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Topic: Captain Jean-Luc Picard - Patrick Stewart afghan  (Read 5568 times)
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« on: November 20, 2009 11:36:02 AM »

Well, I got this Christmas present done early and I wanted to post it - somewhere! I can't post it in my blog yet as it is a super-secret surprise, but I'm pretty sure it will be safe to post it in here.

This is an afghan for my son's girlfriend who much-prefers Captain Picard over Captain Kirk, (as far as Star Trek Captain's go). (Please click on the photo to embigger them).  Cheesy



I used a size J cabled afghan hook and crocheted it in the tunisian (afghan) stitch.

He was a bit tricky as I've never crocheted a bald person before. I hope his head is in good proportion to the rest of him. He does seem to have a smallish head in all the photos I could find anyway.

 

Here's another front shot next to a shot which is the back of the afghan.

I made the "Star Trek" word part crocheting bottom-to-top. (Hence, the stripes here are vertical.) I used Simply Soft Shadows yarn in Merino.

When I crocheted the portrait, I stitched side-to-side so the stripes are horizontal behind his head. I joined the the pieces together and crocheted around the whole thing doing a basketweave stitch.

I'm glad I chose that yarn because it looks really "outer-space-like", <---  LOL - is that even a word?

I hope I got the badge right. There were several different versions as you can imagine.
This was Star Trek:The Next Generation's first version .... I think.

Anyway, I hope she likes it. *crosses fingers*
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009 11:44:08 AM »

She will LOVE it!  No Star Trek fan could help but adore this!  And you did an amazing job, regardless of Star Trek love-levels.  And no worries, it looks just like Picard....

SO COOL!!
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2009 11:47:28 AM »

I do believe whoever is receiving this is most likely among the luckiest people on the face of the solar system. Oh man. Unintentional pun. ANYWAY. Sexiest afghan ever.
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009 11:50:20 AM »

WOW great job ! love the series too  Smiley she will love it !






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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009 12:06:06 PM »

This is awesome! I mean, just beyond all talented here. The dedication for such a huge project is beyond me, but to design something this cool and be able to follow through with it is just awesome! I'm going to you rock you.

Yes, I you rocked you!
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2009 12:09:54 PM »

I could snuggle up with that afghan all night long...
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2009 01:19:41 PM »

Mmm I would love to wrap myself up with Patrick Stewart any day. Wink  It looks great--even from the back!
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2009 02:34:38 PM »

I "rocked" this as well!

Oh my heck, I love this. Do you have another son that I could date? My husband might not be OK with the idea until I show him this awesome afghan!!!! Wow!
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2009 03:17:45 PM »

*Rocked* you too!!! And I bow down to you!! This is so great, I grew up watching Star Trek with my dad, and I love Captain Picard.  You did such a great job!
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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2009 04:01:52 PM »

Wow...I am blown away. I wish I had a Picard blankie just like this.
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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2009 04:06:19 PM »

I'm not a big fan of Star Trek but I can admire the time and effort put into that project. Great Job! This Rocks!
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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2009 04:27:17 PM »

wow! that is awesome. i'm a huge nerd if you can't tell Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2009 06:08:26 PM »

Another awesome afghan! I really admired your patience and skill to do these. Could you tell me about how much yarn it takes to make one?
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« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2009 07:16:52 PM »

You are the best mom ever! That's really considerate for the son's girlfriend gift!
You should tell her Kirk all the way though!

I do love the style you did your stitching in. It looks awesome!
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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2009 07:53:56 AM »

Awesome! What a great present! I admire your patience and skills!
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« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2009 08:00:54 AM »

You made it so!  I love Picard!!

I have a technical question . . . you used a size J hook and (I assume) worsted weight yarn?  Did your work curl up much?  I've been practicing tunisian with worsted and an I hook and it's coming out way curly.  I want a bigger hook, but I don't know what size.
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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2009 11:53:38 AM »

padfoot asked - Could you tell me about how much yarn it takes to make one?

Hmm, let me see. A couple of colors I had already used from other projects so I'm going to guess here.

2 black "I Love This Yarn" skeins
1 maroon sk in Red Heart
2 buff in Red Heart
About 6 to 8 skeins of the Caron Shadows. I know I ran out and had to get more so I can't remember how many I used
And the rest are just left-over yarn skeins for the words in turquoise, gold for the badge and pips, (or are they squeaks?), grey for badge, and a fancy soft yarn for the very last row as a trim - 2 skeins

The Caron shadows and the fancy trim yarn I used are smaller skeins than the black, maroon, and buff. I just love that color name - buff LOL!!!

JenGoPop asked -  worsted weight yarn?  Did your work curl up much?

Yes, they are all worsted weight yarns except the final row of a fluffy-type yarn for the trim. When you first start out, it is curly. You just have to keep plowing through and build up those rows because eventually, it's own weight keeps the afghan down and away from the row you're working on.
I decided that size H and I were too tight for me, but J works just fine.
I have a K and I think an N sizes in cabled hooks that I've used but I don't like the larger stitches. N especially seemed too loose and hole-ly like. I like the afghan to not feel too much like gappy holes. It's hard to describe. Just more solid or dense with the stitches.

Thanks everyone for all your nice comments!!
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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2009 12:31:17 PM »

What a great job.

Impressive crochet skills.
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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2009 01:17:06 PM »

So cool. I'm a huge Picard fan...I would love to wrap myself up in this!
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« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2009 02:20:52 PM »

OMG I love this so much.  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2009 02:29:19 PM »

OMG. I can't imagine how cool it would be to sleep under a Picard afghan! Very nice job.
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« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2009 03:24:22 PM »

wow.
you should check and see if where there's a Star Trek craft archive online, and post it there. or maybe try to find an email addy for Patrick Stewart or at least his management, so our captain can appreciate your fabulous work. it looks just like him!
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« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2009 05:06:46 PM »

Take a bow, this is fantastic.

He is definitey original in the goofy Priceline spots.
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« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2009 09:49:51 PM »

I'm sure she'll love it, but if by some miracle she doesn't, you can just send it to me!
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« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2009 11:40:08 AM »

I am sure she will LOVE it! That would make an amazing hard to top present! I love the yarns you chose, they are beautiful!
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« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2009 01:31:40 PM »

This afghan is totally awesome! It's the perfect gift for any trekkie. I'm certain she'll love it.
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« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2009 08:59:23 PM »

This so totally rocks!!! I am clicking the button!!! I prefer Captain Picard also... He is who I grew up with watching! I sure do wish someone loved me enough to crochet me a Captain Picard!
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« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2009 01:19:07 AM »

I "rocked" this as well!

Oh my heck, I love this. Do you have another son that I could date? My husband might not be OK with the idea until I show him this awesome afghan!!!! Wow!

That's exactly what I thought! Awesome afghan!
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« Reply #28 on: November 23, 2009 09:27:32 AM »

Is it strange for an afghan to make me want to get into StarTrek? I love this!
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« Reply #29 on: November 29, 2009 10:43:05 AM »

This is so impressive!  So well done, and such a lot of work, wonderful job!!  And of course, perfect subject matter  Smiley  Captain Jean Luc Picard is my secret boyfriend -I actually still have up the 6 foot tall poster of him in my bedroom I bought at a con years ago, but to snuggle up in a blanket of him ---mmmm!
Your son's girlfriend is a lucky, lucky lady!

I usually lurk on craftster, but I just had to log in and "rock" this.  Super amazing - love it!
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« Reply #30 on: January 06, 2010 12:00:56 PM »

I know that I am amazingly late to the game, but I just joined.  Your work is AWESOME.  I love me some Picard and this looks AMAZING.
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« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2010 04:24:03 AM »

Oh my freaking god. I need to learn to crochet like that. Amazing!
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« Reply #32 on: January 22, 2010 11:40:03 AM »

That is one EPIC afghan. You are amazingly talented!
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« Reply #33 on: January 25, 2010 07:05:16 AM »

 Cheesy :DHello i love all your chrochet projects can you make a step by step tutorial on how to create the pattern and how to crochet from side to side with the size J hook. Thanksss i always wanted to learn this but never attempted and nooobody really sat down with me and taught me this  way of crocheting.

chow!!
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