Rabu, 18 Mei 2016

Merry Crochet Sling Bag Tutorial

Finally i already finished making this tutorial.
I named it "merry crochet sling bag", because i was so happy and really enjoyed making this bag.
I love to play with vary crochet stitches, it's avoid me from boredom :p
As i promised, i want to share with all of you about the tutorial :D

Here's a little bit information about this pattern :
- i use america terminology
- right-handed 
- please DON'T translate into other languages.

- you can copy/ share / and sell your creation from my original pattern, 
use it for the good purposes only :) 
- i would be so honored and pleased if you give me a credit by linking my profile :)

if you find some difficulties/ questions, please don’t hesitate to 
email me at : martikanr@gmail.com 
DM on my instagram

Enjoy the pattern...

Merry Crochet Sling Bag crochet pattern

abbreviation :
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
ch (chain) | sc (single chain) | dc (double crochet) | BS (bobble stitch)
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
material :
- 3 mm hook.
- scissor, blunt tip needle/ tapestry needle.
- 6 colors of cotton yarn (yellow, ochre, mild salmon, green, blue, purple).

finished size : 
lenght : 13 cm ; height : 10 cm

note :
- always start the beginning row with ch 3, it counts as 1 dc.
- start from any stitch as you want, except for the R8.
- juse blunt tip needle/ tapestry needle to join the crochet end.

Ok, let’s get started and let the crochet talk :)

Round 1 (R1).
Make 39 ch (as fondation ch) + ch 3 (count as 1 dc). 
Make 39 dc in the next 39 stitches. Rotate to work. 
In the opposite side, make 40 dc in the next 40 stitches.
Join the crochet end. Total = 80 dc

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Pattern = (2 dc - ch 2 - skip 2 stitches). Repeat 20x. Join the crochet end. 

Total = 80 stitches.

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Work this pattern over the 2 ch on the prevoius round. Pattern = same as R2.
Total = 80 stitches.
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Repeat step R3 in each row. Total = 80 stitches.
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Work this pattern over the 2 ch on the prevoius round.
Pattern = (2dc - 2sc in the next 2 stitches). Repeat 20x. Join the crochet end.
Total = 80 stitches.
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Make 40 dc in the next 40 stitches. Join the crochet end.
Total = 80 stitches.

Find the folded edges at both sides. There’ll be 40 stitches on each side.
Start R8 from the 4th stitch (see the arrow) from the foldes edge on the right side 
(see the pic below to make it clearer).
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R8. Make 9 dc start from the “arrow” (see the 2nd pic at R7 above). 
And make 5 dc in the next stitch to make a circle.
ps : on this pic i only make 4 dc in the next stitch, but the correct stitches are 5dc :) 

Make 7 dc in the opposite stitch 
between 2 dc (see the pink arow).

and ss into the 1st dc you start you make circle.
Join the crochet end. Total = 80 stitches.

Maybe it will look bigger and strecthy than previous rows, but it’s ok. 
It’ll look “normal” when you’re done with next rows.
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Make 80 dc on the next 80 stitches, start from stitch right next to circle (no.1).
Join the crochet end. Total = 80 stitches.

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R10 - R13.
Repeat step R2-R4. Join the crochet end. Total = 80 stitches.
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Repeat step R7. Join the crochet end. Total = 80 stitches.
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Pattern = (3 sc, 1 BS in the next stitch). Repeat 20x. Join the crochet end. 
Total = 80 stitches.

BS --> make unfinish 4 dc in the same stitch, yarn over...

... and pull through all loops on the hook, ch 1.

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Pattern = (1 sc in top of BS, ch 3). Repeat 20x. Join the crochet end. 
Total = 80 stitches.
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Pattern = (4 dc in the ch 3 on previous round). Repeat 20x. Join the crochet end. 
Total = 80 stitches.
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R18. Repeat step R16. Total = 80 stitches.
R19. Repeat step R17. Total = 80 stitches.
R20. Repeat step R16. Total = 80 stitches.

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Broomstick String
Make ch 1 + ch 300 (as fondation ch to make broomstick) + ch 4. Total = 305 chains.
Insert the chains (from beginning ch) into the space on the last row of the bag, 
from right to left. So the chains will hooked on that 1 sc.

Insert the hook in the 5th ch from hook, and make unfinish 4dc.
There’ll be 6 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull the hook through all 6 loops...

.. and make 1 sc.
Repeat that step 2 more times. 
There’s gonna be 3 sc that tied the 6 loops altogether, and 1 broomstitck is finished.

Make broomstitch along the fondation ch. There will be 1 ch left, just let it be.
Make ch 4. Total = 100 broomsticks.

Insert the “ch 4” to the space between 1 sc on the folded edge in the oppisite side of bag 
(from outside to inside). 
Use blunt tip needle (tapestry needle) to join both ends, and secure.

And finished !

You can add a lining to prevent from stretch (sorry, i don't make the tutorial for the lining).

Which stitch do you like the most?
I love the broomstick stitch on the string :D 
What about you?
You can share your creation to me, simply send me an image to my email :)
Enjoy the merry crochet sling bag !

martika :)

Selasa, 17 Mei 2016

how to join crochet end (invisible join)

since i found this magical way to join crochet end, it became my favorite thing. 
no matter the shape is square, circle, round, it works in every single shape! 
and the join end looks so even, it's invisible. 
 though i'm trying so hard to find where the joining is, i still can't find it! 
this is one of the power of invisible join i guess :D 
 no ! i've made up my mind... this is the one and only power of invisible join :D :D 

 and i'll show you one of my favorite tips & tricks on crochet, 
because next time i'll show you another tips & tricks :D 
 ok, let's start the tutorial..

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make a crochet circle as you desire. mine is circle.  
i start with magic ring/ magic circle, and make 13 dc (the first dc is ch 3, because it counts as 1dc). 

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after you finished and reach the end, just cut the yarn and pull the yarn end through the loop.

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insert the yarn end into tapestry needle.
then insert the needle under top stitch of 2nd dc.

if you ask me why i insert the needle on top stitch of 2nd dc, not into the 1st dc (ch 3)..
the answer is, this joining will become the top stitch of the 1st dc. 
so if you count how many dc on that circle, the amount is the same with you're expected (13 dc). 
but if you insert the needle into top stitch of the 1st dc, 
the amount of dc on the circle will be more than you're expected (14 dc).

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pull it gently, and insert needle backward between top stitch on the last dc.
pull the yarn and make sure the tension is the same as other stitches.

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to secure, insert the year end to backside of circle and cut the leftover yarn.

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can you spot the invisible join?
the one that i point with needle, that's the invisible join.

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and this is the look. 
the edges look so even and tidy, i love it :D

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hope this tutorial useful for you ..

martika :)

Senin, 14 Maret 2016

Crochet Puff Stitch Flower

One of my friend was asked me to teach crochet puff stitch flower.
To be honest, i never made it before though sometimes i've seen it.
After that, i searched from my pinterest about the tutorial and it's linked to this youtube.
I put aside my plan and drowning in to this puff stitch thing :p
Really hard to fixed my mood and followed it nicely, because the video tutorial wasn't in english.
After trial and error in many times, finally i did it! :D

All i know, to make this crochet puff stitch flower looks puffy, use acrylic yarn/ wool yarn/ bulky yarn. So the texture will come out and it'll look pretty :)
Once i tried using cotton yarn, and it's not really worked. It looked flat!

At the end, i decided to made 7 crochet puffs flower and gather them all became this one...
I did a "as you go" way to combine all the parts as one. Means, after you finished 1 part, make the 2nd one.  before you finished the 2nd one, join 2 of petals into the 2 petals of 1st flower. And do it until you finish.
The good point about this way, you can save your time so you don't have to prepare a special time to join them one by one. But i think as long as you know the pattern of your project, this way will easier. But if you don't know yet about the pattern, what will it become, please don't use this "as you go" way! It's tricky >.< Better you join each part manually using blunt tip needle (tapestry yarn).

And this morning i taught my friend about this stitch. And she had difficulty to create the puffy look on the petals >.< 
She's craving for a crochet puff stitch flower bag, and i said "gambatene" to her (means : good luck) :p

The end of the story.. hope you like my creation :D
This project will be a special gift for my daughter's best friend who's gonna be back for good to Indonesia after 1 year stay in Tokyo.
Hope she will love it :) 

martika :)

Minggu, 06 Maret 2016

Tea Cup Crochet Patchwork

Helloooooooowwww... long time haven't post anything...
I just listed a new pattern on my Etsy shop, with a new style :D

Inspired by my morning routine, always drinking a cup of tea.
No no no.. not only a cup, but a mug or a glass of tea >.<
See?? How i addicted to tea...
That's why i doodled and created this pattern.
Actually i made this pattern last year, and i uploaded it on my instagram herehere, and here...

A couple of months ago, i really wanted to write this tutorial.. 
But it seemed i always lazy or busy :p
And last week i had a will that i have to write it soon.
While i was thinking about that, someone asked me about that pattern !
What a coincidence :D 
Than i wrote the pattern right away !!
And here it is.. The 2nd tea cup crochet patchwork came along with ready to download file :)
Love it love it love it!!

When first time i made a sample, i wondered if it possible for me to write down the pattern?
It seemed so hard to explained in a words, because i use a tapestry crochet technique.
And the answer was.. Yes, indeed... it's hard to explain in a words, but worthy to tried :D

And now it's your turn to make it :)

martika :)

Minggu, 03 Januari 2016

Start the earliest day of 2016 in Nagano

what a good experience i had..
me and family went to one of the nice prefecture in japan, nagano.
it took 3 1/2 hrs from tokyo by bus, or 1 1/2 by shinkansen (bullet train).
here's i share a little bit of our fun moments...

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day 1 at zenkoji temple, the most popular temple in nagano


we ate sweet potato ..


every time i visit a new place in japan, i always enter an omiyage (souvenir) shop and buy one or two .
i love the handcrafted goods in here, the craftsmen did a good job. 
it's tidy, attracted, simple but the detail speaks so many things. 

... and we went to some place, just like in the middle of no where..
love to spent our time in here. the view was so perfect, surrounded by mountains...

day 2. trip to jigokudani. 
took a picture in front of express train, the train that brought us from nagano station to jigokudani..
 a place where we can saw a lot of japanese monkeys bathed in the onsen :D

after walked for 1.6 km from the gate, finally we arrived at the point.
there's 2 attractive place to enter, onsen and snow monkey. which one i chose? 
of course snow monkey.. no way i bathed in a public onsen :p 
fyi, the onsen available for human and monkeys too.. lol !! 
it's true :D of course it's available in separate place :D 

it's -1 degree celcius..
i love these pictures below. remind me of postcard when i was kid :)

finally we can saw monkeys bathed in the onsen. they're so noisy and smell bad! hehe..

my little daughter forced me to order an orange juice and at the end she didn't drink it !
oh well... at least i can put the orange juice in snow, so it will stay cool.. haha!

my son and his snow man

my little girl felt so cold, she always complained all the way to the monkeys place :(

 back to tokyo, we took shinkansen for 1 1/2 hrs.
it was 9.46 pm... so tired and cold..

and the story end :)

hope you had a wonderful new year's eve memory, 
and hope the journey of the new beginning start brightly and shiny :) :)

martika :)