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Alpine, Seashore, Jewel and Sunshine


Hello everyone,

On the title are the theme of the yarns I recently dyed and are now available for purchase. It took me months to prepare these much and the progress continues InsyaAllah. My job is so much fun, Alhamdulillah.

To see the choices of hand-dyed yarns, select Hand-Dyed and select the choices from themes from the drop down menu. Under Shop you will find other type of yarns including the famous Balinese Cotton Yarns as well as the hand-dyed which are being sold as Clearance. Those in the Clearance Box are a mixed color of yarns and sold as a package.
Detail info of the individual yarns and pricing is shown on each photos.
If you have any question you can contact me via email or drop me a message on  Crochet Republic FB Page.
Thank you…
Happy crocheting or knitting…

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.




Crochet Creations With Mineral Bottle Rings

PresilliaIn November last year our local crochet group decided to run a competition to boost our creativities using mineral bottle  rings. The feedback were amazing with 15 people joining and submitting the best of their creations. We then asked a group of crochet designers on Facebook who has no connections whatsoever to our group to be the judges. Below are the pictures of the items made by the participants for the contest.

This page is created for our local “KeciK”: group. Thanks to all and a special thanks to all friends who submitted their works in such a short notice: Dewi Mintoro , Grazia ,  Halida Rahmie, Yo Ika Kartika, Ilma Erisa, Luthfi, Presillia,  Rina, Sinthia,  Sistri, Tety, Ukke Wartanti, Yanti Griyaloha, Yus Hafni, and Vetta.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find out who the winners are.

20160120235858Keychain  Holder and Coin Purse by Sinthia

20160122024006Dolie by Yus Hafni

dewi mintoroDolie by Dewi Mintoro
graz3Necklace by Grazia

grazia1Red Shoes by Grazia

grazia2Flower Shoes by Grazia
IID2Baby Toys by Halida Rahmie

Iid3Baby Toys by Halida Rahmie

ilma erisaBrooch by Ilma Erisa

ilma erisa2Brooch by Ilma Erisa

ilma erisa3Keychain holder  by Ilma Erisa

presilia2Keychain holder by Presillia

PresilliaName Tags by Presillia

Rina Jogja















Cookie Jar Cover by  Rina


Coasters by Sistri


Kitchen Towel by Sistri
speranza craftRing by Presillia
Tety1Table Runner by Tety

Ukke WartantiNecklace by Ukke Wahyu Wartanti

vetta 2Dolie by Vetta

vetta1Necklace by Vetta

YantigriyalohaBrown Bag by Yanti Griyaloha
yo ika kartika 5Earings by Yo Ika Kartika

Yo Ika Kartika1Earings by Yo Ika Kartika
yo ika kartika3Chrysanthemum Shawl by Yo Ika Kartika
yo ika kartika4

Chrysanthemum Shawl by Yo Ika Kartika

yo ika kartika6

Earings  by Yo Ika Kartika

yus hafni2

Dolie by Yus Hafni

yushafni3Same dolie by Yus Hafni

luthfi tanpa watermark

Green Vest by Luthfi


1st Prize Winner  went to  Yanti Griyaloha, the brown bag, total points 10

2nd Prize, Sistri, Coasters, total points 8

3rd Prize, Yo Ika Kartika, Chrysanthemum Shawl, total points 6

Runner up 1 Grazia, Red Shoes, total points 5

Runner up 2 Rina, Cookie Jar, total points 4

Runner up 3 Halida, Baby Toy Ring, total points 3

Grand Prize Winner is Sistri, totap points 11 from both of her designs entered.

The prizes were: Mulberry Silk , Australian Merino Wool +/- 800 m, Supersmooth Tunisian hooks (2 pcs), crochet motivational mugs, Cashmillon yarns and a set of Tulip Classic Hooks.

Admins of the group and competition organizer were: Novi Ummu Zufra and myself, Iin.

Big congrats to all participants and winners. InsyaAllah we will do it again…

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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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.
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.
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