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Summer is just around the corner! It will be a time for sun, fun, and being on the run! With these things comes swimming, sunbathing, gardening, and maybe keeping yourself from going crazy because the kids are out of school! If you are like me, a crocheter, than Summer is a BAD word! It means you can’t crochet or you can’t crochet those bigger projects because its too HOT and the yarn just doesn’t glide through your fingers due to sweat. I know I was freaking out a couple of weeks ago when it was SO hot here in Ohio! I was working on a long sweater vest I am designing and the material was just too much! It was sticking on my fingers, the material was like a blanket across my lap, and I just wasn’t making any progress! I was walking around the house asking myself “what am I going to do if I CAN’T crochet?!” over and over again! My husband finally said “crochet with the thread!” I guess he was getting a little worried about my sanity! lol Once he said those words I was like DUH! I told myself “You can work on some of the patterns you have stock piled that call for the thread and the fingering yarn.” So I broke out my Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread and my Fingering Yarn and started making the 3D flowers that are all the rave on YouTube.
If you know anything about Ohio you know that one day it can be 90 degrees and the next 65 degrees. I took advantage of those cooler days and crocheted up some Summer Shorts. I absolutely love to take advantage of the FREE Crochet Patterns you can find on Pinterest! All of the patterns listed in this post were FREE! The shorts don’t call for much yarn and some of them you can use 100% cotton in place of acrylic yarn. Using about 1 skein of the acrylic yarn I was able to make a pair of shorts or 2 depending on the size. Below you will see the different types of shorts I made using the acrylic yarn.
The shorts above were made following along with a video on YouTube. They use the granny square method of crocheting, but the designer uses 8 corners instead of 4. The designer uses crochet thread #4 with a 3.5 mm crochet hook, but I used 4 ply worsted weight acrylic yarn with a 5.5 mm crochet hook. Professora Simone Eleotério is the creator of this pattern, even though the she was speaking Portuguese, I was able to follow along by watching her as she crochets the shorts. If you would like to make these shorts yourself you can do so by entering this title into YouTube’s search engine Shorts de Crochê | Iniciantes |6 à 12 anos | Professora Simone.
The shorts above are titled ‘G Square Shorts’ and I found the pattern at www.365crochet.com. I used 3 different colors in 4 ply worsted weight acrylic yarn and a US J crochet hook sized 6.0 mm. These shorts use the granny square crochet method, which I love to do. My daughter loved my pair so much that she wanted a pair of her own! The blue and brown are mine and the purple and black my daughters.
Now these shorts above used 100% cotton. Cotton is a good ingredient to use in Summer clothing, it is lighter, drys faster and is easier to wash and dry than Acrylic yarn. I started out using another FREE pattern from www.365crochet.com titled ‘Comfy Cotton Shorts.’ These cotton shorts were super easy to make, it only took me 2 days from start to finish!
If you are interested in purchasing your own set of shorts, click on My Etsy Shop and you will see all the shorts you have to choose from! If you don’t see your size or would like a different color, NO Problem! Me and my Crafty Hook would be more than Happy to Customize you your own pair! You can fill out the form below with your shorts order specifics. You can aslo stop by my Etsy shop and leave me a message there with the specifics of your shorts order! As I always tell my Customers “any item can be customized to fit YOUR style, size, and colors!”
I hope just by reading this post I hope it has made you cooler! I look forward to Summer and seeing all of the Handmade Crocheted
Creations I will get to make!
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Be sure to stop back by to see what my Crafty Hook has created next! I’m going to sit out in my back yard soaking up the sun while I crochet my next project.