Celebrate Doris Chan!
Celebrate Doris Chan!
Enjoy fantastic patterns and a video from crochet expert Doris Chan
Doris Chan designs garments that fit and flatter a range of shapes and sizes. Appropriate for all ages, Doris' garments are ones that you will reach for again and again. In this collection, we've gathered a crochet skirt, dress, and top. In addition, we've added a video, so you can invite Doris into your home to guide you through crocheting a seamless custom top-the pattern which is included with the video download! If you haven't crocheted a Doris Chan design before, you are in for a treat. If you can crochet a granny square, you can crochet Doris' designs!
See what's inside this Doris Chan collection:
Interweave Crochet Presents: Top-Down Seamless Crochet with Doris Chan
Learn How To Crochet Sweaters that Fit and Flatter!
If crocheting a gorgeous and flattering sweater seems too challenging, then designer and author Doris Chan has great news for you. Take the basic crochet skills that you use to make a granny square, learn a few great tricks, and you can make a crochet top that fits perfectly without a single seam. In this video workshop, Doris takes design from the top with her signature top-down seamless crochet technique. From neckline to hem, she shows how to shape a garment to enhance your figure and suit your style:
- Choose the right size
- Finesse your gauge to use your favorite yarn
- Tweak a design for the perfect fit
- Work foundation single crochet for an elastic neckline
- Increase and decrease within motifs
- Add bust and waist shaping
- Customize sleeve length and trims
Practice these skills with the exclusive Kolika Top crochet pattern included with the workshop.
With Doris Chan's expert guidance, you can learn how to crochet a sweater you'll be proud to wear!
Rockin' Red Dress Crochet Pattern
Inspired by the sassy suit of Star Trek's Lieutenant Uhura, this flattering crochet dress is worked top down with a quiver-stitch bodice. Post stitches outline the gores of the swirly skirt, which is easily lengthened or shortened.
Finished Size: 30 (32, 36, 40, 44)" bust circumference; length at back neck 31 (31, 31 ¾, 33 ¼, 33 ¾)". Note: Fabric is stretchy and can be worn with up to 2" negative ease; dress may also hang longer on the body. Garment shown measures 32", modeled with no ease.
Yarn: South West Trading Company Oasis; (100% soysilk; 240 yd [220 m]/3 ½ oz [100 g]): #502 rose, 5 (6, 7, 7, 8) balls.
Yarn Weight: #3 - Light
Needles: G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: St markers (m); safety pin; yarn needle
Gauge: 12 sts and 8 rnds = 3" in skirt patt, blocked; 12 sts = 3" and 8 rows = 2 ¾" in quiver patt, blocked.
Originally Published: Interweave Crochet Fall 2012
Lara's Dance Skirt Crochet Pattern
This seamless lace skirt is worked in a hemp yarn and creates a swingy, flirty feminine piece. Hemp is crisp and ropelike in the hank but becomes softer and more pliable as it is worked. This skirt, crocheted seamlessly from the top down, takes advantage of the tendency of crochet rows to shift to the right when worked in the round with right side facing. The swirl pattern creates bias-like fabric that falls beautifully from the elasticized waistband to below the knee. Lace faux godet insets begin at midlength and give the hem a full, twirly bounce.
Finished Size: 30 (33, 36, 38, 41)" circumference at natural waist and 27" long; belt is 2" wide and 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)" long. Skirt shown is 30". (Belt not shown.)
Yarn: Lanaknits Hemp for Knitting allhemp6 (100% hemp; 165 yd [150 m]/3½ oz [100 g]; ): #013 foggy, 6 (7, 7, 8, 8) hanks.
Yarn weight: #2 - Fine
Gauge: 11 fsc = 4" with larger hook; 7 edc of panel = 2" in spiral st patt, 5 rows of edc = 4" with larger hook; 7 sts and 20 rows = 2" in sl st flo with smaller hook.
Hook: Sizes I/9 (5.5 mm) and H/8 (5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Yarn needle; waist-length plus 2" of 1" wide nonroll, washable waistband elastic; two 2" diameter metal craft rings or purchased belt hardware (optional); sturdy thread for elastic casing in color to match yarn.
Originally Published: Interweave Crochet Fall 2008.
Sera Lace Top Crochet Pattern
Every woman can use one fabulous lacy top in her wardrobe. When you wear lace over a solid color, the eye focuses on the lace, not on what's beneath, which is magically figure-flattering. This pullover is roomy and stretchy, with a wide neckline; long, flared sleeves; and picot trim. Flaring gently to mid-hip, it's perfect for an evening of elegance or a day of feeling pretty.
Finished Size: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56)" bust circumference. Sweater shown measures 36".
Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Sera (84% wool, 11% viscose, 5% polyamide; 147 yd [135 m]/13â„4 oz [50 g]; ): #40 silver grey, 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8) balls. Yarn distributed by Tahki Stacy Charles.
Hook: Size G/7 (4.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Removable stitch markers (m).
Gauge: 13 fsc = 4"; (shell, sc, ch 5, sc) 2 times in patt and 8 rows = 4". Skill Level: Intermediate.
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