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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!

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.

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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!

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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

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?

13 Insanely Adorable Crochet Toys/Amigurumi

Amigurumi Crochet Collage
1. Giraffe
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Crochet-Patterns-Free has a nice list of giraffe amigurumi and giraffe themed items with free patterns! The little guy above by I Love Buttons By Emma is my favorite, but with so many free giraffe patterns available, you have a plethora of those to choose from. I think the little giraffes would be precious baby gifts.

P.S. The Crochet Stripey giraffe pattern by I Love Buttons By Emma appears to be UK pattern, so keep this in mind if you are a US crocheter.

2. Octopus found on Joann

This is the best free octopus pattern I’ve yet to be able to find online, in my opinion. octopusAnd he’s one pretty awesome octopus. Bonus: He actually looks quite easy to do, too.

3. Laura’s Loop: Bobble Sheep Pillow Free Pattern found on The Purl Bee
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Free Crochet Pillow Pal Pattern by Red Heart
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If you know a child who’s been hoping for one of those pillow pets (that are $20, thank you very much), then you might just be able to impress them with your own, hand-made version. And there’s a unicorn one! As long as they don’t mind the non-light-up effect of a hand-made version, that is. My niece is a fan of pillow pets, and would be ecstatic to have one of these made for her, so I was totally beside myself to find a FREE pattern for one. And they look very much like the as seen on TV Pillow Pets, too! And let’s face it, that unicorn is bad a**! Excuse my stars/language.

…4. Oh, and this adorable
owl by Daisy Cottage Designs is too cute to pass up.
Free owl crochet pattern

I’m pretty certain that every niece of mine from my 5 year old niece to my 9 year old niece, they’re all going to be happy to cuddle this cutie.

5. As for the babies in your life (and mine,) the
Teddy Rattle by Is It A Toy looks so chic!teddy-rattle-stone

6. The very creative (and uber kind-hearted woman for sharing such a perfect design), ChiWei from One Dog Woof created this fantastically perfect Bubbles & Goldfish Teether:
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Told you it was purrfect, didn’t I? Hell, if there wasn’t a small baby in my life to make this for, I’d just make it for my own self. . . I can use it for *something* I’m sure! Too cute to pass up. I think I’ll even try for one or two for my many pregnant friends who happen to all be pregnant right now.

7. <a href=" https://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90155AD.html” target=”_blank”>Crochet caterpillar baby toy by lion brand:
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8. For all the Grumpy Cat fans: A Grumpy Cat Pattern
by: Crochet is for Lovers
I know, you’ve just fallen in love, right?

grumpyCat_front_smallNote: The pattern can be downloaded from her Ravelry page (simply click the link above to get there.)

9. Any small child is probably going to appreciate a pony like one of these fellas by Knit One Awesome: unicorn pony

10. …Or a floppy, precious bunny like the one by:
One Skein Bunny Rabbit by Deb Richey
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The one photographed is by © AmyTheGR8. Pattern can be found here
I liked AmyTheGr8’s version the most, but there are loads of finished bunnies you can find inspiration from, if you’d like to tweak yours to be more original, too.

11. …Or this fabulous little elephant! Even I want one of these cuties.
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Thanks to <a href=" https://www.allaboutami.com/post/83519406448/elephant" target="_blank">All About Ami for providing a useful photo tutorial here to go along with the original pattern here.

If you speak English, you’ll have to do some translating (Google or Bing Translate), but it shouldn’t be impossible as a few folks have already accomplished these!

12. And let’s just be honest here, who *wouldn’t* jump up at down for one of these adorable koalas from Craft Passion?
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You can get the crochet pattern for Mr. Koala here at Woman’s Day, and to see an awesome photo of putting him together, check out Craft Passion’s post.

13. If you’re crocheting for your cat (Christmas gift for kitty?) or a kid, I’m pretty sure both would love a few adorable, brightly-colored mice by Tuba Ching Ching! I know as a kid, I would have really loved a little mouse or two like these! And I’m sure they’d have been far more snuggly to cuddle up to than those ol’ plastic ones I used to play with.

If it’s for kitty, simply stuff with cat-nip (kitty will thank you! I promise) and if it’s for a child, simply use stuffing (kid will thank you…. I think. Can’t make many promises, though.)
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Neon Crochet Accessories

When it comes to home decor, clothes and even accessories, am I the only one who can’t seem to resist neon? Especially neon pink. So it wasn’t long before I found myself with a stash full of neon pink yarn, and of course this was heaven to me. Neon pink yarn to crochet with. My head was spinning with ideas. A bright, bold sweater, a handbag, a clutch purse. You name it. Forget choosing only one, I had to add the gorgeous, vibrant neon pink yarn into virtually everything I crocheted for months! This was the result:

Clutch Bag
One of everything!

Clutch Bag 2
I personally don’t carry clutch purses myself because they don’t have a strap, which I prefer since straps make a purse easier to toss on your shoulder and lug around. Also, I typically require a much larger bag to carry around my everyday items, so the medium-sized clutch I crocheted just was not very use-able for me. But I love it, and I thought surely there would be somebody who would love to have it, so I crocheted it anyways. 😉

Clutch Bag 3
I have to admit, I was quite proud of how the clutch bag turned out. It’s big enough to hold most electronics, including some tablets. The fabric allows for a lot of stretch, too, so my nephew says it was perfect for holding his tablet securely. I used Velcro under the upper flap, and secured a beautiful, pink crystal/rhinestone to the top flap for added elegance.

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And a bracelet (which doubles as a headband, by the way) made from the fabulous neon pink and gray yarn combo was a must.

I actually got my inspiration from a pattern for the headband/bracelet combo online called the crochet chain bracelet by Knot Your Nana’s Crochet. If you click on the word “pattern” up there, you will be taken to Knot Your Nana’s Crochet blog where she was kind enough to post a tutorial/pattern for the bracelet/headband.

It’s made from simple chains, and is one of the quickest projects you’ll find. Very nice for beginners.
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Of course I had to make more than one, since I was happy with the finished product. To my surprise, other people commented on my pink and gray bracelet/headband and asked if I’d make one for them, so I had the pleasure of giving a couple away, which always makes my day.

home basket
I absolutely had to crochet some type of storage container. I have a thing for organization (who doesn’t?) so this medium sized bag was perfect for hanging in the bathroom to hold small amounts of laundry.

…Or cosmetics and things like hairbrushes.
Home Basket 2 At Laughing Flamingos

This bag/basket hangs on the bathroom door knob to hold random items that either don’t have their own space, or just to hold something for a short period of time, like laundry. It’s been the most perfect versatile storage product I’ve ever used so far.

And it must have appealed to others too, because my crocheted bag that hung so beautifully on the bathroom door knob for months finally wound up missing. I didn’t mind having this one item taken, though because I like the idea of my family members making use of the items I have made.

Plus, it really was up for grabs. I had preferred it being used by someone. Sometimes it feels better to have hand made something for others instead of yourself, and I’d hoped I would find somebody who loved the bag I crocheted enough to want it. ‘Course had I not announced that it was something I would gladly give away, then I wouldn’t have been ecstatic about something just going missing. 😉

I love the way neon colors really stand out boldly against a neutral like black or gray. I adore the combo of gray with any neon color, which is why I’m saving my last neon yarn to use on a gray/neon pink sweater this upcoming winter.