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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hats X 2, edited to add tutorial on: September 23, 2007 12:14:20 PM
Both of these are improvised using leftover yarn from other projects.

Hat #1:
yarn- Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, in Spice
stitch- half double crochet


Hat #2:
yarn- TLC Essentials, in Claret
stitch- single crochet

Gratuitous Goofy Myspace-ish Pose

Edit to add tutorial:

I've never really written a tutorial before, I hope this helps. It's not stitch by stitch, mostly because I have no idea how to make a regular sized hat- I make all my hats really big to accommodate my poofy hair. 

1. Choose yarn and hook size.  I used thicker yarn because it would give me a thicker hat (and because it's what I had on hand). I think you could pretty much use any worsted weight to chunky yarn, and I would recommend using a size smaller hook than recommended to yield a stiffer fabric. If you want a floppier hat, you can use a larger hook and/or lighter weight yarn.

2. Choose a stitch. I picked half double crochet for the first hat and single crochet for the second because they both create stiffer fabrics.

3. Crochet a circle big enough to cover the top of your head, working through both front and back loops. (It's not really exact science, I know there is a formula for this somewhere, but I've forgotten it, and just kind of made it up as I went with kind of evenly spaced increases.) Oh, and I like to begin the round using the Magic Adjustable Ring Method- it gets rid of that pesky little hole that occurs with the usual method. There's a good tutorial on it at CrochetMe. http://www.crochetme.comc_Jan_0405/reads_round.html

4. Once you have your circle, crochet one round through the back loops only, without increasing.

5. Then, crochet through both loops again, but still without increasing.  This will form the sides of the hat. Keep going until you get the length that you want.

6. To make the brim, crochet one round through front loops only. Then, again working through both loops, crochet in a circle (with evenly spaced increases, or again, as in my case, just making it up as you go, with semi-evenly spaced increases, or not-so evenly spaced, which is why the red hat's brim is so wavy  Undecided ) until the brim is at the length you want.

Weave in ends, and you're done!

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Josephine Pullover on: August 25, 2007 01:39:49 PM
I actually finished this many, many months ago, but never posted it here.  The pattern is from the Fall 2006 issue of Interweave Crochet.

The knit part took the most time, I was still a slow knitter then. I adapted the bottom half and sleeves to be crocheted in the round, because I haaattteee seaming with a passion. Also, I left off the picot edging and did a single crochet border instead.

Yarn: Omega Sinfonia, cotton, in Lavender
I have no idea why I chose to use cotton.  I just did. I didn't know at the time that the ribbing would be less elastic, but I'm okay with the way it turned out.

Sizing: I followed the instructions for the small size (31") for the knit parts and sleeves, but fudged the math to follow the instructions for the 35.5" size for the crochet body.

(Apologies for the goofy expressions and bad lighting.)


3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spice Cardigan on: August 25, 2007 01:17:08 PM
I finished this a couple weeks ago (just in time for 100 degree heat), but never got around to taking photos until today.  Apologies for the bad lighting. And bad photography skills in general.

I didn't use a pattern, but someone's comment on another project of mine made me realize that this, too, probably looks an awful lot like a Stefanie Japel designed sweater.  I did not mean for that to happen, but the only sweater I've ever knit following a pattern (also my first sweater) was from her book, Fitted Knits.  I think I based it off of a design of hers in my head, accidentally. 

Anyways... Yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky in the color Spice, and I used size 11 circulars.

Inaction shots:

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Obnoxious: a sweater on: August 08, 2007 04:18:40 PM
At some point in my stash-acquiring career, falling victim to the "Shiny, Colorful Stuff for $1!" syndrome, I picked up a couple balls of Moda Dea Cache in the color "Gypsy." 

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Many months later, I had a vision of this:

But I am far too modest to ever wear a cropped sweater in public... so I thought, "Why not add some lace?"... and this monstrosity was born:

Action shot- as an added bonus, J.S. Bach will be covering my face (because mine looked ridiculous)

I have no idea why I left the collar open; I'll probably put a button there or something eventually. 

Just in case anyone's curious, the other yarn used was some Lionbrand wool in "Dark Teal" leftover from another project.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Short-sleeved Cardigan, from fitted knits on: March 20, 2007 09:26:25 PM
Firsts of many things... First sweater, first buttons/holes, sleeves...

I loved this pattern, it was very well-written and easy to follow. 

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool. 

Because I'm a broke college student.  (And on that note, forgive the crappy picture, as I am procrastinating the writing of a paper which is, of course due tomorrow!)

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Beaded Camisole on: July 15, 2006 11:20:44 AM
Hi guys...

This is my first post here, though I've been lurking for a while.

The pattern is from an issue of Crochet! magazine- I'll edit in the specific issue later if anyone would like to know.

It's rare that I'd wear something like this here... I'm planning to first wear it on a trip to California in a few weeks; other than that, it's mainly a festival top or maybe for an afternoon out in New Orleans (I suspect that the city I'm living in now wouldn't appreciate the er... scandalousness...)

Apologies for the picture quality... I need to invest in a new camera.

Blurrific Mirrorized Action Shot:

I got a bit carried away in making the tie... Still need to shorten it a bit, but this is pretty much it.

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