Thursday, April 17, 2008
This attempt of mine is not perfect. It took about 4.5 skeins of yarn. Because the tunic is made of two identical panels I ended up making one in a size small and one in a size medium. I did this because after making the small I was afraid that it would be too tight so I did the front in a size medium to allow more stretch.
This is a picture of me wearing the tunic (today actually right now as I'm writing this). One problem I have with this is that the yarn (cotton ease) stretched (since it is 50% cotton 50% acrylic). I like the texture and durability of the yarn it has a lot of give. I am tall and although the tunic is supposed to be longer I did not increase the pattern length any. The first time I wore the tunic it fell just below the hips but now (wear 5 or 6) it has stretched to well bast my but and is about the length of a short dress. Sometimes I tuck the bottom up so it is not as long (as in the picture above). The picture below is the full length (untucked) version of the tunic.
As you can tell from the pictures I like to wear this tunic with bright (bubblegum) colored shirts underneath. I usually wear this hot pink shirt or a bright turquoise or green shirt underneath to contrast the neutral color. I find it is a good tactic to make crocheted items with neutral or basic colors and then pair them with different bright colored shirts to change the look. I normally pair this tunic with a bright shirt, jeans or cargo pants (as pictured) and my Birkenstocks (which I own in hot pink).
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Youth Stripe Scarf
3 skeins each of blue and green yarn (I don’t know what the brand name is but I bought it at Walmart for less than $3 a skein each yes than 100 yds) or about 300 yds of any worsted weight yarn
Size I or J hook
With color A ch151
Row 1 with color A turn and sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch till end (150) fasten off
Row 2 with color B sc in each sc
Repeat until desired width or until you run out of yarn by doing 2 rows of color A and 2 rows of color B
It is easy to adjust the width of stripes by doing more or less rows of each color.
I added fringe by cutting pieces about 6 inches long and tying them to the end of the scarf. This did not work too well because the nylon part of the yarn unravels easily.