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Topic: Multidirectional Scarf and Lantern brain protector, with attack!  (Read 9090 times)
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suziewrong
« on: January 24, 2005 03:29:53 PM »

So, I got a little bit sidetracked from finishing up my uncompleted projects. This is because I made an unscheduled visit to Seaport Yarn on Friday and could not stop myself from purchasing two skeins of Noro Big Kureyon. It is so beautiful! Here are the results of my impulse purchase:


http://www.jodisax.com/crafty/DSCF0016.JPG

http://www.jodisax.com/crafty/melantern.JPG

Top view of the brain protector:

http://www.jodisax.com/crafty/lanterntop.JPG

You really can't see the flowers well in the pic, but they are my favorite part. The best knit flower pile of flesh I've found to date (pile of flesh below):

http://www.jodisax.com/crafty/lantern%20side.JPG

I knit the scarf using the free multidirectional scarf pile of flesh by Karen Baumer:  http://douma.net/Karen/knitting/Accessory-Scarves/Multidirectional_Diagonal_Scarf.htm

Next, I knit up a brain protector that I designed on the fly, which looks to me like a Chinese lantern because of the shape it took interspersing the random wool boucle yarn I had lying around with a double strand of the big Kureyon. I embelished it with knit pansies made from the Big Kureyon (single strand) : cast on 16 LOOSELY, [knit, knit in back loop, knit again] in each stitch, cast off purlwise, then form into flowers and attach. Sew stamen in center of flowers with contrasting color, beads, or whatever you would like.

Very, very warm and I really like how these turned out. The pictures don't do the Big Kureyon justice. It is GORGEOUS.

To make brain protector (pile of flesh is not very exact because you can modify # of rows to fit your head):

Cast on 40 stitches of two strands Noro Big Kureyon onto size 15 circ or double points

purl one row
continue in the Big Kureyon (BK) in garter stitch for about 6 more rounds
switch to wool boucle and purl for about 4 rounds
switch back to BK and continue in garter stitch, commencing with purl row, for about 6 rounds
switch back to wool boucle and purl about 4 more rounds
switch back to BK/garter stitch, purl one round
[CHECK brain protector TO SEE IF IT FITS BEFORE BEGINNING DECREASE; you can knit more or take out a few rows as needed - my head is big!]
continuing in BK, begin decrease rows, k2, k2 together for round --> 30 stitches
purl next row in BK
decrease row - K1, K2 tog --> 20stitches
purl next row
decrease row - k2 together around --> 10 stitches
purl one row
break yarn leaving tail, put remaining stitches on yarn tail and pull together, tie and weave in ends.


I used 2 skeins of Noro Big Kureyon for both brain protector and scarf, and about 30 yards of wool boucle for brain protector.


Have fun!
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mojisha
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2005 04:33:51 PM »

Your brain protector and scarf look great!  The colors are so playful and look great on you.  Thanks for the attack!
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2005 05:05:54 PM »

RAAR grr ugggh!
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2005 08:09:11 PM »

what a lovely set! i eat the little flowers on your brain protector!
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2005 12:05:28 AM »

I absolutely eat that brain protector!  It's very hippie inspired without being overpoweringly so!
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suziewrong
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2005 04:20:41 PM »

Thanks guys!

That's funny you think it's hippy inspired because I am so not the patchouli type. lol.

If any of you all have a chance to test out the flower pile of flesh I highly recommend it...They turned out so well...I'm always looking for ways to make knit flowers because I don't know how to crochet and as I said these are definitely the best so far.

Also, the yarn I used, Noro Big Kureyon color scheme #9 is DIVINE. I can't emphasize that enough. The pictures don't do it justice. If you are at a store that has it take a look!  $15 a skein, but worth it in my opinion. 1 skein went a  long way. It's really special. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2005 07:44:27 AM »

 Shocked This is just about the first brain protector I've ever seen that makes me WANT to wear it, despite the inevitable brain protector hair (I have short hair -- hats make a flat flat mess of it!).  It is GORGEOUS!!

What is the weight of the boucle yarn you used?  Is there something similar I could try?  You only needed one skein of the Kureyon, right?  I SO want to try this brain protector, even though I am a terrible knitter  Roll Eyes

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suziewrong
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2005 03:00:17 PM »

Oh Melinda you are so, so sweet!

The brain protector actually used about 1/2 skein of the big kureyon. I used 2 skeins for the brain protector and the scarf. If you wanted to do it in all big kureyon, you could do it in a skein. I think that the boucle made it a little bit more interesting though, because it kind of poofs out where the boucle stitches are.

The boucle yarn that I used was not super chunky. I would say it is about comparable to Lion Brand Boucle or Homespun, if you are familiar with those. You can see it on the lion brand site: http://www.lionbrand.com/  - My yarn may have been a little bit "curlier" than the lion brand homespun.

The boucle I used was 100% wool with some decorative thread (looks like embroidery thread) woven in. I'm sorry I can't direct you to it, as my Mom gave it to me as a single ball with no wrapper, left over from a long time ago. I am really into natural fibers these days, but if you can't find a wool boucle, or would rather use a synthetic, the lion brand homespun seems like a good choice because it comes in so many colors. You might want to use double strands of the lion brand homespun if you use that, to get the fluffier/curlier effect. The LB Boucle seems curly, but doesn't come in as many colors. The Big Kureyon I used was in color #9. I used a double strand of the big kureyon on the brain protector, and a single strand on the scarf.

Good luck and post here if you need any help. It's really easy and I was able to knit it up in one night.

Have fun! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2005 12:13:49 AM »

That brain protector is just fantastic! I fully intend to run out tomorrow and buy some interesting yarn to match the purple homespun I've been dying to use, and some size 15 dps. I need to knit something for myself for once.

I may need some help with the flowers, though. Just reading that I'm a wee bit confused. Once I give it a shot I might be okay.
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2005 01:52:02 AM »

I eat how the scarf came out - wonderful colours! x
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