Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Crochetology Challenge: Cardigan

 Here's a Crochetology challenge: use an existing skirt pattern to make a top-down seamless cardigan. 

The skirt pattern I used is from Drops Design, and it is a beautiful free pattern with very straightforward shaping. The pattern consists of alternating rows (or rounds) of tr-groups and hdc-ch stitches. Observe the pattern below, in symbol.

The challenge is to modify this pattern so that I may have increments of inc/dec to shape a cardigan. To determine how much shaping and where shaping is needed, I divided the cardigan into several sections, namely:

Below are photos of the progress of the cardigan. More detailed documentation is given to Subscribers of Crochetology. If you are an experienced crocheter, you should be able to take on this challenge and come up with your own designs.

Below are two other design variations, both using the same basic stitch pattern of tr-groups and hdc-ch rows. The first one has shorter sleeves and a wider collar. The second one is sleeveless and shaped to be narrower at the shoulders. This second design entailed more complex shaping and dividing, the Left Shoulder and Right Shoulder sections being worked separately from the back in order to achieve the narrower shaping.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Cleaning and Updates

March 13, Monday, is when the roof of the house is finally going to be demolished to make way for G.I. (galvanized iron) sheet roofing. So, in preparation for that, I have been trying to sort through all my things, throw away what is not needed and protect the rest from rain and debris. Below is a photo of our house with its beautiful nipa palm fronds for roof. Maintaining a roof like this has become difficult over the years so we are forced to give this up for the modern G.I. roofing.

As a result of such ‘Spring Cleaning”, I am now in possession of lots of scrap yarn. I am keeping these in plastic bags at the moment and will be working on new projects suited to such small amounts of yarn of different colours, weights and types.

Woven Labels

My personalised woven labels have finally arrived!!! I placed the order January 26. The labels were shipped February 14. And the labels arrived March 3. Shipping is US$30 to the Philippines, very expensive. I opted for this shipping (USPS Priority Int'l) because I thought it was like UPS or EMS that could ship in 5 days but I was wrong. Next time I'll go for the regular USPS at only US$5!

The quality of the labels is excellent and best of all you can order in small volume. There are local label makers but you need to order 5,000 pieces. So for small home-based craft like mine, the small volume from Itsminelabels.com is just right.

Yarns from Sugar Free

I'm also excited to tell you about a Philippines-based yarn shop that has just sent these awesome color yarns! They are called Sugar Free Fiber Arts and their website is at sugarfreefiberarts.com - those of you from the Philippines have probably heard about them. They customize and blend yarns by hand-winding strands in exciting colors, you have to see the yarns on their website!

And why "Sugar Free" you might ask? Well the yarn shop grew out of the founder's determination to seek ways to fund the medical needs of her son who has been diagnosed with Type 1 juvenile Diabetes. I think this is awesome! I know how hard it is to even try to get your act together in the midst of desperation, but Sugar Free is doing it! Find Sugar Free on FB at facebook.com/sugarfreefiberarts.

New Crochet Friends On-Line

Now let me introduce you to two amazing women I met on-line and are now my new crochet friends!

From Manchester

First, there’s Jan of Urban Gypsy Crochet in Manchester, UK. She’s such a sweet, chatty, warm-hearted lady, who makes beautiful cardigans and shawls. You can find her Etsy Shop at etsy.com/uk/shop/UrbanGypsyCrochet – Jan’s crochet items are all fairly priced and her colour combinations are beautiful! I especially love this mixed fibre shawl (photo above) that she made. Please do visit Jan’s Etsy Shop and also on Facebook via facebook.com/Urbangypsycrochet/ and say hello!

From Manila

And then there’s Rose who crochets and podcasts from Manila, Philippines, quite a distance from where I live, but we hope to meet up this year! I met Rose via Jan, and this way got introduced to podcasts and video blogging. You can find Rose’s videos at youtube.com/user/cedieaqui/videos – she apparently loves crochet, especially amigurumis. Here (above photo) is one of Rose’s big amigurumis – before and after photos. It’s the suited character Stitch. And guess what? We celebrate our birthdays on the same day! Please say hello to Rose on her Youtube channel!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Glimmer Top to crochet

Make this lacey top to compliment any dress or a sleeveless top. Instructions are for lengths and sizes of your choice. This design is best worked in solid yarn colors with a touch of glitter. Enjoy!

This pattern is part of the Crochetology challenge and is available free with purchase of The Glimmering Poncho.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cell Phone Pouch to Crochet

Finished my celphone pouch! I used the antique Fancy Cord and should say it was hard to crochet with! Anyway, little pouch is finished! This one doesn't need a lining! I love that it wears like a piece of jewelry! ^_^ I have lots of other metallic yarn leftover from previous projects and this little pouch would be a great project for using up leftover yarns! This pattern is available via Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cellphone-pouch-2

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Poncho Crochet Pattern

Crochet this 3-way poncho/shawl which can also be worn as a head cover. It is an easy lace pattern to get accustomed to and stitch multiples are indicated so you can adjust the pattern to any size. Substitute with heavier weight yarn such as Worsted Weight for a poncho to wear on cooler evenings.

Instructions given are for sizes S, (M, L) / Bust 34, (36”, 40”) but the pattern can be adjusted for any size. You can find the pattern via Ravelry!

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(Beginning March 1,2017, buyers of this pattern and subscribers will get a free pattern on using The Glimmering Poncho to make a blouse with sleeves!)

Thank you! Happy Crocheting!

I would like to thank Crochetology’s awesome pattern testers on Ravelry: Sansocks (Julie), Gobble1998(Michelle) and Needlecrafter (Lee) for their patience and encouragement and for making this Crochetology pattern possible. Thank you so much!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Triangular Bag to Crochet

Finished in time for Valentines Day! :D I used 3.5mm hook and 6-ply cotton yarn. I also decided to sew a lining for the bag - remembering that the lining should be bigger than the bag! The bag pattern is available on Ravelry!

Notes: Crocheting this bag is tricky at first but you quickly get the hang of it and it is easy, with big yarn and hook it works up fast! The lining I made is triangular too but curves outwards at the sides so there's more space in it and is  not cramped. See progress photos below!