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Eco-Friendly Plarn Top

Eco-Friendly Plarn Top

Eco-friendly: Not harmful to the environment.

For the past few days I worked on creating a crop-top for an Eco-friendly fashion show. Made solely out of plastic bags, I recycled 70 of them in a variety of colors into plastic yarn aka Plarn. Using plastic to create *plarn* for use on mats, bags, or other items of use, helps prevent plastic bags from finding their way into the landfills. Plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to decompose. (as per several internet sources)

I used 3 handmade natural wooden buttons that were made out of a fallen tree branch. The design on the back is an earth mandala. I added soft felt liners in the bust area to conceal and prevent discomfort from the plastic as it will be worn by the model without anything underneath. I have not made a video tutorial for this piece, but I have provided the free written pattern. Recycled plastic clothing may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed creating this unique piece for a great cause!





**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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Pattern
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“Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:

Large Plastic Grocery Bags

Felt for Bust

Original Tacky Glue

-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I use)

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Fiskars 5 Inch Titanium Micro-Tip Easy Action Scissors

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 2000 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-There is NO video tutorial for this project.
-If the instructions are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this top are: Length from shoulder to bottom: 18 inches, Shoulders across: 15 inches, Waist: 34 inches, Bust 36 inches.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Front:
Make 2
Ch 38
Row 1: HDC in 3rd ch from hook and across, put [3DC, ch 1, 3DC] in last ch, work on opposite side of foundation HDC across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as st), HDC in each st, put [2DC, ch 1, 2 DC] in ch 1 sp, HDC in the rest of the sts, turn.
Rows 3-5: Repeat row 2 (until your piece is as big as you need it to be to cover chest)

Outer edge: Attach plarn to bottom right corner of your piece. Ch up 3 (counts as DC), [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same st, DC in 20 sts, HDC in 16 sts, SC in 10 sts (or the rest of the sts until ch 1 sp), [2SC, ch 1, 2SC] in ch 1 sp, SC in 10 sts, HDC in 16 sts, DC in last 20 sts (or opposite of other side), [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, DC along the bottom side of the piece, sl st to beg. Fasten off.

Center Front:
On one panel, start in the bottom left corner of the panel, Ch up 1, 2 SC in same sp, SC in next 10 sts, HDC in next 8 sts, DC in next 6 sts, TR in next 4 sts.  Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

On the other panel, start in the bottom right corner of the panel, ch up 1, 2 SC in same sp, SC in next 10 sts, HDC in next 8 sts, DC in next 6 sts, TR in next 4 sts, Fasten off.
Sew both front pieces together.

 Sides:
On each panel:
Row 1: Attach yarn to Bottom corner ch 2 sp, ch up 3 (counts as st), DC in same sp, DC in next 30 sts, turn.
Row 2-4: Ch up 3, DC across, turn.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing on one side. and short tail on the other side. Weave in the end of the short tail.

Back:
Ch 6, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (counts as st), 11 DC in ring, sl st to ch up 3. (12)
Rnd 2: Ch up 3, DC in same st, 2 DC in each st around, sl st to ch up 3. (24)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 3, SC in next, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. (24)
Rnd 4: In any ch 3 sp, Ch up 3, DC in same sp, *ch 1, 2 DC in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to first ch up 3.
Rnd 5: Ch up 1, HDC in same st, HDC in each st and each ch 1 sp around, sl st to first HDC.
Rnd 6: In any st: Ch up 3 (counts as st), DC in same st, *DC in next 2 sts, HDC in 3 sts, SC in 6 sts, HDC in 3 sts, DC in 2, 2 DC in next, ch 2, 2 DC in next, Repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch 3. (square made–20 sts on each side)
Rnd 7: In ch 2 sp: Ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, *DC in each st across, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in corner, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg ch up 3.
Rnd 8-10: Repeat Round 7
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Left side:
Row 1: In ch 2 sp, Ch up 3, DC across side, Turn
Rows 2-4: Ch up 3, DC across, turn.
Fasten off with weave in ends.

Right Side:
Row 1: In ch 2 sp, Ch up 3, DC across side, Turn
Rows 2-5: Ch up 3, DC across, turn.
Fasten off with weave in ends.
Sew buttons to row 5 of the Right Side.

Assembly Step:
Sew pieces together using photos as a guide.
Straps:
FDC until your piece is 15 inches (36 Foundation DC) Fasten off with long tail.
Sew straps to piece.
Add felt in the bust area by gluing it in.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Sun-Kissed Crop Top

I’m feelin’ Pretty in Pink with this crop top!!

Every once in a while, I’m inspired by a fashionable clothing piece that I see online or in the store, and I’m struck by the possibility that I could make something like that. Has that ever happened to you?

Recently, I ran across a cute shrug on Pinterest that inspired me for this project. Although the item was knit, I felt I could create something similar using crochet. Best intentions often go astray because this project was more challenging than I anticipated when I sat down to design it in the studio.

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Earlier this year, I purchased a beautiful Peruvian Pima Cotton from Wool and the Gang and had a summer clothing piece in mind when I chose this yarn. They had a sale on their Shiny Happy Cotton in Hot Pink, and when I bought it, I thought it would be cute for a summer top or a handbag. It was my textile of choice when creating this crop top. I was not disappointed. It worked up beautifully, even if the direction I started out in wasn’t where I ended up.

My design took on a life of its own, and in the process, I created this adorable lacy piece that I christened the name “The Sun-Kissed Crop Top” because of it’s openness in its pattern.

This top is perfect for wearing over a sundress, tank top, or it can make any fashion statement that you desire! You can continue to increase the bodice to create a swimsuit cover-up or longer tunic top. Also, please note, the dolman sleeves can be made longer. Below you will find the instructional video with a step-by-step demonstration on how to make your very own! Do you like reading a pattern better?? Scroll down even more to see the written instructions!

I can’t wait to see your designs and color choices! Let’s all get sun-kissed!!

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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this crop top:


**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:

**Get the full kit of supplies here!!**

-Less than 500 yards of Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton in Hot Pink (I used approximately 380 yards) If you can’t get that, you can get any cotton. Here is a good cotton yarn!!
K-6.50mm Crochet Hook (you can use any hook you want to make this but keep in mind,  the larger the hook, the looser the stitch)
Stitch Markers (I used extra strands of yarn to mark my stitches)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-This pattern is made working 2 panels and sewing them together and then creating the sleeves.
-The video tutorial demonstrates a size Small/Medium but if you do more chains you can make this bigger. The video tutorial shares how to make this wider.
-To make this longer, just repeat rows 2-5 as many times as you want.
-To make sleeves longer, just repeat the ribbing pattern until you are satisfied with the length.
-Mine measured 41 inches across (106cm) unstretched and 15 inches long (38cm) unstretched.
-Before making this piece, measure your waist, your neck line, and the length you want to make this so you can mark your stitches for sewing your pieces together.
-This took me about 2 days to make, but you could make this in one day if you work on it constantly.
-The beginning chain length is explained below in the pattern.
-You can use any type of cotton or cotton blend yarn to achieve this style.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
Shell: [3DC, Ch 1, 3DC] in same stitch
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Front and back panel: MAKE 2

Chain 99, 111, 123, 135 (if these chain amounts are not long enough, just add 12 chains to your piece until it measures the length you want it to be. Ex: chain 147, 159, 171)

Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 chs, *ch 3, sk 3 chs, dc in next st, ch 3, sk 3 chs, dc in next 5 sts, repeat from * across ending with 3 dc, Turn.

Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as dc + Ch 2), Sk the first 3 sts, *Shell in the next DC, ch 5, sk 5 dc, repeat from * across, ending with ch 2, dc in last st, Turn.

Row 3: Ch 6 (counts as dc + ch 3), *5 DC in next ch 1 sp, ch 3, dc in center ch of ch 5 sp, ch 3, repeat from * across, ending with ch 3, dc in last st, Turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 3dc in same st as ch up 3, *ch 5, sk 5 dc, shell in next dc, repeat from * ending with 4dc in last st.

Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 DC in same st as ch up 3, *Ch 3, sk 3 sts, DC in center ch of ch 5 sp, ch 3, 5 DC in ch 1 sp of shell, repeat from * ending with 3 dc in last st.

Rows 6-13: Repeat rows 2-5 twice (You can repeat rows 2-5 as many times as you want to make this as long as you want, I just did 2 repeats to make it the length you see in the photos)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Once you have your two panels made, sew them together. Watch the video tutorial at 33 minutes and 15 seconds for measurements and how to make it centered so one sleeve isn’t longer than the other.

Once your pieces are sewn together, you can work on the sleeves:

Rnd 1: Attach yarn to under side of sleeve, ch 3, (counts as dc), DC an odd number around (including ch 3 in this count), I DC’d 28 sts so I had a total of 29 DC’s on this round. Sl st to ch 3 to join.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, DC2TOG all around, sl st to ch up 3 to join. (14 sts and a ch up 3)
Repeat this round if your sleeve isn’t tight enough around your arm. Then go on to rnd 3.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, DC in each st around, sl st to ch up 3 to join.

Rnd 4-8: Ch 3, FPDC in next st, BPDC in next st, repeat from * around. Sl st to ch up 3 to join.
Repeat this round as many times as you want to make your sleeve as long as you want.
Fasten off when you are satisfied with the length.
Repeat this step for other sleeve.
Weave in all ends.

Next steps are optional:
SC around neck and waist openings. (see video tutorial at 1 hour 4 minutes for visual instructions)

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows.” ~Helen Keller

~Nadia

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