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Crocheting a real garment...

I just finished a new top, and I have agonized over naming this one for a long time. I have been told "The Green Lantern" or "Shrek". In Romanian, we would call this caller "brotac" (I don't know why), which loosely translates to "green frog".

I don't have many pictures, but I have a few, including construction. This is me, wearing it, in sunny California last week:


It is a Doris Chan design, from the book Everyday Crochet. This is the Sweet Tea top. The only change I made was to crochet fewer rows on the neck finishing. If you look at my top and you look at the picture in the book you'll see mine is a bit higher in the neckline - and that's with crocheting an extra few foundation stitches while making the straps.

The yarn I used was Lang Golf in color 163.0093, one of three types of green, and I used a 4.5mm hook (7US - no idea why it doesn't have a letter), except for the edgings where I used a 4mm hook (G/6 US). The top ended up growing a bit in length with blocking, but not substantially in width.  I particularly like the straps, which I sadly don't have a good photo of.


I made this for layering over work shirts, and it is just so: fitted for layering, meaning it is slightly large when I wear it on its own. It fits my dress form a bit better than it fits me :) This isn't too visible in the front, but it's obvious in the back.


Quite a good make for my first ever crochet garment. I already started on a second one - from the same book, this time the Galena.

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