Month 3

Quick update. This Saturday will be our dressmaking class assessment, which I just want to get over with because it’s interfering with my crochet career. Chos!

Honestly, I’m not so happy with how I perform in my dressmaking class. I did not give much effort to it; I was such a mediocre. Chos #2! I was probably more absent than being present at the class. Just getting by is the just the worst way to waste time. I might as well just really waste by doing totally nothing than pretending to be “doing something.” Owkei, let me end my whining here.

So the past week, I have not hold a hook and yarn that much as I’m trying to put my energy on my dressmaking class (I will blog more about it on a separate post.). But I actually just end up watching nonsense clips of Bigbang (KPop) in youtube. #huhubels My daughter’s so into BTS, and she reminds me of my Bigbang moments, and there’s just too much funny and cute and random videos of Bigbang now on youtube so there.

Anyhow, I’m now in Month 3 of Khalista Andrea. I promised her mom that I’ll make her those costume props for that monthly shooting.

I made a “soccer themed” outfit because her dad, my cousin, was a soccer varsity back in high school and college. Hope he can go back to it.

I bought a soccer hat and diaper cover pattern but ditch the whole thing, and just wing it on my own. And looking at my finished project, I CRINGE!!! The soccer hat more looks like a black and white mushroom in Super Mario. I’ll try harder in my 4th month.

This was also my first time to use Gantsilyo Guru’s Dapper Dreamer Stardust, it’s a mix of cotton, silk, acrylic (maybe I should post a reaction/review of it.).


This is really not a quick update! 😂

Mandala Craze


Crochet Pattern: Whirl Mandala Cardigan from Lilla Bjorn’s Crochet World
Links to Pattern: Ravelry, Mijo Crochet Website
Yarn: Ashley’s Crochet “Cone Flower” / Around 250 grams (I used 1 cake, and a bit from another cake)
Hook: 3.5mm Clover
Not blocked.


Where do you usually start with a project? With the yarn, the pattern, or just the feels?

Because I honestly do not know why did I make this? I know that I wanted to make a gift for a friend, and the colors of this yarn remind me of her.

But because this took me some time to finish, I questioned myself from time to time, why did I pick this pattern for her?!?

Maybe because I thought it was an easy quick pattern. Indeed, it was easy, but it was NOT quick. I started this some time in the 2nd week of July (hoping to finish it by her birthday), and now it’s the 2nd week of August. It took so long to finish that I honestly don’t know if I still like it or not. But at least, it was only a month overdue. =)

Or maybe I pick this pattern because it uses Scheepjes Whirl? I find that the gauging of Ashley’s Crochet yarns (as well as other local yarn mixes) are not that far from Scheepjes Whirl. For those who got stuck on what pattern to pick best for local (Philippine) yarn mixes, you can check patterns in Ravelry that are made from Scheepjes Whirl.

For this Mandala Cardigan, I think a cotton mix is more ideal, like poly cotton, to give it a stiff to hold the form.

Now for #bloggperpose… This is not mine (unless the friend decided she want another kind of crochet stuff) so I’m trying to hold myself from bloggerposing it.

But I cannot resist… Just this one…

[Mix & Match Pattern] Crochet Wavey Long Sleeve Convertible Crop Top

(For the details / steps on how this top, Crochet Wavey Long Sleeve Convertible Crop Top, is created, go straight at the bottom of this post.)

I don’t know if I’m crocheting because I love doing it, or it’s just an excuse for me to play modelling / fashion blogger hashtag #fashionblogger. =)

A little background about this crocheted top: I made this crocheted top for the husband’s cousin in SF. We got more or less the same “body type,” extra curvy sexy. =) So I made up the crocheted top design to be friendly to plus sizes female, and with a tinge of playfulness in it (Gasss, sounding like a fashionista there!).

Front

Back
Side

Front

Credits to our neighbor’s fence, which matches the top =) #twinning

Presenting stretch marks!
Selfie

And, in all angles.

But if that’s all too complicated, you can just hang it around in your neck and make it a scarf, just how the recipient did it. =)

Now to the pattern of this crocheted wavey long sleeve crop top. Following are the basic ingredients: (By the way, I’m wondering when can you call that the pattern design is yours?)

STEPS

1. Design inspirations: My main basis of this top is Crochet Poncho Pattern by Jane Green of Beautiful Crochet Stuff.

Crochet Poncho Photo from beautifulcrochetstuff.com
For other inspirations, you can check these:

Wave crochet pattern photo from etsy.com/shop/byaccessorise

Crochet Tunic Wave Pattern Pullover Cover up PATTERN, Romantic Beach Cover-up Tunic Pattern from etsy.com/shop/SassyloveCrochet

Crochet Wave Shawl from susanableile.blogspot.ca
2. Modelling / Blogger posing Inspiration. I was trying to imitate the cut design of this knitted sweater / pullover.

Yucatan Sweater by Alexandra Tavel

Convertible Crop Sweater Cowl Scarf in TT
by Stephanie Smith
3. Crochet stitch pattern: Just google “crochet waves pattern,” and that’s it. There’s a lot of variation, but I followed the one on Jane Green’s blogsite, Colorful Waves Pattern >>.

Crochet Wave stitch diagram graph pattern
4. Materials. For the yarns, gradient yarn from Ashley’s Crochet which I won during their yearend raffle last December. For the hook, I use 4.00MM. You can play around with the yarns, and hook. Though, I think the thicker or the worsted would make the project faster to finish. =)

A bit of how I created the crocheted top:

1. Chain in multiple of 16 (16 stands for the number of stitches it takes to create 1 wave).It was a trial and error, for me, in getting the right number of chains because the length might increase or decrease as you add on rows. I totally forgot how many chains I made.

Anyway, for my design, the number of chains is based on the length from one cuff of my hand to the other. Though, I tend to make the beginning foundationchain shorter because the length tend to increase when I added rows.

2. The original crochet stitches are sc, hdc, dc, trc for the waves. I increased it to up 1 notch so it’s like the sc became hdc, hdc became dc, dc became trc, then trc became double trc or something like that. I increased the length of the wave because the yarn I was using was thinner, and also to make the waves “clearer.”

The SC rows in between the waves were maintained at SC.

3. I created two panels, front and back. Then I worked on the rows “horizontally.” Then I SC the two panels together leaving “holes” for the head and body.

4. Pour some coffee, and enjoy! =)

This was a fun crochet project to make. I like big projects with a lot of changes in crochet stitches. This will be fine for the beginners because getting some stitches wrong would not really matter to the overall project.

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