Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ceres Top - Crochet Pattern Review - MermaidCatDesigns

I have been wanting to try some festival style tops so I went a searching on Etsy and decided I would start with this Ceres Top from MermaidCatDesigns.

There are so many other fun designs from this shop, I definitely plan on stopping by for more patterns!
UPDATE, 07.02.16: I've worked an updated review with back strap adjustment as shown above. Find my notes here - Ceres Top, Take Two.

Materials I Used:
     - Almost a full 4 oz/200 yard skein of Lily Sugar n Cream in White
     - 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.

     One Size 32-36" B/C Cup. Notes included for making an A size cup.

My Gauge: 
     13 SC by 14 Rows = 4"

Pattern Notes:
     Overall the pattern was really fun, quick and easy to follow. Aside from discovering a few errors that have since been corrected, I didn't have any issues with my top and the download was available right away. I would say with the step-by-step photos that this pattern would be suitable for an advanced beginner.

You could use the basic top and embellish in a variety of ways including adding a fringe along the bottom, working a different openwork pattern, or a color change to name a few. Though I don't think it needs it, you could also add a lining, or elastic.

I DO NOT recommend this top for use in the water - the cotton will absorb the water, the top will become heavy and lose it's shape.

The great thing about using Lily Sugar n Cream yarn for this top is the fact that it machine washes and dries well, it'll keep you cool in the hot weather, and it's very durable to withstand machine washes and wear-after-wear. I have a few projects made from it that I have machine washed and dried. I just threw them in with my regular clothes and they have come out just fine. I would suggest if machine washing this top to throw in a lingerie bag. 

I plan on working up some others colors to add to my etsy shop - link below. These will definitely be great for upcoming music festivals or just hanging out in the hot summer weather.
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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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