Tag Archives: thin yarn

Summer Tank Tops

I love summertime but when you’re a crocheter, it can be a little tricky to switch out those lovely heavy yarns for something thin and lacy. The thinner the yarn, the smaller the hook, the more wrist pain involved!!

Luckily for me, this year I have my trusty covered crochet hooks (made my my very best online friend in the world) which literally transformed my whole crochet game!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Summer Tank Tops

I seriously recommend getting your set covered if you like to crochet with teeny hooks!!

But, me being the crochet rebel I am, I insist on keeping things quick and simple. And that usually means medium worsted yarn and a large hook! Who wants to be sitting around all week–or worse, all MONTH–working on one project?? Not me! I don’t have the attention span for that and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone with that feeling–am I right??

My latest summer inspired designs reflect that attitude! Fun tops that don’t take a lot of fancy thin yarn, itty bitty crochet hooks, or more importantly–time!

Introducing the Herringbone Lace Tank Top which features a cool twist to an otherwise boring crochet stitch, a beautiful lace bottom, and a ribbon tie.

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Summer Tank Tops

And the Classic Chevron Tank Top, which can be done in any number of colors and customized for holidays, birthdays, or lazy summer days on the beach. You can take this design throughout the year, layering it over a long sleeved shirt for those cool nights where a pop of color and pattern turn the ordinary into extraordinary!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Summer Tank Tops

You can find your downloadable pdf copy of both tank top patterns in my Craftsy, Ravelry, or Etsy shops today! And as always, you can come hang out with me and share your projects over on facebook!

Infant Barefoot Sandals

The latest trend in crochet baby footwear for hot summer temps is barefoot sandals–and I can see why! They are super simple to make (no soles make for WAY less work) and they are always ADORABLE!

Infant Barefoot Sandals

Materials Needed:

  • Size E or F hook
  • Sport or baby weight yarn
  • Tapestry needle

Note: You can make these larger by sizing up both your hook and your yarn weight.

Terms Used:

  • ch = chain
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sts = stitches
  • sk = skip

Ch 8. Sl st in 1st ch to form a ring. This will be the loop that goes around the toe.

Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc now and throughout), dc twice into ring. This forms the base of the triangle.

Row 2: Ch 2 and turn, dc in each stitch across.

Row 3: Ch 2 and turn, dc in next dc, dc twice in next, dc in each of last two sts.

Row 4: Ch 2 and turn, dc in first dc, ch 2, sk next dc and sc in next dc.

Row 5: Ch 2, sk next dc,  dc in last two dc of row.

Edging: Ch 1, sc down side of triangle towards ring. 10 sc into the ring. Cont. to sc up the other side of triangle. Once you reach end of this side, ch approximately 30 and finish off (Mine measured 4 inches long when I was done), leaving a 4 inch tail.

Join yarn with a sl st into the other end of the triangle. Ch approximately 30 stitches. Finish off, leaving a 4 inch tail.

You should now have two tails. In order to make the heel, thread your tapestry needle with one tail and crisscross it to the opposite side (see photo below for reference), Attach the tail to the opposite side of the triangle. Tie with a knot and weave in. Complete for the other side.

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com: Barefoot Baby Sandals
All that’s left is the decoration, You can stick anything on top–flowers are my personal favorites but you can do pom poms, ribbon, jewels for that bling factor!!

If you create a pair, don’t forget to share your pics on our Facebook Group!

Bursting Blooms

I love playing with new stitches and this project is an example of just that. I’ve called it Bursting Blooms and even though it obviously needs some work, I think the stitch is ADORABLE! (At least it works in a hat!!)

Bursting Blooms Hat

This one would be cute on a scarf or a baby’s playmat–I’m even thinking baby booties and bracelets! Basically, this stitch is nothing more than fancy fpdc worked around two dc posts. Anyone who knows how to work the crocodile stitch can do these without any problem at all.

The multiple is 12. For this project I used an H hook but you can really use any hook you’d like. The larger the hook, the bigger the flowers and the smaller the hook, the smaller the flowers.

To make the flower: [(DC, CH3) 6 times] around post of next dc, turn work 180 degrees, [(DC, CH 3) 5 times, dc] around post of prev dc.

The way I’ve worked these stitches on the hat  is to work a regular beanie, increasing until I got to 60 stitches. Two rows of dc followed. Then I worked my 1st flower row by chaining 2, dc in the next 4 dc, *flower around post of next and prev dc, dc in same dc (behind flower), dc in next 11 dc; repeat from * around.

When I came to the end of the round, I had 6 flowers. Next came two more dc rounds and then another flower round (for this round I eyeballed the centers from the prior flower round and just worked a flower in-between each of the two from the row above.

Another two dc rounds followed that and then I finished it off with a picot border. Ch 3, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, *picot, 1 hdc in next 3 sts; continue from * around and finish off.

This is definitely one to work with again and again!

Bunny Slippers!

A few days ago, I was trolling etsy and saw the CUTEST baby bunny slippers ever! I knew I had to make a pair. So I sat and thought about it and after about an hour, out popped this:

Baby Bunny Slippers

Baby Bunny Slippers

I posted the pic to facebook (I’m still working on writing down the pattern in case anyone else wants to make a pair), and I was asked if I could size them up to an adult 8.

I had no clue if I could pull it off! In case anyone missed my baby booties post, I really hate counting stitches for booties and slippers in general. So an adult sized slipper seemed almost impossible.

And then I remembered that I could work them in the round from the toe and suddenly, a size 8 looked like a piece of cake!

I started with a prototype to test hook size and wound up ripping out my work at least twice. Tedious, for sure, but necessary when you want to get it just right!

First I started with an H hook and some thin brushed yarn. That was a total disaster. The hook was WAY too large and the thin yarn made holes the size of the Grand Canyon! Not ideal for slippers. 

Then I scaled down to an F hook, swapped the brushed yarn for some thicker 4 ply, and still thought they were too roomy around the ball of the foot. At least on that try, the slipper wasn’t full of holes so I knew I was on the right track.

Finally, I settled on a size E, a pretty off white 4 ply yarn, and decided to just move on and make Mama Bunny.

This was the result:

Mama Bunny Slippers

This mama isn’t finished yet. She still needs her nose, I’m thinking a flower for her ears?? a button for the loop, and I haven’t actually tied in her eyes yet, (the yarn is in there to get an idea about placement but they look a little high to me. I might end up moving them before I actually tie and glue the knots…) but for the most part–this one is done.

I’ll update when I get this pair totally finished and include patterns for both Mama and Baby!