Crafter of the Month: Kristin’s Top from Convertible Crochet
With summer in full swing, we can’t stop thinking about light, lacey crochet. Kristin’s crocheted top caught our eye with its openwork stitch pattern, convertible sleeves, and marine blue hue–the perfect summer top!
As our Crocheter of the Month, Kristin walks us through her process, yarn selection, modifications, and future plans for making more of Doris Chan’s cool and customizable designs in Convertible Crochet.
For this top, I followed the Andromeda Dress pattern from Convertible Crochet, the latest book from designer Doris Chan. In this case, the “convertible” element was that I chose to finish before the final row of motifs to wear it as a tunic rather than as a dress. Doris provides so many options for customizing the designs to suit each crocheter’s taste and shape. The Andromeda design (featured on the cover) features vest, peplum tunic, and dress options, either with or without sleeves. In the dress version, the fluttery flared sleeves are actually strung on and can be removed to convert back to a short sleeve.
Under each motif-based pattern, Doris provides several measurement guidelines to aid in accomplishing gauge (including “checkpoints” after selected rounds of the motifs), so I felt I could take a chance by trying different yarns from my stash. I substituted Aunt Lydia’s size 3 cotton thread on the Andromeda Dress and was able to use just one skein of Tosh Merino Light from my stash for a petite, delicate version of the Phoebe Shrug. I’m making a second Phoebe with a sturdier DK.
I always stretch my skills with Doris’s designs. I’d always been intimidated by joining motifs and had avoided such projects in the past. I think I’m safely past that point now. A crocheter is in good hands learning a new technique with Doris Chan, and the finished product is well worth the effort. I always feel that her designs make me look so much better than I actually do! I’m looking forward to making the Andromeda Peplum Vest; in fact, I’ve decided there is no such thing as a “shortlist” for the projects I hope to make from this book.
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Customizable Designs for Stylish Garments
Written by Doris Chan
Category: Crafts & Hobbies – Crocheting
Format: Paperback, 144 pages
On Sale: May 21, 2013