Saturday, January 20, 2024

Crochet Stitch - Waistcoat Stitch, How to

I used to call the Waistcoat Stitch the Knit Single Crochet (ksc) but Knit Single Crochet Stitch is properly known as the Waistcoat Stitch.

Oops! Sorry – I didn’t know that when I thought I “invented” it!!! 😂😂😂
Waistcoat Stitch aka Knit SC Stitch

Note: This stitch is best suited for working in the rounds. Hence it is ideal for tapestry crochet bags and amigurumi projects.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Drawstring Tapestry Crochet Bag - Muted Hues of Myth & Fauna

As with the Cat & Fishes tapestry crochet bag, this Drawstring Tapestry Crochet Bag is also a one-time, one of a kind design. A large bag suitable for daily use, for packing some gear for a weekend away, or for the hopeful shopping trips.


Ladder Stitch, Beading How To

The Ladder Stitch is generally used as a foundation (start) stitch for Brick Stitch and Herringbone stitch. This stitch can be done with either one (traditional way) or 2-needle approach.

This image will serve as reminder for those who already know how to weave the Ladder Stitch.


Thursday, January 7, 2021

Glowing Miracle-Bead Crochet Bag - Beaded Crochet

This Drawstring Tapestry Crochet Bag is also a one-time, one of a kind design. This bag is crocheted with the super-intriguing Miracle Beads, aka Magic Beads. The 'magic' of these beads is that they will glow under natural light. So at the most unexpected, delightful occasion, your bag will seem to burst forth with an inner glow. Furthermore, they have the mesmerising illusion of a bead within a bead. This 'magic' has to be seen to fully appreciated.

Glowing Miracle-Bead Crochet Bag (CH0419)

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Invisible Join - Crochet Needle Join - How To

The Invisible Join aka Needle Join (NJ) is a most useful and, in my opinion, a beautiful way to end a row of crochet stitches.  This is used in circular work (e.g. making crochet mandalas, overlay crochet) ... whenever you have to end one colour at the end of a circular row and switch to another colour.

I prefer the name IJ (Invisible Join) because you don't always need to use a needle to effect this join.  And it does produce an invisible joining stitch.  Basically it invisibly joins your ending stitch to your starting stitch in circular work.

How to crochet the Invisible Join/Needle Join

Let's do it!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Meditation Capelet; overlay crochet

Meditation Capelet for early morning meditations! Mornings are getting colder.  It is harder and harder to rise above the doona and sit up for nippy morning meditations.  This capelet was designed to keep me warm at those moments.

Meditation Capelet (CH0497)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Large Crochet Amigurumi Cuddly Bunny - Peony Wabbit

Peony Wabbit is another of my large crochet amigurumi bunnies.  She is, we think, adorable and we carry her just like as if she is a real baby!! 𓆩♡𓆪

Peony with flower in her ear, handmade fashion, large eyes with eyelashes is just like a big baby, albeit a crocheted bunny baby.  She loves to be carried, cuddled, and brought to see new faces, places, and things.  I wish her a life of love and adventure.

Large Crochet Amigurumi Cuddly Bunny - Peony Wabbit (CH0491)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Crochet Amigurumi Rabbit - Marnie Wabbit

For a change, I am making soft, cuddly amigurumi crochet dolls rather than sturdy, heady, functional doorstops.

This here is Marnie Wabbit.

Crochet Amigurumi Rabbit - Marnie Wabbit (CH0489)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Rib Crochet; How To

I think there are a few ways to create Rib Crochet.  This method is quite easy.
Faux Rib Crochet

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Circular Thermal Stitch - Working in the Round

I introduced the strap single crochet (ssc), then later discovered it was more commonly known as the Thermal Stitch in an earlier post.  However that was worked flat - to and fro; not circular. Today we will look at how to do the Circular Thermal Stitch i.e. working the Thermal Stitch in the round.

When making amigurumi items or Wayuu-like bags, we almost always work in the round. And since the Thermal Stitch is great for projects requiring dense (i.e. not holey) fabric, it is a great stich to use for amigurumi crochet or making Wayuu-like tapestry bags. So we need to know how to crochet the thermal stitch in the round for circular items.

Circular Thermal Stitch, how to

Modified Crochet Stitch, Wayuu Crochet, Tapestry Crochet - How To

Modified Wayuu/Tapestry Crochet Stitch - How To

I am not sure that Modified Crochet Stitch, being such a generic term, is the best nor correct name for this stitch. However I will leave it as is, mainly because this video I will refer you to, calls it just that.

I also tend to call this Traditional Wayuu Stitch because this is the stitch most commonly used in making Wayuu Mochila bags. It is also a common stitch in Tapestry Crochet.

In the video, the crocheter talks about “yarn over” and “yarn under”. For the life of me, I can’t see how one is “yarn over” and the other “yarn under”. If I am looking at the yarn, then it is “yarn over” both times, to me.

So I am showing the same stitch in photos below. Use whichever is more useful to you.

The important thing with this modified/wayuu/tapestry stitch is:
  • crochet into back look
  • complete the single crochet by putting - "hook under"-  "hook under" (if focusing on hook) or - "yarn over" - "yarn over" (if focusing on the yarn)

Finished Characteristics

  • horizontal ridge on *front side (*front side = side of work facing you)
  • stitches stacked vertically-centered on top of each other => straight vertical lines.  Ideal for wayuu and tapestry crochet
  • has small holes in fabric, which might not be ideal for amigurumi crochet when you have to stuff tightly

Modified Shallow Single Crochet Stitch - How To

Modified Shallow Single Crochet Stitch is a variation of the single crochet (sc) stitch which is very much like the modified single crochet stitch except it is more dense and has shorter rows.
Because this modified shallow sc stitch produces such a dense, no-hole fabric, it is ideal for amigurumi crochet because the stuffing won't show through.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Teddy Bear Crochet Baby Shoes, and How To

This pair of Teddy Bear Crochet Baby Shoes is a brown, soft and cuddly pair of baby booties.  Crochets steps and tips follows.

Teddy Bear Crochet Baby Shoes, and How To (CH0429)

Pink Piggy Crochet Baby Booties

What can I say about this pair of pink piggy baby booties other than, "OMG. They are so cute." Before you get all flustered with me for indulging in self-praise, I will give you a link to where I got this free pattern. That is if you want to set your little fingers to crochet up a pair, or two, for a baby you might know?)
Pink Piggy Crochet Baby Booties (CH0430)

Elephant Crochet Baby Booties (CH0428)

A quick posting on this adorable pair of baby Elephant Booties. Included here are some basic starting steps. And a link to the requisite free crochet pattern.

Elephant Crochet Baby Booties (CH0428)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Crochet Stitch: Double Chain Foundation (DCF)

Double Chain Foundation (DCF) - what is it good for? It is especially good for when you have a foundation chain that has to be crocheted on both sides.  A good example is when you are making booties. The DCF provides a stronger, less holey start to your work.

Double Chain Foundation (DCF) for starting crochet in the Round

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

African Butterfly Magic Hair Clip - DIY How To Make

African Butterfly Magic Hair Clip is alternatively known as double hair comb with elastic, butterfly clip, hairclip, double magic hair comb, double beaded hair comb, magic hair comb. If you have used a Butterfly Magic Hair Clip before you will fully appreciate how much better they are than just about any other hair clip.  Butterfly Magic Hair Clip is very easy to use, very firm, and works whether you have a lot of hair or very little (like me).  (See video at the end of post for how to use a butterfly magic hair clip).


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

GHHORIZONTAL Tapestry Crochet Bag

GHHORIZONTAL tapestry crochet bag celebrates colour and joie de vivre in tribal geometric pattern.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tapestry Crochet Bag - Cat and Fishes

This "Cat & Fishes" is one of my first tapestry crochet bag.  This is a one-off, no repeat design.  I drew and graphed the pattern, pulling from a number of sources of inspiration (see below). Unlike other tapestry crochet and also unlike Wayuu bags, this tapestry bag is done in the extremely strong and dense knit-sc stitch which produces the intriguing stockinette-looking stitch. I have included lots of metal bag hardware - coz' they always look so good on a bag, don't they?!!

Cat & Fishes Tapestry Crochet Bag (CH0417)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thermal Stitch, how to - Strong Crochet Strap

I made up a name for this very useful stitch.  I call it  “strap single crochet stitch” or “ssc stitch” or “strap sc stitch” - because I first made it up when trying to find a way to make a strong, sturdy, (almost) non-stretch, smooth edged strap.

Addendum: 10 May 2018 Thanks to the readers who left me comments, I now know that I was not the first to create it (as I suspected) and this stitch has a proper name: namely Thermal Stitch or Siberian Stitch. Thank you Cheryl, Brigitta, May!

How to Make Strong Crochet Strap with Thermal Stitch

I have been making some crochet bags lately.  They are sturdy and strong.  And I wanted to make a crochet strap that would complement the whole feel of the bags.  I wanted some strong crochet straps that would not stretch nor look sloppy.  But none of the crochet stitches I knew could produce what I wanted. So I had to come up with something new (to me) ... and it worked beautifully!