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Stripes & cape…

When I first took a crochet hook into my hands, my dream was being able to create my own pieces of fashion. Even if at the beginning, when all I was able to make were flowers and doilies, this sounded like a quite ambitious project, I didn’t loose my hopes. Little by little, trying and failing, I became more aware of patterns, crocheting techniques, I understood the process of counting, increasing, reducing  and that brought me to today when I am so proud to show you the last arrival into my handmade collection.

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This beautiful cape is a combination of all my favourite fashion trends ever. The turtleneck is so comfortable, elegant and keeps you warm without wearing any other layers.

The cape has always been one of my favorite accessory. I consider it the final touch to any outfits. You can wear it on a coat during the winter colder days or it looks gorgeous on a shirt during those springy days when you can feel the air getting warmer, but it is still too soon to go out without any layer on.  

My last but not least favorite is the pattern..stripes never go out of fashion! You will notice they have been making their appearance on the fashion runaways since forever. Wheter they are horizontal or vertical, they always add such an energetic feeling to any items.

cape5To make my cape I mixed 3 different colors to create kind of a melange effect. I started with a light black to make the collar and the part approaching the shoulder. I continued with a pale brown, then I added white for a bit of brightness and I ended with brown again. I love how this combination came out!!!

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Don’t you think it's funny that this yarn is branded RELAX ? smiley Anyway I have used it in the following amount :

2 balls of black yarn;

2 balls of brown yarn;

1 ball of white yarn

My trusty 6 mm hook helped me in the adventure. Now take yours and get ready to follow this easy pattern.

Stitches used :

  • chain : ch
  • double crochet : dc
  • half double crochet : hdc 
  • front post double crochet : fpdc
  • back post double crochet : bpdc
  • slip stitch : sl st

With the black yarn start chaining 72 loosely. Making sure not to twist your work join to the first ch with sl st.

Collar

row1: ch3 (it counts as the first dc). 1 dc in each ch around, then sl st to the top of ch 3. (72 sts).  

row2-20:ch2 (it counts as the first hdc). *Fpdc into the next stitch, bpdc into the next one*. Keep repeating from *to* untile the end of the row, then sl st into the top of ch 2. (72 sts)

Body

row1: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 8 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (80 sts)

row2: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 9 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (88 sts)

row3: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 10 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (96 sts)

row4: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 11 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (104 sts)

row5: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 12 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (112 sts)

row6: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 13 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (120 sts)

row7: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 14 sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (128 sts)

row8: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 15sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (136 sts)

Fasten off your black yarn and take your brown one

row9: ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 16sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (144 sts)

row10-12: ch2 (it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). 1 hdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the first hdc. (144 sts)

row 13 : ch 2(it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). *2 hdc into the same stitch below, 1 hdc into the next 17sts*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first hdc. (152 sts)

row14-16: ch2 (it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). 1 hdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the first hdc. (152 sts)

Fasten off your brown yarn and take your white one

row17-25: ch2 (it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). 1 hdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the first hdc. (152 sts)

Fasten off your white yarn and take your brown yarn again

row26-33: ch2 (it doesn’t count as the first half double crochet). 1 hdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the first hdc. (152 sts)

I took advantage of the first day of Spring to wear my cape and go to the park where I took some pictures for you.  

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Between a picture and another, Valerio and I just stopped in a farm in the countryside and had lunch. This kind of places are called ‘osmiza’ which is a Slovenian word that means eight. Eight are in fact the days these farms can be open and sell their products to the customers. The food was amazing, everything was homemade, we had hardboiled eggs, cheese, meat, ham, cakes and last but not least red wine!

osmizaWe had such an amazing time there, we ate on the porch with a timid warming sun that made the atmosphere around so peaceful and relaxing. There were children playing, guys enjoying their time lying on the lawn, playing cards or other traditional games and a lot of people laughing because of too much wine!! Ahahahah I was totally amazed, so if you ever have the chance to visit the nord-est of Italy, be sure to check these places. It can be a nice way to spend some time far from the city chaos and enjoy nature and its products.

osmizaa3I hope you guys liked this pattern and all this blog post in general. I thought it would be nice to share with you not only my passion for crafts and crochet, but also for life and everything that makes me feel happy and good. I send you an enormous hug and wish you an amazing time with your beloved and..your crochet..see you to the next post, bye heart

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Slouchy beanie for man

I’ve lost count of all the times my boyfriend asked me to make something for him! Mainly what kept me from doing it was the fear that a crochet item, even if for a man, would always look a bit feminine. At the end, the back post double crochet stitch came to my aid and vanished all my fears. Here is what I got from alternating double crochet and back post double crochet stitches…a slouchy beanie with a nice ribbing look, not too fancy, not too simple, but sporty and perfect for our boys!!

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I have used 3 balls of Filatura di Crosa Charly yarn and my trusted 6 mm hook, an essential for every winter project. To give my beanie more personality I chose to use two shades of  grey, a darker one for the band and a lighter one for the body of the beanie.

beanieIIThe pattern to follow for this hat is really easy, relaxing and totally beginner-friendly. It starts with chaining 6 to make the band.

row1-end : ch1 and turn your work. Sc in the back loops of each stitch along.

My trick to give the band the perfect fit is to measure the head of the person who is gonna wear the beanie and subtract 3 cm from that measure. For example, my boyfriend has an head circumference of 58 cm, then I repeated row1 till my band was 58-3=55cm long.

Once you have reached your length, join the first and last row with sc stitches.

The pattern for the body of the beanie is here below :

row1 : ch2, dc into the same stitch. Dc in each stitch around, then sl st into the second ch.

row2: ch2, back post double crochet (bpdc) into the same stitch. Bpdc in each stitch around, then sl st into the second ch.

row3-14: repeat the sequence row1-row2 and your last row has to be a bpdc type.

row15: ch2, *2 dc joined together into the next stitches, 1dc*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the second ch.

row16:ch2, bpdc in each stitch around. Sl st into the second ch.

row17: ch2, 2dc joined together in each stitch around. Sl st into the second ch.

row18: ch2, bpdc in each stitch around. Sl st into the second ch.

After row 18 you have almost done. Fasten off your yarn leaving a long tale which we are going to use to close the top of the beanie. With a yarn needle simply go in and out of each stitch around and once you have finished pull it tightly. You will be left with a small hole on top which you are going to close definitely by sewing it. In my previous blog post, I linked a video that shows clearly this technique.

And that’s my boy wearing my first crochet beanie made for him! He looks adorable, even if a bit shy to end up on my blog blush

beanieIIIbeanieIVbeanieVI hope you guys enjoy this pattern, let me know if you are going to make this beanie for your boys too and if they like it. My boyfriend was enthusiastic and I promise from now on to meet more his requests and create something more for my beloved…I love you all and see you to the next post heart

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