Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DIY Rodarte - shortcuts

If you want the look of the Rodarte metal motif sweater...

without all the pain.




Before starting to make all my squares with the double pointed needles, I attempted to crochet them.
I made several trials, and this is the pattern for the one that had the right dimensions.

Crocheted squares are much faster to make than the DPN ones, but the center was not perfectly round (it gets a bit "square-ish") and I just wanted that perfect look.

The connecting work with the jumprings will still need to be done, but that will take "only" about 3 - 4 hours.
Go to the detailed instructions here!
For a 48 squares configuration, you'll need:
432 jump rings / 7 mm diam
180 jump rings / 4mm diam

crocheted squares 3x3 inches with 1" diameter whole in the middle



crochet hook # 4.5
merino wool 

CH = chain stitch
SS = slip stitch
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
TC = triple crochet

13 CH
close in circle in a SS
1st row: 1 CH (will serve as the first SC),  19 SC in the center

2nd row: 3 CH( will serve as first DC.),  3 DC, 1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 4DC,1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 4DC,1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 4DC, 1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, connect to the beginning with a SS
3rd row: 3 CH, 5DC, 1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 8DC, 1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 8DC, 1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 8DC, 1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 2DC, connect to the beginning with a SS

4th row: 1CH, 7SC, 1SC, 1CH, 1DC, 1CH, 1SC, 12 SC, 1SC, 1CH, 1DC, 1CH, 1SC, 12 SC, 1SC, 1CH, 1DC, 1CH, 1SC, 12 SC, 1SC, 1CH, 1DC, 1CH, 1SC, 4SC, connect to the beginning with a SS

Even shorter shortcut: no-knit-no-hook, just-felt 


Get some nice Red Wool Felt (you'll need three squares) or if you have an old sweater that could be felted use that (instructions for felting here), and cut your squares following the pattern.
The hole in the middle is just like a quarter dollar coin.
Then, use a large needle to pierce the spots where you'll need to connect the jumprings, and get to work!

xox, d.


keep in touch! 

4 comments:

  1. Felt! Genius! I love this, Donatella. It's absolutely beautiful!
    xx
    Lia
    Smart n Snazzy

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  2. Gorgeous, yours looks way better than the original!

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  3. as usual your DIYs look even better than the inspiration! great work!

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