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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Striking Doily Beret on: October 17, 2008 10:24:28 AM
I made a beret while my union was on strike a couple of weeks ago - I wanted a light hat to keep my ears warm on the picket line. I used a doily pattern as the basis for this, so I call it my Striking Doily Beret.  Smiley





More pics and tutorial on my blog: http://kristis-tea.blogspot.com/2008/09/striking-doily-beret.html. I've included a link to the doily pattern I used, but I imagine other doilies would work well too.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Two versions of a raglan on: August 29, 2008 02:03:51 PM
I've been meaning to post these for a while. They are a shrug and a cropped cardi made using the same very basic, top-down raglan construction. With different yarn and with longer sleeves and body, the second came out looking quite different.





Blogged, with a sort of tutorial, here:
http://kristis-tea.blogspot.com/2008/06/brown-sugar-shrug.html
and here:
http://kristis-tea.blogspot.com/2008/08/cropped-jacket.html
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Capelets on: November 25, 2007 05:51:02 PM
I made this poncho/capelet thing using Teva Durham's Round the Capelet pattern: http://www.knittingdaily.com/freepatterns/crochet/238-1.html

I haven't decided yet if this is something I'll actually wear out where people can see me. It's too open to keep me warm outside, too bulky to wear much indoors. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.



This next is the Anthropologie-inspired capelet/shrug from this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=64489.msg612431#msg612431

Unlike the poncho, this is something I will definitely wear, can't wait to wear in fact. It's not too bulky to fit under a winter jacket, and cute enough to keep on inside. I've got a dress it will go nicely over, and it's just warm enough to keep my shoulders snug without stifling me.



It's Lion Brand Homespun in Baroque. I love this yarn and colour; I've even been thinking of making a skirt in the same yarn for a funky crochet suit. Maybe using this pattern:
http://www.crochetme.com/Dec_Jan_0405/patt_star_crossed_capelet.html

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tweedy cloche style hats - now with pattern on: November 11, 2007 05:53:20 PM
I wanted my own 20's style flapper hat, but most of the flapper hat patterns I could find online didn't have the distinctive bell shape of the classic cloche. So I improvised my own pattern, and I am really happy with the result. (Well, with version three and somewhat with two. Version one I'm not posting about. Wink)

This one is my favourite. I made it with two strands of yarn held together, one of Lion Brand wool in grey and one of Paton's Decor in pale aubergine. I really like the vintage, pink-grey heathered effect these yarns gave me. The ribbon's off an old top or something - the colour just happened to match.




This is my previous version, in Paton's Decor Aubergine and Red Heart black. I think it needs something - a flower or maybe a band, any thoughts?


(Forgive the slightly worried look, really I'm ok.)

Ok, here are basic instructions.

I used two strands of worsted weight yarn held together and a 6.0mm (J) hook.

Gauge: first two rounds in dc creates a circle about 2.5" (6 cm) in diameter. I crochet fairly tightly, so some people might go down a hook size to get this.

For the first six rows, I followed Yarncat's Basic Crown instructions here: http://www.yarncat.com/MFH-Basic-Crown.html.

For the grey hat, I did row 7 as dc each stitch around, as I have a rather small head. The other one I made a little larger: dc in 5 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, repeat around.

Row 8 - 11: dc in each stitch around.

Row 12: dc in 9 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, repeat around

Row 13: dc in each stitch around

Row 14: dc in next 3 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, repeat around

Row 15: sc around. (I did this with two strands of one colour to give a nice edge.)

If anyone tries this, let me know if they have any problems or questions - I've never written a pattern down before.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Funny little fellow on: September 15, 2007 04:58:48 PM
This is my first FO post. He's a little something or other I crocheted and gave to my husband as an anniversary gift.

It's my first successful amigurumi - when I was first learning to crochet a few months ago, I made a couple of teddy bears following patterns I found, but they were pretty misshapen. Now I have a bit more experience, and I made this one up as I went along. He's also my first attempt to make something without a pattern. I'm so pleased with how he came out!



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