Category: Style

Inspiration Friday – Using Crochet to Re-Fashion Your Clothing for



It’s Friday. The end of the week. The day most people look forward to all week long…
Oh, technically it’s Saturday, but I began writing this post on Friday. It’s now past midnight, so we will just pretend it’s still Friday or else I’ll have to change it from “Inspiration Friday” to “Inspiration Saturday,” and it just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Anyways, Friday is the perfect day for a little inspiration and easy-going fun, am I right? That’s why I am bringing you some gorgeous fabric + crochet ideas to play with this weekend!

Take a look at some of the inspirational photos I’ve been drooling over lately, and don’t forget to share your own in the comments!

Crochet Back Shirt
[Source: the top pictured above is one that used to be sold on Etsy, but is no longer available, according to the site, so the source is unclear.] However, it’s a perfect example of how the result of combining crochet with fabric can be stunning.

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[Source: Anthropologie]

Crochet Tejidos [Source: Crochet Tejidos]

043ae94532ae6cfc0fc201dd96119dfa [Source: Ekaterina Kukhareva: Spring Summer 2012. Crochet and Fabric.]
I absolutely love the look of neons with neutrals like the tan and neon green in this dress. I’ve been seeing this color combo in shops for the last year and I’ve noticed crochet and knitting showing up in fashion more and more lately. In fact, last winter, I saw a similar color combination as this dress in a knitted sweater at a local shop and was thrilled! Finally, us yarn-crafters can put our neon colors to use without it being so tacky. Lol. 😉 I usually add some gray with my neon yarns. It helps keep it more modern nd less ’70’s.

Shirt with crochet back by ShopPinkMagnolia [Source: ShopPinkMagnolia]
Oh. My. Gosh. This top with a gorgeous lacy detail straight down the back is absolutely drool-worthy. If I can get my hands on some crochet threat again… This will be what I attempt next. Looks more like an Irish Lace design, and that is not something I’ve been able to learn yet, but plan to.

The correct use of those beautiful, intricately detailed crochet doilies:
Heart crochet inspiration
[Image source: Oma Koppa]

Makes you wonder why they weren’t invented for this very reason from the start, right?
I crocheted a medium sized, simple flower-like “doily” in white, baby yarn last winter and sewed it onto the back of a charcoal gray long-sleeved shirt that wasn’t fitted. I had kept the shirt around because it was comfortable, but I’d wanted to make some alterations to it so that it wouldn’t look so much like a sloppy, little boys shirt. The fit was old-school and so it looked like I was wearing a shirt from the little boys department at Target. Not flattering. Believe me.

So I ended up turning it into a crop-top (subtle crop! Not a belly shirt, promise.) and then sewed a band on the bottom (using the material left over from cropping the bottom), crocheted my flower-slash-modern-day-doily and sewed that sucker onto the back.

I actually planned on going for a cut-out style in the shape of the doily, and then sewing the doily down, but to play it safe, I sewed the crochet work onto the shirt first and was going to cut the fabric out from underneath the crochet doily. It would basically leave bare back showing from underneath the crocheted doily, which I thought would be so adorable. However, when I tried the top on after sewing, I liked it so much as it was that I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to leave it as it was or go ahead and cut the fabric. I ended up leaving it, but might change it in the future.

Unfortunately, we’re still in the warm season, so I don’t have a photo of my re-vamped top since my winter-y clothes are all packed up and stored away still. Just maybe I can convince myself to dig it out and get a quick picture sometime soon.

To satisfy your curiosity though, I went and found few pictures of shirts done in a similar way as the one I made:
Crochet Doily On Back of Shirt DIY by diyfamilyti.me [Source: diyfamilyti.me/]

Don’t you love it?
From the first time I tried on my doily-backed top, I could hardly resist the urge to crochet more and slap them on all of my tops! I have managed to keep those urges under control so far, but I fear that it won’t be long until I break down and doily-up more of my t-shirts!

Crocheting onto your regular, everyday fabric clothing really does provide so many possibilities. Just looking at the yokes and necklines of simple tank tops (like the first photo on this post) makes my crochet-addicted fingers want to go to work on making one of my own. I love the way it transforms a regular old, plain top into something fun and stylish, yet versatile. It can take your wardrobe options to a whole new level. Just imagine one of those overly-casual, loose-fitting tops in your closet transformed by a little crochet doily (or a brand new neckline made of funky stitches) — now you can throw on your favorite jeans, feel comfy and cozy in your t-shirt, but with the newly added crochet detail, it looks totally glamorous!

We could even take it one step further by adding a statement necklace and some heels (ok, flats. Who wears heels nowadays when you can find bling-y sandals or flats equally as glamorous, right?).

Told ya this was versatile! Plus, if you already know how to crochet, making a simple doily to sew onto one of your shirts can be done in such a short amount of time you’ll be able to wear your masterpiece the same day.

Last but not least, here’s an adorable way to change up a plain t-shirt by adding simple crochet detailing to the sleeve:

Source: Choies.com
Source: Choies.com

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OOTD and Ideas for Restyling T-Shirts With Crochet Lace

Happy Labor Day weekend, my few readers! I hope you all are having a great weekend so far.

Crochet As You Are typically focuses strictly on knitting and crochet topics, but since fashion/clothing/style is almost always the main topic, I’ve decided to stray just a smidgen from strictly knitting/crochet and include some fashion/style/clothing ideas and inspiration.

I hope you guys will be okay with this mini change, or even better, I hope this will bring even more interest and inspiration to more readers. I mean, it’s not like us knitting and crochet addicts only enjoy or wear or discuss crochet and knitting, right?

Okay, okay, 96% of a knitter/crocheter’s discussion topics are about the craft we’re so addicted to, but we simply can’t fill our closets with only yarn-made items.

Don’t get me wrong, if it were possible for every clothing item a knitter/crocheter owns to be made of a snugly soft yarn, we’d probably be all over it.

So Crochet As You Are will begin to focus just a little bit on fashion and inspiration more often.

As the first fashion, non-yarn-related photo ever to be posted here on Crochet As You Are, I would like to feature something similar to what many fashion bloggers call an “OOTD,” which stands for “Outfit Of The Day,” but with a twist — I’ll be sharing some ideas I’ve been pondering regarding the blouse in the OOTD that I plan to re-vamp using crochet!
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I’ve been considering re-vamping the neckline of this blouse for a long time now. Of course, my idea includes incorporating my addiction to crochet. The blouse is nice and comfortable, but I rarely wear it because the elastic neckline is so huge and loose that it hangs open.

I’ve accumulated many ideas in this warped brain of mine as to what I could do, and I keep coming back to the idea of reconstructing it using a lovely crochet yoke of some type. I think it’d be beautiful if I could manage something like Irish lace. Little flowers crocheted in a light, cream colored thread and probably racer-back style. I could imagine that being a nice addition to this casual top.

In fact, since I’ve already managed to yack about it, I might as well show a photo that is similar to what I have in mind for the blouse you see in my outfit photos above:

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*Shirt above is from Anthropologie and can be found here.

As for the rest of this OOTD (if you could even call it that,) here are more photos of the outfit along with earrings and the shoes.

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By the way, the jewelry is all hand-made by me. The owl earrings and necklace are two of my favorite pieces. If you just so happen to be interested, these can be ordered from Laughing Flamingo.

Sandals 2015
Oh, and those awesome sandals? My precious love got them for me, and the store just so happened to offer a random discount, so instead of $30-something, I think they ended up costing like $15! I love a fabulous deal like that, and these sandals are total perfection. I adore the blingy sparkle and shine, and love that they transform an otherwise super casual outfit into something that looks more… glam and less flip-flops and t-shirt-y.

I shall run now. It’s 4AM and I’m ready to spend a few minutes knitting a pair of boot cuffs that I’m making to go in the store ( and I am on the verge of a great opportunity, I believe — the boot cuffs and jewelry I make just might be featured in a really awesome local store who may sell my line! Fingers crossed!)

Have a fantastic, fun Labor Day weekend everyone! Stay safe and do share your plans for the weekend! I love hearing from you guys.

So what are ya’ll going to be doing? Will you be celebrating Labor Day? If not, how are you going to spend your weekend? So far for us, we spent the evening with friends and my parents, twin sister, older sister, and nieces watching my nephew’s football game — okay, they watched the game and I knitted! LOL) and then we all came back to my parents’ for the night. Being that it’s 4AM now though, I’m the only one still awake.

As for tomorrow, I’ll be spending time with my nieces and nephews during the day today and then later we’ll (me and my very significant other, a couple friends, and family) will be celebrating — cooking hot dogs and S’mores over a fire.

Let me know how you plan to celebrate or not celebrate.
Be safe and have fun!

How to Crochet Square Mesh – Video Tutorial

https://youtu.be/uiG5Ipn9drY
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Well, my fellow raving mad crochet-ers, it’s summer time and I’m absolutely crazy about this square mesh crochet stitch! Mesh crochet is probably the world’s quickest, easiest crochet stitch for making virtually anything from garments to shawls and even scarves.

I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing to crochet or knit is garments. I mean, after all that work we crocheters/knitters put in, we want to show it off, right? It just so happens that summer time and crochet wearables are like soul-mates. I think we can all appreciate a good knitted/crocheted sweater to snuggle into during the cold months, but crocheting wearables for summer opens up a whole ‘nother world of style and stitches.

Anyways, I have finally been able to upload the tutorial for one of my favorite summer stitches. The video is right at 10 minutes long, I believe. It’s not even 20 minutes long (I don’t think) and it honestly took me from 6:something to 7:00PM until just now (2:00 AM) for this sucker to upload! I even use a program called HandBrake to help cut the time down and it still took all day long to upload it!

To make things 1,000 times worse, during the entire day it takes just to upload one short video, for some reason, I’m unable to use the Internet! I don’t know what it is about uploading a video, but I won’t be able to do anything online until the video is complete and published. Any ideas on fixing that, do let me know & I’ll be so grateful to you.

My point though: that’s why my YouTube channel doesn’t have videos on a consistent basis, or a regular basis for that matter. I have several crochet video tutorials on my computer building up just because it takes so much trouble to upload one. I try to start uploading as soon as I wake up, but on workdays, I usually can’t upload at all because my job requires me to use the Internet.

Back to crochet.
Crochet Mesh
Crochet mesh is super quick. This means I can actually wear my crocheted garment the same summer I start making it whereas other crochet or knit stitches will sometimes take an entire season just to finish. This is why you non-crocheters/knitters see us grannies (I’m 25, thank you. But I know you assumed I was a granny!) crocheting thick blankets in the hot summer months! Because we’re lucky if it’s finished by the time Christmas rolls around.

Ever wondered where the phrase “slower than Christmas” came from?

Now you know. I’m about 800% positive the phrase is related to the time it takes to crochet something like a blanket before Christmas arrives.

Close-up of the mesh. I ended up making a blouse from it.
Close-up of the mesh. I ended up making a blouse from it.

I love mesh crochet because it’s so versatile and easy and quick. But this particular type of mesh crochet — I call it the Crochet Square Mesh or Mesh Square Crochet — is my favorite because of the perfectly aligned squares it creates. Don’t get me wrong, I love diamond mesh too, but sometimes I want my wearables to look less like a simple swimsuit cover-up.

Either way, mesh allows you to do so many things. You can add ruffle and even use the mesh as a foundation and build on using a ruffle stitch or fan stitch, as I’ve discussed in the video posted at the top.

Since the video, I have almost completed my shirt/blouse that I ended up making from this mesh square stitch. I still have some finishing touches to make like the straps, but so far, it’s almost done! I will update with photos as soon as I get time.
Crochet Mesh 2
If you guys are interested in seeing a tutorial on the entire top (will add photos of it to this post soon), then be sure to let me know and I’ll do my best to make a tutorial for you.

If you’d just like to own the shirt, it will be up in the shop Laughing Flamingos within the next month hopefully. A link will be posted for those of you who wish to buy it there.

In the meantime, share your current W.I.P. I love seeing and reading about what you lovely folks are working on!

Baby Bow Headband + Free Tutorial

With the arrival of my brand new niece — who was born the day before the Fourth of July, I might add — I have been getting busy with my hook and needles!

Like many of you, I too love crocheting and knitting for new babies. In fact, babies are probably my favorite project-recipients… because they can’t yet express that they don’t adore my handiwork. Ha. Ha. I’m only half-kidding. 😉

Baby Bow Headband by Kendra

Although I’ve had dozens of ideas swirling around in my yarn-obsessed head, I decided that my first project would be something quick and adorable that she could wear right away. A blanket doesn’t really fulfill the satisfaction of a quick project, so I went with an adorable, simple headband and of course, I used a bow as the big decoration point.

I followed a simple, very thorough photo tutorial for the bow found here – by Jess from Craftiness Is Not Optional.

– Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional
https://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2013/01/easy-crochet-bow-tutorialpattern.html

Jess makes this adorable bow so easy to construct that even the most beginner of all crochet beginners will be able to follow along! Thanks, Jess, for such intricate detail in your tutorial!

I chose Jess’ bow tutorial over the others available on the Internet because I loved the thickness of the one she makes. Instead of just one thin, flimsy crochet panel, she uses a long-ish strip and folds the sides inwards, creating a bow that looks nice, is sturdy, and has more of a “bow” appearance.

Baby Bow Headband by Kendra 2

The bow is basically a crocheted rectangle piece that turns into a perfect little bow when several inches of yarn is wrapped tightly around the center, pulling the center inward so that the rectangle takes on a real bow effect. I love it!

Baby Bow Headband by Kendra 4

I have also crocheted a larger, slightly different bow headband for my 4 year old niece, only I used a neon pink for the wrapped center part and a turquoise bow and band. It’s absolutely adorable on her cute little head! I will be getting photo of that one and posting them here as well.

Baby Bow Headband by Kendra 2

Baby Bow Headband by Kendra 4

Here are the pair of colorful sandals I made to go with the bow for my newest niece:
Baby Flip Flops and Bow by KendraBaby Flip Flops and Bow Set by Kendra

Crochet in Fashion — Outdated or Here to Stay?

Don’t underestimate crochet’s widespread effect and adoration. Virtually everybody and their mama have owned or do own a piece of crocheted work whether it’s an afghan or a sweater.

While crochet and knitting and most all yarn crafts do have somewhat of a “grandma” reputation, I feel like the crafts aren’t always given the credit they’re due, and I’m pretty sure my fellow crafters would agree. I mean, you spend 6 months working on a small throw or a sweater. Knitting and crochet both require a serious amount of time and work, and not to mention all the brain work that goes into it.

But this is not a rant about the time and effort that goes into creating something with two sticks (or one hook), your hands and a tangled ball of yarn. I’m not here to convince everyone to dig out their old, itchy sweaters handmade by grandma (or the memories of said itchy, old sweaters) and start wearing them again with a newfound, but itchy appreciation. If you can’t appreciate a hand knitted or crocheted item, then that’s totally fine! I think sometimes us yarn crafters tend to expect everyone to be able to love and value our craft, but the truth is, some people simply don’t dig it, and that’s okay.

I am one of those folks who don’t have an eye for art. I look at a painted canvas and my mind starts slowing down. I still appreciate the time and effort that the artist put into their work, but I am not likely to want to hang it on my wall or wear it just because. So really, the same applies to me and my yarn works. I have to remember that not everybody has an “eye” for what I create, and I can be okay with that. I just have to remember it.

That aside, what I actually wanted to discuss is that crochet and knitting might be under-credited crafts when it comes to the reputation it gets. People always think granny when you mention knitting or crochet, but if you look around, the crafts are so amazingly timeless!

Knitted and crocheted items have literally seeped into every corner of the world, every culture and even most categories of shopping. In fact, the granny square is alive and well, even at the start of 2015, the granny square is still being seen in the form of garments and afghans.

In fact, just today (January 2, 2015), I flipped open W Magazine — which is being sent to me unsolicited despite my pleading with the senders to stop wasting paper and resources to send me magazines I never even want or read — and there was a red-headed woman dressed in a funky printed dress with a red, black, and white granny square tank top snugly over it. (MiuMiu)

On the right, the exact photograph I described from W Magazine — Designer Miu Miu.

So these timeless crafts are still as big as ever in our world, and here most of us yarn-crafters were thinking we were some of the only folks left on the planet who ran around with needles, hooks and a ball of yarn in our hand (or for some of us, purse).
Another example of crochet in high fashion. Image source: Helenrodel.com.br

Crochet and knitting shows up on the runway more often than chiffon. The holiday season always brings new fair aisle sweaters in a brand new color combinations to greet our eyes as many designers crank out new designs and patterns.
Another Helen Rodel example. Source: https://www.helenrodel.com.br/news/2014/11/29/helen-rdel-in-shanghai

Even Dolce & Gabbana are well-known for their crocheted pieces, although I can’t honestly say I’m a fan of D&G, and that definitely includes this grandma-tacky bag! And we wonder why crochet gets such a granny-esque air about it?

Yves Saint Laurent in crochet + mini pup = Epic!

Let’s face it, as far as knitting and crochet, those crafts are here to stay!