Tuesday, April 28, 2015

15 Crochet Dresses - free patterns and charts

I have a soft spot for crocheted dresses. Whenever I see one that fits my taste, I just have to stop right then and there and admire it. 

One thing about crocheted dresses is that you have to have the body to wear it, so yes it requires a slim figure otherwise it does not look flattering on a person.

Made in silk or cotton thread, they are the perfect choice for formal and casual occasions throughout the seasons, especially spring and summer. 

The roundup I have compiled contains 15 free crochet patterns and /or charts so I hope you enjoy browsing and eventually making some!

Dress 1
Dress 2
Dress 3

Dress 4
Dress 5
Dress 6

Dress 7
Dress 8
Dress 9
Dress 10

 Dress 11
 Dress 12
Dress 13

Dress 14
Dress 15

There is no pattern for this dress, but I loved it so much, especially the sleeve detail, I decided to include it here.


And if you don't crochet, you can make yourself a dress out of doilies. Above is Jillian's amazing doily wedding dress she made herself.  I am sure everybody in blogland know the story, but if you missed it here's the link.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

♥Head over heels with my newest cuff ♥

Hi guys! Hope you are having a splendid Sunday (afternoon)! I certainly am :)

This post is about my newest cuff which I must tell you I am deeply enamored with. In my note/sketchbook I use to jot down ideas and write patterns, crammed between embroidery and needle stitching notes, I found the pattern for this cuff.
I don't know why I haven't used this pattern again when it is so attractive and easy to make. I only used it that time, back in 2011  - I can't believe it was so long ago. However, I gave it another try with some slight variations, and I plan to make some more of these lovelies. Can't wait!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Crochet Mori Jewelry


You wouldn't believe if I told you that I can go indefinitely like this... posting snippets of my latest collection! 

No, I am just joking...I am a considerate person  - I don't want to bore you to death :)

Truth be told, with everything going on in the past two months I really didn't find time to make representable photos and actually document the pieces. 

Here's another selection I chose to show you today. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Textile Art Jewelry

Today while planning future projects I browsed through my boards on pinterest for inspiration and selected these amazing textile projects.
I have a soft spot for textile jewelry. I just cannot resist it. When I was little, fabric bracelets and necklaces were among the first I made using my grandma's scraps. Fabric (along with yarn) has always been a favourite to work with. The mori collection - which I keep postponing to document - also contains several mixed media pieces. Enjoy the selection!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Funny signs in Popeye's Village

Here's a selection of signs they have over at Popeye's village. Not all were funny - some were instructional and some threatening, and then, there were others :P

Choose yours!




Monday, April 13, 2015

Larksfoot Crochet Stitch Pattern (or the Icicle Stitch) Demistified


Ever since I posted an image I found on the internet showing the larksfoot crochet pattern (or also known as the icicle stitch) the traffic I receive due to that image is mind-boggling and I've received so many mails from people asking for the pattern so I decided it is fair I post the pattern for it.

Since this post was prepared long before I started my travels, I forgot to note down the size of the sample block so I will update this once I return home.

For the sample block I used sport acrylic yarn and 3mm hook. The pattern uses multiples of 4.

Let's begin:

Foundation: for the sample block I chained (7 x 4) 28 + 1

Row 1: dc 1 in 4th st from hook (makes the 2nd dc), then 1dc, ch 1, sk 1, 3dc.

Here's the first row finished. As you can there are 7 sets of  3dcs + 1 skipped stitch = (4 sts), which is 7x4 = 28 sts.

Row 2: repeat row 1
To start it, chain 3 (counts as the 1st dc) and 2dc in the next two sts.

Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and 1 ch), sk 1, 1dc (over the 3rd dc in the row below), 1 elongated dc (encompassing the space of this and the row below it), 1 dc in the next stitch. This is the pattern for this row.

To divide it in steps it looks like this:

How to make that elongated dc:

Continue working the pattern to the end

For my sample block I ended by making the first dc of the larksfoot stitch (look closely at the picture). So whatever stitch number you choose (for the foundation) do not get confused if it ends differently (and it certainly will) - you just follow the pattern and be fine wherever it ends.
Mind the next row, though.

From now on you repeat rows 2 and 3. 
Row 4: repeat row 2 (mind how you finished). As you can see from the picture, I chained 4 and repeated row 2 across.

Row 5: repeat row 3 (the larksfoot stitch)

Row 6: repeat row 2

The pattern is great for blankets and scarves. I made a scarf for myself but I'll show it in another post.
I hope you put this to good use!

You can find my blanket patterns here.