This project will help cover three goals of mine: The first, obviously to make a nice blouse. The second, to clean out my yarn stash. (When I find it, there is part of a project using this yarn that will be a "From the Stash" article.) And third, to expand my wardrobe to include something other than black, blue and grey.
I bought four balls of this Hipster yarn online as an impulse buy; two in the color you see (Roses) and two in another color. The super-soft, stretchy bamboo blend makes a squishy fabric that's lightweight and warm at the same time, so I've been picky about what to make with it. Also, I don't like pink and I hated the way the short-changing colorway worked up.
Currently working on another project with a larger-than-usual hook, I got the idea to try the same with Hipster. Starting off with double crochet and then working up to triple crochet stitches, the yarn changed colors so quickly that they didn't have a chance to pool.
I'm still not sure if I like it, because it's one of those multi-colors that you just have to like... And I don't. It's loud. But, I've decided to continue anyway. If I'm going to add some color to my wardrobe, I might as well do it with something outrageously colorful. Plus, as I expand the stitches into double-triple and even taller stitches, the changes are happening faster within the stitch to help tone down the bright pops of red. Even so, I'm still fighting the urge to rip the whole thing back.
Nope! Roll with it. This project works up so quickly that there won't be much time wasted if I hate it. I'm hoping the first wash will help relax the yarn to make the stitches look neater. Heavily kinked from being in the stash for years, it's not making the prettiest work. Perhaps nobody will see the messy stitches through all those colors. It's almost blinding.
I do wish this yarn was available in solid colors, but it's not (yet?). It would be nice to mix this with a coordinating color to make it a little easier on the eyes. Perhaps the problem is my dislike of pink, red, or more than two colors in general... Is it just me? I'm willing to bet that many of you will agree that the colors just scream at you.
Work still continues anyway. I'll finish it, wear it, and see whether I get compliments or strange looks. Regardless of dislike for the color, I'm excited to share how simple this project is! You won't have to use super-tall stitches if you don't want to! (If you do, you can check out my old tutorial here.) Instead of writing a pattern, I'm going to create another "make-it-your-way" lesson that will teach you how easy it can be to make a perfect-fitting garment. But first, to find a solid-colored yarn for photos. And if I'm going to make more than one top, I might as well make different versions. Maybe I'll keep it the same... We'll have to wait and see.
I haven't been home much lately to work on the pattern for the still-unnamed scarf. It needs to be done before I start working on anything else, so that will delay the tutorial for this top. Seriously, I have to fight the urge to put the scarf on the back-burner because I'm so excited to share this new project! But, no, there are people waiting on that pattern to be done. I will do the responsible thing and work on that as much as possible, and I can keep crocheting more projects while away from my PC. In the meantime, the opportunity to get the for-sale scarf pattern for free is still open to all who comment on either of the following posts:
Mess or Masterpiece?