We all need ART therapy in the time of changes when we forget about the beauty around us. Something that releases our creative energy, soothes strong emotional effects and brings a sense of hope. And although making one of a kind garment in different yarns, stitches and techniques can’t treat people with serious mental conditions (as healthy food will not cure chronic disorders), the creative process will focus our brains on positive experiences and relieve our obsession with news. At least, if you look for original crochet designs :).
Perfect as a coverup that does not need any slips underneath, this stand out top features a relaxed fit with a timeless crochet design. Rounded neck and V-neck options are included in this pattern.
The GRADIENT part is meant to engross our minds (as well as the fingers) as it requires concentration on either CHARTED or WRITTEN instructions for every row. Working on the simpler upper part will bring you back into a condition of mindfulness (you might crochet it while watching TV).
I can tell that the whole process helped to stabilize my mental health after spending 5 stressful weeks in a besieged city ( www.swissinfo.ch ). The result was the returned feeling of a strong adult with improved psychological defense and not of a speechless child whose fate is undecided yet.
This top crochet pattern is offered in sizes S-4XL with bust circumferences 85-138 cm 33.5’’-54.5’’. You will work in 2 directions: from side to side and from the bottom up until you reach the stated measurements (thus, the difference in gauge is not critical).
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Gradient yarn: Fingering / 4 ply /400 m in 100 gr / 437 yards in 3.5 oz / example.
The PDF on 19 pages includes:
► detailed tutorial written in ENGLISH for every row and charted (omit pages 8-15 with row-by-row written description if you prefer crocheting with charts);
► links to videos that show how to crochet all these stitches.
Please keep the original small margins of this PDF during printing out.
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