Off the Hook: Crochet Tank Top

granny tank 3I’ve been making versions of this tank top for more years than I can remember (I even made one for myself a few years back for a beach holiday!)

The concept is simple, a square front and back and two smaller squares for the shoulder straps. Using a fabulous yarn and a simple pattern makes this a very stylish accessory.

Designed with the active toddler in mind, it has a roomy neck and arm holes so it’s easy to take on and off and fits easily over a t shirt. There is a pretty shell trim to the hem, which you can omit for a boy!

I know lots of you love making crochet motifs and lack confidence to move on to garments. This is is a great alternative to a motif blanket or cushion cover and will impress everyone with your talents! Using only 1 skein of sock yarn it can be a budget make too. I must admit, for this version I splashed out on the rather gorgeous Artesano Definition Sock Yarn in a beautiful shade called “Azure”. I have always loved Artesano’s colours and this little tank top really shows off the simple motif.

A competent crocheter could make this without a written pattern to follow. I have included advice on trimming the neck and hem on my pattern, which is now for sale on Ravelry and Etsy. The cost of the pattern reflects the time taken to write up the design and photograph the various components – paying a professional tech editor and photographer would add to the cost and this would result in a higher cover price – so I’ve kept this as simple as possible so everyone can benefit. If you are new to crochet and have only just mastered the basics, this could be perfect for you. The pattern also includes links to a couple of online tutorials to help you out with the granny square technique.

If you like to make and sell for craft fairs etc, you’ll be pleased to know this pattern comes with permission to make items for profit, but the pattern itself must not be sold or distributed.

My next task is to persuade one of my lovely neighbours to let their little girl model it – it’s always so much better to see a garment being worn rather than on a hanger.

I hope you enjoy it, and don’t forget the discount code YARNSHOPDAY2014 is valid until the end of May, which means you can download this pattern on Etsy for just ¬£1. That is a real bargain!

If anyone is tempted to make an adult version of this, please post on ravelry or send me a photo, I’d love to see it.

I’ll be back soon with that promised post on man made fibres, newly published patterns and a great review of a fabulous British yarn.

Happy making x

 

New Pattern for Sale: Crochet Heart

Lavender heartThis simple crochet heart first appeared in Inside Crochet in 2012. Designed as a lavender sachet, I have modified it in many ways since then. Made in dk yarn it looks very sweet hung on a coat hanger. Make a single heart  in aran weight and stitch to a cushion or jumper for a quick, fun applique. I have put the pattern up for sale on Etsy today.

crochet heart aplique

Also on Etsy you’ll find a pattern for a smaller heart key ring or brooch, which uses the same principle of simple increasing and decreasing. Over the years I’ve experimented with lots of different crochet hearts, but this remains my favourite. If you’d like a free copy of this pattern, like, share or leave a comment by midnight tonight and I’ll choose three people at random and email you a free copy first thing tomorrow.*

Photo credit: Andrea Ellison

*Draw will close at midnight on 28th January 2014 (UK time)