April 21, 2015

Crochet & Fabric

Fiber arts such as Crochet and Knitting are most often thought of as winter time activities, but there are tons of amazing summer style patterns out there.  Most warm weather patterns use a light weight yarn, which requires a smaller hook; resulting in a lot more time to make the finished item.  But don't worry because you CAN create some awesome crochet things AND save time!

There's no limit to what you create with crochet.  This includes beautiful garments and accessories which combine crocheting and sewing with fabric.  (Note: This article contains free patterns)

Crochet can look really exquisite as the highlight of a garment.  Think of a dress that uses crochet as the bodice and flows into a beautiful fabric drape!

Free Pattern - Nell by Berroco
Crochet top dress free pattern
Free Pattern - Beautiful Red Dress by The Green Dragonfly
Free Pattern - Mossimo Dress Hack by Vickie Howell
Free Pattern - Ina by Berroco
Free Pattern - Notte Blu by NT Maglia
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Free Crochet Chart - Red Bib by Crochet Plaisir

Do you have boring old T-shirts laying around? ... Or a large piece of fabric (maybe even from another garment) that you like, but have no idea what to do with it?  Crochet a collar, add sleeves, add a cool crochet edging!

Free Pattern - Summer Duet by Laura Nelkin
Free Pattern - Gingko by Genuine Mudpie
Free Pattern - Keila Top by Handy Kitty
crochet edging
Free Tutorial- Crochet Edging by Rachel Choi
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Free Crochet Chart- Floral Squares by Crochet Plaisir
Diva Denim Remix Skirt
Free Pattern- Diva Denim Remix Skirt by Double Stitch Twins

Crocheting and fabric is not only for garments, don't forget your accessories!

Free Pattern- Floral Fringe Bag by Gleeful Things

So many ideas!

I've seen crochet added to pockets of jeans, shorts, and jackets.  As borders or to add length to all kinds of skirts and tops. I've also seen crochet edgings used on home decor such as curtains, pillow cases, edges of blankets and quilts, tablecloths and pillows. 

If you can think it, you can make it!

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