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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Argyle Vest with Embroidered Skull and Crossbones on: November 30, 2007 07:58:46 AM
I was going to just post this up to the crochet finished projects section, but I guess this technically employs more than just crochet so I'll post it to the challenge section instead.

This vest was inspired by the surge of argyle vests in stores recently.  I couldn't find exactly what I wanted in any store so I decided I'd have to make one myself.  It's a cropped vest in black yarn with ribbing at the bottom, neckline and armholes.  The 3 diamonds are crocheted into the design with gray and lavender and the skull and crossbones are embroidered on with white yarn.



No pattern, just me, some yarn, my dressmaker's dummy and a lot of frogging.  I have to say I'm really enjoying making clothing that I design myself.  Everything fits better and it's always exactly what I want.

Here's a closeup of the embroidery:


Thanks for taking a look!
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / RIPPLE WRAP CARDIGAN- CROCHET PATTERN on: November 09, 2007 09:45:35 PM
This rippled crochet wrap is a Christmas present I've been working on for my mother-in-law.  It's actually the very first pattern I've ever written down and created myself and I have to say it wasn't always easy.  Although now that I'm finished I'm considering making another for myself. 

It was inspired by a hairpin lace wrap from Stitch Diva.  (www.stitchdiva.com) I hope you enjoy it!



GAUGE:
9 mm hook (Size N)
DK or Light Worsted Yarn
1 pattern repeat (from * to *) = 3
4 rows = 3

ABBREVIATIONS:
ch Chain
dc Double Crochet
st Stitch
sts Stitches
ss Slip Stitch
2dctog Two Double Crochet Together
3dctog Three Double Crochet Together



FOUNDATION:
Ch 147

ROW 1:
Dc in 4th ch from hook; Dc in next st;
*(2dctog over next 2 st) twice; Dc in next st; 2 dc in each of next 2 st; Dc in next st*
Repeat from * to * until 1 st left
2 dc in last st; Ch 3; Turn

ROW 2-8:
Dc in 1st st; Dc in next st; Repeat row 1 from * to * until last st; 2 dc in last st; Ch 3; Turn

ROW 9 RIGHT SIDE:
Dc in 1st st; Dc in next st; Repeat from * to * 6 times; 2 dc in next st; Leave remaining sts un-worked; Ch 2; Turn

ROW 10 RIGHT SIDE:
Dc in next st; 2dctog over next 2 sts; Dc in next st; 2 dc in each of next 2 st; Repeat from * to * until 1 st remains; 3 dc in last st; Ch 3; Turn

ROW 11 RIGHT SIDE:
Dc in 1st st; Dc in next st; Repeat from * to * until 1 st remains; 2 dc in last st; Ch 2; Turn

ROW 12 RIGHT SIDE:
Dc in next st; 2dctog over next 2 sts; Dc in next st; 2 dc in each of next 2 st; Repeat from * to * until 1 st remains; 3 dc in last st; Ch 3; Turn

ROW 13 RIGHT SIDE:
Dc in 1st st; Dc in next st; Repeat from * to * until 4 sts remain; 2dctog over next 2 sts; Dc in next st; 2 dc in last st; Fasten off



ROW 9 BACK:
Moving to the left of the Right Side section just completed skip 1 pattern repeat (From * to *) and join yarn in next st; Ch 2; Dc in next st; 2dctog over next 2 sts; Dc in next st
2 dc in each of next 2 sts; Dc in next st; Repeat pattern from * to * 2 times; 2 dc in next st; Ch 2; Turn

ROW 10 BACK:
Dc in next st; 2 dc in each of next 2 sts; Dc in next st; Repeat from * to * until 4 sts remain; 2dctog over next 2 sts; Dc in next st; 2 dc in last st; Ch2; Turn

ROW 11 BACK:
Dc in next st; 2dctog over next 2 sts; Dc in next st; 2 dc in each of next 2 sts; Dc in next st; Repeat from * to * until 3 sts remain; 2dctog over next 2 sts; 2 dc in last st; Ch 2; Turn

ROW 12 BACK:
Dc in next st; 2dctog over next 2 sts; Dc in next st; 2 dc in each of next 2 sts; Dc in next st; Repeat from * to * until 4 sts remain; 2dctog over next 2 sts; Dc in next st; 2 dc in last st; Ch 2; Turn

ROW 13 BACK:
Same as row 12; End off

ROW 9 LEFT SIDE:
Moving to the left of the Back section just completed skip 1 pattern repeat (From * to *) and join yarn in next st; Ch 3; Dc in next st; Dc in next st; 2 dc in each of next 2 sts; Dc in next st; Repeat from * to * until 1 st remains; 2 dc in last st; Ch 3; Turn

ROW 10 LEFT SIDE:
Follow pattern as in rows 2 until 3 sts remain; 2dctog over next 2 sts; Dc in last st; Ch 3; Turn

ROW 11 LEFT SIDE:
Dc in 1st st; 2dctog over next 2 sts; Dc in next st; 2 dc in each of next 2 sts; Dc in next st; Repeat from * to *; 2 dc in last st; Ch 3 ; Turn

ROW 12 LEFT SIDE:
Follow pattern as in rows 2 until 1 st remains; 2 dc in last st; Ch 3; Turn

ROW 13 LEFT SIDE:
Follow pattern as in row 11; Do not end off

COMPLETE ARMHOLES:
Attach new skein in last st of left side where armhole begins; Ch 12; Ss in last st of left back where armhole begins; End off

Repeat process for right armhole



COMPLETE BODY ROWS 14-16:
Picking up yarn from left side follow pattern as in row 2; Complete rows 14-16; End off

ROW 1 SLEEVES:
In the lower edge of the armhole find the middle two highest sts at the top of the wave; Join yarn in the right hand st of the 2 just located; Ch 3; Dc in same st; 2 dc in next st; Dc in next st; Following pattern repeat (From * to *) crochet evenly around the armhole with every wave centered in a side of the square and every valley at the corners; End with dc in last st; Ss in 3rd ch; Ch 3; Turn

ROW 2-5 SLEEVES:
Follow waves and valleys using pattern repeat; Dc in last st; Ss in 3rd ch; Ch 3; Turn

ROW 6-8 SLEEVES:
Following pattern of waves and valleys as above substitute 3dctog for one of every of the two 2dctog in pattern repeat; Waves and valleys will be off until 8th row

ROW 9-END SLEEVES:
Repeat row 2 of sleeves until desired length has been achieved; End off

FINISHING:
Weave in ends; Block if necessary

Thanks for taking a look.
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Mannequin Makeup on: November 07, 2007 09:07:31 AM
I have a rather strange question that I haven't been able to easily find an answer to...

I recently bought a mannequin head and hand to display products in pictures for a web store my friend and I plan to open.  The mannequin head is pretty nice (for something that creepy) but her makeup doesn't reflect the type of creations we want to sell.  I want to know if there is a way to change her makeup without doing anything permenant.  I'd like to be able to change her look with a new wig and makeup periodically without having to shell out more money for a new head each time, because those suckers can be a little pricey!  Besides, I don't think I want a dozen mannequin heads staring at me every time I pass my craft area! *shudder*

Any ideas?
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