This crochet choker collar started out as a request from some crocheting friends of mine, who have never tried Irish crochet technique before. They asked for a small and simple Irish lace project so as to understand how this crochet technique works.
So after looking through the options available, I created a small basic Irish lace project – a crochet choker collar.
This project involves only a few basic Irish crochet motifs and, as Irish crochet projects go, is quick to make.
The skill level: elementary. All you need to know is Ch, SC, HDC, DC, and Sl St.
With this crochet choker collar project, I wanted to show you that even if you use the most basic of crochet motifs and stitches, you can still create something gorgeous in Irish crochet technique.
In fact, after looking through thousands of pictures online, I keep coming back to the same conclusion – more complicated motifs don’t equal better-looking items.
A lot depends on the materials used and the design decisions taken. Plus how you match your crochet accessory with other items in your outfit is also very important.
Materials I used for this crochet choker collar project:
I’m at that stage where I’ve completed the crochet part – sleeves and all…
…but I can’t really call the dress finished, hence the title – ‘the annoying bit’.
So yes, I’ve completed the sides and the sleeves, tried the dress on only to realise that when I finished the dress, it wasn’t really finished.
There was another mountain to climb!
The lace at the bottom of the dress and sleeves had to be evened out and completed with a simple single crochet line and a little picot here and there.
That finishing single crochet line was, thankfully, very easy and quick.
But the ‘evening out of the lace’ bit was quite tricky.
While the bottom of the dress doesn’t have to be as even as in sewing, it still has to look somewhat even, which I’m still not sure about.
It’s just that on a flat table the bottom looks even, but when you wear the dress because of different elements on different sides, there seems to be an illusion of one side being slightly shorter…
I’m still thinking whether or not I should do something about it.
Another very time-consuming bit is the weaving in and hiding of yarn ends – there are hundreds of them!
And although I’ve been working on them for the last number of days now, I’m still nowhere near to being finished…aargh…
The dress has many overlapping elements like this rose and leaf.
As I was crocheting the lace, I didn’t realise I had to crochet some lace to join the overlapping sides of the elements to avoid holes like this:
I actually thought I had finished fixing the overlapping elements, but as I was taking photos for this post, I discovered a few more that have to be corrected…
When the sleeves were finished and I tried on the dress, I realised that the neckline will have to be adjusted.
All of a sudden, because of the weight of the sleeves, the neckline became too wide which meant I had to add another layer of leaves-flowers-branches on the shoulders and the back in order to adjust the way the dress sits.
The last elements I’ll be working on when all the above are finished is the little Swarowski beads.
I’ll sew them on in the centre of each bigger rose and some leaves around the neck. The beads will add some sparkle, especially when I wear the dress in the evening with artificial lighting.
So this is where I am at. I consider all of the above such an annoying bit of the whole process!
My original plan was to have the dress finished-completed-done-and-dusted a week after I completed the sleeves…
…but here I am, a month later, I’m still working on the annoying bit 😀
Unlike other crochet projects, Irish crochet dress design is a fluid process even if you’ve got a handbook with instructions at hand.
There are no hard and fast rules, just general guiding principles.
I am now at the stage where I have finished crocheting all separate elements for the dress – flowers, leaves, stems, etc., you can see all of them HERE .
Now I have to lay the design of the dress out and start crocheting the lace.
How does Irish crochet dress design process work?
Normally, according to all the Irish crochet experts, I am supposed to cut separate parts of the dress from a fabric in order to create a sort of platform for modeling the crochet dress, so as the finished product would suit the wearer perfectly.
I decided I wasn’t going to bother with that and used an old, well-fitting dress for modeling.
So first of all, I have to lay out the ‘picture’ using the brightest elements (roses, branches, leaves, scrolls).
The challenge here is to place these elements in such a way so as to avoid an undesirable optical effect. For example, if the bright roses are placed too much on the sides, they will visually expand my waist. So I have placed them slightly towards the middle.
Frankly, I thought this will be the easiest and the most fun part of the whole project, especially considering the fact that I have bought the instructions and know, how the finished dress design is supposed to look like.
… when I started laying out the picture, I realized it’s not as easy as it seems…
For example, when it turns out my elements are larger than those of the master crocheter in the handbook. It’s because I used a slightly larger hook (0.6mm and 0.75mm) instead of 0.5mm and 0.6mm.
What does it mean for me?
It simply means I need fewer of the elements for the main picture, which in turn means I have to rethink the design at least in part.
Size and Type of the Dress
Another thing I had to consider is the size and type of the dress.
The dress in the handbook was a mini sleeveless dress made for a very slim young lady.
As I am a much curvier woman than the girl in the handbook, I had to make even more adjustments:
rearrange the design for a knee-length dress;
incorporate 3/4 sleeves.
What does this mean in terms of dress design?
Again, I have to make even more adjustments:
If I don’t want the picture to make me look larger, I have to distribute the main dress elements vertically, using full length of the dress and avoiding horizontal distribution as much as possible.
I decided I will use only background elements for the sleeves, in order to avoid the widening effect.
I may have to crochet additional elements for the sleeves.
I am hoping I have enough yarn left…
Someone suggested I should go for a full-length, long sleeve dress. I think a dress like this would be absolutely amazing but, unfortunately, would present me with very few opportunities to wear it.
Plus, I haven’t got enough yarn and the price I’ve paid for what I already have is eye-watering…
So, this time, friends, it will be a knee-length dress 🙂
After I lay out the most conspicuous elements to create the ‘picture’, I fill in the rest of the space with less noticeable background flowers, leaves and cords. All the while remembering to distribute elements vertically.
Then when I am satisfied with the picture, I have to turn all the elements around and pin them on the modeling dress. This way they won’t dislodge during the lacing process.
After a week of walking around the dress, I am somewhat satisfied with the design and will start crocheting lace.
Strangely, I find myself feeling somewhat anxious…
Create beauty one stitch at a time!
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