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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.
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Joining Blocks using Raised Zipper Stitch Method

I accidentally found this new stitch while working on my crochet ball projects and I was quite happy with the way my project turned out after using it. The first ball project I used needle and thread but I wasn’t very happy as it looks a bit weak although technically it is quite strong as I double both the thread and the stitches was done twice. Here is the first ball I made…

… and here is the second ball.

Which one do you like better?

I have created a video tutorial on how to do the stitch if you would like to learn.   I am not happy with the quality of the video, it’s blurry although on my iPhone it was ok and it was just cut off near the finish line. Obviously I need o learn more about videography and uploading Youtube videos. That being said, I hope you still get the idea how to join this stitch. The pattern for the pentagon and the ball is free till September 26, 2014 from  Ravelry. Included in the pattern is the chart and step-by-step pictures to guide you in making the pentagon and to stitch them together to form a pretty crochet ball.
If you have been crocheting for a while chance is you might not need to buy new yarns for this project. 25 meters in total is approximately what you need to make one pentagon and you only need to make 12 of them.


If you like what you see and made something from my free pattern, all I ask is that you credit me by mentioning my name and my blog and provide the link to my blog. Please DO NOT re upload my files by any means to another blog or website. All my photographs are copyrighted. Thank you.

Cattleya Orchid Crochet Flower

After vigorous testing, frogging, and re-doing; the patterns is finally finished and listed FREE at RAVELRY for limited time only. If you do download the PDF please give me your feedback, I will appreciate it very much.  The videos is being edited  and will be uploaded to youtube asap. Thanks for all of you who patiently wait for this. 
Note: Please do not copy paste the pattern below as a way of sharing it but link it to my blog instead. If you prefer the PDF version please download from Ravelry. It is free until further notice.
SKILL LEVEL :
All levels

TERMS: US
PHOTO CREDITS:
Irtati Hasan Wibisono

FINISHED SIZE
Height: 13 inches
Diameter (distance  between the longest tip of the petals): 6.5 inches

MATERIALS
– Balinese cotton yarn or substitute with mercerized crochet cotton thread size 5 in any colors. In this pattern I uses cream, purple, lilac, red, fuchsia, pink.
– ICE yarn 100% acrylic in dark green.
22, 24, and 26 gauge craft wire.
Floral stem wrapping tape (0.5 in in diameter).

Hook: C/2.75mm and 3.75mm

GAUGE
Balinese cotton: 7 sc = 1 inches
ICE yarn: 4 sc  = 1 inches when two strands are crocheted together

Pattern Note
This pattern is for two different shape of flowers in one. 
All of the petals for the red flower were made in the same way as the Side Petals. The only difference is the amount of the starting chains. Increase the number of chains for center petal by 3. If you wish to have a frillier edging like the purple flower, use the central petal pattern below for all the three petals.

All stitches are worked in round.
Cut the wires as follows:
Anther and its cap: 26-gauge, 7 inch: 2 pieces
Petals and sepals: 24-gauge: 7 inches:  6  pieces
Leafs: 22-gauge: 22 inches: 4 pieces.
Use safety glasses when cutting the wires.
STITCHES USED:
ch = chain
sc = Single Crochet
sl st = Slip Stitch
2 sc in 1 = 2 single crochet in one stitch (increase)
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together (decrease)
PM: Place Marker (I use a small piece of yarn in different color)
PATTERN:
Anther
Using cream and leaving 6 inches tail, make 2ch.
R1: 8sc into 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st. 1ch. 
R2: 1c in same ch-1 sp, 1sc in each st around, join with sl st, 1ch.
R3: (sc2tog) 4 times, sl st to first sc, fasten off yarn. 
Anther Cap
Using cream and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 5.
R1: Hold the 26-gauge wire between the hook and the yarn, yo and pull up a loop over the wire, tighten to secure the wire in place, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 3 st, 3sc in next st, do not turn, position the center of the wire at the last sc you just made, bend the wire gently toward the other end; sc in each of next 3st, pinch and hold both wires and position it above the yarn, sl st to first sc, 1ch.
R2: 1sc in same ch-1 space, 1sc in each of next 4 st, (2sc in 1 st) 2 times, sc in each of next 4 st, join with sl st to first sc, 1ch.
R3. 1sc in same ch-1 space, sc in each of next st around, join with sl st to first sc, 1ch, fasten off.
Sepals (make 3)
Using purple and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 15.
R1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 12 st, 3sc in next st, Carry the tail inside the stitches, 12sc, 2sc in last st, joins with sl st to first sc.
R2: Hold the 22-gauge wire in between the hook and the yarn, 1ch over the wire, sc in same ch-1 sp, PM, 13sc, position the center of the wire at the corner st and bend it gently to surround the perimeter of the stitches toward the other end, (2sc in 1) 2 times, 14sc, pinch and hold both wires and position it above the yarn, 1sc, join with sl st to first sc.
R3: PM, 14sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 15sc, hold both wires above the yarn, 1sc, 1sc in 1 in next st, join with sl st to first sc.
R4: PM, 15sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 17sc, hold both wires above the yarn, 2sc. Cut the yarn 7 inches from the last then pull it out through the last sc, Insert hook below the two loops on the first sc, yo,  pull up the loop completely through the loops. Insert  the hook from below the back loop  at the last sc and pull the yarn through to the the back of the leaf. Gent pull and wind the it several times to the wire and tie a knot to secure the the end.

Side Petals (make 2)
Using purple and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 15.
R1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 12 st, 3sc in next st, Carry the tail inside the stitches, 12sc, 2sc in last st, joins with sl st to first sc.
R2: Hold the 22-gauge wire in between the hook and the yarn, 1ch over the wire, sc in same ch-1 sp, PM, 13sc, position the center of the wire at the corner st and bend it gently to surround the perimeter of the stitches toward the other end, (2sc in 1) 2 times, 14sc, pinch and hold both wires and position it above the yarn, 1sc, join with sl st to first sc.  
R3: PM, (2sc in 1) in all st around,  join with sl st to first sc.
R4: PM, sc in all st around, join with sl st to first sc.
R5: PM, sc in all st around, join with sl st to first sc.
R6: Insert hook in same joining st, pick up cream, (sc, 3ch, sc) in same sp, (sc in next st, sc, 3ch, sc in next st) Repeat around, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off.
Center Petals 
Using lilac and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 13.
R1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 10sc, 3sc in next st. Carry the tail inside the stitches, sc in each of next 11 st.—25sc.
R2: Hold the 24-gauge wire in between the hook and the yarn, sc in same joining sp, PM, 11sc, position the center of the wire at the corner st, bend the wire gently toward the other end, (2sc in 1) 2 times, 12sc, pinch and hold both wires and position the wire above the yarn, join with sl st to first sc—28sc
R3: 1sc in same joining sp, PM, 12sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 13sc,  join with sl st to first sc—32sc.
R4: 1sc in same joining sp, PM, 13sc, (2sc in 1 st, 1sc) 5 times, 14sc, join with sl st to first sc—38sc.
R5: 1sc in same joining sp, 38sc, join with sl st—39sc.
R6: 1sc in same joining sp, PM, 4sc, (2sc in 1) 5 times, 5sc, (2sc in 1) 10 times,  5sc, (2sc in 1) 5 times, 4sc, join with sl st to first sc.
R7: 1sc in same ch-1 sp, 5sc, (2sc in 1) 10 times, 5sc, (2sc in 1) 20 times, 5sc, (2sc in 1) 10 times,  5sc, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off.
R 8: Insert hook in same joining st, pick up cream, (sc, 3ch, sc) in same sp, (sc in next st, sc, 3ch, sc in next st) Repeat around, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off.

Leafs


Note: Increase the number of the starting chains for a longer leaf. To make a wider leafs crochet 2 more rounds increasing stitches at the tip of the leaf by making (2 sc in 1) 5, 7 more times respectively.
Material: ICE Yarn Dark Green, 100% acrylic, ft 27442. 
Crochet double strands and leaving 6 inches tail, chain 15. 
R1: 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 12 st, 3sc in next st, Carry the tail inside the stitches, 12sc, 2sc in last st, joins with sl st to first sc.
R2: Hold the 22-gauge wire in between the hook and the yarn, 1ch over the wire, sc in same ch-1 sp, PM, 13sc, position the center of the wire at the corner st and bend it gently to surround the perimeter of the stitches toward the other end, (2sc in 1) 2 times, 14sc, pinch and hold both wires and position it above the yarn, 1sc, join with sl st to first sc.
R3: PM, 14sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 15sc, hold both wires above the yarn, 1sc, 1sc in 1 in next st, join with sl st to first sc.
R4: PM, 15sc, (2sc in 1) 3 times, 17sc, hold both wires above the yarn, 2sc. Cut the yarn 7 inches from the last then pull it out through the last sc, Insert hook below the two loops on the first sc, yo,  pull up the loop completely through the loops. Insert  the hook from below the back loop  at the last sc and pull the yarn through to the the back of the leaf. Gently pull and wind the it several times to the wire and tie a knot to secure the the end.

Assembly
Preparing the leafs and petals:
Cut 15 inches of thread, fold in half and connect it to the center bottom part of the leaf. Pull the thread gently toward the wire. Using flower tape, wrap around the wire and the threads till the end of the wires. Repeat for the rest of the leafs and petals except the center petal, anther and cap.
Cut 10 inches of wire, fold it in half. Insert the wire into the center of the anther and pull it down gently passing through some of the stitches at bottom part. Put together the anther and its cap, wrap with flower tape. 
Pick up the center petal. Hold it right side facing up and place the anther facing down toward the petal. Hold together and wrap with flower tape.
Gather together all the  flower elements. Using 26 gauge wire, wrap around the neck of the flower several times to secure them together (do not cut the wire).  Attach a leaf at about 4 inches from the neck of the flower.  Attach remaining leafs about 1 inches apart, finish the wire wrapping. Using flower tape, wrap around the stem starting form the neck of the flower all the way to the end of the stem.
Arrange the flower in a vase (pattern not included).
Please do not hesitate to email me for any questions or comments or different ideas to make it better and spread the words about my blog to others so they can make one too.
Happy crocheting.
XO
Iin