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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Legend of Zelda Triforce Pillow

I made this pillow as a Christmas gift for my best friend. I used Caron Simply Soft yarns in Sunshine and White, with a size G hook. It turned out really soft! I found the initial pattern on Ravelry by Pam Gabriel and modified it to make it larger and changed the edging a bit for aesthetic purposes.

Each of my triangles began with a 30 stitch chain, though it would have been easier to start with a chain with an odd number of stitches. A 30 stitch chain made a 6" triangle base (1' pillow), so modify the chain to make the pillow larger or smaller. I recommend having an odd number of stitches so the last few rows have the right number of stitches. I also used a modified chain start (though you can simply use whatever chain start you prefer). For a tutorial, see Fiber Doodle's blog post. Admittedly, I shouldn't have turned the piece and crocheted through the front of the initial chain, but I continued to do so for all the pieces for consistency (except the white pieces; that's why they're pointier). I wrote the method I should have used below.

Triforce Pillow Pattern

sc: single crochet
st: stitch
ch: chain
sc2tog: single crochet invisible decrease

Triangles - Make 6 in yellow, 2 in white or black
Chain 31.
R1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next st to end, working in the back "hump," turn.
R2: 1 sc in each st, turn.
R3: 1 sc2tog in next 2 st, sc to second to last st, 1 sc2tog in next 2 st. (29)
R4: 1 sc in each st, turn.
R5-end: Repeat alternating R3 and R4 until only 1 stitch remains and finish off.

Crochet the two sets of triangles using whip stitch.

Edging - Make 2 in yellow
Chain 16.
R1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, working in the back "hump," turn.
R2: 1 sc in each st, turn.
R3-end: Repeat R2 until piece is the length of the side edge of two triangles.

Third Edge - Make 1 in yellow
Chain 32. R1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, working in the back "hump," turn.
R2-19: 1 sc in each st.
Note: When approaching the last few rows, check the width of the edges against the other two edging pieces to make sure they'll be the same width when you stitch everything together. Increase or decrease the number of rows if necessary.

Use the whip stitch to crochet the front and back of the pillow to the edging, working the piece inside out. When almost finished, turn the piece right side out and stuff mostly full. Finish crocheting together, leaving the opening between the two ends of the edging open. Stuff through the hole and sew hole shut.

If you have any questions about this pattern, please leave a comment. I would love to see your finished products as well!

And here's a picture of me before it was finished pretending it was the long-lost Triforce Mask!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Super Mario Toad Mushroom Hat

This project was made by my mom!

This is an original piece by my mom. The inspiration came from these mushrooms over at WolfDreamer's blog. Instead of working the Toad hat from the bottom up like the mushrooms were, the hat was done cap down.

The yarns used for this project were Impeccable Kelly Green, Impeccable White, and Red Heart Soft Off-White. The five white circles were made from the white yarn and sewed on. The eyes were made by gluing on black felt. The base of the mushroom was crocheted with the off-white yarn.

I will be posting the pattern for this soon, so keep an eye out!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Super Mario Hat

This project was made by my mom!

The pattern for this hat was written by Laura Michels over at Crazy Crochet Lady.

The hat took less than one ball of Red Heart Red yarn, and a small amount of white yarn for the logo background. The M was cut out of red felt and sewed on. I love the way the hat turns out like a hexagon due to the evenly spaced increases. That almost gives it stability, especially since the Red Heart yarn is a bit stiff.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bumble Hat

This project was made by my mom!

As soon as my mom and I saw this on Ravelry, we knew we had to make one! The pattern is by Rachel Solberg and can be found on Ravelry either on her profile or on the project page itself.

The yarns used for this project were Impeccable White, Lion Brand Fun Fur White (two balls), Caron One Pound Black, and a light blue yarn we had leftover from years ago. For the pupils, we attached black safety eyes to the white yarn.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Hunny in my Tummy Beanie

I found this pattern after many days of searching, and it was finally posted by JezeBearDesigns on Ravelry (for free, even!) when I had almost given up hope. My friend loves that certain honey-loving bear, so I made this for his Christmas present.

For this project I used Caron Simply Soft in Sunshine, and a small amount of some scrap black yarn. This beanie crocheted up quickly, and the pieces were quite easy to make when I was short on time. I even crocheted part of the hat while waiting for a doctor's appointment! I love this yarn because it's so soft, and I hope the recipient does too!

The only trouble I had with this project was that the yarn is a bit thinner than "normal" worsted weight yarn, so I had to make many more rows than the pattern suggested. This wasn't really a problem, as I simply added more rounds of simple double crochet once the rounds stopped increasing.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tiger Neck Pillow

I'd been looking for a neck pillow for a while, and when I saw this one I knew I wanted it! I also want to make it for my mom, who travels on business frequently. The pattern for this project is by Red Heart.

I decided early on that I wanted to make a tiger, so I bought some Red Heart Team Spirit yarn. I couldn't decide if the Gold/Black or the Orange/Black looked better though, so I got both. After finishing about 20 rows in gold, I realized I was supposed to be using two strands of yarn at once. I couldn't decide if I wanted to use the black and orange yarn I have, or which combination of the four, so I decided I'd get all the colors and use both Team Spirit colors. I started over, but didn't realize until later that I probably shouldn't have used two strands, because the suggested yarn is DK weight, and not worsted weight. It turned out waaay larger than it should have, so I changed tactics to alternating Red Heart Super Saver Pumpkin and Caron One Pound Black (also to make sure I had enough yarn; I was running out of the Team Spirits after only 20 rows!). Now it's more stripey, while before it was kinda striped but more splotchy due to all the colors mixing. It was very Halloween-y.

I wish I could get this project done sooner; it seemed like a quick one, but with all my mistakes I hope I ever DO finish it!

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Snow Bear Scoodie Update 2

Snow Bear Scoodie pattern is by Dearest Debi.
See my original post on the Snow Bear Scoodie.

I finally finished the hood and scarf on the scoodie! I had to adjust the pattern by starting the straight edge at round 9 (round 11 of the original pattern). Additionally, I only made 17 rounds total. The hood is a bit large, but I quite like it that way. I prefer it slightly large rather than tight.

The hood used a bit over two balls of yarn. The scarf used the rest of the third ball, plus three more. I ran out of yarn exactly at the end of my scarf, which was lucky. I used black yarn to stitch the pockets together, then I turned the pockets inside out so the "seam" is on the inside of the pocket. I used a long tail I had left on the end of the hood to stitch the hood to the scarf.

The hood by itself took just over two balls. I continued with the same ball of yarn to making the scarf. The scarf took three balls plus the extra from the hood, so the hood and scarf took six balls total. I still need one more skein for the ears. I possibly could have had enough had I further reduced the number of stitches in the hood, but I like it larger.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Snow Bear Scoodie Update

Snow Bear Scoodie pattern is by Dearest Debi.

I've been busy lately so I haven't gotten to do much with this project. This post is almost more to remind myself to edit the pattern than for anyone else, but I figured people might be interested if they chose to undertake this project the same way I did.

Because the Paton Bohemian yarn is size 6 rather than size 5, my hood is turning out much larger than I think it is supposed to. It seems almost the correct size after only 14 rows, and I know going to 27 rows will make a tablecloth at this rate. What I'll do is measure using the gauge to determine where I need to begin making the straight edge (where the hood attaches to the scarf), and take out rows up to there. I'll also have to determine how many stitches would be appropriate for the length of the edge; 6 stitches might be too many for my yarn choice.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Snow Bear Scoodie

I've been looking for a hat/scarf/pockets pattern like this for a while, so when I saw it on Ravelry by Dearest Debi, I knew I had to make it! I already had the yarn in mind: Paton Bohemian. I chose Hypnotic Haze, with the goal of making a snow leopard-colored hat. I bought one skein of the yarn to begin with, simply to make sure that I was able to work with the super bulky yarn. I don't know if I'll be able to go back to any other kinds now, because it's just so soft and silky. My first skein of 68 yards made the first 8.75 rounds of the hood. I'm hoping that I won't need a full 10 skeins, so I'm buying them slowly, but I also don't want to mess up my project by getting different lot numbers. The pattern suggests a K hook, so I used that. I would have upped the hook to an L but I don't actually own one still.

Here's the photo from Dearest Debi's project: (Click to see pattern!)

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Pinkloid Yellow/Green

I decided to try again at making a Pinkloid. This time I used pale yellow yarn with spring green wing edges. Because my pink Pinkloid came out a bit too big, I used an F hook instead of a G hook. I hoped that would cut down on extra spacing in order to make the body more compact, and the feet smaller.

This one turned out quite a bit smaller, which I like. The first one was far too large. The feet still seemed too big, but they did look better this time. I wasn't sure how the green would look, but I think it makes the Pinkloid look Tinkerbell-esque!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Crochet Kitten

I made this crochet kitten a few weeks ago, according to the pattern by MarmaladeRose.

I decided to make it black and white to experiment with changing colors for the first time. It didn't come out perfectly, but then again I was mostly using it as a guide for future kitties if I wanted to do more color patterns. I forgot to make a face in my haste to get it stuffed. The head doesn't quite sit straight because I sewed the chin to the body, then realized the face was leaning forward. I got lazy so I didn't redo it or try to fix it very well. I'm not too sad because it was a good learning experience for me, in attaching pieces. The tail was very difficult because it was my first time working with black yarn in the round, and I ended up with lots of extra and missed stitches. Next time, I might try making a tail stitching together a few rows instead of working in the round.

One quirky thing about this cat in particular is that I used two different types of yarn I found from years ago. The white yarn is quite rough, but the black yarn is slicker and softer, and almost thinner. That made the sizing difficult, as the black rows tended to be more narrow than white rows. The white parts were also considerably stiffer.

In the future I'd like to make more of these kitties in different patterns, with actual faces and heads that don't flop forward.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pinkloid Pink/Purple

I'm still working on my next big project, but I felt like I needed a break so I made this cute Pinkloid by Karissa Cole. It was fun and fast to make. I think it took me around 3 hours total.

I decided to make my first one pink with purple wing outlines and antennae. The body's a bit larger than the pattern, but I probably just stuffed it too much. I did have a bit of trouble with the antennae. The pattern says to do 3hdc in the second ch, but that made my antennae have larger tips than those in the pattern pictures.

If you look closely you'll notice that the Pinkloid's right eye has two googlies in it! I used google eyes because I couldn't find any 8 or 9mm safety eyes, but I did go to my local crafts store and found 12mm safety eyes for only 79 cents for 3 pair! I'll have to find somewhere to get smaller eyes for these tiny projects.

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Tiny Whale

This tiny blue whale was my first attempt at amigurumi. The pattern is Tiny Whale, by June Gilbank. I had previously made scarves, but hadn't crocheted anything in the round. I think it turned out pretty okay, except maybe the tail. I think my stitches were too tight to weave in the ends, so it turned out lumpy. Perhaps I'll try making another whale in another color to try out making the tail again.

It took me a while to get the pictures because it took me a few weeks to get eyes to glue on! After failing with Aleen's glue, I picked up some Fabri-Tac. That did the trick!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Since I'm in the middle of a project and won't be finished for a while, I figured I'd post pictures from my second project: Plumeria by June Gilbank! I'm a huge fan of her works. My first ever project was her Tiny Whale (pics coming as soon as I get some eyes glued on).

My plumeria is plain, but as this was my second project (and first multiple piece project), I didn't know how to change colors and wasn't up to the challenge at the time. I didn't add the backing either, but the backside doesn't look too horrible anyway. The thing I love about this plumeria is that I used Red Heart Super Soft in off-white, so it turned out silky and shiny!

I plan on making more of these plumerias in the future, perhaps as gifts for Christmas!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Cat Corpse Hat

Last night I finished my Cat Corpse Hat! I used this pattern, originally by Witchy Wiche.

I made some changes to the pattern. I used the front leg pattern for the back legs instead of dealing with the triple stitches, which would have given the legs large holes for fluff to fall out. I also made the hat itself a bit shorter, as stuff touching my forehead makes me itch and sneeze for some reason. It took about 1/2 of a skein of Craft Smart Aran Fleck yarn, using an H hook.

When I wore this out and about, just about everyone that saw it stared, and several commented about how cute it was!

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