Interweave Crochet Summer Galleries

When I walk into a clothing store and spot an adorable cardigan, I immediately find it in my size and head for the dressing room. But when I spot a pattern for a magnificent crocheted top, determining if the design is a good fit for my body type becomes more difficult. We don't all look like the models pictured, thankfully, and a cardigan that accentuates someone else's beautiful curves, may not flatter my straighter figure.

I gathered a few friends at work for a little dress-up party with a few of the sample garments in the office, and we photographed four summer tops on each of us. Laughter and suggestions abounded as we shared advice for altering the garments for each of our figures.

Best wishes,

P.S. We would love to see the garments in sizes other than the sample sizes. If you have crocheted these tops, please share pictures in the Member Photo Gallery.

     
 

Inspired by the vintage doily, this short-sleeve top was made using bamboo thread crochet. This intermediate level raglan tee is constructed in the round and features a V-stitch bodice, picot edged sleeves, and a pretty lace edging.

Ideas for color, flower placement, and the number of buttons proved that this was an easily garment to personalize. 

Arboretum Cardigan
Annette Petavy

  • Finished Size: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)" bust circumference, buttoned. Garment shown at left measures 36", modeled with 2" ease.

  • Yarn: KnitPicks Cotlin (70% tanguis cotton, 30% linen; 123 yd [112 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #24836 lilac (MC), 7 (8, 8, 9, 10) balls; #24835 cerise (CC1), #24467 blackberry (CC2) and #24462 sprout (CC3), 1 ball each.

  • Hook: Sizes E/4 (3.5 mm), G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

  • Notions: Yarn needle; three 13 mm buttons.

  • Gauge: 8 V-sts = 4" and 8 rows = 3" in V-st patt with larger hook.


   

 
   

Kathy is 5' 5" tall and usually wears a size 8 top.
Bust: 38"
Waist: 36"
Hips: 39"

Kathy is wearing this cardigan with 2" of negative ease. If she wanted to crochet the 36" sample size I would recommend only working one button loop at the neckline. I do love the way the A-line shaping leads your eye to her smile. The length is perfect, and she loved the length of the sleeves, though they would also look adorable several inches shorter.

Amy is 5' 2¼" tall and usually wears a size 6-8 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 38"

Amy is a few inches shorter than Kathy, so the bottom of this cardigan stops just below her hipbone. Shortening the length would be Amy's first modification for this top. She also chose to button only the top button and shared lots of ideas for different placements for the flower motifs.

   
   

Toni is 5' 5½" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 31½"
Hips:39"

Although I am about the same height as Kathy, I have a short back. So my first modification would be to shorten the length by about an inch. I might also try shortening the sleeves by several inches for a bit of a different look.

Whitney is 5' 8" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 34"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 35½"

At 5' 8" Whitney needs to add length to most projects, and this embellished cardigan is no different. It looks almost like it has shrunk up on her. Lowering the waist and adding at least an inch of length would fix the appearance of a too small fit.

 

 

Broomstick lace integrates beautifully with regular crochet pattern stitches in this cap-sleeve cardigan with a soft collar that drapes around the shoulders and folds over to form the open V front.

We loved the flexibility of the lace pattern in this comfortable cardigan. Each person who tried this versatile sweater on moved the placement of the belt, creating a customized fit.

Chamomile Cardigan
Doris Chan

  • Finished Size: 35 (39, 43, 47, 52, 56)" bust circumference, includes ease for front overlap; finished length 25 (25, 25, 27, 27, 29)". Garment shown at left measures 35" modeled with 1" ease. Garment is meant to be worn with relaxed fit.

  • Yarn: NaturallyCaron.com Spa (75% microdenier acrylic, 25% bamboo; 251 yd [230 m]/3 oz [85 g]): #0010 stormy blue, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 7) skeins.

  • Hook: Size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

  • Notions: Size 35 (19 mm) knitting needle (14" length) or other ¾" diameter rod or tool for broomstick technique; st markers or safety pins for markers; yarn needle.

  • Gauge: 15 sts = 4" in fsc or sc. In broomstick and V-st patt: 4 reps broomstick eyes or V-sts and 8 rows = 4", unblocked. In no-stick broomstick of belt: 1 rep = ¾"; 4 rows = 4".

   

 

Kathy is 5' 5" tall and usually wears a size 8 top.
Bust: 38"
Waist: 36"
Hips: 39"

After belting this cardigan at several heights, Kathy decided that she preferred to wear it open in the front. The length is perfect on her and this would make a great, comfy cardigan to throw on with a tank top and jeans.

 

Amy is 5' 2¼" tall and usually wears a size 6-8 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 38"

I love the way Amy has styled the collar here. You can see that each one of us styled this simple color differently.

   

Toni is 5' 5½" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 31½"
Hips:39"

The V-shaped neckline and then upside down V opening below the belt of this cardigan creates an illusion of an hourglass shape. I would shorten the length by about 2" as well as perhaps decreasing height of the collar by about 2" to remove some of it's visual weight from my shoulders.

Whitney is 5' 8" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 34"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 35½"

Worn with 1" of negative ease, this relaxed lace cardigan is beautiful on Whitney. She moved the belt up to the base of her ribcage and really added her own personality to this broomstick lace top. Because the belt is not attached you can wear it at any height, making this a truly versatile garment.

 

Inspired by the vintage doily, this short-sleeve top was made using bamboo thread crochet. This intermediate level raglan tee is constructed in the round and features a V-stitch bodice, picot edged sleeves, and a pretty lace edging.

An elegant adaptation of the t-shirt, this top was everyone's favorite, and color ideas were flying as we photographed.

Pinecone Top
Annastasia Cruz

  • Finished Size: 28 (32, 36, 40, 46, 50)" bust circumference. Garment shown at left measures 32", modeled with 2" negative ease.

  • Yarn: Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Crochet Thread size 10, (100% bamboo, 300 yd [274 m]/2 oz [59 g]): #0320 mushroom, 4 (5, 6, 7, 7, 8) balls.
    Yarn distributed by Coats & Clark.

  • Hook: Size 6 (1.75 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

  • Notions: 4 st markers (m); yarn needle.

  • Gauge: 8 sh and 16 rnds = 4" slightly stretched.

   

 

Kathy is 5' 5" tall and usually wears a size 8 top.
Bust: 38"
Waist: 36"
Hips: 39"

Kathy loved this doily inspired top, though she would probably make it in her favorite mint green. The bamboo thread makes this crocheted t-shirt nice and thin, perfect for summer weather, but as Kathy commented as she sucked in her stomach, you do not want too much negative ease. So after she picked up her favorite color of thread, Kathy said she would definitely go up to the 40" size for a little bit of negative ease.

Amy is 5' 2¼" tall and usually wears a size 6-8 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 38"

This raglan t-shirt inspired top looks fabulous on everybody. This length is great on Amy though she would want to go up a size to eliminate the stitches from becoming too stretched. If she wanted to narrow the neckline, she could also add a few more rows of single crochet.

   

Toni is 5' 5½" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 31½"
Hips:39"

I took one picture of myself in this top and frowned. But it is still going in my queue. On me this top is trying to accommodate 4" of  negative ease at the bust. I also have a broad ribcage and thick waist which makes the fit even tighter, causing the lace to ride up and the fabric not to appear smooth. But like your favorite favorite tee this design will flatter any body type. I have some beautiful rose bamboo thread that will make a lovely top in the next size up.

Whitney is 5' 8" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 34"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 35½"

This lace top is stunning on Whitney. The only change I would suggest is a darker color. What do you think this would look like on her in a beautiful green?

   

 

A woman's lace tunic with a drop waist motif band, this easy tunic pattern is worked in an open stitch pattern and is sized to 54".

We all loved the retro quality of this tunic, and styling opinions were varied-from a bathing suit cover-up to a tank top and jeans to the little black dress worn in the magazine.

Trillium Tunic
Natasha Robarge

  • Finished Size: 38 (42, 46, 50, 54)" bust circumference to fit 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)" bust and 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)" hip circumference. Garment shown at left measures 38", modeled with 4" ease.

  • Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton (100% organically grown cotton; 150 yd [137 m]/2¼ oz [65 g]): #312, 5 (7, 9, 11, 13) skeins.

  • Hook: F/5 (3.75 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

  • Notions: Yarn needle; 4-8 st markers (m).

  • Gauge: Band semicircle = 2" wide; 8 tr and 5.3 rows = 4" in main st patt.

   

 

Kathy is 5' 5" tall and usually wears a size 8 top.
Bust: 38"
Waist: 36"
Hips: 39"

This tunic is in Kathy's favorite color, but she would want to go up a size when crocheting it for herself. By going up a size, the motif belt would naturally settle lower on her hips as well.

Amy is 5' 2¼" tall and usually wears a size 6-8 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 38"

I love this tunic on Amy. Again, she might think about shortening the length by about a repeat above the belt, raising the motif belt a bit higher on her hips. But her naturally hourglass shape creates a beautiful flow in this unshaped tank. This size 38" is designed to fit a 34" bust and 36" hip, but I really like the 2" of negative ease illustrated here.

   
 

Whitney is 5' 8" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 34"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 35½"

The length was a perfect fit for Whitney, placing the belt at her hips, but she found this tunic a little loose for her personal taste.

 
   

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