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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Corner-start jacket on: December 23, 2013 09:49:27 PM
It was supposed to be a shawl, but then I figured out if I seamed two of the corners, I'd have sleeves. So, I did that (because lazy), and then I added the pink edging to give it some length and sewed on the button so it'd close. It's a perfect, lightweight bit of cuteness to help cheer up the gray days that will hit you up in the Pacific Northwest.





2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: A very quick scarf on: December 23, 2013 09:44:12 PM
I love that stitch! Is it original? I'm always on the lookout for new stitches; one of my favorite sites is called New Stitch a Day.

I would love to take credit because it's a great stitch, but I found it on ravelry:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/corner-start-afghan

The pattern is technically for an afghan, but it's written so you can size to what you want to make. It's really a lovely stitch.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Totoro Pillow Pet on: December 11, 2013 10:40:59 AM
This is so darling! Well done working off the pattern to get a larger version for your swap. I love the little curl for the fastener, and he looks great.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Corner Start Leaky Roof Scarf on: December 11, 2013 10:17:31 AM
A little over a year ago, I was six months out of work, deeply frustrated, and broke as hell. A friend of mine found herself in possession of a huge storage container of very nice yarns and, not being a crocheter or knitter, gifted the entire container to me in an act of friendship. I insisted, if she was going to just give me all this yarn, that she pick out whatever yarns she liked the most, and I'd make her some items. I've managed to use most of the yarn she picked out to make her scarves and hats and hand warmers (she loves outerwear).

This scarf is another use of yarn she picked out (Rowan felted tweed, the lighter blue) with the addition of some unlabeled darker blue that I thought really popped. It was going to be her Christmas gift, but then she mentioned she'd rather not exchange gifts this year, so I gave it to her as a just because gift. She tried to argue that it was clearly a planned Christmas gift, but I pointed out that it came from the yarn she'd picked out the year before, so really, it's not anything but a thank you for all the yarn in the first place.



Corner-start with color changes done randomly. I was really just looking for an excuse to do color changes, and I wasn't certain it looked quite right, but my friend specifically mentioned she loved it, and that's all I was going for.

Close-ups of the whole thing piece by piece:







(And I just realized the end pics are flipped the wrong way. Whoops.)
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocodile Stitch Booties for a Grownup on: December 10, 2013 11:15:49 AM
They look great! I'm curious how you sized them up, as I would love to make myself a pair, but I'm not sure how to size it properly. I love the color choices, and I'm sure they'll be a hit.

As a righty who has to stop and check her stitches every time she fp or bp stitches, I'm impressed you can do it basically backwards.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Ugly Christmas Sweater on: December 09, 2013 10:10:02 AM
Well done! I love the stripey sleeves and the surprise ugly on the elbows. The glittery pom poms for ornaments are perfect.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / basketweave and post stitches hat (with very brief walkthrough) [6 images] on: December 04, 2013 10:19:07 AM


The hat, in all its finished glory. Please ignore my creeper eyebrows; they just do that sometimes.

So, this hat came together because I wanted to practice the basketweave stitch and some basic front post and back post stitches. It was originally going to grow up a be a scarf, so it started as a flat object:



And then I got impatient, as sometimes happens, and I was right at the point where the strip would wrap around my head comfortably, so I pulled the short ends together and slip stitched them to make a circle:



It looks like it Im working unevenly, but that was just how the fabric was curling as I was working mixed with my questionable photography skills. I matched it up end-to-end repeatedly to make certain the seam was straight.

Once I was certain the seam was straight (only had to backtrack twice!), I did a chain one at the top of the seam and started double crocheting in the side of the stitches that made up the brim:



Ive done this sort of style a few different times. I like it because it allows me to make a really interesting brim and throw a nice, simple stitch on the crown of the hat without having to work in the round the whole time. My best piece of advice, if youre working like this, is to remember that even when working with taller stitches like double crochets, you still only need one stitch per side stitch to keep your work evenly shaped. It can be tempting (as Ive learned through practice) to worry that youre not going to have enough stitches and add in extras that end up giving you a lumpy hat.

Anyway, thats my tip. Back to the fun stuff!

So, I worked my way around, and I put post stitches every six stitches because I knew it would give me even distribution even with turning. I alternated between front post and back post stitches every round:



You can see how nicely the front and back post stitches stand out against the fabric and how they give the crown a nice pop of interest. Im actually really fond of how the decreases turned out at the top because I kept doing post stitches until I just couldnt anymore, and I got a nice, gathered look:



As soon as I saw it from the top, I realized it would have made a really great spider hat, but thats a project for another time.

I like how this came out, but Ive got some notes to sharpen up the overall look. I think the brim sections where I alternate between basketweave and post stitches are all a little too long, so Id like to shorten them, and Id also like to try this pattern with a few different yarns, just to see how the fit varies. Its a good thing its cold out. Everyone I know right now is scrambling for hats.

Let me know if you have any questions. I think this one might become a pattern, so knowing if theres stuff that needs explained is always good.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: corner start blanket + scrap scarf (5 images) on: December 02, 2013 10:27:42 AM
It is a very pretty blanket - and I haven't seen the stitch before, either. But it looks fun.

Thank you! It was really easy to get into the groove of the stitch and make things quickly. I think I like it especially because it's easy to size out what you need, so you can do something as small as a dishcloth or scarf or go big like I did and basically keep building until you're out of yarn.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: corner start blanket + scrap scarf (5 images) on: December 02, 2013 09:27:51 AM
I've never seen this stitch before but you made a lovely job of this throw.

Thank you! Part of that is the yarn, I think, and I'm sad it's discontinued. It works up so well.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Soft Mint Baby Sweater on: November 25, 2013 10:09:57 PM
This is lovely! Your stitch work looks great, and I bet it'll be treasured even if it doesn't fit for very long. Smiley
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