Sunday, July 1, 2018

Crochet Dreams Coming True

I've had a love-hate relationship with crochet in the past. Reminiscent of toilet seat covers, rough acrylic coasters, and hideous holey blankets that you only use when your friend is over and you're desperate for blankets, crochet has sort of been a curse word to me. In 2012 I finally decided to pick up a hook and made a really cute hat. As time has gone on I have come to appreciate crochet for certain projects, especially toys and blankets. Knitting a blanket takes forever, but crocheting one is very doable. Another cute project that looks better in crochet than knitting is.... the bralette.

So, as a woman who had a 9 lb 11 oz baby, a bralette is not really something I see myself ever wearing. My postpartum belly has been a source of unhappiness for me for the last 8 years, and yet... I really really really really really wanted to make a crochet bralette.

Who am I to deny myself my crafting urges?

I seriously felt soooo accomplished when I finished this one! I have literally always always wanted to crochet a top like this. Of course I don't intend to actually wear it in public, but I decided to add some fringe to the bottom anyways to cover said belly and to pull down the little lacey bit to keep it from flaring out. I may or may not add beads to the bottom of each fringe so that it lays nicer. But, the yarn is a cotton/linen blend and I would probably have to use glue to keep the beads on which.. I'm not sure how much I want to add glue to this.

This project took only one tiny skein of yarn- only 85 yards! Including the fringe, I still have a little left over. The yarn is Berroco Cotton Twist Variegated in Colorway Pastel Multi. I'm not certain what size crochet hook I used because my hooks are not marked. But it's the yellow from this set on amazon. My husband got this set for me for Christmas last year and so far I've been quite pleased with them.

I'm seriously so happy with this and I even have another skein of the same yarn so I could make another one. And now that I know how little yarn it actually used I might actually make one with continued lace to cover my belly and have something I'm confident wearing. I'm so so so glad I decided to attempt a top like this. I can see more different and exciting designs like this in my future- hopefully culminating in one that I find wearable and flattering.

This top only took 5 days, and that's just in between my daily life of work, my new second job, kids, school, and housework. I sort of tried to follow the bikini pattern from Ready Set Crochet but it turned out my gauge was wildly different so I did some math to figure out the cups and then from there I just winged it, adding in some picot and some patterning from Crochet Edgings and Trims

Anyways, I am glad my crochet skills are expanding. Although I won't be making any toilet seat covers any time soon, I have added a few more crochet patterns to my queue.