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1  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Creepy Cute Crochet-along on: June 01, 2008 04:08:29 AM
There are quite a few of us making these cute little horrors from Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots and More!, so it's been suggested we have a crochet-along in the same way as the Amigurumi World one. So, no rules, no timing, just show us your makes (and moan about the patterns!).

Here are some of mine:

The Grim Reaper - minus scythe, that's tonight's job! I think he looks more like Munch's The Scream, but there you go...


Grim Reaper in the centre again now with scythe, Cthulhu on the right, and a little dude I more-or-less hijacked from Corporate Zombie - this is going to be a gift for a friend's birthday; we used to play AD&D back in the day and he has a little book and dice bag. He needs a haircut/ponytail making, though.

Currently working on a Knight, with a Princess (again, hijacked, this time from Skeleton Bride), a Cleric and Ninja on the drawing board...they're addictive, for sure, but I suggest you don't show the book to anyone until you've got comfortable with the patterns cos you'll be besiged with requests! Cheesy

Hope that's ok, never done one of these before...

EDT: to upload completed picture
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ickle Tiny Baby Mary Janes on: May 29, 2008 02:09:49 PM
Made these for a friend's new baby:

Blog entry here: http://www.crafts.carolinewood.co.uk/2008/05/round-and-round-and-round.html

They are a size 3-6mo, done in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in Willow, and the pattern is from the book Crochet In No Time by Melody Griffiths. Actually finished them a little while ago but I was waiting for the little one to arrive! Smiley
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Daffodil Hat on: May 11, 2008 06:52:35 AM

A wee hat for my wee girl. Very pleased with this, it worked up really quickly - it's Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in Willow, and the pattern is from the book Crochet In No Time by Melody Griffiths.

The daffodil, however, is an adaption from this fantastic pattern at http://crochetme.com/patterns/daffodils-spring - I know the author posted a thread here with this in recently but I can't for the life of me find it! I wanted to say a really big thank you because it inspired the colour of this hat and I was dying to try it out! I had to translate the pattern into British notation first, which I'm happy to share if anyone wants it. And then I found that the original pattern was unfortunately too big for the hat, so in the end I had to half-size it and rewrite to get a daff which measures about 3.5-4ins. I'm not sure of the etiquette for sharing an adapted pattern - perhaps someone can let me know (preferably the original poster if you see this!). But in principle I'm happy to share it and hopefully later I'm going to have a crack at some narcissi, even smaller.

There are some more pics in my blog at http://www.crafts.carolinewood.co.uk and that's where the pattern will be available to download eventually if it's ok to share the adaption/translation.

Best get on...I'm making the same hat again for a friend's daughter of the same age, but they live in New Zealand so I have to come up with an autumn flower now!  Grin
4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / So happy with my boy beanie! on: April 28, 2008 01:37:58 PM
Ok, this is a really easy project, I know, but I'm so pleased with how the yarn came out! It's Pattons Art in Garnet, which is a fairly chunky alpaca/mohair mix of rainbow twisted with deep red. You can't quite see how shiny the rainbow strands are in this pic but it looks lovely.


There's a photo of another hat underneath it from One Skein, too. I'm going to end up with a hat for every day of the year at this rate... Grin
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Small hook + thin yarn = mess + insanity, help please! on: April 28, 2008 12:34:28 PM

I am hoping for some tips on working with smaller hooks and thinner yarn because it's driving me crazy. I'm very new to crochet but I've made three hats, two bags and a scarf in the last fortnight, lol, and I love it. I started out working with bulky yarns (like superchunky cashmerino) and hooks ranging from 4 to 10mm for various projects and am keen to move on to clothes and pretty lacy things.

But as soon as I try to work something in a DK weight or less (er...forgive me, I'm in the UK, I think in the US you would call it "sport weight"? I'm not familiar with all the equivalents yet!) or get much below 3mm it becomes a knotty, twisted, frustrating mess; hell, I can't even see the chains let alone get a hook in there. I really really want to make a top which uses 4-ply 100% cotton and a 3mm hook but I can't even get the first motif right - the yarn seems to be too stiff in some ways and too floppy in other to control it properly. And then it splits and I give up. I know it's probably something to do with tension and that bulky yarn is forgiving but how can I fix it?

Any clues? Thanks in advance!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Another "Cheytown" dress (and a crochet hat!) on: March 16, 2008 01:36:24 PM

Completely new here so I hope I don't make any cock-ups posting this! I just wanted to share and say a HUGE thank you for Cheytown's button shirt to toddler dress tutorial; I've thoroughly enjoyed making it, my daughter loves it and my head is just teeming with ideas. My sewing machine loves you, Cheytown  Grin

Pics are in my blog, which I think is ok to link to? Here they are:


The crochet hat is also my first foray into hooking Cheesy and I think it's come out quite nicely too.

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