Ok, so I had this really crazy idea about combining crochet AND knitting. I had no idea if it would work, I had no idea what it would actually end up looking like, but I just decided to go for it!
I didn’t test out my idea before I started, I just had a brief idea in my head of what I wanted it to look like. So, I cast on some Lion Brand Wool Ease (found at my local JOANN store!) onto my delicious needles and worked my way up. Come the crochet detailing, I was worried it wouldn’t actually work. BUT, I just kept going. I mean, worst case scenario it wouldn’t work out and I’d have wasted quite a bit of time - but that’s nothing… (insert ultimate sarcasm here).
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Though I am still a novice at knitting, I figured I could at least figure it out. If not, I knew I had friends that could help me tackle it. I am so absolutely happy I chose to explore this fun project and it has inspired more ideas! What a perfect way to dip our toes into something new AND we all get to wear one fun and unique top at the end of it!
I hope you all love this as much as I do!!
Are you ready?! Let’s go!
-US8/5mm knitting needles
-H/5mm crochet hook
-572 (662, 695, 764, 818, 818) yards, yds Lion Brand Wool Ease - Color A (Medium 4 / 80% acrylic, 20% wool) - Gray Heather
-16 (17, 18, 19, 20, 20) yds Lion Brand Wool Ease - Color B (only need one skein for all sizes) (med 4 / 80% acrylic, 20% wool) - Black
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CO - Cast On
K - Knit
P - Purl
CH - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
Sl St - Slip Stitch
st - Stitch
sts - Stitches
Knit : 17 sts x 23 rows = 4”x4” in stockinette
Crochet : 14 sts x 11 rows = 4”x4” in HDC
-CH 1 does not count as a stitch.
To achieve the stockinette stitch, we will be alternating knit and purl rows. We will be knitting on odd rows, and purling on even rows (unless otherwise instructed). Note: Knit side is right side, purl side is wrong side.
FINAL DIMENSIONS (before blocking): S(M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
- Body panel width: 18 (19, 20, 21, 21.5, 21.5) inches
- Body panel length (shoulder to waist): 17 (17.25, 17.5, 17.75, 18, 18) inches.
Using Color A, CO 76 (81, 85, 89, 91, 91)
Rows 1-14 (14, 16, 16, 18, 18): Stockinette stitch (76, 81, 85, 89, 91, 91)
Next you will stitch for 4 short ruffle rows, 1 long ruffle row, and 3 more short ruffle rows each separated
by 7 (or 9) rows of stockinette stitch. These rows are not listed by row number, you will need to count
your own rows.
Short Ruffle Row: K in first 23 (24, 26, 27, 28, 28) sts, P in next 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 24) sts, K for remaining
33 (36, 37, 39, 39, 39) sts.
Next 7 (9 for sizes 2x/3x) rows: Stockinette Stitch.
Repeat Short Ruffle Row, followed by 7 (9 for sizes 2x/3x) rows of stockinette Stitch 3 more times.
Long Ruffle Row: K in first 23 (24, 26, 27, 28, 28) sts, P in next 25 (26, 28, 29, 30, 30) sts, K for remaining
28 (31, 31, 33, 33, 33) sts.
Next 7 (9 rows for sizes 2x/3x) rows: Stockinette Stitch.
Repeat Short Ruffle Row, followed by 7 or 9 rows of stockinette stitch 3 more times.
Continue in stockinette until total length from beginning measures 17 (17.25, 17.5, 17.75, 18, 18) inches.
MAKING NECK OPENING
Cast Off Neck: K in first 20 (22, 23, 24, 24, 24) sts, Cast off in next 36 (37, 39, 41, 43, 43) sts, K for
remaining 20 (22, 23, 24, 24, 24) sts.
Next row: P in first 20 (22, 23, 24, 24, 24) sts, CO 36 (37, 39, 41, 43, 43) sts, P for remaining 20 (22, 23,
24, 24, 24) sts.
Continue in stockinette until back length from neck opening measures 17 (17.25, 17.5, 17.75, 18, 18)
inches. Cast off.
1. Lay body panels down, WS facing out. Measure 7”(7.5”/8”/8.5”/9”/9.5”) down side (starting at the top, near the shoulders) and use a stitch marker to mark sleeve opening. Attach Color A to stitch marker space with Sl St. CH 1. (Sl St, CH 1) evenly down ends of each row to create seam. Finish off when there is 1.5” remaining of Color A section. Weave in ends.
2. Repeat Step 1 for other side seam.
FRONT PANEL RUFFLES:
Note: We will work the ruffles using Color B, and our 5mm crochet hook. We will attach the yarn to the right side of each purl row. Once each row is complete, we will weave in ends and shape the ruffles.
1. Attach yarn to purl row with a Sl St. CH 1. 5 HDC in same purl loop. *5 HDC in each top purl loop across* Repeat ** across. (see images for more description of top purl loop). Finish off.
2. Repeat Step 1 for each purl row, total of 8 purl rows. (Stitch counts: short rows - 100(105/110/115/120/120) HDC ; long row - 125(130/140/145/150/150)
3. Weave in all ends.
Using Color B, attach yarn at neckline with a Sl St. CH 1. Work 1 SC in each st around neckline. Finish off, weave in ends. (see images for more instruction on where to place SC sts).
1. Using Color B, attach yarn at bottom front hem with a Sl St. CH 1. Work 1 SC in each st around bottom hem. Finish off, weave in ends.
2. Repeat Step 1 for bottom back hem.
Note: Blocking is completely optional. However, after working up the finished piece, I found the acrylic yarn to be a bit stiff and didn’t allow for as much fluid movement and “flowy-ness” as I wanted it to have. You may choose to skip this portion if you are happy with the drape of the fabric.
There are a multitude of ways to block your projects. For this project I will be discussing steam blocking which works really well for acrylic yarn, like the yarn I used for this project.
Place your project on a dress form, chair or anything else that the piece can lay properly. Follow the directions of your steamer to prevent any burns. Once your steamer is on and ready to be used, slowly move the steamer up and down the fabric to loosen the fibers. Be sure to steam the entire piece, including seams and corners!
Once steaming is complete, allow your project to dry fully, then wear that beauty every single day!
Have you tried it on yet??? GO PUT IT ON RIGHT NOW!!
I’m so in love with this piece and I am so beyond excited to see you all work it up! What kinds of color combos will you do? Gray and black like me? Lavender and white? Navy and cream? Burgundy and gross yellow (hello Gryffindor). I can’t wait to see!
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