Sunday, October 14, 2012

Coldwater Creek Handwork

I'm a fan of the knit shells that Coldwater Creek used to make, but the necklines are worse for wear after several seasons. I've already experimented with one of them by trimming the neck with lace. After wearing it a few times, I regard it as a mixed success. The top is wearable again. However, the neckline is a bit stiff and gaps a little. Nothing that a non-sewist would be likely to notice, but I do.

I have 4 others, but I didn't want to use lace again due to the results last time. So I arrived at another idea--how about a crochet edge? Although I learned how to crochet in junior high and made many projects, it's been years since I've actually done any. So I bought some crochet thread, pulled out the hooks, and started experimenting.

Here are the results on the first two:



I'm pretty pleased with how they came out. The crochet edges look nice and are more flexible than the lace. And these took less time, too! Here are some close ups:


The edging on the blue top was done with Aunt Lydia's Classic 10 lace-weight cotton thread. The closest match I could locate was a variegated color called "Ocean". It consists of 2 rows; the first is a foundation and the second is a basic picot.


The edging on the cream top was done with Aunt Lydia's Fashion 3 super fine cotton. I selected this one because it had the best color match. It's thicker, so I just made the foundation row on this one. There's also a slight sheen that the thinner thread doesn't have.


I still have 2 of these tops left, and the biggest challenge was finding threads that coordinated! I had no luck among the crochet threads, so I expanded my search to embroidery floss, where there is a much larger variety of colors to choose from.

In other news,  you probably noticed that I updated the blog a bit. This is a "dynamic" template, which is a bit different from the last one. The sidebar is the little black line along the right side of the page. Hover over it and everything that was here before appears. Still a work in process...

12 comments:

shams said...

I seem to be hving problems with your comments. I added a comment, it showed it twice, so I deleted it, now both are gone.

Anyway, what I said was, this is wonderful! Did you crochet right into the fabric?

NancyDaQ said...

Hmm, I don't know what happened, but the first comment appeared in my email along with your second one. A blogger hiccup of some kind, I guess. I'm going to leave one here and see what happens.

But back to your question. Yes, I did. The foundation row is crocheted right into the fabric. These tops just have single layer edges, so it wasn't too hard to push the hook through.

annie said...

What a great solution!

Little Hunting Creek said...

These came out so pretty! What a great idea

marysews said...

I think your crocheted edging adds just the right touch!

Jilly Be said...

Really lovely! I can't seem to knit to save my life, but I have (in the far distant past) done some successful crocheting, and I think this idea is brilliant! Thank you for the inspiration - your tops turned out great :)

Jilly Be said...

Interesting...my comment showed up twice, and several other comments that only showed once before I wrote, are now duplicated. AND I see a whole second comment box below this one!

theresa said...

Very nice crochet trim. My dear grandmother would finish her embroidered dresser scarves with a crochet trim just like this. I used to crochet but have forgotten everything but the basic stitch. I shall have to remember your shell saver for the future and then have my sister run me through a refresher. She's a whiz at cotton corchet.

Theresa in Tucson

NancyDaQ said...

It looks fine on my end, although I noticed the same thing on a previous set of comments. It reset itself properly after a refresh (or was it a close and reopen?). I'm inclined to believe it's Blogger weirdness. Hopefully, it will resolve itself soon.

Dilliander said...

The crotchet neckline is a great idea, very stylish and the perfect way to extend the wearability of your tops.

Patricia said...

Brilliant idea! The tops look great.

Janine said...

you have done a great job on your lovely tops. I can see why they are favourites.