Sunday, January 22, 2017

1st garment of the year - Tunisian Entrelac Yoga Top

I've decided that this year is going to be the year of the crochet garment. I have made a fair few knitted and crochet garments and designed a couple too but I can definitely finesse my skills. I plan to buy Top Down Crochet Sweaters by Dora Ohrenstein after reading a review by Susan Lowman on her Crochet Architect website.

I learned Tunisian Entrelac Crochet last year making a bright blanket for charity and wrote about it here. I enjoyed the technique so much and since this year is the year of the crochet garment I decided to tackle the Yoga Top by Elena Fedotova. I found out about Elena from Marie Segares in her Instagram #undergroundcraftertakeover. Here's the roundup on Marie's blog. Elena's geometric designs look so fresh and modern. I favorited the Yoga Top straightaway and I really love what she has done here with a traditional crochet granny squares on her Granny Fish Top.

I am now underway. The yoga top is bottom up and mostly seamless (yay for not having to sew sides together).I just love making these tiny squares because they are join as you go, and they just look so unbelievably cute. There are a few color combo suggestions and a blank chart in each size for you to colorize with your own color choices. I did have to restart after making a silly gauge calculation. Usually, I find one row is sufficient to measure horizontal gauge but with Tunisian Entrelac stitch the gauge reduces after adding a second and third row. My top was going to be a tight squeeze so I had to rip it all back and add additional squares. My husband likes to see me ripping items back. He says I'm getting more enjoyment out of the yarn and he's probably right.

Are you tackling something new this year? I'd love to hear.


Sam said...

I've got this on my to-do list - she's done some beautiful designs, so I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on. Great start 😍

Tamara said...

Thank you Sam. You are so sweet! I'll be sure to share my progress here and on Ravelry! I'm up to the second stripe now.

Jodiebodie said...

I love all your links in this post, Tamara. That granny fish top is so cute! I am also a fan of Marie Segares. She always invites me to think deeply about my crochet interests through her blog and podcast.
What yarn have you chosen for your yoga top? The original has a silk/alpaca blend which would breathe nicely but with 70% alpaca, surely that would be too warm?
I look forward to seeing your progress with your top.

Tamara said...

I'm glad you liked my links Jodie. I am a big Marie fan too. I love her podcasts! I made my top in merino. It is quite warm but it has short sleeves so it works!

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