The third crop top in the triptych
I had three distinct ideas for three different styles of upper body dance wear. This is the third in the triptych. The previous two are available here. This project has been a colourful learning journey and I have picked up a lot about flow, writing patterns and draping cloth over the body in different ways.
Below is a brief series of work in progress shots, I tried it on throughout the fringing process, to make sure I got the length👌just so.
The obvious thematic connection between the three are the long sleeves and yellow and blue fringes! In the third iteration I have exchanged a shaggier vibe for a smooth visible stitch, doubles trebled. This is utilising the basic starting moves for creating a poncho. I have left cut out sections in the shoulders, keeping them free for more ease of movement.
I also used a larger hook to smaller ply ratio, 4.5mm hook to a two ply wool. You can see in some of the close ups this has given the fabric a more open weave, like a hammock, or a hanging doily, or a string grocery bag.
It’s designed for summer nights that are cooler, desert nights in Western Queensland, or Somerset when the mists randomly roll in. The long sleeves keep arms warm, but the lower body is free so air can circulate on the torso to help keep the body cool during long dance sessions.
Work in progress shots
The arm fringes are longer than the neck and hemline ones because it feels good to swish them around. Adding tactile and kinetic elements to clothing isn’t too challenging! Obviously, rows of fringes are much quicker to make than a full shag. Definitely noting this as a way to add more visual and tactile interest to future crochet projects, such as land art, bunting or furniture…
How to add fringes to your own projects here.
Now for the final result!
Front and back, as well as shoulder cut out detail.
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