December 2009


I have consolidated some of the videos on web to show the simple crochet basics stitches. They are good for beginners who wanted to learn crochet and for those who seldom crochet for a refresh course.

How to Start and Chain

How to Crochet a Circle

How to Start Circle Crochet Loop

I use this starting for all my amigurumi dolls that needs a circle start. This will ensure the starting hole is closed up nicely with a tight pull at the starting yarn end.

Single Crochet (double crochet for UK)

This is one of the basic stitch used in crocheting. I used this for my amigurumi dolls pattern all the time.

Double Crochet ( Treble for UK)

This has a longer height as compared to single crochet.

Half Double Crochet (Half Treble Crochet for UK)

This pattern has a height that is in between double crochet and single crochet. Often seen this used in stitching a flower petal  along with slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet etc so as to give a gradual increase or decrease of height.

Triple (Treble) Crochet

The treble crochet start at the fifth chain as the first 4 chain act as the first treble crochet for the row/round.

Quadruple Crochet (Double Treble Crochet for UK)

The quadruple crochet start at the sixth chain. The first 5 chains act as the first quadruple crochet in the row.

Slip Stitch

This is often used to close up a row or a round. Sometimes it is also used to skip some stitches so as to pull the yarn to start at another place instead of cutting it and start again. I did came across a design pattern that used slip stitch throughout to make a handbag. It took me a lot of time and instead of completing it, I change the design to a smaller pouch instead. đŸ˜›

Reverse Single Crochet

This stitch is usually used for the edging of a project like pot holder, coaster, etc.

Loop Stitch

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This video show how to start to crochet a Tunisian stitch, which I used for crocheting the belt of the skirt that I did a week ago. The texture of tunisan stitch looks very much like knitting knit stitch in front and pearl stitch at the back. I love to use it as the belt of the skirt as it gave weight and tighten the lose waist used by other stitches.

The video has separated into two parts. Enjoy crocheting!

Yesterday I was busy setting up my new shop at Etsy (see links at the right of the blog). It took me a whole day to upload my 8 items and write-up on each of them. But it seems the effort taken has somehow rewarded. Some one has placed order for my cute snowman and I receive another email showing interest with my tiger doll and requested for custom-made to Hobbes instead. I  am very happy viewing at the responses after one day of show case. It really gives me a boast on what I am doing. Thank you for all the support.

I have completed my skirt crochet. It turns out to be pretty wearable and cozy. I really like it very much. Just need a bit more touch up to reduce the button holes size as I used  much smaller size buttons.

My next project would be a cushion cover using a motif design provided by Inside Crochet Issue 3. As I was half way doing, I figure that it could be changed to a tissue cover box instead. Will post the outcome of the project in the future.

While you are in the process of crocheting a product, you never know what could happen down the road. The same things happen about life. That is why I enjoy crocheting so much. So enjoy the process of making and let us hope for the best outcome!

Bye bye Mr Snowman

Edge pattern at bottom of skirt

Colorful Motif

I have been wanting to make my own calendar for a long time. Now I finally have my dream come true.

I recalled in the olden days where digital cameras and digital photos are still not that popular, I use to take scenic pictures when I went overseas using my film camera. After the pictures were developed ( not like digital photos, whereby you can see the result the instance you took the picture) I would then choose the best photos I like and redevelop in a larger size as I wanted to use them to make a calendar. Until now, that 12 chosen pictures are still left in my drawer untouched.

With the advance of technology, I can easily make my own calendar and insert with my favorite digital photos easily with the use of the software available in the market.

I recently came across the software, SmartDraw and use a trial version of the software to make 2010 calendar. Within two days, I have already completed making a yearly calendar and a monthly calendar with my favourites crochet dolls photos. See the below picture for the yearly calendar I’ve made:

One thing about using a trial version of the SmartDraw. There will be printed wordings appear below the picture. I have to do some work to remove that. If you are interested in getting a pdf copy of my yearly calendar, send me a request to my email address: tinggreat@gmail.com.

By the way the year 2010 calendar was highlighted with Singapore holidays. I have to manually add in the holidays as the Smartdraw software have public holidays options for only limited  countries, Singapore is not included. đŸ˜›

Sometimes you will need plenty of passion to keep things going.

Especially when you have a challenging crochet project on hand.

I just started making a skirt since last week. I was wondering when would it take me to finish and then suddenly I found myself now crocheting the belt of the skirt using Tunisian knit stitch. As mentioned in my previous post, this is the first time I am stitching Tunisian knit stitch. This would be a challenge for me to get my tension right so as the skirt would not appear either too tight or too loose. I can’t wait to wear my finished product!

As I was doing my skirt, I sort of wanting a sewing kit on hand so that I could keep my accessories. I found a coin purse that I did last month back, a cute cat face. I have left it unfinished for a while due to I could not find a suitable zipper for the purse. Recently I managed  to find a 10cm long black color zipper to match the purse and managed to finish sewing it. Although I like to crochet, I somehow hated to do hand sewing and always left my finished crochet bags with zippers and lining waiting there to be sewed. Guess I lack that kind of passion to keep things going then. ;P

As seen at the left picture, beside the purse is a pin cushion that I just modify from a snowman head. Isn’t it cute?

So are there any crocheters out there having some of your unfinished crochet projects hidden some where?  Time to stop giving yourself any excuses. It is coming to year end and what are you waiting for? Take them out and give a boast to your passion and make it a point to finish them.

Happy crocheting!