be magical


Was feeling nostalgic the other day, and was in need of a new keychain, so I decided to make a Sailor Moon transformation brooch. Luna (the cat) gave this to Usagi in the first anime series, so that she could transform into Sailor Moon. (pic from Pinterest)

She wears it on her bow. (pic from Sailor Moon News)

Sailor Moon was hugely, HUGELY popular when I was a kid in Hong Kong, so I had a plastic transformation brooch that came with a box of cookies. It had since been lost :’(

So anyway, I crocheted one for my keys, and because it took me a couple of tries, I ended up writing down what I did, in case I want to remake it for friends who are also Sailor Moon fans, or maybe there are blog readers who want to make one too :)

I used:
Small amount of worsted weight yarn in yellow
3 mm hook
Tapestry needle
Pink plastic pearlized shank button about 3/8″ to 1/2″ in diameter (mine’s 3/8″, I think it’s a bit small, but it’s what I have)
Small translucent round or crystal shaped beads in red, green, yellow and blue

(If you don’t have the button and beads, you could also try using yarn and embroidery for a completely textile look, which I think would be quite nice also, and might end up swapping the beads for embroidery if they start coming off after the keychain and keys get tossed around in my bag for a while…)


Pattern is worked in continuous rounds, all with right side facing, no need to fasten off at any point. I’ve divided the instruction in sections.

Centre circle: In magic ring (how perfect!), ch 3, dc 11, sl st in top of beginning ch 3.

Moon section: Working in back loop only, sl st in next dc, sl st and sc in next dc, 2 sc in next dc, 2 hdc in next dc, 2 sc in next dc, sc and sl st in next dc, sl st in next dc, working in both loop sl st in next dc.

Outside ring: ch 1, continue working in both loops, sc in same dc as last sl st worked, 2 sc in each of next 3 dc, now work in back loop only, 2 sc in next sl st, continue working in back loop only, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next sc] until you reach the first sc of this section, sl st into first sc of section.

Edging: turn, working in front loop only, sl st in next st and each st around, use invisible join to complete round, fasten off.

Perhaps this picture will give you a better idea of the different sections (this was before the last round of edging)… see the outline of the crescent moon?


We will now attach yarn to this stitch on the outline of the crescent moon, made by the front loops of the stitches, where the crochet hook is pointing.


Join by making a slip knot on the hook, insert hook under the stitch where you’re joining, pull up a loop through the stitch and pull through the loop on the hook.

Then, working in the front loops that make up the top outline of the moon, sc in next st, sc and hdc in next st, hdc and sc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st, fasten off, leaving a 6″ tail.

Using a tapestry needle, pull the yarn through the piece at the top left corner of the moon, like so…


Then pull the needle and yarn back to the front and sew the part just made to the front loops that make up the bottom outline of the moon, like so…


Fasten off and weave in ends, and we’re done the crocheting part! It’s really much easier than it looks, it will all make sense when you start making it, but if you need any clarifications please feel free to drop me a note!

Then we finish the transformation brooch by sewing on the button and beads…


And we make a back piece:

In magic ring, ch 3, 11 dc, sl st in top of beginning ch 3.

ch 3, dc in same dc, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beginning ch 3.

If you’re not making a keychain, you can just fasten off with a long tail, then sew the front and back pieces together, and maybe sew a pin back on and wear it as a brooch!


If you’re making a keychain, then don’t fasten off at the end of round 2 in the back piece, and continue like so…

[ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each of the next 4 st, turn] repeat 5 times, fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. So that you end up with this…


Wrap the rectangular part around a key ring (preferably not with the keys on it, much easier that way, but I was too lazy to take mine off), and sew the edge to the top of the circle, like so…


Then put the front and back piece together and sew all the way around. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Carry around and be magical.

(I realized that I sewed the front piece on a bit off, that was bugging me a bit, but it’s too much work to undo it so I left it. Being magical does not mean being perfect.)

Have a happy day! :D





We were visiting my cousin in Ottawa, who had a baby a while ago. So, a week before we were about to leave on the trip, I was reminded of this adorable cupcake granny square by Sewrella and I thought, I could make my cousin and her baby a blanket with this square!

I have never made a granny square blanket before and have no idea how long it would take. But I thought if I use every spare moment to crochet I could definitely get it done in a week :D

And I thought I’d incorporate other squares that are less complicated. I found this heart square pattern and thought it goes pretty well with the cupcakes.


Most of the squares were made while taking the subway, which made my commute a lot more enjoyable :)

And it was done in time for our trip! :D


I joined the squares with the granny square join method also used by Sewrella for her awesome bake shop blanket (check out her other bake shop squares too! They’re very cute). I forgot to take a good measure of the blanket before wrapping it up, but here’s roughly how big it is.


I used some scrap worsted weight yarn I already have, and Lion Brand Pound of Love, with a 5mm hook. Acrylic yarn tends to be stiff so I washed and dried it with some fabric softener, which really helped make it feel more snuggle-able.

I hope my cousin and her sweet baby will enjoy it :)

Have a happy weekend, everyone!





Saying goodbye to August, and hello to September with this fall colour seat cover :)

I’m actually a tad sad about summer being over soon, the days getting shorter, the leaves starting to fall. It felt like not too long ago that the trees were budding. I guess we’ve had a late spring. I’ve always been more of a fan of spring than of fall. And the only way of making the best of the situation is to start crafting for cooler weather and the holidays.

I’ve been wanting to try this “In Treble” square pattern for a while. I love that it looks like flower petals or leaves scattered all over. I added two long chains on the top left and right corners after taking this picture, so I could tie it to the back of the chair. Quite happy with how it turned out :)

Happy Friday! :D


it’s not easy being green

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It’s actually a really easy pattern, it just reminds me of Kermit’s song :D

I spotted the Kawasaki pattern by Crafty Queens on Ravelry, and I loved the geometric fillet crochet eyelets around the sleeves and the edge of the sweater. It’s a simple and brilliant design, and a very quick make.

I used the “leaf green” of Premier Cotton Fair, because it’s the only DK weight cotton yarn that’s available at my local Michaels and it’s relatively affordable. It turns out to be very soft and smooth, and the finished garment quite breathable, just a bit splitty while working with it, but will definitely use it again.

I wore it to a family function in which I was entrusted with the task of taking pictures of the guests at the photo booth and throughout the event, so I didn’t have a chance to take a picture with the new sweater except in the bathroom. Never have I thought I’d take a bathroom selfie, but this bathroom’s got some retro wallpaper that goes really well with my retro outfit. And if I didn’t tell you that this was a bathroom, you would’ve never guessed, would you? :P

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(I also made the skirt a couple of years ago :D)

Closeup of the eyelets on the sweater. Mike’s awesome cousin took this picture of us at the photo booth :D (We made the crepe paper background!)

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Have a good week everybody! :D


square cat

Stumbled upon this adorable granny square cat pattern on Instagram by Suregal27 — have to share it! :D

This is the one I made, I love how it looks kind of annoyed, like the way cats often do :D

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Now I want to make a bunch of other ones with different fur colours!

If you want to make one too, search for #grannysquarecat on Instagram, scroll to the bottom and you’ll find a photo tutorial.

Happy square-cat-making! :D


project faux dino

You might recall that a while ago I tried making a dinosaur planter. I planted in it the smallest succulent I could find, in hopes that it won’t out grow the planter, but it turned out that the dinosaur really isn’t enough space for the succulent to grow, and the succulent died :(

Others suggested air plants. Well, I killed an air plant too! I really don’t know how, but the one I had didn’t live very long :’(

Not wanting to give up on the dino planter, but also not wanting to kill another plant, I thought I’d crochet some succulents. Found this beautiful series of patterns by Common Thread and followed them loosely.

Dino’s got its plants again :D

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In the pattern the Burro’s tail succulent is made of I-cords, but I found the result to be too thick, so I just made chains and slip stitch into the chains.

Faux dino + faux sea glass + faux succulent

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Quick weekend projects make me happy. Hope everyone is having a good weekend :D



hey maryjane

Crocheting these sandals made me want to further investigate whether homemade shoes are a viable solution for my oddly shaped, high arch, achy feet. So I thought I’d make another pair in a different style :D possibly something for daily casual wear.

I came across this pattern from Hook Candy on Ravelry and really liked how shoe-like they are. I didn’t want something that would make it look like I’m wearing slippers out on the street.

I just used the same yarn as the sandals because I had a lot of the yarn left over. Used the left over jute as well for the soles and treated it as per the instructions from Wildflowers and Sage’s pattern to make them outdoors ready. And the insoles were made with some leftover Bernat cotton from another project.

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I’m quite happy with them! :D I didn’t have to modify the pattern at all to make them accommodate the width of my feet. I did have to add an extra round of single crochet stitches to increase the height of the sides and heels so they don’t feel like they’re falling off my feet, and used double strand of yarn for the entire shoe to make it feel a bit sturdier. They were very comfortable when I walked around with them at home.

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The other day I took them out for a test run and wore them to work.

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After walking on them for a while the texture of the cotton insoles started to bother my feet. It was quite lumpy, and there was a knot in the jute sole that I didn’t hide and flatten very well, and at the end of the day it was digging into my foot and became a bit painful… (man I sound like the princess in princess and the pea…) and the lack of arch support was a problem as well. So when I got home I put in a pair of foam insoles and tried them on again, they felt much better. I’ll take them out again another day. It would be so nice if I could just make my own shoes from now on and do away shoe shopping forever!

Happy Wednesday, everybody!


hey jute

I have such oddly shaped feet, it’s quite difficult to buy shoes that are comfortable. Shoe-shopping is always a time-consuming ordeal. So I thought, maybe I’d crochet my own shoes! That way I could make them custom fit and comfortable!

I have no idea how to make shoes, but I thought for sure there’d be patterns on Etsy, so I looked, and came across a pattern by Wildflower and Sage. I love that it includes instruction for making the shoes outdoors ready. There actually aren’t very many like this one out there.

Was very excited, went out and bought all the materials right after I downloaded the pattern :D I couldn’t find hemp (which is what the pattern called for) at the local Michaels and Home Depot, so I bought #48 jute, and started on the soles…

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Jute is actually kind of hard to crochet with, and I had to use a larger hook than called for. No wonder the pattern called for hemp. Oh well. I just took lots of breaks in between so my wrists don’t get too sore.

So finally I finished making the two soles. If I make them again I probably will follow the pattern for regular width rather than instruction for wide, since I had to use a larger hook. I think wide was too wide. But it’s still ok! There I am waterproofing the soles by lathering them in silicon caulk. The fume was stronger than I thought. Ventilation is imperative.

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Slowly working on the straps, trying them on as I go so the strap placements feel right :D I made the insoles with Bernat Maker Home Decor, which feels kind of like a t-shirt yarn.

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And here they’re, finished :D

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They’re actually really quite comfortable! I think I made the straps on the right shoe too tight though, they keep pushing my foot forward out of the sandals. But maybe as I keep wearing them and the straps stretch the problem will correct itself.

Side view…

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I’m quite happy with them! Will find an opportunity to test them out outside sometimes!

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It’s really an excellent pattern, highly recommend it! :D

Hope everyone have a happy rest of the week!




So named because I tried working with this yarn on a project while staying in Hongdae, Seoul, and because this hipster mustard yellow seems to go well with the neighbourhood that is known for its urban arts and many indie cafes.

I ended up frogging the project that I was working on while in Hongdae. In the meanwhile, the Ginkgo pattern has been getting a lot of traffic lately and I’ve been thinking about doing a crochet-only remake for those who are not really into sewing. So I thought I’d use this yarn for a new pattern.

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As with all of my patterns, I made the garment to fit me, but it doesn’t involve much shaping at all and I think it’d be pretty easy to adjust size.

Closer up of the lace pattern :D

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I used:
Mirasol IllarisDK weight 100% cotton, 5 skeins, 580 yards (you’d need more yarn if you were making a larger size)
4.5 mm hook
Tapestry needle

Finished measurements:
Bust 30″
Length 20.5″
Length — shoulder to underarm 7″
collar width 9″

Gauge: 6 dc = approx. 1″
To adjust size, add or decrease multiples of 6 ch in foundation ch.
One could also make it wider for a cap-sleeve boxy-top look.



ch 63

Row 1 (RS): dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in every ch across, turn (61 dc).

Row 2–33: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc throughout), dc in every dc across, turn.

Start lace pattern: 

Row 1: ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in first dc, *ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in same dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc* repeat from * to * till end of row, turn.

Row 2: ch 5 (counts as dc and ch 2), dc in first sc, ch 2, sc in ch 2 sp, *ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, ch 2, sk next ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 2 sp*, repeat from * to * till last sc of row, ch 2, dc in last sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, turn.

Row 3: ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, ch 2, sk next ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 2 sp*, repeat from * to *, ending with sc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Rows 4–12: Repeat rows 2–3 four more times, then row 2 once more.

Left shoulder:

Row 1: ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, ch 2, sc in next ch 2 sp*, repeat from * to * two more times, turn.

Row 2: ch 2, sk first ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 2 sp, *ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, ch 2, sc in next ch 2 sp*, repeat from * to * once more, ch 2, dc in last sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, turn.

Row 3: ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 2, dc in same sc, ch 2, sc in next ch 2 sp*, repeat from * to * once more, turn.

Row 4: ch 1, sc in first sc, [sc in ch 2 sp, sc in dc] twice, sc in ch 2 sp, 2 sc in sc, [sc in ch 2 sp, sc in dc] twice, sc in ch 2 sp, sc in last sc. Fasten off.

Right shoulder:

Attach yarn to the beginning of row 12 of lace pattern at the 3rd ch of turning ch. Work the same as left shoulder.


Work the same as front until shoulders. Repeat lace pattern row 3, then row 2.

Left shoulder: Work rows 3–4 of shoulder for front.

Right shoulder: Attach yarn to the beginning of row 14 of lace pattern at the 3rd ch of turning ch. Work the same as left shoulder.


With wrong sides together, sew shoulder seams together.

With wrong sides together, sew side seams together, starting at the base of the 2nd dc row below the start of the lace pattern, and sewing to the bottom edge of the garment.

Turn garment right side out. Work one row of sc evenly around the collar, basically working 1 sc in each dc, sc, and ch 2 sp. Then work one row of sc evenly around each of the armholes. I find that it turns out pretty even when I work 1 sc in each row-end, and 1 sc in a space between 2 rows.

Weave in all ends. And we’re finished :)

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As always if you spot any mistakes or have any questions please feel free to drop me a note, and I will correct or try my best to assist!

Happy first week of summer!



water’s edge, now in dutch! :D

Saw lots of visitors to the Water’s Edge pattern yesterday, thanks so much for visiting! Did you know that the pattern is now also in Dutch? :D Thanks to a very generous blog reader, Lisa, who translated it. This is the first time my pattern is available in another language :D You can see the pattern in Dutch here on Haak Informatie.

Happy weekend!


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