Shoutouts & Love: My Crochet Faves of the Moment

Since I've become re-obsessed with crocheting, I've also become obsessed with pinning pics of my favorite crochet inspirations (under my Pinterest alias, AquaButterflyy . So, I've decided to share a few of them here on my blog.

Roses Jumper by Simone Francis
I don't know where I originally saw this, but it was probably sent to me by Pinterest (they now have a "picked for you" function based on your previous posts). But once I saw it, I had to add it to my inspiration board. It's very simplistic, but still quite pretty. And I love the way the roses are incorporated into the design of the jumper.
The pattern was published in Inside Crochet, Issue 43, July 2013, so it's not available on the internet, though view-able on Ravelry. But that's why I love to save these types of pics as my "inspiration" in case I'm ever in a freestyle crochet mood and want something to get my creativity flowing. 

Asymmetric Vest by Crochet Lab on Etsy
I like the filet crochet elements incorporated into this vest. Also, the buttons appear to be handmade, which is a nice touch. This particular vest has already sold, but you can visit Crochet Lab's Etsy shop intermittently, to see if it gets reposted. Or you can just look at some of their other products for fun! 

Crochet/Knit Blouse Top

Speaking of Crochet Lab, I found this top they made and thought it to be soooo adorable! It's a combo of knit and crochet, which is slightly annoying for me, since I don't really enjoy knitting (even though I can do it in its basic form). But this is my inspiration section, so I am definitely saving this pic to my inspiration board on Pinterest. If I ever create something inspired by this top, I will definitely share that on this blog. 

Until then, see you later!

My Latest Obsession: Cowl Neck Hi-Lo Ponchos

So, I've been seeing a few pictures across the net of what I call the Cowl Neck Hi-Lo Poncho. Here are a few pics:

by Mariana Vail on Etsy

Also by Mariana Vail on Etsy

Naturally, I want to make one for myself, but there is one problem: the people who have been posting these pictures are actually quite protective of the pattern. They are not even selling it. You can only buy the final product. I can understand the logic, if these products are providing them with income, so I can't hate on the need to protect your income. But that doesn't stop me from wanting to make something similar for myself. 

So last year, when I first saw the projects by Mariana Vail, I tried to recreate this project by starting wit the cowl portion, then adding on the poncho. Well, I ended up with a project that was only frog-worthy, definitely not worthy of actual wearing. It was like a crazy looking version of this poncho by BobWilson:

Since my version came out so horrendously (sorry, I will NOT be posting pictures of that mess) I gave up on trying to recreate Mariana Vail's beautiful products. 

Then, a few weeks ago, a member of the Facebook group Crochet Addict posted a picture similar to Mariana Vail's products, at different angles, and it suddenly hit me: this is basically a large circle that, at a certain point, you skip several stitches in a row, but continue expanding the rounds. After so many rounds, you crochet around the opening created by skipping stitches, then make your cowl from there, but crocheting in a new round and decreasing stitches with each round. 

That all probably sounds confusing, because basically, it kinda is. But the point is, I've started a freestyle project of my own, which is basically my attempt to create my own version of the cowl neck hi-lo poncho. Here is my progress so far:

  • First, I started by essentially making a crochet doily in a grey color. 

1. Crochet Circle or Doily
  • Next, I just changed colors to add some "flavor" and continued adding rows as well. 

2. Doily is getting larger

  • I am currently continuing to add rows, so the project is only at the big circle phase, as seen below.

3. And even bigger.
As you can see above, some of the rows are more openly worked than others, in a filet style. I did this to make things less boring and redundant (I absolutely ABHOR working on redundant projects that involve a lot of "repeat this" and "repeat that" over and over). 

So basically, once this is big enough to drape over my shoulders and hang down my back, I'm going to create the cowl neck portion. Again, this hard to explain, so just stay tuned for pictures that will do a better job. 

Guess Who's Back? And With a Granny Square Shrug!

So, it's been a long time since I last posted anything about crocheting, but also a long time since I last crocheted anything. I've been SUPER busy: I got promoted at my job twice, I've joined a new church that I am actually quite active in (I usually try to avoid being active, for lazy reasons), I joined the praise team at my church, and I've made new friends. Also, I self-published a book.

So, I really haven't had time for my crocheting hobby. Basically, business has taken over my life. But that's actually what recently pushed me back into crocheting...the stress of business. I started feeling like I didn't have anything that I did just for me. Everything was feeling like something I do for someone or something else. And it was stressing me out. So, I bought some yarn, reactivated by Pinterest obsession, and got to working. Let me share what I've done so far.

I'm a member of the Facebook group Crochet Addict, and the ladies over there have been obsessed with a viral crochet project called the Granny Square Cocoon Shrug:

Well, the more members posted their versions of this lovely project, the more I wanted to make one of my own. So I did:

I used Red Heart's With Love yarns, with the body of the project being grey and the border being an almost orchid color. This is how it looked before I added the border:

And here are a few shots of me wearing it the day after I finished it:

After completing this project and getting many rave reviews on it, my passion for crocheting was rekindled. So I'll be back in a few to share other works in progress, as well as some completed ones. 

P.S. Here's a video tutorial from Yarnutopia, on how to make this shrug: