10 Stunning Crochet Patterns from Namaste and Crochet
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Dominique Calvillo has got to be one of the most interesting people ever! She is the mastermind behind Namaste and Crochet. She is a crochet designer, blogger, activist, social media extraordinaire, model, and more! I want to be like her when I grow up! Dominique is one of my biggest inspirations. She is so professional; her patterns are top-notch, and she is someone to look up to for her morals and values.
Dominique has 2 websites: one for her crochet patterns, and one for her custom commission work. I honestly recommend that you read her “about” page on her custom commission website. I can only give you a brief summary. Dominique learned to crochet when she was only six, and loved it ever since. While she was traveling through Southeast Asia working with victims of human trafficking, she found herself leaning on her crochet as a way to meditate, and work through the difficult emotions that come with that line of work. Her goal is to create pieces that work with every body type and promote body positivity. Again, I highly recommend reading it yourself on her about page because you can tell that it comes straight from the heart, and that she truly cares about people, and making an impact on their lives.
Huge thank you to Emily of Crochet Aweigh for putting together this awesome collection of crochet patterns for us!
We are starting off this showcase with the Luna collection for one big reason: Dominique has just released her first E-book, and it is a design your own dress based on her Luna motif. I have already purchased my copy of the E-book, and I cannot wait to dive in! She has 4 top options, 3 skirt options, 3 shoulder drapes, and 2 strap options. The possibilities are endless! I finished my first Luna Set about a year ago, and wore it for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at home. My husband was VERY impressed 😉 You can still buy the pattern for the Luna Set by itself, but the E-book is an amazing value since it is basically a ton of different patterns in one. I am not one for motifs since I don’t like sewing them all together, but this one is join-as-you-go, which makes it go by so much faster. I chose Circulo Charme for my set, which is a 100% cotton sport weight yarn. It came out really nicely, and is very comfortable due to how lightweight it is. The pattern states you will need between 2,300 – 2,500 yards for the Luna Set, and it will vary if you are designing your own dress with the E-Book.
Next we have the Lotus Set, which is my personal favorite out of all of Dominique’s patterns. It has a special place in my heart since I made this set to wear for our engagement photo shoot on the beach. This was a fairly challenging pattern, but that was what made it super fun! She designed this set based on the Lotus flower. You can really see the inspiration in the lower half of the skirt that looks like the petals of the lotus flower. The pattern calls for 2,000 – 3,000 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn. I chose Circulo Natural, which washes so softly. It is a little rough to work with, but once you wash it, it becomes super soft and comfy. The Lotus Set is made to measure so it fits all body types and sizes. You will need hook sizes F/3.75mm, G/4mm, and H/5mm because as you do the skirt, the hook size goes up to create maximum “flowiness”.
The Divine Top is on my must-make list! Dominique describes this top as “to be worn by a woman who wants something comfortable, and secure while still making a strong fashion statement”. The back drape is so unique, and flattering. The hook size specified is G/4.25mm. Again she calls for worsted weight cotton yarn with about 400-650 yards depending on size.
The Vivy Skirt is next in the lineup! This pencil skirt is nostalgic of the 70s with its classic granny square design. Dominique describes this as an intermediate pattern, but says there are detailed instructions, including photos, for every step. You will need somewhere between 1,750 and 2,820 yards of fine weight yarn, and an F/3.75mm hook.
The Flora Sweater is inspired by wildflowers that bloom just before Spring begins. This sweater is written for 9 sizes! It will fit bust sizes 30″ – 62″ so you are sure to find your size. She used a worsted weight yarn and you will need somewhere between 900 – 1954 yards. The hook size specified is G/4.25mm. Even though this is worsted weight yarn this would still make the perfect Spring sweater since it is so lacy and cropped.
We are going backwards from Spring to Winter! The Blythe Dress is a chic turtleneck sweater dress designed with velvet yarn in mind. I can only imagine how incredibly soft and comfy this dress would be. It has positive ease so that is can fit loosely, Dominique suggests adding a belt for more fitted flair. It uses about 900 – 1,400 yards of size 6 bulky weight yarn. She specifies a G/4.25mm hook, however I think that would be a little small with the bulky weight yarn. If I tried to use 4.25mm it would make my hands hurt with bulky yarn. When I make this I will probably go up a hook size to H/5mm, but down a size in the dress. I would normally make myself a size medium, but I’ll do a small instead since I want to go up a hook size.
Another pattern that is very special to me is the Angel Skirt. This skirt had been on my to do list for a long time, until I got engaged, and decided to make not one Angel Skirt, but FOUR for my bridesmaids on my wedding day! I knew that I wanted to crochet the pineapple stitch into my wedding dress so it was a no-brainer to pick the Angel Skirt for the bridesmaids which is made up entirely of pineapple stitches. If you have never done the pineapple stitch before I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how extremely simple it is. This pattern is size inclusive, or made to measure. Dominique calls for worsted weight cotton yarn with about 1400 yards. I think I used more than 1400 yards for the larger skirts that I made, but with that many skirts it was hard to keep track of! I chose Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in Aqua. I was very pleased with how the skirts worked up in this. 24/7 Cotton is available in ALL the colors so whatever your heart desires you should be able to find color-wise.
The Laura Set is to LIVE for! Most people think the phrase is “it’s to die for”, but hey, what good is an amazing outfit if you’re not living for it, right? This set is so cute, so modern, so functional! To me this set screams fashionable day out on the town, but without losing the comfort. The mesh is a super simple technique that works up really quickly.
The Marigold Sweater is another adorable cropped sweater. I love how huge and puffy the sleeves are on this one. Considered an intermediate pattern, it says you will need between 1,000 – 4,000 yards of worsted weight cotton to complete it. The sleeves are designed to mimic the marigold flowers, which are known for their beauty and medicinal properties. Puff stitches are what create the flower design.
Finally we have the Bowie Bag, a cross-body bag designed for pups XS or S! It does offer customization options if you have a fur baby just a little bigger. The bag as written is 7.75″wide by 10″long with a 5″ strap. The yarn Dominique used was 450 – 648 yards of Lily Sugar and Cream, another worsted weight cotton. She used hook G/4.25mm. You will also need 24″ of round elastic, and 2 swivel hooks and rings for attaching. You can also choose to have a detachable chew toy! It can’t get much cuter than that! Dominique’s dog, Bowie, makes an excellent model!
That concludes our 10 pattern feature for this designer Showcase! Be sure to check out both Namaste and Crochet and Dominique’s commission website! You will find incredible patterns at the first, and so many beautiful finished projects on the second! Comment below and let me know which of her patterns you will be trying first!