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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Juno Squirrel Sweater on: July 18, 2010 01:27:25 PM
Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to show off a sweater I just finished.  It's a recreation of the sweater Ellen Page wears in the movie Juno.  My sister requested it, and I took it up as a challenge!

Main Detail:

Sweater Front:

Sweater Back:

My boyfriend modeling it:

I used Elizabeth Zimmermann's Raglan Sweater Pattern to make the bulk of it.  Then I found a cool squirrel knitting chart on the internet and then I drew up an acorn and squiggle pattern for the embellishments  (charts for the squirrels and acorns can be found on my Ravelry Page). 
I couldn't get a collar to come out right, so I ripped it out and added a hood instead, then I made a really long 3 stitch i-cord and I attached a pair of little crocheted acorns as drawstring pulls. 
I also made some pockets.  When I sewed the first one on it looked like an acorn, so I did the second one the same way. 

Hope you guys like it!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Acorn Bag (Alternate Top Pattern Included) on: July 18, 2010 01:02:14 PM
Hey Everyone!

I haven't seen any one post this cute little bag in a while so here is my version of Roman Socks' Little Acorn Project Bag.

Alternate Top Pattern
(Link to my Ravelry Page where there are a few helpful photos for some of the steps):

R1: In a magic ring, ch 2, 8 dc in ring. Join with sls to first dc. (8 st)
R2: ch 2, fpdc around first dc, dc then fpdc in every dc around. Join with sls. (16 st)
(A FPDC is just a double crochet that goes around the post of the stitch of the previous row, rather than in the top.)
R3: ch 2, fpdc around ch from prev row, dc then fpdc in every st around. Join with sls. (32 st)
R4: ch 2, fpdc cluster (start fpdc in fpdc to the right, but before finishing fpdc (2 loops on hook) yo and fpdc into the fpdc to the left (creates a /\ )), dc into stitch behind cluster, dc into next stitch. Repeat fpdc cluster and 2dc around. Join with sls. (48 st)
R5: ch 2, dc in next 3 st, fpdc cluster, dc in st behind cluster, dc in top of fpdc, sk next st, dc in next st, fpdc cluster. Repeat 3 dc and cluster around. Join with sls. (64 st)
R?: Repeat fpdc cluster pattern around, filling in with dc (increase by one dc per row) until the top is the diameter needed (at some point, depending on how tight you crochet, you will have to switch to a front post treble crochet to create larger diamonds).

To create rim:
R?: Repeat fpdc cluster pattern around, filling in with dc but decrease by one dc.
R?: Repeat fpdc cluster pattern around, filling in with dc but decrease by one dc.

If more length is needed:
R?: Repeat fpdc cluster pattern around, filling in with dc, but keep same number of dc as previous round.

If you try out this pattern I suggest using a stiffer yarn, like cotton if possible, otherwise the bag comes out a bit too floppy.  Crocheting over a center strand for the bottom section of the bag can help, and the front post double crochet pattern also adds stiffness to the top.

Hope you guys like it!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Companion Cube (now with free pattern link) on: July 01, 2010 07:31:43 PM
This is the first project I've posted here, I'm usually a pretty avid lurker, so here goes.
This is a project that I continually worked on for about a year and finished last summer.  I'm just posting it now because I was just recently reminded of it after hearing about the Portal 2 game coming out soon. 

Anyhoo, it's made out of Caron's Simply Soft and Lion Brand's Cotton Ease.  It's about 18" cubed (which is actually a lot more volume than I initially imagined), and made up of a lot of small pieces that I had to then (regretfully) stitch together.
Ingredients (all done in single crochet):
1. 24 gray 8” x 8” panels
2. 24 light gray triangular corner pieces
3. 24 light gray long rectangles for corners
4. 32 small light gray triangles for corners
5. 48 small light gray rectangles for corners
6. 24 medium light gray rectangles for corners
7. 6 pink hearts
8. 6 light gray hexagons
9. 24 light gray edge pieces
10. 2 long pink strips


The last one is me dressed up as Chell for Halloween last year.  It was a last minute/night before throw together outfit after looking around the house for a costume, then looking at the cube, and then going and buying an orange kid's prisoner jumpsuit and having to alter it with fabric marker and a quick bit of sewing.  It was a big hit though, a lot of ooh's, aww's, and 'omg, make me one's.

Hope you guys like it!

Edited to add a link to it's Ravelry Project page, which you can use to get to the free pattern.
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