This is another post from my old blog. Since I promised to share “the good, the bad, AND the ugly” I had to include this miss of a project. After I completed this freeform top I promptly folded and placed it at the bottom of my shirt container. More than once I grabbed it for inclusion in the thrift store bag but I couldn’t bring myself to let it go without wearing it at least once. Boy is this thing butt ugly. The yarn, a boucle (I think) was decent enough on it’s own but it certainly did NOT fit this tee shirt project . . . yeck.
January 15, 2014
With excitement I am preparing to begin working on my first freeform crochet lace top . . . finally! Looking for an appropriate top to go with my button embellished skirt this yarn came to mind. Actually I had given it to a girlfriend to knit a shawl for me but she wasn’t impressed with how it handled. Low and behold the colors of this yearn go beautifully with my button skirt.
The yarn is 100% cotton chenille and has many earthy colors which will do well with the skirt and the boots that I have in mind to wear with the ensemble.
I’m very excited to get to the creating part. The first thing to do was create a template of my garment. I used an old cotton bed sheet and a crocheted tunic style top that fits me well. Using a permanent marker (you could use any writing device actually) I traced around the top but made the sleeves short. I don’t want them quite 3/4″ but I don’t want them too short either. The template is taped to a corrugated board to form a flat surface to work my crochet magic.
Stay tuned as my crochet lace top comes to fruition. I will post updates as it comes along.
Here is a progression shot of the top. Since the template is off white you can’t see the white crochet lace trim around the arms and neck edge. Also, I feel the camera flash wasn’t the best way to shoot. Stay tuned as I complete this project.
Making the motifs was fun especially picking through the myriad of patterns. I ran into trouble with how to connect them which is the basis for freeform lace crochet. The instructions on how to connect were simple enough (as I went through the process in my mind); however executing it into the project was quite another thing . . . FOR ME.
Right after completing this I said I would not try this technique again. I’ve calmed down a bit though. Actually, I found a book that seems to be about connecting motifs. It has given me hope. Click on the book and check it out especially if you’re connect the motif challenged like me!