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A White Hat

I made this hat based on the Minimalist Cabled Mandala by Lilla Björn Crochet Designs. I follow the pattern till I reach the diameter of the hat I am making then stop increasing. I let the motif flowing to the side and only close it when it reach near the edge then finish it with a round of double crochet and a round of single crochet stitches.
The step by step photos made the pattern easy to follow.
Here I am using bamboo yarns, I guess this will be fav not only by adult but baby too… what do you think?
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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.


Custom Made Hats

Making hats was our Lagos Crochet Group topic in past two weeks. Perhaps this chart is also useful for anyone making his or her own hats.

I thank Cherry Thayer Drake for publishing the chart in FB group I am in.  I retyped the chart according to our group needs. For detail instructions in English on how to design your own hat go to Loraine’s Blog
Hat Sizing Chart
Head Circumferences
Circumferences (inch)
Hat Crown Diameter  (inch)
Hat Height
0-2  mth
1-2 yr
Adult Women
Adult Men


Bahasa Indonesia
Buat topi 2-3 inci lebih kecil dari ukuran kepala sebenarnya agar “snug fit.”
1. Tentukan diameter lingkaran atas kepala (crown):
Caranya: Lingkar kepala dibagi 3.14 (rumus lingkaran waktu SD/SMP). Ukur lingkar kepala seperti ilustrasi. Hitung diameter crown dengan rumus diatas dikurangi 2 – 3 inchi.  Misalnya lingkar kepala = 24 inch. Diameter yang dicari = 24: 3.14 = 7.6 in – 2 in = 5.6 in.

Illustration from Stetson EU.

2. Buat crown sesuai diameter  yang diperolah. Lihat cara membuat flat circle di post terdahulu pada blog ini untuk membuat crown. 

3. Lanjutkan merajut tanpa penambahan tusukan dari crown sesuai panjang topi yang dikehendaki sesuai motif yang dikehendaki. Selaraskan jumlah tusukan dengan pola yang digunakan dengan menambah atau mengurangi jumlah tusukan pada round terakhir dari crown.
Jika lingkaran kepala sebenarnya diketahui, gunakan ukuran sesuai hitungan diatas. Namun, jika tidak diketahui ambil angka rata-rata sebagai patokan mengukur diameter crown. Misal:   
Ukuran topi minimun =16 in : 3.14 = 5.0 inch
Ukuran topi maksimum =18 in : 3.14 = 5.7 inch
Rata-rata = 5.0 + 5.7 dibagi 2 = 5.35 (bulatkan menjadi 5.25)
Jika ingin menambahkan pinggiran:
Tambahkan 1-1.5 inch dari panjang topi untuk  topi bayi, 3-4 inch untuk dewasa.

Sunhat, clochet, flopp, kurangi 0.5 inch dari panjang topi.

Tips on Taking Better Pictures

Now that you have crocheted those beautiful things, the  first things you wanted to to do most likely is taking its picture either to share on Facebook or to publish it to your Flickr album etc. You want to see the colors of your item showing in the picture as close as possible to its true color. Of course you can edit  the photo and manipulate it later, but nothing is better than having a great photo on the first place. Most professional photographers edit their photos only very slightly just to correct the shadows and the highlights. The diagram above shows how you can light up the shadow area of your subject by using a reflector which you can make yourself.

To get better pictures of your crochet items:

– Take photo during daylight under the shade either morning (9-10 am) of late afternoon. I mostly take my pictures at around 4 – 5 pm utilizing the light coming from my window.

– use reflector as above. To make one, cut a cardboard paper about 60 x 40 inches, cover it with aluminum foil (crush the foil and gently flatten it before wrapping it into the cardboard).

– use a clean white art paper to place your item.

– remove anything else which are not part of the subject of your photo.

Whether you are using a sophisticate camera or a mobile phone camera, the above tips will help making your photos look more appealing.

More tips to come, so please come again.

This kuffah was  taken solely with the light source coming from the window. Look at the soft shadow on the left and the clearer view of the stitches which would have been too dark without the use of reflector.

I do not have a sophisticated studio like a pro has. My “studio” is a corner of my son’s room which I temporarily occupy while he is in the college. I am grateful to my husband who support me and giving me access to a Canon 5DMarkII. Saying that, under the right light, my iPhone takes better pictures sometimes. Here is the set up of my photo shoot looks like. No matter what kind of camera I am using I always try to use a tripod or  a pile of books, a beanie bag, anything to keep your camera steady. Camera shake will caused your photos blurry.

Lotus Motive Scarf and Hat (Fun Puff Hat)

Okay, here they are, both the sets, the hat and the scarf.  I need to tidy up the patterns now, testing it one more time then publish it. Free or pay? 
Note on this specific color way bamboo yarn: Don’t trust the label! The label says hand wash in max 30 degree C, dry flat, no iron. Guess what? The red color bled… ouch… yes! I still love it, it was not really bad, but when I think of how much time I have spent on writing the patterns for this and crocheting it, testing it… it does hurt a little. Not to mention, someone purchased the sets while I was still working on it (poor customer). Having said that I love the company still because  they have such a great customer service which is one of the reasons why I  decided to become a reseller. I have reported it to them (replied by Cumhur) they were asking “how can we compensate you for this?” Just reading that already made me happy. 
Stop the Press:
I did second test this morning using cold water and hand soap. The color still bleed but not as bad and the white doesn’t get affected.
Conclusion: Cold hand wash, gentle soap only.

As an FB friend suggested a flower added. 
The pattern is now available at Ravelry for US$3.00 only.
Day: (lost count)
Ok I admit it.  I haven’t finished the scarf. But It is almost, I need to stitch a few more rows than make the edging. What kind of edging shall I do for the scarf? I did Tunisian crochet to finish the hat to give the neat look and density to the edging. 

Day 2: Two days absent working on this so just got back to it again today. I am halfway to finish. This is my second ball of yarn. Sorry the picture is not as clear as the first one and was under different light.  This pic was taken with a cellphone camera.

Day1: Here is how I go so far.  I was a little confused with the pattern on the amount of the starting chains. It says multiple of 12 + 1 but when I did that I ended up having no space to hook my last stitch to form a pattern on the 3rd row. So I frogged it,  started all over and add one more chain on my foundation chains. It worked well after that.  

You may have seen this stitch pattern around, I think it is quite common. The one I am using is from Nihon Vogue 300 Crochet stitches. I do not read Japanese, but I am doing well reading the graph. I own The Harmony Guides 300 Crochet Stitches Volume 6 and this pattern is similar to one inside the book and it’s called Wavy Shell Stitch.  You will be amazed at the many variations of this beautiful stitches pattern on the web. There is also free pattern at Allfreecrochet.com  although the one I am making is more loose as I wanted it that way for a scarf.

The ICE yarn I am using is very soft and comfortable to work with. I am borrowing my friend Marilyn Smith said about the yarn that is soft “as soft as cloud.” I think it is the perfect word to describe the yarn. I am pleased with how the color and the texture turned out so far. 
I rewinded the yarn because bamboo yarn easily split. The threads don’t “hug” each other much like Pandas does. 
Read more info about bamboo yarns in Knitting About website.

I am designing a new scarf taking a break from strawberries 🙂  I have found the stitch pattern I am going to use, I have the material which is ICE Yarns Bamboo  in red and pink colorway. The design I have in mind is the combination of lacy motives and tapestry crochet. I have collected the info on the sizes for scarfs here below if you also need that info. 

I am very excited, I can’t wait to put my hook on it.  I will post here as my work progresses…

Scarf Sizes:

Amy Solovay of About.com Guide says:
Short: 55″ 
Medium: 70″
Long: 82″

Madelyn of  Interweave.com says: 
Light and Narrow: 8″ by 65″
Warm and bulky: 12″ by 70″

I am making a light and narrow scarf since the material I am using is fit for this category. Off to my crocheting now <3.