Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cute, Snuggly Beret - Free Pattern

Yep, I finally made a cute head wear that I'm happy with! (:

If you read my previous post, I mentioned that I'll be making a hat of some sort with my alpaca wool.
They are the bestest kind - I absolutely love it and enjoy crocheting with it!
So soft, cozy and warm...I know I must stock up on those!
They are from Patons (Inca) - alpaca wool, which is actually a nice blend of wool, acrylic and alpaca wool.

I have adapted the pattern from this amazing youtube tutorial to suit my yarn. It comes out cute and fits me snuggly.

Here are the photos. Thanks sweet Mitch for taking them for me. I always wanted to take pics outdoor, but didn't really have anyone to help me with it back in Singapore.



Side view

Front view

The back view


Here is the pattern for this cute beret. It is in American terms.

Yarn Gauge: 10 cm x 10 cm = 18 rows x 13 stitches using recommended needle 7.00mm
Crochet Needles: 6.50mm, 5.50mm (for last round only)
Note: When you crochet, make sure you don't pull the yarn too tight. Crochet it loosely.

Start with slip knot, ch 3
Round 1:
11 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, ss into the 1st dc to complete the round.

Round 2:
ch 3 (count as 1 dc) , 1 dc in the same stitch ch 1 
*2 dc, ch 1* repeat 10 times 
ss into the 3rd ch to complete the round.

Round 3:
ch 3 (count as 1 dc), 2 dc, ch 2, skip the ch-1 space 
*1 dc, 2 dc, ch 2, skip the ch-1 space* repeat 10 times 
ss into the 3rd ch to complete the round.

Round 4:
ch 3 (count as 1 dc), 1 dc, 2 dc, ch 2, skip the ch-2 space 
*1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, ch 2, skip the ch-2 space* repeat 10 times
ss into the 3rd ch to complete the round.

Round 5:
ch 3 (count as 1 dc), 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, ch 2, skip the ch-2 space
*1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, ch 2, skip the ch-2 space* repeat 10 times
ss into the 3rd ch to complete the round.

Round 6 and 7:
ch 3 (count as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 4 stitches, ch 2, skip the ch-2 space
*1 dc in each stitches (total of 5 dc), ch 2, skip the ch-2 space* repeat 10 times
ss into the 3rd ch to complete the round.

Round 8:
ch 2 (count as 1 sc), 1 sc in each of the next 4 stithces, 1 sc in each in 2 ch
*1 sc in each of the next 5 stitches, 1 sc in each in 2 ch* repeat 10 times
 ss into the 2nd ch to complete the round. 

Round 9:
ch 2 (count as 1 sc)
*skip 1 sc, sc in the next stitch* repeat till round is completed
ss in the 2nd ch to complete the round.

Round 10 and 11:
ch 2 (count as 1 sc)
1 sc in each stitch till round is completed
ss in the 2nd ch to complete the round.

Round 12 (using 5.50mm crochet needle):
Repeat the previous round.

Bind off and weave the end in.


Okay, so that was my version of patched/pyramid beret. (:
I edited some rounds from the original version to fit nicely.
Hope you like it! (:

If you spot any error in the pattern, just let me know. I hope there aren't any typos. 
Hope you guys have a great day and see you next time!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Updates

Hey everyone!

How's your weekend been treating you so far?
I get to do a lot of exercises on weekends - lots of biking and walking.
Had a fun time walking for like an hour yesterday to Mitch's work to spend time with him on his break. And then, biked back home in the rain. I'm glad I didn't catch cold! I was so sure I would fall sick, but go figure, I survived that just fine.
I'm not complaining cos of all the walking and biking, since I get to do it all on a beach road!
Here is a snapshot of it!

Can you spot a little boat there? I so want to be on it, even on this windy day. 

And the highlight of today has to be.....

Sweet Mitch took me out for dinner at a nice Chinese restaurant and they serve tom-yum soup too.
I've been craving for it for awhile. Not the authentic one, I must say, but I'm not complaining.
Warm and spicy soup do me just fine on this kind of cold day. (:

Back to my crocheting corner...

My Stash!
Someone gave me these 2 yarn balls awhile back and I'm thinking of using them to make a beanie.
Hoping 2 balls would be enough. They're pretty thick - 7.00mm hook recommended. They're alpaca wool, don't know if it is any different from the normal kind..any idea? I think they were bought years ago and probably discontinued by now. It is a beautiful combination of colors and absolutely soft and warm - can't wait to crochet it!
I will keep you updated on the progress, stay tuned!

Oh no, it's Monday tomorrow! Doesn't concern me much cos I'm on school holiday *evil grins*
I'm just kidding.. Hoping your week starts off nicely.
See ya next time.



Saturday, May 26, 2012

Greetings from Adelaide (:

Hey everyone!
I finally successfully drag myself to update my blog (:

I've been in this beautiful city, Adelaide for about 10 days now. The weather is cold and I'm not used to it!
I spent most of my life in Singapore and Rangoon, and the weather is mostly hot. I'm still trying to get used to it!
Urgh, it just makes me want to stay in bed all day, under my warm blanket.

It hasn't stopped me from crocheting thou.
Lemme show you the crochet motifs that I made past few days.

Heart Motif

Pink Snowflake

Pretty Doily

The doily is the same color as the hearts, but it is still wet. I just used fabric stiffener from Craft Smart on it and the instruction said I have to wash it with water and soap. I don't know how it will turn out *fingers cross*.
I will let you know soon and I will try a few different techniques too, stay tune.

If you haven't followed my page on facebook, here is the link - KhinsBoutique.
Thanks so much for dropping by and hope you have a great weekends! (:


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Hey everyone!
Today is 2nd Sunday of May and so, yep, it is Mother's Day here in Singapore and in many other countries too.
I made this card last night for my mom. It is just a really simple card, put together in like 10 mins.
Well, if you didn't count in the time needed to crochet the letters, that is..

Mother's Day Card

I couldn't find any crochet pattern for letters. At least not in the 2-dimensional style.
So, I made up my own and it took me probably couple of hours to do it. (:
I might share the pattern, if I could actually write it out in a way that other people can understand...
Anyway, I don't think it is the most simple or prettiest "M" yet, so I might be trying other ways to get a better crocheted "M".

Here are the good sources of alphabet patterns that I could find on the net.



And if you don't mind spending a bit....
Here is an EBOOK on Ravelry.


If you have/know other links to alphabet patterns, feel free to leave it in the comment section. (:

Enjoy the rest of the weekends. (:


Friday, May 11, 2012

Updates (:

Hey everyone!
Just quick updates.
I just finished my first year of college and I am on 3 months holiday!
I've been just crocheting a lot lately and didn't have time to actually update my blog!
If you want to see my new items, they're on my ETSY SHOP as well as my Facebook page.

Just to kick start my come back - I just want to share you some great patterns that I have found over the past week. You know it's really hard to find unique patterns on the net. There are literally thousands of patterns and I could just scroll down my Google search all day and still couldn't find any that really pops.
But, well, I was lucky enough to find some gorgeous patterns and here they are.

love hearts crochet pattern by planetjune

(I especially LOVE the leaf pattern)

(Isn't this just beautiful?)

Enjoy your weekends and hope you will hop over to Facebook and LIKE my page too! (: