My Crochet: Convertible Top

by Kathryn on August 15, 2013 · 3 comments

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I’m so excited about the crochet top that I recently completed! It has a convertible design that I’m having so much fun playing with.

It Started as a Shrug

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This crochet top started out as a shrug. My basic approach to making a crochet shrug is this:

  • Crochet a rectangle that is as long across as I want the shrug to be from one arm end to the other.
  • Make sure it is wide enough that when folded it will wrap around the arms.
  • Seam the rectangle shut to create the arms. Usually I use single crochet to do this.
  • Continue crocheting a smaller portion in the center that becomes the back of the shrug (basically making a square or rectangle back from arm to arm).
  • Crochet an edging around the front and neck to give the final shrug more shape.

A Belted Touch

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I did all of that and had a crochet shrug. But I wanted to do something different. I’ve been looking at a lot of shirts lately that have long ties that can wrap around and around the body in unique ways. I started out thinking I’d do that, creating a tie on one end at the waist. However, when it got long enough to where it would reach the other side across the front of my body I decided that I’d actually just join it there. I effectively created an open-front sweater this way out of what had previously been a shrug.

Wearing it Different Ways

I found that by playing around with the way I put the crochet shrug on I could achieve very different looks. So for example:

I pulled the belted part up over my head so it looks like a statement necklace in the front:

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And a two-layer shrug in the back:

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And I turned it upside down to create a halter top in front:

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And twisted it to create what almost has a hoodie look in back:

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Below you’ll see how the neck piece can change looks depending on whether I put the shrug on upside down or rightside up:

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It’s so fun to play with! I’m hoping to find more looks as I keep wearing it. I love this new crochet convertible top.

But It Used To Be …

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If you have a really good eye you might remember that this looks kind of similar to something I made before. That’s because I previously used this KnitCol yarn to create a ponchette / capelette. I really liked it but I’ve found I just don’t wear those nearly as much as I want to and it seemed like a waste to have such a great yarn go to a piece that’s not used much so I frogged that capelet and used it to start this crochet convertible sweater shirt. I added some KnitPicks alpaca yarn when the KnitCol ran out. Although honestly I explored wearing it in different ways when it was a capelet too, even once wearing it as a hood:

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Have you ever crocheted any convertible designs? Do you play with different ways of wearing the same clothing item or just wear it the way it was originally intended?

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I had to post this on Pinterest, a must share.


Very clever Kathryn - it looks very nice every way you tried it. :)

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