Thursday, October 27, 2016

Working with yarns from Turkey

Four years ago, I started using yarns from Turkey, the brands Kuka and Ice. These are just some of the yarns I bought and some I have used to make projects, mostly crochet garments. A few yarns I never managed to use and instead either gave away as gifts or as prizes in Crochetology contests in the past.


These are no longer available but seem to be on sale under new names. I bought these yarns because of the lovely self-striping colours and the lightness of the fibre. I made dresses with these yarns and the left-over yarns I used to make hair accessories.

Some yarns available that resemble the original Angora Magic Design are: MAGIC DK, MAGIC FINE, MAGIC WOOL DELUXE, DANCING BABY, PRIMADONNA, SULTAN WOOL, MARVELOUS PURE WOOL, and REGINA LANA.


This is acrylic yarn with some content of alpaca and other wool. I got these in grey and light orange melange colours. I fell in love with the grey and find the light orange too bright for my taste. I love these yarns because they are fine lightweight yarns and they dry very quickly. I made dresses with these yarns and they are light, airy, beautiful dresses. The yarns left over I made a vest.

This yarn is discontinued (only few colours left) but some similar yarns are the following: MASTER ALPACA, PERU ALPACA, ROSE ALPACA, VISCOSE ALPACA FINE, NEW MASTER ALPACA, TERMICO ALPACA,


I got several yarns containing silk and some are softer than others. I made a dress with the stronger silk yarns and the more delicate ones, I used to make smaller garments and accessories such as shawls and shrugs and tops.

Some fine silk blended yarns available are: CASHMERE SILK, and SILK SALMON.


This is lovely novelty yarn with mohair, acrylic and gold glitter. I loved the colour combination of light green, pink and gold. I used this yarn to make a dress. This yarn has been discontinued, unfortunately, however there is a great selection of yarns blended with sparkly lurex.


In 2016, I got some new yarns and here is the first, antibacterial dralon yarn. I got these because I fell in love with the colour. I made scarves and stoles with this yarn and plan to make a garment with it shortly. Since this yarn is new, it is still available - not sure for how long - via Bohol Yarnshopping Dralon.


This is a combination of two things in a yarn that I love - a touch of glitter and lightness. I bought several of these yarns to give as prizes and gifts to friends. I made a top with this yarn and some leftover, maybe I will make a small scarf.

Loren Wool is no longer available but there are several yarns containing lurex and wool.


This is 100% nylon yarn, and I think that nylon is now called polyamide in Ice Yarns. While 'Bellissimo' is discontinued, I found some yarns that resemble this product. I wanted to try this yarn because of its elasticity, and I have made a turtle neck top with it. I still have a few left-over which
I might try to make a sports bra.

This yarn of similar type is available as MAGNIFICO.


This is soft lovely blend of acrylic and cotton, colours look like denim and like distressed or torn fabric. The yardage of this yarn is fantastic and I used this yarn to make a dress. At the moment, I cannot find any yarn of this type.

FOR MORE selections of yarns, please visit THE BOHOL YARNSHOPPING WEBSITE.

Lace Halter Bra free pattern

I know there are crocheters who can figure out a pattern by just looking at a photo of the finished item. These photos are probably for those crocheters since i don't have the time to write the pattern now. Do you think these types of 'instructions' are useful for crocheters who don't use written patterns or charts?

The lace pattern used for the front lace panel is below. It's from VOGUE KNITTING STITCHIONARY 4 which I got for 1,258.00PHP or US$25.00 at Fully Booked.

Here are some picture showing work-in-progress for your reference.

Here is the original inspiration for the crochet bra.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Diamond stole

I was trying to crochet a shrug but it came out much too long so here is a stole instead.


Hook: 3mm

Yarn: Antibacterial Magic by Ice Yarns or other sport weight or 6-ply yarn

This project uses approximately 700 meters/650 grams of yarn

Stole Dimensions: 10" wide x 90" long


Ch 160 +6 (count as dc, ch 2) (or make foundation chain in multiples of 8 +6; this establishes the length of the stole)

Row 1: 5 dc in 10th ch fr hook, *ch 2, sk 3 ch, dc in next ch, ch 2, sk 3 ch, 5 dc in next ch, rep fr * across, ending with ch 2, dc in last ch; ch 4 (count as dc, ch 1), turn.

Row 2: Dc in first dc, *ch 1, dc in each of second, third and fourth dc of 5-dc group, ch 1, sk 2-ch sp, in next dc make (dc, ch 3, dc), rep fr * across, ending with ch 1, dc in each of  second, third and fourth dc of 5-dc group, ch 1, sk 2 ch sp, in last dc make (dc, ch 1, dc), ch 3 (count as dc), turn.

Row 3: 2 dc in first ch sp, *ch 2, dc in middle dc of 3-dc group, ch 2, 5 dc in next 3-ch sp, rep fr * across, ending with ch 2, dc in middle dc of 3-ch group, ch 2, sk next ch sp, 3 dc in last ch sp; ch 3, turn.

Row 4: Sk first dc, dc in next dc, *ch 1, sk 2 ch sp, in next dc make (dc, ch 3, dc), ch 1, sk 2 ch sp, dc in each of second, third and fourth dc of next 5-dc group, rep fr * across, ending with ch 1, sk 2 ch sp, in next dc make (dc, ch 3, dc), ch 1, sk next dc, dc in each of last 2 dc, ch 5 (count as dc, ch 2), turn.

Row 5: In first 3-ch sp make 5 dc, *ch 2, dc in middle dc of next 3-dc group, ch 2, 5 dc in next 3-ch sp, rep fr * across ending with ch 2, dc in last dc; ch 4 (count as dc, ch 1), turn.

Rows 6-22: Rep rows 2-5 to make 22 rows or until scarf measures 10" wide. Do not fasten off, working on the right side, work the trim all around the scarf as follows:

Work evenly in each st along the length of the scarf (5 sc, picot), 2 sc ch 2, 2 sc in last st at the corner to turn, then work along the rows of the scarf as follows: work evenly 3 sc in each row with picot worked after every 5 sc. Continue all around the scarf, fasten off.