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1  Chain Chomp Hat (pics and pattern link!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Mackster on: January 16, 2008 11:28:02 PM
Hey all!

I, like many a gamer, have an unhealthy fascination with the chain chomps that inhabit the Mario Bros. World.

So, I knit one!

It was easy and quick to make, and I definitely plan on making more for friends!

The pattern is available here, through my blog. Any comments/suggestions/errata are more than welcome!

EDIT: The pattern is also on Ravelry, for anyone on there! I'd love to know if you guys are knitting the hat, and to see pics!

(The link will not work if you aren't a Ravelry member, sorry!)
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2  Jack's Beanstalk Blanket in Knitting: Completed Projects by Mackster on: January 09, 2008 05:31:46 PM
Hey all!

I wanted to share my newest FO, which is also a design of my own creation: Jack's Beanstalk Blanket.

The blanket was designed and knit for my new baby nephew, Jack, who was welcomed into the world in early December. I finished casting off the blanket only an hour before I got the phone call announcing his birth!

Here's a gross yellowish photo of the unblocked blanket. (Thumbnails lead to big image)

And here's the finished product:

Knit with Patons Classic Wool Merino in a deep foresty green.

The pattern is simple, consisting of three Vandyke lace columns and a seed stitch border.

It's one of the biggest projects I've done, and I'm very proud of it.

The pattern will be available soon, and I'll be sure to post it here!
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3  Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Mackster on: May 27, 2007 01:06:00 PM
What I like most about this edition is that it's CLEARLY from Firefly Season 5, after a lot more wear, gunsmoke, grease, and just Being Bad Guys have muted the original colors.

Actually! The colours I went for in my later hats is based on the Easter Egg on the DVD, where Adam Baldwin throws the hat on and sings the Jaynestown song. I snagged some screens:

I think I got the earflap colour right, but I'm still aiming for a brighter orange and yellow.There's an awesome yellow Lopi that's fairly new that I plan to try on the next hat(s).

Not saying darker colours are wrong though! Not in the least. I love that there are so many varieties of hats everywhere. omg. <3
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4  Black Mage Backpack! in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by Mackster on: May 25, 2007 09:17:25 PM
A quick backstory...

This was actually the first thing I ever knit. About three years ago.

I had a bunch of blue acrylic yarn, and Stitch and Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook. The punk rock backpack seemed super-easy and I was obsessed with wanting to make it, so I thought "Sure! How hard could intarsia be?"

I knit every part of the backpack, then got to the intarsia. It was going to be an 8-bit black mage (from the Final Fantasy series of video games) from minute one.

I could NOTgrok intarsia, and not for lack of trying. Let's leave it at that.

Time went on. The backpack bits got sent to the bottom of Stash Bin A, and were ignored while other projects were completed, time after time.

I had become quite an established knitter, good at every technique I had come across. Except that intarsia. I never tried intarsia again.

Until about a month ago. I decided to tackle the backpack again.

And you know what? It clicked.

So here it is, my very first knitting project, and one of my most recent completed projects. A project three years in the making!

Punk Rock black mage packpack. Cheesy I <3 it. I haven't sewed in a lining yet, so it's kind of baggy and shapeless.

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5  Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Mackster on: May 25, 2007 08:55:45 PM

Er, I mean... hi!

Holycrap I love that I created this thread and now it's so huge and full of Browncoats. I brag this thread to all of my friends. "Look what I did", I say. Although the force is strong with us, so I'm sure someone else would have started it up had I not! You are all awesome and there are so many awesome hats and awesome awesome.

I know I've been neglecting this thread something awful. I wanted to let you all know that my edition of the Jayne Cobb Hat, which has changed massively since my first post on page 1, is now available on my blog! Go check it out. Here's what my latest incarnation, the pattern hat, looks like:

More info about the hat's journey through its changes and such on the blog. Cheesy

Keep it up, Browncoats. You guys are making us all proud!
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6  Shark Hat - PATTERN LINK ON PG 9! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Mackster on: December 16, 2006 08:44:40 PM
Just in time for a Christmas gift, I knit my boyfriend a hat. His favorite animal is sharks, and he is by no means a shy guy, so I decided to go all out, and make him a full shark hat. D: (His idea!)

Side/top views

Boyfriend himself, happily modeling his new favorite hat

Side view

Top view. The shark is eating his brains. Cheesy~

I didn't use any pattern for this. I did reference World of Knitted Toys by Kath Delamy(sp?) for the shaping of the dorsal fin and the tail, but even they needed massive tweaking due to the size. The decreases were guesswork, but worked out. I made the gums by picking up stitches, and binding them off immediately using smaller needles, and the teeth are white felt.

I can write up a pattern later on, if there's interest. In the meantime, enjoy! Cheesy
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7  Re: dit dit dit da da da... hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Mackster on: October 09, 2005 04:54:07 PM
Well, I needed a hat for wintertime approaching way up North here in Canadia, and I couldn't dare to resist knitting this.

Knitting + watching too much Naruto = "I AM A NINJA" morse code.

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8  Re: Newsboy Cap in Knitting: Completed Projects by Mackster on: June 07, 2005 01:57:22 PM
Whoa, your colour is like, identical to mine, but we used different yarns. Awesome!

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9  Cabled wristband, with pattern! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Mackster on: May 07, 2005 09:16:39 PM
Hey everyone! Long time no see!

I've knit a neat little cabled wristband for myself out of some nice merino wool I had laying around. I knew I wanted a cable on it, and instead of finding a pattern, I decided to wing it. (Although, I have no doubt there is a similar or identical pattern out there somewhere, it's quite basic.)

Here it is:

And here's the pattern. It's very very easy, anyone can do it! I especially suggest it if you are new to cables, it's a fun, easy, small project to learn them on.

CO 18 sts.

Row 1 (WS): k1, p1, k1, k3, p6, k3, k1 p1, k1.

Row 2 (RS): k1, p1, k1, p3, k6, p3, k1, p1, k1.

Rep Row 1.
Rep Row 2.
Rep Row 1. (5 rows).

Row 6: k1, p1, k1, p3, c6f, p3, k1, p1, k1

Rep pattern until piece meas approx. 7.5" long. Or, if you're like me, wing it; while the stitiches are still on the needle, see if the band will stretch around your wrist. You can try and make your cable line up when you stitch it together. I didn't worry about it too much.


Sew up your side seams and weave in your ends.

That's it! Any questions or comments, please post! This is my first "original" *laugh* pattern, so I'm pretty proud.
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10  Two new completed hats! (Biggish images) in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by Mackster on: January 26, 2005 06:15:57 AM
Over the past few weeks, I've finished two hats, one from SnB and one from SnB Nation. Time to share!  Cheesy Apologies, the images are a little big.

This is my kitty hat, knit with superwash Merino in a rosy pink. I'd like to eventually do another one, as I messed up the i-cords a bit and the ears are supertiny. I'd love to do a deep violet one, similar to the book.

The second one is the Headline News cap from SnB Nation. I had a big ball of slate blue acrylic that I didn't know what to do with, so I tried it on for size with this cap. Turned out a tad big, but it's supercomfy and although I just finished it yesterday, I've already gotten compliments on it.  Smiley

That's all!   Grin
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