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October 27, 2009 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

Psychedelic Shell – How I made it (Part II)

Apparently, its called popcorn yarn

Apparently, it's called popcorn yarn

The materials:

The white yarn looks like this one. It has extra frills that when you crochet with it, some stitches pop out. Maybe it’s the reason they called it ‘popcorn yarn’. It’s hard to crochet it with the size of the hook I had then, but I managed. (like i always do).

The yellow and black yarns are like the threads used in sewing but in multiple strands. The yellow yarn has 6 strands of these threads and the black has 12 strands. Though the black yarn i used has thinner strands (i think half the thickness of those in yellow). So in effect these two yarns, i think, are of the same weight.

Actual Picture of the yarns I  bought in baguio

Yellow yarn 4 d psychedelic shell Remnants of the black yarn

The principles of design:

Parts of the top

Parts of the top

Increasing the stitches in the shell stitch

Increasing the stitches in the shell stitch

I made the foundation chain a bit loose because the design requires the fabric to be stretchy. Another thing is that the fabric should drape from the shoulders down. Basically, i had to work this in circle and that the foundation circle should be wider.And i have to add stitches as i go.

After picking up the principles comprising the top, I felt confident I could imitate it. And off I went. When and where you should add stitches depends on you discretion (how you would want the fabric to fall), your patience and yarn shortage.  I am picturing it should go like the picture on the left.  I thought that increasing stitches depends on the length. So the longer ive done, the more stitches i made. One thing to keep in mind is to keep the ‘basic shell’ intact, so when you look at it, your eyes will see the widening of the stitch from two dc’s up to the increasing end.

July 29, 2009 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

Pyschedelic Shell – How I made it (Part I)

Mines View Park Entrance

Mines View Entrance

Psychedelic Shell

The inspiration:

It wasn’t an original design. In fact if you visit the stalls in mines view and wright park, you would see a lot of these in their shelves. What inspired me to make one too was it was when I obtained my first batch of baguio yarns and the lady who pointed me the place to buy them was making on these particular top.

Gold Tulip Crochet Hooks - Mine was the one with 3 and 4 on the Grip

Gold Tulip Crochet Hooks - Mine was the one with 3 and 4 on the Grip

I bought one of her finished product after asking her the exact whereabouts of the yarn market. The top was pretty cheap like around a few hundred bucks. Pretty cheap for the effort. But the yarns used were a bit rough, and oh well dirty. Nothing that can’t be fixed after a few washings.

Lucky for me, I had my hook then. See I (almost) always have crochet hooks with me. And so i was excited to start crocheting and I wanted to recreate the one I bought. I had 2 kgs yarns of varying texture and weight. That’s 8 balls of 7 colors (2 white, red, black, green, blue, pink and yellow). The colors I decided to use were yellow, black and white. These colors complement each other but i have one problem. The white yarn is of heavier weight.

In a place where you have limited resources, your only option is to improvise.

I opted to use multiple strands of the other two, to compensate for the weight of the white thread. One problem solved. ‘too excited to start.

July 29, 2009 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

Shell(f) life

One of the most useful stitches of all times – the shell stitch, and yes, it is one of the stitches i usually use. Only because, it’s one of the few combination stitches i know. And I make full use of this stitch whenever I create my tops.

Shell Stitch

Shell Stitch

The picture above depicts the shell stitch being used in a variety of ways:

  • Entire length of a blouse can be made of entirely shell stitches of varying width.
  • As the upper portion of a blouse (width the lower part made of crochet blocks)
  • As a sleeve
  • As fill in for the lower portion of a bolero (with the upper part made of crochet blocks)

July 14, 2009 at 2:38 am Leave a comment

Crochet Blocks

This is one of the first techniques i adopted in creating crocheted tops. Starting from a ring, form a floral pattern with even-numbered petals. The principle lies in that you have to create the corners of the ‘block’ from the  four petals of your floral pattern. Next is that you have to put the crochet blocks together as you go.

I always do floral patterns for crochet blocks coz their easier to do. Plus you wouldn’t notice where you put one together. 🙂

From square to fab top

From square to fab top

Once you finished the main blocks you could just do simple chains or shell stiches to add length to  your fabric. Also you could use different colors for the main flower and  the outer layer of the block. Your friend might not even noticed that a number of ur crochet blouses are actually made from the same pattern. 🙂

July 14, 2009 at 2:23 am Leave a comment

Coined from Rachel’s Daisy Square

It was during those times that all i have was misconception on what DC is. I have this pattern on my computer for a long time.. can’t find the decency of time to sit back and crochet so, it was only during christmas vacation that i paid much attention to it… The author of the pattern copied it from a bedsheet and made it into a skirt... It was my intention.. to make a skirt too, just like what she did.

Dasiy SQUARE

However, work (again) took control of my time and i was enthusiastic on finishing a project then… so my hobbies were set aside come new year. It was only late feb 2008 that i remembered some unfinished crochet.

And while i’m doing it, i decided to make a blouse instead.

Daisy Square

And I am so proud of being able to do it

to rachel, pardon me for not being able to follow your pattern.. I wasn’t able to understand it. I only relied on the pictures of the stitches. Thank you for such a wonderful pattern.

June 10, 2008 at 1:34 am 3 comments

It was a shame for a crochet enthusiast

I never had a real formal education about crocheting.. I mean, my mother only taught me of the basic stitches ch (the chain), sc (single crochet) and dc (double crochet).

From then on, i believed i was really doing dc correctly. You know, 2ch = 1 dc. And so i made all of my crochet projects basing on these stitches i know..

When internet has become a regular thing, i am able to browse through sites on different patterns.. Patterns = pictures of finished products, because i really do not understand the abbreviations of stitches so i rely on the pictures of crocheted patterns, and try to do them based on what i know.

Since, i only have time to browse the net for patterns, I copy them to word then print them at home. So when i get home and read the instructions, i got confused.. it’s like speaking greek to me… (:D)

It was only a month ago when i tried to download a book about crochet (and i really read the first few pages about basic stitches) which taught me what a dc really is. The single chain i do is the real dc! Shame on me…

😀

Imagine all the mistakes i’ve committed on all the patterns i followed… It’s no wonder it felt like i’m missing stitches…

May 5, 2008 at 1:13 am Leave a comment


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