Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A Happy Ta-dah Moment......





.......YES!.......


....Finally......

Room was found to do a bit of blocking.....Woo Hoo.







Wow, I had been waiting for this moment for quite a while. The mess of all the kitchen work just took over EVERYWHERE. There is still a lot of mess, but slowly as I am able to move bits and pieces back into the kitchen, I am freeing up space else where.









So....my finished pieces....not one....but two.

The same design, but one done strictly to the pattern........and the other, made with a bit of variation.





My first proper pieces of clothing. I have made many scarves and shawls, but no tops. I am sure many fellow crocheters feel the same, that crochet doesn't seem to translate well into clothing. I find that that is where knitting has the edge. I always felt that crochet was for blankets and accessories, whilst knitting was for garments and accessories. I have struggled to find crochet clothing patterns that don't look like something stuck in the 70's.

I have found 3 patterns in my search that I LOVE. This is one of them.

The photos don't really do them justice. A rather unwilling photographer! ha ha! But you get the idea. I may take some better ones at a later stage, but to be honest I just wanted to start wearing them.








The grey one was a dream to crochet. The pattern was pictoral and very easy to follow. I couldn't put it down. I stuck to the pattern for this one and was really pleased with how it turned out. Mid grey, goes well with jeans and boots. The oatmeal one was made because I simply had to use the Rowan Alpaca Cotton for this pattern. I wanted one that was more oversized, warm and soft, that would work well with lots of layers for Autumnal walks. It took a fair bit of work though as I used a big hook, and had to adjust the pattern accordingly. I must have ripped back the sleeves 4 or 5 times to get them how I wanted them. I had visions of a bigger cowl on the neckline, but when I did it and tried it on, I looked like something out of the 80's, so that all got ripped back. I finally got it how I wanted it and I was not disappointed. The oatmeal coloured top was more of a swing top style which I absolutely love.

Two tops, both the same but both different. I can feel a couple more coming on too. Soft pink and pale blue for late summer evening walks.

I am happy.......


The pattern was called Silk Rosa Cowl Sweater, which you can find here if you are interested.

The grey sweater was made using King cole comfort in shade 772. A pretty warm grey shade that is very soft to work with and wear. I made it with a 4mm and 4.5mm hook and used 4 100g balls.

The oatmeal sweater was made using Rowan's Alpaca Cotton in Rice. It was beautiful to work with. I love the colour and the texture and it's oh so warm and snug to wear. I used 7 50g balls and made it with a 5mm and a 5.5mm hook.

So there you go. Finally finished and loving wearing them.

xxx

36 comments:

  1. I have knitted many sweaters over the years, but never crocheted one. I did crochet our Christmas stockings - about a hundred years ago.

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  2. Love love love love love!

    That's it really.

    Love.

    Clever you.

    xxx

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  3. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I love this! I have never tried to make any apparel for adults before. The closest I have come is a baby cardigan. I love this! It's so modern and the colors are so soft! I feel inspired. Thank you for that!

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  4. Gorgeous! And yes...I've never made clothing for myself for that very reason. You've given me inspiration to try!

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  5. Hello Vanessa
    Agree, agree, agree with all the things you say about crochet garments - but by Jove I think you've cracked it with these two ! They can be forever known as the 'jumpers that got you though the kitchen makeover.'
    My favourite is the oatmeal one, I absolutely love the swing you have got into the pattern, just gorgeous.
    Kate x

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  6. So lovely and not all 70's!! Sarah xo

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  7. They are gorgeous Vanessa! Truly they look so simple but so stylish too. A real triumph. I have to say though there are still some seventies crochet clothing patterns out there there are some truly lovely ones too. I have a few on my pinterest boards. I just wish I could make head to tail sense of them all really. But seeing these beauties really gives me hope.



    P x

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  8. Great! ... Exactly the inspiration I needed. Best regards

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  9. I love this! I think you are exactly right about most crochet clothes patterns looking WAAAAAY too 1970s, butth this is lovely. Very light, but looks warm at the same time. I am inspired!

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  10. What a lovely pattern, it is really effective. I LOVE IT ... well done and thank you for sharing the pattern with us. Glad to hear that your Kitchen is getting sorted out ...

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  11. I agree with you on the knitting/crochet garment making, one of the reasons I want to learn to knit. Love what you have made here, both very pretty and something I would definitely wear, especially the grey color!

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  12. I know what you mean about crochet clothing but these two are simply great. Well done and you wear them with great style. Philippa xx

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  13. Both of them are beautiful and I can see why you were so keen to start wearing them!! I know what you mean about thinking of crochet as not being for clothes, but these two have proved that idea wrong!!! xx

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    http://www.titacarre.com
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  15. Beautiful! Perfect for springtime! I love the colour too. I think crochet garments work best with an open stitch like this, otherwise they can feel very dense and stiff!

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  16. Amidst the chaos of a kitchen renovation, you create these two beautiful garments...amazing! They are beautiful, they look so soft and light as a feather, I love the floaty, lacy designs. I can't believe how stylish and pretty they are, as I agree, crochet is usually for accessories, knitting for clothes. Very happy to see a decidedly non-'70s, thoroughly modern and pretty crochet garment! Hoorah! Chrissie x

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  17. I know just what you mean about crochet and clothing but you're right, this definitely works! I love them both and well done on re-sizing the pattern. I think the grey is just my favourite but that's probably because I'm having a bit of a love affair with greys at the moment.

    S x

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  18. Hi there! I find myself becoming quite addicted to your blog and the beautiful things that you make. This recent item however takes the biscuit and I simply must make myself this gorgeous grey top! Please can you confirm for me that you're using King Cole Comfort Baby DK? I really want to get this right! :)

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    1. Hi Nicola,

      Yes, that's it in shade 772 silver. It's very soft to work with. Have as much fun making it as I did! x

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  19. These are fantastic! The grey one especially. I'm usually with you in not liking crochet for clothing, except I am obsessed with this:

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/244461085995120871/

    and this too:

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/244461085995319147/

    One day, maybe I will!

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    1. Ooops! The first link should go here:

      http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Kupalinka/dusk-sweater

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  20. No wonder you were itching to get back into the kitchen - so you could block these two beauties!
    They are both lovely in their different ways, and so useful to wear with jeans.
    Enjoy wearing them Vanessa!
    Gill xx

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  21. They are both so lovely but I think I love the grey one a little bit more! Its just beautiful.

    Birgitta

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  22. Those are both so lovely. Ethereal, and floaty. Perfect. :)

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  23. Yes I also feel the same about crochet clothing but it's something I keep looking out for. I love this pattern they have turned out beautifully, I am currently knitting a cardigan with grey rowan alpaca cotton, it's not easy to rip back as a yarn is it? Congrats on your beautiful creations xx

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  24. Lovely! Both of them, I particularly like the look of the Rowan Alpaca Cotton. Glad you managed to conquer the kitchen chaos to get some 'you-time' in and finish them. Have a lovely weekend.
    Jane x

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  25. Just stunning .. looks like a very comfortable garment too!

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  26. Absolutely beautiful crochet, Vanessa! Such lovely soft yarns and you made two gorgeous garments......love them both!
    Hope the kitchen changes are going well, and you have a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  27. Love your crochet tops - so snug but light and floaty at the same time - perfect for Spring and Summer. I so agree with you about knitting for garments and crochet for accessories - you've challenged my perceptions though! As it happens I'm knitting a scarfy/shawly thing at the moment - making it up as I go along, as usual. Must try to follow a pattern one day! Lace weight is pushing all my boundaries - I'll still be clickety clicking at Christmas! Enjoy the sunshine and the weekend.

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  28. I'm happy that you finally found time and space to block, those are two wonderful tops! Even though they're from the same pattern, they have their own sweet unique style! I queued this pattern on Ravelry immediately! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  29. Love the stitches in that pattern so I might have a look to work on a shawl or somesuch. Not that I don't like your jumpers, they look great on you, but I know wouldn't work any wonders on me. I know what you mean about the naffness of crochet clothes, in the main they're hideous. I did see a lovely 1950's style jumper pattern the other day that grabbed me though so perhaps. That yarn also looks delicious. I'm banning myself from yarn buying until I get on with all my unfinished's.
    X

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  30. Molto bello lo devo fare assolutamente, ciao M.Grazia

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  31. Oh my, I had no idea crochet garments could be oh so stylish. And beautiful! So clever, I have of course gone straight to the link but the pattern looks so very complicated in that form. I may just have to learn now though what all those symbols mean...

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