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1  Twilights and Cool Nights *Tute Added* in Crochet: Completed Projects by AmanteDelFuego on: June 25, 2009 09:12:59 AM
Hello all! It's been awhile since I've posted anything, but I've been crocheting this summer...

First, the ubiquitous "La Push" hat from "Twilight".

After shamelessly watching the movie, like, 5 times, I realized that there was another row of horizontal ribbing up near the top of the hat. So, my hat is based off of this pattern: http://jennyhats.blogspot.com/2008/11/bella-swan-la-push-hat-from-twilight.html, but I kept screwing it up, so I ended up winging it.

Here's my version:

And secondly, here's a shrug that I whipped up. No pattern, but I (maybe) could manage a tute if anyone is interested. It was pretty simple: crochet a rectangle that is wide enough to fit across your shoulders, pull 2 corners together on each side and ch to connect them, and finally, crochet around the armholes and body to your liking. I'm really quite pleased with how it turned out.

This last picture shows the true color: a pretty chocolate brown.

Both are made from Red Heart WW yarn because I'm cheap! The hat started out with a VERY vintage skein of yarn that I found in my grandma's closet, but it was only 3 oz. and I ran out! The shrug took about 6-7oz.

Thanks for looking!

***EDIT: Here's the tutorial for the shrug.***

This is my first real tute, so if something is unclear, confusing, or if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I'll try to clear things up.

Yarn: WW, whatever you want
Hook: Either an H or an I (I don't really remember, lol)

*The following is what I did to fit me. I usually wear either a medium or a large in shirts and I have kind of broad shoulders. Also, the shoulder seams were...how to explain...slouchy? Mine didn't come straight down over the top of my shoulder, more on my upper arm. Hope that makes sense.*

Ch 61.
1. Skip first 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc in next ch, *skip next 3 ch, 4 dc in next ch*, repeat across. (This is something like a cluster stitch. You could use any type of pattern stitch, or just regular old dc or hdcs).
2. Work 4 dc in space in previous row, do not ch in between clusters. For row ending in loop, ch 3 and sl st to last st in prev. row. For row ending in cluster, ch 3 (counts at 1 dc) for next row, then do 3 dc in next space.
3. Repeat row 2 to desired length. (I did a total of 23 rows). You can either fasten off, or go ahead and start one of the sleeves (whichever you prefer).

The rectangle should fit most of the way around the arm when the sides are brought together, but not all the way (it would be difficult to put on!).

After finishing the last row of the rectangle, ch 15 and attach to first stitch of first row on other side. (I had a hard time keeping the right side of the fabric to the outside, so don't be afraid to twist the chain if necessary). I decided to continue the cluster stitch on part of the sleeve, so I did that for the first 5 rows (when crocheting the clusters in the connecting chain in the armhole, crochet each of the dc in its own ch, not all 4 in one so it doesn't look wonky).
The sleeve at this point is kind of puffy, so I decided to switch over to sc. Work 10 rows of sc, and in the 3rd row, work 5 decreases, spread throughout. For the final row, I did a simple shell pattern (5 dc in one stitch, skip 2, sc, skip 2, 5 dc in one stitch), but you could just leave it off, or do whatever decorative thing you want.
Then, do the same for the other sleeve.

Finally, decide where you want the "collar" to start. I counted over to the middle of the original rectangle (in stitches), then, I left a space wide enough for my neck to comfortably fit through (I think I left either a 15 or 20-stitch wide space). Then, I attached the yarn and did hdc's around to the other side. *I noticed that after trying on just the rectangle and sleeves that it was a bit poofy across the back, so I worked some decreases where the shrug would go under your arm and around to the front to make it fit nicer*. I also did one decrease on the end of each row so the collar would taper down nicely. Work 10 rows of hdc's (or whatever you like) and finish off.

Voila? lol. I'm sure that was as clear as mud! Sorry for my crappy diagram!
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2  They Call Him Mr. Fishy, the AquaFish in CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES by AmanteDelFuego on: September 03, 2008 06:30:59 PM
Well, when I first saw this challenge, I automatically thought of making a cozy for a tube of toothpaste. No idea why. And then I thought, wouldn't it be funny if a fish was swallowing said tube? Yeah, I'm not sure where that came from...I guess fish aren't known for their dental hygiene, are they?

He's crocheted with WW Red Heart yarn, in "ocean". Took like, 20 minutes to make. Now every morning when I brush my teeth, I crack up just looking at him!

So here is Mr. Fishy, searching for some toothpaste.

Mr. Fishy is happy!
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3  Heartagram Motif: Need Help Creating Pattern! in Crochet: Completed Projects by AmanteDelFuego on: August 03, 2008 11:27:40 AM
Hey everyone! First of all, this is a heartagram if you do not know what one is.
It is the symbol for my favorite band (H.I.M.) and I'm thinking of using this to make an afghan or a throw for my brother (who is also a big fan).

This is my version:

I have blocked it with a medium hot iron and some starch. The more I look at it, the more frustrated I get. I came up with the idea for the pattern this morning around 1AM and wrote it down. Obviously, I do not do my best thinking at night! I was so focused on getting the pentagon in the middle right, I totally neglected the inside triangle!!!

Here's what I've got so far:

Ch 12, join with a sl st, ch 1
R1: *Sc in next 2 sc, 3 sc in next sc* repeat once. *Sc in next sc, 3 sc in next sc* repeat twice. Sc in next 2 sc, join with sl st to beg. ch
R2: *Ch 16, sl st in middle of 1st inc (the 4th sc in pentagon)* repeat once. *Ch 6, sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 5, sl st in middle of next inc from prev. rnd* repeat twice, join with a sl st
R3: Sc in ch's with an inc in the 11th ch in the first heart loop, and in the 5th ch in the second heart loop, also work 3 sc in the point of each triangle
R4: Work the same as R3, including increases, but use sl st when you get to where the heart loops meet or the triangles meet to avoid bulkyness.

Any ideas on how to make the whole thing look more...crisp? Pointy? Also, anyone who figures out how to put it in the circle without it looking wonky wins the internet. I've tried 4 times now and can't get it right...I'll keep trying though!

Thanks for looking and for any help/suggestions!

Edited to Add: Here's version 2.0 (more like 9 or 10).

It's getting better. I made the beginning chain bigger, and created the triangle first, and then did the heart loops. At least I can tell it's a Heartagram!
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4  Hello all! Craftster newbie armed with pics... in Crochet: Completed Projects by AmanteDelFuego on: July 27, 2008 02:29:29 PM
Hi everyone! I just found this forum last weekend and was so excited to see that I'm not the only 20-something who likes to crochet! I taught myself how to crochet about 6 years ago from some of my mom's old books (I'm talking from the 60's and 70's). I decided I'd post some pics of my best projects to date.

The ever-popular Martha poncho...it's so cozy. Made with Homespun.

A tote bag/purse. No pattern, just made it up as I went. I tend to do that a lot.

Another purse, this one with pleats (pattern from LionBrand's website, I believe). It's lined with one of my bro's old button up shirts (palm trees!).

The first afghan I've made for myself! I made one similar to it for my friend's wedding and another for my brother and sister-in-law's.

A cabled scarf with tassels. I am so proud of that thing!

The also ever-popular "Light n Airy" tank from LionBrand with heavy modifications. It fits just like a tank, not a babydoll, it's not tunic length, and I added shells around the bust for a little more coverage. Excuse my bra!  Embarrassed

Fitted vest. Please excuse my lack of makeup and the ceiling fan coming out of my head. Mittens (the cat) says "hello"! I started following a pattern for this, but ended up pulling it out and making my own.

Finally, amigurumi's! You all inspired me to try this. I made these for my cousin's first child (a girl named Tessa). They live in Florida, so I figured that a palm tree and octopus were appropriate.

Close up of the Palm Tree:

Thanks for looking! Keep on inspiring me!
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