Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Retro Crochet

Hello Lovelies,
It's been a bit quiet around here lately hasn't it.
 I have been busy with my hook, finishing a project for my brother in law. When he asked me to make him a "seventies style stripy tank top"  I was not really that  keen.




He wanted it in  bright ,retro colours to wear for a  fancy dress event. As he offered to buy the yarn  I couldn't really say no.
The yarn he got was not nice but I managed. I worked up from the bottom ,shaping the arm and neck holes by  getting him to try it on and adjusting things as I went along.
I  worked with two strands of yarn held together and a 6mm hook to make it grow more quickly ( this is a large item )

And here's the finished garment........

Ummmm, I think it shows I'm not that great a this sort of project ( don't look too closely at the neckline !!) But at least I got it done, and it fits, phew !! Now I'm looking at this photo I think it actually turned out not too bad.

It has made me really  appreciative of the yummy softness and wonderful colours in my stylecraft stash. I felt like diving into my yarn bag when I opened it yesterday.......


It's been bliss to go back to my favourite yarn again.I've been making simple circles. The same pattern I used for this blanket back in 2010.........


What am I making?......weeell , it's not a blanket , not even a baby one. It's not a cushion cover or a bag either . I can't tell you lovelies what I'm up too right now but I will reveal all soon :0)
Hope your week is going well.
Jacquie x

26 comments:

  1. Cant wait to see what you make!

    Helenxx

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  2. Looking forward to see what it is.Thanks for putting me onto Stylecraft Special DK.It's so soft,great range of colours and cheap.Brill.

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  3. oooh! the suspense! You did a great job with the tank top!

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  4. The tank top is;fab, I'm a 70's girl and remember them well, my brother had a purple brown and orange one!

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  5. I have been making those circles but mine will become a blanket. I am so curious as to what you are doing with yours...

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  6. That tank top is totally fab xxxx

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  7. Now I' m curious!!!! I love the retro top by the way, it looks good! I'm working on a retro crochet project too, more about that on my blog in a couple of days......., bye! Marieke

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  8. Oooh good job with the tank top! It kind of reminds me of Lego :) Love the cute granny circles too, intrigued as to what you are making! x

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  9. Oh interesting Jaccqui, what's it going to be?

    Great tank top - he's certainly going to get noticed in that isn't he!

    Hope you have a great week.
    Fleur xx

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  10. How pretty that came out..Love the granny circles good to see you around hun

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  11. I think the retro vest turned out great. You did a good job.

    Linda

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  12. Can't wait to see what you're working on!
    And the retro vest is awesome!! Your brother in law will look groovy :)
    xoxo Debbie

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  13. Well...I think its turned out very well. Your brother-in-law will certainly stand out. You've awoken my curiosity I wonder what you are going to make your crochet circles into???

    Amanda
    A new follower - a Brit living in Spain :-)

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  14. Cool top!
    Jacqui, we don't get Stylecraft in South Africa, so I just read in envy about it. THEN mu sis came to visit from Ireland in April, and brought some of het stash to finish a little blanket for our little beach house...oh oh oh, isn't it the loveliest acrylic! I LOVED it!
    And guess what I'm waiting for...my birthday stash, to be mailed from Ireland, with which I will hook new cushions for the benches at my kitchen table! Can't wait :-) :-) :-)

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  15. Lovely tank top I'm sure he'll wear it with pride, lucey x

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  16. Ooo, the suspense! Groovy seventies top, too. xxx

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  17. Oooo Jacquie that tank top reminds me of the ones my mum used to make for my brothers...........very stylish!!! Hmm those little circles are just gorgeous, might they become a lovely scarf? ♥

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  18. You did very well to 'wing it' - its turned out well. I agree, though, its lovely to look at the soft colours. xxx

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  19. I like your(not your) retro-top! Great job!

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  20. I love the colors of your favorite yarn, and can I just ask please, what brand is that yarn?

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    1. Yes , its Stylecraft Special Double Knitting.

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  21. I think it turned out great--well done, figuring it out on the fly! I was so hoping for a modeled photo, though...I'd LOVE to see that! :D

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  22. Hi Jacquie love your Tank Top you have made for your brother it is fabulous you can do more than I can but then you are a very clever lady whit your hook and yarn :) love it and I'm so looking forward to seeing your next project!!!
    can hardly wait...
    Lots Hugs Sarah x

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  23. That is some tank top!!! Your brother is going to have such fun wearing it :D

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  24. WoW love the tank top!! First time to comment but lurk often.
    Those colours are big wow factor.

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  25. Now, I think that tank top is kinda genius!!
    I bet it kept him very warm, too!
    Really love the colours in your circles too. A wall hanging perhaps?
    Can't wait to see.
    Xx

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