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51  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Wrist warmers made from yarn made by me! on: November 18, 2013 10:50:49 AM
They yarn is really pretty, and I love how the puff stitch gives the warmers a slouchy look. They look super cozy!
52  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Itty Bitty Galoshes (with link to pattern) on: November 12, 2013 10:59:28 AM
Aw, those are adorable!!  Definitely going to check out this pattern.

Technically, it's a great pattern. I'm going to be using it to make a lot of booties (I currently have three friends in various stages of pregnancy, so something quick and easy to mail will be perfect for everyone's celebration).
53  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Itty Bitty Galoshes (with link to pattern) on: November 11, 2013 10:18:33 PM

Baby booties designed to look like they're galoshes, which are the perfect baby gift up here in the Pacific Northwest. I found the pattern on ravelry:


It calls for an e-hook with worsted weight yarn, and once I got used to the intentional stitch tightness, they worked up exactly as the pattern said they would. I had some issues with the design of the pattern on the page--the design choices in the written patern; not the instructions--and got frustrated a few times because I found the pattern hard to follow at times because of how it was laid out.

I will say, once I got them done, I was very pleased, and now that I know the design of the written pattern has some visual tracking issues for me (I kept skipping rounds because of inconsistent spacing that made me think certain rounds were the rounds I'd always worked), I think the next pair will be less hook-snapping frustration.

Oh, I used Red Heart soft, by the way, which seemed to work up exactly like the Caron Simply Soft used in the original work.
54  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Twirling Pinwheels - for Savannah on: November 11, 2013 10:16:17 AM
The pinwheels are beautiful, and your seaming looks fantastic. If anyone notices the edge of the blanket curls a little, they are missing the forest for the trees in a big way. One round in the washer will probably soften it enough that it'll be unnoticeable even to you.

Great color choices! Points to your sister.
55  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Tears to rainbows on: November 11, 2013 10:13:30 AM
This looks great! I love that you had the color progression stay consistent, and it clearly pops out thanks to all the colors.
56  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: top/tunic/dress (?) [clearly, I have not thought the type of garment through. on: November 08, 2013 08:40:53 AM
I'm so impressed that you made this without a pattern, but I guess someone always has to make up a pattern first for everyone to use, and you're that someone.

I'm trying to figure out how to translate for other people, but it's based on knowing my measurements and knowing when to increase and decrease, so it's difficult. The tutorial I posted further up the thread was basically how I started working without a pattern because it's all about using your measurements to get a well-fitted garment. I like it a lot.
57  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: top/tunic/dress (?) [clearly, I have not thought the type of garment through. on: November 07, 2013 09:11:27 AM
I like this so much!! One of my favorite things in the world is to see clothing people design with crochet. This post makes me happy   Smiley

It turned out great, and fits you perfectly. Great job!

Thank you! I've spent a lot of time figuring out how to make stuff to fit, so it's always a thrill to finish a project that does. I'm so glad you liked it!
58  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Green Lantern Dress Halloween Costume on: November 06, 2013 04:23:02 PM
This is awesome! I love how you incorporated the lantern symbol into the dress in just the right places.

Thanks so much! I was really pleased with how the lantern symbols turned out, especially since I wasn't sure they'd work the way I pictured, but they did!
59  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Green Lantern Costume on: November 05, 2013 04:08:23 PM
I am a huge Green Lantern fan, specifically of Guy Gardner, who is this awesome guy (heh, guy) right here:

And I wanted to do a half-tribute to his costume, bringing in some of the elements while also making a costume that would be comfortable and fun to wear to a party. I ended up deciding on a micro-mini dress because I figured I could throw leggings on if needed and they'd look similar to Guy's trousers. I also stenciled the back of a jacket I had lying around to bring a little more of Guy's personality to the whole shebang. Let's go to the action shots:

The dress was crocheted, working from the bottom up using only single crochet. It was worked in the round with the white yarn switched in as needed to create the borders for placements of the circular motifs to create a version of the Green Lantern symbol:

Motifs were created separately as follows:

  • Small motifs (at the top and bottom of the dress) were created by chaining six, joining, and then working a round of double crochet stitches.
  • Large motif (at the belt) was created by chaining 12, joining, working a round of double crochet stitches, then turning and working a round of half-double crochet.

Motifs were then hand-sewn into place with the same white yarn, which had a bit of sparkle in it because Green Lanterns generally glow when their rings are active, and that was enough reason for me to buy sparkly yarn.

Dress shoulders were made as pointy as possible to create a sort of fun, retro-future vibe that fits with the whole idea of Green Lanterns as space cops running around the galaxy. I got the lift on the shoulders by single crocheting the front and back armholes together and then going over it with the white yarn. That white bit at the neck and shoulders is all one piece, worked in the round.

The jacket itself was not made by me. It's a cheap thing I picked up on clearance and has been sitting in the back of my closet because the lining is shredded and the seams are starting to go.

So, perfect jacket to possibly ruin for a costume.

The "Jordan" being told off on the back of this jacket is Hal Jordan, the first Green Lantern of Earth, towards whom Guy still holds a grudge because he could have been first Green Lantern. It's a friendly rivalry for the most part, but Guy is not the classiest.

I started by laying down a very thin layer of paint as sloppily as possible so the jacket would have a sort of punkish vibe that matches Guy's personality. Then, I cut out letters in cardboard to make stencils, then I placed them on the back of jacket like so:

and painted over them using cheap acrylic paint. The jacket ended up being a bigger pain than the whole dress as I had too much paint on my brush a few times, so paint got under the letters. I fixed this by cleaning up the spare paint with q-tips, and then once everything dried, I colored in the letters with black marker.

The costume was a big hit, and I think I'm going to pop off the motifs and make Christmas light motifs to line on the white "cord" come the holidays. All together, the whole project probably took about 30 hours, the massive majority of that being the amount of crochet required to get the dress made. Thank goodness for Netflix and binge watching TV.
60  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: crocheted booties for kids on: November 04, 2013 11:39:27 AM
These are really cute! Did you come up with the patterns yourself? They look like they're all nice and soft.
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