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.