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When Crocheters Received Their Yarns Parcels

After such long wait (haha a few days always felt like a few hundreds days when you are waiting for yarns to arrive) our Australian pure 18 micron Merino wool orders arrived. Yes, we are so blessed… Alhamdulillah. Just have a look at the smile in the faces of my crochet buddies in this slide show…

Here is West Africa life can be very exciting. Perhaps because of some limitations we are experiencing in some cases, something ordinary to some people in the other part of the world seems to always extra ordinary and extra happy in our place.  The skeins now all have been distributed to friends who ordered them. Many more skeins have been arranged neatly on the shelves ready for our next crochet meet up and class.

I suddenly feel the need for a cup of tea, sit quietly in my comfy corner (you will notice my big red pillow on the slide show) and crochet… while perhaps rub my cheek on some of those super soft yarns…

Hope you enjoy the slideshow…

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Crocheted Feather Necklace

I first saw this pendant in the Creative Crochet Crew – The Group. People were talking about it and some of us were trying to figure out how did the designer make it. The designer wrote briefly what she does on her blog but she has no pattern written up. So I asked her if she wouldn’t mind I use her idea in my design and write up a pattern. To my surprise she say yes. Thanks Regina Rioux for the inspiration. See Regina and her fabulous creations on her blog in this link http://reginarioux.blogspot.com/2012/07/crocheted-feather-pendants.html
Now after making two of these using different thickness of yarns, so many ideas come to mind. Do imagine making this using bulky yarns and make a skirt for a little girls  party dress? Must be fun.
Difficulty: Super Easy
Yarns: Any size and type of yarns.
Hook: Any size to go with the size of yarns you are using
Here I am using my left over Angora Batik/DK size and hook size E/3.5mm and B/2.25mm. You can make it into a smaller size pendant by using crochet threads.
A 10 mm split ring or a bail.
A leather string
Finished size: 6 inches
Stitches Used:
Ch = chain


Sl st = slip stitch


Before blocking
In this feather necklace lace silk yarn is used. The final size is 4.5 inches or 1.5 inches shorter than the one above.
Download PDF from Ravelry.

Red Headband with Beaded Buckle

A young Mum asked me to make this for her  and I thought I would share a pattern with you. If you are new to crochet, this is a quick way to learn some simple stitches. This pattern uses chain, single crochet, half double crochet, slip stitch.

Finished size 20 inches. This is to fit head circumference 22 inches.

Material: 1 skein Lion Brand Amazing Rose variegated yarn, 50 gr, 147 yards/135 m. I purchased mine from Amazon.com
Hook size G/4mm
Yarn needle
A beaded rectangular buckle  (available from bead shop or sewing supplies) or you can buy the sew on buckle and make one like I did.
5 grams glass beads
a beading needle
a yard of beading thread
Gauge: 14 st over sc and hdc pattern = 4 inches
16 rows of sc and hdc st = 4 inches

The Band
Ch 71, join with sl st carefully not to twist the ch, ch 1.
R1: Sc across, join with sl st, ch 1.
R2: Sk next st, (1 hdc into next st, 1 sc into  next st), ending with 1 sc, join with sl st on top of
Repeat 2nd row till the band measure 3.5 inches (9 cm) in width, cut yarn, and weave in ends.

Ch 31
R1: Sc across, ch 1, turn.
R2: Sc in same ch-1 space, (1 hdc into next st, 1 sc into  next st), turn.
Repeat 2nd row till the ribbon measure 3.5 inches (9 cm) in width, cut yarn leaving 1-yard tail.

The buckle
Thread the beading needle leaving a 6 inches tail, slide one bead into the thread, insert the needle into the same bead again one more time (this is called a stopper bead). Insert the needle from the wrong side of the clasp and sew in the beads leaving no more holes on the buckle, remove the stopper bead then tie a knot to finish. Dab a glue to prevent frying.

 Slide the ribbon into the buckle. Find the side of the band where joining is visible (btw I learned invisible joining from Planet June, so check that one out). Thread a half yard of yarn with a yarn needle, attached the ribbon into the band by sewing it several time, careful not to pull the yarn too hard. Cut yarn and weave in the ends.

Using the tail from the ribbon, sew in the four corners to the band. You might want to stretch the band before doing this by asking someone to wear it then mark the place where you want to sew the corners or roll a big towel and slide the band in.  I actually slided it into my rectangular cosmetic bag which size match perfectly with the headband, nice! ☺ Cut the yarn and weave in the ends.
© Iin Wibisono 2014