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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.
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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!

The finished Child’s Cardigan!

Well, I finally finished the last sleeve on the little cardigan I have been working on crocheting for my 5 year old niece. Now that I’ve had the time to weave in all those irritating yarn ends, I was able to make time for a few photographs of the finished product, too!

I did end up adding some ruffle touches to the sleeves. I am a sucker for ruffles, so it wasn’t easy to contain myself and leave it to the sleeves and front edges only. Otherwise, the entire thing would be nothing but frills! Believe me, it wasn’t easy not to do that.
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I feel like this was a pretty rewarding project, but will be even more so when I get to witness my niece actually wearing it, and liking it.

I’m definitely glad that I decided to go ahead and use the Caron One pound of yarn, although it surprised me that this cardigan actually took up the entire pound almost! A tiny little cardigan! I thought for sure I’d have about half the yarn roll left over. I like the rose-color and figured the gray and white made for the perfect color combo, as it always does. But the reason I’m happy with the pink Caron yarn is because I didn’t realize how snugly soft this stuff was compared to other acrylic yarns like Red Heart until I actually began using this soft stuff. Compared to the other popular acrylic yarns on the market, this stuff is perfectly soft, and others are terribly scratchy, which I hate.

I want to make note that not all Red Heart yarn is scratchy. In fat, the Made With Love is some of my favorite, soft-wise. It’s bouncy and soft, and fluffy, but you don’t get much in those rolls, so I try to get it on sale when I’m using it.

Unfortunately, during my rushing around today, I left my flat iron on near the cardigan and apparently, part of the straighteners plate was touching the cardigan. The result:

Here you can see where my hair straightener had touched the cardigan. Odd that it turned yellow, but I am just glad it didn't damage the yarn itself!
Here you can see where my hair straightener had touched the cardigan. Odd that it turned yellow, but I am just glad it didn’t damage the yarn itself!

Back and mistake

Imagine how horrified I was to have just finished this sweater only to realize that as I was getting ready and doing my hair today, I mus have sat the flat iron a bit too close to the cardigan and it burned the yarn… yellow! How odd! It’s almost as if it striped the pink dye from it, and the original yarn color was this ugly yellow color! I kicked myself all day for doing this, but have thought up a couple solutions, although not perfect ones. 1. a technique where you simply cover the posts/stitches that are damaged and mis-matched in color with thread of matching color (pink.) By simply wrapping some thread, or the matching yarn around the stitches that are damaged, and tying off in the back, it should cover it. Thread will do the trick without creating a thicker (which extra yarn will create) spot where the mistake was.

Solution number 2: Simply turn the cardi inside out. Since it’s virtually identical on both sides, this could work. The only problem I have with using this easy out is that the decorative bubble stitching around the neck is more noticeable on the original “right side out” and by having to turn it inside out to hide the mistake from my flat iron, those pretty stitches won’t have the same “sticking-out” appearance. 🙁
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Still, I believe the only option other than a total re-do, which is out, is to turn it inside out where the ugly mistake is on the inside, not the out.

What about you guys? What are some of the last-minute fixes you’ve had to wing? Any ideas on a way to fix mine?

Crochet Lace

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If you guys have been following my posts for long, then you may have spotted my last blog post where I had showed you my latest crochet project… If you did happen to see it, then I bet this crochet project in the photo above looks awfully familiar? That’s because the crochet lace trim/edge I had posted about last was so lovely that I could not stop! I seen too much potential in this design that I kept going — basically free-form crocheting each remaining row. The reason for this is the trusty ol’ inspiration struck again as I admired the finished trim/edging I’d crocheted.

I seen a skirt in that thin piece of trim. I seen a curtain for a small bathroom window. Most importantly, I seen the bottom portion of a bad a** peplum blouse! I know, it is kind of pathetic, but I am obsessed. I could not help myself, so I grabbed the hook and re-attached my thread and kept going, and going, and going. Kind of like I’m doing now as I type and can’t seem to shut up.

There’s something so elegant and classy about the peplum top. It’s so flattering! I know some of you despise them, and I can understand that, as I once thought they were somewhat unsightly too. But once I tried my first peplum style blouse on, I loved them forever. The bottom ruffle of a peplum top is just so darn feminine and the way it drapes is so beautiful on every body/frame that I can’t get enough of them. I’ve never seen a peplum shirt that I didn’t think looked beautiful on the wear-er.

Plus, the peplum top has a comfort similar to that of yoga pants. It looks so nice and put-together, yet the way the somewhat loose ruffled bottom drapes creates a flattering looseness that kind of conceals the shape of your mid-section’s frame. No, I’m not saying that’s a goal or something we should aim to do, as I don’t think we should “hide” our shape. There’s no reason to hide it, but sometimes it feels good and comfortable to wear something that is not form-fitting, or tight and uncomfortable. I like some room to move, and sit and a peplum top is like wearing a loose fitting t-shirt only it looks super classy and very put together. I like to top a pair of jeans or blue jean shorts with a pin-stripe peplum top I have that features a satin red ribbon belt that I tie in a bow at the side. It’s so easy, and creates an instant dressed-up look without actually having to try much.

So, there you have it. I’m a peplum fan, and now you know why. And now I’ve just ran out of my white crochet thread to finish (barely) the bottom peplum portion to this blouse I’ll be making. I so hate when I run out of thread (or yarn) before I’ve finished a project. This happens to me quite often. You may recall one of my last blog posts where I complained about this very thing! It was my niece’s dress, then. Now it’s my top.

The top portion will be tank top style, probably since I’ve yet to actually do sleeves except twice. I’ve never crocheted something from thread that had sleeves, either. It’s always a tank top. However, I do think I would like sleeves on this peplum top, but I never know exactly how a shirt will end up until I actually finish. I just go with whatever style and stitch comes to mind as I work. I usually have an idea of what I want in mind, but not completely, and the project often changes into something completely different from the time I begin! Obviously. I mean this was originally just an edging.

For the top half, I’ll probably use some combination of double crochet (like I did for the lace-y vest I crocheted and blogged about a few weeks ago) and whatever stitch comes to mind as I work it. I’m thinking of long, open stitches and some criss-cross stitches tossed in the mix, much like the double crochet cross-over stitch, which creates an awesome little “X” like design. For this top, though, I think I’d like the “X” stitches to be much longer than a double crochet cross over is. Perhaps I’ll use chains and attach them in a way that creates “X”‘s. I won’t want the entire top half to be totally see-through, though, so as always, I’ll be including multiple rows of double crochet.

The ‘design’ is stored in my mind. I have the vaguest image of it in my head, but hopefully when it begins to come alive, I’ll adore it. That was the case with the vest, anyways.

Since I still love the trim I’d originally made from this design, I’ll be making another (and leaving it at trim this time.. Hopefully). I had many ideas for that trim before it blossomed into the bottom of a peplum top!

MORE PHOTOS (BETTER QUALITY) COMING SOON

In fact, there’s a t-shirt I just re-fashioned and had wanted to use this very trim on the bottom hem of it. 🙁 I will have to wait until I get more thread for that.

So, what do ya’ll think? Did you like the trim/edging better than turning this into a peplum? What do you think of peplum tops? Love or loate? And last but not least, what projects are you currently working on? I’d love to see pictures!

Lacey Crochet Vest Completed!

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Folks, I have finally completed my crochet vest I’d posted about previously! In that last post, I showed you guys the beginning of the vest where I was working on it at that moment. It was basically a long rectangle of Sunflower Motifs then. I free-handed the rest to create the shape and style I wanted. Since I wanted a racer-back style vest and couldn’t find any crochet pattern like that, I just eyeballed a racer-back tank top I had and did the rows accordingly. Here is the finished product. I’d love it if you guys let me know your thoughts on this. As you can tell, I’m quite proud of it since it’s only my second ever free-hand clothing piece. Of course I followed the pattern of the Sunflower motifs, which I linked to in my previous post.

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The vest will of course be available for purchase in my shop Laughing Flamingos if anyone’s interested.

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Crochet Lace Blouse Free Tutorial (Intro and PT.1)

As you may know, I’ve been hard at work lately trying to construct a whole new blog with the focus of crochet — something I’ve picked up and loved! My latest project has been designing this beautiful lacey tank-top blouse, with the help of the very talented, lovely Girly from Girlie’s Crochet (thanks Girlie!) 

 

*Video PT.1 at bottom of this post*

 

*Note, if you’ve already began and are looking for the “Bust & Straps” portion of the tutorial, you can find that here. I made these separately because putting this post and that written part of the tutorial all in one post seemed overwhelming. Moving on.

 

While making the tutorial for this top, I’ve kept beginners (as I’m pretty much one myself still) in mind, so don’t be turned off by trying this one if you are new to crochet. Basically, all you need to know is how to double crochet, slip stitch, chain & cross-over double crochet and picot stitch. In the video, I took time to briefly show how those stitches are done. I’ve also created an entirely separate video tutorial on how to do the cross-over double crochet stitch, so my fellow beginners, I’ve got you covered! 

 

You also have the lovely Girly (from Girlie’s Crochet, which I’ve linked to above) who’s given us a free, photo tutorial on the majority of the top! She designed a skirt & I’ve used her exact same design to create the bottom portion of this blouse, so you can easily follow her pattern for the beginning length. I still suggest watching my Part 1 video on the blouse because that’s where you’ll learn what this design requires and all that important stuff.

 

 

Here is what the finished blouse/top looks like. In the photos I’ve added a belt and of course put a cami top underneath since this is see-through. 

 

Video Tutorial for Lace Crochet Blouse by Kendra:

Part two (the bust and straps) tutorial can be found here.

At the moment, the rest of the ‘series’ is being uploaded to YouTube and will soon be put here on the blog, too. If you need to access those videos before they’re posted here on the blog, you can find them on my channel.

Crochet Vest Project

Here’s some of the  photo inspiration I’ve been using to create a vest. I’ve had these ideas of a crochet vest floating around in my head for months now! I figured crochet vests, especially with any sort of floral or lacy look to them are always stylish, and since it’s summer, I can top a it over a solid colored tank to add a bit of… hippy-ness? I’ve been pinning different crocheted vests on Pinterest like crazy, but here are a few that I’m loving:

Of course mine is going to vary hugely from these photos, but here are some of the vests that inspired me:

Image source: Dino Direct.com
“Lace Hollow Crochet” found on Ebay
Source: found on Ebay
Image source: https://bo-m.blogspot.com.ar/search?updated-max=2012-10-10T21:40:00%2B01:00&max-results=20&start=60&by-date=false
Found on Ebay

And here is what I have so far:

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This is the ‘block’ that will make the front left side of vest.

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Kendras vest piece

Kendras Crochet vest piece

It may or may not help give you an image of what this simple block of motifs will look like when put together as a vest, but hopefully it’s helpful. I’ll update with photos as I go, if you guys want to see the progress?  Perhaps even give instructions as to how I put it all together in the end, too.

My Pinterest “To Do” and Likes are filled with similar items to these, so once I finally felt inspired enough, I found my trusty motif (The Sunflower Motif, linked to below ) and started brainstorming as I went. I really have to put my hook to action and see the work as I go in order to really plan it out. I can’t just see my whole idea in my head like some do. So, this vest of mine could wind up taking a whole different turn, but for now, I think I’ll keep joining these motifs until I reach the back.

Told you it’d be very different. See, I really would’ve loved to have been able to crochet something with the kind of stitching used in a lot of these vests, but as a beginner, I had no idea how to do so & there aren’t many instructions or patterns available for stylish, modern vests out there. I hope to learn some newer, more unique stitches so that I can incorporate them into vests and blouses in the future.  Had I known how to crochet something like the vests and blouse above, I’d have no doubt done something like that.

For anybody who’s interested, the motifs (called the Sunflower Motif) I’m using are a free pattern available on the blog of another crochet-blogger, Naomi at Knotty Living.

I adore her motif pattern and was elated that she offered it for free! I found it easy to follow. I did leave out the very last row on my motifs, though.
As it stands, this piece will probably be the front side. I’ll work up another for the other front side. I desperately hope to be able to do a racer-back style for the back, but I will be winging it and having to use a racer-back tank top I own for a pattern to follow. I’m hoping it turns out well. I’ll probably just use more motifs and double crochet rows or something to make up the back. I never know for sure how I’m going to do the entire project when I work on a top until I reach the end.

I’m probably going to add some sort of scallop trim/edging to the front sides (where it will hang open) and hope that adds a touch of ruffle to the vest.

Have you been inspired to crochet a vest top for summer? If so, please do share any of your work with me! I love connecting with other crocheters.

UPDATE: Here’s the finished product! I’m really happy with it, especially considering it was all free-hand except the motifs! Everything was put together without a pattern. I will share the whole process in another post if anybody happens to be interested.

The vest will be available in my shop Laughing Flamingo.

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