2013/04/29

"Eyes Wide Open" Sweater - Crochet Pattern

I thought I'd release another sweater pattern in April. So here it is - I named it "Eyes wide open" as I used "eyes" stitch pattern in this open work sweater. 
 
If you're a beginner at crocheting garments - go ahead! This will be just the right project for you (all schematics included). A bit loose on body, close fitted sleeves - the Eyes sweater will be a perfect fit for your summer style and/or going to the beach. 


Sizes XS/S to 3XL/4XL. 


Find the pattern 
HERE (Etsy),
HERE (Ravelry),
HERE (Craftsy),
HERE (Patternfish). 

Photos by Chriss Banzai

2013/04/17

Destination - New York


Was happy to make a custom order for a client in New York.
 I love my NY clients! 
Heck, I love all of my clients all over the world!

If you're willing to make one for yourself, find the pattern HERE.

2013/04/12

Shred stitch - photo tutorial

Shred stitch (shr st) -
skip next stitch (or as many stitches as indicated). Continue the last stitch made by extending the loop (on the hook) over skipped stitches. 
 
Appearance in patterns:
Version 1:

Lo 2 sts – loop over 2 sts = shr st 2 made.
Shr st 2 –
shred stitch made over 2 stitches. 


Version 2:
Shr st -
skip indicated number of stitches, extend the loop on the hook over skipped stitches before proceeding with given stitch.
Long shr st -
worked over 3 (or more) sts.
Base = 2 rows of 12 hdc. Row count starts w the next row.
Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc in next 4 hdc.
Skip next 2 hdc, loop over 2 hdc (Lo 2 hdc = shr st 2 made)
Hdc in next hdc.
Hdc made.
Hdc in next 4 hdc, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc in next 3 hdc.
Hdc in next hdc.
(kinda goes in the loop already, but it is a regular hdc)
Skip next shr st 2, Lo shr st 2.
Hdc in next hdc.
Hdc in next 4 hdc, turn.
Closing row: Ch 2, hdc in next 4 hdc.
2 hdc in next shr st 2.
Hdc in next 5 hdc.
Find the full (and more detailed) photo tutorial 
of shred stitch increases/decreases 

2013/04/11

No Stress Sweater - Crochet Pattern

Can you imagine:
- a long sleeved sweater as a one skein project?
- a sweater that can be made in a day?
- a sweater that is as light as a feather?
- a sweater that looks so cool and stylish at the same time?

Well, now you can. Here it is - No Stress Sweater made out of shred stitches. With this design I think I have made the impossible possible. 



The sweater itself is surprisingly light and airy. I couldn’t believe it myslef - I used just 83 grams of yarn for XS/S size. And that is for long sleeved sweater - how cool is that!
The feeling when wearing it is so nice, it feels like the sweater is hugging you.


You will find a FULL PHOTO TUTORIAL of shred stitch added to the pattern that will help you to learn the stitch and it’s increases/decreases easily. (The shorter version of shred stitch will be published on the blog shortly.)


Find the pattern
and photo tutorial of shred stitch:
HERE (Etsy),
HERE (Ravelry),
HERE (Craftsy). 

Photos by Chriss Banzai

2013/04/08

Shred Stitch



I’ve been using the shred stitch in few of my latest designs. When I did a little digging about wheather it already exists I found this post on Crochet Spot where a similar technique is called a faux drop stitch using solomon knot.  A similar technique is also used in this drop-stitch scarf.
 
The equivalent in knitting is called a dropped stitch – that’s where it visually comes from.
 
Knitted dropped stitches were my inspiration

There is already a stitch called drop stitch in crochet – but the idea of it is not the same as for the knitted dropped stitch. 
 
As my variation was a bit different as seen before, I decided to come up with a new name for it (in crochet) and called it a  
shred stitch (shr st)




What distinguishes the faux drop stitch / drop-stitch from shred stitch?
 

If you know my aesthetics you know I like everything imperfect, shredded, ripped, assymetrical – in other words interesting and not boring. I first used the shred stitch in my Hobo Sweater back in 2011.
So the thing that distinguishes shred stitch from other dropped stitches is that it is not secured at the end and it creates more careless and floppy look – just as I like it. 
 
Knitted dropped stitches were my inspiration

All crochet dropped stitch crochet patterns that I have seen so far have straight line (or lines) of dropped stitches in them. The thing I love the most about the shred stitch is it’s increases and decreases.

I am making a step-by-step photo tutorial, and I have drawn a chart that will also help you on your way to shredded goodness.  
 
A new pattern including photo tutorial of shred stitch will be released later this week. 
So stay tuned!