Crochet Shawl / Poncho: Leafy

Crochet Shawl / Poncho Pattern: Leaf Stitch from mypicot.com
Links to Pattern: mypicot.com
Yarn: Ashley’s Crochet “Afternoon Glove” / 214 grams
Hook: 3.25mm
Finished Dimension: approx 20 inches width, 28 inches length


I rarely keep crochet projects I made. Most of the time, I dispose them right away once I’m done with it because I’m just really after the “journey,” not the destination / finished product. =)

Originally, I made this shawl for my mother-in-law. But I fell in love with it so I kept it for myself. =)

I decided to stitch the opposite sides, and make a poncho out of it so that it will not keep falling off. =) 

So let the bloggerposes and selfies begin from the corners, to the beaches, to the universe. =)

Obviously, this has became my most photographed crochet item since then. 

 

Status: In a RelaSHAWLship

Crochet Shawl Pattern: Heart Shawl by addicted2thehook.com
Links to Pattern: Ravelry, Mijo Crochet Website
Yarn: Ashley’s Crochet “Fox Glove” / 246 grams
Hook: 3mm
Finished Dimension: approx 74 inches width, 43.5 inches length


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! =)


Upcoming Cebu Crochet Group event:

Perfect Valentine: Finding the Lost Soulmate

Pattern: Lost Souls Skull Shawl by Maryetta Roy
Crochet hook size: 4.5mm
Yarn: Black Rainbow by Yarnline, 243 grams

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. =)

So, here! HAPPY VALENTINES, no-more lost soul! =)

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.

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.

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)

Something Round: Crochet Splish-Splash Blanket

Crochet Blanket Pattern: Splish-Splash Blanket by Justyna Kacprzak
Links to Pattern: Ravelry >
Yarn: Assorted Baguio & Vigan Multi-strand Fine Cotton Yarns
Hook: 4.5mm Clover
Not blocked.

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It started with this:

And, it ended up like this:

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.

Crochet Wedding Accessories: Arras Pouch & Bride Garter

I had the chance to do wedding accessories for my friends’ wedding, who I consider more of my “bebes.” They were just small pieces but I was just so happy. =)

So these were the items:

Drawstring / Purse for Wedding Coins / Arras

I wanted to embellish the drawstring for the wedding arras with 4-leaf clover as a good luck to the couple. I used MyPicot’s Crochet Shamrock stitch but I modified it to make it 4-leaf. You can find the pattern here >>.

This was made from Sugar Free Fiber Arts’ Mountain of Light Soft Diamond. I added green sewing thread to the “4-leaf clover” part to make them more visible.

Bride / Wedding Garter

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 used Monaco mercerized cotton thread for the wedding garter. For the pattern of this Super Woman wedding bridal garter, I based it from a Wonder Woman beanie / hat which I found from stellabella_crochet’s instagram.

Expectation:

Vlogger @keihlasmom (check out her videos here >>) trying the wedding garter. This is how it’s supposed to be worn.

Reality:

Somehow, they did not get the memo. =)

Doily

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.

I used the Sugar Free Fiber Arts’ Mountain of Light Soft Diamond for this too.

 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…