Wendy Sleeveless Top

Hello all! I hope you are all coping well in the heat! I am roasting – I do not do well in hot weather at all! I would be very happy Indeed if summer just didn’t exist! But since it does, I have been trying to make more summer suitable crocheted garments. Here is my latest.

This is the Wendy Love Sleeveless top, named so because the original pattern uses Wendy Love Yarn and the design is from the Wendy Designers. I can’t find the name of the person who actually designed it though. It was first featured in issue 70 of Simply Crochet Magazine.

The yarn is Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled DK in colourway Moulin Rouge. I loved the subtle colours as soon as I saw it and thought it would be just perfect for this top. It’s been in my stash for a whole year so it was about time it got it’s time to shine!

This pattern is lovely and easy to follow, and used almost all of the yarn, which is always nice. The only slight issue I had was with the bunching up of the stitches – pre blocking it really did feel like it wasn’t going to be long enough. The pattern never actually asks you to block your work, but I decided that it would be the best way to open up the lace.I love it though. It fits really nicely and is really comfy! I will update this posts once I have got a chance to take some pictures of it on.

My Blooming Crocus Top

She is finished! Yay! And just in time for the Flower Show yesterday. It really was last minute, sewing in the last few ends. But it was all worth it.

This pattern is called Blooming Crocus Top by Carol Ruprecht of Sweet Potato Crochet Creations.

I made it using Sirdar Softspun in the colourway Amethyst. This yarn is now discontinued – I bought it many years ago in a John Lewis Sale, so am glad to finally of us it! Another bit of stash busting ticked of the list.

I did come across a little problems whilst working on this tee. It was my gauge! The pattern calls for a 5mm hook. But when I crocheted up the first few rounds I noticed my gauge was way off! It was 8 inches bigger around the hips than the pattern suggested! Now I never check gauge before starting work, as I have generally found my gauge to be quite accurate, but in this case it would have saved me a lot of frogging. Perhaps this is dates way of telling me to just do the bloody gauge swatch! I ended up going down a hook size to a 4mm in the end, and having done that my gauge was pretty spot on.

I really enjoyed crocheting this tee – the Stitch repeat is interesting enough to make it fun but memorable enough that you don’t have to pay too much attention.

I wore this tee all day out in the 26 degree heat, and I was a cool as a cucumber – it was lovely and comfortable and airy. And I love that I can dress it up of down. Today I wore it with denim shorts and canvas pumps, but it would look really lovely over a little black dress or under a pinafore dress.

Don’t you just love such versatile designs!