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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / costume- please help! on: October 24, 2009 07:46:27 PM
Hey there craftsers, I need some help/advice. What would you think I am dressed as based on this?

Okay now that you've formed your own opinion, I am going for: Native American. Pocahontas, in fact. I based what I made off this outfit Pocahontas wears in the movie The New World:

Unfortunately, I'm afraid I just look like a cavewoman.
Any ideas on how to make it look more obvious?

Oh, and the feathers are on a solid backing, but I was going to add a tank top/ dress/something to make it less revealing, but I want to know if it's worth putting more effort into or not before I keep going.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffies from old clothes! Bear and Penguin on: May 27, 2009 06:21:46 PM
First is a bear I made from the baby pip pattern which is free online: http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=1524

In progress, I thought he looked hilarious with no arms:

I made him out of cords I grew out of in high school but kept anyways because I liked them so much, and plaid shorts that I ripped climbing over a fence.
I love him.

Also, I made a penguin out of sweatshirts.

He is the 3rd stuffie I've sewn and my first without a pattern so please excuse his messiness/ugliness. As my dear friend said, retarded penguins are cute too! I forgot that penguins have tails when i drew it out and his head is strangely shaped, and I got frustrated and just broke out the felt to finish him off. I'm very proud of the shape of his belly, though.

Thanks for looking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I lived on the moon (picture heavy) on: October 21, 2007 02:42:26 PM
I had a lot of free time this summer and made this little scene based on an animated music video that I really liked.

The video is "I Lived on the Moon" animated by Yannick Puig, the video's web page is http://www.yanim.net/ilotm/ilotm.htm and there's a link on that page to watch it, if you want.

I knitted the manta ray and then seamed it around a frame i made from from wire that I found in the craft store, I think it was intended for fake flower stems. The entire thing is stuffed, including his fins, so that he's soft all over and not wiry.

^that was him before I added the cutesy white dots to his eyes and got rid of that sad attempt at a mouth.

The little guy has knitted hair (except for two strands), and I'm not sure if it was more or less of a pain than the stranded hair that I did for my friend's doll. It was a long and random process knitting the little pieces and putting them all together to make his hair look right. The jacket was knit separately and sewn on. He's stuffed and cuddly.

The jellyfish were knit from grey yarn and their bodies are stuffed. The clouds were cut out from big sheets of grey paper and colored with white chalk and a pencil. All of it is hung from my ceiling with clear string, and I made up all the patterns myself.
Thanks for looking!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / any good baby knits? on: September 28, 2007 02:27:29 PM
Hey everyone, I was wondering if anyone knew of any good patterns for baby knits?
I want to make something for a friend who's daughter is due in December. I was thinking that a blanket would make a nice and practical gift, but I'm not sure which to make. I love the mount laurel counterpane or was considering the tesselated fish blanket, but I wanted to see what other patterns might be out there. What I'm looking for is something with texture, like cables or different stitches. Color work is fun too though! and any non blanket baby items you love I'd also be interested to know about.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted version of a friend's photo *with basic pattern* on: July 29, 2007 07:54:40 AM
This is definitely not my first knit, but its my first post on craftster. My friend asked for a knitted version of himself that he could cuddle with. He was mostly kidding, but I love an excuse to knit so I found the most embarrassing picture of him I could and re-created it. I think it's hilarious  Grin but for the record, he's putting stuff on his inner legs to prevent chafing when he skimboards, not touching himself inappropriately. Oh, and I'm going to finish decorating the shorts later.

I made up the pattern as I went, but I took notes so I can write it out if anyone wants me to.
Thanks for looking!

Pattern: This is just for the doll's body; the eyes, mouth and clothes you can personalize to what you want. Also, this is stuff-as-you-go, so make sure youve got all your stuffing in before a section gets too hard to stuff (like stuff the head before you knit the neck)

-I used cheap walmart yarn (red heart super saver worsted weight, 7oz/364 yds) for my main color and hardly made a dent in it
-size 5 dpns (completely inappropriate for the yarn, i know, but i didnt want the doll to be huge. I would probably try for a thinner yarn if i were to do this again, but the thicker yarn does ensure that there wont be any gaps for the stuffing to poke through)
-other colors of yarn for eyes, mouth, hair, etc
-size F crochet hook (the size isnt too important)
-tapestry needle

Cast on 6, spread evenly between dpns
Row 1: join, being careful not to twist the needles. Knit in front and back of each stich around (12 sts)
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: *K1, yo*around (24 sts)
Row 4: K1 in front, k1 in back around
Row 5: *K2, yo* around (36 sts)
6: *K2, k1 in back* around
7: *K4, yo around* (45 sts)
8: *K4, k1in back* around
Rows 9-16- Knit
17: K, at some point in this row emboss 4 sts across for 6 rows (for ex, k16, turn work p4, turn work k4, turn work p4, turn work k4, turn work p4, pick up 4 loops on WS of work from row 17 directly below the 4 stitches youve been working back & forth and knit each stich and picked up loop together, knit 29)
Rows 18-26: knit
Row 27: *k3, k2tog* around (36 sts)
Row 28: Knit
Row 29: *K1, k2tog* around (24 sts)
30: Knit
31: K2tog around (12 sts)
32-34: Knit

Body (continued from head):
35: kfb around (24 sts)
36: Knit
37: *K2, yo* around (36 sts)
38: *K2, knit in back* around
39: [K8, yo, k1, yo]x4
40: Knit, knitting in back of yarn overs
Continue raglan increases until 60 sts (if this is confusing, check out the anthropologie inspired capelet, its about the same thing but im twisting the yarn overs so there arent any holes)
Next row: knit, but skip and place arms on scrap yarn (the nose will be over the chest and the arms will be the sections on either side) so that the body and arms are separated (once again, if confused, check out the anthropologie inspired capelet)
Knit 10 rows
place sts on scrap yarn

arms (I did the arms at this point for stuffing reasons):
Pick up sts from scrap yarn, spread between dpns
Knit 15 rows
Row 16: Dolls left arm- k4, m1, k1, m1, k10 (right arm- knit 10, m1, k1, m1, k4) (this is assuming you started your row at the armpit)
17: Knit
18: Left arm- k4, m1, k3, m1, k10 (right arm reverse, as above)
19: k4, place next 5 sts on holder, cast on 1, knit 10 (reverse for right arm)
20-23: knit
place sts on scrap yarn (I stopped here to do the thumb so that I could more easily stuff the thumb)

1: k5, pick up the 1 cast-on stitch
2-5: knit
6: k2tog around
break yarn and draw through sts

back to arm-
Knit 5 rows
k2 tog 7 times, k1
k2tog around
break yarn and draw through loops
knit other arm.

Split body in half (15 sts per leg)
Each leg knit 20 rows in the round
Now imagine that the leg was divided with 8 sts in the fron and 7 in the back. Knit to middle stitch of back (including that stitch) then [slip 1, move yarn to right side of work, turn, move slipped stitch back, move yarn to wrong side of work] p2, [repeat what was in the brackets], k3, [], p4, [], k5, [], p6, [], k15
Knit 10 rows
k2 tog 7 times, k1
k2tog around
break yarn and draw through loops

ears (make 2)-
cast on 3
1: knit
2: purl
3: knit1, m1, k2
4: purl
5: k1, m1, k3
6: purl
7: knit
8: purl
9: ssk, k1, k2tog
10: p
bind off

that was the left ear, you can do a mirror image for the right ear but for me they ended up looking about the same anyways

There's going to be a diamond shaped gap between the legs. I fixed it by taking a shortish piece of matching yarn and knitting a diamond into it ( I started at one end by picking up a stitch between the the stitches where the legs split, and at the end of each row I attached it to the doll with duplicate stitch using the needle) but if this is too confusing or too much hassle, you could knit a small diamond and sew it in. I forgot to take notes for that part but I remember I started with one stitch, increased to two, then three, then decreased back to one. I can't recall if I knitted plain rows between increase rows (and the doll has gone to it's new home so I can't check), but I'm sure you can look at the size of the gap and determine how long to make it. It's important to fill this gap and not just sew it shut if you don't want his legs to be right next to each other.
Using matching yarn sew on ears where you like them. Add eyes, eyebrows, and mouth with duplicate stitch.
To do the hair, I cut different lengths of yarn (shortest for back of head, longest on crown of head, in between above ears) folded them in half, and used the crochet hook to pull them through stitches in my doll's head, then pulled the ends through the loops. It's like those hook rugs. I tried to follow the same pattern that hair actually grows in.

So, I hope that pattern was understandable, its my first try at this. Let me know if anything needs to be cleared up. I'm so happy that people like this, for once I'm not getting teased for my knitting!! Cheesy
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