My Belle top is almost finished. I’m so, so, so close! As we speak it’s lying on the living room couch waiting for me to whip stitch the underarm & sides. Then it’s done! Whoo-hoo!
When you saw it last it was in the video and didn’t look like much. My oh my how it has grown!
In the video I talked about making a modification to the width – changing it from 23cm to 20cm. I was spot on. Taking the 3cm off each side has made a huge difference and definitely streamlined the top.
This photo of Belle being blocked, shows you all the changes I’ve made. Please note the
23cm 20cm is specific to size M. The pattern dimensions are given in red and what I hooked, is given in purple (to match my purple Crocs of course).
Apart form the sides that I changed from 23cm to 20cm, I made two other changes:
- I added 3cm to the hem lace panel. To achieve this, my foundation chain was 39 stitches instead of 33 stitches. The panel is only 3cm wider, but that makes a big difference to the overall look. Remember, the hem panel is attached to the body on its side, so the panel had to be made wider, in order to lengthen the top.
- The other change (mentioned in the video), was to join my front and back panels 9.5cm from the edge of the central panel, in stead of 5.5cm from the edge of the central panel. My neckline is now wider than the pattern instructions. I’m very happy with my decision to do this, as you have to finish off the neckline with two rows of sc (American) / dc (English), so that decreases the neck opening even more. Unless you have a very thin neck, I would suggest you also join the front and the back at roughly 9.5cm from the central panel. You can always use whip stitch to make the neckline smaller if it’s too wide, but you can’t make it any wider once you’ve joined you front and back!
By the way, once again I’m so impressed with my blocking boards. I’ve seen many other crochets and knitters use these. They really are so handy. It’s EVA foam interlocking mats. As you can see, you can place them to suit the size and shape of your crochet piece. I bought mine on eBay but you can get them at toy shops, like this one.
I’ll be whip stitching at the speed of light tonight so that I can do a Ta-daah post tomorrow. Uhm, I wonder what I’ll be wearing to work tomorrow…?
This is looking AWEsome! Can’t wait to see it completely finished 😀
I used the foam blocks when I first started blocking but found they stayed wet far longer than the squishy foam block I use now. I got it from a chair maker. Don’t you find the same thing Natasja? Anyone else? 😉
Thanks Mo! Well, I’ve only ever used these EVA foam mats so I can’t compare how long they stay wet. I’m blisfully happy with them, as they are all I know.
I have no experience of blocking, being a beginner. I thought your foam mats were a great idea for it when I do. I guess I will HAVE to do it sooner or later (hopefully later)!!! Interesting to see how the pattern is constructed too, haven’t done much clothing so have no experience of that either. I have a lot to learn still :s
Natasja, jou toppie is gorgeously-complicated-intricately-fabulous!! Ek is skoon jaloers! Welgedaan. Baie indrukwekkend en ek is seker die komplimente gaan loop na jou kant toe wanneer jy werk toe gaan! Tia het my na jou blog verwys, en dit bring ‘n glimlag op my gesig elke keer as ek jou stories lees. Baie danki en sterkte, doet so voort! Blessings, Ananda
Aaah, Ananda! Tia het al vir my jou naam genoem! Dankie dat my blog volg, en dat ek jou kan laat smile 🙂 As jy weer vir Tia sien, gee haar ‘n drukkie van my af!
Anything is better than ruining my ironing board! Your work looks beautiful and I really hope that tonight goes to plam so I can see it finished tomorrow!
Hahaha, I also tried the ironing board method. I even tried blocking on towels! Desperate times, desperate measures. All did go to plan, thanks. 🙂
All the books say block but not what on so I guess it is not that surprising.
I can’t wait to see it all done! Those stitches are gorgeous.
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