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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Chocolate Bunny - free pattern link on: April 04, 2008 06:27:28 PM
Enjoy!  It's my belated Easter gift from me to you.   Grin

Knitted Chocolate Bunny

I knitted this hand-sized bunny with DK yarn on 3mm needles, but that was only because I didn't have any worsted weight in brown. For a bigger bunny, use worsted weight yarn with 4mm needles, or - my favourite - chunky weight (or 2 strands of worsted held together) with 6mm needles. As long as your needle size is slightly smaller than the recommended needle size for the yarn weight, the stuffing won't show through and the tension will stay tight.

The base of bunny is knitted back and forth in garter stitch, then stitches are picked up and bunny is worked in the round. The tip of the ears is grafted at the end. Yes, it's seamless - no sewing up!

ETA, April 26, 2008: I've moved the pattern to my blog, here.  I did this because I had to fix an error that someone kindly pointed out, and prefer to do edits in one place only.

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Alien facehugger bag charm (or brooch, key fob, magnet, fridgie, etc.) on: December 27, 2007 02:40:06 PM

I drew a picture of what I think is a chubby, cute Alien facehugger, then tried to crochet it for a bag charm (or keychain, brooch, magnet - haven't decided yet).  Success!

This was totally easy.  I've written out general instructions so that you can change the size of the facehugger.

For the body: crochet a circle.

Make an air bag by making a crocheted scallop.  This is how I did it: in any stitch, sc.  In the next stitch: hdc, 2 dc, hdc.  In the next stitch, sc.

For the legs: slip stitch to where you want the first leg to be.  ch 4, turn, and slip stich back to the body.  Slip stich to the next stitch, and repeat. Remember to leave a space between legs 4 and 5.  Make 8 legs total.

Make another air bag.

Make the tail: ch 12.  Turn.  sc, sc decrease, sc, sc decrease, etc., until you get back to the body.  This will make the tail curl.  Fasten off and weave the yarn tail into the back.

Optional: I made another crocheted circle to sew to the underside, so that I could add a little scrap-yarn stuffing for a slightly puffy bag charm.

P.S.  Here's a link to another Craftster's project: a full-sized knitted facehugger!


Another facehugger, more like the ones in the movies.

Here, doggy, doggy.


Awww, Alien drone has a little dolly.

For this second one, I modified the pattern by adding longer legs and a longer tail. Also, there's an extra round for the air bags - it's the same sequence of stitches, just piled on top of each other. I originally did one round for the airbags, but after doing the legs, the air bags looked small, so I added the second round.

It was big enough to need more shaping, so I added a top piece:

Ch 12. Turn.

In first stitch, sc, 2 hdc, sc. In the top loops only, dc to the second last stitch.

sc, 2 hdc, sc in the last stitch. Do not turn (just rotate the piece).

In the "bottom loop" only (i.e. the other half of the loop that you haven't crocheted into yet), dc to the end and sl-st to join with the first stitch.

Stuff lightly, and sew this piece to the top of the facehugger.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Skein of Yarn Bag Charm on: October 19, 2007 08:22:31 AM
In the tradition of easy gifts for knitters, like the knitter's brooch...

This is a piece of scrap yarn that I wound into a small skein, wrapped with a tiny label, and attached to a key ring. It makes a cute knitting bag charm.

Instructions on how to wrap a skein are here. When you're done, slip the key ring into the top loops, and attach the optional charm-clasp hardware.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Star Wars applique on gym bag on: August 11, 2007 12:41:27 PM
Not really a bag, but decorations for a bag...

My nephew is wild about Star Wars, so I sewed these appliques on his school gym bag.  The felt is stuck on with fabric glue, then I did some rough embroidery around the edges for that Pottery Barn effect.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Do guys crochet? on: May 31, 2007 06:26:18 AM
Do men traditionally crochet?

I was wondering why there's a hierarchy of fibre arts: weaving, spinning, knitting, and crochet. 

Debbie Stoller writes that maybe crochet is at the bottom because there's a link to prostitution.  Teva Durham thinks it may have something to do with the equipment - weaving has bigger tools, therefore commands more respect.  Crochet is at the bottom because you use only one little hook.

I think it's because of men - specifically, men traditionally have done weaving, spinning, and even knitting, but not crochet.  At least, I don't believe large numbers of men in any culture have ever crocheted - am I wrong?  Does anyone know if that's true or not?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted gun on: April 25, 2007 05:42:25 AM

This is Luvgun, from a mochimochiland pattern.  The pattern will be available soon - I was a lucky test knitter.  You can check out the talented designer's other work at her web site, and these Flickr pages, here (I especially love her mouse and snake!), and here.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Potato chip bag pencil cases - now with link to TUTORIAL on: April 11, 2007 04:05:38 PM
Junk food pencil cases for my kids. 

I got this idea from toomuchrock's ramen noodle pouch.  I used the zippered pouch tutorial, except that the outside "fabric" was the chip bag with a piece of vinyl over it (I can't take the credit - it's toomuchrock's idea).

I crocheted little chips for zipper pulls (or "chipper pulls", as my kids call them), for clumsy little hands.

EDIT, May 14:

I made a tutorial for the pouch, but because it's really image heavy, it's at Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157600215861276/

It's also cross-posted at Instructables.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Jayne Cobb Hat Brooch on: April 06, 2007 02:25:50 PM
I made the Jayne Cobb hat, but wanted something I could wear everyday, so I made this brooch.

I borrowed this idea from someone else who made a hat pin and posted it to the Jayne Cobb Hat Flickr group.  This mini-hat is knit back and forth on 2 needles, then seamed up the back.

Jayne Cobb Hat Pin

3.25 mm needles
Orange, yellow and red yarn
Brooch back
Glue (optional)

With orange, cast on 20 sts.
Work 2 rows g-st (1 ridge).
Work 4 rows st-st.  Break off orange and attach yellow.
Work 4 rows st-st.
K2tog across (10 sts).
Purl next row.
K2tog across (5 sts).  Cut yarn and run through all the live stitches.  Pull tightly and knot.
Sew up the back seam.

With orange yarn, make a tassel.  Attach to the top of the hat.

For each side, with red, pick up 4 sts on the first st-st row on the inside of the hat.
St-st 6 rows.
Slip 2, k2tog, pass 2 slipped sts over (1 st).
Cut yarn and pull through last stitch.  Cut a piece of red yarn and thread it through this stitch, so that there are 3 strands.  Knot the 3 strands together and trim.

With a glue gun, attach the brooch back to the back seam, or, sew the brooch back firmly to the hat.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / taiyaki purse from Knit Room by Tomoko Fujita on: March 20, 2007 07:28:00 AM

This is the little taiyaki purse from the Japanese craft book, Knit Room by Tomoko Fujita (more about the book here).  It's the same book that this other craftster's fruity hat is from.

10  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: 12-point Star Blanketa.k.a. Round Ripple (w/pattern link) on: March 08, 2007 05:43:47 AM
Many thanks to Aelita for bringing this blanket to our attention!

If you're addicted to making the Star Baby Blanket, but want a slightly different twist, join me in making a 12-point Star Blanket, also known as the Round Ripple Afghan.

The free pattern is here:

and here are some photos of completed blankets on Craftster:
here, and
here (there are probably more, but these are the most recent ones).
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