Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bolero to Crochet

The Orchid Garden Bolero pattern is now available. Pattern is available in sizes for bust 34”-36” (38”-40”,42”-44”). Bolero is meant to be worn over a garment and is therefore crocheted to be loose-fitting. Pattern instructions include tips on making the bolero in fitted size, as well as detailed photos of work-in-progress.

The bolero is made up of 3 rectangular pieces crocheted sideways. The pieces are then sewn together – at the sides and at the shoulders. The bottom trim is crocheted in rows, followed by the neckline also in rows, and finally the armholes in rounds.

Use DK weight yarn and 4mm hook. You will also need a 1" wide button.

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 will be on-line shortly. 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 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 - 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

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 – 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 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 – 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!