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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / corner start blanket + scrap scarf (5 images) on: November 25, 2013 10:07:40 PM
So, I think the corner start project and I are going to be friends for a little while. I like how it works up, and it hasn't gotten boring to watch the stair-step nature of it turn into a square or a rectangle, so it's a pretty boss stitch.

I made a blanket using yarn I found at a liquidation center and bought by the literal basket full. I thought I'd gotten the same number of skeins, but either I was wrong, or I screwed up when adding the blue to the pink because I ended up a few rows short, so my fun color block blanket because a snowtopped blanket. Whoops.

These are the only in-progess photos I thought to snap (I get in the zone when I start), but you can see the stair-step pattern you get when you work the corner-start, and the second one shows the close-up where I'd started pulling my stitches in. The very top pink stitch in the bottom picture is the full width of the blanket. Those blue stitches across show you how far I'd decreased at that point. The entire time I was working the blue, the blue corners only got two rows above the pink corners because I was working the other half of the square at a diagonal.

Finished shot (pardon the mess). That's a queen-size bed, to give you an idea for scale. The top corner in cream is Lion Brand Jiffy, and I'm glad I had some lying around as I think it compliments the other colors nicely.

Super basic "action" shot for funsies. It'll make a perfect lap blanket as the weather gets colder up here. The blue and pink yarns are pretty heavy, so it has a nice weight but still manages to drape beautifully.

Speaking of drape, I found myself with a skein and a bit extra of the Jiffy and the last bits of the blue and pink lying about, so I whipped up this:

Same corner-start stitch, just a much smaller scale.

I'm hoping to learn basketweave soon, but I just had a friend ask for a corner-start scarf of her own (not this one), and as she picked out the yarn for anything I wanted to make her months ago, I am honor-bound by rules of being the crafty friend to make it in a stitch I know she likes. More practice, says I!
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Stripey Poncho on: November 25, 2013 09:56:29 PM
I love the colors and that the stripes are not all the same width.  Very cute!

Thank you! The stripes got changed because I got bored and didn't want to change colors as often. Deeply important design decision, clearly. Smiley
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Stripey Poncho on: November 22, 2013 09:51:42 AM
I wouldn't have guessed that this started as anything but a stripey grown-up poncho Smiley. It looks warm and the colors are great.

Thanks! I managed to figure out it was too big at basically the exact right time to start increases, so there was definitely some luck involved. It is very cozy but light enough to wear with a long-sleeved top, so it's great for work.
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Stripey Poncho on: November 22, 2013 09:50:31 AM
Good idea turning it into something else!

I do love a happy accident, especially when it basically gives me a blanket I can wear to work.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Stripey Poncho on: November 21, 2013 02:18:32 PM
So, it was supposed to be a baby sweater, but I fail at baby sizes, and after being informed it was gonna be way too big for a baby, I realized what I'd made fit over my head and figured I'd take a shot at making a poncho.

It's all double crochet with an I-hook, worked top down. I worked joining rounds without turning and increased on every round until it was wide enough to fit around my shoulders with some ease.

The front/back post dcs in the bottom half came about due to some boredom with just working the same stitch over and over and over again. I've never really done f/bpdcs, so getting some practice in was nice.

It's made from Red Heart Soft, and I'm looking forward to throwing it through the wash to see how it softens up further. It's a bit tighter in the arms than I intended, and not as flowy as I was expecting, but I made a poncho to figure out how to make a poncho, so I've got some ideas for the next run.

It's warm, and that's all I was going for in the end besides the practice.
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Hematite Frame Bead Bracelet on: November 20, 2013 03:49:47 PM
It's so pretty! I did something similar with some small beads and (I think) those exact same square beads and made some earrings. I really like the bright, clear beads paired with the dark, square beads. And the findings are lovely.
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: A very quick scarf on: November 20, 2013 09:03:59 AM
That stitch makes a lovely and unique look, well done.

Thank you! I like that it has a similar texture to the basketweave stitch but doesn't require me to remember if I've front-posted or back-posted. I tend to lose count.
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: A very quick scarf on: November 20, 2013 09:02:26 AM
Good for you for trying new stitches!  Your scarf turned out lovely!  Thanks also for the link...I enjoy trying new stitches, especially for scarves!

I hope you like it! Like I mentioned, it's a bit tricky to get it started, but once you get going, it's a great, quick stitch. I like it especially because it's repetitive while still being interesting to make.
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: A very quick scarf on: November 20, 2013 08:57:51 AM
It looks really pretty!

Thank you! The yarn has little flecks of black and tan bits, which gives it a nice bit of interest.
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A very quick scarf on: November 19, 2013 03:52:30 PM
I'm trying to learn a few new stitches right now, so I decided to give a corner-start scarf a go. I got the basic instructions for corner start from this pattern here:


I actually looked at a few different blogs before using this pattern. The pictures are slightly blurry, but I found this explanation the easiest to use because it showed the shape of things before you matched corners, and that was a huge help for me.

The scarf is made from mystery yarn and an L-hook, it hits just above my waistband and fits very comfortably into my jacket. I think the yarn is a wool blend.

Getting started was the hardest part; once I made the first few rows, this thing went quick.

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