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Topic: DORMANT: Family Circle Easy Crochet Magazine Lacy Sleeveless Top  (Read 17537 times)
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« on: February 25, 2007 05:29:26 PM »

This is a fantastically pretty top! 

And the magazine is being discontinued, apparently, so let's have a riotous good time making this thing so we're all fantastically beautiful when summer finally arrives!  (this is the first year I've ever been this sick of winter -- in part because for the longest time we had no snow to play in, then we got some snow, but it was colder than a witch's teat, and now I'm just too big and pregnant to have any fun sliding or skiing or anything... so I'm dreaming of summer and making a top I won't even be able to wear until after Baby is born)

I'm trying to swatch for the lacy sleeveless top tonight, but I'm confused.  I'm a relatively new crocheter, but I really think this should make more sense to me than it does.  Maybe you can help!

it says: guage
122 hdc OR 11 (dc and ch-1) mesh = 4" (10cm)
16 rows = 5" in Petal pat.
7 scallops = 8"; 14 rows = 4" in Scallop pat.


122 hdc can't possibly be right -- that's going to be waaaay more than 4 inches... and either way, I'm not clear on how many rows to do.  Can somebody help me out on the mesh thing?  I do a chain to start with, then do dc and ch-1 in every other stitch of the chain, right?  and I want to do 11 of those in 4 inches. 

As for the petal pattern and the scallop pattern, I guess I just make a foundation chain that is likely to be long enough and just go for it? or what?

Is anybody else working on this? 
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2007 05:49:19 PM »

okay... so I've been messing around with this guage swatch, and it looks like I'm getting 22 hdc to four inches, which makes sense if "122" is a typo error for "22" which seems likely.  and my mesh measures out too...

I've also figured out that the petal stitch and mesh stitch go up and down the skirt, so I know what I'm trying to measure.

By the way, I'm making this with some 100% unknown fibre that I got a pound of for less than 5 bucks last summer.  It feels like it's mostly cotton, and so far it's fitting the guage, so I think it will work.  It's a very very pale blue.  I'll post a pic when I finishe my swatch...
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2007 07:38:57 AM »

yet to post a pic... soon!  I did two repeats of the torso pattern last night and I'm loving it!  I did my original chain a bit too loosely, though, so the first couple of rows are a bit floppy.  I'm counting on it relaxing later, and on the finishing to tidy things up.

Samio is also working on this, says she's going to add buttons up the front instead of making it a tube. I like the idea of buttons.  I was thinking last night of leaving mine open at the back, or lacing it up or something.  I still don't think that would give my big mummy tummy room before the baby is born, but it might  make it around me more quickly afterwards, and I'll get to wear it mroe before the summer is totally gone.

I'm also half thinking of giving it to a friend who is getting married in Mexico in the spring.  I'm an honorary bridesmaid and have been assigned "something blue" -- I don't know if she's picked something to wear yet, but maybe she might like this... she's pretty non-traditional, so I'd almost be surprised if she was going to go with the big white dress.  If not, I'll wear it to her Canadian reception (assuming it fits 6 weeks after Baby is born)
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2007 05:41:39 AM »



I'm halfway done the torso -- this is 7 repeats of the petal lace pattern.  I'm definitely going to keep it -- and I'm going to make a version for my daughter.  Hers will be a dress.
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2007 08:54:06 AM »

Yours looks great so far!  I am about to start this soon too (as soon as I finish a shawl for my mom).  I've already got my yarn...I'm making mine in chocolate brown/mint.  Have you noticed any errors in the pattern?  Someone on crochetville mentioned there might be an error but it was never confirmed.  I'm glad you mentioned the gauge thing, b/c I noticed the "122 hdc" too.
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2007 10:25:10 AM »

So far, so good, other than the guage thing, which is a pretty glaring error.
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2007 08:11:34 PM »

i have been working on this for a few weeks now....i decided to use some baby coordinates that i had laying around....give the top some nice sheen....i am currently working on the bodice shell pattern....Smiley 
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2007 08:18:23 PM »

woohoo!  welcome aboard!  I'm so glad I'm not the only one making this thing.

Have you got progress pics to share?  Did you find any errors?

I've got 12 repeats done now on the bodice.  I'm amazed at how deceptive the size of the thing is.. it looks like a table runner, but it's still got a ways to grow before it will wrap around my normal belly and hips.  I'm still having fun, though! 

I've been pondering ways to make this into a nursing top -- the best option seems to be to make the straps un-doable with snaps or hooks or whatever (I'd add bits inside the bodice to attach the strap around my breast to the waistband, so the strap wouldn't fly back when undone).  However, I'm not sure the bodice would be able to flip one side down at a time... advice?  The other option is just to undo the tie and tuck Baby all the way under...
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2007 02:09:45 PM »

no pics yet...though i did go up a hook size in order to make the top just a tad bigger...i really didn't find any errors....it's been a pretty easy crochet project for me.  I finished the bodice and started the lower edge border last night......i really haven't been working on it that much laterly because i am crocheting an afgan for a friend who is getting married in a couple of months....Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2007 05:18:28 PM »

I put mine down for a couple of days, too.  I was getting a little bored with it.  Besides, I'm travelling shortly, and I think it will be a good project to bring on the road, so I'm kind of saving it.

I ended up not sewing the back seam, but I did do the drawstring band in the round, so it's held together there.  Once I figured out there was a back opening, I debated ripping back and making the whole back an opening, with the buttons at the top, but I decided to leave it as it is.  I'm really only leaving the bottom part open in case my post-baby belly and hips need the extra room this summer.  If/when I can fit into it, I'll probably sew up the skirt then.  My skirt part ended up measuring 42.5 inches long, and my hips are usually about 41 inches anyhow... so I'm a little nervous.  But I am making it with cotton (I think -- bargain bin "unknown fibre" but feels like cotton or a cotton blend), so hopefully it will stretch if needed.

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