A while ago I started making a summer top. I chose the easiest pattern I could find, but it was still pretty hard to make.
It doesn’t help that you can’t follow an exact pattern, because you have to adjust for size. Not that I ever follow patterns.
Here is the result:
Now let me start off by saying that for my first try, I’m pretty damn proud of this. It actually fits, and the colour is awesome!
It was made with 2 skeins of Patons Grace cotton yarn I had in my stash. If I was going to wear this I would have made it a bit longer, and would have needed more yarn.
What I would do different.
- The shoulders were easy, and looked pretty much the way I imagined, although it could have been slightly wider. After that it was a process of crochet, try it on, frog it, and start all over again. Many times.
- The armholes were either too tight or too loose and floppy. It was a matter of increasing and decreasing stitches as I went along. When I got past the bust area it became easier.
- The other thing I should have done, was crochet in a spiral, instead of closing each round. In the picture you’ll notice the stitches where I closed each round, in the bottom left of the top.
As I mentioned, I won’t be wearing this, and have already frogged it, but I will use the yarn for something else, and I definitely will come back to this pattern again at some point.
P.S – I will make up for not posting anything last week, by doing 2 posts this week. This cutie pie below distracted me for the first half of the week. I don’t have an excuse for the second half of the week. 🙂
For my first tutorial, I thought a dishcloth would be a good start. Whenever somebody learns to crochet, the first thing they make is a dishcloth. If this was not the case with you, please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear what the first thing you ever made was!
Right now, making these are also a good way for me to try new yarn, new stitches or new patterns. Then you also end up with something possibly useful afterwards.
Before you start
You’ll need to know how to make chain stitches, single crochet and triple (treble) crochet.
I used worsted weight cotton yarn and an 8mm hook size.
This pattern will work just as well if you use a smaller hook down to 5mm, but it will have less open spaces and be smaller. That might be something you prefer.
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
tc – triple (treble) crochet
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
Making this dishcloth
This dishcloth has small bumps on the one side for extra “scrubbing power”, and it also creates a nice 3d-effect.
Row 1: sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (25 stitches)
Row 2: ch 1, turn. * sc in first st, tc in next st. Repeat from * 12 times across the row. End with sc (25 stitches)
The triple crochet is what causes the bump, and can be popped out on either side of the dishcloth.
Row 3: ch 1, turn. sc in first stitch and across the row (25 stitches)
Row 4-25: Repeat rows 2 and 3 alternatively until you have 25 rows. Don’t fasten off.
Border: Work 23 sc evenly around the edges, working 3 sc in each of the corners. Join with sl st to the first sc.
Let me know if you make some of these, and send pictures. I’d love to see it!
Feel free to make as many dishcloths as you want, and you can also sell them. However, please don’t claim this pattern as your own or reproduce it anywhere else. You’re welcome to link back to this site or pattern.