Handmade Knockers Cebu: Makers Session & Crochet Patterns

Upcoming Knockers Makers Session: 2nd Makers’ Session For 2019, Oct. 5, 2019, more details >>

I never heard about handmade knitted or crocheted breast prosthetics, or called as knockers, until Yasmin / @sugbo_sinulid shared to us her annual tradition of creating them. She would then gave the prosthetics to the survivors. Some members of Cebu Crochet Group joined in her tradition last year, and I guess we are now making it our own annual tradition.

To know more about the history of handmade knockers, you can read up about it at www.knittedknockers.org.

If you feel like trying to make knockers, here are some references.

KNOCKERS PATTERN: https://www.knittedknockers.org/downloads/
Videos: https://www.knittedknockers.org/videos/
Materials:
The materials we have used:
6ply Undyed Monaco
6ply Handdyed yarns
Milk Cotton
4mm Knitting Needles / 4mm Crochet or depending on your tension
If you do not have problem in adjusting gauge, you can use any yarn weight.
Sizing Charts: https://www.knittedknockers.org/wp-content/uploads/dlm_uploads/2017/05/Knitted-Knockers-Sizing.pdf

Some members are making modification to the patterns from Knitted Knockers website which you might want to use instead.

Crochet Knockers (Breast Prosthetic) Pattern by Judith Entica Saturos.
PDF Download here >>

Sample crochet knocker based on Judith’s pattern by Marmie

Sarah Palmares’ Crochet Knockers Pattern:

Handmade Knockers Cebu Makers Session 1

See you this Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, 1-5pm at The Buzz Cafe, Robinson’s Galleria. =)

*Top photo from Liza Selda

Cebu Crochet Group: April 2019 Meetup Session

Upcoming meetup session: May 2019 Cebu Crochet Group Session 05/19, details >>

We receive a few inquiries about wanting to learn to crochet, or learn new tricks, or how to make certain projects. So we thought of having a regular once-a-month meetup session to tackle crochet-related stuff with fellow crocheters. Please note that this is open to public, non-members of the group are very welcome. We are lonely creatures stuck with hook and yarn so we do welcome new type company. =)

But, reall, don’t get intimidated, we just want to “chismis.” Think of it as a good excuse to take a break, sit down, and just betch. =)

I was the designated “hostess” for the previous’ session. So here a few photos from Berns Dy of 5chubbyfingers.com.

Liza, Schena, Grezley
An, Judith
L-R: Grezley (@grezleymarieescaner), Meg, Berns (@5chubbyfingers), Marmie (@wistehuffmarmie), An, Judith, Ayen (@aiyen_dm), Bev, Liza, Schena

More photos from my phone:

Thank you for coming, besh! Also thank you to Yasmin for the yarn giftaway!

See you this May 2019 crochet session!

Happy 1st Birthday, Cebu Crochet Group!

First of all, we would like to thank friends who shared crochet-related stuff to us, which made the party more funner: Grace of Your Handmade Happiness, Knitwerks and Crafts, Pretty Crafts, Yarnia, Hirayah Crafts, Tomato Fire Crochets, and many more from individuals (yes, we brought prizes for ourselves because we’re self-sufficient like that! sorry, i did not take notes of the names.)

Thank you @5chubbyfingers for this yummy #yarncake! Every yarn addict’s dream cake! 😂

Now to the photos:

We games like queens!

The hooks and yarns are part of games, and life!

…and food!Special thanks to Shakey’s Robinson’s Cybergate for accommodating us! 🙂

And #WIPS, and finished crochet items!…and we live by the saying, “just 1 more row…”

To 1 more ROW-RRRR, Cebu Crochet Group!

S/O to Sarah @tomatofire_crochets & Berns @5cbubbyfingers for putting this up!!! 😘😘😘


Photos: Sarah Palmares, Bernadette Dy, Sharol Valdez

[Cebu Crochet Group] Little Hats Big Hearts: Thank you for Being That Preemie Hat

Upcoming Event: Cebu Crochet Group’s First Anniversary Lunch Date, Feb. 23, 2019. Details >>


“A hat is like an extension of the warmth of a mother’s love.” – Hija Mangapis

This February 2019, Cebu Crochet Group turns 1-year old. This tiny “young” group thought of celebrating it by creating preemie hats for the tiny young babies.

Premature babies (preemies) may be isolated from the mother for awhile as they’re needed to be incubated. They can be deprived from the mother’s touch and warmth until they’re able to catch up with their missed growth and development.

Photo from Venus Uy

As such we thought of creating preemie hats, which may serve like an extension of the warmth of mother’s love. Hopefully, the babies can feel additional warmth from our hands and hearts when we created their tiny hats. When they feel warm, it can make them stronger faster.

After a month, 5 weekend sessions, we gathered 314 preemie hats, and more are coming. (If you’re still having preemie hats as WIPs (work-in-progress) feel free to continue making and sharing them with us. We’re happy to receive them, and deliver it to the hospitals once we have gathered enough.)


Photos from: Sarah Palmares, Yasmin Jumao-as, Hija Mangapis, Leigh Castillano, Brey Uy, Liza Selda

This is probably not my role to be saying THANK YOU! But anyhow, THANK YOU, for everyone in the Cebu Crochet Group for the preemie hats and time you shared.

Personally, I thank each and everyone in the Cebu Crochet Group. You are like my preemie hats. I totally feel the love. I hope that you too feel that our tiny community is your “preemie hat;” the preemie hat that may not “grow” your crochet skill into some Picasso-level, but at least it can make you feel the warmth of support (So feel free to share your projects and adventures and crazy ideas; we always have the “thumbs-up” button for that.).

Also, thank you to the babies of CENTCOM Station Hospital and tiny babies of Sotto Hospital for letting us share our love with them. Thank you to the hospital staff we coordinated with.

Thank you also to our families / relatives / friends, organizations and other individuals who collaborate with us, appreciate our work and existence, for letting us be, for being supportive despite that they can sometimes be weirded out by us.

Who would have thought that this group who started with humble granny square has produced 314 preemie hats, and more in between?

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We, hookers of Cebu Crochet Group, rock!

Preemie Hats Mommies:
Adrianha Dayne Dess
Ai Yen
Ana Lo
Archie Iligan-Francisco
Bernadette Dy
Brey Üy
Emily Abastas Abais
Endres Margie
Enriqueta L. Enriquez
Fe Cañas
Fe Palmares
Ferm Suralta
Flor Hirayah
Floredith Papa Pragados
Grace Lopez-Gingoyon
Hija Mangapis
Jo A Nne
Judith Entica Saturos
Judy Desamparado Cimafranca
Karen Lepon
Leigh Castillano
Liza Selda
MaChina Su
Rachel Po
Raquel Canedo
Rose Buen
Sarah A. Palmares
Sharol Valdez
Tanya Lee
Trisha Mae Veliganio
Venus Caralde Uy
Yasmin Jumao-as

Yarn Mommies:
Hirayah Crafts
Judith Saturos / Pretty Crafts
Endres Margie & Friends


SEE YOU!!!

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.