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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

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.

Good Hooks VS Bad Hooks

How many times when you crocheted a fabric, the yarn splits and breaks. Many times we blame it on the quality of the yarns we are using. While it is probably true in some of the cases, to be fair, we also need to look at the hooks we are using.
As crochet becomes increasingly popular, the variety of hooks available in the market is also growing. Some hooks are made of metal and some are made of plastic, wood, and bamboo. Choosing the right hook for the job can be a daunting task for the beginners.
Whichever the style and brands you prefer, the anatomy of the hook remains the same: point, groove, throat, shaft, thumb rest, and handle. In the picture on this post I’d like to show you the close up look of the top section of several metal hooks. I skipped discussing the handle, as this subject is more of a personal preference. While I am sure all hooks were designed for its purpose, I just would like to share my own experience after using all of these hooks and how you can manually filter among them. These hooks are part of my own collection and I have tried them all.
First of all price is not always an indicator of a good hook. However, good quality hooks are usually priced higher than lower quality hooks. There are hooks especially the steel hooks which are very reasonably priced. However their size is usually small as they are used for crocheting delicate crochet fabrics or tapestry crochet only. For thicker yarns you will need larger hooks.  
Look closely at the shape of the point of these two hooks.
The lip of the left hook is sharper and pointier whereas the right hook is rounder. We need the hook, which has a rounder lip. The sharp lip can damage the yarn and make crocheting difficult as the hook often gets stuck in between the ply of the yarn.
Also look at the throat; the hook on the left is very roughly made. The hook on the right is very smooth. While you wont spot this with you naked eye, you can feel it with the tip of your finger if you try rubbing it. The purple hook has a rough surface; it can damage the yarns too, while the silver colored hook is smooth. The silver hook glides nicely on the fabric making crocheting much more enjoyable.  
So now you know,

Happy hooks hunting.

Flat Round Formula

Here is how you can make a flat crochet round base for baskets, hats, or anything required crochet increase in round. You can start with any number of sc, but it usually 6 for thicker yarns, 8, 10 or 12 or more for thinner yarns. Regardless what is your starting sc, if you increase regularly in the same number, your circle will be flat. To avoid pointy looking  circle in the case of making a large one, move the position of the stitch increases in each round.

Here is a simple pattern with starting 6 sc on first round.

R1: Ch 2, sc into first chain, 5 sc, join with sl st—6 sc, place marker.
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 round required in your project.

Berikut adalah cara membuat alas rajutan untuk keranjang, topi, atau benda apa pun yang memerlukan dasar yang rata, bulat dan tidak mengkerut. Anda dapat memulai dengan sejumlah sc biasanya 6 untuk benang tebal, 8, 10 atau 12 atau lebih untuk benang tipis. Terlepas dari jumlah sc awal Anda, jika Anda menambah tusukan secara teratur dalam jumlah yang sama dan menempatkannya secara merata dalam satu lingkaran maka lingkaran Anda akan datar. Untuk menghindari terbentuknya sudut-sudut yang tajam untuk lingkaran yang besar, Anda dapat mengacak posisi penambahan tusukan dari baris ke baris.

Berikut adalah pola sederhana dengan 6 sc pada putaran pertama.R1 : Ch 2 , sc dalam rantai pertama , 5 sc , sambung dengan sl st – 6 sc , tempat penanda .R2 : 2 sc ke depan dan setiap sc sekitar – 12 sc , pm .R3 : ( 2 sc , 1 sc ke masing-masing berikutnya 2 sc ) ulangi sekitar 18 – sc , pm.R4 : ( 2 sc , 1 sc ke masing-masing 3 sc berikutnya) ulangi sekitar 24 – sc , pm.R5 : ( 2 sc , 1 sc ke masing-masing berikutnya 4 sc ) ulangi sekitar 30 – sc , pm.R6 : ( 2 sc , 1 sc ke masing-masing berikutnya 5 sc ) ulangi sekitar 36 – sc , pm.

Ulangi cara ini sampai Anda mencapai ukuran yang diinginkan dari putaran yang dibutuhkan dalam rajutan Anda. Selamat mencoba.

No Turning Chain in Doble Crochet

No turning chain in double crochet rows

I found a new way to make double crochet without the turning chain.   Follow the step by step pictures and practice with your tension to make a neat rows of double crocheted fabric without the bumpy edging the conventional begining 3 chains  does.  

Here is an example of how turning chains affects your design. The picture on top left shows the 3-turning chain where the stitches joined looks obvious and disturbing while on the right the stitches looks even and neat. The picture of on the lower left shows the first row of a plain granny square. The 3-dc group where the stitches joined  looks thinner compare to the rest of the groups whereas the right picture shows the stitches are more even and balance.

This technique is particularly useful when you are making dc in round such as bags and tube shape items as it help close the gap created by the 3ch.