Sari Wrap

Sari Wrap

The Sari Wrap his is my first collaboration with Knotions Magazine. The suggested themes in the call for submission were India and Garter Stitch.

My inspiration came from the colorful and ethereal saris from India. Saris are probably one of the most versatile outfits, as one size almost fits all and can be used practically all year around.

Since silk is the usual fiber used in their fabrics, I suggested a combination of Mohair-Silk to enhance the lightness and to allow enough dimension to be draped in different shapes. The piece is knitted in garter stitch with a needle size large enough to enhance this vaporous effect.

A distinctive feature of this piece is the color combination. Mohair-Silk gives a subtle glossy effect and texture that smooths the transition between the reddish and golden colors that you can see in this typical outfit. As a contrast in color and texture, black narrow stripes and a crab stitch finish in Alpaca-Silk are added as a nod to the kohl eyeliner.

The Sari Wrap pattern is available in Knotions and Raverly. In Ravelry you will also see several pictures of different ways of how to wear it. This is really an easy to make and with some imagination you can use all your mohair left overs !!! As with my previous suggestions (Mestral Purse & Top) , leave some free room in your stash for new goodies!!!.  

Kairi Tank

Kairi Tank

Kairi Tank is a semi-cropped and loose sleeveless garment perfect for summer that can be also converted to a vest for late spring or end-of summer colder days. Its oversized shape allows it to easily fit any body type without too much effort in sizing. Mostly knitted in basic stockinette,  this piece incorporates eyelet sections in the shoulders and hip to provide some fun during your knitting.

Start preparing your summer outfit!

The Kairi Tank pattern is available in I Like Knitting Magazine, June 2021 issue, that features other lovely summer tops, cardigans and accessories.

As you have seen in may previous posts (Maya Bag & Espadrilles), I have collaborated before with I Like Crochet Magazine. This is the first time I publish in I Like Knitting, and I hope it is not going to be the last one!

Maya Mandala Bag

Maya Mandala Bag

Mandala is a Sanskrit word for circle, and it represents the universe in Hinduism and Buddhism. A crochet mandala can be either a simplistic design with only one color and textured stitches or a complex mix of textures and colors. A circle is a perfect shape for a quick and easy bag, adapting the size as you go.

This Pattern combines both textured stitches and colored lines with subtle accents of glassy beaded yarn to create a kind of boho style. The combination of cotton and linen yarns are ideal for bags, since both fibers lack elasticity

This pattern combines with my Maya Espadrilles. In fact, they are a perfect and quick complementary project to use with the left-over yarns of the Maya Mandala Bag.

Maya Mandala Bag and Maya Espadrilles patterns are available in I Like Crochet Magazine, June 2021 issue, together with a bunch of other interesting summer crochet ideas.

Maya Espadrilles

Maya Espadrilles

Espadrilles are casual, flat shoes, characterized by a flexible sole made of esparto or jute rope. This footwear is typical in some regions of Spain as Catalonia and Basque Country. 

While the sole is the defining characteristic of an espadrille, the uppers vary in style. Make your own custom espadrilles sandals by crocheting custom uppers with cotton and linen yarn. Since these fibers lack elasticity, they are perfect for creating a shoe that fits and won’t stretch out. 

In the Maya Espadrilles pattern, the top and heels are made of colorful crochet stripes, with the accent of a beaded yarn to create a subtle boho style. 

This pattern matches with my Maya Mandala Bag. Use leftover yarn from the Maya Mandala Bag to make a perfect match.

If you cannot find jute soles, flip-flop rubber soles can be an alternative. You just need to poke holes on the sole before adding toes and heels.

Maya Espadrilles and Maya Mandala Bag patterns are available in I Like Crochet Magazine, June 2021 issue, together with a bunch of other interesting summer crochet ideas.

Co-inspiration

Co-inspiration

Where does your inspiration/co-inspiration come from? 

In my case I have to confess that most of the times comes from others. In particular the themes that knit/crochet magazines and yarn stores announce periodically in their “call for submissions”. If you are not familiar with it, you can go to the following ravelry community forum

Here you can see some recent results of my co-inspiration.

I Like Crochet Magazine Jan/Feb 21 issue: Convertible Pocket Shawl. A quick and super simple, multi-use pocket shawl that features two angled pockets with decorative buttons and three invisible fasteners to convert the shawl into a capelet for optimal warmth.

I Like Crochet Magazine Jan/Feb 21 issue: Westerly Duster Cardigan. An oversized, seamless duster cardigan made with a combination of soft and lightweight yarns to provide a stylish and warm outfit.

Crochet Society Box 20: Half-Moon Rug. An easy, quick and fun project to make and ideal for adding a bit of color to a small home corner.

And what about you? What is your source of co-inspiration?

Last-Minute Christmas/New Year Gifts

Last-Minute Christmas/New Year Gifts

Already late for your last-Minute Christmas/New Year gifts? Here some tips that may help you to find ideas in Raverly.

First search for patterns and start filtering for yardage of 0-150 m/yrds. That will definitely give you a quick project to make. Then browse through the weight, and crochet/knitting (if needed). Apart from the classic headbands, hats, cowls, gloves and scarfs that you can find under the aran OR bulky OR super-bulky weights, you may also find some more original proposals as bracelets, necklaces, and even earrings with thinner yarns. If you find this alternative interesting, filter by categories-accessories-jewelry, and then short by rating, most popular, difficulty, yarn required of whatever term that better fits your choice.

Enjoy your last-minute handmade gifts with my best wishes for 2021!

Pictures from: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aurora-earrings; https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/celtic-knot-necklace-2; https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/christine-bracelet

Gaura Bralette & Cardigan

Gaura Bralette & Cardigan

Gaura Bralette & Cardigan summer set is a cool crochet project that can be easily modified to fit your shape while making it. The S-M-L instructions and the charts will guide you where and when to pay attention for the adjustments.

The Gaura Cardigan uses the hexagon technique to make two folded pieces seamed together at the back and top of arms, and is easier than it looks.

Patterns available in Ravelry (Gaura Bralette & Gaura Cardigan).

In addition, you can also find some more inspirations about “hexagon” projects in my Pinterest Board: Inspiration- hexagons.

Japanese Vest

Japanese Vest

This Japanese Vest is made out of 4 rectangles of fabric surrounded by a crochet ending. You can easily modify the pattern to adapt the shape while you are adding the crochet part. To transition from fabric to crochet I have used a yarn needle and sew a blanket stitch all around.

It is up to you if you want to use leftover fabric or just buy a new one. In this case, the total needed will depend on the width of the fabric and how you want the print design to show. (i.e for size S and a 120 cm (48”) width fabric, you may only need 25 cm (10”)

Before cutting the fabric, think about how you would like to see the print design once the vest is finished. You will be able to decide at the end what goes up-down and right-left, but sometimes complex motifs may need planning ahead.

I recommend to customize the size of the mid-front crochet rectangles and the seams once you have finished the shoulders. The pictures may give you an idea, but it will very much depend on your size and preferences.

The Japanese Vest pattern is already available in Ravelry

In addition, you can also find some more inspirations about “fusion crafts” projects in my Pinterest Board: Inspiration- fusion crafts.

Twisted Capelet

Twisted Capelet

In this new pattern, the Twisted Capelet, I have used a technique that I found to be very useful, not only to finish with an ending that will facilitate to nicely seam two pieces together, but also to keep these stitches again later if you do not know how long to make something: The Provisional Cast-On.

There are several methods for creating a provisional cast-on. In these links you will find short videos that will show you how to make the ones I consider more useful:

One-step method, (a 7 min video in Spanish) that cast stitches directly onto the needle.

Two-step crochet method (a 3 min video in English) that uses a crochet chain first and then pick stitches upon from that chain.

One-step crochet method (a 2 min video in English) that also uses a crochet, but cast stitches directly onto the needle.

In any case you will need to use a spare yarn of similar weight and with a contrast color to facilitate its removal.

In this picture you will see how this technique helps in making a nice finish on the Twisted Capelet.

provisional cast on

The Twisted Capelet is a multicolored flat-worked pattern in a bias construction that is finished twisted and joined to form a fake Moebius shape with a nice triangle shape in the back.

You will find more information about this pattern in Raverly.

Greeny Poncho

Greeny Poncho

Following with my Pinterest inspiration (Board de Pinterest: Inspiration: rectangle knitting & crochet patterns), here you have another idea with a rectangular design: The Greeny Poncho.

The Greeny Poncho needs about 75 gr of Mohair, which makes it especially light, and with a simple lace stitch and 6 mm needles, which allows it to be used practically all year around. And as in other previous suggestions, useful to decrease your leftover yarn.

The pattern is available at Raverly in 3 languages ​​(Castellano, Català, English).

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