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Topdown Seamless Crochet (Doris Chan) CAL


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Have you always wanted to make a fabulous crochet garment for yourself, but you've been too afraid to get started? Doris Chan has the perfect answer for you in her new video workshop from Interweave/F+W, Topdown Seamless Crochet with Doris Chan. This two-hour workshop walks you through creating a sweater that will fit you perfectly as Doris teaches you how to add bust, waist, and hip shaping.

 

The workshop is available on DVD or as a video download in regular or HD. Along with the workshop, you'll get a free PDF for the Kolika top.

 

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Just in case you think you might need even more help than you'll find on the video, join us for a Crochet-along here on Crochetville. I'll be making myself a top, and I hope you'll join along with me. I'll post a picture of the yarn I've purchased in just a little bit. Keep scrolling to see yarn requirements.

 

Order Your Video Workshop/Pattern:

 

You can get the Topdown Seamless Crochet with Doris Chan workshop video and the Kolika pattern here:

 

Order a DVD, $24.95

 

Download workshop in HD, $21.95

 

Download workshop in standard resolution, $19.95

 

Yarn Requirements:

 

Purchase at least the following amounts of DK weight (light #3) yarn:

 

XS, to fit 32" bust: 800 yards for typical sweater with sleeves; 1000 yards for a longer tunic or dress with sleeves

 

 

S, to fit 36" bust: 900 yards for typical sweater with sleeves; 1100 yards for a longer tunic or dress with sleeves

 

 

M, to fit 40" bust: 1000 yards for typical sweater with sleeves; 1200 yards for a longer tunic or dress with sleeves

 

 

L, to fit 44" bust: 1100 yards for typical sweater with sleeves; 1300 yards for a longer tunic or dress with sleeves

 

 

XL, to fit 48" bust: 1200 yards for typical sweater with sleeves; 1400 yards for a longer tunic or dress with sleeves

 

 

2XL, to fit 52" bust: 1300 yards for typical sweater with sleeves; 1600 yards for a longer tunic or dress with sleeves

 

3XL, to fit 56" bust: 1400 yards for typical sweater with sleeves; 1700 yards for a longer tunic or dress with sleeves

 

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Here is the yarn I chose to make my top: DK-weight Sunseeker by Cascade Yarns in Color 01, Purple. It's one of their brand-new yarns: 47% cotton, 48% acrylic, and 5% metallic.

 

Yes, the light reflecting off the metallic really does look like iridescent green, at least in this light.

 

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When are we starting this? I am excited. I had bought the pattern and video, and I have the right amount of dk yarn in stash. I am going to swatch and then I am ready to roll. Hooray! I have had a summer color of Kiko Karabella cotton yarn i. Stash for two years. It is still wrapped in plastic.

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I'll be starting mine this weekend. I leave next Friday for TNNA, so I won't be getting anything at all done that weekend. :)

 

Post pics of your yarn if you can!

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I think I will start mine then this weekend as well. I have to play with gauge I think. I hope this yarn will even work. But I am hopeful because I have a lot of things that go with this colorway for summer. I hope my yarn photo works. Thanks for starting this. I love Doris Chan patterns. Hope to see you in Indianapolis. . post-50814-0-65032500-1371154124_thumb.jpg

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I am going to be hunting for a different yarn. The yarn I posted yesterday did not guage well at all. I fact, my husband thought the guage swatch looked like something that came out of the washer as a string from something. And while he is not a yarn savant, I think he was right. So now I have to think of something else. So I may be running a little later on this crochet along than I thought. Still planning to do it though. Really want to make this, and would like the help of others.

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Got new yarn. As soon as I get home from vacation I am starting the sweater. I made the gauge work out. I have to go down to G hook. I always have to go down a size with a Doris Chan pattern. It just seems to be a given. Love this yarn-Southwick by Valley Yarns in Ginger.

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Mine is going well. I started last Monday, July 1st. I was behind too, but caught up due to some crappy weekend weather. I have watched the video over and over during the bust rows segment. It fits just great. Follow the video, and rewind whatever you need. I am about 6 rows below the armholes join.

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ok I ordered the HD download.  

 

Amy I love that yarn!  I am going to check here locally and see if my Craft Warehouse might be carrying it.  The only store around here that carries Cascade

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I've been flipping back and forth about buying the video, and I decided to get it. 

 

Probably won't start on the sweater for a while.  I'm going to Indianapolis next week for the Knit and Crochet Show, and I'll probably try to look for a yarn there. 

 

Or I may see if the Cascade yarn is at my LYS tomorrow.  I'm off work tomorrow, but DH also took the day off.  So I need to sneak out on my own. 

 

Decisions, decisions.  Can't wait to view the video and start this.  :D

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I guess I am the farthest along with this sweater. It is going very well. My bust added rows made it fit perfectly, and I am really pleased with the progress I will be adding the sleeves next, as I am finished with the basic body of the sweater. I did not taper for the waist shaping, and I like mine to be more t-shirt shaped. I am going to CGOA in Indianapolis, so I will finish this when I get back. I like the stitch pattern on this a lot. It is easy.

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I was supposed to go to Indianapolis too.  Unfortunately, blood clots in my leg and lung sent me to the hospital for a week  :(

 

I'm OK now; got out today.  :)  Spent a lot of time on the sweater.  Too much.  I had to frog nearly the entire yoke because it looked wonky.  I had an increase somewhere where I shouldn't have. Guess I shouldn't try crocheting when I'm feeling woozy.  (Which I was the couple of days prior to my collapse last Tuesday).

 

I'm caught up now, and I just completed the armholes.  I think  I'm going to work in pattern for a few rows before shaping the bust.  I don't think I'm going to do much, if any, waist shaping.   

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Hope you feel better, LadyBeBop. I started my bust increase 2rows/1pattern set like Doris said to, and it fit perfectly. I have a large bust and I was very pleased with the result. I did not taper anything else, until I got to the sleeves. I am almost done with the sweater. It fits well. Have a lot of ends to weave to finish. I did the shell edging instead of the others and I like it. I will post pictures when I get rid of the strings hanging.

 

Indy was fun. Classes were good, and shopping was great. I got some great yarns. I have been the only one home much of the week, so I got a lot of crocheting done, and it was easy to watch the video as I went along.

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This is a done sweater. It still has to be blocked. Yesterday, I made a duct tape dummy of my body, and I tried it on. Fits great. My friend likes the sweater so much, that she's trying to get me to make her one. I think i will, if she hems my pants for me. She sews beautifully. Really had fun with the sweater. Cannot wait to wear it.

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Looks good. I decided to work on the sleeves, and they're done. :) I just did the simple single crochet edge on them. I tried the scallops for a few stitches and I didn't like how they looked. Single crochet looks cool.

 

Hope I have enough yarn. I'm making the 3X size and it called for 1,400 yards. I bought the last six hanks of Cascade Sunseeker in crimson at my LYS. At 237 yards a hank, that's 1,422 yards. However, I made the sleeves a little shorter than what the pattern called for. I only did the sleeve repeats twice instead of three times. i wanted the shorter sleeves anyway.

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I had a lot of yarn left and I made the 2x. I made the sleeves shorter than shown but the length of my regular good tshirts. I think you will have enough. I ended up liking the shells finish, but I think the other looks good too. I did the three repeats twice and then was done. I think I maybe should have tapered a little more. But the fit is not unlike a tshirt, as I said. I am anxious to see how your's turned out.

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