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May 25

Crochet Pattern Freebie: The Beau Catcher

Today’s pattern isn’t a knitting pattern but a crochet one!  Aren’t you excited?!  Does anyone else crochet besides me???

Crochet gets little attention here, but it’s one of my first loves.  I started out learning crochet and did that for about a year before I started in on knitting and sewing followed a year after that.

I picked this pattern from the Bishop Fashions Publication and I didn’t even realize it was a crochet pattern at first glance.  I’ve shied away from crochet garments since I started knitting, but isn’t this one adorable?

Click on the following link to download the free pattern as a pdf: Beau Catcher_Crocheted Blouse Pattern.

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How cute that this little top is called the Beau Catcher.  I couldn’t come up with this name if I tried.  heh  The pattern is completely different but the name reminds me of Tasha’s Free pattern: The Date Maker.  I bet these two patterns would be the best of friends… either that or stealing each other’s dates.

The pattern uses a size 3 crochet hook with a wool boucle yarn (of unknown weight).  Luckily there is a gauge of 6 dc per 1″ and 3 rounds/rows per 1″.  Since it’s a number 3 hook, I’m assuming this pattern calls for a fingering weight yarn.  The pattern is also multi-sized for a 32″ bust, 34″, 36″, and 38″ bust.

As far as crochet patterns go, I’ve made a few back in the day but found that there’s a fine line between looking like a grandma and looking cute & chic.  Even if the pattern is cute, with the wrong yarn you’d still end up looking granny-esque.  I think this pattern is a “go” no matter what.  The design & close-fit alone make for an attractive silhouette that would look pretty no matter what the color.

What do you guys think?  Is this a cute pattern or is it a granny?

The more I look at this, the more I want to make it using my alpaca pink yarn!  I’ve been in a knitting rut and this may be just the thing to get me working with yarn again.  :)

  1. Helen / May 25 2012

    I think that is definitely a cute pattern and not a granny! It has such a pretty neckline. I personally think it would look great in a strong colour, worn with a skirt or pants that nip you in at the waist. I think your vibrant pink yarn would be just great.

    I can crochet but I’m pretty slow at it! But this pattern doesn’t look too difficult.

  2. Ginger / May 25 2012

    The Beau Catcher?!?!?!?!?!?! That is the best name EVER! I love it! I think this is super cute, but you would probably have to be smart in your pairings to keep it from being too granny (I’m thinking something sleek on the bottom like a pencil skirt or cigarette pants).

    • Liz / May 25 2012

      I couldn’t agree more! I also think as long as the top remains fitted it would be a WIN.

      How I wish I could wear cigarette pants! I do think some pedal pushers should be on my sewing to-do list though… :)

  3. Tasha / May 25 2012

    Ha ha, the Date Maker and Beau Catcher were meant to be friends!

    I learned to crochet first too and swore up and down I’d never learn to knit/be able to knit. Well, clearly things change, heh. This is a really cute pattern, the neckline would be very nice for a warmer day without feeling too hot. I don’t think it’s granny at all! Although I’m not the best judge, I often feel I dress granny. ;)

    p.s. congrats on being featured on Sunni’s blog today, yay!

  4. Sassy T / May 25 2012

    Thanks for the pattern. Love the neckline.

  5. Jo / May 25 2012

    This is really just darling. I’m a new crocheter (just taught myself this year.) I may have to put this on my to-do list. It’s chock full of vintage charm, heh heh :)
    Luckily though, I’ve already caught myself a Beau!

  6. bonita / May 25 2012

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    Showing that much décolletage is not very granny-ish in my humble opinion! I would wear this pattern with glee ~ as I personally love the scoop neck and the darling little collar.

    Plus, crochet was also my first foray into the world of yarn – I crocheted, knitted and THEN sewed, much like yourself Liz. I am so glad that there are cute vintage crochet patterns out there besides beanies, purses, or hats! I cannot wait to make this pattern up so thank you very much for sharing. ^ U ^

    xox,
    bonita of Depict This!
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  7. Meli / May 25 2012

    I think this is definitely adorable and not grannyish at all!! I feel like it would take me 10 years to finish, though!

  8. Wanett / May 26 2012

    I learned to crochet first, too. YEARS ago. I couldn’t get the hang of knitting until I was an adult and I only did small sewing projects when I was young. I am pretty competent at knitting and sewing now, but I’ve never made a complex crochet project.

  9. Rachel / May 28 2012

    I crochet! In fact I learned to crochet before I learned to knit. Since I was 7 then and 8 for knitting it doesn’t make much difference to me lol
    But this is absolutely cute and definitely in my ‘I wanna make’ pile :) It is NOT granny at all- I agree with Bonita, that much decolletage would definitely put it on the non granny pile ;)

  10. Meg / May 30 2012

    What a fabulous pattern, and the name is giggleworthy :) I definitely need to work on my crochet skills for this one!

  11. Esme / Jul 16 2012

    Love this, would love also to do the ” Holiday” top any chance you could post it?

  12. d / Jan 17 2013

    Love this! I have some of my grandma’s old patterns somewhere….time to dig them up!

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