I don't like scrolling through stuff to get to the goods, so I won't make you.
This should work with any hook or any yarn. You just have a little bit of math to do! We are just going to do this part a bit differently as to accommodate our bustier pals with more cuppage.
This way starts with the band and then works up from the bottom of the bust to the neck,
Step One: Measure the under bust. Crochet that length minus 2”. (Make a note of how many chains have been done.)
DC into the 4th ch from the hook and work across. Ch2 at the beginning of each of the next rows, ch2 counting as a stitch. Make this as long as you please.
Step Two: Measure directly under the bust from the outside side of one breast to the outside side of the other. Make a chain that length. Now do a little bit of math here:
*[(starting chain on the band - 2) - (chain made to under bust length)] /2 = how many chains to skip on the band to start the bust
On either side of the band, count out the total from the formulation above and place stitch markers.
Step Three: This is where cuppage starts to matter. Using this list will help you to note when and where to increase appropriately.
Let's face it. When we think of crochet we think of things like this:
Or maybe you still think crochet isn't meant for clothing, but accessories like this:
And I get a TON of questions asking me why I make things meant for summer wear. Isn't it warm? Isn't it itchy? Doesn't it stretch too much? Isn't it too holey?
This next one, was cotton. and the only issue that I had with cotton was that after it got wet initially, I tightened it up. Not a big deal, right!?
Then we get into just straight up summer clothes and by golly.. I have so much these days!
At the end of the day, you can use what you want. some yarn will stretch a little, some won't, so just keep that in mind for your tension. I tend to work a hook or 2 down ANYway so it never seems like a big step over here.
I have been in a bit of a creative rut for a few... months now. Heh.
So I apologize for my absence in things and am working at getting more regular with things. That said, I am not going to bore you with a major length blog to scroll through before you reach the pattern.. SO, here you are, get the graph in the printable PDF either here or on Ravelry!
The Pattern You've Been Awaiting...
**Written in US terms**
Gauge - 8DC rows x 20DC = 4” × 4”
Right Handed Pattern
← Row 1 [RS]: SC into the 2nd from the hook, 59SC. (60)
→ Row 2 [WS]: 60SC. (60)
← Row 3 [RS]: 53SC, 3WO, 4SC. (60)
→ Row 4 [WS]: 4SC, 4WO, 52SC. (60)
← Row 5 [RS]: 52SC, 1WO, 1SC, 2WO, 4SC. (60)
→ Row 6 [WS]: 4SC, 2WO, 1SC, 1WO, 52SC. (60)
← Row 7 [RS]: 51SC, 1WO, 2SC, 2WO, 4SC. (60)
→ Row 8 [WS]: 4SC, 2WO, 2SC, 1WO, 51SC. (60)
← Row 9 [RS]: 23SC, 2WO, 26SC, 1WO, 2SC, 2WO, 4SC. (60)
→ Row 10 [WS]: 4SC, 2WO, 2SC, 1WO, 5SC, 2WO, 11SC, 4WO, 4SC, 3WO, 4SC, 2WO, 3SC, 3WO, 3SC, 3WO, 4SC. (60)
← Row 11 [RS]: 4SC, 3WO, 3SC, 3WO, 2SC, 4WO, 3SC, 1WO, 1SC, 1WO, 3SC, 7WO, 2SC, 4WO, 2SC, 3WO, 3SC, 1WO, 1SC, 1WO, 1SC, 3WO, 4SC. (60)
→ Row 12 [WS]: 5SC, 2WO, 1SC, 4WO, 1SC, 5WO, 1SC, 2WO, 1SC, 2WO, 1SC, 3WO, 4SC, 2WO, 1SC, 1WO, 1SC, 2WO, 1SC, 3WO, 1SC, 2WO, 2SC, 2WO, 4SC, 2WO, 4SC. (60)
← Row 13 [RS]: 14SC, 1WO, 2SC, 5WO, 2SC, 3WO, 6SC, 4WO, 2SC, 4WO, 2SC, 3WO, 3SC, 1WO, 1SC, 2WO, 1SC, 1WO, 3SC. (60)
→ Row 14 [WS]: 4SC, 3WO, 1SC, 1WO, 4SC, 2WO, 3SC, 3WO, 3SC, 3WO, 7SC, 3WO, 1SC, 4WO, 18SC. (60)
← Row 15 [RS]: 19SC, 3WO, 1SC, 2WO, 7SC, 3WO, 4SC, 2WO, 4SC, 2WO, 6SC, 2WO, 5SC. (60)
→ Row 16 [WS]: 5SC, 2WO, 7SC, 2WO, 10SC, 4WO, 6SC, 1WO, 3SC, 2WO, 18SC. (60)
← Row 17 [RS]: 18SC, 2WO, 3SC, 1WO, 5SC, 4WO, 11SC, 2WO, 6SC, 3WO, 5SC. (60)
→ Row 18 [WS]: 5SC, 3WO, 6SC, 2WO, 12SC, 5WO, 3SC, 2WO, 3SC, 2WO, 17SC. (60)
← Row 19 [RS]: 17SC, 2WO, 3SC, 2WO, 3SC, 3WO, 21SC, 4WO, 5SC. (60)
→ Row 20 [WS]: 5SC, 2WO, 1SC, 1WO, 27SC, 2WO, 4SC, 1WO, 17SC. (60)
← Row 21 [RS]: 21SC, 3WO, 26SC, 2WO, 1SC, 2WO, 5SC. (60)
→ Row 22 [WS]: 6SC, 1WO, 1SC, 2WO, 26SC, 3WO, 21SC. (60)
← Row 23 [RS]: 21SC, 2WO, 27SC, 2WO, 1SC, 1WO, 6SC. (60)
→ Row 24 [WS]: 6SC, 4WO, 27SC, 2WO, 21SC. (60)
← Row 25 [RS]: 21SC, 2WO, 27SC, 4WO, 6SC. (60)
→ Row 26 [WS]: 7SC, 3WO, 27SC, 2WO, 21SC. (60)
← Row 27 [RS]: 21SC, 2WO, 28SC, 1WO, 8SC. (60)
→ Row 28 [WS]: 60SC. (60)
← Row 29 [RS]: 60SC. (60)
Left Handed PatternCh 61
→ Row 1 [WS]: SC into the 2nd from the hook, 59SC. (60)
← Row 2 [RS]: 60SC. (60)
→ Row 3 [WS]: 53SC, 3WO, 4SC. (60)
← Row 4 [RS]: 4SC, 4WO, 52SC. (60)
→ Row 5 [WS]: 52SC, 1WO, 1SC, 2WO, 4SC. (60)
← Row 6 [RS]: 4SC, 2WO, 1SC, 1WO, 52SC. (60)
→ Row 7 [WS]: 51SC, 1WO, 2SC, 2WO, 4SC. (60)
← Row 8 [RS]: 4SC, 2WO, 2SC, 1WO, 51SC. (60)
→ Row 9 [WS]: 23SC, 2WO, 26SC, 1WO, 2SC, 2WO, 4SC. (60)
← Row 10 [RS]: 4SC, 2WO, 2SC, 1WO, 5SC, 2WO, 11SC, 4WO, 4SC, 3WO, 4SC, 2WO, 3SC, 3WO, 3SC, 3WO, 4SC. (60)
→ Row 11 [WS]: 4SC, 3WO, 3SC, 3WO, 2SC, 4WO, 3SC, 1WO, 1SC, 1WO, 3SC, 7WO, 2SC, 4WO, 2SC, 3WO, 3SC, 1WO, 1SC, 1WO, 1SC, 3WO, 4SC. (60)
← Row 12 [RS]: 5SC, 2WO, 1SC, 4WO, 1SC, 5WO, 1SC, 2WO, 1SC, 2WO, 1SC, 3WO, 4SC, 2WO, 1SC, 1WO, 1SC, 2WO, 1SC, 3WO, 1SC, 2WO, 2SC, 2WO, 4SC, 2WO, 4SC. (60)
→ Row 13 [WS]: 14SC, 1WO, 2SC, 5WO, 2SC, 3WO, 6SC, 4WO, 2SC, 4WO, 2SC, 3WO, 3SC, 1WO, 1SC, 2WO, 1SC, 1WO, 3SC. (60)
← Row 14 [RS]: 4SC, 3WO, 1SC, 1WO, 4SC, 2WO, 3SC, 3WO, 3SC, 3WO, 7SC, 3WO, 1SC, 4WO,
→ Row 15 [WS]: 19SC, 3WO, 1SC, 2WO, 7SC, 3WO, 4SC, 2WO, 4SC, 2WO, 6SC, 2WO, 5SC. (60)
← Row 16 [RS]: 5SC, 2WO, 7SC, 2WO, 10SC, 4WO, 6SC, 1WO, 3SC, 2WO, 18SC. (60)
→ Row 17 [WS]: 18SC, 2WO, 3SC, 1WO, 5SC, 4WO, 11SC, 2WO, 6SC, 3WO, 5SC. (60)
← Row 18 [RS]: 5SC, 3WO, 6SC, 2WO, 12SC, 5WO, 3SC, 2WO, 3SC, 2WO, 17SC. (60)
→ Row 19 [WS]: 17SC, 2WO, 3SC, 2WO, 3SC, 3WO, 21SC, 4WO, 5SC. (60)
← Row 20 [RS]: 5SC, 2WO, 1SC, 1WO, 27SC, 2WO, 4SC, 1WO, 17SC. (60)
→ Row 21 [WS]: 21SC, 3WO, 26SC, 2WO, 1SC, 2WO, 5SC. (60)
← Row 22 [RS]: 6SC, 1WO, 1SC, 2WO, 26SC, 3WO, 21SC. (60)
→ Row 23 [WS]: 21SC, 2WO, 27SC, 2WO, 1SC, 1WO, 6SC. (60)
← Row 24 [RS]: 6SC, 4WO, 27SC, 2WO, 21SC. (60)
→ Row 25 [WS]: 21SC, 2WO, 27SC, 4WO, 6SC. (60)
← Row 26 [RS]: 7SC, 3WO, 27SC, 2WO, 21SC. (60)
→ Row 27 [WS]: 21SC, 2WO, 28SC, 1WO, 8SC. (60)
← Row 28 [RS]: 60SC. (60)
→ Row 29 [WS]: 60SC. (60)
If you wish to make a blanket with my rectangle pattern, here are the specs that you would need as long as you are following my gauge!
Width Height Blanket Type # of Squares
5 10 Throw 50
6 15 Twin 90
8 16 Double 128
9 18 Queen 162
10 18 King 180
Thanks for using my pattern! I would love to see what you make from it! Tag me on Instagram with @poiseandenvy to give me a peep or send it to me on Facebook, the contact me page, or via e-mail. Any concerns that you may have with the pattern, you can follow the same protocol as showing off what your nimble fingers have created and I will respond as soon as I can!
Cheers! And have a good fucking time with your next pattern! <3
Poise & Envy
Patterns are like another language of their own. If you don't know how to decipher this crafty shorthand it can be really difficult to crack the code and replicate the items you've been fawning over.
Oh, this picture? My face when I have to learn something and it isn't working out.
When reading a pattern, the legend will be the most important piece of the pattern to help you through the process. Most patterns have this on the first or second page of the pattern, listing the abbreviations used. (I work in US terms, so I will be writing this entire post in US terms as well.) Anyway, this is where the designer will tell you what abbreviations THEY use for each stitch. Sometimes this can differ apart from the basics. It is important to note these as sometimes repetitive intricacies and details are given a different term or abbreviation to simplify the overall understanding of the pattern.
dc - double crochet
Or for the repetitive intricacies:
picot - chain 5, slip stitch into the stitch you started in.
Patterns tend to start with a chain (ch) or magic ring (MR). With chains and any other stitch, a number will be by it in some form or another ( dc x 4, 4dc, dc4, etc). There may be some abbreviations that don't even mean a stitch at all but to tell you how many to skip, where to place it, or even how many repetitions. Wording this is really hard, but as I said previously, crochet patterns are just shorthand. Once you know what each thing means, everything becomes so much easier.
That said, always be sure to read notes and materials before you start! Gauge (an important piece of information that I will describe in another post), yardage (how much yarn you will need), hook suggestions, hardware, stitch markers, etc will be listed and anything weird that may do in the pattern that differs from others. Something as simple as chaining before you start any row and that not counting as a stitch can change up the end product.
But I Can Free hand, Why Should I Bother?
There are some projects where free handing will only get you so far. Free handing is an amazing skill to have, but so is reading patterns. Intricate laces are much harder to freehand, or copy from a photo. Some shapes you need JUST the right count to make it work. This doesn't mean to stop free handing. But as a free handing artisan, maybe learn to read patterns for the sake of furthering your skill! There is so much information out there, it seems a shame to not utilize it!
To help you get started, I have made a small legend of some basic stitches to help you in your pattern reading endeavors. You can print this out and paper clip it to a pattern for a consistent reference or just keep it near a device, or on a device nearby, whatever works for you! If you are trying to read a pattern and are running into issues you can always ask the crew and someone will help! You may only post the row you are having an issue with and one row before and one row after for context for copyright reasons.
ASTRID is now available and I couldn't be more excited. I stepped out of my comfort zone for this pattern and my ring light came just in time for inspiration to strike!
With my new light I can take better photos, and I didn't have to wait for a certain time of day to record the VIDEO TUTORIALS that I made for this top (for righties and lefties).
See, I used to wait until about 2pm to set my phone on my coffee table and sit on the floor by my front window to make any videos or even to take any photos. The thing with the videos, though, is that I don't want to subject anyone to my dogs freaking out or my kids deciding it's a good time to scream because they wanted the green cup and not the blue one.
With my ring light, it holds my phone (order other recording device if/when I can get one), therefore acts as a tripod and I can choose how bright I want it to be. I was literally recording parts of the video at 12am but the image is still super clear!
If you couldn't tell I am really excited about it. My back doesn't even hurt after all of those hours of recording. Believe, you me, recording the way I have been hasn't been pleasant. Now I can sit at a table with proper posture, but probably won't, because I like to try to make sure my hands are centered.. But it's at least a bit higher so I don't have to slouch so much!
I got my ring light here if anyone wants to check out the specs. It came with a carrying bag and everything!
As for my new pattern, it is available on this very website! Click here to get there or click here to get it in your Ravelry library.
Part One - Right Handed
Part Two - Right Handed
Part One - Left Handed
Part Two - Left Handed
I would like to add that I have been asked a few times about custom orders recently.
At this time, I am still not taking custom orders BUT I am making some inventory to sell closer to summer and picking up the yarn for the bulk of it this weekend. SO, what colors would you like to see? What styles are your favs?
Ah! I haven't posted in a while. What's new? Well, let's start where we left off, shall we?
How is no sugar going?
With my already very limited intake allowance, I was closing in on eating disorder territory because of what I was left with eating. So cutting out added sugars is not on the table for me right now. Trying that out definitely opened my eyes to issues that I need to work on (and have been for a long time) even harder before I take huge steps like that. I only lasted about4 days, and while noticing some good changes with the lack of added sugars, I'm not living on lettuce, apples and chicken in a small town where the store is only open until 6pm and I only realize I need things at 7. HA! The day after I wrote my last blog post I didn't eat anything at all. And that's when it clicked that this just wasn't working. And couldn't work for me.
How is Marie Kondo-ing the house going?
Her method just isn't one that works for me. I really tried. It made me crazy overwhelmed.
I felt like I had everything to do and no help and my spawn just tore into it when I had to step away to take care of other responsibilities. My partner works very hard and is unable to give me a hand as often as I need to not get too overwhelmed using her method.
When I am in the right moods, I already have these ways of doing things (OCD can be a blessing and a curse) and I don't feel like I am cleaning unless I take everything apart first. So one drawer at a time. One shelf at a time.
So the good news is that the kids' room and the bathroom are fab now. I'm just really, REALLY, REALLY slowly working my way around the house and that's going to have to work because as with the sugar, health comes first (including mental). I've been way less agitated and way less overwhelmed taking small steps at a time and the kids room looks cute. They have all of their dresses hanging up and we have 2 weeks worth of clothes in their dresser. We got rid of the rest and I am HOPING that helps with the laundry pile ups.
What's been going on otherwise?
Oh! I am so glad you asked! Between bad ass photo shoots, recording music, designing on the down low, and general parenting/relationship duties, I've started a tutorial series on YouTube to help teach people how to crochet! Just as with designing clothes, it is important to me to be size inclusive, with making tutorials, it is important to me to have tutorials available for lefties as well! So any tutorial I make from here on, now that I understand what I am doing better, will be for both hands.
And I plan on posting a new on today! You can check those out here if you want to learn!
What are some challenging things you've tried but had to shove to the side for the best?
Today marks what was supposed to be my fourth day with no sugar. See photo above for my first sugar free meal on this attempt at being added sugar free. And man, it is HARD. I was hungry afterward for snacks and the stores where I live close quite early. Let me tell you, I have never raided my cupboards so hard! And the ONLY thing I could find with no added sugars was popcorn.
Yeah, I didn't think it through before deciding to just... not eat sugar for a while. But we went shopping when we could. But here is the kicker. I made pre mixed cookies for the kids yesterday and in the midst of baking, I ate a whole handful of chocolate chips. Because they never put enough in.
And then cleaning up the kitchen... I found a bottle of Coke that I forgot that I bought. Now Coke is a problem for me. I used to drink 6L a day. Then I cut it out for a few months. Then, because I don't drink coffee, I needed something to help me with energy through out the day. So now I drink a little bit every now and again. Buuuuttt, I still struggle pretty hard with pop. THAT BURN IS JUST SO RIGHTEOUS.
That soda pop is still unopened in the fridge!
I fell off eating those chocolate chips, so I had a cookie too. But on the fourth day on the road to no sugar for a few weeks, a slip on the third day, I actually feel pretty good. I didn't even have a nap this morning. I just have to keep telling myself that I am only human, and a slip up doesn't equate to a fail.
WHY am I wanting to cut sugar? You can read about that here.
And as an update on my KonMarie doings. The clothes are sorted into what belongs to who. So now they just need to be gone through and organized into my dress up clothes and every day clothes, and for the kids, what fits and what doesn't. It's not much after 4 days, but it is PROGRESS. And I'm pleased.
Starting this, I'm not even sure where we are going to end up, so bare with me. This has nothing to do with crochet or any sort of crafty anything. This entire post is going to be about one thing.
I'm struggling to find some value in myself as a stay at home mom. If you told me I was going to be a parent when I was 20 I would have laugh in your face. If you would have told me I was going to be a stay-at-home mom even after I had my first, I would have laughed even harder. I was meant to be busy and around people. And well... Right now I'm not any of that. Just busy and lost and not really doing anything right.
My mission to be better. A better partner, a better mother, better domesticated. (If you guys knew my level of domestication you'd wonder how the fuck I ever came to crochet.) To work for better health and abs that I've always dreamed of having but never really had. To walk up the stairs without breathing heavy. To drink more water.
What better way to start this mission than to make myself accountable to the people that get most of my social interactions? SO I guess this is where I should get detailed. Let's start with the house.
Cleaning has always been something that I've found overwhelming. I have to take everything apart and reorganize every time, find things that I haven't seen in a while, and thus find myself distracted, trying old clothes on or playing with new things, or in a different part of the house. So the part I started in is a bigger mess because I started cleaning it and I've started making another mess in another part of the house because I found something that needs a home...
Watching Tidying Up With Marie Kondo sounded like a great idea. Maybe get some new ideas for tidying up the house. Feeling better about it, less overwhelmed and be able to be even more available to my family. Her theories are sound. But I'm feeling pretty lost on how to do it all. Because every episode I have seen, those people she is helping have partners to help them and their kids aren't tearing it apart every 2 seconds. I can't get through separating kids clothes without the girls changing 16 times so how am I supposed to put everything from one category into a pile somewhere and organize it without them "helping."
Cue more overwhelming feelings because it just feels like I'm doing everything alone. And it won't get finished.
BUT this post is part of the accountability thing. So I guess I'm going to do it anyway.
A part of me just wants to toss all of our clothes and get all white shirts and some jeans or something and then bam, easy wash, no fights over who wears what with the kids. BUT WHERE IS THE STYLE I LIKE?
Next up, my health. I want to cut sugar.
This is going to be by far the most miserable decision I make for a while. But I have a strong need for sugar. And I really shouldn't. I want to feel better and sleep better and I think this might help. And if I am not so fatigued all of the time, maybe the house will stay tidy and I won't feel overwhelmed all of the time too. Then I won't get irritated so quickly and I can write up some more patterns for you lovely folks and get back to creating things more often and feel like my life is as together as I thought it would be at this age when I was 16.
I also want to move more. I have GOT to start exercising. I'm what we call "skinny fat". I'd be the first to die in a zombie apocalypse. I'd be the person trying to run, but then I'd end up stopping because I can't breathe or I'd be puking or tripping or something dumb. Not able to lift myself over an edge to get away from them or climb a fence or what have you. So unless I start moving, Adam's going to have to just shoot me in the face and save me the agony.
And I want to try new food. But I don't. So this doesn't really count as an accountability thing. Because I'll do what I want.
Do you feel overwhelmed too? Am I just extra crazy?
Little prairie spitfire, hoping to bring you some positivity and feist.