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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Crocheted Hawkeye Cosplay (Kate Bishop) - 4 images on: June 15, 2015 01:45:53 PM
Based of the look and feel of the Fraction/Aja/Hollingsworth Hawkeye comic, I made a Kate Bishop cosplay. It's all crochet. The Converse were made from the pattern, and I winged the shooting glove and dress. The bullseyes were made separately and sewn on, as were the stripes. The bullseye at my waist is a pocket, so I'll have a place to stash cards/money when I'm on the con floor.

Made with Cascade Luna, which is a very nice cotton yarn, so it should breathe at least a little. And in character posing because why not.

Yes, yes, it's very important to save the world, but coffee is also important.

Clint. What. I don't--HOW.

Close-up on the accessories:

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ruffly, bright sweater on: March 22, 2015 11:15:34 PM
I was trying to just make a raglan with intentionally bad color change (changing color just wherever the previous yarn ran out), but the nature of the yarn (Cascade Fixation) gave the edging a ruffle I didn't plan for (the yarn has a very elastic stretch to it), but I love it a whole lot now that it's done. It's comfortable and a perfect weight for the current weather conditions.

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Crocheted Nightwing cosplay with a 1950s twist on: March 20, 2015 06:22:02 PM
The Discowing Nightwing costume is probably one of my favorites in all of comics. It is so ridiculous, and so I just had to make it more ridiculous with a poofy skirt and an adorable little handbag. This is the first time I've had the full costume together, so the poses aren't great, but I'm really proud of the whole thing. Tip to toe, it's all crochet save the buttons on the shoes and the ribbon on the mask.

And, of course, the look that started it all:

I'll be rolling this out at ECCC this coming weekend, and I can't wait.
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Captain Marvel cosplay (Now with actually 5 images that include the pants) on: February 02, 2015 09:23:55 PM
The jacket is crochet except for the zipper, which I sewed by hand. The shoes I designed on Converse's website. I actually crocheted pants to go along with the jacket, but I tossed on my dark wash jeans to wear the whole get-up to work, and I think I like them better. There is a lucky hat still in the works, but I am super proud of the jacket, so I wanted to get it up now.

Jacket was worked raglan-style (top down). Pockets were added on top of red trim. The star is actually four pieces using square stitch that were then sewn into place.


Proof of pants:

I thought they'd look funny with the jacket, but it actually all comes together like I pictured it. So, crocheted pants it is, then.
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Power Girl Cosplay -- Completely Crocheted (5 photos) on: January 08, 2015 04:01:59 PM
My Big Barda cosplay (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435819.msg5245878#msg5245878) was so much fun (and such a hit), I decided to give the whole thing another go and made a Power Girl costume for Emerald City. I used patterns for the boots and gauntlets (linked under their pictures), and I winged the rest.

Gauntlet pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gauntlet-style-fingerless-gloves

Boots pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cozy-slippers-crochet-boots

I think it's gonna be a big hit. Just need a blonde wig and some push-ups to make my biceps look awesome. Happy to answer questions if you have them.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Big Barda cosplay (4 images) on: September 23, 2014 06:22:48 PM
I made a Big Barda cosplay for Rose City Comic Con this past weekend, and it came out great! I got a lot of compliments, and I only sweat moderately. (Note to self, it doesn't matter how much you like the blue yarn for the legs and torso, worsted weight is not con-friendly).

With the exception of the hexagons, I didn't use any patterns.

Legs, torso, and gauntlets are crocodile stitch. The cape is triple crochet. The rest of it is half-double. The megarod (my totally not-phallic weapon) is single crochet with bubble stitch on the top and the buttons were stitched on separately.

Let me know if you have any questions! I actually got some in-progess shots for this one!

7  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.

8  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.)
9  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.
10  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!
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