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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Figuring out a stitch on: May 22, 2015 06:40:48 AM
Help, embroiderers!

I'm trying to figure out what stitch was used to make these pot holders:


I've zoomed in and in, but can't quite tell how she made each of these "squares". Any help is much appreciated!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Ripple pattern name? on: October 25, 2014 10:45:00 AM
I'm trying to find a pattern for this:


It's beautiful, but when I search for crochet ripple or wavy patterns I just get variations on the chevron pattern. Is there something else this is called? I can probably cobble together a pattern on my own, but figured I'd ask around craftster first.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Granny stitch decrease? on: October 25, 2014 10:25:58 AM
Hi crocheters, I'm hoping you'll be able to help me with this stumper:

I've become enamored with these wristwarmers:

and have been trying to replicate the pattern on my own. The bottom part of the wristwarmers seems to just be granny stitch. So I thought I could just crochet in the round using granny stitch. But then I realized I'd need to start decreasing as you get closer to the wrist, and I realized that I have no idea how to decrease in the granny stitch pattern.

I played around with this a little on my own, and my less than perfect solution was to skip an entire set of dc's, which generates a bump. I've done some internet searching and haven't found anything helpful.

So craftster crocheters, how would you go about decreasing a granny stitch?
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dragon head dice bag! on: August 30, 2014 12:15:11 PM
My husband has a monthly gaming night with his friends and family, and he requested a dragon head dice bag, so here's what I came up with:

I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I was inspired by another dragon head dice bag that I saw on ebay, and so I decided to draft my own pattern. I used a modification of ChrysN's Smaug the Dragon pattern on Instructables for the bag construction:

Thanks for looking, and let me know if you have questions and would like to try making one of these yourself!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Shy Little Unicorn! on: July 04, 2013 09:52:01 AM
Here is a shy little unicorn that I crocheted up for my friends' new baby. The pattern comes from Amigurumi Toy Box by Ana Paula Rimoli.

I just love the curly-cue hair!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for cheap jersey knit fabric on: January 23, 2012 04:50:32 PM
Hello fellow sewers!

I got a fancy-pants Serger for Christmas, so I can finally get started on so many of the knit clothing projects I've been queuing up.
But, being on a budget, I'm looking for your favorite sources of cheap knit fabrics. I know I can try thrift stores, and I've got my own stash of clothes I don't wear, but I still need a source of by-the-yard fabric.

Any suggestions?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A trio of birthday dresses (a bit img heavy) on: June 05, 2011 08:27:56 AM
My niece just turned one year old, and for her birthday, I sewed her three different versions of this dress/pinafore combination from an old, vintage Butterick pattern. (When I went to Joann to pick out fabric, I just couldn't decide on one, so I decided to make three!)

She's already wearing 18-month clothes (she's a tall one), and the pattern was for size 1-1 and a half, so I sized it up twice, to give an approximate size 3. By this fall she'll be able to wear them (they'll be a little big), and then she can continue to wear them as she grows.

So here are the three dresses. Once I've got pictures of my niece in them, I'll add action shots.

Dress number one, in a khaki-material:

Close-up of the yolk and peter-pan collar:

They all close with buttons and hand-sewn button-loops (ala http://ysolda.com/support/pictorial-guides/sewn-button-loops/ )

With pinafore number one in a light broadcloth: (yay appliques!)

Close-up of the appliques:

Dress number two, in corduroy (god, I love that squirrel fabric!):

Close-up of the fabric:

With pinafore number two, in corduroy:

I learned the limits of my machine applique-ing skills, and so instead of applique-ing this little guy, I just fused him to the pocket and then tacked him down with some tiny hand stitches:

Then here is dress number three, in cotton calico (this fabric reminded me of the fabrics my mom used to use in the early 80's when she'd sew clothes for me):

And pinafore number three, in corduroy:

Baby giraffe! (giraffes are my niece's favorite animal--both her toy giraffe and the giraffes at the zoo!):

You can see how the pinafores tie in the back:

I am very happy with this pattern--it is very well constructed, with lots of good finishing details. These are sturdy clothes that are going to last her a long time!

Thanks for looking  Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ezlo winter hat from Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap on: January 31, 2011 07:15:04 PM
I made this hat for Striker923 for the Legend of Zelda swap.

It's a hat that comes to life in the form of a bird named Ezlo, from the video game Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap.

I drafted the pattern myself, and it is now available on Ravelry.

Here it is (using one of my care bears as a head model):

And for reference, this is what Ezlo looks like:

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Epona amigurumi from Legend of Zelda on: January 31, 2011 06:55:43 PM
I made this for Striker923 for the Legend of Zelda swap.

This is baby Epona, a horse that's featured in a number of Zelda games. I specifically took my inspiration from the version in Ocarina of Time.

The pattern is a hybrid of the "Clop and Ali" pattern and AprilDraven's pattern from Etsy.

This is my first crochet project, and it was a lot of fun. I think I'll be making a lot more of these ponies, it's such a cute pattern!  Cheesy

And the reference image (I tried to capture all the details, like the long hair on her hooves and the white mark on her forehead):

Thanks for looking!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Legend of Zelda Three Goddesses iPod Cozy on: January 31, 2011 06:49:09 PM
This is an iPod cozy that I made for Striker923 for the Legend of Zelda swap.

This is my first cross stitch project ever. This craft lends itself so well to pixellated pictures!

There are three goddesses in the mythology of the world of zelda, Din, Nayru and Farore.
In the Wind Waker game, there are statues of each of the goddesses, and it's these that I used for inspiration.
I found sprites of these statues on hikolol35's DeviantArt page:

Here's the whole case:

And here is each goddess individually.



Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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