Friday, 5 February 2016

The Last Bedspread I Crocheted

Back in 2013 (which I can't believe is almost 3 years ago), I blogged about starting another bedspread. Well, I actually finished it after a year but I only found time to share it now!

I posted this "teaser" before, but I never showed the entire spread :) I used Red Heart Baby Sheen. Forgive me for saying this but I already forgot what hook size I used. Of all pieces of information, I forgot to list this one down. I think I used between 3mm-4mm. I wasn't also able to take note how many skeins of Red Heart Baby Sheen I used. This yarn, by the way, had already been discontinued by Red Heart so this makes this bedspread really special (and unique, I guess).
It's made up of 266 motifs sewn together through the back loops of the last round of each motif. It is enough to cover a queen-sized bed. 
I got the motif pattern from the "300 Classic Blocks for Crochet Projects" book by Linda P. Schapper. The spread is made of just one motif design but I played with various combinations for different rounds of the same color palette.
I love the layers (and textures) created by the front and back post double crochets as well as the popcorn stitches. They made the different colors in each round pop. 
I'm not really sure if I'll be able to make another bedspread soon. It depends, if that "itch" comes back for such a huge project :)

If you want to get the last (and rare) remaining skeins of Red Heart Baby Sheen, you can buy them online HERE. You must be warned though that there will no longer be restocks of this yarn in our store, so make each stitch count! 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Light Cashmere Blend Promo!

We are bringing our "Buy 2, Take 1" promo to February with our Light Cashmere Blend Yarn!
You'll be able to avail of this promo if you checkout your order of Light Cashmere Blend in multiples of 3 from our online store (or buy them directly at our Yarn Studio!). There will be no bulk discounts but you'll be able to save more with this promo.
 
This yarn has an almost silky texture. This is highly recommended for any apparel you want to undertake such as scarves, shawls, or tops. Although it is acrylic, it doesn't have the usual fluff of acrylic. It feels good on the skin and is quite light.
You can choose from 20 colors we have in stock! Included here are 7 new ones: Mahogany, Eggplant, Lavender, Smoke, Pink Berry, Scarlet, and Popsicle.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Crochet Hook Conversion

If you are new to crochet and you are just trying to figure out hook sizes, we have something for you.

Have you ever been in a situation where you noticed that the size 8 steel hook you have is different from the size 8 hook being used in the pattern you are following? Well, it turns out that even if they are both number 8, they might not be the same size. 8 might refer to IMIA or Japanese size 8, and it is different from 8mm or US 8. Think of it this way: 8 feet is not the same length as 8 inches.

Crochet hooks, and knitting needles too, are labeled with sizes based on different standards or should I say, systems. These could be UK, US, Metric, or Japanese.

I made a compilation of various hook sizes with their corresponding conversions so you will be aware of their equivalent sizes across various systems.
You also have to remember that there is a distinction between steel and aluminum/plastic/bamboo hook sizes. Steel is usually the material for the smaller hooks mainly used for finer crochet threads. Steel can withstand the extra pressure exerted when crocheting finer stitches. Aluminum, given its lighter weight compared to steel, is normally used for sizes 3mm up to 8mm. The larger hooks are mostly made of plastic or bamboo because they need to be even more lightweight than aluminum. It would be too much strain on your hand if your 15mm hook is made of aluminum instead of something lighter like plastic or bamboo.

I also made a compilation of knitting needle sizes.
Feel free to place a comment if you think there are corrections to these so I could provide more accurate information.

I hope this helps you for now (or at least prevents you from guessing hook/needle sizes).