Little Hats Big Hearts Project: Getting the Right Size Hat With Whatever Yarn Weight or Hook Size

Upcoming Hat-making session: Jan. 26, 2019, Robinson’s Galleria, details >>


For the upcoming anniversary of Cebu Crochet Group, we’re doing the “Little Hats Big Hearts Project.” The project is about making hats for preemie babies to be given to NICU department of hospital.

When I made my first preemie beanie, it was a struggle to get the right size of it especially that I’m only used to making beanies for adults, in which I basically have the estimated number of stitches in my mind.

After a few trials, here’s how I got the beanie / hat sizing right using whatever yarn weight and hook size that are available:

Start with any number of DCs or SCs. Then increase the number of stitches in the succeeding rounds until you get to the desired “DIAMETER” of the hat (not circumference as diameter is easier to measure). Once you reach the right diameter, you maintain the number of stitches or you stop increasing your stitches. Continue crocheting in rounds until you get the right hat length measurement.

This applies to “Basic Top-Down in a Round” crochet hat patterns. Top Down in a Round hats is when you start at the top of the crown, and then in circles (I hope this definition makes sense.)

Materials: Yarn, Hook, Tape Measure / Ruler, Hat Size Chart (see below)

Source: www.petalstopicots.com

Here’s a more detailed steps. Hopefully, this helps than confuse you. =)

1. Start with a Magic Ring. You may start with chains and slip stitch to make a circle. But it’s also great to learn Magic Ring. Once you learn magic ring, you don’t want to go back. =)

2. How many count of single crochet or double crochet should I start with? When you’re used to following a pattern when creating beanie, you’re used to being given a number of DCs or SCs to start with.

But since we’re kind of winging it, you make as many DCs until you get a flat round after a slip-stitch.  For me, I’m lucky starting with 8 or 10 DCs.

10 DCs in this photo

3. In the next round, increase the number of stitches until you get the DIAMETER size (not the circumference) of the preemie hat you want to make.

For this example, I’m doing the smallest preemie hat size.

When increasing the size of a hat, the rule I follow is: multiply the beginning number of stitches with the number of row. For example, I began with 10 DCs so I will multiply it with 2 in the 2nd row, meaning you’ll have 20 DCs in 2nd row. If you had made coasters or any thing round pattern, you’re familiar on how to add the stitches for the increase like 1-2 then 1-1-2, etc.

For those who are not familiar, you can do it by grouping your stitches by the number of row you are in. For example, in Row 3, I group the stitch by 3. So 1 DC in first stitch then 2 DCs in the next stitch. And, when in Row 4, it would be a group of “1DC 1DC 2DC” repeat until the end.

4. Measure the DIAMETER of the circle every now and then. Once you reached the desired diameter size, you can now stop increasing the number of stitches in the following rows. You just then maintain crocheting the number of stitches in the following rows.

In this example, the desired diameter size was met in my 4th row which has 40 DCs. The following rows will then have 40 DCs or stitches.

5. Continue adding rows until you reached the right length size.


The finished product:

OTHER TIPS:
1. If you find your hat stiff, try a bigger hook size to make it stretchier.
2. To add designs to your hat, add different stitch patterns. It’s easier to do different stitch patterns once you’re done increasing. In my example, I add a different stitch pattern on the 6th row. You can check different stitch patterns from mypicot.com.  But no pressure, the best thing is that we’re making something to give warm to the tiny babies.

Ganchillo Artistico 2 at The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, Lapulapu City: Cheers to 2019 (and onwards)!!!

Crochet Installation: “Shapes” and “Earth, Sea and Sky”
Location: The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, MEZ II, Basak, Lapu-Lapu City
Upcoming crochet event: Little Hats Big Hearts Project. Meetup Every Saturday Starting Jan. 12, 2019. More details >>


The 2018 had been exceptionally really good to me, and likewise, I believe that I was also being very good to 2018. Crochet-wise, it was like a tsunami of goodness. And as they say, “time flies when you’re having fun;” I felt like it left in me in a speed of light.

And, just like that, here comes 2019. Is it just me or is it everyone’s general feeling to have that certain (self-imposed) pressure to be better than last year? And, with the awesomeness of 2018, it feels it’s so hard to exceed it. The last weeks of December 2018 got me feeling a bit lethargic from the uncertainty from my made-up pressure that I should do better in 2019 that I kind of just want to freeze in a corner, and just watch the world pass by.

But those feeling of uncertainty dissolved going to the first yarn-bombing activity of 2019 with some members of the Cebu Crochet Group at The Outlets at Pueblo Verde in Lapu-lapu City. When you’re surrounded with well-meaning talented creative hardworking (and all the positive adjectives) people, it’s like a confirmation that everything is going to be alright this 2019 and onwards.

It’s hard to put into words that all-positive feeling when you’re surrounded with people who are all just pushing for the best, not minding the limitations or who gets the credits. It’s just all about how our creation would hopefully lighten up another someone’s day.

Seeing the final work after putting it up, it’s WOWWWW!!! We do love our own work because it’s the greatest love of all!

After a year since Cebu Crochet Group was created,I don’t want to say that we’ve come a long way because it would feel that we’re done. Instead, I want to say that we just started. =)

So personally (and also on behalf of the Cebu Crochet Group), I’m grateful to The Outlets at Pueblo Verde / AboitizLand for this yet another chance for the group to work on a crochet installation. It’s such a great and inspiring way to start our 2019!

To whoever who will come across the crochet installation in The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, we hope that it will cheer you up this 2019 and onwards, just how it cheers us up!

CHEERS to another year of growing, or simply of being a sunshine to others and most of all to ourselves! =)

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Other Photos:

Also, big thanks to all the ABLE staff and security staff of The Outlets at Pueblo Verde for helping us during the installation.

Photo credits: Sarah Palmares, Judith Cimafranca, Angel Mangapis

Vlog 1: Baguio Yarns Haul

Malaki ang pangangailangan so here’s my another attempt at becoming youtuber. So please support me by subscribing to my youtube channel, share it with your friends even if they don’t need it, and watch it again and again until your eyes and ears bleed. =)

I just took this video in one go, and I realized that I missed out on a few important details. So the yarns I showed in the video are from Gantsilyo Baguio. It’s called MOHAIR (Specialy Yarns).

Photo from Gantsilyo Baguio

Casa Gorordo’s Ganchillo at the Azotea: The Titas Crochet-lla

Upcoming Crochet Workshop Event: Ganchillo at the Azotea (Christmas Edition), Nov. 10, 17, 24, 2018 >>


 

If you could feel an aliveness of the crochet scene in Cebu, I guess it’s just right to give credit to Casa Gorordo Museum. It’s nice to see that there’s an organization, Casa Gorordo Museum, in Cebu who is supporting the local artisans (you can find a lot of items made by local artisans in their souvenir cafe / shop), as well as working on preserving the handcrafting skills… of the Titas.

Cebu Crochet Group kind of started in Casa Gorordo Museum, last February, 2018, when they invited Sarah Palmares to facilitate a crochet workshop. (The Cebu Crochet Group has been created during the workshops for us and the participants to connect.)

Since then on, Casa Gorordo Museum has been like the “meeting place” for the Titas. It’s like the go-to place if you want to find someone who can relate to your kind of happiness, crochet.

So when Casa Gorordo organized a series of workshop last October, it’s like Coachella to the crochet addict in me.

Here are some photos from the last Ganchillo at the Azotea as organized by Casa Gorordo Museum.

Jasper Dayola of Casa Gorordo Museum giving an introduction on the very first session.

Sep. 22, 2018 Session

Sep. 29, 2018 Session

I’m so happy to see a friend from running community, Liberty. =)

For the next series of crochet workshop at Casa Gorordo Museum, Cebu, see details below. You can register here >>.

My Go-To Beanie / Hat Crochet Pattern

Crochet Striped Slouchy Beanie from Corn on the Monkey has became my go-to beanie pattern if I want to make something quick for a gift. The alternating rows of HDC, and HDC around HDC makes it less boring to make. The all straight similar stitches pattern for a beanie can really make me cry of boredom.

But I made modifications to make it more faster to make. I use DC (double crochet) instead of HDC (Half-Double Crochet). So here’s my own crochet pattern recipe:

For yarns that are suitable for 6mm crochet hook size, I start with 8 single crochet on the magic ring. Then increase each row until I get to 60 stitches, which is around 8 rows. From there, I’ll stop increasing, and I’ll maintain the number of stitches each rows until Row 21. From Row 9-21, it will be alternate of a row of DCs, and row of DC around DC. When I reached row 21, that’s when I’d create a “band” for the beanie by doing an alternate of 4 FPDC (front post double crochet) and 4 BPDC (back post double crochet), which will form the “band” of the beanie. I usually do up to 4 rows for the “band” part.

The beanies I made based on this pattern:

A colorful version…

Photo from IG: ca_yoga_mo_si_firestarter

With a pompom…

Photo from IG: karya1981

This is quite a flexible crochet hat pattern. You can just add rows to make it slouchy, or have a lesser number of rows if you want something more fitting. For the original crochet pattern, find it here.

BLUE…

…Blue Bell Hill Scarf
Pattern by: Jocelyn J. Tunney
Source: o-wool.com

A lot of friends are traveling out of the country, and a few of them are staying there for good. And, they definitely kept my hands busy crocheting (and lately knitting) that the motivation to update this blog (and my other random blogs) has gone nil. Aside from crochet, coffee drowning, and a bit of running, I think “writing” is another thing that is a part of my life. It’s not really “writing,” but I do talk a lot (mostly in my head); they said this habit is an only-child thing (I’m an only child.). And, I tend to write a lot when I have a hard trying to make sense of things; I’m confused; or simply, I’m just that.

So on to this post… A friend is leaving for Europe for good. And every time a friend migrate for good, I always cannot make sense of my feelings. There’s happiness, and there’s melancholy. And, there’s that “is there something we could have done to make people stay instead? But then why would you want them to stay?”

Too many things in my head about this, and thus this post. I’m torn between should I be happy that I’ll be making a lot of crochet/knitting stuff because there are a lot of friends leaving or should I be melancholic about it? =)

But first let me #bloggerpose. And, I’m thankful that friends are just happy to accept my “labor of love.”

This is my very first knitting project that has a bit of pattern; I’m referring to the “chevron-ish” pattern of this scarf. Knitting the knockers in the past weeks made me more confident with my knitting skills. And, thankfully, the Blue Bell Hill pattern scarf is a perfect beginner scarf knitting pattern. The o-wool.com has a lot of beautiful free patterns that are perfect for beginners. So if you have been knitting for awhile, and wanted to get adventurous, check the patterns from o-wool.com.


Notes on my version of this project:
Knitting needle: 7mm
Yarn: Value Ball from Spotlight (I wish I had a fancier yarn but they’re the only available to me.)
Dimension of finished project: 12″x75″ up to 10 repeats of the pattern.

BT21: This Tita Does Not Only Know BTS, She Can Create Them

My daughter is a BIGGGGG BTS fan. She’s a BTS ARMY above all else. She’s that fan who’d break her piggybank to buy the BTS CDs though we do not have a CD player, watch BTS youtube videos to give it a million views, go to whatever BTS-related events near us. I’m praying that there will be no BTS concert any time soon in Philippines because it’s probably going to break her heart if she can’t attend it because definitely it’s going to be EXPENSIVE! =)

So when a Tita shared her BTS BT21 plushies / amigurumi she made for her granddaughter, my daughter squealed when I showed it to her. She has been asking me to make one for her but amigurumi is really just not my thing. So I begged the Tita to make one for me so I can gift it to her on her birthday which is this September.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, TITA KET! =) (If you’re interested to order from her, here is her facebook account >>. I’m just not sure if she can right away accept your BTS BTS21 amigurumi order.)

[Part 2] Philippine Yarns: Local Fiber Artists

Related Article: [Part 1] Philippine Yarns 101 According to my Addiction

Over a year ago, I posted about the different yarns and yarn sellers I found locally here in Philippines. I deliberately put “Part 1” to the title because I was planning to post more details about each seller or type of yarns I found locally… but hooking and life happens, as well as hoarding of yarns happened.

I “stopped” buying yarns this 2018, and unfortunately, the yarn stash also stopped moving. For some reason, they just did not decrease in numbers. So the previous day, I found myself boxing a portion of the yarns so that I could store them away. There’s just no way I could use all of them up in 2018, and also, to free some space for other more necessary things. (And, sorry, I’m not giving them away because I’m attached; I know one should not get attached to material things but yarns and hooks are totally different kind of things.=))

I boxed first the yarns that I’m mostly “attached” to. They are from local fiber artists. Looking at them, I honestly could not recall why I bought them before aside that they all look pretty, and I’m just so proud that local artists were/are creating them. And, most of all, they’re all created by women.

So I’m sharing photos of them again because this kind of beauty are meant to be shared, and to honor the talent and time put into these yarn creations.

RAINBOW CRAZE

I’m not really the rainbow-y unicorn-y type of person but it’s just hard to resist rainbow-themed yarns. I had more cakes of these color combination before but, yeah, amazing that I used and gave some of them. =)

The ones below are from Yarn It, Darn It,, and Yarnline.

PLIED FINE COTTON YARNS

Most of the local fiber artist use fine cotton thread (or other types of thread), and mix them to create beautiful mixes and gradient yarns. It can be tricky to use them especially for first timers, but you’ll get the hang of it after some time. Just be patient, and you’ll be blessed with pretty finished crochet items.

Following are some plied yarns I purchased. Is it worth it or not? I should make a review but I’m not going to promise. Just a tip for using hand-plied yarns, minimize “undoing” your work because it could “un-ply” the yarns.

I got the following from Sugar Free Fiber Arts, Yarn It, Darn It,, Ashley’s Crochet.

Curly Cotton Mix

From Sugar Free. It looks like a thicker type of cotton thread is used.

GRADIENT YARN MIXES

These are the yarns that I have most. This type of yarn is best use for huge continuous type of project like shawls, seamless tops/dresses, blankets, and others to get the full effect of the yarn mix.

Gwendoline Ferguson

Yarnline

Sugar Free Fiber Arts

They have yarn mixes that use different types of thread in one mix.

I forgot the name of this mix, but my most favorite. It’s perfect for that classic vintage effect. It’s perfect for doilies, and such type of projects. I’m not sure for wearable because is has this silver strands which I’m not sure if it’s plastic or thread.

Dazzle. It uses poly-cotton thread. I actually love this for its “shiny” effect.

Pure Cotton Mix. I forgot the name of this line. This is the most kind of thread used in mixes by local yarn artists.

Aren’t they all beautiful?! I pat myself on the back for really being able to control my buying impulse this year. It’s a bit hard to control it especially when there are more new local yarn artists now. Let’s see my “strength” this 2019? =)

WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME

“WHAT TO DO WITH MY LIFE NOW?!?” This is what we blurted looking at the hundreds of crochet pieces we packed for delivery, which we worked on for over a month.

There’s that nagging feeling of emptiness inside while we’re carrying the packed crochet items to finally let it go to the person who commissioned us to do it. Ironic that we’d been loathing it to be over soon when we’re still working on it.

LOST is always what I feel every time I’m done with a “huge” crochet project. Huge for me is when I would spend more than 48 hours solely on 1 crochet project. It’s like my life revolved around one thing or trapped in it in that 48+ hours that made me detached from the world, that when I’m done I’d feel like, “Hey, where am I? What to do with my life now?”

So I’m currently in the LOST state right now, after I got off from a more than a month-long crochet project. And, it does not help that the last crochet project I was in required me to start hooking early in the morning until midnight or beyond midnight to hit the deadline. In one way or another sort of, it became my life for the past month. It stripped me off from the thought that “crochet for me is about love and passion and fun.” It turned me into a machine. The task became so mundane, that for me to survive it, I have to let myself go numb.

I know this is exaggeration but it totally sucked the life out of me. I don’t mean it the negative way though.

So now that it’s over… “Where am I again?!?”

Let me just end with this cheesy quote, “Get lost to find your self.” Though I prepare the “You don’t find your self. You create your self.”

That was one great journey though. =)

Of Weddings and Boho

Weddings & Event Planner: SCARK Events and Lifestyle (based in Cebu, Philippines)

I mostly crochet for my self. But from time to time, it’s nice to crochet and be part of a bigger event.

So last July 2018, we found our way to a wedding being styled / planned by SCARK Events and Lifestyle. =)

It feels great to be part of an event, especially a special milestone event of one’s life. This crocheted table runner was definitely made with much love from me; it was exciting at first, a lot of doubts in the middle, but there’s the greater push from love to make through it all the doubts. It was not all fun in making the table runner, but that what makes the journey more beautiful and meaningful. (If you want to make this table runner, check “500 Grams of Yarn, 3 Days = 12 Feet >>.)

Wishing this lovely couple the best of love to pull them through all the doubts that may come in between!!!

Crcohet Center Piece by Cielo Aljecera

(Photos from SCARK)