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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.




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

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.

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.