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Planned Pooling Dengan Benang Sembur


Tiba2 semua orang membicarakannya termasuk saya. Jari-jemari masih terasa sakit tapi tidak tahan untuk tidak ikut mencoba aplikasi gratis ini. adalah aplikasi yang diciptakan oleh seorang ahli ilmu statistik bernama Karla Stuebing  yang punya hobby merajut (pantas) hehe… Kisahnya bisa dibaca disini. 

Setelah berhasil mencoba memahami aplikasi ini Anda tidak lagi akan memandang benang sembur dengan cara pandang yang sama dengan sebelum2nya. Setiap kali lihat benang jenis ini, maka yang terbayang adalah kotak2, wajik, zigzag, gelombang dan berbagai kemungkinan yang bisa dihasilkan yang diatur oleh warna2 sembur yang ada pada sehelai benang. Berikut test motif yang saya coba.Untuk melihat karya2 keren dari aplikasi ini, silahkan ke Pinterest, ketik PlannedPooling. Anda akan terkesima dan berkata “selama ini kok saya gak tahu ya?” Sayapun berkata hal yang sama…

Bagaimana cara menggunakan aplikasi ini. Saya coba rekam apa yang saya lakukan dilayar dan bisa dilihat di Youtube channel saya. Pertama2 tentunya Anda harus pergi dulu ke situs kemudian ikuti petunjuk tertulis dibawah video.

Ingin gabung dengan teman2 di group Planned Pooling Indonesia? Apply disini

Mohon sabar untuk diapprove sebab admins di group ini hanyalah volunteer.

Selamat mencoba dan Happy Crocheting…








A Note to Say Thank You…

After being accused of plagiarizing my own works, I came across such a nice FB email today from someone who really appreciate what I do. Here is what she says “Assalamualaikum mba. Saya yuni perajut dari malang. Salam kenal. Saya mengenal mba dari internet ketika baca pola tusuk stroberi. Karena polanya gratis jadi saya coba ternyata saya menerima banyak pesanan motif itu. Saya ingin mengucapkan terimakasih.”

Translation: Peace be upon you sister, I am Yuni, a crocheter from Malang. Nice knowing you. I get to know your name from the Internet when I read your strawberry crochet stitches. It was a free pattern so I give it a try and the fact is I received many orders with that motif. I just wanted to say thank you.” Wow, this such nice gesture made my day. I was really happy and pray she will be blessed with her works. Thanks Yuni…


Tangle Free Yarn

How many times have you wound the yarns and ended up spending countless hours untangling it? Well if you are like me who wind your yarns a lot before  crocheting or knitting, here are some tips for you. This technique is especially useful when you work with a slippery yarns such as nylon or a certain type of silk.  I would call this method making yarn donut casing. With this method you are encasing each ball and pull one end while the ball stay inside the case. It will make your yarn ball hair and dust free too.

You need a plastic pocket in the size to fit the volume of your yarn ball, not too loose and not to tight. Umbrella yarn winder and a ball winder is needed but it is not a  must. If you are manually winding your yarns, just make sure to put something hollow to temporarily hold your yarns such as a bathroom tissue paper holder.

First method: Cut the base of the plastic pocket, slide it into the ball winder then tighten it with a rubber band. Wind yarns as usual. When finish, remove yarns from the winder then pull out one end of the plastic pocket gently and fold it around the yarn enveloping it inside safely.

Second method: Wind yarns as usual. When finish, remove yarns from the winder, slide in the precut plastic pocket through the hole then pull out one end gently. Fold the plastic around the yarn enveloping it inside safely.

Green Method: I have not tried  this but maybe a a crumpled old magazine paper might work as well as a wrapper.

Don’t forget to reuse and recycle the plastic containers.


Custom Made Crochet Frame Purse

As soon as this yarns came I thought I must immediately make something with it or otherwise I will be buried in other WIPs which never seems to finish again for a long time and the idea soon will evaporate and I will forget about it. I know, I am making excuse again for not finishing my works on time (sigh)… But I promise myself  making this purse doesn’t take much of my time .

To do this you need:

  1. 1 ball of  yarn, 100 gr/DK size, a crochet hook (I used smaller hook because I crochet very loose). 4 mm hook is the usual one for this type of yarns.
  2. A metal frame, mine is an oval 10 cm in diameter.
  3. A sewing needle.
  4. A thin nylon thread to sew the purse to the frame which can be purchased from a bead store. Something like a nymo will work.
  5. A piece of fabric for the lining (optional) depends on the type of stitching you will choose. If you are going to do single crochet motif only all the way you may not need  to line your purse.
  6. A sharp scissor.

The Math Thingy

  1. Measure the circle of your frame. With the frame wide open and using a measuring tape, measure the inside circle. Let say the inner circle is 30 cm. Let’s divide this number with 2 so 30:2 = 15 cm. this is the width of the bottom of your purse.

Using the stitch pattern of your choice (mine is inspired by Wheat Stitch Baby Blanket on Ravelry) and it is a free pattern (thanks to DankFiber), make a purse taking into account the width of the base  as measured above. You can make it as tall as you like but at least the height must be the same length as the base to give enough room for the pocket when the frame is sewn later.


The finish pocket and the frame.


Cut and hand sew the lining. Pinch the two corners and sew.


Flip the purse inside out and slide into the lining.


Pin and baste the lining to the purse.


Arrange the opening around the frame, tuck in the fabric and lining and spread evenly.


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Sew the purse into the frame starting from the corner, from outside into the inside, insert needle just about 1 mm below the edge  into both fabric and lining and sew back into the same hole in the frame. Pull tight each time so the stitches are hidden inside the slot in the frame. 

Sew several times into the fabric, cut off  thread and burn the nylon careful not to burn your hand or the purse. Just be save with all you do.

You are done!




NOTE: You can make the bottom of your purse as wide as you like but the opening has to match the size of the frame unless your fabric is thin enough to fold inside the opening when the frame is shut, then it doesn’t matter.




Lotus Crochet Flower Photo Tutorial

Salam ‘alaikum, peace be upon you… How are you all?  It is now finally the rainy seasons here back home in Indonesia after nearly a year of hot seasons.  Thank God for the rain and the cooler weather.

Alhamdulilalah. Rain brings so many good thing in life. One of them is the lotus in our small pot in our yard are blooming. When the first time I saw the bulbs I had no clue what will be the colors which has been planted before we arrive in the house. It was just one of the most beautiful flowers have ever seen…

Lotus flower blooms only for a few days so I had to capture the images as soon as possible before it disappears. Below I have tried to create a crochet brooch from the image, it is far from the original look but I am happy with my new brooch…  Photo tutorial below if you wish to make one too.

Yarns: Small amount of Cashmillon Soft Acrylic Sport size in 5 soft colors. Total weight of the finish brooch is 38 grams only.
Hook: 2.5 mm
Yarn needle
Glue gun and a glue stick (optional)
A piece of craft wire


CH = chain (rantai)
SC = single crochet (tusuk tunggal)
DC: double crochet (tusuk ganda)
SCBL = single crochet backloop (tusuk tunggal dari belakang)
TR = Treble Crochet (yo twice, insert hook into the next st, yo, pull 2, yo, pull 2, yo, pull last 2 loops) (tusuk tr)
BPSC = front post single crochet (insert hook into the space between two sc from the back of the st, yo, pull 2 loops). (tusuk tunggal pada sela rajutan dari belakang)

Ch 3

R1: 6 sc into the first ch, join with a sl st to form a ring, ch 1. (6 sc)

R2: 2 sc into each st around. Join with a sl st, ch 1. (12 sc)

(Sc into next st, tr into next st); rep around, join with a sl st to first the ch-1. 
(2 sc, sc) around, join with a sl st, cut off green. Flip your work upside down. (18 sc)

R3: Attached yellow into the last round, (bpsc into next st, ch 10. Sl st into the 2nd ch from hook, 8 sc along the ch); rep around, join with a sl st to the first bpsc.

Cut off yarn… (18 inner petals)

R4: Make a slip knot, *blsc into each of next 3 st, turn, (sc into next 3 st, turn); rep till 9 rows of 3 sc. 

Sc3tog, ch 1, turn your work sideways, sc into next st and all the 8 remaining st along the petal**.  Rep from * to ** around, join with a sl st to the first blsc. (6 petals)

Sc along the edges of all the 6 petals, join with a sl st to the first sc. (6 petals)

NOTE: I made mistake on the number of sc in mine so I had 7 instead of 6. Do not repeat my mistake. I was too lazy to frog my works LOL.

R5: Pick up light pink. Bpsc into the center back of the previous petal…

 (ch 3, bpsc into the back center of next petal); rep around.  (6 ch-3 sp)

*4 sc into next ch-03 sp, turn, (sc into each of next 4 st, turn); rep till 9 rows of 4 sc. 

Sc4tog, ch 1, turn your work sideways, sc into next st and all the 8 remaining st along the petal**.  Rep from * to ** around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (6 petals)
NOTE: mine is 7 because of the previous mistakes I made.
Cut off yarns…

R6: Repeat R5 for the last layer of petal using the darker pink.

Here is how mine look like when completed and all ends had been sewn in.  
The backing for the brooch
Alternatively you can use a piece of felted fabric, sew the pin and glue the fabric onto the back of the flower. Below are the instructions for a crocheted backing.
R1: Using green, ch 3, 6 sc into the first ch, join with a sl st, ch 1. (6 sc)

 R2: Pick up a craft wire, hide the wire while crocheting  by holding it close to the edge of the working st.
2 sc into each of the next st around. (12 sc)
R3: ch 2, dc into same ch2 sp, dc into next st, (2 dc into next st, dc into next st); rep around, turn.(18 dc)  
 R4: (2 sc into next st, sc into each of next 2 st); rep around, turn. (24 sc), turn.
R5 to R 8: Continue in this manner by adding 6 st in every round to create a flat surface, turn the work at the end of a row/round. 

Last round: sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. Prepare a safety pin. Slide in the pin carefully in between the double crochet sts. Sew the pin to the fabric to secure.
Turn your work. Using a small amount of toy filling or left over yarns, fill up the space at the back of the flower for a fuller body.

Sew or glue the backing with the glue stick to the back of the flower to finish.


Imagine the possibilities
I was thinking of a big flower backpack…
Enjoy your creativity.

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Black Bamboo Beanie


The Black Bamboo Beanie
(Custom made)
Material: 100% ICE Yarns Bamboo/150grs/375 meters approximate/Fine/ Size
Hook: 2.75mm
I made this beanie to fit 23 inches head circumference. The actual hat size is 21 inches.
You too can make yours by following this pattern.
Create caps 2-3 inches smaller than the actual size of the head for a hat that is snug fit. Determine the diameter of the circle on the head (crown):
How: Head circumference divided by 3:14 Measure the circumference of the head from right above the ears. Calculate the diameter of the crown with the formula above minus 2-3 inches. Example: head circumference = 24 inch. Sought diameter = 24: 3:14 = 7.6 in – 2 in = 5.6 in.
2. Create an appropriate crown diameter. See below. Continue crocheting without increase till desired length corresponding to desired motif.
If the size of hats it is not known use standard size chart to measure the diameter of the crown (Google keywords: hat sizing chart).
Here is a simple pattern with starting 6 sc on first round.
R1: Ch 2, sc into first chain, 5 sc, place marker. (6 sc)
R2: 2 sc into next and each of sc around—12 sc, pm.
R3: (2 sc, 1 sc into each of next 2 sc) repeat around—18 sc, pm.
R4: (2 sc, 1 sc into each of next 3 sc) repeat around—24 sc, pm.
R5: (2 sc, 1 sc into each of next 4 sc) repeat around—30 sc, pm.
R6: (2 sc, 1 sc into each of next 5 sc) repeat around—36 sc, pm.
Repeat in this manner until you reach the desired size of crown required for your hat.
R7 and next rounds: Sc around till the desired length of hat. My hat is 7 inches long measured from tip of the crown to the bottom.  I added the skirt to my hat by making an inch wide strip in rib stitch then I sew it to the edge of the hat around with yarn needle.
Rib stitch:
Ch 9.
R1: Sc into 2nd ch from hook. Sc in till end, ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
R2: Sc back loop only into same 1 ch st. Sc in next st till end. (8sc)
Repeat R2 according to the size of the hat. The number of rows of the rib st should be the same number of the stitches in the last round of the hat.


Sarah’s Crafty Backpack

Salam all, hope your weekends is sunny and bright as bright as the morning sun here as I write this in Lagos, Nigeria. I am going to miss my craft room soon as we are packing to go home to Indonesia for good. Anyway, I am gratefull I still have a chance to make this little playful fabric backpack for a litle girl next door whom I adore so much. Hope she will like this. 
I am sharing with you the progress of my works in pictures. Hope you get the idea…

Making the Lining for A Crochet Bag

Lining a bag back home in Indonesia wouldn’t be a problem at all. Run your bag to a tailor, leave for shopping, you are back you bag is done. However if you are a bit of adventurous you can learn how to sew your own bag lining. There is satisfaction in sewing your own from scratch and the feeling of accomplishment when the work is done by yourself is very rewarding.  Mine is not perfect but I am glad I ever did it.

What you need:
– a finished crochet bag with large opening. The best is to install the handles once you finish the lining process but here just to show I will use a finished bag.
– thin lining fabric
– sewing machine (optional)
– a zipper
– thread of matching color
– cutter or scissor
– measuring tape
– tracing paper (baking paper will do)
– elastic tape
The Process
1. Measure your bag and cut 3 templates (for the lining, the zipped pocket and one for the small pocket)
2. Cut the fabric according to the template leaving 1.5 cm for sewing allowance.


Start with the smallest piece. Fold all sides of the pocket at the sewing line and iron. Sew the elastic to top side of the pocket, stretch the elastic while sewing. Set aside.  


Large Pocket

Aline and sandwich one side of the zipper between the opening of two fabrics, pin and sew the zipper. Repeat in the same way for the other side of the opening. Turn the fabric inside out so it will look like this.

Pin then sew the small pocket to the inner side of the big pocket. 
With the small pocket positioned on the inside of the compartment, aline, sandwich and pin the sides of the pocket with the sides of the bag lining. At this time you will have 6 layers of fabric to sew, hence the reason to use thin fabric for this unless you have a heavy duty machine or a strong hand to hand sew LOL. Sew around starting from the edge of the zipper to the other edge.
Snip or trim the excess fabrics and threads, iron all sides of the bag opening along the sewing line.
Insert the lining and pocket  into the bag, pin and sew to finish.



Credits: granny square bag was made by all my friends in Borderless Crochet Group. Granny square pattern is adopted from the popular flower granny with somemodification  by me and the bag design and pattern is my own.





Friendship Granny Projects

We started the tradition last March when our friend Mee Leng left for Beijing. This week around 20 ladies in Lagos Crochet group made granny squares for our going out friend Kasia who is moving out to Praha then to Mexico. Kasia also made some grannies not knowing we are collecting the grannies for her. Hence, it was a surprise party for Kasia and it was a success because she had no idea what we were up to.
We made Kasia a bag. Here below are the progress till delivery of the bag…
We start with a simple and popular flower granny but modified it a little to accomodate all skill levels in the group. This granny only has 3 rounds.
Step by step photos for the granny square is at the end of this page.


So far we have been collecting 180 grannies. Above are some of the grannies.



The bag project we made require 34 grannies. Above is the lay out of the grannies before sewing.



We choose single crochet joining to give strenght and shape to our bag. 


We could not find the best handles for the bag so we decided we will make it ourselves.


Checking the bag impatiently to finish the joining and completing it with edging and lining…


Cutting the fabric and interfacing and preparing to sew the lining. I have forgotten to take more photos during the lining making but shoot videos instead. I haven’t edited the video, hopefully I can do that soon and upload to Youtube.


Voila, the bag is done and it’s roomy…
We added a tassel to the head of the zipper for added beauty and convenience.


Kasia looking beautiful showing off her friendship granny bag. Photograph by Agung Sukawati.




A few of our Crochet friends.
Step by Step Pictures for the flower granny.
R1. Start with 4 ch, 11 dc in first ch. join with a sl st or yarn needle as you wish. Cut off yarn.
R2: Join new yarn with either a sc, 2 ch,  2 partial dc in same space, yo, pull thru all loops (beg cluster).
Make 3 dc cluster in each st around. Cut off yarn.
R3.Make a standing dc, 2 dc. 3 dc in next cluster. 3 dc, 1 ch, 3 dc in next cluster. Repeat 3 more times. Cut off yarn, sew all ends.



For videos, look for Youtube with keywords: Iinwibisono, granny, crochet, flower, spiral, handle
A huge thanks to all my friends at Borderless Crochet Group for a great team work we have.