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Saturday, October 27, 2018

How to hold a crochet hook and yarn

1:05:00 PM 0 Comments
Hi everyone,

The real struggle for begginer chrocheter is to hold yarn and hook consistantly and feel comfort with it.

I remember the few weeks learning chrochet for the first time, even making a constant chain was really a hard work. Lots of crafters say that there is no rule that work for everyone, especially when we came into the tutorial how we should hold yarn and hook correctly. Some tips may work for one but could be hard  to follow by others. However, I think it is important to see how other crafters do it, because it may give you ideas wich techniques that suit you very well.

One thing that beginner chrocheters should realize is that chaining is HARD, and I believe that almost all advanced chrocheters had been there too!.  So, all you need to do is just be patient and keep practicing. I will share how I usually do it, later you will notice that what I am doing is the most common technique on holding the yarn and hook.

First of all, let’s pay attention on the part of the crochet hook below;

What I am usually doing is:
   Right hand (hold the hook)
- I have my thumb and index finger facing face to face each other on the grip
- Middle finger on the shaft
- Then set two other fingers free

    Left hand (hold the yarn)
- I set the thumb meets the middle finger to tightly hold the stiches
- The index finger would be functioning as the yarn winder, I usually have at least 2 coils of yarn there.

As you get more practise you will notice that the index finger plays an important role on keeping the tension while you make stitches .
If you feel not comfortable in the first week practising crocheting, don’t worry!  All crafters experience it, and it shall to pass. I promise  it will get easier by the time you do it and maybe you’re gonna love doing it  just like me.
Check my 1 minute video, to give you an idea on how to hold the hook and the yarn. So start chaining!
;) ~enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Crossbody bag

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Hi everyone! If you remember my last post about preparing the zipper for my cross body bag here, today we are going to finish the bag by attaching the zipper to the bag.

   The materials that you need to prepare are:
  1. 2 fabrics for the bag's outer in the size of: 25x19cm  (let's call them 1a and 1b) and one piece of fabric (1c) in the size of 68x10cm.
  2. 2 pieces of fabric matching to the outer in the size of 15x10cm (name them 1d).
  3. 3 pieces of fabrics for the inner bag in the same size of the outer fabrics (1e and 1f in the size of 25X19cm,  and 1g in the size of 68X10cm .
  4. 2 pieces of D-ring
  5. Sewing threads


*Attach the zipper into the inner fabric. One wing of the zipper attached to 1e, the other wing should  be attached to 1f. 
*Once it is done, continue the sewing by attaching the 1e and 1f to 1g. Now you should have the inner bag nearly ready.
once you finished, the inner should be look like this. 1E and 1F properly attached to 1G.
*Repeat the second step for the outer bag
I put on an insert under the outer, to make the fabrics a little bit sturdy and the the bag a shape.
*Grab the fabric that has 15x10cm in size fold them in half twice, then tighten the corner.
First fold
fold it again, and sew all of the four sides.
D-ring holder before and after sewing.
*Put the D-ring in the middle and fold them again, then sew it at the outer bag, at the top of the 1C fabric. Attach the D-ring holder to the outer left and right side. 
I put a pin to keep the the ring holder keep on the place, but you can sew it instead if you like.
*Prepare the outer then wrap it with the inner both of the right side facing face-to-face.
*Sew the top of the bag then leave a hole around 20cm. Pull the right side of the bag from the hole.

*Fold the fabric on the hole and then sew them from end-to-end.

And now you have your bag ready!

Thank you for reading & see you next time!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

How to sew a zipper for a bag

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How to do your first zipper

Hi everyone!
This post is dedicated for those who is feeling confused about doing zipper, well this is my first time too.
After several times strolling out on youtube and watched bunch of tutorial, I decided to give it a try.

So, the main goal is preparing zipper for my cross body bag. The final measurement of the bag should be 25cm X 10cm X 16cm in height.
Thing to consider is that I want the zipper a little bit longer, so then I can fold it a bit at the corner side.


  • 1. A zipper 30cm long
  • 2. 4 pieces of fabrics in 23cm X 6cm (lets call them fabrics number 2a, 2b, 2c and  2d. All of them are same in size and colour)
  • 3. 2 pieces of fabrics in 9cm X 5 cm
  • 4. Thread


1. Fold all 2a-2d at the left and right side of  for about 0.5cm. (Follow the red line on the picture).

Fold and press the fabrics following the red line on the picture. And the folding should be maintained when we sew the zipper.
2. Sew 2a and 2b to the zipper. The upper side of 2a should meets the upper side of the zipper, while upper side of 2b meets the back of the zipper. (see picture)
notice that the right side of 2a should meets the upper side of the zipper and the right side of 2b should meets the back side of the zipper, or we can say that both of the wrong side of 2a and 2b should meet side by side.

this is how it should look like when 1 wing of the zipper is done. :)
3. Do exactly the same for the other side. When you finished, you will have a zipper with 2 wings, where each wing will have 2 un-sewed fabrics on both corners (see picture).

half done zipper with two un-sewed wings :))
4. Fold or roll 1 wing to the center, then wrap it with the other wing and sew it (see picture).
fold 1 wing to the centre
Wrap it with the other side

 5. Pull the the inside from the un-sewed part.
Pull the rolled wing from the hole

 6. Repeat 4 and 5 for the other side. When it done, sew the hole tightly.

sew the hole to finish the wings (see red lines) 
7. Now we are going to prepare the end of the zipper. Grab the fabrics sized 9cmX 5cm, fold each of the in half, then sew them in the letter of U. It will leave a hole in a side where you can pull the inside out.
sew following the cropped red line. My bad, I can't draw it nice :P
8. Attach both to the zipper and sew them tight.

9. Now you have the zipper ready to be attached to the bag. Yeay!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

crochet tips 1: choosing the yarn.

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Hello beginner crochets fellas!
This writing is about my confusion when I learn crocheting at the first time.
So which one I should do first? Buy the thread or determine the project?

For now, after a while being a crocheter, I will suggest to determine the project first.
Some people might say that it is best to buy yarn first.
It is okay, but my experience has tought me that it took me a very long time to find a perfect project for my stash of yarn compared to doing a shopping for a fixed project. Because yarn shopping is always FUN!

Well, now let's discuss why must the crocheting project is the first thing that has to be determined?

1. Because there are hundreds type of yarn available both from offline and online stores. The difference could be seen from its textures, yarn compositions, ply, big ply versus small ply, motives, and sizes.

Having a clear project that we want to do will help us when we shop, avoiding us from being "lost" in the craft shop. Avoiding compulsive buying, which will have an impact on our wallet :)) .
I admit that I did, a few times, getting lost in the craft shop, and ended up buying unused items.
However... what I bought was a large amount of threads that was so diverse. I finally tried it all, I made a ton of error, but learnt thousands of lessons from that. Which then I am happily share it in my crochet classes. :)

2. Because the pattern tells us everything we need. Take your time to learn the crochet pattern instructions. 

The pattern usually contains information about what type of thread you should use, the hook size, and how many ball of yarn is needed to complete the project. Especially if we want to do big projects, like a long scarf, jacket, etc.
After that, when you need to do yarn shopping, make sure to provide your self with sufficient quantities of yarn. Because in many cases yarn sellers or yarn shop will remind you about colour shift, which means in every batch of yarn colouring might not produce the exact tone of colour, especially when you purchase at local hand-dyed yarn store.
While we do yarn stocking and decided to do a very big project later, we might ended up noticing that the yarn might not sufficient for the project, running to the nearest yarn shop of course time consuming, so does ordering online. It doesn't count the hopeless feeling when we found out that the colour is not perfectly the same. 

3. Because we have to carefully put in mind about the 'gauge'. 

This is a little bit complicated. For example, I already chose the project, which is a mattress. The pattern states to use a type of thread that is made of 100% acrylic and to use a 5mm crochet hook.
Then what happened is that I fell in love with the striped yarn which was a mixture of cotton and acrylic, it can be hooked using 5mm hook too.

Pay attention to the two images above, all of them are made with the exact same pattern of Bullion stitches. The red one was made following the instructions (100% acrylic yarn and using a 5mm crochet hook), yellow striped one is obviously my modification (50% acrylic 50% cotton yarn, using a 5mm crochet hook). The last, the green one is made of 100% cotton yarn, with a crochet hook 2.5mm.

The difference between them looks significant, in their thickness and size. So for example, the pattern instruction said that the mattress requires 4 thread rolls of 100% acrylic yarn using a 5mm crochet hook, so if I use a yellow striped yarn which is combination between cotton and acrylic, it might requires 1-2 rolls extra. Because the type of yarn greatly affects the size of the final product.

please note that choosing a different yarn could make consequences of more or less yarn needed. Especially if you use threads that are not recommended for the project, such as green thread, you should carefully calculate the number of threads needed to produce exactly the same size. Also note that the thickness produced by the three types of yarn is very different, which in my opinion making a mattress will be more fun using the thick thread. so determining the pattern first will saves us time in making such a great project.

So that is it, the main concept of choosing a thread before starting the first stitch.
However, there is time in a year when yarn shops do a lot of clearance. The prices are down to almost half or even quarter of normal price. In this case, I think it is a good time to have more yarn at to fill the working station. But still, carefully to picking the types of yarn that you think to be happy to work with, unless then the skein will leave untouched until years later :).
So,,, good luck in finding tons of lovely pattern you love.

Hope to See you at the next crocheting tips and tricks ...


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