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51  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / basketweave and post stitches hat (with very brief walkthrough) [6 images] on: December 04, 2013 10:19:07 AM

The hat, in all its finished glory. Please ignore my creeper eyebrows; they just do that sometimes.

So, this hat came together because I wanted to practice the basketweave stitch and some basic front post and back post stitches. It was originally going to grow up a be a scarf, so it started as a flat object:

And then I got impatient, as sometimes happens, and I was right at the point where the strip would wrap around my head comfortably, so I pulled the short ends together and slip stitched them to make a circle:

It looks like it Im working unevenly, but that was just how the fabric was curling as I was working mixed with my questionable photography skills. I matched it up end-to-end repeatedly to make certain the seam was straight.

Once I was certain the seam was straight (only had to backtrack twice!), I did a chain one at the top of the seam and started double crocheting in the side of the stitches that made up the brim:

Ive done this sort of style a few different times. I like it because it allows me to make a really interesting brim and throw a nice, simple stitch on the crown of the hat without having to work in the round the whole time. My best piece of advice, if youre working like this, is to remember that even when working with taller stitches like double crochets, you still only need one stitch per side stitch to keep your work evenly shaped. It can be tempting (as Ive learned through practice) to worry that youre not going to have enough stitches and add in extras that end up giving you a lumpy hat.

Anyway, thats my tip. Back to the fun stuff!

So, I worked my way around, and I put post stitches every six stitches because I knew it would give me even distribution even with turning. I alternated between front post and back post stitches every round:

You can see how nicely the front and back post stitches stand out against the fabric and how they give the crown a nice pop of interest. Im actually really fond of how the decreases turned out at the top because I kept doing post stitches until I just couldnt anymore, and I got a nice, gathered look:

As soon as I saw it from the top, I realized it would have made a really great spider hat, but thats a project for another time.

I like how this came out, but Ive got some notes to sharpen up the overall look. I think the brim sections where I alternate between basketweave and post stitches are all a little too long, so Id like to shorten them, and Id also like to try this pattern with a few different yarns, just to see how the fit varies. Its a good thing its cold out. Everyone I know right now is scrambling for hats.

Let me know if you have any questions. I think this one might become a pattern, so knowing if theres stuff that needs explained is always good.
52  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: corner start blanket + scrap scarf (5 images) on: December 02, 2013 10:27:42 AM
It is a very pretty blanket - and I haven't seen the stitch before, either. But it looks fun.

Thank you! It was really easy to get into the groove of the stitch and make things quickly. I think I like it especially because it's easy to size out what you need, so you can do something as small as a dishcloth or scarf or go big like I did and basically keep building until you're out of yarn.
53  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: corner start blanket + scrap scarf (5 images) on: December 02, 2013 09:27:51 AM
I've never seen this stitch before but you made a lovely job of this throw.

Thank you! Part of that is the yarn, I think, and I'm sad it's discontinued. It works up so well.
54  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Soft Mint Baby Sweater on: November 25, 2013 10:09:57 PM
This is lovely! Your stitch work looks great, and I bet it'll be treasured even if it doesn't fit for very long. Smiley
55  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / corner start blanket + scrap scarf (5 images) on: November 25, 2013 10:07:40 PM
So, I think the corner start project and I are going to be friends for a little while. I like how it works up, and it hasn't gotten boring to watch the stair-step nature of it turn into a square or a rectangle, so it's a pretty boss stitch.

I made a blanket using yarn I found at a liquidation center and bought by the literal basket full. I thought I'd gotten the same number of skeins, but either I was wrong, or I screwed up when adding the blue to the pink because I ended up a few rows short, so my fun color block blanket because a snowtopped blanket. Whoops.

These are the only in-progess photos I thought to snap (I get in the zone when I start), but you can see the stair-step pattern you get when you work the corner-start, and the second one shows the close-up where I'd started pulling my stitches in. The very top pink stitch in the bottom picture is the full width of the blanket. Those blue stitches across show you how far I'd decreased at that point. The entire time I was working the blue, the blue corners only got two rows above the pink corners because I was working the other half of the square at a diagonal.

Finished shot (pardon the mess). That's a queen-size bed, to give you an idea for scale. The top corner in cream is Lion Brand Jiffy, and I'm glad I had some lying around as I think it compliments the other colors nicely.

Super basic "action" shot for funsies. It'll make a perfect lap blanket as the weather gets colder up here. The blue and pink yarns are pretty heavy, so it has a nice weight but still manages to drape beautifully.

Speaking of drape, I found myself with a skein and a bit extra of the Jiffy and the last bits of the blue and pink lying about, so I whipped up this:

Same corner-start stitch, just a much smaller scale.

I'm hoping to learn basketweave soon, but I just had a friend ask for a corner-start scarf of her own (not this one), and as she picked out the yarn for anything I wanted to make her months ago, I am honor-bound by rules of being the crafty friend to make it in a stitch I know she likes. More practice, says I!
56  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Stripey Poncho on: November 25, 2013 09:56:29 PM
I love the colors and that the stripes are not all the same width.  Very cute!

Thank you! The stripes got changed because I got bored and didn't want to change colors as often. Deeply important design decision, clearly. Smiley
57  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Stripey Poncho on: November 22, 2013 09:51:42 AM
I wouldn't have guessed that this started as anything but a stripey grown-up poncho Smiley. It looks warm and the colors are great.

Thanks! I managed to figure out it was too big at basically the exact right time to start increases, so there was definitely some luck involved. It is very cozy but light enough to wear with a long-sleeved top, so it's great for work.
58  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Stripey Poncho on: November 22, 2013 09:50:31 AM
Good idea turning it into something else!

I do love a happy accident, especially when it basically gives me a blanket I can wear to work.
59  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Stripey Poncho on: November 21, 2013 02:18:32 PM
So, it was supposed to be a baby sweater, but I fail at baby sizes, and after being informed it was gonna be way too big for a baby, I realized what I'd made fit over my head and figured I'd take a shot at making a poncho.

It's all double crochet with an I-hook, worked top down. I worked joining rounds without turning and increased on every round until it was wide enough to fit around my shoulders with some ease.

The front/back post dcs in the bottom half came about due to some boredom with just working the same stitch over and over and over again. I've never really done f/bpdcs, so getting some practice in was nice.

It's made from Red Heart Soft, and I'm looking forward to throwing it through the wash to see how it softens up further. It's a bit tighter in the arms than I intended, and not as flowy as I was expecting, but I made a poncho to figure out how to make a poncho, so I've got some ideas for the next run.

It's warm, and that's all I was going for in the end besides the practice.
60  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Hematite Frame Bead Bracelet on: November 20, 2013 03:49:47 PM
It's so pretty! I did something similar with some small beads and (I think) those exact same square beads and made some earrings. I really like the bright, clear beads paired with the dark, square beads. And the findings are lovely.
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