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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 / 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!!
3  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.
4  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...
5  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!
6  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...
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / This is why I love montana.... on: March 21, 2009 10:07:47 PM
So I hate snow and I hate cold weather...especially cold weather that's 40 below zero. But spring and fall in Montana are the best ever. I found a few pictures that I took while hiking last year. I thought that I'd post them up here for everyone. I'm not really a photographer(I usually stick to fabric and painting), which I think is pretty obvious by my caliber of picture taking, but I really do love doing it. I'm thinking about taking some of them and getting them printed on canvas...but I'm not really sure how to go about finding out how to do that so if anyone knows anything about that.... a little info would be fabulous.....I had to throw some pics of my dog in too, he's such a ham. I think I may have posted the one of the water before I can't remember....so sorry if there's a repeat,  but anyways comments and criticisms welcome...thanks a bunch for looking....









8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nursing school = Nervous Breakdown..... on: March 15, 2009 08:47:14 PM
Oh my have I missed this place....I'm in nursing school and have been having a serious crafting withdrawl...thank god for spring break....well I had this old ugly coffee table and two aweful side tables...they were absolutely no fun and with all the stress in my life I need fun...so at 1 in the morning I had a revelation and these are the outcomes. I at one time I had before pictures but they have been lost when my digtal camera lost the battle to my dog...its a sad time...so I was forced to take some pics with my phone...that explains the crappyness of the pictures. But please let me know what you think...all comments welcome... good and bad........

Coffee Table

*The outside edges of the coffee table I upholstered..kinda, my uphostering consists of stapleing some batting and then covering it with fabric so Im not really sure that it counts.  I wish I had a better pic of the fabric its some stuff I got at a local shop and I LOVE it...

Side Table #1


Side Table #2


Action Shot!!


Thanks a bunch for looking....Now back to reading my pharm book...yay, I'm super excited....  Shocked
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Homer Simpson Slippers on: September 04, 2008 07:26:47 AM
So my dog is the destroyer of all things that belong to my boyfriend...I havent really figured it out yet but anyways, Brutus unfortunatly ate the almightly Homer Slippers that my SO had forever....they were all holey and torn up, he was really due for a new pair but you couldnt tell him that. If you hear the story from him they were in immaculate condition and almost new....but anyways his birthday is coming up and I decided to make him a pair of homer slippers that are kinda like these:

http://www.thesimpsonsshop.com/detail.php?p=10086&v=simfanapp

But Im not quite sure how to go about it so any comments would help. I'll probably just end up winging it like I do with a majority of my other projects but any ideas would be very appreciated.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / With a little free time.... on: August 20, 2008 04:47:21 PM
So I'm not really a picture person I'm more of a fiber arts kinda gal...but recently when I was unpacking my new house I found my 35mm Canon....so i thought I'd test it out and see if I actually still knew how to use it. So heres a few pics of my dogs...they're such willing subjects.





I hope this link works, I'm a first timer so we'll see. Comments welcome...good or bad, let me know what you think. I might make photography into another hobby....well that is if I have time
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