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Crochet Blue Top

Added Oct 15, 2007

by mirela

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Time: 1 week
(20 minutes in the mornings and whole evenings)

I have learned to crochet, first in English, now in French!
Last Saturday I was at Walmart for a 1 hour shopping until Marius’s photos were being processed. Obviously half the time I was in the sewing isle deciding what thread to buy. You know! is it too little, is it too much, does it cost a fortune? should I get green? I like the blue, oh that lilac is so pretty! Off…just two of these denim blue balls were left, I grabbed them and crossed my fingers hoping it would be sufficient. It was!

Since last Saturday this is what I have been doing in the car to/from work (Marius was doing the driving of course!) and every night: a whole week of looping yarn around.

Here is the top from Phildar ( I added two more straps that tie over the shoulders and made it just a little longer by adding 2 rows of 4 treble stitches in every fourth stitch).

All I need now is to learn how to crochet from Russian patterns, as there are gorgeous cheap Russian knitting and crochet magazines around here.

Material Notes

700y / 640m
DMC Traditions 100% Crochet Cotton
(for 6-8 US / 1.5-1.7 EU.)
Pattern: Phildar
Crochet Hook: 2.1mm





Thank you Tany for the patterns and thanks for the internet, as I had to do a little translating and a lot of google-ing to get this done.

Needless to say, I could not have done it without those precious videos from

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    Oct 5, 2010, 04.11 AMby nishavinod2009

    Beautiful top! hats off to ur hard work. but i think its worth it. u look great i it!

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    Apr 20, 2009, 05.06 AMby gedwoods

    This is another Mirela creation I’ve featured in the fabrics international wiki article on cotton.

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    Feb 10, 2009, 02.38 PMby sewingkitlove

    The colour is stunning on you!

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    Sep 28, 2008, 08.13 PMby islndnthesun

    I love this! Very creative.

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    Jul 31, 2008, 10.53 PMby rickeysweet

    Thanks for the comment and your creations are awesome. I love to crochet too lots of fun

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    May 10, 2008, 11.29 AMby olyaboieru

    Such a lovely thing! And it’s your color for sure! Look! I can help you with Russian ;) It’s my mother tongue!

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    Jan 11, 2008, 02.25 PMby ben-1

    super mignon!

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    Oct 24, 2007, 10.13 AMby mimosa

    Very beautiful ! Congratulations !

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    Oct 18, 2007, 08.30 AMby zlethbri

    This top looks great. It’s a lovely pattern. I’m glad you are enjoying crochet. I love it too. I only discovered last year that I could crochet and knit in the car without feeling sick. All those hours I’ve wasted in the past!

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    Oct 16, 2007, 12.18 PMby lilo

    Beautiful top on a beautiful woman and a nice photo; congratulations! Wonder what the red skirt/dress(?) in the background is going to look like when ready?

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    Oct 15, 2007, 05.34 PMby olar

    I like this a lot. Great shot too, you are very beautiful.

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    Oct 15, 2007, 04.54 PMby kihli

    Wow, this top really looks cool! I started make a top similar to yours some months ago, but I did not manage to finish it yet :-( But now that I saw yours i think I will restart instantly…

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    Oct 15, 2007, 03.01 PMby elainemay

    hi mirela. for my crocheted lace dress, i used 100% bamboo yarn which is nice because it is very silky and the color is intense. but it’s also quite heavy (weight-wise, not warmth-wise) so it drags the dress down a bit. i think cotton would also stretch out too, and wool doesn’t make sense. you might want to go with a blend for shape retention. i’ve used debbie bliss’s “cathay” for other projects, which is a blend of cotton, silk, and microfiber with a nice sheen. you might play with the gauge to see if you can get that to work. it has good drape but also good memory. i think i eliminated the openwork yoke section to open the neckline but perhaps made some other small edits so it didn’t end up sliding off my shoulders. good luck!

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    Oct 15, 2007, 10.59 AMby mirela

    Thank you so much! OMG!! now I’m blushing! You girls are the BEST!!!

    Elainemay, I already have the Lily Chin pattern printed out, I just do not know what yarn to use yet (I’d appreciate your input on yarn). I agree with lowering the neckline, maybe eliminate the whole V section or do just a few rows. Here’s another free crochet pattern for a dress I digg: Crochet Tuscany Dress These are definetely on my list.

    I forgot to add under credits, my sweetheart husband Marius who is a hobby photographer :)

    Hopefully tonight I’m finishing the crochet wrap jacket from Burda WOF May 2007, hopefully!

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    Oct 15, 2007, 09.48 AMby benedikta

    Hey, We are so happy to have you, you are a creative MACHINE! We hope to see some of your ideas for our next collection. Go Girl!

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    Oct 15, 2007, 08.57 AMby nora

    Mirela, you always surprise us, every time you top what you’ve done before, in terms of creativity, skill and presentation of the whole!

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    Oct 15, 2007, 04.20 AMby myk

    wow, like JJ, I thought this was a burda pattern – I thought on a weekend? Really great photo. Your creation really looks great on you. You deserve a big hurray for your patience and skill :)

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    Oct 15, 2007, 03.24 AMby elainemay

    this is very pretty! i’ve been a crochet-aholic for 24 years, but still have trouble finding patterns for crocheted garments that don’t have that blocky “i-crocheted-this-myself” look, so this is a nice find. i wanted to recommend a pattern i thought you might like since you live in a warm climate and like pretty, feminine fashions. the lily chin lace dress is a real head-turner, definitely worth the time, and not that difficult in terms of skill. when i made it, i modified it to be slim through the hip by removing a few pattern repeats in the skirt, and i lowered the neckline as well to expose the collarbone— i think it would look great on you that way. and it’s pretty in black if you sew in a contrast lining. the pattern can be downloaded for free here:

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    Oct 15, 2007, 02.54 AMby fashion1

    it´s absolutely beautiful! agree to JJ, really professional and great picture!

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    Oct 15, 2007, 12.11 AMby kallers

    Absolutely amazing. I’d say it was time well-spent! The color looks great on you.

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    Oct 14, 2007, 10.29 PMby jj1

    First of all, I thought that burdastyle put a new photo on for a new pattern BUT in crochet?… Your top is so beautiful! I love the color. Your photo looks so great too, the light, hue, contrast, shadow,etc. Perfect! Screaming professional.

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    Oct 14, 2007, 10.05 PMby kasia26

    Beautiful top. Very nice color. Thank you for the Tany link; it’s great.

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    Oct 14, 2007, 09.45 PMby apriljay79

    wow, this is lovely, nice job. I love to crochet, you’ve inspired me!

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