Friday, June 25, 2010

Freeform/Irish Crochet Project

I’ve decided to try making a freeform crochet tank/sleeveless top based on Irish crochet techniques, but more in the style of Russian crocheters. The thing is, I don’t know what I’m doing. We’ll see how it goes. It theoretically starts with crochet motifs which are then connected either (a) directly to each other or (b) by crochet webbing. I like the amount of color the Russians use so I'm using color too. I’m using the “direct” method of connection, though if I ever do this again, I might try the webbing technique.

The thread is size 10 crochet cotton and the hook is 1.65mm steel. The colors I had in my stash were mauve/rose, light pink and white, so that’s what I decided to start with. I’m not sure about the look of the white next to the other two color so I may not be using white at all.

Here's what I've got so far.

I think most people must plan out what will go where beforehand, but I’m not that well organized so I’m just sort of using the stick-on-as-you-go method. I make a bunch of motifs, then sew them on to the existing piece wherever they fit. The result so far looks more freeform and less well-planned than most of the things I’ve seen, but I still like it!


  1. yay! I'm excited I like it! it is going to be really pretty when it's all done. :)