It has been an interesting time in my life to be artistic. I have never felt more uninspired as I have felt the last few weeks. Art, to an artist, is personal. It’s pieces of your heart and soul that you express and create in tangible forms for others (and yourself) to enjoy. I have always loved to create, but as I grieve and come to terms with a new normal in my life, I am trying to find ways to take my art emotionally with me. I started this crop top a few weeks ago and after experiencing loss of a loved one and some unexpected news, I have had a hard time finishing this top. The process of making this top was one of joy, and I couldn’t finish it because every time I picked it up to work on it all I felt was sad. This piece I designed became something I dreaded even looking at.
Yesterday, I picked myself up by my proverbial boot straps and finished this top. It took me all of 30 mins to finish it and all I could think about was how much fun I had designing this top and now I was watching my design come to life. It took me 30 mins to feel like myself again!
Sometimes its not about waiting for creativity to come to you, its about pushing yourself to be creative. This brings me joy and I know it’s because it was a God given gift. I’m reading an AMAZING book called Unexpected: Leave fear behind, move forward in faith, embrace the adventure. One of the quotes I keep going back to is:
” Trusting God is a process, not a one-time event. It’s an ongoing journey called life. It’s a cycle we repeat daily. Hourly. Sometimes even minute to minute that leads to constant growth.”
I’m choosing to trust God minute to minute because I may not know why things happen the way they do, or why things have to happen at all, but I am trusting that the God who made me, healed me and keeps me knows better than I and He will perfect all that concerns me. I choose faith over fear minute by minute. It keeps me sane.
Here is THE top:
-Directions are written in the smallest size, other sizes are in parentheses. S (M, L, XL)
-In order to go up in size (bigger than XL), just chain more than XL size, make sure base chains follow this method: Multiple of 3+1 (add 3 for base chain)
-Top is made by making two rectangles, then making two straps. Seaming the sides of rectangles up to armholes, seaming the corners of the rectangles, and sewing straps in place.
-3 balls (4, 5, 6, 8) of Caron cotton Cakes (I used the morning Dew Colorway)
-Size H, 5.0mm Crochet hook (or hook to get gauge)
-Interlocking stitch markets
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Chain 22. Work Offset V stitch for 7 Rows= 4 inches
Small: 16 inches long, 21 inches wide
Medium: 17 inches long, 23 inches wide
Large: 18 inches long, 25 inches wide
Extra Large: 19 inches long, 27 inches wide
dc- double crochet
sc- single crochet
tch- turning chain
Body (Make 2):
Ch 88 (100, 112, 125)
Work Offset V stitch
Row 1: 1 dc into 4th ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, work a V st of (1 dc, ch 1, 1dc) in the next ch; rep from * to last 3 ch, skip 2 ch, 1 dc into last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 4, 1 dc into first st, * V st into 2nd dc of next V st; rep from * until 1 dc and tch remain, skip dc and 1 ch, 1 dc into next ch, turn
Row 3: Repeat Row 2 for 16 (17, 18, 19) inches. Ties off
Straps (Make 2):
Leaving a 6 inch tail Ch 29 (31, 33, 35)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc across to last ch, turn
Row 2: Chain 1 sc in first sc, sc in every sc across to last sc, tie off leaving a 6 inch tail.
Ties (make 2) [optional]:
Ch 80, tie off
Placing both rectangles on top of each other seam the sides leaving 6 (7, 8, 9) inches from the top. Sew the top points of the rectangles together.
Attach the straps 6 (7, 8, 9) inches from the corners (I used stitch market to mark where I wanted the straps to go so I would be able to sew them on when I had decided), makes sure to attach the straps parallel to the top so you don’t see the seams (check out the pictures below).
Weave in all the ends and attach the ties to the corners, I tied them into a little bow. Enjoy your new top!!!
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