Thursday, September 11, 2014

TBT: Old PBA Clippings

It's been a week since Gilas Pilipinas left the FIBA World Cup with an unforgettable final game win against Senegal. Yet I'm still on a high. I can't stop watching videos and reading articles of teams and players past (90s at the latest, because I'm a 90s kid). There are reviews all around the web on who the best PBA players are, or who the all-time best Filipino basketball players are since we started competing internationally. The former will have at the top Ramon Fernandez, and will also always include Robert Jaworski and my favoritest gunslinger, ALLAN CAIDIC! The latter, that is if we consider the pioneers, will have Caloy Loyzaga and our very own Lauro "The Fox" Mumar, who was my late grandfather's cousin.

So as I said, I've been watching old PBA video clips uploaded on Youtube. The late 80s and the 90s are what I grew up on. It was the peak of Patrimonio and his contemporaries, which included Samboy Lim, Hector Calma, Ato Agustin, Yves Dignadice, and Caidic. Oh, I forgot to mention that I'm a San Miguel Beer fan. :)

This is supposed to be a Throwback Thursday post and it's already 50 minutes to Friday. So before I run out of time, I present these yellowed pages:

Philippine National Basketball Team 1998
1998 Philippine National Basketball Team

90s San Miguel Beermen - Samboy Lim, Allan Caidic, Ato Agustin, Yves Dignadice
90s San Miguel Beermen

Allan Caidic
of course!

Norman Black socks
Norman Black era

Philippines versus South Korea - Asian Games 2002
I think this is 2002 Asian Games

Monday, September 1, 2014

Increasing a Shell and V-Stitch Crochet Hat Pattern

When my aunt asked for a crocheted hat, she gave specific directions. She wanted something with holes that are not large and with just enough slouch. Immediately I looked for inspiration from books and the web. But the best one I could think of was the commonly used combination of Shell and V-Stitch. (Click the links for instructions on how to make the stitches.)

Those two stitches form just the right space in between and make good texture. It would be great for a hat and was easy enough in a linear/flat pattern, which unfortunately is not the case for hats. That was a problem and I couldn't find any pattern (or was lazy to search harder) to help me. So the best solution would be to work it out myself.

To cut the story short, it took me three hats to get it right. The hardest part was increasing the stitches while maintaining the spiral that the Shell makes. The photo below is of the first attempt. If you follow the spiral, it should reach the crown seamlessly. But for this one, the shell spiral was cut off near the top. Then there was also a small bulge, which I eventually covered with a pompom.

So how did I increase a Shell and V-Stitch combo for a hat? Directions for the pattern increase below:

Shell and V-Stitch Crochet Hat


Start with a magic ring.

Round 1: ch 3, 11 dc, sl st to 3rd ch (We consider the ch 3 as 1 dc. Total 12 stitches)

Round 2: We make a shell on the first st of round 1. So on the first st make ch 3 and 4 dc (this gives us 5 dc). Skip 1 st.
We make a V-stitch on the next st: dc, ch, and dc. Skip 1 st.
[Shell on next st. Skip 1 st. V-stitch on next st. Skip 1 st.] repeat twice.
Sl st to the beginning 3rd ch.
(Total: 3 pairs of shell and v-stitch. 24 sts)

We start increasing starting with round 3. I always increased first, and always in a shell stitch. To increase, we stitch one shell and one V-stitch to a previous shell stitch. What you need to remember is that we count the same way we increase in a regular dc circle pattern. That is, 2-1-2-1 in the third round, 2-1-1-2-1-1 in the fourth round, 2-1-1-1-2-1-1-1 in the fifth round and so on. The 2 here is the increase previously discussed. I hope you get the idea.

From this point on, the pattern in the image below will be referred to as "the Increase".


Round 3 [2-1-2-1]: sl st on to the 2nd st from the last row. We make the first increase (ch 3 and 4 dc on the current st (shell). Skip 1 st. V-stitch on the next st).
Then shell on the V-stitch from the previous round.
[Make the Increase. Then shell on the V-stitch from the previous round] twice.
Sl st to the beginning 3rd ch.
(Total 39 sts)

Note that the resulting 3rd round do not follow the shell-V-shell-V alternating pattern. In the 3rd round and for every other odd increasing round, there will be two shells side by side.

Round 4 [2-1-1-2-1-1]: sl st on to the 2nd st from the last row. We make the first increase (ch 3 and 4 dc on the current st (shell). Skip 1 st. V-stitch on the next st).
Then shell on the V-stitch from the previous round.
V-stitch on the 3rd st (center st) of the shell from the previous round.
[Make the Increase. Shell on the V-stitch from the previous round. V-stitch on the 3rd st of the shell from the previous round. ] twice.
Sl st to the beginning 3rd ch.
(Total 48 sts)

Round 5 [2-1-1-1-2-1-1-1]: sl st on to the 2nd st from the last row. We make the first increase (ch 3 and 4 dc on the current st (shell). Skip 1 st. V-stitch on the next st).
Then shell on the V-stitch from the previous round.
V-stitch on the 3rd st (center st) of the shell from the previous round.
Then shell on the V-stitch from the previous round.
[Make the Increase. Shell on the V-stitch from the previous round. V-stitch on the 3rd st of the shell from the previous round. Shell on the V-stitch from the previous round.] twice.
Sl st to the beginning 3rd ch.
(Total 63 sts)

Continue increasing for every round until you get your desired diameter (and on an EVEN Round). An even round means that you have alternating shell and v-stitches all around. So when you stop increasing, the alternating pattern will be maintained. A shell stitch goes on top of a v-stitch and vice versa.

Shell and V-Stitch Crochet Hat


For questions about this tutorial, please don't hesitate to hit the comment box below.