Gifts + New Projects for 2014!


Christmas day is over and in a few days we are about to say goodbye to 2013. And so Daddy Allan and I decided to have a crochet break, not a complete break though. Since I am still working on new designs and items we would like to introduce in 2014. But before we have our break, Daddy finished first the gift wrapping.

Christmas gifts and giveaways

Daddy also did our son's McQueen Car hat, which our son loves so much.

Crochet McQueen Car hat
Now back to our new project for 2014. I have been meaning to make clips but I always have no time. And so I grab this chance to finally work on that. Look what lovely bows I made.

Crochet Bows
I'll post a pattern on how to crochet a bow soon. Actually I had one in my draft but I failed to edit and add photos. But I promise to post more free patterns in 2014. I'll also ask Daddy to write down his patterns.

Aside from the crochet bows and flowers clips, I want to do felt appliques. So I bought some craft materials from Pretty Clipz.

Felt cloth, elastic bands, skinny garters from Pretty Clipz

The truth is I have still many craft things but I can't stop my self from ordering more especially that I am so excited to make felt appliques like this one:

Purple Felt Owl Hair Clippies
They're so cute right? 

So that's it guys. I'm hopeful we can do and post more in 2014. Let me know what do you want us to write like free crochet patterns, DIYs, recipes, etc. Daddy Allan and I is a team to entertain you.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and wishing you everyone a Prosperous and Blessed New Year!

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The Final MTO for 2013!


As promised, here's the final MTO that we have just finished!

Crochet Minion Hats and Ugg Boots

Let's take a look at each piece/pair. This is the first time I made an Ugg Boots. I'll try my best to post the pattern I made for this one.

Crochet Ugg Boots
For this little girl's Minion hat, I made the beanie then Daddy made the earflaps and the embellishments.

Crochet Minion Girl Hat
So cute right, and how about these two for the parents?

Crochet Adult Minion Hat

Daddy Allan, made the two hats above. I must say he's an expert when it comes with plain hats and hats with earflaps.

Finally, we can  really take a break and rest after a year of non-stop crocheting. We are so blessed that many are trusting us to make their babies' and children's accessories. And guessed what? Ordering of MTO is still closed but we have already 3 batches of MTOs for January. Praise God!

Anyway, 6 days to go and it's Christmas. Wishing you a Merry and Blessed Christmas! - Daddy Allan, Mommy Maye and Matthew




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Two Down, One More To Go!


After almost a month of working all night, finally done with 2 of the last three MTO batches. This is with the combine Mommy and Daddy crocheting effort!

Here's the 3rd to the last batch.

Crochet light pink doll booties with flower, light pink doll booties with ribbon bow, red ladybug doll booties and strawberry cake flower gladiator sandals.


I did the three doll booties above, while Daddy did the sandals. Here's another set from the 3rd to the batch.

Crochet light pink doll booties with ribbon bow, red ladybug doll booties, strawberry cake cuffed boots, gray ugg boots, off-white doll booties with bow, gray crisscross open-toe booties, white doll booties with black strap, and fuchsia pink gladiator sandals.
Daddy did the two boots, the gladiator sandals and the open-toe booties, and the rest are my creations. And if you think we are done with the third batch, no we are not. Here are the 2 hat sets.

Crochet cherry red shell hat and ladybug hat
 The two above are Daddy's, while the two hats below are mine.

Crochet fuchsia pink elegant hat and black rolled brim hat with ribbon
Honestly, I am not good with making hats. I find it difficult to estimate the head circumference size.

Now, let me share the 2nd to the last 3 batches. All crochet hats made by Daddy Allan.

Crochet Hello Kitty Hat, Minion, owl and Lalaloopsy hats

I can breathe now since we are down to the last batch that needs to be done before December 21. After that, we can relax after a year of crocheting. We'll accept orders most probably by the second week of January next year. Sounds like a too long vacation no? But actually, we will dedicate this crochet break to house arranging and painting, more family bonding, Christmas and New Years celebration (of course), and the new project that's long overdue.

So that's it. I'll post the last final batch after once done. I am so excited for the break and I can sleep much longer (hoping our son will let us to =))


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Yarn Organization 101


Ooops... I am no expert with organizing and please don't expect me to list down tips on how to =)

Let me just share what the best yarn organization we have made so far. At first we bought a 5-layer storage rack like this.

source

But since this is open, we need to put each spool of yarns into a plastic. Also, its' started to get crowded as we purchase more and more lots of yarns. So it's never organized and most of the times, the yarns fell out of the rack. That's why we decided to buy a cabinet with pull out drawers. Unfortunately, it's only good for our Red Heart, Monaco, and Familia Acrylic yarns.


And so we looked for something that's a good storage for our precious yarns. Luckily, we have found storage boxes that are on sale so we purchased 3 big storage boxes.

Multi-function Storage Boxes

And we have discovered something pa about this kind of boxes. Have you wondered why the clear boxes are more expensive than the colored ones like these? We asked the promodizer why is that so and he said that the colored boxes are made form used/recycled materials that's why they are cheaper that the clear ones. This way we can help save the environment since we all know that plastic is non-biodegradable and the only way to avoid these to contribute to pollution is to recycle them.

Going back to the boxes, since these are not clear our problem will be how can we easily tell where's the yarn colors we are looking for, without opening all the boxes. That would be too tasky right? So what I did was I put each box a label indicating what yarn colors are inside.

Yarns in a box

Actually, the three boxes are so full and I'm thinking to buy another one so our precious yarns can breathe, hehe.

More yarns inside the boxes!
I am sure you'll agree that organizing save safe. Look!


So there you go. That's how our yarns are doing right now. Like what I have said, still need to buy more boxes because our yarn stash is growing. I really can't stop shopping for more, e. I am a certified crochet and yarn  addict e.

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Strawberry Shortcake Hat


crochet strawberry shortcake hat
I just want to share another new part of our crochet collections sold in Momaye’s Shoppe – The Strawberry Shortcake Hat. You can view more of our crochet designs at Mom and Dad Crochet.

I hope our customer will like the finished product.

Pattern:
Ch3 4. Sl-st to the first ch to make a loop.
Round 1. Ch3 (counted as 1 dc), 10 dc into the loop. Sl-st on top of ch3.
Round 2. Ch3 (counted as 1 dc), 1 dc into the same stitch as ch3, *2dc into the next st. Repeat * around. Sl-st on top of ch3.
Round 3. Ch3 (counted as 1 dc), 1 dc into the same stitch as ch3, *1 dc to the next st, 2dc into the next stitch. Repeat * around. Sl-st on top of ch3.
Round 4. Ch3 (counted as 1 dc), 1 dc into the same stitch as ch3, *1 dc to the next 2 sts, 2dc into the next stitch. Repeat * around. Sl-st on top of ch3.
Round 5. Ch3 (counted as 1 dc), 1 dc into the same stitch as ch3, *1 dc to the next 3 sts, 2dc into the next stitch. Repeat * around. Sl-st on top of ch3.
Round 6. Ch3, dc into each st around.
Round 7. Ch3 (counted as 1 dc), 1 dc into the same stitch as ch3, *1 dc to the next 4 sts, 2dc into the next stitch. Repeat * around. Sl-st on top of ch3.
Round 8. Ch3, dc into each st around.
Round 9. Ch3 (counted as 1 dc), 1 dc into the same stitch as ch3, *1 dc to the next 5 sts, 2dc into the next stitch. Repeat * around. Sl-st on top of ch3.
Round 10. Ch3 (counted as 1 dc), 2 dc on the same st, *2dc on the next st, 3 dc on the next st, 2 dc on the next st, 1 dc on the next st. Repeat * around. Sl-st on top of ch3.
Round 11 - 12. Ch3 (counted as 1dc), dc into each st around.

Start decreasing stitch:
Round 13. Ch3 (counted as 1 dc), dc into next 3 st, *dc2tog in the next 2 sts, dc into next 4 sts. Repeat * around.  Sl-st on top of ch3.
Round 14. Ch3(counted as 1 dc) dc into next 2 st, *dc2tog in the next 2 sts, dc into next 3 sts. Repeat * around.  Sl-st on top of ch3.

Connect the white yarn:
Round 15-16. Ch3, dc on the next st, dc each st around.

Brim:
Find the center in front of the hat and count 15 sts to the left.
Attach the green yarn and make chain 3 (serve as first dc), make 30 dc across. Chain 3. Turn.
Dc2tog on the next 2 st, dc across until 2 st left, dc2tog on the last 2sts. Chain 3, turn.
Repeat the step above 4 more times.

Sc across ending in the bottom of the last green stitch of row 1.

Enjoy!



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Crochet Mini Top Hat Headband



Here's my recent crochet project.

Crochet Mini Top Hat Headband

I used the pattern here. Unfortunately, I have no little girl to try this one but I am so sure it looks so pretty on top of a girl's head.

You can view more of our creations at Momaye's Shoppe.

P.S.: Do you like our blog's new design? Hopefully I can post more of my craft creations here, including tutorials. Thank you for keeping this site alive. If you don't see me here, you can find me at Momaye's Diary.


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Finished Crochet Booties for Souvenir


Presenting the finished crochet booties for souvenir (size 2-2.5 inches). 

Crochet frog booties

Crochet green and brown booties

Crochet lavender Mary Jane booties

Crochet mouse booties

Crochet off-white doll booties with rose pink bow

Crochet orange ruffled doll booties

Crochet Hello Kitty doll booties with white face

Crochet Hello Kitty doll booties

Crochet strawberry cake ballerina booties

Crochet white and blue doll booties

Finally, we are done with this batch. To see more designs, just visit Momaye's Shoppe on facebook.

Happy crocheting.
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Crochet Booties for Souvenir



Sharing with you what I am crocheting right now.

Crochet Booties for Souvenir

A returning client ordered 100 pieces of crochet booties for her daughter's baptism. So I will be busy in the coming days for sure.

I will post more photos promise.

Happy crocheting!

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Crochet Sandals 2


I am back and I want to share with you these cute crochet sandals.

Crochet yellow and white gladiator sandals and 3-flower sandals

I am so sorry for not posting much. I have been busy around, hehe.. Anyway, I don't want to promise again but I will do my best to post more tutorials.

Alright? See you around. 
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Crochet barefoot and headband with white ribbon


I am talking about doing my next project that has something to do with ribbons and bows. I have posted how to make a perfect bow already. I just hope I have more time so I can post more tutorials. But don't worry I will find more time for that and please wait.

For the meantime, I will share with you this crochet barefoot and headband with white ribbon.

crochet white barefoot and headband with white ribbon

This set is to be used in a baptism that's why it's all white.

I will definitely make more crochet + ribbon combinations. I have ordered ribbons already and all I need is extra time. I hope! I hope! But my son's birthday is coming so I will be busier in the coming days. I am planning to make amigurumi Pocoyo and friends. Yes, it will be a Pocoyo party for my son's third birthday. I have printed the invitations already and when we finished cutting and laminating, I will show them to you.

Happy crocheting!
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Crochet Basics: Double Crochet



Hello guys!

Sorry for not posting much here. I will make it up soon. For now, here's another step by step tutorial on how to make a double crochet.

How to make a double crochet

Next tutorial will be half double crochet. Looking forward to posting a simple crochet pattern tutorial =)

By the way, I already posted how to make single crochet in case you failed to see.

Happy crocheting!

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Crochet Hello Kitty Booties and Headband Set


While I am still doing the tutorials for our Crochet Basic, let me share with you some photos of our finished projects.

I can't stop my self from sharing these Crochet Hello Kitty sets.

Crochet Hello Kitty Booties and Headbands

Crochet Hello Kitty booties is one our best seller crochet booties. They are so cute so I am not surprise at all.
Crochet Hello Kitty Booties
 Now, here are Hello Kitty headbands to match the booties.

Crochet Hello Kitty  Headbands
Please visit Momaye's Shoppe for more crochet accessories.

Stay tune for our next tutorial. Feel free to send me a message if you have any question about our tutorials. I will do my best to help you for free :)

Happy Crocheting!


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Crochet Basics: Single Crochet


After learning how to make a slip knot and chain, you are now ready.

So here's a  step by step tutorial of how to make a single crochet.

How to make a Single Crochet

If you have any questions, kindly leave a message at the comment box.

Happy crocheting!

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Crochet Basics: How to make a Chain


We are done with making a slip knot.  Now we are ready to make chains.

Please click the photos to enlarge.

Crochet Basic Stitches from famgr.com

It started with a slip knot. Insert the hook into the slip knot. yarn over and pull through. Now, here's how we can work in the chain.

Crochet Basic Stitches from famgr.com

I always do the Method B. I insert the hook under the top two loops of chain. The illustration above is very important in reading crochet patterns. You need to know how to count the chains. For example, when the pattern say make a single crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook, then count the nearest chain to the hook and don't start with the loop into where the hook is inserted.

That's how to make and work in the chain. Next time I will show you how to make single, double and triple crochet. 

Excited? Why not buy your own hook and yarn now? Just a tip, if you are just practicing how to crochet, buy light colored yarns. This is because it's difficult to see your stitches when you work with yarns in dark colors.

Happy crocheting!
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Crochet Basics: The Slip Knot


Are you ready? After we have learned about the crochet hook and the yarn, let's move to the crocheting basics.

But before we go on, you must know how to make a slip knot. Slip knot or slip loop is used in crochet to attach the yarn to the needle. It's the first step in crocheting chain and is counted as the first st.

So this is a step by step demonstration in making a slip knot. Please click on the photo to enlarge.


How to make a slip knot

This is the easiest way I can teach you how to make a slip knot. And if you already know how to make a slip knot then you are now ready to make chains. 

Happy crocheting!


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Crochet Basics: How to Hold and Control the Yarn


After I showed you the different types of yarn, let's us learn how to hold and control the yarn.

Here are illustrations showing how to how the yarn. (Click the photo to enlarge)



At first, it is hard to hold the yarn. The first time I hold the yarn, it will accidentally slip out of my hands so I have to position it again. Until such time I get used to it and I became less conscious about it.

Anyway, here are ways to control the yarn. (Click the photo to enlarge)


Source: how-to-crochet.co.uk

Want to see how we hold the yarn and the hook?

This is me holding the yarn and the hook

This is Daddy Allan holding the yarn and the hook

See, we crochet differently. Daddy crochets a little tighter than I do. There's this one time we try to crochet a pair of booties. I crochet the other half and Daddy crochet the other one. We follow the same pattern then when we try to compare sizes, mine is larger. Lol. So what to do? We have different tension so we can't crochet one same project that's why we have division of projects instead.

Do you still find crocheting hard? Yes at first, but practice makes perfect right?

Happy crocheting!

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