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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / All ready to go pillage and plunder...kind of on: January 10, 2012 11:16:29 AM
So in my hometown we have a big rugby tournament every year. And this year one of my frienda asked me to make him a viking hat, with beard and all. So at the moment I'm still working on the hat, I have finished the beard. I am to excited about the beard not to post it. I'll post some pics of the finished product when it's completed. The beard probably weighs about 5 lbs so I'm having to figure out how to anchor it to the hat when it's done....there's been a lot of trial and error...but I'm super excited about it.


 
It came out a lot longer than I anticipated, but I think I'm okay with that.


After looking at it a bunch, I think it kinda looks like that captian guy off of Pirates of the Carribiean...I can't think of his name, but he had the octopus beard.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Instant mountain man beard!! ((Now with a Tut!!)) on: October 28, 2011 07:26:56 AM
I hope this pattern works for you all!!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Instant mountain man beard!! on: October 26, 2011 03:19:49 PM
Thanks guys!! I think this is by far my most favorite out of the hats I've made.  I've never written a tut before, but  I'll give it a shot and get one worked up this weekend. I pretty much looked at a picture and  crocheted....and ripped out....and crocheted....and ripped out....and crocheted, until it looked right, but it's really pretty simple. Check back in a couple of days and I'll get one posted.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Instant mountain man beard!! ((Now with a Tut!!)) on: October 25, 2011 04:25:02 PM
I've seen these all over the web lately...and it just so happened on of my friends just shaved off his mountain man beard. He wasd complaining of his face feeling a bit chilly in the Montana fall so I decided I should probably make one for him. He's out of town for the moment, but as so as he gets back I'll post an "action" picture!


Tutuorial/Pattern (Okay so this is my first attempt at tute... Lips sealed, so just let me know if you have any questions), okay, here we go....
 Side Note ** I used a J hook w/ Lion's Brand Simply Soft. If you use different yarn or hooks it will change the size, but this is just a basic beanie and this is just my variation. I like to wear my beanies a bit looser and longer than some. So feel free to use your own pattern or any other one you'd like. It just starts off with a regular, run of the mill beanie so feel free to use whatever your little heart desires  Grin

1st off...Basic Beanie:
   Foundation: Chain 4 and attach with slip stitch (ss)
   1st Round(rnd): Chain 2, 9 halfdouble(hdc) chains in foundation ring (total: 10 stitches) join last hdc with ss to 2nd stitch in begining chain 2.
   2nd rnd: Chain 2, 1 hdc in same stitch, 2 hdc in 2nd stitch and continue throughout. join with ss in 2nd chain of ch2 (20)
   3rd rnd: chain 2, 1hdc in same stitch, 1hdc in next stitch  *2 hdc in next stitch, 1hdc in next stitch* repeat * to * 8 times, join (30)
   4th rnd: chain 2, 1hdc in same stitch, 1hcd in next 2 stitches, * 2hdc in next stitch, 1 hdc in next 2 stitiches* repeat * to* repeat 8 times, join (40)
   5th rnd: chain 2, 1hdc in same stitch, 1hdc in next 3 stitches, *2hdc in next stitch, 1 hdc in next 3 stitches* repeat 8 times, join (50)
   6th rnd: chain 2, 1hdc in same stitch, 1hdc in next 4 stitches, *2hdc in next stitch, 1 hdc in next 4 stitches*, repeat * to* 8 times, join (60)
   7th rnd: chain 2, 1 hdc in next stitch, cont 1 hdc in each stitch to end, join (60)
   Round 8 through 30: repeat round 7, join, weave in ends. 
Side note ** I just wrote this pattern without any color variations, but my original post has stripes. So feel free to jazz it up a bit with stripes or different stitches if you wish.

Step 2: The Instant (sort of) Epic Beard
   Side note** you'll need to know a puff stitch, which is yarn over hook, draw up loop through stitch, repeat twice, total of 7 loops on hook, yarn over, draw through all 7 loops.   
   Chain 35
   Row 1: 1 single chain (sc) in 2nd chain fromt the hook, 1 hdc in next stitch, 1 puff stitch in next stitch, repeat through next 29 stitches, 1 hdc in next stitch, 1 sc in next stitch, chain 1. Turn.
   Row 2: 1 sc in 2nd chain from hoook, 1 hdc in next stitch, puff stitch in next 11 stitches, chain 7, skip next 7 stitches (now this is the mouth hole, so it may vary from person to person, so just measure so that it fits), 1 puff stitch in next 12 stitches, 1 hdc in next stitch, 1sc in next stitch, chain one. Turn.
   Row 3: 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook, 1 hdc in next hook, puff stitch in next 30 stitches, 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in next stitch, chain one. Turn.
   Row 4: Repeat row 3.
   Row 5: 1 sc 2nd chain from hook, 1 hdc in next chain, puff stitch in next 10 stitches, decrease over next 2 stitches (how I decrease with a puff is; YO pull up loop through first stitch, YO, pull up loop through next stitch, YO, pull up loop through same stitch, YO, pull through all 7 loops on stitch; decrease made), puff stitch in next 6 stitches, decrease over next 2 stitches. puff stitch in next 10 stitches, 1 hdc in next stitch, 1 sc in next stitch, chain 1. Turn.
   Row 6: 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook, 1 hdc in next stitch, puff stitch in next 9 stitches, decrease over next 2 stitches, puff stitch in next 5 stitches, decrease over next 2 stitches, 1 hdc in next stitch, 1 sc in next stitch, chain 1. Turn.
   Row 7: 1 hdc in 2nd chain from hook and 1 hdc in each stitch to end. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Step 3: Attaching epic beard.
    So this is what I did, but you can change it to fit as you'd like. I put the hat on and placed the beard over my face so that it sat where I liked it. I put a safety pin to mark where I wanted the top of the beard to fit to the hat. After I had the safety pins on to mark the hat, I took the hat off and flipped it inside out. I attached the beard with a whipstitch to the wrong side of the hat. So that when it's on the top of the beard is on the inside of the hat, so that the hat comes over the sides.

Step 4: Enjoy your instant mountain man hat. Or as my friend said when he put in on "I think I'm going to go as Zach Galifianakis for Halloween"
   
Since this if my first tute I'm sure I made some mistakes so feel free to ask me questions if you have them... Thanks!! Enjoy!!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I "moustache" you a question. on: September 29, 2011 02:15:59 PM
So in the midst of trying to organize my apartment so I can move I found paint markers!! Excellent find, it just so happens that I also had coffee cups that were in serious need of a personality makeover. I am normally a fiber arts kinda gal, but this might have been the simplest & quickest houseware makeover I've ever done. Now I am off to moustache-ify more housewares....

...this is also why it takes me about 2 weeks to organize everything. Usually as I organize I find other projects I can do, which is normally more fun than cleaning can ever be....I call it cleaning ADD.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hats Galore!! on: August 26, 2011 08:11:02 AM
I'm in the process of moving so I've been trying to use up all of my yarn. So here's some of the hat's I've come up with...I have a bit of an obsession with hats. I can never have enough! Thanks of looking, comments good and bad always appreciated.
 Scalloped with a leaf/flower thing...it turned out way better than I had it pictured in my head. I love when that happens!!








...sorry the images are a bit wonky. I'm not really sure how to fix them...
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Cabled Head Warmer on: January 22, 2011 07:59:12 AM
I actually ordered the styrofoam head online and painted it. I have a serious problem with having to repaint or make-over anything that comes into my house. I'm pretty pleased with how she turned out.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cabled Head Warmer on: January 19, 2011 08:34:51 PM






I found this awesome "t-shirt" like yarn at a local craft store and had to make something out of it. It's super stretchy and pretty warm, well it holds up to the Montana winters that's for sure. And that's Ta'Lula, my new hat model. Her nose is a little squished thanks to the US postal service, but after a quick paint job she was ready to to. Comments, good or bad, welcome.... Thanks for looking!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Christmas Hats!! on: December 11, 2010 01:04:35 PM
 



Just some of the hat's I've been working on for Christmas presents. The first on is kind of a lace pattern that I've seen but sort of just made up as I went a long, which is how most of my projects go....and the second one was out of scrap yarn that I had left over from other projects. I wanted the brim to be wider, but as it goes with scraps I ran out before I finished, but I think I like the end result. The flowers are just pinned on so they can be added to other hats, scarves, or whatever...I'm a big fan of versatility.

Sorry the pics are a bit blurry, I haven't quite figured out my new camera yet.
Comments good or bad welcome...
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Nursing school = Nervous Breakdown..... on: April 16, 2009 11:19:17 AM
Great job! Did you free hand the paint job or is that decoupage?
It's free hand...I found the fabric around the top first then free handed the pattern on the base of the coffee table and the side tables.
I tried decoupaging once....it was a crafting disaster...there was glue and paper everywhere...

Yeah I think I'm starting to see the light at the end of the nursing school tunnel....

I also posted some better pics of the bottom of the table, the glare from my camera kinda takes away from the colors though...




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