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Topic: Dark Mantle... ummm... it's basically a cave squid... (lots of pics)  (Read 34407 times)
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« Reply #50 on: September 24, 2008 10:15:09 PM »

Wisted so hard I think I broke something. Hehe. This seriously rocks! You might have to whip up some quick crocheted 20sided dice so the poor guy can defend himself against the tentacle onslaught! Thanks for giving me another push into actually seriously learning to crochet. This NEEDS to be a featured item (Hear that mods!? hehe).

Great, now I'm thinking how I would go about constructing that die!

You could always download this pattern  if you get stuck 
Aw, that takes all the challenge out of it!  ~like I was actually going to make it  Roll Eyes
I was envisioning something more along the size of a beach ball, though.  Five inches seems disappointing...
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« Reply #51 on: October 01, 2008 10:55:04 AM »

The Dark Mantle is what got me to play DnD with my husband, who is totally obsessed. I mean, a cave squid? Come on! How can you beat that? Of course, there were other non cave squid related aspects of the game which bored me, so I don't play anymore, but I do crochet so this is pretty much made of win. I look forward to the pattern.
« Reply #52 on: October 02, 2008 02:06:02 PM »

Here is the pattern... I think I can fit it in one post, but if not I'll split it up... if you want a pdf version, pm me  Smiley
Dark Mantle Hat
Vannas Choice Yarn
Weight Category: 4 -   Medium: Worsted-weight, Afghan, Aran Yarn     
Solids: 3.5 oz/100g; 170 yd/156 m balls; Prints: 3 oz/85 g; 145 yd/133 m balls; 100% acrylic
5-6 skeins (20 oz.)- Black
4 skeins (12 oz.)- Espresso (almost black brown)
1-2 skeins (7 oz.)- Brick (an orangey - red brick)
1 skein (<2 oz.)- Linen (a dusty off - white, grayish linen)
*These are estimations for yarn- more or less yarn may be needed *

8 black buttons
6 buttons for the eyes (for this I just looked through the button selection until I found something acceptable for dark mantle eyes; googly eyes would theoretically work here)
Yarn needle.

***Use I crochet hook throughout entire pattern.***

Dark Mantle Body (make 2 of these for the inside and outside of the dark mantle):
For the outside, skin of the dark mantle use black yarn. For the inside, mouth the first half of the base pattern is made with dark red yarn, followed by dark brown yarn for the rest of the inside of the mouth and tentacles.
(The base of this pattern is from Cone Hat Pattern  Design2003 by Catherine Lindsay)
Rnd 1:Ch 4,join with sl st to 1st ch to form ring.Ch 3(cts as dc),5 dc in ring.Join with sl st to 1st dc(6 dc).
Rnd 2:Ch 3,Inc.(Dc in next st,Inc)around.Join(9 dc).
Rnd 3:Ch 3,dc in next st,Inc.(Dc in next 2 dc,Inc)around.Join.(12 dc).
Rnd 4:Ch 3,dc in next 2 st,Inc.(Dc in next 3 st,Inc)around.Join(15 dc).
Rnd 5:Ch 3,dc in next 3 st,Inc.(Dc in next 4 st,Inc)around.Join(18 dc).
Rnd 6:Ch 3,dc in next 4 st,Inc.(Dc in next 5 st,Inc)around.Join(21 dc).
Rnd 7:Ch 3,dc in next 5 st,Inc.(Dc in next 6 st,Inc)around.Join(24 dc).
Rnd 8:Ch 3,dc in next 6 st,Inc.(Dc in next 7 st,Inc)around.Join(27 dc).
Rnd 9:Ch 3,dc in next 7 st,Inc.(Dc in next 8 st,Inc)around.Join(30 dc).
Rnd 10:Ch 3,dc in next 8 st,Inc.(Dc in next 9 st,Inc)around.Join(33 dc).
Rnd 11:Ch 3,dc in next 9 st,Inc.(Dc in next 10 st,Inc)around.Join(36 dc).
Rnd 12:Ch 3,dc in next 10 st,Inc.(Dc in next 11 st,Inc)around.Join(39 dc).
Rnd 13:Ch 3,dc in next 11 st,Inc.(Dc in next 12 st,Inc)around.Join(42 dc).
Rnd 14:Ch 3,dc in next 12 st,Inc.(Dc in next 13 st,Inc)around.Join(45 dc).
Rnd 15:Ch 3,dc in next 13 st,Inc.(Dc in next 14 st,Inc)around.Join(48 dc).
Rnd 16:Ch 3,dc in next 14 st,Inc.(Dc in next 15 st,Inc)around.Join(51 dc).
Rnd 17:Ch 3,dc in next 15 st,Inc.(Dc in next 16 st,Inc)around.Join(54 dc).
Rnd 18:Ch 3,dc in next 16 st,Inc.(Dc in next 17 st,Inc)around.Join(57 dc).
Rnd 19:Ch 3,dc in next 17 st,Inc.(Dc in next 18 st,Inc)around.Join(60 dc).
Rnd 20:Ch 3,dc in next 18 st,Inc.(Dc in next 19 st,Inc)around.Join(63 dc).
Rnd 21:Ch 3,dc in next 19 st,Inc.(Dc in next 20 st,Inc)around.Join(66 dc).
Rnd 22:Ch 3,dc in next 20 st,Inc.(Dc in next 21 st,Inc)around.Join(69 dc).
Rnd 23:Ch 3,dc in next 21 st,Inc.(Dc in next 22 st,Inc)around.Join(72 dc).
Rnd 24:Ch 3,dc in  next 22 st,Inc.(Dc in next 23 st,Inc)around.Join(75 dc).
Rnd 25:Ch 3,dc in  next 23 st,Inc.(Dc in next 24 st,Inc twice at end)around.Join and finish off(79 dc).
Using light gray, after the first half of the mouth is finished in red, on the one before last row of red. Repeat the following pattern around the entire circumference of the base: sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc. This will create a wave like row of teeth on the inside of the mouth; use the picture as reference.
Tentacles (8 total; 2 long and 6 short):
-First tentacle starts in the 1st dc of the base; there is a 2 dc space between each tentacle. Ch 3 counts as 1st dc.
-The tentacles are crocheted along the edge of the base in this order: short, short, long, short, short, short, long, short.  With this layout, the long tentacles should rest on either side of the head. See picture for reference.
Short: (6 short tentacles)
Row 1:  Working in the edge of the base, ch 3, 7 dc in the base. Turn.
Row 2-9: ch 3, 7 dc. Turn. (8 dc)
Row 10: ch 3, decrease, 4 dc, decrease. Turn . (6 dc)
Row 11: ch 3, decrease, 2 dc, decrease. Turn. (4 dc)
Row 12: ch 3, 1 dc, decrease. Slst and finish off. (3 dc)
Long: (2 long tentacles)
Row 1:  Working in the edge of the base, ch 3, 7 dc in the base. Turn.
Row 2-25: ch 3, 7 dc. Turn. (8 dc)
Row 26: ch 3, decrease, 4 dc, decrease. Turn . (6 dc)
Row 27: ch 3, decrease, 2 dc, decrease. Turn. (4 dc)
Row 28: ch 3, 1 dc, decrease. Slst and finish off. (3 dc)
-The webbing is the area between each tentacle; this is used to give the finished base a more polished look.
Starting along the middle edge of one of the tentacles, sc twice in each row to achieve a more finished look. To form the web, on the 2nd before last row before the base of the tentacle follow this pattern which will cover the base of the hat and continue onto the next tentacle: 2 hdc, 3 dc, 2 trc, 3 dc, 2 hdc. Continue to sc and web around the entire perimeter of the base and the tentacles. Complete this on both the inside and outside portions of the dark mantle.

Suckers:  (using Black yarn) (56 total suckers required)
-There are 5 suckers on each short tentacle and 13 suckers on each long tentacle.
-Leave ends long; long ends will be used later to secure the suckers to the tentacles.
Ch 4. Join with slst to form ring.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc). 9 dc in ring. Slst and finish off.

Eyes: (using Dark Red yarn) (6 eyes required)
Ch 4. Join with slst to form ring.
Row 1: Ch 3 (count as 1st dc). 10 dc in ring. Slst and finish off.
-Sew button into center to create pupil.

The ridges are formed with black yarn, on the outside, black portion of the dark mantle. Each ridge goes from the tip of the mantle to the tip of a tentacle; thus, 8 ridges total. To make the ridges, start at the tip of the hat and sc on the surface of the dark mantle to the end of a tentacle (should be a straight line). For the second row, use sc for the length of the tentacle and then for the head, alternate between hdc, dc, and sc to form waves or ridges. Vary the ridge pattern on each tentacle to create the stalactite appearance. 

Finishing and Joining:
-Whip stitch all sucker on prior to joining- 5 suckers for each short tentacle and 13 suckers for each long tentacle. Stitch tentacles near the base of the ring to achieve the correct shape and effect.
-Whip stitch all eyes on prior to joining; eyes are to be placed between ridges on the head. See picture for placement.
Align the inside and outside of the dark mantle assuring that short tentacles are matched with short tentacles and long tentacles are with long. Using black yarn, sc around the entire pieces joining the inside lining to the outside skin. Using each tentacle as a guide for placement, sew a black button on each ridge to hold the tentacles in place while being worn. See pictures for placement.

Tips and Tricks:
-Since the dark mantle is composed of two pieces, there is no need to weave in any ends. All of the loose ends can be hidden once the pieces are joined.
-Use the long ends of the suckers to secure the sucker in place before permanently attaching it; this allows for you to place and arrange the suckers without any commitment.

I hope everyone enjoys this pattern- I love DND and I hope this dark mantle pattern can pass along some of my love. If you have any questions, run into problems, or dont understand something please email me and Id be happy to help out however I can. A pdf version of this pattern is available; please email or pm your request and Ill send you the pattern. This pattern can be shared, but please acknowledge the source and author of the pattern http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/. Thanks!! --Elisa (aka sprocketfish) Grin
« Last Edit: October 03, 2008 12:20:54 PM by sprocketfish » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #53 on: October 02, 2008 03:16:49 PM »

Wow! Sprocketfish, thank you so much! I saved this for when my crochet talents are up to par. That pattern looks like it too a lot of work! You are so awesome to be so giving! You deserve an award!

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« Reply #54 on: October 03, 2008 10:54:58 PM »

I'm an extremely beginner crocheter, so I am in awe of your skills.
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« Reply #55 on: October 04, 2008 03:07:31 PM »

This is so awesome! I'm definitely the kind of person who would see that and immediately think "I am going to wear this on my head".

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« Reply #56 on: October 05, 2008 09:33:29 AM »

I love looking at what you have done.  Your work is awesome.

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« Reply #57 on: October 06, 2008 08:31:23 AM »

That is so awesome!  When I saw the pictures, my first thought was, Hmmm I'll bet she could make a really wicked Flying Spaghetti Monster hat.  That would rock the casbah. Smiley
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« Reply #58 on: October 06, 2008 02:29:30 PM »

oh, that is such a terrific idea! i hope someone does that, it would rock so hard.

and *sob* i WISH i could read patterns. wah! i have to, have to get on that. i'm so not one for patterns, that has gotta change!

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« Reply #59 on: October 06, 2008 02:42:18 PM »

Just about the coolest hat I've ever seen!
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