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1  Jacob's Ladder Scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by ahtchristina on: March 18, 2012 03:21:19 PM
Inspired by fantasticmio's Jacob's Snakes and Ladders Blanket, and made with the help of her Jacob's ladder tutorial...

I want to do this again, but using variegated yarn, as the ladder may show up a little better with some contrasting colors.  Also I need to practice with different lengths of chains, as there's a little but of pull when the chains are looped together.
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2  Re: Post your before yarn and after projects please in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by ahtchristina on: March 10, 2011 02:27:47 PM
Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but here are pics of two variegated yarns I've used.  I want to make something with cables or ridges, but these yarns steal the show and don't display the stitches as well.  Honestly I'm at a loss of what to do with them since more of my work these days focuses on details and these aren't good for that.

Pics are taken with my webcam - I'm too lazy to go upstairs and get my camera...

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3  Where did I find this pattern??? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by ahtchristina on: March 06, 2011 01:47:44 PM
I'm trying to find the pattern for this flower in the random scraps of paper I write things on, but it's lost.  I found it somewhere online originally.  Any ideas???

All I can remember is that at some point you do a sc from the edge through the centre ring to get those spikes.
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4  Breast Cancer Ribbon Hat in Get Product and Website Opinions by ahtchristina on: February 26, 2011 08:39:27 PM

I wanted to try something out of one of my new books, and here's the result.  It's #123 from Edie Eckman's "Around the Border" - the breast cancer ribbon border.  Rather than adding it to an afghan, I decided to put it on one of my hats.  I think it's fun, and plan to make a bunch of them up to sell, with a certain amount of the proceeds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  I think I'll make some up and take samples to local businesses and see if they'll match the money raised if I sell these at a local craft fair.  Still some modifications to make, but all in all, a good first effort I think.

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5  Tetris Hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by ahtchristina on: February 24, 2011 10:33:24 AM
I have amazingly, brilliant ideas...really I do!  And then they turn to crap when I make them.  Boo.
This hat was several versions in the making, but I finally have the end product.

Here it is!

I started by cutting the tetris shapes out from graph paper, and fitting them together to make a band.

Then I drew the whole thing out so that when my kids mucked up the little paper pieces, I wouldn't forget how it looked.  Also I colored the pieces in so I could see if there were too many of the same color together.

Then I drew out just a part of it, so that each square was one stitch, and I could remember how many stitiches to do for each piece.

Putting the pieces together was hell.  I tried crocheting around each piece in black so they'd stand out, but ripped that out when I realized how much extra size was added to each piece, and that they wouldn't fit together well.  Finally I settled on laying them flat and sewing them together on the back.  To provide the black borders, I remembered how my mother-in-law taught me to "stitch in the ditch" when I was learning to quilt from her.  So that's how the outlining was done.

Once I stopped ripping stuff apart, I took maybe 3-4 days of on-and-off work to complete it.  It was painful, but I'm mostly happy with the results.

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6  Eeyore in Crochet: Completed Projects by ahtchristina on: February 20, 2011 08:34:19 PM
A friend asked if I could make an Eeyore hat for here, and here it is!

I thought about putting eyes on to make it more recognizable but I thought that would make it too busy, and then my husband suggested adding the tail instead...GENIUS!!!

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7  Pretty flower... in Crochet: Completed Projects by ahtchristina on: February 12, 2011 07:33:41 PM
I was looking for flower ideas that I could make up to attach to hats that I sell.
I came across some really nice flowers online, but the patterns were 1) in Japanese and 2) charted rather than written.

So I googled "crochet chart" and muddled my way through a couple of patterns.  Here's the result.

PS - Do you know how freakin' hard it is to photograph the back of your head???  This was the best of about 20 pictures.  Thank goodness for digital photography!!!

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8  A different pattern for this hat? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by ahtchristina on: February 05, 2011 03:17:13 PM
I made this hat...

using a pattern where you make a long chain, join it, then make the hat going up and decreasing at the end.

I HATE starting with a chain!  I'd rather start at the top, then have time to ponder the band at the bottom - scalloped, ribbed, etc.  Does anyone know of a pattern that would give a similar hat but starts at the top?

I've only found one that starts at the top, but I've made it and ripped it apart a few times because I can't figure it out.

It's a magic circle where you ch 1, (sc into the circle, ch 3) 6 times.  But to finish that row off, it says to end in ch 1, and hdc into the first sc.  It makes 6 loops, then this funky bit that looks like a bunch of stitches and doesn't look very tidy.  It's similar to end each row and I don't like the way it looks...

Any other suggestions?
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9  A Brimful of Hats in Crochet: Completed Projects by ahtchristina on: February 05, 2011 12:35:44 PM
I looked up the collective noun for hats and there doesn't seem to be one...on one website a guy recommended it be "a brimful of hats" and I quite like that!

I've been crocheting for somewhere under a year now, and I've found I have a love of hats - they're worked in the round, they don't take long, and once you figure out the basics you can modify/create like crazy!!!

Some of these are straight off of patterns online, some are my creations.  Some are supposed to fit kids, so they may look a bit wonky on the mannequin.

Here's the whole brimful!

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10  Brains!!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by ahtchristina on: February 04, 2011 08:20:03 AM
It's wierd how the world gets smaller everyday.  I'm an animal health tech and I've "liked" a vet magazine on Facebook.  One day the question on there was "how do you destress?"...and I saw a lady who said she like to make brain hats.  She's on Ravelry, which I'm sure a bunch of people on here are too, including me.

Here's her hat...

So I had to make my version of the brain hat.  Never having knitted in my life, I had to google how to crochet an i-cord...I enjoyed making the cord, but sewing it onto the hat....HOLY HELL, I'm never making this hat again!!!!

Having said that, it's fun, cute, whimsical, and I'm wearing it to work today!!!

Onwards to the pictures!

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