07 August 2013

my summer 2013 collection

I've got a couple of other things on the back-burner, but I think it's time to crack out what I've been adding to my wardrobe this summer.....

I decided I wanted to try and crochet a light-weight multi-coloured hoodie for these nice summer evenings, and this is what I came up with - literally, no patterns, working to my own very specific size (i.e. tall but so skinny that it's unhealthy), and pretty much on the first try (I'll explain why I say 'pretty much' further down).

It's made completely in trebles and using 'Sirdar Click' Double Knitting yarn, using two shades (one for the bulk of it and another for the reddish/pinky stripes). Because its made out of trebles it's warm enough for when it gets slightly colder in the evenings but breathable enough for during the day. Finished off with a nice bright red zip which I had to sew in by hand (I didn't want to mess up all those hours of crochet in one foul swoop on the sewing machine).

As well as getting the fitting perfect, the hood was actually a real challenge. I tried looking at other old hoodies and trying to work out how I'd get it to fit tight. It was tough, but in the end I just went for it and it came out ok. It's a little loose and baggy but I don't wear my hood up most of the time anyway, it was mostly so it looked right as a complete garment.

So there you go, my summertime hoodie! And before anyone asks, yes I did write down how I did it, but no you can't have the pattern......yet!!!! I'm going to try getting it a bit more precise and making some for people of different sizes so it can be altered, but at some point in the distant future, this may become available! Now remember earlier I said that I had 'pretty much' made this on the first try? Well, that's because this preceded the hoodie.....

I had been given a load of balls of this sparkly green wool (you can't really see the sparkles unless you get close up) by a crochet friend as she hadn't used it and was having a clear-out. Originally this was what I planned to make a jacket out of, but after a while I realised that I wasn't going to have enough to complete it, and unfortunately this particular type of wool had been discontinued (it's by Ice Yarns). So rather than ripping it apart I decided to free-style it into a woolly waistcoat.

I added the collar (which I must confess is a little wonky) and finished it off with some lime green edging and some pink rose buttons and there you have it. It's a little too hot for it to have got any serious wear at the moment, but I'm sure it'll make many an appearance come autumn.

So there's just two of my recent makes, but 'what's next?' I hear you cry. Well, you'll just have to wait. Maybe it's a pattern, maybe it's a costume, maybe it's my secret of how to grow a massive beard (actually no it's not that, just don't shave, simple) or maybe it's something completely unrelated. Rest assured, it'll be something!


  1. I love that hoodie a little too much! it looks like perfect summer evening wear and, in those colours, perfect festival wear!

  2. Brilliant! I love that you (and only you would think of this and have the balls to carry it off) used pink rose buttons for your green sparkly waistcoat. Genius!

  3. Amazing! Love the red zip on the hoodie and the pink buttons of course, great finishing touches. :-)

  4. This is so cool! I want the hoodie pattern! :D