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, it’s often knit made to look like crochet. Or even weaving or embroidery made to look like crochet. If a garment is truly crocheted, someone spent a lot of time crocheting it by hand and hopefully was compensated well for their time and skill. That’s why crocheted garments will be (and should be) expensive to buy… and why it’s worth it for you to learn to crochet your own garments!

It’s really not as hard as you may think. Some people are under the impression that crochet is always boxy or stiff or just for afghans but the simple trick to making beautiful, drapey, lacy crocheted sweaters, dresses, skirts, etc. is the right yarn and hook combination. Most cheap yarn’s that you will find at your local craft store are going to be bulky and synthetic which is not generally ideal for a crocheted garment. Look for thinner yarns (sport weight, sock weight) made from natural fibers and use a hook big enough to produce a light lacy fabric.

Some recommended crochet patterns (click for a link to the pattern):

Patterns above are
Walking After Midnight skirt by Doris Chan and Cecilia Chemise by Jennifer Hansen

Skew Socks: One Down

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It might be a record… I started this sock on Tuesday, didn’t touch it on Friday or Saturday, finished it on Sunday and started the second sock. Four days it took me to knit a whole sock! I’m amazed :)
It turned out a little big for me despite reducing the foot repeats by 4, but not too bad. My heel sewing is a little rough but no one would notice except myself. There’s a weird pointy spot at the heel that I think might relax once I wash and block it. I started the second sock right away because I spent too much money on this yarn to just make one sock and forget about it. I’m sure the second one will come more slowly but I think they will be lovely to wear when it gets colder so I’m surprisingly motivated to finish the pair.
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Like I said before, this pattern is not as easy as I originally thought it would be, but I got through it and learned more about knitting. The short rows at the top were not the pain I thought they would be at all. It’s actually very straight forward. The only complicated part for me was the grafting and sewing of the little hole at the end of the grafted seam.

Also, as I worked on this pattern, I naturally thought about how it might work in crochet. Sometime I might experiment with doing a crocheted sock on the diagonal. I have another pair of Lorna’s Laces skeins that might be perfect for that!

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Why You Should Learn to Crochet: Part 2

Why You Should Learn to Crochet: Part 2

Another great reason to learn to crochet yourself is so that you can custom make a garment to fit your body. Mass [Read More]

Why You Should Learn to Crochet: Part 1

Why You Should Learn to Crochet: Part 1

I’ve been reading articles all over the internet lately about how crochet is making it’s way onto the [Read More]

Skew Socks: One Down

Skew Socks: One Down

It might be a record… I started this sock on Tuesday, didn’t touch it on Friday or Saturday, finished it on [Read More]

Skew Socks: Heel

Skew Socks: Heel

I may have jumped the gun a little when I said this pattern was “easy”. I got to the heel last night and, [Read More]