Two hands in blue Tunisian crocheted gloves holding a coffee cup, slightly backlit.

Ribbling Mitts

Don’t know how I missed it, but I have recently discovered Ribblr, a crochet, knitting, sewing and Tunisian crochet crafting platform with a new form of interactive e-pattern that translates, highlights, and lets you mark off your progress. I’ve already transferred two of my patterns into e-patterns on Ribblr, which you can find in my Ribblr shop.

In my exploring around this new platform, I came across a very cool pair of gloves made in Tunisian crochet. I had never seen Tunisian crochet used for anything other than a blanket, so I immediately set about finding a yarn to create the gloves.

This pattern is Perfect Fingerless Gloves by Hayley Joanne Robinson. It’s currently free at the time of this posting.

A pair of blue Tunisian crocheted gloves lay on a laptop keyboard. One is dark blue with a light blue thumb and the other is light blue with a dark blue thumb.

I had two colors of Knit Picks Comfy yarn that complemented each other, but neither were enough to make a full pair. So I decided instead to make each glove in one of the colors and add the other color in for the thumb so it’s a coordinating pair.

The only modifications I made were the color change in the thumbs and slip stitching the seams instead of sewing them.

Two hands in blue Tunisian crocheted gloves holding a coffee cup, slightly backlit.

I’d say this pattern is great if you are looking to learn more Tunisian crochet. It was super easy to follow and perfect for a beginner.

I know a lot of us are not using Ravelry right now, so if you are looking for a new way to buy or sell patterns, go check out Ribblr. Their pattern editor is super easy to use, so it might even be an easier way to start designing and selling patterns if you have been intimidated by figuring out how to write patterns.

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The Vest is Yet to Come

Actually, the vest is finally finished but I couldn’t come up with a pun for that.

The torso of a woman wearing a green rib knit vest with a single green button at center neck, blue from hem, and blue crochet edging over a grey long sleeve shirt and black pants standing in a garden.

This vest came about because I had a variety of green yarn in similar weights sitting around in my stash. I wanted to do something with it, so I opened up my 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders book and searched through until I found something that matched the approximate weight category.

The front of a green knit vest with blue hem and crochet edging and a single green button at the center neck laying on a light wood floor.

The Simple Mistake Rib Vest by Karen J. Minott fit the bill perfectly. I didn’t end up having enough of the green (though I did try to gauge it by knitting with the rest of the yarn in pattern for enough stitches for the front. I did not take into account the neckline increases and fooled myself into thinking I had enough), so I added some blue at the bottom front since the vest is knit from the bottom back hem up and over to the front hem. I did both front panels at the same time so they would run out of yarn at the same time, and also because shirts take a long time and I would’ve procrastinated even more if I had to do another front panel after finishing the first one.

The back of a green knit vest with blue crochet edging laying on a light wood floor.

To tie it all together (and because I was already out of green yarn) I worked the crocheted edging all around the neck, hem, and armholes in the blue yarn. The edging is only called for on the neckline, but I thought it would look less out of place or like I had run out of yarn if I added it to the bottom and arms. I also sewed the side seams with that blue yarn, even though you don’t see it as much from the outside.

Close up of two buttons sewn together on the edge of a green knit vest with blue crochet edging.

To make the button more stable, I used two of the same button to sandwich the edge and make it sturdy.

All in all, this is a great stash-busting pattern. I would say if you have a bunch of yarn in the same weight but different colors, striping them in could make a really nice vest with this pattern. Or you could always just use the same yarn throughout and have a really polished garment.

A Year-long Quest for Shorts

Yes, once again demonstrating a flair for dramatics with that title. But I also made 4 pairs of shorts in about a month after putting it off for a full year.

You see, my mom was frustrated with the lack of non-denim shorts in stores about a year ago. Seems a strange thing to be looking for in February now that I am sitting here in March in less than 50 degree weather, but perhaps I put off making that first pair of shorts as well and she was actually looking for shorts in the summer. Now that I think of it, that’s probably what it actually was.

Anyway, I set about to draft a pattern and quickly got bored of that idea. So I found a commercial pattern I could tinker with instead. (McCall’s M6930 if you are also looking for one. I used option A but shortened the inseam a bit.) I was able to combine two sizes to get them to fit the way she wanted, not to mention they have actual, functional pockets instead of the fake pockets women’s shorts usually have.

I made the first version as a test out of the fabric she had the most of, but for those I used some snaps I had in my stash instead of those slider buttons pants usually have. That turned out to be a mistake, because they continually pop open, but by waiting a year until things opened up a bit more I was able to get the actual hardware I needed for the “real” shorts.

I am thinking of once again taking the easy road and modifying the pattern for myself to make some short leggings for under dresses this summer. Or it might just be easier to draft my own pattern for those. We’ll see. I still have a dress in pieces hanging out in my sewing bin that I should probably finish first.

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