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drowninginpaper
« on: September 29, 2011 08:32:12 PM »

Hello all!

I'm new here, so I'm hoping you'll all be gentle  Cheesy

Anyways, to the subject of the thread. I've been crocheting for over two years and it's high time I start working on developing my own pattern!
Here is the subject of my crochet devotion http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/nyan-cat-pop-tart-cat, Nyan Cat.
I began looking for a pattern for a Nyan cat scarf a few weeks ago and found a few decent ones, the most notable being Kelley Freeman's on ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nyan-poptart-cat-scarf
However, I would much rather have Nyan cat captured in its original, 8-bit form. I mean, that's the cat I fell in love with.
Steps taken so far:
1. Obtained graph version from angeldeathwarrior's deviantart: http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/220/1/e/nyan_cat_by_angeldeathwarrior-d45umtq.jpg
2. Enlarged it in Excel, 1 pixel = a 4x4 sc square

I'm having issues with the method, however. I'm not quite sure how to work the increases and decreases.
With a normal inc/dec, you get an edge that looks sloped:
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But nyan cat is not slope-y! I need a way to make it go more like a block:
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      |________
       

Here's a method for dec in filet crochet that may work: http://www.smart-knit-crocheting.com/filet-crocheting.html (Example #1)
I haven't found a viable method for inc yet.
What do you all think would be best?

- drowninginpaper
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2011 01:20:23 AM »

I'd use foundation stitches. Here's a tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=379035.0

I can't wait to see how your project turns out! :-)
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2011 04:56:30 AM »

I really like the foundation stitch method, and am getting the general sense that everyone here does too!
However, I'm still concerned that the increases will be too slope-y and triangular.
Maybe it would just be better to do this as separate blocks/strips and stitch them together.
And don't get too excited for an end product yet. As a starving college student, my yarn budget is nada. And this will require a lot of colors. I may do the pattern in a single color just to get a feel for what it's like.
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2011 05:15:42 AM »

Ah, to clarify: when you use the foundation stitches for extending a row, you do get a 90 angle.

To make the first extra stitch, do your yarn overs, join it to the stitch you made your last stitch in, chain 1, then finish the stitch. Use the regular foundation stitch technique  for however many more stitches you need.

Here's an example:



I did two rows of dc, then two longer rows of dc extending out to the left.

If you wanted to accentuate the corner, you could add a border of sc to really sharpen it up.
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2011 07:07:02 AM »

This is great! I'll try this technique over the weekend, but it looks like this will be perfect as long as I can do it with sc.
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2011 07:57:43 AM »

You absolutely can do it with sc. When I do it it can sometimes look uneven, but I find it sorts itself out in the end. :-)
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