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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Create your own Boye Needlemaster interchangeable cables! on: May 22, 2013 08:20:25 PM
Ooh, I may have to try this. I don't know if it's a fluke, but I got a bad set of cables in my Needlemaster. One of them has a piece of the plastic chipped off so it's constantly catching my yarn and another has an end where the screw twists around so it kinks up when I'm knitting.
I may have to snag your buffer idea too because one of my size 10s has a rough lip that keeps snagging whenever I knit with it. Hopefully I can sand it down because it's not functional right now.
Thanks for the post.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Epic Battle with Link, or Why I'm On Hiatus from Crocheting on: September 22, 2011 09:03:55 PM
This is fantastic! I never played Zelda, but I can appreciate how much work went into this after having made a tetris lapghan for a friend's engagement. If you don't mind, would you share the pattern for your squares? They look so pretty! Smiley
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I want your brains. Rawr, nom nom! (With Tutorial) on: September 22, 2011 08:55:51 PM
Thank you, Sue. The brains were the hardest part to do and they look prettier than I was hoping for. This is probably one of the goofiest hats I've ever made. Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Owls & Monkeys, oh my! HATS! HATS! on: September 15, 2011 11:25:13 AM
Thank you, TechincolorAquahearts. Smiley
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Button-flap cloche (Pattern included) on: September 09, 2011 09:10:26 AM
I have a friend who really loves vintage items. Anything that looks vintage is her "thing" so I decided to make up a crochet hat pattern that would pay homage to her taste. I came up with this:

I don't know how many people are as in love with the Roaring 20s as she is, but I figured I'd post the pattern anyway for those who are.

You start with a very basic hat "base". I prefer to use an I-hook and worsted weight yarn, preferably Red Heart Super Saver (seriously, I should be a VIP with their company considering how much business they get from me.  Cheesy )

I begin with a magic circle.
1. Chain 3, double crochet 11 times (in this and all rounds, chain-3 counts as a DC). Join with a slip stitch. (12 DC).

2. Double crochet twice in each stitch around. Join with slip stitch. (24 DC).

3. Double crochet in a pattern of (2 in stitch, 1 in next stitch). (36 DC).

4. Double crochet in a pattern of (2 in stitch, 1 in next stitch, 1 in next stitch). (48 DC).

Work 8 rows double crochet around (or the amount needed to comfortably fit on your head).

Work 3 rows of single crochet. I switched to a different color for the last round, but that's up to you.

Begin by sewing a guide using scrap yarn for the width you want your hat flap to be. I chose a small-ish flap, but you can go as big as you want.

Use scrap yarn of a contrasting color to sew a "guide" for where you want your hat band to end. I would suggest putting the hat on your head and looping some yarn into your last row of stitches to show where you want your guide so that you don't make the flap too short or too long, but it's all about what works best for you.

Sew an embroidery chain (A great video tutorial can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGbj_VmcIR0)
Using a tapestry needle, pull the tail of your yarn through to the back (this makes it easier to hide the ends when you've finished). Your working yarn should still be at the front of your hat. Use your finger to hold the tail in place so it doesn't pull through or sew your tail into your hat--whichever fits your preference.

1. Single crochet into each embroidery chain you made. In my case, I had a chain one and seven single crochet. Chain one and turn.

2. Working through back loops only, single crochet across. This technique is what creates the nice ribbed effect across the flap. If you're not sure how to do that, there's a nice picture guide here of how to identify back, front & both loops: http://www.redheart.com/files/workinback_zoom.jpg

3. Continue to work back and forth, single crocheting across through back loops only until your hat band is the approximate length you want.

This next part is optional. If you want your band to have a square edge, you're finished! Simply fasten off your yarn and skip to step 5.

4. Single crochet into your first stitch. Locate your middle stitch and complete a shell. In my case, I used a seven-double crochet shell. Locate your last stitch, single crochet, chain 1 and turn. Work a round of single crochet across each stitch. Fasten off.

5. Using a contrasting color (or the same, it's your preference), single crochet around the "loose" flap of the hat. This hides away all the rough edges of the flap. Fasten off and weave in all your ends.

6. Pick a button and sew onto the hat through both the band and the hat.

7. Put hat on head and enjoy!

I've tried to explain as best as I can how to make the hat, but if you have any questions, feel free to comment and I'll do my best to help. I'm self-taught so my explanations may not always make sense to other people (I've tried to explain knitting before and shudder at the thought of ever doing it again).

Also, if you use the pattern, post pictures. I'd love to see what other people come up with!  Grin
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I want your brains. Rawr, nom nom! (With Tutorial) on: September 09, 2011 08:39:51 AM
I've never attempted to explain how I've done a hat before, but I'm going to do my best since Halloween is fast approaching & I think this little gem would be much appreciated:

For this pattern, I used Red Heart Super Saver. It looks like a lime green, but I think the color name is "Spring Green".

I used an I/9 hook and I honestly don't use a gauge for my hats. I usually just test fit and work more rows if it's too short. (I know I offend the Gods of Crochet by saying that, but I promise, I test gauge with big or very important projects).

A lot of what I did was fooling around & I didn't actually write a pattern so I'll give a general idea of what I did for that. Smiley

I'm going to write out the pattern rather than abbreviate so hopefully it will be user-friendly for beginners.

Base Hat
First off, you make your base hat. For an adult, I usually increase to 48 stitches.

At the end of each round, you will join with a slip stitch & chain three to begin the next round. Chain-threes count as your first DC.

1. Start with a magic ring. Chain three and double crochet 11 times (12 DC). Join with a slip stitch.

2. Double crochet two times into each stitch around. Because your chain-three counts as a double crochet, you would only double crochet once into the first stitch after the chain three. (24 DC) Join with a slip stitch.

3. Double crochet around in a pattern of (2 double crochet in stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch). I tend to count "1, 2, 3" as I work around the pattern to remind me that I am, in effect, working three stitches for each pattern repeat. (36 DC). Join with a slip stitch.

4. Double crochet around in a pattern of (2 double crochet in stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch). I count "1, 2, 3, 4" as I work each pattern repeat (make sure you've only covered 3 of your stitches from the previous round). (48 DC). Join with a slip stitch.

5 - 12. Double crochet around. You will continue to work a double crochet into the first stitch after your chain-3 so you will not continue to have 48 stitches. If you do, there's a chance the hat will end up being too tight and will only fit a child.
At the end of round 12, I had 56 stitches.

Test the fit of your hat. If you feel it's too short, feel free to work more rounds to lengthen it to a comfortable fit.

13 & 14 (OPTIONAL). Using a smaller hook, single crochet around. Join with a slip stitch. I did this to help tighten the fit on the hat, but it's up to you.

For the brains, I didn't write a specific pattern.
I used scrap thread to sew on a basic guideline for how I thought brains should move around.
I then made an embroidery chain (a video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGbj_VmcIR0).
After I finished the chain, I simply crocheted around, varying between single crochets, skipped stitches, double crochets & shells of 5-9 double crochet.
That's the best way I can think of to explain it. I felt like it should be kinda whimsical since brains don't make a lot of sense. Smiley
I then worked a circle of embroidery chain around that and used my green to crochet random shells & single crochet around to look like torn flesh.

For the eyeball, I started with "Cherry Red" & then changed to white.

1. Make a magic ring. Chain three & double crochet 11 times into the ring. (12 DC) Join with a slip stitch.
NOTE: When you have the last two loops of your last double crochet on your hook, pick up your white yarn & pull finish the double crochet. Cut your red yarn leaving a nice long tail and begin to work the rest of the stitches in white.
2. Single crochet around working a pattern of (2 single crochet in one stitch, 1 single crochet in the next, 1 single crochet in the next). I'm not sure if that's what I did because it's hard to see the stitches, but it sounds about right.
3. Work row two again.
4. Work sc around each row.
5. Begin decreasing. I think I worked a pattern of decreasing every other stitch.
Repeat round 5 until there are only a few stitches left.
Stuff the eyeball with scrap yarn or fiberfill. I used scrap yarn.
Sew your eyeball closed, leaving a long tail. Pull tight & use the tail to sew the eye onto the hat.

Take some black scrap yarn and sew it in an X to make the "missing" eye.

I hope that made sense to all of you. If not, feel free to comment here and I'll try to explain as best as possible. Also, if you feel I made any errors in the pattern, let me know. Sometimes my brain runs faster than I type.  Undecided
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Owls & Monkeys, oh my! HATS! HATS! on: September 09, 2011 08:08:23 AM
Thanks, susieinthesky!

More pictasticness!!

Made from Aran Fleck red heart super saver with Bright Yellow eyes & black edging and beak.

Made from Medium Brown & Coffee Red Heart Super Saver, plus a splash of Perfect Pink on one of the ears.

Made from Light blue with Royal edging.

Made from Buff Fleck with light blue eyes & Coffee beak.

Made from Paddy Green & lime green

Made with Turqua, Cherry Chip, & Shaded brown Red Heart Super Saver & the black is from Red Heart's super soft, which I bought on accident
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Owls & Monkeys, oh my! HATS! HATS! on: August 13, 2011 07:39:23 PM
Thanks, Antidigger & fibreartist4life.

Just finished another one a few minutes ago.

This hat was made with Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Zebra and the "extra" bits were done with Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Navy blue. I used buttons from my notions stash & some scraps of Bright Yellow for the beak (also Red Heart Super Saver yarn).
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Owls & Monkeys, oh my! HATS! HATS! on: August 13, 2011 02:53:00 PM
I've decided to post some hats I made lately that were pretty simple and fun to make. It took multiple skeins of yarn and buttons in order to make them, but I've had a lot of compliments.
The pattern I created uses double crochet, double crochet decrease, joining in the round, use a magic loop, single crochet & reverse single crochet (aka crab stitch). I will not be posting the pattern because of the concern that someone will sell it as their own.

This hat was made with two colors of Red Heart Super Saver yarn--Cherry Chip & Turqua. I used buttons from my notions stash & some scraps of Bright Yellow for the beak (also Red Heart Super Saver yarn).

This hat was made with two colors of Red Heart Super Saver yarn--Coffee & Carrot. I used buttons from my notions stash & some scraps of Bright Yellow for the beak & part of the braided ties (also Red Heart Super Saver yarn).

This hat was made with Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Sandy Print. I used buttons from my notions stash for the eyes, Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Cherry Red for the "hat", edging & mouth as well as scraps of Caron's Simply Soft in Bone for the rest of the mouth.

Picture of my favorite little man wearing the Sock Monkey hat.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Tetris Lapghan on: May 24, 2011 10:10:54 AM
Thanks, Tentbruiser. I've seen a granny square blanket that was created to look like picture with a school bus in it which is also a lot less granny-ish.
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