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More Yarns May 29, 2012

Dreams… I read about this shop from a couple of blogs and I because of the “wide selection” they were talking about, I just had to troop over there to Makati, all the way from Quezon City.

Indeed, it was a dream come true. They had all kinds and brands of yarns.

So many yarns!

some more yarn

Red Heart supersaver acrylic yarn

wool yarn

They have crochet hooks and knitting needles of all sizes and make.

all kinds of knitting needles

The set of crochet hooks retails for about Php 695 while one is for Php 195. The set would have been a good buy but I don’t really need the different sizes. The one I bought was H-8 which is workable with a DK yarn or light-weighted – the kind that is common in the Philippines (Monaco acrylic or Red Heart).

crochet hooks by set or individual

I bought 3 balls.

I’ve used the Cotton Ease for a baby poncho. It’s a nice cotton yarn. Wish they had more colors available here.

imported yarn

The Silk yarn I haven’t used. I don’t know what I could do with just one ball. I’ve come to realize that you have to buy 2 to 3 balls of yarn if you want  to make anything out of it.

 

Little fishies May 5, 2012

This my first attempt at amigurumi and it turned out pretty well. This fish pattern is easy to follow and modify. Since I use a fine crochet thread (Monaco – has a lot of color choices), my fish came out small – the dark violet, sea green (3rd from R) and light blue (Right most).

made with Monaco thread

Small Fishies

I’ve since modified the pattern to medium, large and huge

Here’s my attempt at writing the modified pattern.

Medium:

R1 & R2 (of original pattern) : Start with a magic circle, sc 10 (10)

R3: 2 sc in every sc from previous round (20)

R4: 2 sc in every other sc from previous round (30)

R5-7: 1 sc in each (30)

R8: decrease sc 14 decrease sc 14 (28)

R9: sc 7 decrease sc 13 decrease sc 6 (26)

R10: decrease sc 12 decrease sc 12 (24)

R11:  sc 6 decrease sc 11 decrease sc 5 (22)

R12: decrease sc 10 decrease sc 10 (20)

Stuff  fish

R13: decrease all around (12)

Tail

R14: 2 sc in every sc  until desired flare is reached

R15: sc in every sc until desired length is reached

Put together the two tail ends and slip stitch the ends together. Fasten off.

Medium Fish.

Large:

R1 & R2 (of original pattern) : Start with a magic circle, sc 10 (10)

R3: 2 sc in every sc from previous round (20)

R4: 2 sc in every other sc from previous round (30)

R5: *1 sc, 1 sc, 2sc* repeat all around (40)

R8-11: 1 sc in each (40)

R12: decrease sc 19 decrease sc 19 (38)

R13: sc 9 decrease sc 18 decrease sc 9 (36)

R14: decrease sc 17 decrease sc 17 (34)

R15:  sc 8 decrease sc 16 decrease sc 8 (32)

R16: decrease sc 15 decrease sc 15 (30)

R17: sc 7 decrease sc 14 decrease sc 7 (28)

R18: decrease sc 13 decrease sc 13 (26)

Stuff  fish

R19: decrease all around (14)

R20: decrease some more (5)

Tail

R21: 2 sc in every sc  until desired flare is reached

R22: sc in every sc until desired length is reached

Put together the two tail ends and slip stitch the ends together. Fasten off.

Large fish

Medium fish on the left and Large fish on the Right

 

 
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