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21  ADVICE NEEDED on scarf for boyfriend in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by craft-matic on: December 10, 2006 08:03:11 AM
Okay, I was inspired by the yellow and black scarf from Knitty with the decomposing checkers.  


But I also thought, because my boyfriend is a software engineer, that it would be fun to disguise a message in ASCII binary, where grey squares are  0s and black squares are 1s.  

I made up a pattern for each.  I think the checkers look a little nicer, but I love the idea of a coded message in a scarf.

The material I've selected is the silk/merino blend by jaggerspun, with a fine stitch.  It's very soft and has a nice sheen to it.  I'm actually using a very dark grey with a mid-grey.

The one on the left is the ASCII and the one on the right is the checker.  I'm trying to decide which of these to make.  I'm balancing sentiment and fun against aesthetics.  Do any of you have any thoughts?  If any of you have men you can query, especially ones who are computer people, that would be *most* appreciated!
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22  Block stamp stencils: Dandelion, leaves, pattern in Stenciling: Completed Projects by craft-matic on: October 31, 2006 02:48:50 PM
My dear auntie gave me some Staedtler's Carving Medium (for rubber stamp making) to play around with, and I made some stamps.  I decided to use them with Pebeo heat-set fabric paint.  I painted it on the stamp, stuck it on the shirt, and ironed on high.  

I don't think I'd use the carving medium for art stamping, but I liked it with the fabric.  And the pebeo was a nice texture; it goes on somewhere between opaque and dye-like, so it looks like an aged screenprint.  My stamps are a bit sloppy, as I'm still getting the hang of things.  I'd like to do a few more, and maybe put them on dishcloths, in addition to shirts, and maybe some receiving blankets, for Christmas gifts.  

I hope you like them.  The leaves and the Asian-style print were inspired by Amy Butler's new fabrics.  The dandelion was inspired by....dandelions.  

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23  V. simple lariat-type necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by craft-matic on: October 19, 2006 03:02:28 PM
The title says it all.  This is just three strands, about 3 1/2 feet in length, folded in half & looped through.  Yep.  Simple.  But I like it.

Some alternative stylings:

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24  Edwardian bolero. But NO fleurchons. **Now with basic pattern** in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by craft-matic on: October 03, 2006 07:53:09 AM
Salvaged this fabric from the sleeves of a reconned sweatshirt.  This doesn't keep any of the structure of the sweatshirt, so I'm putting it in the "original" section.

There wasn't much of a pattern to this.  Just basic front panels and a back panel, added some little sleeves, the collar, darted a little.  The scraps were small, so I adopted a frankenstein aesthetic, and took the "use all fabric" mantra from the recent Runway challenge.

I'm proud of this, because it's the first thing I've made with sleeves (woohoo!) to say nothing of gathery poofy ones.  So.  Voi-la:

Edit 2:  I have put together a picture of the pattern pieces here, with instructions.  Because of the size limits, the picture isn't totally clear, but hopefully you can see what's going on here, and read the instructions.  If you want a larger image file with the instructions, pm me and I will send it to you via email.  Or else try to save and zoom.  


Thanks for all the loverly comments!
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25  Armani petal skirt--now with photo (silly me) in Designer Clothing Homage by craft-matic on: September 20, 2006 06:07:13 AM
Love this skirt.  Love it.  Can't you see it in a jersey instead of this silk for everyday wearability?  

Do you suppose it's just a half circle wrapped around front, cinched up a little?  How would you do it?

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26  Chanel dress and (oooohhhhh) gloves in Designer Clothing Homage by craft-matic on: September 20, 2006 06:05:59 AM
So I hated the high denim boots Chanel was showing under suits.  But I fell in love with their long fingerless gloves.  They must be in a stretchy fabric.  I loved the black ones, and I loved the embellished ones they showed with this dress:

I also love this dress.  I love the shape most of all; I would never try to recreate the embellishments; I could do it, but who has the time?  Still, the dress could be made in a lovely brocade or something.  

My question for you all is whether you know of any patterns that could be used for either the long gloves or this beautiful dress?
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27  Re: scarf scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by craft-matic on: September 17, 2006 06:20:19 PM
Hi Crazy Girl,

It's really easy.  I just cut the scarves into strips about 1/2 wide, zig-zaging from one side of the square to the other:

Then you crochet with a large crochet hook, joining as you go.  I did this in sc but I wish I'd ribbed it (by crocheting just into the back strand of each stitch as you go.  Stay in the back strand even when you turn, and you'll get a ribbed effect) since this fabric is quite stiff.  The ribbing gives a bit of stretch, which would make it more wearable, I think.
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28  scarf scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by craft-matic on: September 17, 2006 06:05:05 PM
I had a bunch of silk scarves that needed pruning; the ones that didn't make the cut got made into the following scarf:

And also a fatbottom bag.  See the Debbie Stoller section for a photo of that:

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29  Scrap bottom bag... in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by craft-matic on: September 17, 2006 06:02:36 PM
Here's my version of the fatbottom bag.  I had a too-large collection of silk scarves that needed pruning, so I tore them into strips and crocheted them into this thing.  I also made a super-long scarf ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=121320 )in the same vein.  What can I say, I had a lot of scarves.  Hope you like.

image of the scarf removed to avoid double posting
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30  Re: Kimono Sweater in Crochet: Completed Projects by craft-matic on: September 17, 2006 05:26:44 PM
Thanks, guys!

I don't have a specific pattern, but I can tell you how I put it together.  

First I crocheted a ribbed belt large enough to sit comfortably around my waist.  The ribbing is done by single crocheting each row, picking up only the back strand of each stich from the row before.  If you always pick up the back stitch, then whenever you turn, you'll create a rib.  I joined that.

Then I made two long trapezoid shapes.  I made the lacy look by doing a row of single crochet, followed by a dc V-stitch...  so, on the turn, one would chain 6, then do a dc in the first stitch.  then (skip two stitches) dc in third from hook, ch 1, dc in same stitch, etc, till the end.  The increases were done by doing a V-stitch in the end stitch of each row.  So after the V-stitch row, do a row of sc, then another V-stitch row, then a sc row, etc.  I did that until they were as wide as I wanted them, about 6 or 7 inches.  In each one, I alternated colors at random.  I also randomly inserted one row of triple crochet instead of double crochet V-stitches.  

Once the trapezoids were done, I assembled them by stitching them inside the waist band, in the second stitch down.  This wasn't super organized, just sort of ad hoc.  

Once those were assembled, I connected each side, by doing rows of chain stitch between the two sides (of a single trapezoid, under the armpit).  This was a zig zag; so I started with the side facing me; I joined in the bottom stitch on the left, chained 9, then slipstitched into the corresponding stitch on the other side; slipstitched the next stitch up, chained 9, and slipstitched the corresponding stitch on the other side.  I decreased the number in each chain as I went up, so that the sweater hugs my sides, and the sleeves flutter a little bit.  I did that on the other side.  Then in the front I used the same technique, crocheting chains all the way up the V in the front.  I chose to leave it backless, but you could do the same in the back if you wanted.  

Here's a little diagram:

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