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Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top

What is better than an Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top?  A beautiful warm summer day to wear it of course.  Summer is around the corner and I can’t wait. I love to crochet and knit but with warm weather,  it is sometimes a challenge.  I have tricks I use to help me combat the heat.  One way to get around that is to create and design items that use lighter weight yarn or are easier to handle in the heat.  I wanted to create something that would be ideal for wearing on those hot summer days.  I designed this crochet halter top using cotton yarn.  Cotton breathes and is more comfortable to wear during warm weather.

This cotton is made by Yarnspirations  It is called Peaches & Creme and I used a solid white color for my top.  I love using this yarn because it’s easy to find and easy on the wallet.  I purchased my yarn at walmart but it can be purchased at other retailers.   I also created a video tutorial if you are more of a visual learner.   It can be crocheted in Woman sizes S – XL.

You can purchase an Ad-Free PDF pattern/instructions here:   Summer Top PDF Summer Top PDF

Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top

Crochet Summer top – Yolanda Soto-Lopez

 

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It’s Fast, Easy and Beautiful! Crochet Shell and Post stitch pattern

It’s Fast, Easy and Beautiful!  Introducing the crochet shell and post stitch pattern.  With warmer weather, I’m looking for patterns that will not be quite as heavy and warm but still look beautiful.  This stitch is ideal for those warmer days.  I’ve used this pattern to make lighter weight baby blankets using a weight 3 yarn of even baby weight yarn.    The pattern is so easy to make and works up very quickly.  I also like the fact that after your first row you can work this pattern while watching tv, or listening to music.  Once your first row is done there really isn’t any counting so it’s perfect for crocheting on the go.

Crochet Shell & Post Stitch

Crochet Shell & Post Stitch

You can use any weight yarn and hook size as long as they are appropriate for each other.  Yarn labels will give you a suggested hook size for each weight yarn. (I know they do in the USA, not sure about other countries).

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Learn to Crochet Hexagon with Circle Center

In today’s post you will learn to crochet a Hexagon with circle center.  Learning new patterns or stitches is fun but sometimes can be frustrating.  This little hexagon is so easy to crochet and so cute.  It can be used for many projects.  I used a medium weight yarn and a 6mm hook.  You can use any size hook or yarn just be sure the yarn weight is appropriate for the hook you are using and vice versa.

Hexagon shapes give items a unique look.  There are many patterns ranging from afghans, scarfs, sweaters and even some animals that use hexagon shapes.  I have seen hippos, elephants and turtles using this stitch.   The good news is that it is not difficult to make.   Here I will show you how.  If you are a visual learner I have also filmed and uploaded a free YouTube video for you to watch if you prefer.

Crochet Hexagon with circle center

Hexagon with circle center

 

 

Supplies:

Yarn

Crochet Hook

Yarn needle to sew in tail

Scissors

To Begin:  

Chain 6 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a circle.

Rnd 1:  chain 3 (counts as double crochet), 17 double crochet into the circle, slip stitch into 3rd chain

Rnd 2:  chain 1, single crochet same stitch, chain 5, skip 2 double crochet stitches, single crochet into the next double crochet, skip next 2 double crochet (repeat 5 times), slip stitch into 3rd chain

Rnd 3:  chain 3 (counts as double crochet), you will work 3 double, 3 chains, 3 double crochets all into each of the next five chain 5 spaces,  3double crochet, ch 3, 2 double crochet into last chain 5 space,  slip stitch into the third chain, fasten off.     Weave in tails

If you prefer to watch a video tutorial I have included it here, Enjoy!

If enjoy learning new crochet patterns here are a few  more you may like:

Sea Foam/ Ocean waves:

http://allcraftschannel.com/2015/06/crochet-motif-tutorial-sea-foam-ocean-waves.html

Crochet Square Motif

http://allcraftschannel.com/2016/03/crochet-square-motif.html

Crochet Granny Ripple

http://allcraftschannel.com/2016/02/learn-to-crochet-a-ripple-granny-video-tutorial-link-included.html

 

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Crochet Boho Vest – Perfect for Spring and in a Plus size too!

A Crochet Boho Vest has been on my to-do list for quite a while.   I have received so many requests to design a Boho Vest and I finally did it.  I had been putting it off since it is still winter.  I designed this boho vest using Caron Cakes by Yarnspirations.  These cakes are available exclusively at Michaels stores.  I used a new colorway called Mixed Berry.  I really like how the colors transition nicely and are already coordinated.  It helps when trying to match colors.  There are so many colorways that I’m sure you’ll find a combination you like.

The woman size fits most however,  I did add some directions for a plus size.  The plus size should fit 16 – 18 sizes (maybe even larger) since the pattern allows for a nice drape and extra coverage where we need most, around the tushie. : )     If you would like to purchase an Ad-Free PDF Pattern please click here:   Boho Vest PDF Pattern

Boho Vest

Crochet Boho Vest – Front and Back Views

If you are a visual learner I have created 4 Step-by-Step Video tutorials.  The links are in the past page of this post.

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Chunky Yarn Crochet Cowl – It’s Super and Easy

A chunky yarn crochet cowl makes a comfy and fast project.  Using chunky yarn means you’ll whip right thru your project.  Using Bernat Roving Yarn from Yarnspirations I designed this crochet cowl.  I chose two of my favorite colors.  I selected Plum and Quartz Pink for my chunky yarn crochet cowl.  This yarn is so soft.  It is made using 80% acrylic and 20% wool yarn.  That means it will be nice and warm without being too hot.   It is really soft and feels great against my skin.If you haven’t tried this yarn you are in for a treat.  This is my first it using it and I know I will be using it often.  I love discovering new yarns and fibers.

 

Chunky Yarn crochet cowl

Chunky Yarn Crochet Cowl using Bernat Roving yarn

It’s already warm in my town of Chula Vista, California, however much of the USA and World is still chilly.  This cowl is a nice way to layer up.  It can easily be worn under a sweater, jacket or even just a top.   The picot edge gives it a nice touch.  You can wear it standing up over fold it over as in the photo above.  The project can be made in a single afternoon and would make a great gift.

Crochet Cowl collage

Crochet Cowl collage

Here is what you will need:

2 skeins of Bernat Roving Yarn (Choose contrasting colors)

1 Stitch Marker

Scissors

Yarn needle

K Crochet Hook  ( 6 1/2 mm)

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