Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Crochet cotton projects

I have always loved working with cotton! Among cotton threads and yarns available to me, I have my favorites.

Schachenmayr Catania is a sportweight 100% cotton yarn which I first used for purses...then I realized it's usefulness for baby accessories since it is thicker than thread, but softer. So I searched patterns and tried some that worked, like this cute baby girl booties. I made these for my 3-month-old niece and for my coming soon grandbaby girl!

Crochet Baby Booties

I have modified the closure...so that instead of sewing a button, I crocheted one using cotton thread (size 8). I also crocheted flower petals around the buttonhole. Here's how I did it:
Crocheted button: with cotton thread and 2mm hook, ch 3, 4 tr-cluster in the 1st ch, fasten off leaving a 10-inch tail, sew the cluster into a ball, then sew it securely on the bootie. 
Crocheted flower petals: attach thread near the buttonhole, make 10 slip stitches around the hole, join on the 1st slip stitch (ch 3, 2dc-cluster on the 1st ch, skip one slip stitch, slip stitch on the next stitch) 5 times, fasten off and weave in ends.

Next is another cotton baby project, this time its worsted weight, and 85% cotton. Premier Yarns Home Cotton became my favorite worsted weight for accessories and amigurumis because it is softer and easier to work with.
Crochet Baby Shoes

For this baby shoes, I used a pattern I bought several years ago. One thing I learned in choosing patterns for babies, it's so hard to choose!...most of it look so cute in photos but not all of it actually fits right or is practical to use for babies. Most of it don't have modeled pics...so you will only know it works once you've tried it on a baby. 
I think I will be making more baby items for the babies in my family and extended family...I get so inspired when I see delighted recipients of my handmade gifts :)

Next is my new wearable design using cotton thread, size 8. The brand I use is either Monaco or Cannon. Size 8 cotton thread is what's readily available in my area and I also find it to be the best option for our prevailing warm weather. 

Here'a a poncho I made...one that is light and stylish as well. It is a very slow, monotonous project...but I like the resulting fabric so much. 
I have written down the pattern and will post here soon.

And last but not least among my favorite cottons is cotton thread size 10. I prefer this when making my own original design, since it can easily be substituted with popular brands around the world. It is just a bit thinner than size 8 cotton, and so many patterns can work for both size 8 and size 10 thread.

Crochet sample project
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Here's a peek of me working on my design submission several months back. I used Aunt Lydia's size 10 cotton thread. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Open-weave Rattan Stitch pattern - free crochet pattern

Here's a crochet stitch pattern I made up and called open-weave rattan stitch. It came up when I wanted to crochet a mesh shawl different from the ordinary loopy one I previously made (tropical shawl). Still using our local cotton thread size 8, I wanted the fabric to be stretchy. To achieve this, I used a bigger hook than usual. The pattern is quite simple, though the use of esc stitch (extended single crochet) makes it unique. Its a 4-row repeat pattern...it looked to me like the rattan weave I've seen on furnitures (pic here), except that the holes are not lined up straight, but diagonal.

The first shawl project I made using this stitch pattern is shown here. It starts at the long edge of the shawl and ends at the tip.

For now, here's the pattern for the swatch I made.

Crochet rattan stitch
Open-weave rattan stitch crochet pattern

Cannon cotton thread, size 8, (may be substituted with light-fingering 3-ply yarn)
Crochet hook size 4mm
Gauge swatch measures 4 1/4" square

Stitches used
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet 
esc - extended single crochet: insert hook in next stitch (or space), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through one loop to make a ch, yarn over and pull through two loops on hook to complete the stitch.

Row 1: Ch 22 (increase or decrease in multiples of 4), esc (extended single crochet) in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (21 esc)
Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as st), dc in the same st, ch 2, skip one esc, sc in next, (ch 3, skip one esc, sc in next) repeat across, end with ch 2, dc on the last st, turn. (10 ch-spaces)
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 esc in each ch-space across, esc on last st, turn. (21 esc)
Row 4: Ch 4, sc in the next st, (ch 3, skip one esc, sc in next) repeat across, end with ch 2, dc on the last st, turn. (11 ch-spaces)
Row 5: Ch 1, esc in same ch-space, 2 esc in each ch-space across, turn. (21 esc)
Rows 6-17: Repeat rows 2 - 5. Fasten off.

Coming soon - poncho project using the open-weave rattan stitch

crochet poncho

Monday, February 29, 2016

Hello Blog!

Hello dear viewers, hello blog! I have not been posting here for sometime... nowadays I tend to browse and post more on Instagram and less on Ravelry or Facebook, and much less here on Blogger... :( But I still have plans for this blog and I hope you come back often to see my projects and patterns and updates, 
Meanwhile, if you'd like to see, here's my Instagram account. If you're wondering why Instagram...for me, its much simpler and easier to post there, and quicker to see and appreciate what others are doing. I read this article http://www.jennstrends.com/10-reasons-why-you-should-be-on-instagram/ and I totally agree.
Here are some throwback pics I made into a collage to post on Instagram (thanks to Ravelry members who shared their projects)...some of the projects from my designs on Interweave Crochet magazine:

Lauren Sweater
Hibiscus Tunic

And here's my current WIP :
Crochet Poncho
Crochet WIP
I will be finishing this crochet poncho soon, and will post a pattern. This is just a simple stitch pattern, but it is kind of unique ;)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

2015 crochet stuff

Hello, welcome to my blog, and happy new year!
Just a note before I go to the 2015 crochet stuff.... The past few years up to early 2015, I didn't have much time and inspiration for my crocheting projects and designs. Then the past several months somehow I found inspiration. I browsed my books and the internet...I believe I still have something new to offer :) I would like to think that I'll continue to be inspired this year. I recently finished two wearable designs, the pattern will be available this 2016...so I can't show it yet in this post. Meanwhile, here's what I came up with in 2015.

These are all free patterns for quick, simple and useful projects :) (see all my patterns on Ravelry)

1. Handy Oval Makeup Purse
2. Circular Scarf
3. Handy Coin Purse
4. Strapped Flipflops

Started the year at 582 and ended with 607 projects - an additional 25 projects in 2015. (details of my projects on Ravelry)
crochet projects 1
crochet projects 2
crochet projects 3

I tried not to add much to my stash - since I didn't use up much anyway. But fellow yarn lovers know how it goes... ;)
My  2015 purchases were mostly ordered online at Knitwerks and Crafts Boutique from a fellow crafter friend who sell yarns sourced from different countries.
My latest purchase from her is Nazli Gelin Garden thread, size 10 from Turkey, and Anchor size 5 thread from India.

Other purchases from Knitwerks this year are the following. I have reordered Premier Home cotton yarns and Aunt Lydia's threads, since I like it so much! (photo is from a previous order). 

Also I purchased from Gantsilyo Guru with a store in Pasig City, not so far where I live...but I prefer the convenience of buying online. I will experiment with these when I find time.

Other Stuff
I occasionally buy a crochet book or magazine to add to my library. Since I discovered how easy it is to buy from The Book Depository I often check it out.
I bought this book, but have yet to make a project from it.

I recently joined Instagram, and so far here are my best pics:
Hope you can follow me at https://www.instagram.com/mimicat18/

Thanks for looking! And by the way, there's this blog, Around the World in 80 Skeins, with posts featuring knit and crochet designers from around the world. I am in there too ;)

You can also find me here on:

Thank you!

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Instagram and past crochet projects

I have just joined Instagram!...I know, I came a bit late than most. I hope you will follow me at https://www.instagram.com/mimicat18/ . I have new pics of some of my old projects you might like...here's one I captioned as behind-the-scenes shoot of the Lucky cat charm (finished in Feb. 2013)

And some throwback pics ;)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Handy Oval Makeup Purse - free crochet pattern

Crochet pattern - makeup purse
Handy Oval Makeup Purse

I got the idea for this makeup purse when I saw my sister-in-law using the Handy Coin Purse I gave her, to carry a lipstick and compact powder. Those basic makeup essentials hardly fit into the coin purse, but it seemed like a good idea. It saves the bag from clutter, and the front opening is most practical - since the contents of the purse can easily be seen and retrieved.
Then I recently saw the Oval Basket in my stash, it was folded flat and I immediately saw a purse!
I repurposed the pattern, using lighter weight yarn. The addition of a zipper makes it a cute handy purse. I'm thinking of making more, for gifts this Christmas. And this finished sample I'm sure, will delight my SIL!

Handy Oval Makeup Purse
Schachenmayr nomotta Catania, 100% cotton, sport weight yarn, 25 gms. (one skein is enough for 2 purses)
Crochet hook 3.5 mm (or 6/0), or hook to match your yarn
Zipper, approximately 8 inches
Needle and sewing thread
Gauge: not so important
Finished measurement: sample is approx. 7 " in height and 4 " wide, measured at the widest part

Notes: Beginning ch 3 counts as dc. Bottom will curl initially, but will flatten when the side is done.

Rnd 1: Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st on top of beginning ch 3 to join. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around, join with sl st. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around, join. (48 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 3, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next) 6 times, hdc in next 11 dc, dc in next, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next) 6 times, hdc in next 11 dc, join. (38 dc and 22 hdc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in next 2 dc, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in each of the next 5 dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in each of the next 5 dc, dc in next dc, hdc in next 6 sts, sc in next 5 sts**, hdc in next 6 sts, repeat from * to **, hdc in next 3 sts, join. (80 sts)
Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, (dc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts) repeat around, join. (80 sts)
Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next dc, dc in next 2 sc, (sc in next 2 dc, dc in next 2 sc) repeat around, join.
Rnds 8 -13: repeat rnds 6 and 7, 4 times. (80 sts)
Rnd 14: (edging and handle) Ch 1, sc in 15 sts, sc3tog, ch 16 for loop (make longer if preferred), sl st in the base of loop, sl st in each ch, sc in the next 37 sts, sc3tog, sc in remaining 22 sts. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Finishing: Sew the zipper