Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Crochet Beaded Crocodile Stitch Scarf

Hello all, how are you today?
I have  36 hours before packing my luggage. We are traveling home to Indonesia Insya Allah on Friday. I am happy but sad at the same time because this time for the first time all four of us will travel at the same time but with two different airlines. Me, my youngest and my hubby will be with Qatar Airways, but my oldest son will be with Emirat. What can I say, our travel allowance dictate our tickets...  

But the good news is I have a bit of time to start with a new project which is light enough to carry in my travel bag to the airplane. I have been wanting to do this crocodile stitch for long time now. I have now purchased the yarn I need. I choose Alpaca, wool, and acrylic mix in lilac by ICE yarns. The yarn is size 2 and My hook is size G/4mm. 

Here are the first few rows I made. I will continue this as I travel. I learned how to make triangle crocodile stitch from Bob Wilson's tutorial on Youtube.  It is so much fun to do. To know the number of beads will be needed, I counted the number of petals I will be making first. Mine is going to be a 30 inches long scarf and my gauge is 2 petals = 1.5 inches. It means that I will have to make  30 : 1.5 = 20 rows of petals. I know that the petals is increased by 1 in every rows and the number of petals in next row is always n + 1 (n is the number of petal in previous row).  I made the table in Excel spreadsheet to calculate the total petals in a triangle scarf according to the number of rows you are making. Mine says I have to load 210 beads to the spool prior crocheting. I added more beads to the total just incase I made mistakes in counting it. I used Japanese Toho Magatama  from Bobby beads since it has larger holes and you can tread it easily. I don’t use any pattern, just as above and follow the tutorial above. 




I finished one ball of yarn while I was on vacation. The height match to my calculations and the amount of beads were perfect in fact I have to remove the extra beads I loaded. I will continue crocheting it and make it a bigger scarf. Will see how long that will take me since I still have 7 balls of yarns to go (sigh).  


Would love to read your comments.
Have a nice vacations. See you soon.xx

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Custom Made Hats



Making hats was our Lagos Crochet Group topic in past two weeks. Perhaps this chart is also useful for anyone making his or her own hats.

I thank Cherry Thayer Drake for publishing the chart in FB group I am in.  I retyped the chart according to our group needs. For detail instructions in English on how to design your own hat go to Loraine's Blog

Hat Sizing Chart

Age
Head Circumferences
(inch)
Hat
Circumferences (inch)

Hat Crown Diameter  (inch)
Hat Height
(inch)
0-2  mth
10-12
8-10
2.00-2.75
2.5-3.0
0-3 
13-14
11-12
2.75-3.50
04.0-4.5

3-6
15-16
13-14
3.50-4.25
4.5-5.0

6-12
17-19
15-17
4.25-5.00
5.0-5.5
1-2 yr
18-20
16-18
4.50-5.25
5.5-6.0

2-3
19-21
17-19
4.75-5.50
6.0-6.5

4-10
20-22
18-20
5.00-5.75

6.5-7.0

Teens
21-22
19-20
5.50-6.25
7.0-7.5
Adult Women
22-23
20-21
6.00-6.75
7.5-8.5

Adult Men
23-24
21-22
6.25-7.00
8.5-9.5


Bahasa Indonesia

DISAIN DAN BUAT TOPI SENDIRI
Buat topi 2-3 inci lebih kecil dari ukuran kepala sebenarnya agar “snug fit.”

1. Tentukan diameter lingkaran atas kepala (crown):
Caranya: Lingkar kepala dibagi 3.14 (rumus lingkaran waktu SD/SMP). Ukur lingkar kepala seperti ilustrasi. Hitung diameter crown dengan rumus diatas dikurangi 2 - 3 inchi.  Misalnya lingkar kepala = 24 inch. Diameter yang dicari = 24: 3.14 = 7.6 in - 2 in = 5.6 in.



Illustration from Stetson EU.


2. Buat crown sesuai diameter  yang diperolah. Lihat cara membuat flat circle di post terdahulu pada blog ini untuk membuat crown. 

3. Lanjutkan merajut tanpa penambahan tusukan dari crown sesuai panjang topi yang dikehendaki sesuai motif yang dikehendaki. Selaraskan jumlah tusukan dengan pola yang digunakan dengan menambah atau mengurangi jumlah tusukan pada round terakhir dari crown.

Jika lingkaran kepala sebenarnya diketahui, gunakan ukuran sesuai hitungan diatas. Namun, jika tidak diketahui ambil angka rata-rata sebagai patokan mengukur diameter crown. Misal:   

Ukuran topi minimun =16 in : 3.14 = 5.0 inch
Ukuran topi maksimum =18 in : 3.14 = 5.7 inch
Rata-rata = 5.0 + 5.7 dibagi 2 = 5.35 (bulatkan menjadi 5.25)

Jika ingin menambahkan pinggiran:
Tambahkan 1-1.5 inch dari panjang topi untuk  topi bayi, 3-4 inch untuk dewasa.

Sunhat, clochet, flopp, kurangi 0.5 inch dari panjang topi.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Yay, I was Featured in a Crochet Magazine

Hi everyone, I have been wanting to share this with you for ages.  I am very excited. My design was featured in Dec issue of Entwinemagazine. It's the strawberry crochet bag at the bottom. Also a leading craft magazine in Australia (Homespun) recently contacted me wanting to publish the stitch design in their print and web publication. Alhamdulillah, thanks all to my fam and friends for your support in doing what I love to do. It's the crochet strawberry bag at the bottom.



Saturday, November 23, 2013

Good Hooks VS Bad Hooks





How many times when you crocheted a fabric, the yarn splits and breaks. Many times we blame it on the quality of the yarns we are using. While it is probably true in some of the cases, to be fair, we also need to look at the hooks we are using.

As crochet becomes increasingly popular, the variety of hooks available in the market is also growing. Some hooks are made of metal and some are made of plastic, wood, and bamboo. Choosing the right hook for the job can be a daunting task for the beginners.

Whichever the style and brands you prefer, the anatomy of the hook remains the same: point, groove, throat, shaft, thumb rest, and handle. In the picture on this post I’d like to show you the close up look of the top section of several metal hooks. I skipped discussing the handle, as this subject is more of a personal preference. While I am sure all hooks were designed for its purpose, I just would like to share my own experience after using all of these hooks and how you can manually filter among them. These hooks are part of my own collection and I have tried them all.
First of all price is not always an indicator of a good hook. However, good quality hooks are usually priced higher than lower quality hooks. There are hooks especially the steel hooks which are very reasonably priced. However their size is usually small as they are used for crocheting delicate crochet fabrics or tapestry crochet only. For thicker yarns you will need larger hooks.  
Look closely at the shape of the point of these two hooks.
The lip of the left hook is sharper and pointier whereas the right hook is rounder. We need the hook, which has a rounder lip. The sharp lip can damage the yarn and make crocheting difficult as the hook often gets stuck in between the ply of the yarn.
Also look at the throat; the hook on the left is very roughly made. The hook on the right is very smooth. While you wont spot this with you naked eye, you can feel it with the tip of your finger if you try rubbing it. The purple hook has a rough surface; it can damage the yarns too, while the silver colored hook is smooth. The silver hook glides nicely on the fabric making crocheting much more enjoyable.  

So now you know,

Happy hooks hunting.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Knitting Love through Crochet



We had our first crochet group and class yesterday. Leaving in foreign country and not much access to all the crafty stuffs we decided crochet is way to go to kill the boredom and have fun together learning new things. We started with basic knowledge about crochet, the tools and the type of fibres we can use. It was a lot of fun, a lot of love and laughter. It's amazing how crochet knit people together. Love from West Africa.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Reusable Pickle Glass Container

Look what I made? I have this big empty glass jar from cucumber pickles so I thought why not just put some plants in it and cover the jar with this pretty crochet made from some acrylic scrap yarns. The pattern is from Chain Reaction Afghan Project by Crochetme.com

Hope you like it:-)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My Fav Crochet Spot

When kid gone to school and you are alone on your own...
Morning sunshine and a little flower at the balcony... And perhaps a cup of aromatic Java coffee to sip in between several double crochet... In the place where I live right now this is a luxury...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cattleya Orchid Crochet Flower










After vigorous testing, frogging, and re-doing; the patterns is finally finished and listed FREE at RAVELRY for limited time only. If you do download the PDF please give me your feedback, I will appreciate it very much.  The videos is being edited  and will be uploaded to youtube asap. Thanks for all of you who patiently wait for this. 

Note: Please do not copy paste the pattern below as a way of sharing it but link it to my blog instead. If you prefer the PDF version please download from Ravelry. It is free until further notice.

SKILL LEVEL :
All levels

TERMS: US
PHOTO CREDITS:
Irtati Hasan Wibisono

FINISHED SIZE
Height: 13 inches
Diameter (distance  between the longest tip of the petals): 6.5 inches

MATERIALS
- Balinese cotton yarn or substitute with mercerized crochet cotton thread size 5 in any colors. In this pattern I uses cream, purple, lilac, red, fuchsia, pink.
- ICE yarn 100% acrylic in dark green.
22, 24, and 26 gauge craft wire.
Floral stem wrapping tape (0.5 in in diameter).

Hook: C/2.75mm and 3.75mm

GAUGE
Balinese cotton: 7 sc = 1 inches
ICE yarn: 4 sc  = 1 inches when two strands are crocheted together

Pattern Note
This pattern is for two different shape of flowers in one. 
All of the petals for the red flower were made in the same way as the Side Petals. The only difference is the amount of the starting chains. Increase the number of chains for center petal by 3. If you wish to have a frillier edging like the purple flower, use the central petal pattern below for all the three petals.

All stitches are worked in round.

Cut the wires as follows:
Anther and its cap: 26-gauge, 7 inch: 2 pieces
Petals and sepals: 24-gauge: 7 inches:  6  pieces
Leafs: 22-gauge: 22 inches: 4 pieces.
Use safety glasses when cutting the wires.

STITCHES USED:
ch = chain
sc = Single Crochet
sl st = Slip Stitch
2 sc in 1 = 2 single crochet in one stitch (increase)
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together (decrease)
PM: Place Marker (I use a small piece of yarn in different color)

PATTERN:
Anther
Using cream and leaving 6 inches tail, make 2ch.

R1: 8sc into 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st. 1ch. 

R2: 1c in same ch-1 sp, 1sc in each st around, join with sl st, 1ch.

R3: (sc2tog) 4 times, sl st to first sc, fasten off yarn. 

Anther Cap
Using cream and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 5.

R1: Hold the 26-gauge wire between the hook and the yarn, yo and pull up a loop over the wire, tighten to secure the wire in place, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 3 st, 3sc in next st, do not turn, position the center of the wire at the last sc you just made, bend the wire gently toward the other end; sc in each of next 3st, pinch and hold both wires and position it above the yarn, sl st to first sc, 1ch.

R2: 1sc in same ch-1 space, 1sc in each of next 4 st, (2sc in 1 st) 2 times, sc in each of next 4 st, join with sl st to first sc, 1ch.

R3. 1sc in same ch-1 space, sc in each of next st around, join with sl st to first sc, 1ch, fasten off.

Sepals (make 3)
Using purple and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 15.

R1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 12 st, 3sc in next st, Carry the tail inside the stitches, 12sc, 2sc in last st, joins with sl st to first sc.

R2: Hold the 22-gauge wire in between the hook and the yarn, 1ch over the wire, sc in same ch-1 sp, PM, 13sc, position the center of the wire at the corner st and bend it gently to surround the perimeter of the stitches toward the other end, (2sc in 1) 2 times, 14sc, pinch and hold both wires and position it above the yarn, 1sc, join with sl st to first sc.

R3: PM, 14sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 15sc, hold both wires above the yarn, 1sc, 1sc in 1 in next st, join with sl st to first sc.

R4: PM, 15sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 17sc, hold both wires above the yarn, 2sc. Cut the yarn 7 inches from the last then pull it out through the last sc, Insert hook below the two loops on the first sc, yo,  pull up the loop completely through the loops. Insert  the hook from below the back loop  at the last sc and pull the yarn through to the the back of the leaf. Gent pull and wind the it several times to the wire and tie a knot to secure the the end.



Side Petals (make 2)
Using purple and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 15.

R1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 12 st, 3sc in next st, Carry the tail inside the stitches, 12sc, 2sc in last st, joins with sl st to first sc.

R2: Hold the 22-gauge wire in between the hook and the yarn, 1ch over the wire, sc in same ch-1 sp, PM, 13sc, position the center of the wire at the corner st and bend it gently to surround the perimeter of the stitches toward the other end, (2sc in 1) 2 times, 14sc, pinch and hold both wires and position it above the yarn, 1sc, join with sl st to first sc.  

R3: PM, (2sc in 1) in all st around,  join with sl st to first sc.

R4: PM, sc in all st around, join with sl st to first sc.

R5: PM, sc in all st around, join with sl st to first sc.

R6: Insert hook in same joining st, pick up cream, (sc, 3ch, sc) in same sp, (sc in next st, sc, 3ch, sc in next st) Repeat around, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off.

Center Petals 
Using lilac and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 13.

R1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 10sc, 3sc in next st. Carry the tail inside the stitches, sc in each of next 11 st.—25sc.

R2: Hold the 24-gauge wire in between the hook and the yarn, sc in same joining sp, PM, 11sc, position the center of the wire at the corner st, bend the wire gently toward the other end, (2sc in 1) 2 times, 12sc, pinch and hold both wires and position the wire above the yarn, join with sl st to first sc—28sc

R3: 1sc in same joining sp, PM, 12sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 13sc,  join with sl st to first sc—32sc.

R4: 1sc in same joining sp, PM, 13sc, (2sc in 1 st, 1sc) 5 times, 14sc, join with sl st to first sc—38sc.

R5: 1sc in same joining sp, 38sc, join with sl st—39sc.

R6: 1sc in same joining sp, PM, 4sc, (2sc in 1) 5 times, 5sc, (2sc in 1) 10 times,  5sc, (2sc in 1) 5 times, 4sc, join with sl st to first sc.

R7: 1sc in same ch-1 sp, 5sc, (2sc in 1) 10 times, 5sc, (2sc in 1) 20 times, 5sc, (2sc in 1) 10 times,  5sc, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off.

R 8: Insert hook in same joining st, pick up cream, (sc, 3ch, sc) in same sp, (sc in next st, sc, 3ch, sc in next st) Repeat around, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off.





Leafs

Note: Increase the number of the starting chains for a longer leaf. To make a wider leafs crochet 2 more rounds increasing stitches at the tip of the leaf by making (2 sc in 1) 5, 7 more times respectively.

Material: ICE Yarn Dark Green, 100% acrylic, ft 27442. 
Crochet double strands and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 15. 

R1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 12 st, 3sc in next st, Carry the tail inside the stitches, 12sc, 2sc in last st, joins with sl st to first sc.

R2: Hold the 22-gauge wire in between the hook and the yarn, 1ch over the wire, sc in same ch-1 sp, PM, 13sc, position the center of the wire at the corner st and bend it gently to surround the perimeter of the stitches toward the other end, (2sc in 1) 2 times, 14sc, pinch and hold both wires and position it above the yarn, 1sc, join with sl st to first sc.

R3: PM, 14sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 15sc, hold both wires above the yarn, 1sc, 1sc in 1 in next st, join with sl st to first sc.

R4: PM, 15sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 17sc, hold both wires above the yarn, 2sc. Cut the yarn 7 inches from the last then pull it out through the last sc, Insert hook below the two loops on the first sc, yo,  pull up the loop completely through the loops. Insert  the hook from below the back loop  at the last sc and pull the yarn through to the the back of the leaf. Gently pull and wind the it several times to the wire and tie a knot to secure the the end.


Assembly

Preparing the leafs and petals:
Cut 15 inches of thread, fold in half and connect it to the center bottom part of the leaf. Pull the thread gently toward the wire. Using flower tape, wrap around the wire and the threads till the end of the wires. Repeat for the rest of the leafs and petals except the center petal, anther and cap.

Cut 10 inches of wire, fold it in half. Insert the wire into the center of the anther and pull it down gently passing through some of the stitches at bottom part. Put together the anther and its cap, wrap with flower tape. 

Pick up the center petal. Hold it right side facing up and place the anther facing down toward the petal. Hold together and wrap with flower tape.

Gather together all the  flower elements. Using 26 gauge wire, wrap around the neck of the flower several times to secure them together (do not cut the wire).  Attach a leaf at about 4 inches from the neck of the flower.  Attach remaining leafs about 1 inches apart, finish the wire wrapping. Using flower tape, wrap around the stem starting form the neck of the flower all the way to the end of the stem.

Arrange the flower in a vase (pattern not included).

Please do not hesitate to email me for any questions or comments or different ideas to make it better and spread the words about my blog to others so they can make one too.

Happy crocheting.
XO
Iin