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11  Eggs and Bacon in Crochet: Completed Projects by mk_carroll on: September 08, 2005 01:46:58 AM
Here's the crochet pattern I came up with for the Fry-Up handbag!

(note: the bacon on this bag is knitted - I don't have a photo of the crochet bacon, unfortunately)

CROCHET Bacon and Eggs
Adapted from the 1979 Jackie Magazine Fry-Up Knitted Handbag Pattern (thanks to the Cult45 Bookshop website; check out the Knitalong at Sheep in the City ).

sl = slip
ch = chain
sc = single crochet (American)
hdc = half double crochet (American)
dc = double crochet (American)
MC = main color
CC = contrast color

Gauge: 20sts/16rows = 4/10cm

No yarn amounts given small enough so that I use scraps.
Eggs: Leave long tails with the MC and then stuff the tails into the back of the yolk to keep it supported.
Bacon: Size can be adjusted easily

Large eggs (about diameter)
G/6 4.25mm hook
Worsted weight yarn, yellow[MC] and white[CC]
Chain 5, join to form loop
1) 2 hdc in ea st
2) 2 hdc every 2nd st
3) 2 hdc every 3rd st
4) 2 hdc every 4th st
5) work 1 round even
6) switch to CC.  2 hdc ea st.
7) 2 hdc every 2nd st
8. 2 hdc every 3rd st
9) 2 hdc every 4th st

Small eggs (about 3 diameter)
G/6 4.25mm hook
Worsted weight yarn, yellow (MC) and white (CC)
Ch 6, join
1) single crochet twice in each (12)
2) join with sl st, ch1.  hdc in first st, hdc twice in every 2nd st
3) join with sl st, ch1.  hdc in each st.
4) join with sl st, ch1.  *hdc in two sts, hdc twice in 3rd st*
5) join with sl st.  Using CC, ch 1.  2 hdc in ea st.
6) join with sl st, ch1. hdc in first st, hdc twice in every 2nd st
7) join with sl st, ch1, hdc twice in every 3rd st

G/6 4.25mm hook
Worsted weight yarn, dark red [MC] and cream [CC]

With MC, ch 52
1) dc in 3rd st fr hk.  dc all rem
2) change to CC, cut MC.  Ch1, single crochet all.
3) change to MC, cut CC, leaving a tail at least as long as the piece.  Ch1, sc all.
4) change to CC, cut MC.  Ch2, dc all.
5) change to MC, cut CC, leaving a tail at least as long as the piece.  Sl st all. 
Cut yarn and weave in MC ends.
Using a tapestry needle and the long tail of CC, do a running stitch through the CC rows: on the right side, the width of one stitch, on the wrong side, the width of 3 10 stitches (try to make it fairly random).  Repeat with the second tail.  Pull gently on the tail ends, gathering the bacon into ruffles.  Adjust to your preferred look and knot the tail ends. 
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12  Gay Teen Ideas for Knitting and Crocheting (1948) in Vintage Craft Projects by mk_carroll on: August 08, 2005 11:58:59 PM

gay = happy, people.

Please note that the crocheted Tyrolean suspenders go with one of the crocheted headbands.

During WWII, teenaged girls writing to sailors overseas was a good thing!

Some of the terms used 50+ years ago have different meanings today.

"Listen, something pretty pulsating is going on. The coke crowd's going to town with its very own knitting and crocheting Teen Fashions, smooth and super with plenty of paprika to make those beaux' eyes blink. One swift look-see inside is enough to make any girl with an oz. of get-up-and-go in her veins take to her needles. Want a ski outfit that'll make you Queen of the Snow Carnival? Try your hand at Chilly Sauce on page 12. Looking for some glamour-drama? The P.M. sweater on page 15 is your dish. Get a load of the New-some Two-some jerkin and beanie that'll make you a Scenic Distraction! Talking about scenery, Here's looking at You (page 11) gives you some hot clues on how to improve your own. Try the fashion quiz and get hep to who's going with who in the Gadget Gallery. A couple of skeins of yarn and strict attention to the Directions in the back of the book and take a look, you're an Eyeful for merely a Trifle! directions for making coke jackets page 27"

Yeah, the girls in the coke crowd may well have quite a bit of get-up-and-go, maybe even needles...
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13  Maki Sushi TP Cozy (knit version tutorial) in Knitting: Completed Projects by mk_carroll on: April 04, 2005 03:01:35 PM
Maki Sushi Toilet Paper Cozy, all knit version

Maki Sushi Toilet Paper Cozy, crochet+knit version

My original crochet and crochet + knit versions are available for free in the first issue of CrochetMe magazine.  The knit version below has been rewritten as of September 2007 to address some design issues.  If you really want the very first version of this knit pattern, it's still available on my blog.  
US #6/4mm double pointed needles
worsted weight yarn, white and black (this pattern doesn't use much; you could get several cozies from a single skein of each color)
scrap yarns in assorted colors, as desired for filling
blunt yarn needle
stitch marker (or coilless safety pin)
roll of toilet paper to use as a fitting model

gauge is not vital to this project, as you will be fitting it to the model as you go.  

glossary of terms:
yf = yarn forward.  This is an increase - like doing a yarn over (yo) but taking the yarn from the back of the needle to the front of the needle.  If you don't like it, use a different increase, like kfb (knit front and back) or m1 (make one).

CO 8, divide among 4 needles.  Mark beginning of round.
1) k all
2) *yf, k1* = 16 sts
3) k all
4) *yf, k2* = 24 sts
5) k all
6) *yf, k1* = 32 sts
7) k all
8) *yf, k9* = 40 sts
9) k all
10) *yf, k5* = 48 sts
12) k all
13) *yf, k6* = 56 sts
15) k all
check for fit if it almost fits the top of the tp roll, continue with nori.  If its not quite there, continue, checking for fit and moving on to nori when youve reached the desired diameter:
16) *yf, k7* = 64 sts
17) k all
18) *yf, k8* = 72 sts
19) k all
20) *yf, k9* = 80 sts
21) k all
22) *yf, k10* = 88 sts
23) k all

switch to black yarn.  Knit one round, purl one round, then knit all following rounds until sides measure 4.5/11.5cm or 1/2 shorter than desired length.  Work k1, p1 ribbing for 3 rounds and bind off.

Return to the beginning - using yarn needle, thread tail through first 6 sts and draw together to close the center.  

Weave in all ends.

using scrap yarns and blunt yarn needle, stitch in fillings as desired.  I marked off the inner 7 rounds and kept the fillings within that perimeter.  Recommended: acquire maki sushi for study purposes and then eat.

- more sushi + knitting: super tasty sushi stitch markers at Amyville.com!  She also has cupcake, donut, and chocolate.
-use a boucl yarn for the rice
- larger needles, like US 7 (4.5mm) or 8 (5mm), will save you some time and the results will still look good; the toilet paper might show through a little.
- glue or sew on pieces of felt or other fabric instead of embroidering the fillings
-if working on double pointed needles is not your idea of a good time, you can work the pattern back and forth in stockinette and then seam it up at the end.
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14  MagKnits Pirate Lil in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by mk_carroll on: March 08, 2005 12:55:22 PM
I've realized that the photos with the pattern published on MagKnits are cute, but don't give a really clear image of what the finished dress looks like, so here's a scan:

I've got a rough draft of the schematic posted on my blog as well.  Thanks!
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15  Re: my piggy camera cozy in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by mk_carroll on: January 16, 2005 10:56:13 PM
i'm just starting my own piggy ipod cozy! [though i think i'll try modifying it a bit - i'd like it to be a cat & not a pig!]

Easy peasy.  Use the piggy ear pattern and cut out felt for the bunny teeth, but trim them into points instead of rectangles.  I really did have one that ran off with my car...

Quote from: sukireru
however, i'm at the point where the directions say to purl stitches for the face onto the main part [it's a bag shape sort of]. i'm such a novice knitter, & don't quite understand how this is doable. if you have the time, would you please enlighten a fellow knitter? :3, thanks so much in advance!
Pu = pick up.  At this point, you should have the completed rectangle for the body, sewn up the side.  Choose the side you want the flap to be on.  Pick up 10 stitches and knit them (that will be the first row of garter stitch).  Instructions for "picking up stitches" are on page 263.

Please post a photo when you are done!
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16  Re: Catwarming Set - SNBN in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by mk_carroll on: January 10, 2005 04:30:28 PM
I made one with scrap yarn and stuffed it with scrap yarn and my sister named it Squee.

Squee met Harley, a rat terrier.

Harley really likes Squee.

I sewed Squee up again, but the H Bomb undid all that in a minute.  At least he likes it!
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17  Re: knitting for choice? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by mk_carroll on: January 10, 2005 01:51:30 AM
Is it time to start a post for this in the Knitalong forum?

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18  SNBN mobile cozy errata in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by mk_carroll on: November 06, 2004 11:23:13 PM
I haven't gotten my copy of the book yet, so I'm not certain this is errata - if someone has a copy of the book, would you let me know if I'm right about the following info missing from the pattern?

1. The pattern doesn't tell you how to make the ears stand up.

I don't know how the stylists got the ears to stand up.  My pattern results in floppy bunny ears, which is darn hard to photograph so that you can see they are bunny ears.  I'm guessing it would be pretty easy to just thread in pipe cleaners to get the ears to stand up - just straight up the ear if you just want them up.  Or maybe whipstitch a pipe cleaner around the edge of the ear with matching sewing thread so that they can be shaped?  I'll ask Deb and see if she knows.

2. The pattern doesn't list the turquoise yarn. 

The pattern only lists black and pink for yarns.  That's not really an error - originally, the pattern was going to call for pink and turquoise, but it turns out that the turquoise works up to a different gauge.  This happens sometimes - different colors of the same yarn can be slightly different in weight, and in this case, enough so that there's a definite size difference.  I decided to change the bunny color to black, but sent the turquoise sample in anyway, with a note about the size problem - I didn't think it would get photographed.  Oops.

...and a couple of closeups so you can get another look at the cozies:

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