Friday, August 16, 2013

Sandra's Scallop Stitch Modified Version

Among the stitches I am falling in love as soon as I saw it is this scallop stitch by Sandra at Cherry Heart blogspot. I modified it a tiny bit by stitching back loop each time I change color (picture left). Love this stitch very much.


Sandra's Scallop Stitch Modified Version

Among the stitches I am falling in love as soon as I saw it is this scallop stitch by Sandra at Cherry Heart blogspot. I modified it a tiny bit by stitching back loop each time I change color (picture left). Love this stitch very much.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

No turning chain Double Crochet

No turning chain double crochet
Here is a new way to make double crochet without the turning chain. This method is different than the other no turning chain you might have seen on You Tube. Follow the step by step pictures and practice with your tension to make a neat rows of double crochet without the bumpy edging the conventional chain-3 does. Right click and save the image for your own reference. 




Here is an example of how turning chains affects your design. The picture on top left shows the 3-turning chain where the stitches joined looks obvious and disturbing while on the right the stitches looks even and neat. The picture of on the lower left shows the first row of a plain granny square. The 3-dc group where the stitches joined  looks thinner compare to the rest of the groups whereas the right picture shows the stitches are more even and balance.

No Turning Chain in Doble Crochet

No turning chain in double crochet rows

I found a new way to make double crochet without the turning chain.   Follow the step by step pictures and practice with your tension to make a neat rows of double crocheted fabric without the bumpy edging the conventional begining 3 chains  does.  




Here is an example of how turning chains affects your design. The picture on top left shows the 3-turning chain where the stitches joined looks obvious and disturbing while on the right the stitches looks even and neat. The picture of on the lower left shows the first row of a plain granny square. The 3-dc group where the stitches joined  looks thinner compare to the rest of the groups whereas the right picture shows the stitches are more even and balance.

This technique is particularly useful when you are making dc in round such as bags and tube shape items as it help close the gap created by the 3ch.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lacy Block

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What can you do with this block? Perhaps you can make about  2 dozens and join them into a shawl, jacket, beach bag, bedspread, table cloth? The possibilities are endless.
Hook: 2.5mm.
Yarn: Balinese soft cotton which can be subtituted with mercerize cotton.
Gauge: 6 sc = 1 inch 6 rows of sc = 1 inch.
Finish size: 5.5 inch.
Pattern is free from my Ravelry store.

Lacy Block

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What can you do with this block? Perhaps you can make about  2 dozens and join them into a shawl, jacket, beach bag, bedspread, table cloth? The possibilities are endless.
Hook: 2.5mm.
Yarn: Balinese soft cotton which can be subtituted with mercerize cotton.
Gauge: 6 sc = 1 inch 6 rows of sc = 1 inch.
Finish size: 5.5 inch.
Pattern is free from my Ravelry store.

Lacy Block Photoshop Illustration


I like playing around with the block I created in Photoshop because that way I can visualize how it approximately looks like after several blocks are joined together... Would this be good for a table runner?

Lacy Block Photoshop Illustration


I like playing around with the block I created in Photoshop because that way I can visualize how it approximately looks like after several blocks are joined together... Would this be good for a table runner?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Strawberry Stitch Tutorial





The inspiration came from Bloggang Strawberry tunisian crochet when the blogger posted her pic and pattern diagram in Thai to an FB group. Everybody wanted to make it  but nobody knew how to read Thai. I didn't know either, and neither do I know Tunisian crochet so, I came up with traditional Tapestry Crochet instead, and loo, the result is stunning, with the perfect choice of color! Looks so suave!

Download PDF pattern here.

Watch the videos on Youtube:

Strawberry Crochet Stitches Part 1 of 2


Strawberry Crochet Stitches Part 2 of 2






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Strawberry Block available for purchase at Ravelry.

Strawberry Pot Holder available for purchase at Ravelry


I have been neglecting my 5DM2 for so long because of my illness last year. Nearly a year I did not touch it and when I opened the camera bag the other day I was just grateful I did it then and not later because the fungus has already started to grow on the camera strap. I went testing it and fiuwhh it is still functioning as the last time I used it. Here is one of the pictures I recently took: a crochet purse I just made using the strawberry crochet stitches. I use double strands size 8 cotton for the white, and similar size of rayon for the green and fuchsia (because I don't have the cotton in green and fuchsia color), and make a slip stitch cord to tighten the purse. 

Alhamdulillah, yay, I was featured in Crochetville Facebook Page.


Featured in Knit and Crochet Now TV Show FB Page


Shared among delicious food recipes by Confessions of Crafty Witches
965 shared and 768 Likes




Strawberry Stitch Tutorial






The inspiration came from Bloggang Strawberry tunisian crochet when the blogger posted her pic and pattern diagram in Thai to an FB group. Everybody wanted to make it  but nobody knew how to read Thai. I didn't know either, and neither do I know Tunisian crochet so, I came up with traditional Tapestry Crochet instead, and loo, the result is stunning, with the perfect choice of color! Looks so suave!

Download PDF pattern here.

Watch the videos on Youtube:

Strawberry Crochet Stitches Part 1 of 2


Strawberry Crochet Stitches Part 2 of 2






Add caption



Strawberry Block available for purchase at Ravelry.

Strawberry Pot Holder available for purchase at Ravelry


I have been neglecting my 5DM2 for so long because of my illness last year. Nearly a year I did not touch it and when I opened the camera bag the other day I was just grateful I did it then and not later because the fungus has already started to grow on the camera strap. I went testing it and fiuwhh it is still functioning as the last time I used it. Here is one of the pictures I recently took: a crochet purse I just made using the strawberry crochet stitches. I use double strands size 8 cotton for the white, and similar size of rayon for the green and fuchsia (because I don't have the cotton in green and fuchsia color), and make a slip stitch cord to tighten the purse. 

Alhamdulillah, yay, I was featured in Crochetville Facebook Page.


Featured in Knit and Crochet Now TV Show FB Page


Shared among delicious food recipes by Confessions of Crafty Witches
965 shared and 768 Likes


Shared on Whoot FB fan page and shared over 15 hundreds times.


Shared and liked by many groups including Favecraft.com




More testimonials from the netizens...

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Little Roses


This is a test pattern of stitch number 006 from Nihon Vogue 300 crochet pattern book. I really like this stiches and I think it could make a nice pattern for shawl or cardigan. In this test I was using soft cotton yarn in size 3 light worsted but I am pretty sure it will drape nicely if crocheted in bamboo or silk yarn.

Little Roses


This is a test pattern of stitch number 006 from Nihon Vogue 300 crochet pattern book. I really like this stiches and I think it could make a nice pattern for shawl or cardigan. In this test I was using soft cotton yarn in size 3 light worsted but I am pretty sure it will drape nicely if crocheted in bamboo or silk yarn.

Strawberry Pot Holder


Traditional tapestry crochet technique is used in this pattern and  the edging was done in treble mermaid tears crochet.
SKILL LEVEL : Medium
FINISHED SIZE
9 inches in diameter
MATERIALS
Balinese Cotton Yarn (fine/sports ) weight yarn (100g per ball), can be substituted with mercerized cotton
Green : 1 ball
Red : 1 ball
Cream : 1 ball
Size F/3.75mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn needle
GAUGE
5 scs = 1 inch when two strands are crocheted together

Buy the pattern for US$4,50 from my Ravelry store.

Strawberry Pot Holder


Traditional tapestry crochet technique is used in this pattern and  the edging was done in treble mermaid tears crochet.
SKILL LEVEL : Medium
FINISHED SIZE
9 inches in diameter
MATERIALS
Balinese Cotton Yarn (fine/sports ) weight yarn (100g per ball), can be substituted with mercerized cotton
Green : 1 ball
Red : 1 ball
Cream : 1 ball
Size F/3.75mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn needle
GAUGE
5 scs = 1 inch when two strands are crocheted together

Buy the pattern for US$4,50 from my Ravelry store.

Cherry Blossom Coaster



Make a set of six or a dozen in cotton or acrylic yarn of your favorite colors (cotton is favorable for pot holder).The sample above is using acrylic yarn Kasmilon for stitching sample only. Once you know the technique this coaster is easy and quick to make. Get the pattern for free from my Ravelry shop.

Cherry Blossom Coaster



Make a set of six or a dozen in cotton or acrylic yarn of your favorite colors (cotton is favorable for pot holder).The sample above is using acrylic yarn Kasmilon for stitching sample only. Once you know the technique this coaster is easy and quick to make. Get the pattern for free from my Ravelry shop.