Custom Orders

So happy finally I’ve done doing my custom orders within 2 weeks. I’m happy keeping myself busy though sometimes I feel too overwhelmed. It’s really hard to do lot of things at one moment – household things and crocheting at one time. Sometimes it makes me too lazy to cook (but I have to), regularly doing a laundry but too lazy to fold them, and so many things I should do but not yet finished properly 🙈 Plus now, I have a new pet, it’s a stray kitten. My son brought her home without any plans at all, and I was confused because I’m a newbie at taking care of animal especially kitten. But in the other way, she’s really cute yet looked so aweful.. skinny, dirty, and hunger 😩😢 I bathed her and fed her, hope she’s happy to be here now.

Oh I’m sorry, my story is out of the line 😄 where were we? it’s about custom orders, rite? Ok.. Here’s some custom orders that already finished and ready to be delivered to their new homes..

He’s Panda Boy in ochre striped shirt. Plus red bow tie as his finishing look. Cute rite? 🐼 I love stripes, I love ochre (or mustard?), I love white, I love red. All my favorite colors attached on his body!

Glowey in pink! I don’t know why my customers love Glowey in pink rather than other colors. I’m wondering.. how does his look in another color? 🤔 Unfortunately, I deleted his picture for no reason 😑 But you can click here to see his look.

Mobile Cloud Amigurumi. I’ve changed the droplets colors… but hopefully my customer will still love it 😍 she still looks cute, rite?

Tea Time Banner. I designed and made this teacup crochet patchwork because I love tea than any kind of drinks in this world 😄 Then I attached the appliqué on a piece of fabric and create a banner. FYI, I’ve got this one hanging on my wall 😃 And I added hand embroidery letters on the top of the appliqué as a statement words. I love making this piece. I crocheted, embroidered the words, and sewn the fabric at once. All in one piece of banner 💛

I do what I love, I love what I do 😊💛

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Free Crochet Applique Pattern: Hot Air Balloon

Been so long I really wanted to make this hot air balloon crochet applique, but it seems that my mood just didn’t get along with my wish. Now, finally, my mood and my wish are already getting along 😀 As I always claimed that I love and enjoy making a small project, this one really makes me happy. I only need some yarns in a small amount. A small project means a quick project. But don’t get it wrong, the smaller it is, the more you should pay attention to the details (such as the tension and how to sewing neatly – if you think it’s should be neat 🙂 ). So, here’s the pattern, let’s get started.

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HOT AIR BALLOON CROCHET APPLIQUE

Designed by Martika

August 2017


Abbreviations: ch (chain), sc (single chain), inc (increase), dec (decrease).

Finished size: about 6 cm height.

Materials used: small amount of Balinese cotton yarn (Indonesia made) in 5 various colors (or you can use your most favourite yarn), hook no.4, blunt tip needle, a small piece of felt, gold lace yarn (or embroidery floss), pin (I make this as a brooch because I love wearing brooch).


Use brown yarn.

Row 1. ch 6, make sc in the next 5 ch, start from 2nd ch from the hook.

ch 1, turn. Total = 5 sc.

Row 2-3. sc in the next 5 stitches in each row. ch 1, turn. Total = 5 sc.1


Note: Before you continue to the next step, please learn the technique of “how to change the color”. Use this way everytime you’re going to change the color.

When you working on the last sc in current color, make the unfinished sc (2 loops on the hook). Prepare a new color, yarn over and pull it through 2 loops on the hook, and ch 1. Cut the original yarn and you finish making the last sc perfectly. Continue working on the next row using a new color.2


Use gray yarn.

Row 4-6. sc in the next 5 stitches in each row. ch 1, turn. Total = 5 sc.3


Use baby blue yarn.

Row 7. inc in the 1st stitch – sc in the next 3 stitches – inc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn.   Total = 7 sc.

Row 8. sc in the next 7 stitches. ch 1, turn. Total = 7 sc.
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Row 9. sc+ch 1 in the 1st stitch – 2 times of (sc in the next stitch – ch 1 – skip the next stitch) – sc+ch 1 in the next stitch – sc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn. Total = 9 stitch.
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Use shocking pink yarn.

Row 10. sc in the first stitch – sc in the stitch of R8 (marked in dot purple-picture below). 2 times of (sc in the next stitch – sc in the stitch of R8 (the stitch under the ch space which marked in purple)). sc in the stitch of R8 (marked in dot purple) – sc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn. Total = 9 sc.78

 

Row 11. inc in the 1st stitch – sc in the next 7 stitches – inc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn. Total = 11 sc in each row.9

Row 12. sc in the next 11 stitches. ch 1, turn. Total = 11 sc.10

Row 13. dec – 3 times of (ch 1 – skip the next stitch – sc in the next stitch) – ch 1 – skip the next stitch – dec. ch 1, turn. Total = 9 sc.11


Use lime green yarn.

R14. 4 times of (sc in the next stitch – sc in the stitch of R12 (marked in white on the picture below) – sc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn. Total = 9 stitches.

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R15. dec – sc in the next 5 stitches – dec. ch 1, turn. Total = 7 sc.

R16. dec – sc in the next 3 stitches – dec. ch 1, turn. Total = 5 sc.

R17. dec – sc in the next stitch – dec. ch 1, turn. Total = 3 sc.14


Use gray yarn (same color as R4-6). sc along the left edges (marked in colors).
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It should be 4 sc at the edge of green rows + 4 sc at the edge of shocking pink rows + 3 sc at the edge of baby blue rows + 3 sc at the edge of gray rows + 3 sc at the edge of brown rows (as well as the right edges). Total = 17 sc on each side, 5 sc at the bottom (not include the ch 1 at the before and after this 5 sc), and 3 sc at the top.

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sc along the left edges

ch 1 – sc in the next 5 stitches at the bottom (marked with white dots) – ch 1. sc along the right edges (marked in colors – image above). sc in the next 3 stitches at the top. Cut the long yarn end. Close with an invisible join. 17


Invisible join: Using blunt tip needle, insert the needle under the loops of the 1st sc.18

Insert the needle between the top loops of last sc. Pull through, fasten on the back of the work. 19


Neaten all the yarn ends.

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the front view
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the back view

Put the applique on a piece of felt.22

Sew all around the edges using hemming stitch. I use gold lace yarn. If you don’t have it,  you can use an embroidery floss as an alternative choice.2324

Cut the excess felt about 1-2 mm away from the edges of the applique, and sew the pin on the back. If you want the result to be thicker, before you cut the excess felt, take another piece of felt and sew them together. Then you can cut the excess felt and attach the pin.

Then, this brooch is ready to wear now 😀

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I’m looking forward to seeing your hot air balloons 🙂

Regards,

Martika

 

 

Cloud Amigurumi

Hello again, it’s been awhile since my last post… Looks like I’m drowning in daily routine and forgot to write down my project progress.

Well, in early July, I’ve finished making and writing a new pattern. It’s about a cloud, it’s a very versatile amigurumi cloud pattern. Yeah, I love making a versatile pattern so you won’t stuck only in one idea. Why I said it a versatile pattern? Because only from one pattern you can create more than one creations. Please tell me now, what you’re going to make from this one? 😀

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I say it could be a cloud mobile, baby rattle, or brooch. See? I got three ideas from one pattern. So tell me what you’re going to make using this basic pattern? 😀

This pattern I made by request from my friend who wanted this kind of cloud mobile for her pre-teen daughter. I admit it’s so hard to make the cloud-shape in amigurumi, need so many times of trials and errors. Instead of complaining about the difficulty parts, better I show you the result…

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I didn’t expect the result really blown my mind… it’s SO cute, maybe too cute! Don’t you think so? 😀

I’ve sent it away and she’s happy with the result 😀 And then I wrote the pattern after that, but only the cloud as a basic pattern, plus “drop” as the bonus pattern. The pattern is ready to download both on my Etsy shop and Ravelry (yes, finally I have a new store on Ravelry).

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Granny Square Sophie

About a month ago, my mother asked me to make a crochet cushion as a birthday gift for her darling neighbor. I said okay instead of no, didn’t want to disappoint her though I wasn’t in a good mood to make that kind of thing. I’ve tried 1 or 2 patterns but still, I had no feeling about what I’ve done. One reason that made me lazy to did that was, it’s a cushion. Actually, I never enjoy making a crochet cushion-thing, unless the pattern is interesting. It’s important for me to avoid boredom and sleepy, or it will end with a goodbye (means it’s wasting time, energy, and of course yarns :p ).

Then I remembered long while ago I really crushed on Granny Square Sophie by Marianne and waited the right time to make it happen (and I thought that “now” was the right time). Her blog full of stories to read and free crochet patterns to try. And her Instagram (that I already followed) is so awesome, she did amazing works. I was so sure and decided to make that pattern as crochet pillow cushion, for my mother’s sake 🙂

But you have to stop here first because I want you to show you what I’ve done as the first start. I use a local product of soft cotton yarn with hook no.6. In my opinion, Granny Square Sophie will be more outstanding with crochet lace yarn, it will give a delicate look for sure.

I made 9 GS Sophie, and this is the first time in my life to try wet blocking. The final size is 32 x 32 cm (after wet blocking).

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I attach them to a cotton fabric cushion that I’ve sewn before, in size 34 x 34 cm. I made it bigger than the GS Sophie on purpose so the pattern will be seen beautifully. This is one side crochet cushion, fast and easy to make 🙂

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So, what do you think?

I already sent this image to my mother but she hasn’t reply my text yet. But I’m sure she will happy with this result!

Teacup Crochet Patchwork

I’m SO in love with my own teacup crochet patchwork, is there something wrong with me or is this a normal feeling? lol !

Every time i make a new crochet pattern, i always think to the basic that the type of yarn or hook are not really necessary to be considered and the pattern should be versatile. Means it useful for any kind of project depends on your needs. I let you to sharpened your own idea through my pattern.

For example, this teacup crochet patchwork is suitable as a coaster or a wall decor just like i created.

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as a coaster. oooh, and i love the “house” tea filter from flying tiger. cute to the max!

 

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as a wall decor

When i use it as a wall decor, i attach it onto a cotton fabric and i added a hand-embroidery statement words and also some beads and buttons as an embelishment. It looks cute, doesn’t it?

Thanks to my habbit, sipping a mug (not a cup) of tea almost in every morning. Tea is my most favorite drink ever ! And next i have to find a new idea to make a “cup of coffee crochet applique” :p

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Crochet pattern of “teacup crochet patchwork” is ready to download on my Etsy shop.

Teacup Banner is rmade to order both on my Etsy shop and on Qlapa shop (Indonesia area only).

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xoxo,

Martika