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.
Since this is still a very new blog of mine, I thought a good introductory post would be my “Top Favorite Free Motif Patterns.” I literally spent days on end scouring the web for the prettiest, and free motif tutorials out there, and these are the ones I personally loved enough to crochet myself.
The patterns were easy to follow and pretty beginner-friendly, so I will share these along with their links with y’all. The shapes and styles of these motifs are so versatile that you can use them in many different ways. Add them to T-shirts (one of my absolute favorite uses!), make a “bunting” for a special occasion like a wedding or just for your room decor. You can apply them to purses, bedspreads, hell, even the wall if you like!
Note: These are mostly floral shaped motifs as I was going with a floral theme. If you like posts like this, I’ll continue to post others that aren’t theme-limited. Just leave me your feedback in the comments section.
*Another note, I crocheted all of mine in size 3 crochet thread. Obviously, using thread creates a whole ‘nother look. Experiment with any size/colors you like.
2. Medallion Motif (Scarf) Found on Ravelry, by Lion Brand. This has to be my top favorite of all. It’s the biggest of all these listed, but it makes a gorgeous “medallion” for any garment, blanket, etc. I adore this pattern! It’s for a scarf, but I just crocheted one for an applique.
Medallion Scarf by Lion Brand
3. Violet 12 Block, (download-able PDF), also found on Ravelry by Tigerbee’s Buzz. Using my crochet thread, this one came out small with an almost square-ish shape & a ruffle/picot edge.
Lovely motifs are one of my all-time favorite projects to crochet! They’re so versatile.
I spent days looking for the “perfect” floral motif and upon my hundreds of patterns I tried with, these were my top favorites based on these qualities: easy to follow tutorials, free, beautiful as can be! So, I thought I’d save others some trouble of searching and put a few of them here for you guys to come back to as you go.
I’ve actually managed to crochet quite a few of each of these beautiful motifs. Some of them will be attached together to make a little vest, others have gone into a top (which I’ll be posting soon), some went on the backs of plain t-shirts and others were sewn together to create a beautiful, white, bunting, which I think would add something pretty to gatherings, weddings, bedroom walls, etc. I’ll post photos of the projects I’ve made using these patterns later.
And before I go, I want to give a very special thank-you to each of the awesome folks who created these patterns and allowed me to show them off here at Laughing Flamingos. I hope you guys will be kind enough to go give them some blog-love since they did take the time to provide us with their work, for free. Now that’s awesome!
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.
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.
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:
And here is what I have so far:
This is the ‘block’ that will make the front left side of vest.
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.