Saturday, July 15, 2017

Oasis Cluster Top - Free Crochet Pattern

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This top was first published in the Happily Hooked Magazine, Issue 27 for June 2016, which features Summer Vacation makes. I wanted to create a lightweight, kinda open, oversized top that could be worn as a cover up, or over a white tank top paired with some white shorts -- oops, speaking from my own wardrobe, hehe! This top features a super easy construction and assembly, and allows the freedom of adjusting the straps/shoulder length, and overall length to give you a custom fit that you’ll love!

Materials:
    - 1175 - 1645 Yards of #1 Fine Weight Yarn - I used Premier’s Wool Free Sock Yarn in the Oasis Stripe colorway
    - H8/5mm Crochet Hook
    - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends & Assembly

Time Spent:
    I worked the medium size in several seatings, putting in about 14 hours.

Measurements:      
Teen/Women XS, S, M, L, XL
Finished Measurements:
Busts: 28”, 32”, 36”, 40”, 44”
Lengths: 21⅜”, 22⅛”, 22⅞”, 23⅝”, 24⅜”

Gauge:      
20 DC = 4”

Abbreviations:
    - DC - Double Crochet
    - dc4tog cl - double crochet four stitches together to equal a cluster
       To dc4tog cl: work the following all into one stitch: Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over, pull through (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over, pull through (5 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over, pull through (6 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on the hook.

Pattern Notes:
    Beginning chain counts towards final stitch count.

Each dc4tog cl counts as one stitch.

Top is designed to fit a little oversized given yarn type used.

Instructions for smallest size given, with larger options in brackets.

I chose to slip stitch the pieces together as I think this creates a strong bond, however, you may feel more comfortable sewing the pieces together. If you choose to sew the pieces, you may want to use stitch markers.

As far as the shoulder/neck opening part goes, you can create thinner straps and a larger, more flexible neck opening by slip stitching through less stitches. You may want to slip stitch through this part, and then try on before fastening off so you can adjust as desired. And for the length, you can work less repeats for a shorter top.
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Pattern:
    
Main Body - Make 2:
    Chain 73, (82, 94, 100, 112). DC in the 4th chain, and each chain across. (71, 80, 92, 98, 110 DCs)

Round 2:  Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd and 3rd stitches, chain 2, skip 2 stitches, (dc4tog cl in the next stitch, chain 2, skip 2 stitches) 21x (24x, 28x, 30x, 34x), DC in the last 3 stitches. (21, 24, 28, 30, 34 clusters and 6 DCs)

Rounds 3:  Chain 2, turn. DC into the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across. (71, 80, 92, 98, 110 DCs)

Round 4 - 57 [59, 61, 63, 65]: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Fasten Off as usual after first piece, but do not fasten off after second piece.

Shoulders/Neck Opening: Chain 1, turn. Lay the piece together with right sides facing. Working through both layers, slip stitch in the 1st 18, (21, 26, 28, 34) stitches;
Working through just the top layer, slip stitch into the next 35, (38, 40, 42, 42) stitches;
Working through both layers, slip stitch in the last 18, (21, 26, 28, 34) stitches.
Fasten Off.

Sides: Still working on wrong side, leave 7”, (7½”, 8”, 8½”, 9”) unsewn for armholes. Reattach yarn through both layers afterwards, and slip stitch across to end of top. Repeat on other side.

Fasten Off, and weave in all ends.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Oasis Cluster Top using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Two-Tone Shrug - Double Stitch Twins/Red Heart - Crochet Pattern Review

10.06.16: This post was drafted back in July of 2014 - yikes! Good to be clearing out my draft and WIPs boxes. 

Back Then: Awhile ago, I purchased some Cotton-Ease yarn to crochet up the Light 'n' Lively Tank. I did attempt it, and didn't match my gauge up so I ended up having to frog it. I do plan on going back to it.

In the meantime, it has been sitting around my room. I decided it was time to pick it back up and work a project. I found the Two-Tone Shrug on the Red Heart site. The project is courtesy of the Double Stitch Twins. Check out their Ravelry page - they are so talented! They cover all aspects from jewelry to hats and scarves to child and woman's clothing. Beautiful work!

Materials I Used:
     - Almost two skeins of Cotton-Ease yarn in the color Seaspray
     - H8/5mm Crochet Hook (as recommended)
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends - I used a #18
     - Two-Tone Shrug, Free Crochet Pattern on Red Heart by the Double Stitch Twins

Material Notes: 
     Yarn Alternatives: Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, Caron's Simply Soft, or any lighter Worsted Weight Yarn. 

Time Spent:
     This shrug works up fairly quickly - in just over 3 hours. The time seems to fly by faster!

Measurements:
     I worked the S/M Size. My finished shrug measured 26.5" wide by 7.75" tall (from the shoulder to end) - shorter and a touch smaller than pattern measurements are on site. I did not take a gauge before beginning this project though, so could have just been me. The width is good as is. It is simply meant to reach from one elbow to another.
     L/XL instructions also included.

Pattern Notes:
     While the pattern shows the shrug in two tones, I chose to do one. 
You could also split the two colors making half of the bottoms of the shrug in one color and the top halves in another or use four colors to make all quarters a different one! So many options. 

     The pattern is really easy to follow and repetitive so it is easy to remember the pattern without the need to keep looking back at it. Would be a great stitch pattern for several other projects. If you would like to see any, drop me a line below :)

     I really do love the look and construction of this shrug, though it is not my style. It is great to wear over a tank top or to cover your shoulders over a sleeveless shirt or dress (or even to use as lingerie - so my aunt mentioned, hehe). It would look great in any and every color, and by simply changing the yarn fiber, it can be great for any season too!

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