Mar 12, 2013

Garden of Flowers Jacket

Hello my lovely people!

Are you enjoying the weather outside. I must say that its been wonderful here, about 20 degrees with loads of sunshine in the day time. A great time of the year before the horrid humid summer n rainy season set in.

Hope your hooks have been busy and your crafty juices flowing and livening up your lives and homes and studios and whatever space you own :)

I was always smitten by the traditional granny square but when ever i wanted to hook a wearable, it was never a granny as i did not find any good patterns online or in print. Finally i came across an inspiration from the book Granny Crochet Favourites and this is the result..


 ...oooops...he sneaked in somehow.. :)
and is puzzled by what his mom's doing!


Some awesome flower therapy - the Gerbera daisies. They add a dash of color to any dull space and they are my latest favorite flowers, bought from the local fresh market...





Wearable crochet is always tricky i feel, especially when you are doing your own pattern and do not know how it will turn out...

I will try to give some info on how this jacket can be hooked. But this is just for idea and NOT an exact pattern. I am too lazy to click step-by-step pics :P

So here goes nothing...

1.Try to read the below diagrams..


 This was the draft for my project. If you click on the image, you will get a more readable size i hope! Basically the first step is to determine the chest size and the length. Crochet a patch of any type of granny squares to meet the requirements. You need to horn your maths my dear friends for this...Not a pleasant zone i hear you say!! Couldn't agree more with you...

Crochet 2 such patches. You can see the color blocks in the pic above.

2. Determine the sleeve to sleeve length and the width of the sleeves. Begin with a starting chain = width of sleeve and do SC's while turning the work after every row.

3. After you reach the length required, you are going to do the back yoke. This was half the width for me. Continue doing SC's till you reach the length = width of chest. NOTE : This yoke length should be equal to the width of your granny patch.

4.Continue with next sleeve by chaining the additional half chains and then working SC's again till you reach the end of the sleeve. Fasten off.

5. Refer to fig again to know where to begin the front yoke and the neck decreases. Any question, feel free to pop in! 

6.Attach the 2 granny patches and your jacket would look something like this now..

7.I used SC to attach the two sleeves and the front and back patches too. 

8. Crocheted a simple border of 2 rows of granny stripe around sleeves and jacket ends.


 
9. Also a border of 2 rows of SC around the neck and fastened off with a button to keep it in place.

And here comes the Ta-daaah!!!
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 My girl was extra extra happy and gave me loads of kisses and said she will not share this jacket with anyone! Silly things to make my day :)

Some more details:

Yarn used : Sublime baby cashmere merino silk DK in various shades of spring + 4 balls in cream for the sleeves and yoke.
Hook size : 3.5mm
Granny Flower Pattern LINK here. Tweaked this pattern a bit so that it looks more solid and less spotty.

Little Miss:  Totally cute and flower girly types.
Me:  Blissful, satisfied, totally happy as something which i formed in my head and later on paper yielded the exact results i was expecting!!! Yipeeeeeee
 Flower : Sad and broken @ Little Miss's hands.

Hope you guys found some sense in what i have tried to explain. 
Love to hear from you guys as always.. Hope you are safe, happy and crafty...

Lotsa love,
xxx.
 
 

39 comments:

  1. This is so very pretty :-) Lovely beyond words

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  2. Awesome work! Your little princess looks adorable wearing it. Oh how I wish I had a little girl to make this for....

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  3. This is really lovely, and the colors suit your Little Princess so well!

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  4. too beautiful Rajeswari, and the pics are also really good. When I get time for these kind of squares, I will make one like this.

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  5. Oh, how very, very pretty! It fits your beautiful daughter perfectly too. I love it ♥

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  6. This looks perfect ! And fits beautifully on your princess:) the colors used are very nice. I too like Gerbera, they used to grow in my balcony two years back.
    Once we try patterns on our own and break the barriers, we feel more confident in designing our own things right?

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  7. Just gorgeous!! Amazing results. Just for a minute I thought you were designing this for yourself.
    Kisses to the model. Your daughter is so lucky, but then you are lucky to have her too.
    Love

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  8. Oh my you are so clever, your design is gorgeous and the only item of granny square clothing I have ever loved. I need a scaled up version for grown ups, pretty please! As for the weather, I am imagining the perfect 20 degrees, if only!Enjoy the balmy weather

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  9. That is wonderful, she looks so cute in it. And it's not silly to make her happy. You can be proud to crochet something for your girl.

    Lisa

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  10. How beautiful is this jacket! And your kids!
    The colours worked beautifully, clever to use the cream to offset the bright grannies.

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  11. You have beautiful children Rageswari. You did an awesome job with the garden of flowers jacket - it's very lovely. Definitely something to be proud of. :)

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  12. What a gorgeous jacket! You can see by the pics that she loves it, well done!

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  13. It's beautiful and looks perfect on your sweet little girl :)

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  14. such a clever idea, it's absolutely stunning! gorgeous colours and wool, must be lovely to wear. Love the detail and trim! a classic! Heather x

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  15. Such a lovely top! Thanks for sharing the idea and schematics. I will try it one day...

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  16. Oh wow, that is just gorgeous! I love love this. And a great tutorial to boot. Thanks for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

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  17. Such a lovely top! Thanks for sharing this :)

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  18. You know this looks awesome! I found diagram a little confusing(sorry!) but the pictures that followed made it look much easier. I too want to try some wearable stuff for kiddies, specially for my pretty nieces.
    See if you could manage a more elaborate tutorial, whenever you have time or a crochet along. You can post 1 or 2 steps every week. It will make it easier for you and others too(especially me ;)). Its just a suggestion, no pressures plz!
    :)

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  19. Such a beautiful top! Your daughter is the perfect model for it too - love that she doesn't want to share it :) Thank you for sharing your notes - I'd love to try this pattern too. Have a great day! Elisabeth x

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  20. Oh my goodness Rajeswari! That top is absolutely gorgeous! Looks so perfect on your little one and the colors are perfect with the pants. Love it! I have no idea how you did it or what the pattern means. I've never made anything wearable except scarves and I did make one shawl -- I really must try more things. Very cute top! Great work. Tammy

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  21. Very very pretty tops.

    www.shamiatcraft.blogspot.com

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  22. Now that is beautiful granny wearing! Everything is gorgeous--daughter, yarn, colors, style, granny squares! Very good work! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Wow, adorable! ♥ Lovely little lady and lovely jacket :-)

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  24. wow! The jacket is amazing!
    I would love one too!
    Also your pictures are beautiful, I love how the colours of the gerberas echo the crochet. So nice : )

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  25. One word: Adorable.... the jacket ... and the little one:)

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous! Love this whole post. Thanks so much for linking up on Hookin On Hump Day!

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  27. incredible! really it's just fabulous ....great instructions too thank you thank you thank you!

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  28. incredible! really it's just fabulous ....great instructions too thank you thank you thank you!

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  29. Hi Rajeshwari

    The jacket is cute. The model is cuter! Wonderful work. Simple but bright. It really looks pretty

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  30. I'm going to copy your idea of drawing the pattern for my next prject. The dress is lovely!

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  31. Beautiful work. It looks so great and your daughter looks adorable in it :)

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  32. It is beautiful and I have to say I think this pattern is one of my favorites I have ever seen on the internet! You did such an amazing job. Your daughter is adorable :)

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  33. I JUST popped in your blog, and i love it... cute projects, and i love this jacquet so colourful, the way i like it...best regards muriel

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  34. Great jacket! I like granny crochet.

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  35. so very pretty! congratulations on making something so creative.

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