Archive for the ‘Japanese crochet’ Category


Lest I forget: I’ve been sitting on top of my Japanese motif and stitch pattern books wondering what to do with them. Then I saw this post called “Strawberry Lace Summer Cardigan” on Crochetville. The creator joined a strip of motifs to fit around her torso where she wanted the sweater to end, and then worked upwards in a different lace stitch pattern to create the body. Brilliant! Now I know what to do.

Will update post with pics of WIPs (Cupcake and 2nd stab at Totoro) later tonight; gotta write my diss. 😉


Bottom-up construction always trips me up, so after a couple of frustrating starts I decided to convert the Cupcake sweater from SnB Happy Hooker into a top-down pattern. A bit tricky to do, since my gauge is off too, but I feel much more comfortable with this approach. Click here to see what it looks like laid out entirely flat.


My Neighbor Totoro, down to the shoulder line, using craftster Angry Angel’s pattern. The first go with worsted weight yarn turned out way too big, so I switched to a sport weight yarn, Bernat Softee Baby. I had hoped this yarn would make a nice cardi, but no, it’s like Red Heart Soft Yarn, great texture and drape with a tendency to pull out of shape and stay that way.

(Renee: recognize the stitch marker?)


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Here are my newest treasures, found at SF Japantown Kinokuniya Bookstore:


300 Motifs/Edgings — ISBN 4-529-04233-2


What I love about this book is that it shows how to connect motifs, and how they look in a group. Click for larger pic.


A hat book! ISBN 978-4-529-04296-3


This book includes a bunch of brimmed caps, including some with bottom-up construction (not the one shown).


Love this fedora-esque hat! Best thing is, all the patterns are diagrammed in the round, like this one for another hat (click for larger pic):


I can’t wait to make a few of these!

<edit> I finally figured out how to do progress bars without futzing with the CSS for this blog, thanks to this thread on Crochetville.  Thanks to noricum for letting people copy her html!

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I picked this up from Kinokuniya in San Francisco J-town last weekend. My sis and I rounded off the trip with sushi-boat sushi (for nostlgic value, if not the best food quality) and a crepe-and-ice-cream cone (yum!). A lot of the patterns are a bit conservative, elegant-dowdy for my taste but others are sumptuous, like the lace wrap/collar on the cover and several of their shawls/scarves The patterns are challenging; many involve intricate motif work, some requiring yarn flower makers.

The pics is borrowed (not hotlinked) from a nifty blog, Buzzville, until I can get my own pics done. Check out their site for more pics and cool craft books.

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Based on IamSusie’s recommendation at Craftster, I went down to the Kinokuniya bookstore in San Francisco J-Town to look for Crochet Patterns Book 300. Lucky me, they had it on the shelf! And they’re having another book shipped from the Portland store, which I first saw here (search/scroll to ISBN 4277171818). Isn’t it gorgeous? Meanwhile, I also picked a hefty magazine (pics below; sorry about the quality).

But first, thanks to my loving spouse who bought the two books for me, what a sweetie! And translated to the person helping us, whose English was okay but not great. At one point I said he was being a little rude by Japanese standards; he grinned and called it gai-jin (foreigner) power.


Who knows what the title is? ISBN 408627909. Most of the books lumped knitting and crocheting together, and many patterns integrated both techniques–and not just a little crochet trim on a knit garment, either. This particular mag had majority knitting patterns, but enough mouth-watering crochet to make it worth my while!


Motifs abounded in the books I found. There was a gorgeous motif dictionary in the same series as the 300 Stitches book; that’s on my wishlist.


I’m really impressed by the extensive use of stitch charts and detailed schematics. U.S. craft publishers could learn a thing or two here.

Knit skirts on the right; crochet skirts on the left. Click on pic for larger image; click jknitmag_skirts_schem.gif for schematics. Wish I could post all the pages I liked, but then I’d use up my quota. 🙂

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