Friday, March 21, 2014

Fitted sweater tee with sleeves

I was lucky to find more Caron Spa and Country yarns on clearance. I used the Spa for My sweater and Country for Leslee’s sweater. I enjoy the feel and the drape of the fabric they both create, especially for wearables. If you have tried any of my sweater patterns, you know the yoke is super quick and easy. When it comes to the shells, the pattern is still simple; however, there are a lot of stitches in each garment. I wanted another sweater for myself, but I didn’t want to spend as much time on the lower section. The end result is a fitted, t-shirt looking top. I rather like it a lot. My style is simple, not flashy. What will catch your eye are subtle details. The tops of my shoulders are red throughout the summer, mostly from mowing, so I added cap sleeves. I hope you try this pattern. It is extremely rewarding to create then wear your crochet projects. This is an easy to follow, beginner pattern. You can follow the starting chain on Leslee’s sweater for a medium size. Jump back here for row 12 (to add sleeves), or row 15 (no sleeves). Whatever you choose, happy hooking!

Fitted sweater tee

What I used:
I hook and around 700 yards of Caron Spa yarn

What I did:
Chain 10, place a stitch marker, ch15, mark, ch21, mark, ch15, mark, ch12.
Row1:  2hdc in third ch from hook and in each st across except for the marked stitches; (hdc, ch2, hdc) in each marked stitch across, 2hdc in last stitch. Ch1, turn.
Rows 2-3: 2hdc in first st, hdc in each hdc, and (hdc, ch2, hdc) in each ch2 space, 2hdc in last st. Ch1, turn.
Rows 4, 5 and 10, 11 are in light taupe.
Rows 4-11: hdc in each hdc, and (hdc, ch2, hdc) in each ch2 space. Ch1, turn.

This is not the best photo. I hope you can see the stitch markers on the left and right sides. they mark the 12 middle stitches that will get dcs instead of hdcs to lengthen the sleeve tops. my finger and thumb are trying to help point them out.

Rows 12: hdc in ea hdc to first ch2 sp, this first set is the right (or left) front, the next set is the top of a sleeve. Mark the middle 12 stitches. Refer to picture. Those 12 stitches will get double crochets. Hdc to marked stitches and dc in those 12. Hdc across the rest of the sleeve, (hdc, ch2, hdc) in ch sp, hdc across the next set (the back), (hdc, ch2, hdc) in ch sp, the next set is the other sleeve. Mark the middle 12 st. Hdc to marked stitches and dc in those 12. Hdc across the rest of the sleeve, (hdc, ch2, hdc) in ch sp, hdc across the left (or right) front.  Ch1, turn.
Row13: hdc in ea hdc, (hdc, ch2, hdc) in ea ch sp, and dc in ea dc across.
Row14: hdc in ea hdc to ch2 space, hdc in ch2 sp, hdc in next ch2 space.  This creates the arm hole. Hdc to next ch2 space, hdc in the ch2 space, hdc in the next ch2 space. Hdc in ea hdc to end. 

Here’s inside knowledge on a little something I have done ever since Trishelle’s pink dresses; after I am done with crocheting the hdcs in the round, I will flip the top inside out. For instance, on this pattern after round 49 I flipped the shirt inside out.  Why?  I like the way the hdcs in the round look from the private side. You can’t tell on rows 1-13 because the pattern called for turning my work. Just be careful to flip your work before you proceed to row 50, if you try this too.

Rounds15-49?: hdc in first hdc to join work into a circle. Hdc in ea hdc around. Continue crocheting in the round until work is desired length and sc around, or move on to round 50.

Rounds 51, 52, 56, 62 and 63 are in light taupe.
Round50: slst to next hdc, ch1, turn, sc in ea hdc. Slst to first sc. Do not turn from here now on.
Round 51: ch1, sc in ea sc around and slst to join.
Round52: ch4 (counts as 1dc and ch1), dc in joining st, dc 2x, skip two st, *dc 2x, (dc, ch2, dc) ss, dc 2x, skip two st, repeat ending with a slst to 3rd ch.
Round53: ch1, (slst, sp, ch4, dc) in ch2 sp, dc 2x, skip two st, *dc 2x, (dc, ch2, dc) ss, skip two st, repeat around ending with a slst to 3rd ch.
Rounds54-59: repeat round 53.
Rounds60-63: ch1, 2sc ss in ch sp, *sc 2x, slst, sc 2x, 4sc in ch sp, repeat around ending with 2 sc In the first ch sp to complete round.
No button yet.

Trim around neckline:
Attach yarn and sc in each st around entire neckline. The button hole is: (sc, ch5, sc) ss. You will want to adjust for your button size. The button is optional.

My hook is pointing to the stitch above the ch2 space.
 This is where you attach the yarn to start stitching the sleeves.

I've just finished the first row  for the sleeve.
Sc in last hdc before ch2 space.

Same as last photo, other sleeve.
Shows starting stitch, above ch2 space.
With the RSF, attach yarn to hdc above ch sp with a slst. Refer to picture. Sc in each hdc, dc in each dc (from row 12), sc to last hdc before ch sp. Ch1, turn.
Row2: sc (not in joining st) in ea sc, dc in ea dc, sc in ea sc to slst (not including).  Ch1, turn.
Row3: sc (not in joining st) in ea sc, dc 5x, dc2tog, dc 5x, sc. Mark the last sc. This row ends.
Row4: sc in ea st completely round arm hole to marker. This includes the unworked stitches from before. Slst to marked st and fasten off. Weave in ends.

You may enjoy my pattern for free, even sell your finished projects, but please do NOT claim them as your own/sell them as your own.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Solomon's stitch

I recently noticed that I didn’t have a black scarf. There’s no sense in crocheting a heavy, warm one, we’ve had a mild winter and it’s almost over.  Two of mine are the Surreybelle pattern and the other is single crochet, my first project. The Surreybelle is a great pattern to work with. I even altered it for an ear warmer. Go here to visit Sarah's Sweethearts blog for the pattern. But, I want a lacey, black scarf and the Surreybelle won’t work.  Also, I’ve had my eye on the Solomon’s stitch, AKA the love knot.  Surfing the web, I came across Beth Ham’s tutorial on youtube. Excellent! Her video is the best I’ve seen.  I’ve completed the scarf in a short time.   At first, it was difficult. I just followed along, repeating what I was watching. click here   for Beth to teach you.     

Monday, December 3, 2012


I recently went to NYC with my oldest daughter's choir. I knew we would be at a taping of the Today Show on NBC. To attract Al Roker's attention I crocheted a look alike doll for him. Truly an awesome trip.
Check out the videos. Jezamyn giving Al his doll from Liberty Crochet
                                  slow motion: I just love the kid's smiles and can't get enough :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Oh, No!

I have new posts to publish, however my free space is full.  I deleted some past posts that I felt were least important and one by accident. Still Google says there is not enough room. The free patterns are not as good with no photos. I cannot afford to buy more space at this time. It is only $2.49 a month, but I can't continue to pay Google to share free patterns with you guys, Sorry! It has been almost two years I have shared, saying patterns should be free. Now I understand how it isn't possible. I will continue to keep the Stitchery open on Facebook and Liberty Crochet's page will be there also. I started on FB, the patterns were stored in notes and in files in the group room. It was time consuming to transfer them all here to be print capable. I have no plans to move the patterns back to their original spot. We can keep riding this gravy train til Google says "no".  Thanks for your understanding and cooperation, Jessica

Sunday, November 4, 2012

What a doll

Have you seen By Hook, By Hand blog? If not, you are really missing out. I first saw her Teacup Spirit dolls the end of last summer. I had to make one for my daughter and two for my nieces. They have been such a big hit that I thought I would share some photos. My daughter’s friend, Bailee, wanted a blonde doll for her birthday. I had three requests from different people in the same week wanting to purchase dolls, even a “dad” doll.
The pattern directions are extremely detailed. Don’t be so overwhelmed that it discourages you from trying; it is not that difficult. My fingers are not small. Plus I cracked mu knuckles more than once and they are huge. I can’t use the hook size she recommends so I use a D (3.25mm) hook. Other than the doll being tiny, she is possible to crochet. Hopefully your fingers are agile enough; she is so incredibly rewarded to create.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sophia's granny throw

The ruffled edge was made by alternating 2 and 3 dc in each stitch around.
My daughter has asked for a blanket for her birthday. It is not until November, but I am sure she doesn’t look here, so no surprise will be ruined by me posting this now. I used all Hometown USA yarn from Lion Brand and a N15/10mm hook. The colors I used are Washington Denim, Minneapolis Purple, and Monterey Lime. I feel like this yarn is too thick to use for a blanket. It is still soft, yet it feels stiff. There is a pattern on the LB site, but I didn’t use it, only for the idea. It is made up of fairly regular grannies, however it has one twist I haven’t seen anyone else crochet. Do you notice what it is? The purple colored, ribbon-like band is made by single crocheting one row. On the next row, granny like usual, but use the same holes as the previous row. Basically, you pretend as if the purple sc row is not there. I wanted to try something different, but I was too lazy to look for patterns that night. I can’t remember how I came up it. It is more enjoyable for me lately to allow the yarn fly off the hook. I’ve grown to feel constrained when using a pattern. I think it has something to do with constantly being in the van, chauffeuring the kids to and from practices. I hope this inspires you to try a new spin on an older stitch. There is no wrong in crochet (unless it doesn’t fit).  J

Close up of the purple ribbon row.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


At the last craft fair I participated in my daughter purchased flubber from a fellow crafter. One dollar per Ziploc bag full of bouncy fun and she sold out shortly after noon. Sophia, loving both money and flubber, asked if she could make some and sell with me at the next craft fair. I said yes.
A friend from church donated two large bottles of glue and grandma gave her cute Halloween bags and picked us up some more food coloring. We had a box of borax left over from last summer’s flea invasion. Besides water, those are the only ingredients needed. It took us less than two hours to make four batches of flubber AND clean up our mess.  
Since it was so much fun, quite simple, and not a huge pain, I thought I would share the recipe.

In a large bowl mix together:
1 1/2 c warm water
2 c Elmer's glue
Food coloring 
In a small bowl mix together:
1 1/2 c warm water
1 T Borax

Completely dissolve Borax. Combine Borax mixture in the large bowl with the glue mixture. Mix by hand until formed. Drain excess water, store in a sealed container.