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)

Lion Brand Mandala Yarn: Hanggang Saan ang Aabutin Mo Sa Virus Shawl?

56 inches in width Virus Shawl using a 5.5mm crochet hook.

Link pattern: https://www.woolpedia.de/english/crochet-tutorials/shawl/

500 Grams of Yarn, 3 Days = 12 Feet

is equal to 2ftx12ft Starburst Table Runner.

Crochet pattern link: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/starburst-table-runner

Yarn: Monaco 4-ply undyed

Hook size: 3mm

In the middle of doing this project, I realized that it was so stupid of me to say yes to this project. A major achilles heel of mine is that I always underestimate production time of projects.

A friend was looking for a 2ftx12ft table runner, which she would need in a week. No one replied to her.

I love making table runners, doilies, and those kind of stuff, and I had done an 8ft table runner within a week before. So I was like, WHY NOT?!? What’s 4 more feet right???

So without much thinking, I volunteered myself to do it for her.

And, on the 2nd day of doing it, I already felt like banging my head on the wall for saying yes to her. It was just so stupid of me, and tad irresponsible because it might not really be doable and she would end up with nothing for her client.

Anyhow, a hooker never backed out from a fight so I just sucked it up.

And, WOW I MADE IT!!!

My stat was that I could do 2X4feet in a day straight hooking; I just took a break to eat and a little stretching. It was really like a 5-7 work. It kinda remove the happiness of crocheting, but the thrill of being able to make it made up for it. That sounds that I have a masochist in me. 😂

Anyhow, THANKFUL for this! 🙂

Half-Year Report: Ticking Off Items in Bucket List

At the beginning of this year, I made a mental list of some crochet-related things I want to do. And, 2018 has been good that I was able to tick off 90% of them.

JOIN / SELL AT A BAZAAR

I joined the bazaar during my kids’ school family day bazaar. I was only able to sell 4 items. It was probably not that good, but I was happy to be able to endure it. You can read my bazaar experience here, “BAZAAR: #OOTD >>.”

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I also made a collection with crochet friends, the UNDYED TABLESCAPE Collection >>. And, I haven’t sold any thing from the collection yet! @.@ But, I’m proud of what we made.

The photo shoot we did the collection was the best part. =)

CROCHET WORKSHOP

I’m not really a good teacher / tutor but I put it in my 2018 bucket list. I just feel like sharing crochet to others, and that hopefully it will chance upon on a few persons who would turn to really love it.

And, the universe connived when Sarah Palmares aka @tomatofire_crochets messaged about an upcoming workshops she’d be doing with Casa Gorordo. Then, Bernadette Dy / @5chubbyfingers also messaged to volunteer for the workshop. And, yay! We probably had done 4-5 crochet workshops. (You can read about my crochet workshops in Cebu experience here >>.)

Photo from Sarah Palmares

YARN BOMBING

This was just a wild far-off wish, but it happened. And, we did it more than once. It’s surreal!

For my yarn bombing experiences here in Cebu, you can check my previous blogposts:
“Ganchillo Artistico for Art in The Fork, The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, Lapu-lapu City: 1st Yarnbomb / Crochet Installation in Cebu?!? >>”
“Bringing Your Grandmother’s Art to Cebu Design Week >>”

Yarn Bombing / Crochet Installation at The Fork, The Outlets, Pueblo Verde, Lapu-lapu, Cebu
Crochet Installation / Yarn Bombing, European Chamber of Commerce Philippines, Cebu City

Yarn Bombing for the Spartan Race at Foressa Mountain Town

BONUS: CROCHET WORK at an ART GALLERY

One time, Sarah, Dess, and I were talking about where is our dream place for crochet installation. Dess mentioned about Ayala mall, Sarah talked about doing the Pari-an monument (if I remember it right), and I mentioned something about displaying it in a museum.

And, then Voila! Well, it’s not really a museum but it’s an art gallery, QUBE Gallery in CrossRoads, Banilad, Cebu; hey, it makes me want to do a cartwheel! Please do check it out; and, also we’ll be doing more crochet installation there. =)

There were a lot of people who were involved in this project so I’ll be creating a separate blog post for this. =)

with Judy Cimafranca

CROCHET FOR A CAUSE or something like that. This is one in my bucket list that is yet to be realized. Honestly, I’m not such into this thing. I mean that I don’t really want to “label” it as such. Like if I wanted to do it, I just want to do it without labels or did I make sense? So there, universe, please help me understand this. =)

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who helped me tick off items in my bucket list! =) Seize 2018!

Bringing Your Grandmother’s Art to Cebu Design Week

Related story: Ganchillo Artistico for Art in The Fork, The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, Lapu-lapu City: 1st Yarnbomb / Crochet Installation in Cebu?!?


I felt intimidated when Cebu Crochet Group was invited to “yarn bomb” a tree in front of the ECCP (European Chamber of Commerce) in celebration of Cebu Design Week (which is part of the Cebu Business Month celebration) because “Cebu Design Week” sounded like something for sophisticated high art or something like that. And, then here we are a bunch of people hooked to this craft they categorized that is for grandmothers, CROCHET…

I mean I know there is so much art about crochet; but still, even as a crocheter, I could not help but underrate it as something any grandmother can do. Hey, you don’t really need some art degree or some highly creative skills to do crochet. You just get a hook, yarn, and a lot of time and patience; then viola, you have a beanie, mandala, etc. You suddenly then become this uniquely creative person to the unknowing friends.

But I guess at the end of the day, there’s no such thing as high art or low art. It’s all art!

But us, we got GRANNY ART!!!

So most thankful to Aboitiz and European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines for inviting Cebu Crochet Group for letting us share Granny Art for the Cebu Design Week.

And, also mad love and thanks to all of us, crocheters, who turned into grandmother mode, shared time and resources in yarm bombing a tree for the Cebu Design Week. (If I missed out a name, I’m sorry. Please message me.)

Sarah Palmares
Yasmin Jumao-as
Bernadette Dy
Sharol Valdez
Jodessa Dayanan
Raquel Canedo
Jori Canedo
Geofel Flores
Judy Desamparado
Leigh Castillano
Machina Suganob
Joanne Trinidad
Irene Del Mundo
Enriquita Enriquez
Geraldine Yap
Trisha Veliganio
Fe Palmares
Maria Cielo Aljecera
Cory Campus Ortiz
Mil Ann Cabigas
Margaret Buenconsejo
Avril Jzaniah Cimafranca
Jocelyn Amo
Enille Zen
Zerah Canedo
Yaweh Canedo

We were supposed to just yarn bomb 1 tree, but there were so much love shared; we ended up spreading the love to all the neighboring trees. Grandmothers are really the beast and best!

I guess that’s what make CROCHET such a cool “art” because it’s just like your grandmother — there’s so much love to spread.

Here are some behind-the-scene photos from the preparation to installation of ECCP Tree Yarn Bombing. (Photos from me and Sarah Palmares)

The different faces of your Grandmother’s Art. Plot twist: There is as young as 9 years old crocheting doilies / circles contributing to the yarn bomb.

Thank you Casa Gorordo Cafe for accommodating us! =)

Thank you, ECCP Cafe, for the space!

Again, BIG BIG THANK YOU to all! I wish I had some deep thought to share to end this post so just let me #bloggerpose. Kidding! =)