It’s time once again for my biannual camping/vending trip! I’ve been super busy making a ton of cute stuff to stock my booth, which is why these pictures are all crummy Instagram phone photos instead of nice camera ones.
This camping trip is always low-tech, which means I will be unavailable to respond to questions or comments until the 30th! Thanks in advance for your patience 🙂
See you soon! ❤
I wind up making a lot of bright pieces because I love playing with color, but I have a personal bias for earthy tones and neutrals (like over half of the things I own are brown. I love brown). So when I was thinking about the color scheme for this Forest Fae Vest pattern I bought from the Etsy shop ForeverWanderingg, I decided to follow her example and go with pretty, soft, and earthy.
I’ve been trying to work from crochet patterns other than my own lately and I bought this one as soon as I saw it. I love the tattered aesthetic and the mandala- I never met a mandala I didn’t like. So here’s my version of the Forest Fae Vest 🙂
I made the main body using Premier Cotton Fair (using two strands held together) and it came out feeling soft and thick and perfect! I wanted to achieve the longer tattered bustle style of the last model picture on the Etsy listing, so I searched through my collection of magical garbage. Which you can see a little of in the background here 😉
I came up with an old lacy scarf that had gotten accidentally dyed in the wash and a big piece of crochet lace I had salvaged from a dress I found at Goodwill. Time to dye those puppies to match!
I used some Rit dye that I have had forever – can you believe I used dark brown and tan for this? Well, if you’ve dyed with Rit before you might, because it does tend to be a little bit of a crapshoot for color accuracy if you’re not careful. However, I prefer the lovely muted purple and am super glad that it didn’t come out dark brown. I even dyed that jersey cotton cowl to match!
Sewing it on took some psyching up, because taking something you’ve lovingly crocheted by hand and sticking it in a machine to punch a bunch of tiny thread into it is SCARY. But it went smooth as butter and before I knew it this sweet fairy vest was ready to rock!
Maybe you can tell I had a lot of fun making this? My favorite projects have always been based around upcycling – giving new life to old things, rediscovering their beauty. This project definitely fit that category.
When I first worked out my little quirky leaf motif I knew I had to make a leafy crown out of it at some point – I just couldn’t find the right yarn at the hobby stores. I wanted it to be delicate and pretty, not bulky, but the yarns I tested didn’t fit the bill.
And then the very obvious solution hit me – use THREAD, not yarn, holding two strands together to make it bigger. Yay! So without further yammering, here’s the FREE crochet pattern for this fun leafy DIY floral crown.
Ivy Crown Crochet Pattern
#10 cotton crochet thread – You will need 2 cones of either the same or coordinating colors, because the pattern is worked with the 2 threads held together.
For a full photo tutorial on how to make the quirky crochet leaf, see this blog post.
- Grab both strands of cotton thread and form a slipknot.
- Ch 12.
- In the 3rd ch from the hook, work 4 dc.
- Work a ch-2 length picot in the top of the last dc.
- 3 hdc in the same st as the first 4 dc sts.
- Rotate the leaf – work 2 hdc in the same stitch but on the other side of the beginning chain (This is the quirky part – see the photo tutorial for help)
- Sl st in the 2nd ch of beg ch-2 on the leaf.
- Sl st into the 2nd ch st from the motif on your original chain, anchoring the back of your leaf.
- Repeat from Step 2 – you can vary the spacing of the leaves by adding or subtracting chain stitches in between, as long as you have a minimum of 5 ch sts. I like to randomize the chain length at anywhere between 8-12 stitches between leaves for a subtle organic look.
I repeated 44 times, for a total of 45 leaves or 55″ in length, and made three in different colors!
These leafy li’l guys have tons of potential:
- twist or braid several together to create even fuller floral crowns (as seen pictured on my head)
- add beads, charms, or little crocheted flowers
- make shorter versions to create a choker necklace or double up the long version to make a lariat-style necklace. Like this!
I’ve got a respectable amount of crochet thread hanging around currently so I know I’ll be making more of these garlands!
Something I don’t do nearly enough, in my opinion, is make time to try out other people’s crochet patterns. Although I ogle tons and tons of designs (and buy a fair few), I seem to always be busy with other projects.
Lately, though, I’ve made a point to get cracking on some of the patterns in my collection – first up was the renowned Glenda’s Hooded Gypsy Cardigan . Man, I have been wanting to make this forever! It’s exactly in my style wheelhouse. Since I have an intense amount of acrylic solid yarn leftovers from making Mandala Tops and Pullovers, of course it had to be a color extravaganza.
I also decided to leave off the sleeves to make it more warm-weather friendly. My main vending event is coming up at the end of the month, and it’s usually quite hot during the day and somewhat chilly at night. Since it is now a vest, I used corset-lacing in the back instead of the dart lacing described in the pattern to make the back more fitted.
I am loving the super 70’s mirror wall in this apartment. It reminds me of my parents’ house and is conveniently great for quick picture taking of my stuff.
I used ripped gauze fabric for the back and side ties, and added tassels to the hood point and each point at the hem of the garment.
I also added 4-5 extra rounds of trim on the hood, since I like a deep hood and this one came out a little too shallow for me. The choker and the halter top underneath were a matching set on their own but go great with this vest – Raise your hand if you are super happy that chokers are back in style. So. Easy. To. Crochet. OMG.
Conclusion: awesome! This pattern was really easy to follow and customize. And it used up A LOT of random acrylic solid orphan yarn balls. Recommend! Thanks Glenda!
P.S – you can view this project on my Ravelry Project Page as well 🙂
Well, I did it! I made it through the longest semester in the universe. To celebrate, here’s another batch of beautiful projects made by talented artists using my designs, although I should probably change the title of these posts since most of these aren’t from Ravelry. Eh, oh well.
Thank you guys so much for sharing your awesome projects with me!
This pair of Lotus Mandala Vests was created by Bev Jones : One for her, using the extra sizing rounds now included in the written pattern, and one for her 5-year-old, adding the armholes after Rnd 13. She used Katia Paint Gradient for both!
Michele made this bright & citrusy Flower Child Pullover for her 13-year-old using Caron Cakes yarn! Looks super groovy 😀 Plus you don’t have to weave in as many ends using those long-color-change yarns 😉 Thanks for sharing!
Check out those colors on this amazing Scrappy Granny Shawl made by Kym Smith! She’s stitching in Australia so it’s the perfect time to make up something cozy. I just love that golden mustard color next to the smoky lavender and grays!
Keltronica’s Lotus Mandala Duster came out looking perfect! Check out her helpful notes on the project on the Ravelry project page . Lovely photos taken by Tim Sutherland.
For more submitted projects, see Episode 1 and Episode 2!