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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Lord of the Rings Afghan on: May 14, 2012 03:18:10 PM
Sorry to be bumping this, I realize that it's pretty old, but if the OP would consider detailing how they: 1) adapted the patterns they used and 2) describing how they put the parts together, it would be greatly appreciated!
A friend of mine is willing to pay me if I make this for him, so I must also ask if there are any copyright issues surrounding that.

If I can PM the OP about this, that would work too.
Thanks, all!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: 8-bit Headache on: September 30, 2011 07:07:02 AM
This is great! I'll try this technique over the weekend, but it looks like this will be perfect as long as I can do it with sc.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: 8-bit Headache on: September 30, 2011 04:56:30 AM
I really like the foundation stitch method, and am getting the general sense that everyone here does too!
However, I'm still concerned that the increases will be too slope-y and triangular.
Maybe it would just be better to do this as separate blocks/strips and stitch them together.
And don't get too excited for an end product yet. As a starving college student, my yarn budget is nada. And this will require a lot of colors. I may do the pattern in a single color just to get a feel for what it's like.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Epic Battle with Link, or Why I'm On Hiatus from Crocheting on: September 30, 2011 04:46:19 AM
This is fabulous! Cheesy
I'm a huge Zelda nerd, so I have to ask, where did you get such an awesome husband?! Tongue
Also, what pattern did you use for the squares?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: How important is the way you hold your hook? on: September 29, 2011 09:00:08 PM
I taught myself to crochet from the Reader's Digest Needlework book, which said that both ways are perfectly acceptable. I felt most comfortable with the knife hold. I tried the pencil hold once for kicks, but I just can't do it, I feel like I can't control my yarn.
I don't really think it matters, as long as the end product turns out well.
On a side note, how do you all hold your working yarn? I have a strange way of holding that I can't really describe right now because I don't have any yarn on me.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: newbie questions : crocheting in rounds, versus joining or turning -bad idea? on: September 29, 2011 08:51:24 PM
I alternate between the two methods, personally.
I like the organization of joining rounds, but I like the way spiral-worked rounds look, very clean and neat.
It's a matter of personal preference, I think. I suppose I prefer the spiral for aesthetic purposes.
The hat looks wonderfully cozy!  Cheesy
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What yarn is this? on: September 29, 2011 08:46:23 PM
I'm almost 100% sure that's Homespun, as fancycrafter suggested. I have the same yarn in different colors.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: looking for a free shrug/bolero pattern on: September 29, 2011 08:41:20 PM
Without looking at this in depth yet, crochetpatterncentral has great selection of shrugs and boleros: http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/shrugs_boleros.php
The stitch is intriguing, it looks a lot like the Triforce, actually.
While not the same stitch, this is similar http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/Apparel/LC1478+Crochet+Black+Lace+Bolero.htm
If anything, that can tell you how it may be worked.
I'll keep on the lookout.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / 8-bit Headache on: September 29, 2011 08:32:12 PM
Hello all!

I'm new here, so I'm hoping you'll all be gentle  Cheesy

Anyways, to the subject of the thread. I've been crocheting for over two years and it's high time I start working on developing my own pattern!
Here is the subject of my crochet devotion http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/nyan-cat-pop-tart-cat, Nyan Cat.
I began looking for a pattern for a Nyan cat scarf a few weeks ago and found a few decent ones, the most notable being Kelley Freeman's on ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nyan-poptart-cat-scarf
However, I would much rather have Nyan cat captured in its original, 8-bit form. I mean, that's the cat I fell in love with.
Steps taken so far:
1. Obtained graph version from angeldeathwarrior's deviantart: http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/220/1/e/nyan_cat_by_angeldeathwarrior-d45umtq.jpg
2. Enlarged it in Excel, 1 pixel = a 4x4 sc square

I'm having issues with the method, however. I'm not quite sure how to work the increases and decreases.
With a normal inc/dec, you get an edge that looks sloped:

But nyan cat is not slope-y! I need a way to make it go more like a block:

Here's a method for dec in filet crochet that may work: http://www.smart-knit-crocheting.com/filet-crocheting.html (Example #1)
I haven't found a viable method for inc yet.
What do you all think would be best?

- drowninginpaper
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