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71  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Space Invader on: January 28, 2012 06:42:12 PM
I've been working on this for a couple of weeks now, on and off... I finished stitching the squares together last night after MANY hours (Geesh, I dunno how people do it on a larger scale!) So I decided not to make more squares to make up the size (its only about 3' x2' sh) and to just crochet a border on instead and finish off Smiley But now, looking at the photo I think I'll add more rows on, but for the minute it'll stay as it is because I get super bored quickly :s



It could do with being blocked, but I've nothing to block with on this scale, so advice or suggestions would be hugely appreciated here Cheesy In fact any c&c is always appreciated!! Cheesy Its nothing like some of the gorgeous afghans been done before, but its my first flat project on this scale and I'm quite pleased with my dedication to it!! LOL!
72  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Crafted Cushion Swap? on: January 25, 2012 06:56:42 AM
Sounds like great fun, I'm considering this.... looks perfect for a newbie swapper
73  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Babushka's (Nesting Dolls) w/ pattern on: January 22, 2012 06:50:50 PM
Thanks!! Cheesy
74  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Boot Cuffs on: January 22, 2012 07:41:31 AM
Thanks Cheesy

I had that exact same thought last night Sunshine, hashed the idea out with the Mr and think I'll make some out of polar fleece and different tops for kiddies wellies Smiley Think they might sell at the school's craft fair if I can make them neat enough... Will def make some for my kids none the less Smiley

Love your idea of fun fur yarn LoveNtheOcean Cheesy:D
75  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Boot Cuffs on: January 21, 2012 06:01:18 PM
I saw something like this somewhere on line (I forget where, but will stick a link in if anyone recognises them) and I thought they were pretty cool, I had no intention of making any until I was shoe shopping.

 I spend most of the time in plimsolls but its freezing, and feeling the cold is a predominant sympton of my health condition. With my cheap knitted boots being tired I decided I needed a new pair (mostly for nice new gripping soles!) But... I couldn't find any Sad I'm on a super tight budget and begrudge spending money on myself at the best of times... I have UK size 9(!) feet that are wider than average across the base of my toes and all of this combined makes shoe shopping a nightmare. So I ended up settling for an awful pair of those cheap faux-ugg style boots. I have to say I totally detest them, but they are warmer than my old plimsolls and neater than my old scruffy knitted boots. So they'll do.

 But to make them seem a little less cheap I whipped up a pair of these cuffs Smiley I think they make a world of difference and make the boots more bareable (not lovable, but I'll settle for the improvement) Plus, I got to use some of the new yarn I got for Christmas but had no plan for AND the cuff makes the boots snug around my calves. Bonus, eh?






They fold over the top and tuck down in Smiley



As always I welcome C&C!!!
76  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Miniature Sinker Baby Frogs on: January 16, 2012 06:57:12 PM
Too Cute!!! (could never make such teeny arms myself!)
77  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Babushka's (Nesting Dolls) on: January 10, 2012 08:08:33 PM
Ok, cool!

I worked them all in single crochet with dk yarn and a 3mm hook, and I like to use the magic ring to start... but I'm sure a chain would be fine:) (pull me up if I make a mistake, I tend to write my own patterns in a cross between US and UK terminology, So I'll try and get it all right Cheesy) and I recommend using a ss to join rounds, but I'll write it as I worked it, which was in in the rounds...

First doll:

6st magic ring....... 6st
inc in ea st........... 12st
*1sc, inc*............ 18st
sc in ea st - (Here I did 8st in red, 2 in white, 8st in red)......18st
sc in ea st - (here I did &st in red, $st in white, 7st in red)....18st for 3 rounds
sc in ea st - (Here I did 8st in red, 2 in white, 8st in red)......18st (8rounds so far)
sc in ea st (all in the red)......18st
*2sc, inc*...........24st
sc in ea st........ 24st (4 rounds)
*2sc, dec*........18st - Stuff firmly
*1sc, dec*(in back loops).....12st
*dec*.... 6st (17rounds altogether)
finish off


Doll 2 (In halves now)

Bottom half:
6st magic ring..... 6st
*inc*................12st
*1sc, inc*.........18st
*2sc, inc* (in back loops)..... 24st
*3sc, inc*..........30st
sc in ea st........ 30st (4 rounds)
finish off

Top half:
6st magic ring.....6st
*inc*................12st
*1sc, inc*..........18st
*2sc, inc*...........24st
sc in ea st...........24st (I did 11red stiches, 2 white stitches, 11 red stitches)
sc in ea st..........24st (I did 10 red, 4 white, 10 red for 3 rounds)
sc in ea st.........24st (11 red, 2 white, 11 red)
*3sc, inc*.......30st
sc in ea st.......30st (for 3 rounds - 15 rounds altogether. But depending on thickness of yarn, you may need to add or take off rows from this last set of 5 untill it sits over the first doll and meets the bottom half)


3rd Doll:

Bottom:
6st magic ring
*inc*
*1sc, inc*
*2sc, inc*
*3sc, inc* (in back loops)
*4sc, inc*
sc in ea st for 5 rounds

Top:
6st magic ring
*inc*
*1sc, inc*
*2sc, inc*
*3sc, inc*
sc in ea st (14 red, 3 white, 13red)
sc in ea st (13 red, 5 white, 12 red) x 3 rounds
sc in ea st (14 red, 3 white, 13 red)
sc in ea st (all red)
*4sc, inc*
sc in ea st for 2 rounds
finish off


4th Doll:
Same as before with an additional row of increases so: bottom = *3sc, inc* the nxt row is *4sc, inc* (in bk loops)
top:*4sc, inc* before you start the sc in ea st for the face....
Adjust final rows of sc in ea st so that the bottom half lines up with the other bottom halves, and the top half meets the bottom and covers the previous doll Cheesy


my 5th doll had the same increases to make it bigger and the pattern just carries on for more dolls if desired Cheesy

Hope this makes some sense  Wink if not, let me know and I'll try to explain myself better Cheesy



EDIT:

I've made another set with thinner yarn and I did need to sort of wing it with those 5 rows of sc at the end of the top half to make sure I did do enough rows to cover the previous doll... Simple enough, at least I  thought so :S Also, I did the second set still working in rounds but changed the face shape to a sort of 'shield' shape, and found this looks much better at the 'step' from the rounds and the colour change isnt as obvious Smiley so for example on the face, I did the top row, 2nd row, 3rd row, 4th row of the white with 5 stitches and then the last row of the face was the only row I did fewer white stitches (for the chin)
78  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Babushka's (Nesting Dolls) on: January 10, 2012 07:07:57 PM
Would love to see yours if you make some Smiley I can try and change my scrappy notes into the pattern I used if you like, though I've only been crocheting on a more serious basis for a few months so I'm certain any experience crocheter can whip something like this up (and better than me) in no time Cheesy
79  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Babushka's (Nesting Dolls) w/ pattern on: January 10, 2012 06:38:12 PM
I totally love these nesting dolls, but in town they cost £30 a set! So I figured, I could just crochet myself a set Smiley I should have worked in rows (not rounds, so the faces arn't stepped) but I didnt really think about that untill it came to stitching features... So that why they are quite plain (I was a little disheartend) but still, I'm pleased with the final outcome, and have plans for more exhuberant sets Cheesy (Not that the pattern was hard to figure, but I kept a note anyhow, so future sets will be easy to work up and spare all that counting! LOL)

The finished project:






And one mid-project:


As always C&C more than welcome, and thanks for taking a look Cheesy

Ok, cool!

I worked them all in single crochet with dk yarn and a 3mm hook, and I like to use the magic ring to start... but I'm sure a chain would be fine:) (pull me up if I make a mistake, I tend to write my own patterns in a cross between US and UK terminology, So I'll try and get it all right Cheesy) and I recommend using a ss to join rounds, but I'll write it as I worked it, which was in in the rounds...

First doll:

6st magic ring....... 6st
inc in ea st........... 12st
*1sc, inc*............ 18st
sc in ea st - (Here I did 8st in red, 2 in white, 8st in red)......18st
sc in ea st - (here I did &st in red, $st in white, 7st in red)....18st for 3 rounds
sc in ea st - (Here I did 8st in red, 2 in white, 8st in red)......18st (8rounds so far)
sc in ea st (all in the red)......18st
*2sc, inc*...........24st
sc in ea st........ 24st (4 rounds)
*2sc, dec*........18st - Stuff firmly
*1sc, dec*(in back loops).....12st
*dec*.... 6st (17rounds altogether)
finish off


Doll 2 (In halves now)

Bottom half:
6st magic ring..... 6st
*inc*................12st
*1sc, inc*.........18st
*2sc, inc* (in back loops)..... 24st
*3sc, inc*..........30st
sc in ea st........ 30st (4 rounds)
finish off

Top half:
6st magic ring.....6st
*inc*................12st
*1sc, inc*..........18st
*2sc, inc*...........24st
sc in ea st...........24st (I did 11red stiches, 2 white stitches, 11 red stitches)
sc in ea st..........24st (I did 10 red, 4 white, 10 red for 3 rounds)
sc in ea st.........24st (11 red, 2 white, 11 red)
*3sc, inc*.......30st
sc in ea st.......30st (for 3 rounds - 15 rounds altogether. But depending on thickness of yarn, you may need to add or take off rows from this last set of 5 untill it sits over the first doll and meets the bottom half)


3rd Doll:

Bottom:
6st magic ring
*inc*
*1sc, inc*
*2sc, inc*
*3sc, inc* (in back loops)
*4sc, inc*
sc in ea st for 5 rounds

Top:
6st magic ring
*inc*
*1sc, inc*
*2sc, inc*
*3sc, inc*
sc in ea st (14 red, 3 white, 13red)
sc in ea st (13 red, 5 white, 12 red) x 3 rounds
sc in ea st (14 red, 3 white, 13 red)
sc in ea st (all red)
*4sc, inc*
sc in ea st for 2 rounds
finish off


4th Doll:
Same as before with an additional row of increases so: bottom = *3sc, inc* the nxt row is *4sc, inc* (in bk loops)
top:*4sc, inc* before you start the sc in ea st for the face....
Adjust final rows of sc in ea st so that the bottom half lines up with the other bottom halves, and the top half meets the bottom and covers the previous doll Cheesy


my 5th doll had the same increases to make it bigger and the pattern just carries on for more dolls if desired Cheesy

Hope this makes some sense  Wink if not, let me know and I'll try to explain myself better Cheesy



EDIT:

I've made another set with thinner yarn and I did need to sort of wing it with those 5 rows of sc at the end of the top half to make sure I did do enough rows to cover the previous doll... Simple enough, at least I  thought so :S Also, I did the second set still working in rounds but changed the face shape to a sort of 'shield' shape, and found this looks much better at the 'step' from the rounds and the colour change isnt as obvious Smiley so for example on the face, I did the top row, 2nd row, 3rd row, 4th row of the white with 5 stitches and then the last row of the face was the only row I did fewer white stitches (for the chin)

80  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Liquorice Allsorts Bauble Bracelet - Lots of Pictures :) on: December 29, 2011 11:22:59 PM
OMG! I love this!!! So much fun!!! Cheesy:D Great job!
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