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





Monday, October 21, 2013

Amazing Crochet Patterns with Stitchboard.com

Guess what excited me so much today? Oh, I can't wait to share this with you. If you are into tapestry or fillet crochet, you must look at this. And best of all, it's free.

If you scroll down to my previous post you will see my post on creating tapestry graph using Adobe Illustrator. Ah well, forget about that for now. Just look at these two I created using Stitchboard.com (No, I am not affiliated with this company). The way the stitched sits on top of each other perfectly mimicking those of the crochet graph, slanted.  I mind you that I have not tested this pattern. This software creates for you the patterns for your beading, crochet, cross stitch and knitting. 


Stitchboard.com provide 8 steps in creating your pattern. Step No. 8 is for member only and membership is free.



For creating Tapestry Crochet I used the following steps:

1. Upload your image in gif, jpg or png

2. Stitching category select Beading
3. Stitch type select Brick
4. Desired stitch type select Oval 
5. Color palette option. You need to decide on the following options:
a) Color Palette Desired: a) any palette among the 3 b) Automatic closest color match or choose your own colors c) Colors desired in the final pattern: Choose any form : limit the number of colors,  shades of gray or black and white.
6. Enter the number of stitches across.
7. Select your output from the two options: save as PDF or pattern on screen. And you can ask the program to create grid for easy reading.

Omit step 8 if you are  not registering yourself as member.

Fillet Crochet Pattern

1. Upload your image in gif, jpg or png

2. Stitching category select Crochet (other option is Beading, Cross Stitch, and Knitting)
3. Stitch type select Standard
4. Desired stitch Standard
5. Color palette option. You need to decide on the following options:
a) Color Palette Desired: a) any palette among the 3 b) Automatic closest color match or choose your own colors c) Colors desired in the final pattern: Choose any form : limit the number of colors,  shades of gray or black and white.
6. Enter the number of stitches across.
7. Select your output from the two options: save as PDF or pattern on screen. And you can ask the program to create grid for easy reading.

Omit step 8 if you are  not registering yourself as member.




Our cat named Boy...







Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Balinese Cotton Yarns


These yarns are among my favorite yarns to crochet with. I have crocheted many different type of yarns from different brands available in the market. I am also in fact a yarn reseller for ICE Yarns, but till now I am not able to find the comparison for the softness of this particular yarns with any type. It's just so unique. 
The yarns is locally made in Indonesia and it comes without label. I have been crocheting this yarn for the items as seen in the pictures in my blog from Strawberry crochet bag, hat, flowers and dollies. The texture is soft like bamboo and very comfortable to crochet. But unlike bamboo which is light and rather fluffy, this yarn is stiff once crocheted making it suitable for bags, purses, dollies, hats, and  decorative items. I was thinking it could be good for making a bed spread with it and cushion covers. I don't know if this yarn would be suitable for a baby blanket, but I can only tell you it is smooth, it is soft, it feels like bamboo, it feels like mercerize cotton but it is heavier than acrylic of course. I really think it could make a great baby bootie, sturdy enough but won't be slippery like acrylic. And perhaps to make some amigurumies. 


The yarn available in two sizes: Fine/Sports ( Size 2)
Content: Cotton and Polyester  
Gauge: 32 sc = 4 inches Hook Size B/2.25mm
100 gr/194 yards/174 m (approximate)

Gauge: 16 sc = 4 inches Hook Size F/3.75mm
(after washing and blocking)
100 gr/169 yards/150 m (approximate)
Handwash, dry flat



BALINESE SOFT COTTON YARNS SIZE 3 (LIGHT WORSTED) COLOR CARD



BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand



BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn double strands






BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand (edging with wool and acrylic mix)



BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn double strands





BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn double strands




BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand




BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand
BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand




Above Made with BCY 10 ply Light Worsted single strand

Click here for info how to order this yarns.

Balinese Cotton Yarns


These yarns are among my favorite yarns to crochet with. I have crocheted many different type of yarns from different brands available in the market. I am also in fact a yarn reseller for ICE Yarns, but till now I am not able to find the comparison for the softness of this particular yarns with any type. It's just so unique. 
The yarns is locally made in Indonesia and it comes without label. I have been crocheting this yarn for the items as seen in the pictures in my blog from Strawberry crochet bag, hat, flowers and dollies. The texture is soft like bamboo and very comfortable to crochet. But unlike bamboo which is light and rather fluffy, this yarn is stiff once crocheted making it suitable for bags, purses, dollies, hats, and  decorative items. I was thinking it could be good for making a bed spread with it and cushion covers. I don't know if this yarn would be suitable for a baby blanket, but I can only tell you it is smooth, it is soft, it feels like bamboo, it feels like mercerize cotton but it is heavier than acrylic of course. I really think it could make a great baby bootie, sturdy enough but won't be slippery like acrylic. And perhaps to make some amigurumies. 


The yarn available in two sizes: Fine/Sports ( Size 2)
Content: Cotton and Polyester  
Gauge: 32 sc = 4 inches Hook Size B/2.25mm
100 gr/194 yards/174 m (approximate)

Gauge: 16 sc = 4 inches Hook Size F/3.75mm
(after washing and blocking)
100 gr/169 yards/150 m (approximate)
Handwash, dry flat



BALINESE SOFT COTTON YARNS SIZE 3 (LIGHT WORSTED) COLOR CARD



BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand



BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn double strands






BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand (edging with wool and acrylic mix)



BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn double strands





BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn double strands




BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand




BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand
BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand




Above Made with BCY 10 ply Light Worsted single strand

Click here for info how to order this yarns.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tips on Taking Better Pictures


Now that you have crocheted those beautiful things, the  first things you wanted to to do most likely is taking its picture either to share on Facebook or to publish it to your Flickr album etc. You want to see the colors of your item showing in the picture as close as possible to its true color. Of course you can edit  the photo and manipulate it later, but nothing is better than having a great photo on the first place. Most professional photographers edit their photos only very slightly just to correct the shadows and the highlights. The diagram above shows how you can light up the shadow area of your subject by using a reflector which you can make yourself.

To get better pictures of your crochet items:

- Take photo during daylight under the shade either morning (9-10 am) of late afternoon. I mostly take my pictures at around 4 - 5 pm utilizing the light coming from my window.

- use reflector as above. To make one, cut a cardboard paper about 60 x 40 inches, cover it with aluminum foil (crush the foil and gently flatten it before wrapping it into the cardboard).

- use a clean white art paper to place your item.

- remove anything else which are not part of the subject of your photo.

Whether you are using a sophisticate camera or a mobile phone camera, the above tips will help making your photos look more appealing.

More tips to come, so please come again.


This kuffah was  taken solely with the light source coming from the window. Look at the soft shadow on the left and the clearer view of the stitches which would have been too dark without the use of reflector.

I do not have a sophisticated studio like a pro has. My "studio" is a corner of my son's room which I temporarily occupy while he is in the college. I am grateful to my husband who support me and giving me access to a Canon 5DMarkII. Saying that, under the right light, my iPhone takes better pictures sometimes. Here is the set up of my photo shoot looks like. No matter what kind of camera I am using I always try to use a tripod or  a pile of books, a beanie bag, anything to keep your camera steady. Camera shake will caused your photos blurry.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Designing With Tapestry Crochet



If you are familiar with tapestry crochet, and you are tired of tracing your image manually from tapestry crochet graph into traditional graph paper... Well if you have access to an Adobe Illustrator or any similar program you can do this trick with ease.  

1. Download your Crochet Graph at Tapestrycrochet.com The sample above uses a Round tapestry crochet graph. Download the one suitable to your need. Create a traditional graph in any software (excel is much faster) and save it as PDF. 

2. Open a new blank file in Adobe Illustrator. Place the image you wish to trace. Place a crochet graph on top of the image. A new layer will automatically created for you when you place an image. Set the opacity of the  Crochet graph to 60% so you can see the image underneath it. 

3. Place the traditional graph on top of the crochet graph. Zoom in and adjust the size of the cell in new graph to match the size of the graph underneath. Set the opacity to 30% so you can see all layers underneath: the crochet graph and the traditional graph and the image. Once opened in Illustrator, the graph will turn into an editable squares. Now you can click the corresponding cell on the graph and paint it. 

Imagine having to trace a large and complex images. This method is going to save you a lot of time.You can print the chart and color it manually for the fun part of it. Have fun coloring :-)

Designing With Tapestry Crochet



If you are familiar with tapestry crochet, and you are tired of tracing your image manually from tapestry crochet graph into traditional graph paper... Well if you have access to an Adobe Illustrator or any similar program you can do this trick with ease.  

1. Download your Crochet Graph at Tapestrycrochet.com The sample above uses a Round tapestry crochet graph. Download the one suitable to your need. Create a traditional graph in any software (excel is much faster) and save it as PDF. 

2. Open a new blank file in Adobe Illustrator. Place the image you wish to trace. Place a crochet graph on top of the image. A new layer will automatically created for you when you place an image. Set the opacity of the  Crochet graph to 60% so you can see the image underneath it. 

3. Place the traditional graph on top of the crochet graph. Zoom in and adjust the size of the cell in new graph to match the size of the graph underneath. Set the opacity to 30% so you can see all layers underneath: the crochet graph and the traditional graph and the image. Once opened in Illustrator, the graph will turn into an editable squares. Now you can click the corresponding cell on the graph and paint it. 

Imagine having to trace a large and complex images. This method is going to save you a lot of time.You can print the chart and color it manually for the fun part of it. Have fun coloring :-)

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Colors of Africa Crochet Earrings


Whether you are a beginner or an experience crocheter these African inspired colorful earrings is a fun project to make. If you are a beginner you will learn how to make a basic granny square, you will practice how to carry the threads inside the stitches used in tapestry crochet technique, you will learn how to make simple jewelry and last but not least you will learn the colors combination from different culture.

STITCHES USED
ch = chain    
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch


SKILL LEVEL :
All Levels

FINISHED SIZE
3 x 3 cm 


MATERIALS
Balinese Cotton Yarn (Substitute with  mercerized cotton)
2 m each of red, orange, and green.  
 Yarn sewing needle, a pair of gold plated earrings, a pair of split rings (optional), a round nose plier, a yarn or tapestry needle, scissor

GAUGE
7 sc = 1 inch

HOOK: C/2.75 mm


Using red and leaving a 15 cm tail, make a magic ring, 1ch.



 *(Sc, ch) repeat 3 x, join with sl st, cut off red.


Using green join into any corner sp,  1ch. 


1sc in same ch-1 sp, 1ch, skip next sc, *(1sc, 1ch, 1sc, 1ch) repeat 2 x, 
join with sl st, fasten off.

Using orange join into any corner sp, 1ch. Carry the yarn not in use inside the stitches to hide them to avoid weaving in a lot of ends, crochet tightly.
1sc in same ch-1 sp, 1ch, skip next sc, 1sc, 1ch, skip next sc * [(1sc, 1ch, 1sc), 1ch, skip next sc, 1sc, 1ch, skip next sc)] repeat 2 x, join with sl st, fasten off.



Using green join into any corner sp, 1ch. 
1sc in same ch-1 sp, 1ch, skip next sc, 1sc, 1ch, skip next sc, 1sc, 1ch, skip next sc  * [(1sc, 1ch, 1sc), 1ch, skip next sc, 1sc, 1ch, skip next sc, 1sc, 1ch, skip next sc )] repeat 2 x, join with sl st, fasten off.
Cut off green leaving 15 cm tail, thread the needle and join the st by going under the two loops as shown, weave in the ends on the wrong side, fasten off. Dab a tiny amount of PVA glue or craft glue to the tips of the ends to finish.



Block the square using headpins by stretching and pinning each corner to a small pillow. In some cases I pinned my piece to the back of my sofa. :-) 

ASSEMBLY
Using a nose plier, open the split ring,  attached the ring to any corner, connect the split ring with the earrings.

Copy right © Irtati Wibisono 2013
Please do not copy and paste this pattern anywhere else on the web, please link back to my blog instead. Free  pattern for personal use only. Item you made can be sold as many as you like.














The Colors of Africa Crochet Earrings


Whether you are a beginner or an experience crocheter these African inspired colorful earrings is a fun project to make. If you are a beginner you will learn how to make a basic granny square, you will practice how to carry the threads inside the stitches used in tapestry crochet technique, you will learn how to make simple jewelry and last but not least you will learn the colors combination from different culture.

STITCHES USED
ch = chain    
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch


SKILL LEVEL :
All Levels

FINISHED SIZE
3 x 3 cm 


MATERIALS
Balinese Cotton Yarn (Substitute with  mercerized cotton)
2 m each of red, orange, and green.  
 Yarn sewing needle, a pair of gold plated earrings, a pair of split rings (optional), a round nose plier, a yarn or tapestry needle, scissor

GAUGE
7 sc = 1 inch

HOOK: C/2.75 mm


Using red and leaving a 15 cm tail, make a magic ring, 1ch.



 *(Sc, ch) repeat 3 x, join with sl st, cut off red.


Using green join into any corner sp,  1ch. 


1sc in same ch-1 sp, 1ch, skip next sc, *(1sc, 1ch, 1sc, 1ch) repeat 2 x, 
join with sl st, fasten off.

Using orange join into any corner sp, 1ch. Carry the yarn not in use inside the stitches to hide them to avoid weaving in a lot of ends, crochet tightly.
1sc in same ch-1 sp, 1ch, skip next sc, 1sc, 1ch, skip next sc * [(1sc, 1ch, 1sc), 1ch, skip next sc, 1sc, 1ch, skip next sc)] repeat 2 x, join with sl st, fasten off.



Using green join into any corner sp, 1ch. 
1sc in same ch-1 sp, 1ch, skip next sc, 1sc, 1ch, skip next sc, 1sc, 1ch, skip next sc  * [(1sc, 1ch, 1sc), 1ch, skip next sc, 1sc, 1ch, skip next sc, 1sc, 1ch, skip next sc )] repeat 2 x, join with sl st, fasten off.
Cut off green leaving 15 cm tail, thread the needle and join the st by going under the two loops as shown, weave in the ends on the wrong side, fasten off. Dab a tiny amount of PVA glue or craft glue to the tips of the ends to finish.



Block the square using headpins by stretching and pinning each corner to a small pillow. In some cases I pinned my piece to the back of my sofa. :-) 

ASSEMBLY
Using a nose plier, open the split ring,  attached the ring to any corner, connect the split ring with the earrings.

Copy right © Irtati Wibisono 2013
Please do not copy and paste this pattern anywhere else on the web, please link back to my blog instead. Free  pattern for personal use only. Item you made can be sold as many as you like.