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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Can't even begin to figure out how to do this shape... on: August 18, 2008 05:44:06 PM
I'm trying to make a tail for something, and I want it to be a certain shape.


The tail is flat and almost round (more like ovaloid, really), and I'm not sure of how to make something like that.  I figure after I make the magic circle, I could hdc on the sides, and sc on the top and bottom, on the inside loop.  But I'm not experienced with using inside/outside loop and the effects that they have on the project.  Could anybody help me?
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Totoro ami on: April 16, 2008 05:58:05 PM
Yeah, I finished it a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn't until now that I remembered I really should post it.  It took me a while to do, since I didn't know how to do stitching, and so left it alone for a bit, but I finally got it done.

If you look carefully, you can see just below the eyes the body kind of curves.  That was where I realised that I was supposed to crochet through both loops, and not just the back one. 

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / scaling down ami patterns... on: March 20, 2008 08:40:31 PM
I'm thinking of doing a new design, using bits and pieces from things I've seen already done, and one of parts I'm using is from the Totoro amigurumi that I'm currently doing.  The only thing is, I don't want to have to crochet that entire body full-size.  Is there any method that's used to scale down (or up, I suppose, depending on your whim) a pattern, especially these amigurumi ones?

Also, would anyone have an idea of how to go about crocheting a rounded cone, with an opening on the side, instead of at the bottom?
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / I've hit a little snag (totoro amigurumi) on: February 18, 2008 12:01:17 PM
I just started the totoro amigurumi found on that http://heavens-hellcat.livejournal.com/420.html page.

My ears are a little too thin compared to the picture, but that isn't too much of a concern; I think I can just stuff them a little more in the middle.  When I finished the ears, I moved on to the tail.  The instructions at the end said:

16-17: 15hdc, 15sc (30st)
18: 15hdc, 1sc, 1ss, FO (only do 17st of the round)

I did the 15hdc and then the 15sc (just once), but then I noticed that it said round 16-17.  The brackets indicated that it was only 30st, but I was just a bit confused, since I don't know if I had to do it twice, for round 16 and 17, or just once, for the 30st.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Monster Hunter Needlepoint on: January 02, 2008 03:06:56 PM
Here's my second project!  This one was a present for another friend; I decided on making it for him after I bought the frame for the Megaman one, and by then I had run out of money from my X-mas budget.

It's a Gravios, a fearsome rock monster that shoots a freaking laser beam out of its mouth and farts fire and sleeping gas, for the large number of people who haven't played Monster Hunter.

I made the design myself (technically); I had this tiny image on my PSP to work with, and converted it into a pixellated image on a sheet of graph paper.  I used OneChordWonder's idea of using mosaic stitches for the pixels, and the Byzantine stitch for the background, but as you can see, I gave up on a uniform pattern fairly soon into the game.  The reason was because the character is fragmented, which results in only small parts of the Byzantine pattern being revealed, making it hard to see the zig-zags.

My friend said he liked it the way it was.  He was going to put some sort of mounting board on the back, and leave the outside edges alone.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Need some input for this next project on: December 17, 2007 04:28:24 PM
I'm thinking of doing a large project.  I have the pattern all down already, or at least, I can when I get everything straight.  My only concern is how to begin and anchor single stitches.

This is an example of what I was thinking of.


Maybe not the same characters/background, but the same basic idea.  Some of the characters shown have a single pixel, or even two pixels of one colour.  And that could be the only instance of that colour in the entire work.  I don't know how to anchor/end a thread like that, other than to use a hot glue gun and cover the back of the work with felt when I'm done.

The alternate solution would be to use a 2x2 or larger square to represent a pixel, instead of a single stitch.  That would in turn, however, quadruple the size of the work.  And as you can see, if I work with pixels, even using a single stitch for a pixel will create a fairly large work.

Any alternate suggestions as to how I could anchor these threads would be greatly appreciated.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First project - Megaman needlepoint on: December 13, 2007 04:58:15 PM
So, this is my first ever needlepoint creation; I made it for my friend for Christmas.  I had gotten interested in the needlepoint when my classmates did bookmarks in Grade 7.  I asked my mother for those canvas sheets, but never used them.  She just pulled them out a few weeks ago, and it gave me this idea.

Technically, it's finished; I wanted to add felt to the back and ring it with black, but I don't have the felt currently.  Also, can anyone help me with beginning and ending the stitches?  This is what the back looked like:


It was the reason for wanting to put the felt on.  It looks a right mess.

Let me know what you guys think.
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