Wednesday, July 6, 2016

EyeLoveKnots is Taking a Break

I am greatly appreciative to all the friends I have gained through this blog and my crafting. This blog started out as a way for me to express myself through my crafts and such, a way of keeping track of the projects I've worked to include my notes, a way of sharing my designs with everyone, a place for me to grow... 

Over the last 7 months, I have experienced a series of events that today has left me without a desire to craft or crochet, without a desire to blog, without a desire to do much. I find myself in a position where I am struggling to put myself back together. I am working on it, but it's a big challenge for me. Due to this, I am going to be taking a break to continue to work on myself. I hope not to be gone too long - become a subscriber so you will be notified of updates and my return.

Best wishes to all.

Craftedly Yours,
Alexandra (and Shiloh) of EyeLoveKnots

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Ceres Top, Take 2 with Strap Adjustment - Crochet Pattern by MermaidCatDesigns

Mid May, I shared my original Crochet Review for the Ceres Top. I revisited the pattern when I received a special request in my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop for a different type of back strap.

This post is how to work the strap adjustment. For full pattern review, visit my Ceres Top - Crochet Pattern Review - MermaidCatDesigns.

Materials I Used:
     - About 150 yards of Handicrafter Delux in Purple (JoAnn's)
     - H8/5mm Crochet Hook (as recommended in pattern)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle
     - Ceres Top, Paid Crochet Pattern from MermaidCatDesigns

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Bernat's Handicrafter, Lion Brand's Kitchen Cotton, Peaches n Cream, Hobby Lobby's Crafters Secret Cotton

Time Spent:
     I had my top ready in about two hours.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     sc2tog - Single Crochet Decrease over Two Stitches

Strap Notes:
     I worked four rows of 13 single crochet for each side flap, then worked...

R5: Turn, no chain. Slip stitch into the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th stitches. Chain 1. SC in this and the next 4 stitches.

R6: Chain 1, turn. SC across. 
*1st side, Fasten Off after R6. 2nd side work through R7

R7: Chain 1, turn. SC in the 1st 2 stitches, slip stitch into the 3rd stitch, chain 73, slip stitch down the chain in the back bumps and into the initial stitch, SC into the next stitch, 2 SC into the corner, SC in the next stitch, sc2tog on corner and next piece, SC in next 2 stitches, 2 SC in corner, SC in next 3 stitches, pick up on pattern at the sc2tog and worked across to the next sc2tog, SC in next 3 
stitches, 2 SC in next corner, SC in next 3 stitches, sc2tog, 2 SC in next corner, SC in next stitch, slip stitch in next, ch 73, slip stitch down the chain in the back bumps and into the initial stitch, SC in next, 2 SC in next, sc2tog, SC in next 2, 2 SC in next, SC in next 56 along the opposite side of the foundation chain, 2 SC in the next, SC in the next 3, sc2tog, SC in 1st. Join.

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.
Since my original Ceres Top - the White - I've also worked in Lily Sugar n Cream in Red and Blueberry, and Bernat's Handicrafter Delux in Purple. These are all in my EyeLoveKnots Etsy Shop - Most Ready to Ship!

With so many size, yarn type and color options, I would love to see them! Please share your photos on my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page, or our latest Yarn Fanatic Party Link Up!

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Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing a Ceres Top?
     You can check out EyeLoveKnots on Etsy to see what I have available! Use the search box to type in what you have in mind, or feel free to send me a message with your custom request. I am happy to make in A-C 32-36 cup sizes in color of your choice. View color options here: Lily Sugar n Cream.

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