I’m all about knitting this days…simple knitting nothing fancy and, while I’m working with a furry yarn, my mind wonders around the idea of a stunning coat or vest that would wow the people around me at my office.
This being said I must say that I noticed a certain distinctive trend in the season collections of Chanel and Marc Jacobs.
The different variations of Midori squares can be found in coats, pullovers, trendy pants and cardigans. Pinterest is filled with amazing designs involving cluster stitches so I find it proper to talk about how to make Mariana Rodriguez Segat’s designs (extremely popular on the internet).
Surely you have noticed on my Facebook page the post about the major designers' collections filled with crocheted items ( if not take a look to see what I mean).
The same interesting, simple but versatile pattern is used by Mariana in a large combination of colors, with ombre effect to create stunning looking coats and vests.
So…because many of my Facebook page fans asked for this here is how to make them:
Designs by: Mariana Rodrigues Segat
Russian design and combination of cluster stitch and basic granny square
Basic design ( see the under-arm decrease)
Chart: Basic 5 dc cluster ( You can make any type of cluster by palying with the dc number : minimum 3 , maximum 10)
Marc Jacobs design ( R3 skipped for a looser result)
Chanel( bulky yarn knitted edging)
Basic pattern :
R1: Chain the required length ( work the base chain with a crochet hook 1 number higher than the one you will use for the item- this will prevent the fabric from stretching and become 1 size larger than you want to…been there and I’m talking from experience). Base chain must be a multiple of 6 +1
R2: Ch1 , 1sc, ch 5(sk5), 1sc in the next chain ( repeat until the end of the row.
R3:1sc in every loop
R4:Ch3, 5 dc,ch1( repeat until the end of the row)
That’s about it. Simple isn’t it?
Wells...here comes the tricky part:
In order to obtain the color combination make sure you work rows,2,3,4 in one color and change the color for every section at row 2.
Also for the sleeves, the under-arm part is worked with hdc and sc instead of dc to obtain a decrease.
In case you work a pullover you can skip row 3 to get a looser structure.
For the regular decrease you simply don’t work 1 or 2 clusters at the end of every side. The decrease will have a rectangle shape.
There are endless variations of this particular cluster stitch and you can play with it working only row2 in a different color for a contracting effect towards the visible dc sections.