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The Gauge Matter

Tension or gauge cannot be taken lightly. The correct tension will help you make sure that your final item will result in the closest approximate size of the garment or project  mentioned in the pattern. 
I have receive many emails from people saying the result of their project is different than whan it says in the pattern, either become too big or too small and the root of the problem in most cases is that they ignore the process called checking the gauge.
 
Here is what to do.
Crochet about 3 inches and 10 rows of a swatch in single crochet.  Measure the middle area of the fabric then check your gauge or tension.  The sample below says:
 
2 inches = 9 sc
1 inch = 6 rows
 
Check your gauge toward the requirement in the pattern, if it is less try making another swatch in a smaller hook. If it is more try using the larger hook.  
 
Some yarns came without label (especially yarns sold in Indonesia) making the job of the designer and crocheter harder. But despair not, just try this.
 
Check your gauge toward the standard yarn weight system. For example if your gauge is 20 sts in 4 inch then your yarn weight falls into category size 2 Sport/Baby which crochet gauge ranges between 16-20 sts in 4inch in single crochet.
Hope this help you making a better and precise garment you intended to make according to the patterns you are following.
 
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How Much Yarns do I need?

Useful Yarn Calculations

If the yarns came without label do the following technique to measure the length of the yarn.

DIY yarn calculation
http://crochet-rockstar.blogspot.com/2014/09/how-to-measure-length-of-yarn-easy-way.html

The following chart estimates how much yarn you will need for  the specific projects using the yarns produced in Indoensia. For other brands check the yarn company’s label.

Indonesia use metric system so don’t forget the conversion 1 Yard = 0.91 m
 
 
Yarn Brand
Crochet Yardage
AFGHAN
 
Baby 20″ x 30″
Adult 60″ x 60″
Lace
 
1760
4500
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
1500
3835
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
1300
3450
Bulky
 
1100
2500
HAT
 
Child 18″
Adult 20″-22″
Lace
 
230
230-360
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
230
230-360
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
162
195-210
SCARF
 
Child 6″ x 40″
Adult 8″ x 54″
Lace
 
572
860
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
455
845
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
247
495
Bulky
 
163
325
SWEATER
 
Child (chest size) 24″ – 28″ – 32″
Adult (chest size) 36″ – 40″ – 44″ – 48″
Lace
 
675 – 1300 – 1885
2340 – 2730 – 3250 – 3510
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
715 – 1040 – 1430
1820 – 2080 – 2470 – 2730
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
650 – 845 – 1300
1560 – 1820 – 2080 – 2340
Bulky
 
360 – 650 – 910
1170 – 1300 – 1560 – 1690
VEST
 
Child (chest size) 24″ – 28″ – 32″
Adult (chest size) 36″ – 40″ – 44″ – 48″
Lace
 
520 – 715 – 975
1235 – 1465 – 1642 – 1885
Sport/DK
Katun Bali Halus
390 – 520 – 780
910 – 1175 – 1235 – 1430
Light Worsted
Katun Besar Soft
Katun Bali Big Ply
325 – 455 – 650
780 – 975 – 1105 – 1235
Bulky
 
228 – 325 – 520
585 – 715 – 845 – 910

 
Calculation example for crochet blanket using Katun Bali Halus 10 ply
Baby blanket  = 1500 yard = 1365 m : 143 m = 9.5 ball
 
Using Cashmillon DK size
Baby blanket = 1500 yards = 1365 m: 225 m = 6 balls.

 Always buy one ball extra for any project you make incase you are running out of yarns because all yarn balls came in approximate length.
 
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Spiral Crochet

I have been wanting to learn how to make this spiral crochet for ages. I tried it and gave up because I didn’t understand how to read the pattern very well at that time. After seeing an image in an afghan and read the instruction thoroughly now I get the idea. Here below I was experimenting using four colors. I posted a request to people in a group if they have done the same thing. What came out was remarkable. I learned that you can actually create this using as many colors as you like to make a spiral rainbow. The one I made below started with 12 stitches.
Here below are step by step pictures of the spiral up to round 6. At the bottom of this post are some fabulous photos I found on the internet with the link to the original photos for your inspirations only. Please respect the copyright of the person who own it and read carefully before distributing the pictures in any way.
FOUR COLOR SPIRAL CROCHET
YARNS: DK; 3: purple (A), light purple (B), glitter grey (C), cream (D)
HOOK: G/4mm
NOTIONS: yarn needle
GAUGE: 8 dc = 1 inch
Notes: Do not cut yarn unless otherwise stated. To start a new single crochet: yo, insert hook in next st, pull through 2 loops. Elongate the last loop about 20 cm or place marker to hold the loop. Do not turn and do not join after each round. The new round start with the last color used in previous round. Place marker on the last stitch of the last round for easy stitch counting.
PATTERN
Rnd 1: (RS) With A ch 2, *sc, hdc, dc into 1st ch, elongate the loop about 20 cm, remove hook.** Pick up B, repeat from * to ** in same 1st ch st. Repeat in the same manner with C and D. (12 st)
Rnd 2: With A, 2 dc in each of next 3 st; Repeat in the same manner with B, C and D. (24 st).
Rnd 3: With A, *(2 dc in next st, dc in next st) 4 times**. With B repeat from * to **. With C repeat from * to **. With D repeat from * to **. (36 st)
Rnd 4: With A, *(2 dc in each of next 2 st, dc in next st) 4 times**. With B repeat from * to **. With C repeat from * to **. With D repeat from * to **. (48 st)
Rnd 5: With A, *(2 dc in each of next 3 st, dc in next st) 4 times**. With B repeat from * to **. With C repeat from * to **. With D repeat from * to **. (60 st)
Rnd 6: With A, *(2 dc in each of next 4 st, dc in next st) 4 times**. With B repeat from * to **. With C repeat from * to **. With D repeat from * to **. (72 st)
Finishing: With A, * (hdc, sc, sl st)** in next st. With B repeat from * to **, With C repeat from * to **, With D repeat from * to **
Cut all the yarns if you decide to stop and use this as an applique. Sew all ends to finish.
Here are some pictures of spiral crochet arts to inspire you.
Free spiral cushion pattern from The Jolly Stitch
Best Flickr photo
Free Pattern from Craftbits.com
And my favorite is this shawl by Rensfiberart.
Show me what you have made with this design. Thanks for viewing and happy crocheting.

Lacy Granny

Wednesday is always a special day for us in Lagos Crochet Group (LGC) and this week is extra special because we are all struggling and racing against ourselves to master a new pattern.
No one get up of the floor, and those who came late will have to wait a while at the door because all seems reluctant to go to the door to open it lol.  Anyone wishing to go to the bathroom has to do it before the class begun because class cannot be distracted hahaha.  A new kindergarten school is born with one lessen on the list, crochet.Our special teacher for the day is Agung Sukawati who designed  this top and jacket. Aren’t these adorable? Agung is letting me drawing the chart for her design and allowed me to share it with you.  Find the chart at the bottom of the page. Not only that,  she also  shows us how to connect the lacy block together.  Now, it’s your turn to improvise with it.

Photo by Iin Wibisono 2015

Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015

Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015

Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015

Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015

Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015
 
Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015
Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015
Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015
Photo by Agung Sukawati 2015
Lacy Granny Chart

Strawberry Crochet Stitches – Correction

Hello all, I am very excited to let you know that the strawberry stitches has gone viral again in past few weeks in social media and as a result I was receiving request for a few dozens of DIY bag kits using this stitches from crochet friends back home.

While working at the translation of my pattern from Eglish to Bahasa Indonesia I noticed that the diagram I made is missing a chain on top of the group of single crochet stitches. The written pattern as you can download from my website is correct, only the diagram which I published in my blog is needed perfection.  So here it is the correct one.

 

 

Link to previous post on the same subject.
Working with multicolor yarns…

Strawberry Stitch with a Twist

If you stumble upon my blog the chance is you have seen my original version of strawberry crochet stitch as seen on my logo bag above. See this link for tutorial and pictures on how to create the stitch.

I am impressed at how many people inspired by it and have created something they like with it. Some people went further with it and created it in a different way to achieve a slightly different look.  Here below is one example: Strawberry with a stem.  Lisdayanti Kasim,  a friend who modified my stitch is generously letting you have the pattern for this modification as seen in the bag below. So now you have two choices on how to create the look. You can contact Lisdayanti Kasim directly if you are interested in the pattern.

Photograph by Lisdayanti Kasim

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Water Wheel Crochet Motif

This is not my design. It was the motif of my pink table cloth which I bought in an exhibition a few years ago when I was not yet so much into crocheting. I have searched for the designer online  but I can’t find it. If you happen to know please write me a note so I can properly credit her/him. Thank you. One day I wish to make a mandala out of this using thick yarn such as the one made by
Bos-Tarn.

Make a magic ring by wrapping the yarn 10 times on your little finger. Insert hook into the the ring,  yarn over, pull through yarn and make 1 ch.
16 sc into ring, join with sl st.
Make 4 ch (counted as 1 dc and 1 ch).

 

(1 dc, 1 ch) 16 times.

 

Join with sl st.

 

Make 3 ch (counted as 1 dc).

 

3 dc in same st,  sc in next dc, (3 ch, 3 dc in same st, sc in next dc; rep around.

 

Join with sl st to first sl st.

 

 

2 ch, sc into the 3 ch sp…
(2 ch, sc into the 3 ch sp); rep around…
 Join with sl st.

 

4 ch (counted as 1 dc and 1 ch), (skip next st, 1 ch, dc in next st); rep around.

 

Join with sl st to 3rd of 4 ch.

 

Sc in next 1 ch sp.
[(3 ch, sc in same sp) 3 times, sc in next ch sp]; rep around. (3 picots, sc in next ch sp)

 

 

Here is how the finished motif looks like. Pardon the uneven color of my scrap yarn.
My pink table cloth with same motif. Ignore the mochi, but if you drool then maybe you will have to make some. Recipe here in this blog.

Lacy Granny Modified Version

This is a modification of the green lacy granny I made last year. I am still using a lace yarn, still crocheted tightly using the smallest size of crochet hook. The change I made was  on the number of starting chains and stitches in the first round and changing the 2nd round into dc instead of cluster.

Yarn: Lace/Sport/Size 5 crochet thread will do.  While typing this I was thinking to make another one as soon as I have a chance in bulky size yarns or T-Yarn for a cushion cover!

Hook: B/2.25mm

Term: US

 

1. Make 8 ch, join with sl st to form a ring, 1 ch.
2. 24 sc into the ring, join with sl st.

 

3. 8 ch (counted as 1 dc and 5 ch), sk next st, dc in each of next 2 st.
(5 ch, sk next st, dc in next 2 st) 7 times, join with sl st to 3rd of 8 ch.

 

4. 1 ch, [(2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc) into next 5 ch sp] 8 times, join with sl st to 1st sc.

 

5. Sl st into each of next 6 st, 8 ch (counted as 1 dc and 5 ch), (dc in next st, 6 ch, sc in next tr, 3 ch, sc in next st, 6 ch, dc in next tr, 5 ch) 3 times. Join with sl st to first 3rd of 8 ch sp.

 

6.  1 ch. {[(2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 3 ch, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc) into next 5 ch sp, [(2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc) into next 6 ch sp], 3 sc into next 3 ch sp, [(2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr,  2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc) into next 6 ch sp]} 4 times. Join with sl st to the first sc.
7. 1 ch, sl st into each of next 6 st, [(3 sc, 1 ch, 3 sc) into 3 ch sp, (8 ch, sc into next tr) 3 times] 4 times. Join with sl st into the 1st sc.
Note: Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of step 7  (4 corners of sc and 9 of 8 ch sps).
8. Sc into each of next 3 sc, [(3 sc, pc, 3 sc) into 1 ch sp, (5 sc, pc, 5 sc) into 8 ch sps] 4 times. Join with sl st to the first sc. Fasten off, sew end.
Lacy granny appliqué for my cat house.

Crocheted Clover Amour Hook Case

I have been wanting to make a case for my hooks for a while because I didn’t quite like the plastic version I purchased. It was too tight and only 8 of my hooks fit in it. This project doesn’t eat up much yarn, in fact less than a ball is sufficient. I use aran size yarn but you can use any size of yarns just follow the length according to the instruction.
 

This pattern is available as PDF and free from my Raverly Store. Just click this link to download.

Terms: American
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yarn: 60 gr/112 yards of any Aran size, small fabric for lining.
Hook: G/4 mm
Gauge: 18 sc to 4 inches/10 cm, 19 rows of sc to 4 inches/10 cm
Finished Size: 7 x 9 inches when flap is opened
Pattern for the flower and leaves are not included. Please use any pattern of your choice for the appliques.
Stitches Used:
Yo = yarn over
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
Fpst = front post slip stitch
Special stitches:
Shell: 5 dc into next st
The flower was based on this Youtube tutorial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05m6zj0PgRg
Make enough length of chain stitches and sew it to the middle part of the purse. Attach tassels to both ends. Instruction on how to make the tassels is in the PDF.

 

Using a yarn needle stitch between the hooks for a good grip. This is how the purse look like from the back.

I love my personalized crochet hook case very much. You can embellish yours with any ornaments you like including beads. I would love to see what you make.

 



Tangle Free Silk

You may remember my previous post on dying silk where I shared my first time experience working with this luxurious material. I have been working with a few dozens more skeins since then ranging from lace to aran size and from slippery reeled to soft and fluffy duke type of silk. Alhamdulillah I also have started selling my own hand dyed and hand painted silk to new customers.

Based on my experience in winding and crocheting with this type of yarns and also after seeing difficulties my customers is having with some of the types,  I would like to share this tips with you to avoid tangling and spending numerous hours in untangling your yarns. Prevention is key to this success.
 1. I let my silk dry flat like this under the shade.

2. Keep it neatly folded till next use.

 

3. I rewind the yarn once I am ready to work on it.
This one is a special order and my customer wanted it in a cake shape so I rewound it for her. I put the cake in a tight plastic bag. I tied the end of the yarn which I pulled out from center  to a tag with a note to customer not to remove it from the bag.
This is the key: Tight container, help customer find the end and leave her a note. Tight container will keep the slippery yarn in place.

4, Yarns neatly packed and ready to ship.
Do you see the amazing transformation of the colors from these two pictures? This is how the yarn approximately look like when crocheted.
Hope this tips works for you too…
Below are extra pictures of some of my works.

 

This picture and above are silk in DK size, painted using Jacquard iDye in the shade inspired by nature, the pink and red fragrance rose flower…
Till next post and happy dyeing and crocheting.