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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How Should I Make This? on: January 17, 2010 12:38:01 AM
I'm looking at this and feeling like I should know how to make it. It's just a headband with a knot, right?

So would I just knit a rectangle, knot it in the center, and then sew the two edges together? Or is there a better way to make this so that I don't have an ugly seam in the back? Also, that doesn't exactly look like stockinette. Any ideas on what that stitch is?

Any help on recreating this or similar patterns would be much appreciated! Thanks.  Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Domo-Kun Fingerless Gloves :D *Now with Pattern* on: January 12, 2010 08:09:28 PM
I made these a while ago for my friend Marla's birthday. I was pretty happy with the result. I think she was too.  Smiley

I'll write up the pattern if anyone's interested, including the mouth and teeth template.

Thanks for looking!

**Edited to add pattern!**
Okay, this is my first serious attempt at writing a pattern, so I hope it makes sense to all of you! Let me know if you have any trouble or if any mistakes need to be corrected.

Size US 7  DPNs
Worsted weight brown yarn (I used Vanna's Choice)
Stitch markers
Red and white felt
Brown thread
Sewing needle
Black buttons

CO 34 sts and divide on DPNs. (It's not necessary, but I used the tubular cast on, which looks great with the 1x1 ribbing used in the cuffs of these gloves. This is a good tutorial for the tubular cast on: http://autoscopia.com/amelia/archives/2005/11/tubular_cast_on.html.)

Work 18 rounds of 1x1 ribbing.
Thumb gusset: K9, pm, M1-L, K1, M1-R, pm, knit remaining sts. Work even for 2 rnds.
Continuing as established, increase 2 sts inside markers every 3 rnds 4 times. (You'll have 11 gusset sts inside markers.) Work 1 rnd even.

Next rnd: K9, place gusset sts on st holder or waste yarn, then CO 1 st over gap for thumb gusset. Knit to end.

Knit 5 rnds even.
Knit 4 rnds in 1x1 ribbing.
BO sts in pattern.

Thumb: Place sts from holder/waste yarn onto 3 DPNs. Join for working in the rnd. Begin stockinette st. On the first rnd, pick up 3 sts around the area where the 1 st was CO. Work 4 rnds in 1x1 rib. BO in pattern. Weave in all ends.

Then, use these templates to cut out red and white felt pieces for Domo's mouth:

Sew both teeth pieces onto the red mouth piece, then sew the whole mouth onto the gloves. Sew on Domo's black button eyes, and you're done!

BTW, you may want to resize the mouth and teeth to your liking. It's up to you.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Felt onto Knit Fabric on: August 29, 2009 03:57:47 PM
Hello all. I've recently had the idea of selling wrist warmers with cute felt appliques stitched onto them. So I'd just be whipstitching felt onto an area of stockinette stitch which is easy enough, but I'm worried about how to secure the tiny sewing thread when I'm done. Would a knot onto the purl side be enough to secure it? It seems like an inelegant method, but I don't know any other way this could be done.

I just want my stitching to be secure, since these are meant to be worn, and I don't want to sell anything that could easily loosen after repeated use.

Thanks for any help!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 'Nother Headband (Now with Pattern!) on: July 25, 2009 03:52:24 PM
I found a huge pack of garishly colored cheapy yarn (sometimes my favorite kind of yarn) at a thrift store, and I thought all the odd amounts and colors would be nice for making headbands. And I'm thinking this one is the first of many.

It's such a simple project, and there's plenty of room for embellishments. I'll post the pattern if anyone's interested.

ETA: Pattern, yay!  Cheesy
Headband Pattern

Yarn: worsted yarn, in two different colors
Hook: Size G

Ch 2
Row 1: sc 2 in second ch from hook, ch1, turn (2 sc)
Row 2:  sc 2 in each ch, ch 1, turn (4 sc)
Row 3: sc across, ch 1, turn (4 sc)
Rows 4-5: sc 2 in first ch, sc to last ch, sc 2 in last ch, ch 1, turn (8 sc)
Row 6: sc across, ch 1, turn

Repeat row 6 until headband measures approximately 17" from tip, or whatever length you are comfortable with. Keep in mind that the decrease rows will add about 1" after this point.

Decreasing Rows:
Row 1: dec across first 2 sc, sc to last 2 ch, dec (6 sc)
Row 2: sc across (6 sc)
Rows 3-5: Repeat row 1 (1 sc)
 Fasten off.

Look on the sides of your headband. See the gaps between the rows of sc? Crochet your contrasting color into these.

In the first one, sl st and ch 1, then sc 2. Sc 2 into each space around headband. For the very tips, sc 3. Sl st into the first space you started, then fasten off.

Cut three strands of yarn, each about 54" long. I chose 2 in the main color, and 1 in the contrasting color. Fold them in half and pull loop through the tip of the headband with your crochet hook. Pull yarn through the loop and tighten.

Braid the yarn, then make a knot when the tie is long enough. I stopped when mine was about 12" long.

And that's it! If I left anything out or you have any questions, feel free to ask!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Orange and Blue Owlet on: July 18, 2009 01:11:22 AM
I've made a ridiculous amount of these owls, but I quite like this little guy. I think it's the blue and orange that make my eyes so happy.  Smiley

He's made from bulky yarn, and I made up the pattern.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Amigurumi Peacock Attempt--Suggestions Needed on: July 11, 2009 08:43:24 PM
Hello all! So I'm trying to design an amigurumi peacock, and after looking at some pictures of the splendorous bird, I realized they have some funny little feathers that stick straight out of the top of their heads.
Like so.

Any ideas on how I could create those? I'm just not sure how I'd get them to stick up like that.  Huh

Thanks for any help!
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