I started this in February 14, 2019, the VALENTINES DAY because cliche! 🙂 Then I finally reached the end of the yarn this March 10, 2019. This took me almost a month. It feels forever. There’s really forever! 🙂
Making this is probably like in a romantic relationship. It was exciting in the beginning.
Picking the right crochet hook at the start is one of the most exciting things for me.
Then, it got boring, dragging in between. But then you can always find ways to make it exciting.
We travel together.
We coffee-date… a lot?!
I think we’re a great tandem. We made a total of 120 HEARTS, and infinite #bloggerpose! =)
Hopefully, this will warm the heart of the person who is going to receive it! =)
This pattern has been on my to-do wish list, and I even bought the yarn for it way back in 2017. Yes, I am that kind of crocheter.
But it’s not until ENVY hit me that I finally pick up the yarn, and finally make it. I saw a friend crocheting this shawl pattern, and I was envious. Envious is such a great motivator! I’m also that kind of crocheter. =)
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)
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!!!
I hoarded quite an amount of yarns that will probably take me 5 years to use them up. So I solemnly swear promise to myself that I will use them up all before I would even dare look at yarns. So 2018 is the year of GREAT DESTASH!
So I started with this baby blanket. This is for the “monthly” birthday celebration of my niece, Kahla. I’d been making themed-beanies, outfit, and tops for her. I thought of making something her mom can use as backdrop for her monthly photo shoot.
I did not use all the yarns on the photo above. I only used up to 3 cakes but each cake were not totally used up. The finished blanket was quite huge already; it can cover a 6-year old. Sorry, I forgot to take dimensions.
So I’m planning to make one again with the rest of the yarn cakes. It’s definitely a great project for destashing yarns. So please God of Hookers let me not be lazy. I’m not really fond of crocheting the same pattern again and again.
At first, I wanted to make a lacy garter. But I was having a hard time finding a lacy but on the fierce side kind of design because I just cannot see Jean, the bride, as that “lacy girly” kind of girl. So I ditched the lacy idea, and made a “Wonder Woman” themed wedding garter. Any how, if it would not suit the bride’s taste, it would really not make a disaster of their wedding. =)
I originally made this doily as the arras purse. But I made another one, the one above, because it’s a bit hard to convert it to a drawstring. I just gave it to them; in case, they need something as backdrop for their wedding rings or whatnot.
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.).
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.
I never imagined that there are really people who used cup sleeves or cup cozies at home except when they’re given those cup sleeves at coffee shops. Anyhow, a friend messaged me that she wanted a few cup sleeves.
And now I have a new sense of appreciation for what seemed to me boring thing to crochet. It’s actually quick fun. Following are some notes I made when adapting the crochet patterns that call for worsted yarn to mercerized cotton thread 10 for those who want some quickie crochet project.
So worsted yarn (using size 4-5mm hook size) is what is usually specified in the the cup sleeves patterns I was looking at. The worsted yarns I usually have are the Monaco acrylic. But I wanted to use cotton because I thought it would feel more cosy if it’s cotton to protect you from heat than acrylic. So I opted to go for the mercerized cotton thread. I “double pull” it because “impatient.” 🙂
Yarn: Mercerized Thread 10 (Double Pull)
Patterns: See list below.
1. Get cup sleeves from coffee shops. They come with the take-out paper cups. I believe it’s the standard size. There are lots of information regarding cup sleeve dimensions on the internet but to save us from information overload, just go to your nearest coffee shop. You can then use this as your gauge for sizing especially if we are not using the specified yarn weight in the pattern.
2. With monaco mercerized thread 10, chain 39 (to 41) as your base foundation. After making a few cup cozies, chain 39 is the closest that could give me the right size for standard cup sleeve. If you started with shorter length, you may increase in the later rows.
3. The alternate SC and DC stitches give me the most stretchy effect, and fits perfectly with the chain 39.
The basket weave is also cozy except that it would shrink as you go on for more rows so you might start with a longer chain, or increase along the way.
For my 1st attempt, it took some time because I had to frog a lot of times to get me into the right gauge. When I was able to get the hang of it, cup cozies are pretty fast to make. I would have made more except that my right arm was in pain after at that time after making 3 mermaid blankets successively for my nieces. =)