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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Supersize Shrug Me! on: January 26, 2014 08:01:20 AM
Recently, I completed a shrug. It's not my usual piece of clothing, but I came across the crochet pattern for the Lion Brand Heartland Sunset Shrug (Pattern Number: L32035). You normally need a user name and password for the Lion Brand patterns, but since I'm going to break this pattern down, you'll see my thoughts and changes here.

This pattern is not something of Lion Brand's caliber, in my opinion. While the pattern itself is super simple, I think Lion Brand dropped the ball on it quite a bit. It's not as high a quality that their patterns usually tend to be. I don't know if it's because of the skill level or if it's just written poorly.

SKILL LEVEL: Easy + (Level 3)--This is actually correct. There are no complicated stitches to learn. It is just a big ole circle, so as long as you an count, ANY crocheter, at ANY level, should be able to make this with ease.



SIZE: One Size--WRONG. If I had followed the directions from Lion Brand, I would have looked like a sausage wearing a too small casing. You will need to complete almost all of the pattern to figure out how much more, if any, rows you should add on.

Personally, I can wear size large shirts, but I prefer extra larges. There's no way the original pattern size would have fit me, so I'm guessing their model was extremely petite.

About 38 in. (96.5 cm) diameter, before folding and seaming--This is the original size. I didn't think to measure my circle before seaming.

I used an H sized hook, which is the recommended size. Lion Brand used 5 yarns, and I used 4. You can use any number of yarns you want, you'll just need to figure out the pattern. I was changing colors every six rows. This is what I used:

--Caron Simply Soft in neon yellow (#9773)-1 skein
--Caron Simply Soft in neon orange (#9774)-1 skein
--Caron Simply Soft in neon coral (#9772)-1 1/2 skeins
--Caron Simply Soft in neon pink (#9775)-1 skein

I actually had all of these before choosing this pattern. I saw them at the arts and crafts store I work at, and I knew I had to have them for a sweater for myself! Smiley

STITCH EXPLANATION:
beg-Cl (beg cluster) Ch 2, yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops rem on hook); yarn over, insert hook in same st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Cl (cluster) Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops rem on hook), *yarn over, insert hook in same st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; rep from * once more, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.

NOTES:
1. Shrug is worked in joined rnds beg at center. Do not turn at the end of rnds.
2. Color is changed by fastening off old color and joining new color.
3. Piece is folded and 2 side seams sewn to create armholes.--This was difficult to understand, even with the directions that came at the end of the pattern. This was the most difficult thing about the pattern.


SHRUG
Center Motif--I especially like how this looks.
With A, ch 5.
Rnd 1 (RS): Dc in 5th ch from hook (beg ch counts as dc, ch 1), (ch 1, dc in same ch) 6 times, ch 1; join with sl st in 4th ch of beg ch - 8 dc and 8 ch-1 sps at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1 in this rnd and in all following rnds), dc in first ch-1 sp, (ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp) 7 times, ch 1; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch - 16 dc and 16 ch-1 sps at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 3: Beg-Cl in same st as joining, *ch 2, sk next ch-1 sp, Cl in next dc; rep from * around, ch 2, sk last ch-1 sp; join with sl st in beg-Cl - 16 Cl and 16 ch-2 sps at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc in this rnd and in all following rnds), 3 dc in first ch-2 sp, *dc next Cl, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 64 dc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 5: Ch 3, (tr, dc, hdc) in same st as joining, sk next st, sc in next st, *sk next st, (hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc) in next st, sk next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around to last st, sk last st, (hdc, dc) in same st as joining; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 16 (hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc) groups and 16 sc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 6: (Sl st, ch 1, sc) in first tr, *ch 5, sk next 5 sts, sc in next tr; repeat from * around to last 5 sts, ch 5, sk last 5 sts; join with sl st in first sc - 16 sc and 16 ch-5 sps. Fasten off.
Body of Shrug--Again, there is NO WAY this is "one size fits all."
Rnd 7: From RS, draw up a loop of B in any ch-5 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc in this rnd and in all following rnds), 6 dc in same ch-5 sp, 7 dc in each ch-5 sp around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 112 dc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 8: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining (increase made), dc in next 6 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 128 sts.
Rnd 9: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 7 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 144 sts.
Rnd 10: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 8 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 8 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 160 sts.
Rnd 11: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 9 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 9 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 176 sts.
Rnd 12: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 10 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 192 sts.
Rnd 13: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 11 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 208 sts. Fasten off.
Rnd 14: From RS, draw up a loop of C in same st as joining, ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 12 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 12 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 224 sts.
Rnd 15: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 13 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 240 sts.
Rnd 16: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 14 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 14 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 256 sts.
Rnd 17: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 15 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 15 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 272 sts.
Rnd 18: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 16 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 16 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 288 sts.
Rnd 19: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 17 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 17 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 304 sts.
Rnd 20: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 18 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 18 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 320 sts. Fasten off.
Rnd 21: From RS, draw up a loop of D in same st as joining, ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 19 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 19 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 336 sts.
Rnd 22: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 20 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 20 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 352 sts.
Rnd 23:Ch 3, dc in each dc around; join with sl st in top of beg ch.--I don't know if this is a mistake or intentional. It looks odd when you do this row like this. I'm thinking the this should read: Ch 3, working in the back loops only, dc in each dc around; join with sl st in top of beg ch. This would continue the pattern.

At this point, throw the circle over your back to get an idea of how big you need to make your shrug. Flip down the back a bit from your neck to figure out where your collar will be, as well. If you need to do additional rows, work them in increasing rows, such as 21, 22, 23, etc. I made my shrug up to 24 dc around, but I really should have stopped at 21 or 22. As the shrug hangs (both from creating it and from wearing it), you'll see it stretches, so you don't need it to be huge because it could become huge on it's own. That's okay.
Border
Rnd 24 (RS): With D, ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in same st as joining, 2 dc in next st, *sk next 2 sts, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts; repeat from * around to last 2 sts, sk last 2 sts; join with sl st in top of beg ch. Fasten off.
Rnd 25: From RS, draw up a loop of E in sp between sts of any 2-dc group, ch 3, dc in same sp, 2 dc in sp between sts of each 2-dc group around; join with sl st in top of beg ch.
Rnds 26-29: Sl st in sp between sts of first 2-dc group, ch 3, dc in same sp, 2 dc in sp between sts of each 2-dc group around; join with sl st in top of beg ch. Fasten off.
Rnd 30: With B, rep Rnd 25. Fasten off.
FINISHING
Fold piece in half. With fold at top, measure 8 in. (20.5 cm) down from fold on each side and place marker for armholes. Measure 6 in. (15 cm) along edge below each marker and place another marker. Baste or pin edges together between markers and try Shrug on to check fit. Adjust marker position if desired, then sew edges together between markers on both sides. Weave in ends.

Ignore all this. This is what I came up with. Throw the shrug back over your shoulders and flip the collar back. For mine, I made the edge of the collar touch  the edge of the center motif, but remember, my shrug's bigger than I thought it would be. If you can see where your joining stitches are for each row, make that run up your back. You'll be able to disguise that later on, if you need to do so.

It would help if you had another person for this part, but if you don't, you can do this facing a large mirror. You'll need stitch markers and a tape measure. Raise one of your arms to a 45 degree angle. With your free hand, pinch where you want the width of the sleeve to be. Mark the spot with the stitch marker. Measure the width of the sleeve and repeat it on the other side.

I thought this looked a little unfinished after row 30, for a Lion Brand pattern, so I went back and did one more row of sc in each stitch around, and then I finished it off. This row of sc was also used to secure the sleeves, first around the body of the shrug, and then back around the sleeves separately.

I also went back and used a yarn needle and a length of yarn and secured the back collar with a few stitches. This will keep it from flopping around, and you'll always know which end is the top.
32  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Chewbacca on: December 26, 2013 12:39:30 PM
NO no no!  Angry He is PERFECT!  Shocked He seriously looks just like the store bought one I had and loved to bits when I was a wee Jedi youngling! You're not giving yourself enough credit. Smiley
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / A New Garden Gnome on: December 26, 2013 10:01:24 AM
This is actually my second refurbished gnome. The first one was a broken gnome on clearance from Wal-Mart that I zombified.

Here's this little guy's back story. In September, I had a shitty time at a oceanfront concert, left early, and went to an antiques store in Virginia Beach to window shop. I went back a second time shortly after that and realized they had a good number of garden gnomes. I went back a third time, and picked this little guy up. He's probably about 10 inches tall.



He was made by Artline in 1992, according to the markings on the underside of his feet. He was holding a tool or something at some point, which broke, but I can't get the rest of the handle out of his hand. He was originally marked at $16, then $6 and I got him for $5.50.

My grandma had an Artline cookie jar of Mickey Mouse when I was a kid made out of the same plasticy stuff as the gnome, so that's why I recognized the Artline brand immediately.

He's cute, but a little too "Disney/Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" for my own taste. I was going to do him as Uncle Sam, but then inspiration struck: he needed to be a leprechaun gnome, in honor of my mom whose birthday was St. Patrick's Day. He is a complete repaint, all the way around. He actually needed a lot of primer for some reason to get started.



Even though it's not St. Patrick's Day, this little guy lives on my front step, along with a repaired Steelers football player gnome (he kept breaking and I separated him from the other gnomes...I think they've been beating him up) and the pooping  gnome my husband got me. Smiley
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Lawn of the Dead on: September 24, 2013 08:20:23 PM
Ahh he's adorable...err I mean terrifying. I think the blood on his hat makes him look like he stabbed someone with it which makes him a pretty badass zombie since they aren't suppose to be smart enough to use weapons.

OMG...I love that! I hadn't even thought about that! Ooooh, you win the internet today for that comment!  Grin
35  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Rogue and Wasp Cosplay for the wee one on: September 24, 2013 06:57:53 PM
She is the cutest lil'Rogue I've ever seen!!!  Grin
36  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Oh Captain, my Captain on: September 15, 2013 09:50:36 AM
This is so awesome! (sew awesome?) Smiley

I had to post this to Geek Crafts: http://geekcrafts.com/14245-oh-captain-my-captain/. And as much as I loved your Sheldon quilt, this one just knocked Sheldon into outer space. Smiley
37  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Lawn of the Dead on: September 08, 2013 01:13:01 PM
I can't take credit for this post title. I saw it somewhere on Deviant Art and I liked it.



About three weeks ago, I picked up a little garden gnome statue, about 8-10" tall, at Wal-Mart on clearance for $4.50 (regularly $9.99). It has a red glass mosaic hat. which was a little crumbly at the top. It also had two holes in the booty.

This was a complete repaint, from hat brim all the way down. He was repainted with some primer and a bunch of different craft paints.

The red drips coming down his hat serve an actual purpose. Before I started painting him, I used my hit glue gun to fill in the crumbled spots of glass, to secure it all. Then, I used the red craft paint in the squeeze bottle to cover up the hot glue. I also used hot glue to fill in the holes in his booty.

I'm very happy with how he turned out. I'd been wanting a zombie gnome for some time now. I just couldn't bring myself to buy one from Etsy when I know how easy garden gnomes are to find in the stores.

The ribs and the arm bones were made with a glue gun and then the glue was painted. I did about four coats of clear coat on him to protect him once he became my front door sentry.

My only problem now will be deciding, will he stay outside year round, or will I bring him in after Halloween?




38  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Murder in the Garden: With a Happy Ending. on: September 08, 2013 01:11:06 PM
This was so funny. I was LOLing as I read it. "What's wrong with my head?!" LOVE IT!
39  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A Trio of Customized Baby Onsies on: September 01, 2013 06:37:01 PM
A friend of mine, Brandon, and his wife recently had a baby boy. By recently, I mean about three months ago, they had their kid. I'm a little late with the baby gift, but I finally finished it tonight.

Brandon is wild about the Punisher like I am for Spider-Man. As soon as I found out they had a baby boy, I knew I had to make a couple of Punisher-themed onsies. Oh hell, who am I kidding? If they'd had a little girl, I would have made them with pink skulls...and maybe one with a bow.

Thanks to iron on fusing, some black fabric in my stash (from a Doctor Who swap I participated in last year), and my computer, I made three customized onsies. I checked Yahoo images for Punisher logos. Another friend picked out a package of three onsies for me (I don't know how to shop for kids' clothes. She made it easy for me and picked up a set that the little babino could grow into), I picked three different logos. I bet you money that Brandon can look at each logo and tell me exactly when each one was introduced.

I ironed out the onsies and measured across the chest to get the right size for the transfers. I used Publisher to size them out right and printed them out in greyscale. I used the fusable interface to turn the fabric into iron on's. After they were ironed to the onsies, I used my sewing machine to do a blanket stitch all the way around the skulls and eyes (I didn't do the nostrils...those were too damn small to sew).

I'm getting together with Brandon and his wife next weekend. They don't know what the gift is, only that it's something "Brandon-themed."





40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: River Song's Journal / Shrine on: August 31, 2013 07:24:45 AM
I love this!!! I posted it over at Geek Crafts: http://geekcrafts.com/14152-river-songs-journalshrine/.

Thanks for posting this!
AmyLynn
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