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If you can’t fight, wear a stupid hat. September 25, 2011

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This post is a bit of a moan on my part.  I do apologise in advance.

As winter approaches and I finished my scarf, I had the urge to try making some kind of headgear.  As I’ve said before, I cannot crochet hats. I don’t know why.  There is some disconnect between my brain and my hands which means the things I produce just don’t fit and/or look hideous.  Some eternally optimistic part of me, however, seems to think that if I practise enough I can overcome this problem so I have spent the last couple of weeks hunting for a pattern to tempt me into trying again.

My first attempt was the Any Gauge Beret pattern in the most recent issue of Inside Crochet.  The final result was an abomination which I frogged before anyone could see it.  I am sure the pattern is fine and the problem lies with me but, honestly, it was a floppy, misshapen mess and a waste of good wool.

Then I spent sometime rummaging around on Ravelry and found the Durango Hat pattern.  It was free, masses of people had managed to make it work and it looked quite sweet so I thought I would have a crack at that instead.

I didn’t actually manage to stick to the pattern as published.  I had to add a considerable number of rounds after row 7 to get a hat rather than a yarmulke.  I was using the prescribed yarn weight and hook size but there was no way an 11 round version of this was going to cover my head.  God only knows what it is I did to make this necessary.

I do like the raised effect on the main body of the hat.

The other modification I had to make was to use a double stand of wool for the brim.  One strand worked but the whole effect was a bit too holey-looking for my tastes.

Not sure why I am posting a "front view" too as you can slap it on your head at any angle. It feels necessary though.

The upshot of all this is that I have a hat, it fits and it (sort of) matches my scarf.  I am not totally enamoured of it but I am chalking it up as a win nonetheless. Now the question remains, will I actually bring myself to wear it in public…

<Walks off grumbling to herself and kicking things.>

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Small things amuse small minds August 30, 2011

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It’s a post-blanket world and I am enjoying myself running two little projects which I know won’t take long to finish.

Number one was a direct result of my obsession with the Habitat closing down sale.  I couldn’t stop dropping in and buying things I needed but was too tight to purchase at full price.  I ended up playing reduction chicken –  I lost on a wok as they sold out before they had gone as low as I hoped but I did come away with some genuine bargains.  My favourite is a sizeable teapot and, as all roads lead to crocheting, it was one small step from buying that to deciding I needed a tea cosy to go with it.  As it shaped more like a coffee-pot than a traditional teapot, finding a pattern to fit was a bit of a mission but I came across the Checkmate Tea Cosy in Issue 17 of Inside Crochet which was adaptable enough to do the job.  I am about halfway through after a week and, some initial wonkiness aside, it seems to be coming on a treat.

It will make more sense when it's done, honest. At least that's what the pattern says.

Second quick project is the aqueduct scarf.  When I was in Edinburgh I had a trip to Armstrongs on Grassmarket. (I heartily recommend a visit if you are in Edinburgh.  It is an amazing shop.) I came out with a pristine red leather jacket for the bargain price of £25.  I swear, it looks like it has never been worn.  I genuinely didn’t have a scarf that would go with it so I started one last night with some merino wool that has been sitting in my stash for months.  I improvised the pattern to give me something quite narrow and a suitable weight for Autumn.  Mr Grasshead said it reminded him of an aqueduct in structure which suggested the name.  I will write up the pattern as a freebie when I am done but the more experienced amongst you can probably work it  out from the photo.

One hour's work including the improvisation. I do like a project that grows quickly.

During the long weekend I had my first snooze under the TARDIS blanket and I can report it was as cosy as I hoped it would be. It was a bit of a slog toward the end but I am quite delighted with it.

 

By special request June 26, 2011

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I got a request through Ravelry this morning from someone wanting to turn the granny star into a blanket square.  I hadn’t really thought about it before but, as it was a lazy Sunday morning, I was happy to give it a go.  It does work but I think the squares may have to be interspersed with more solid squares before you could make a blanket using them.

One benefit of this is that I realised there was a typo in the final round of the original granny star pattern.  I have amended this but I feel bad about anyone who came a cropper on it in the past.  Sorry!  To make amends I thought I would post this here and on Ravelry for anyone who fancies it.

Here is the pattern I have come up with to turn a star into a sqaure:

Round 1:  Chain 6, slip stitch into first chain to create a loop.

Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as treble throught out), 2 trebles into the ring, chain 3.  *3 trebles into the ring, chain 3**.  Repeat *-** 4 times.  (5 groups of 3 trebles made.) Join with a slip stitich in first 3 chain of the round.

Round 3: Slip stitch into the next 3 chain space from the previous round.  Chain 3, 2 trebles into the chain space from the previous round, chain 3, 3 trebles into the same chain space, chain 1.  *3 trebles into the next 3 chain space from the previous round, chain 3, 3 trebles into the same chain space, chain 1.**  Repeat *-** 4 times.  Join with a slip stitch in first 3 chain of the round.  (10 groups of 3 trebles made.)

Round 4: Slip stitch into first 3 chain space from the previous round.  Chain 1, (1 double crochet, 1 half-treble, 1 treble, 1 double treble, 1 treble, 1 half-treble, 1 double crochet) in same chain space, chain 1, *slip stich in next 1 chain space, chain 1,  (1 double crochet, 1 half-treble, 1 treble, 1 double treble, 1 treble, 1 half-treble, 1 double crochet) in next chain space from previous round, chain 1.** Repeat from *-** 4 times.  Slip stitch into final  1 chain space, chain 1, slip stitch into first dc to join.  Fasten off.

Round 5:  Attach yarn to any double treble crochet from the previous round, chain 1 and dc into same stitch, 19 chain, 1 dc into next double treble crochet, chain 9, 1 dc into next double treble crochet, chain 18, 1 dc into next double treble crochet, chain 9, 1 dc into next double treble crochet, chain 19.  Slip stitch into first dc.

Round 6: Chain 2, treble crochet in same stitch, 10 treble into the chain, chain 3, 9 treble into chain, 1 treble into dc from previous round, 9 treble into chain, 1 treble into dc from previous round, chain 3, 19 treble into chain, 1 treble into chain from previous round, chain 3, 9 treble into chain, 1 treble into dc from previous round, 10 treble into chain, chain 3, 10 treble into chain, slip stitch into first treble.

Round 7: Chain 1 and dc in same stitch.  Dc round into each treble and 3 dcs in each 3 chain corner space.  Fasten off.

Monkey has been photobombing again.

 

Today I Found Out… February 14, 2011

that you can make an adult sized jacket using the granny hexagon method but you probably won’t want to wear it when you are done.


Be glad it is a dark photo. I am sparing you the full horror.

 

Monkey wears a Stetson now. Stetsons are cool. December 29, 2010

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Monkey saw the trailer for the 2011 series of Doctor Who and the Doctor was wearing a Stetson.  There was only one possible outcome.

 

I'll need a pot of coffee, 12 Jammy Dodgers and a Fez.

And maybe some bananas too.

With a little bit of manipulation, it is also possible to turn it into a 1950s spiv’s hat so Monkey is extra happy.

 

Monkey Time December 14, 2010

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I have started a tradition of giving every new baby I know a monkey.  This is on the grounds that every child needs a monkey and has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that I like monkeys and enjoy making them. (Anyone who suggests otherwise is a bounder.)  A friend is due to give birth in the next month so this weekend was monkey making time.  I try not to give the same monkey twice and this time I used the excellent pattern from Knotty’s Amigurumi.

He only took a few hours to make up and any resemblance to a mouse is entirely due to my dodgy embroidery skills rather than deficiencies in the pattern.  I think with a safety nose and eyes he would have been a bit more simian but then he wouldn’t have been suitable for a newborn.  His new owner won’t be critical at any rate so he is now wrapped, ready to go out to his new home next month.

 

Mr Flibble is very cross. December 9, 2010

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We had the charity sale yesterday for which I had been producing Christmas decorations.  Rather stupidly I forgot to take a photo of the pile before sending them off to their fate.  There were about 30 when I finished and I am pleased to say that everything apart from the Granny Stars sold out.  I am guessing that the problem with the stars lay in the fact that yellow just isn’t a Christmassy colour.  I might have done better using gold or silver yarn rather than bright yellow.

The most popular item took me totally by suprise.  I had a stab at making a penguin but when I finished I wasn’t sure it was a total success.  I asked Mr Crochethook for his opinion and he pointed out that, although it looked liked a penguin, there was something about it that reminded him of Mr Flibble.  He had a point.   The people at the sale, however, seemed to be attracted to pissed off looking penguins.  I could have sold half a dozen of them – instead I took orders.

They've been very bad, Mr Flibble. What are we going to do with them?

If you would like your own flightless, narky bird for your tree, the pattern is as follows:

Beak

Row 1: With yellow yarn chain 6.  1 dc into each chain across.  2 stitches into the end of the chain. 1 dc back across the bottom of the chain. 2 dc into end of the chain.

Row 2: 1 dc into each stitch around.  Fasten off.

Eyes (make 2)

Round 1 : With white yarn chain 2.   6 dc into second chain from the hook, join with a slip stitch in first dc.

Round 2: 2 dc into each stitch round, join with a slip stitich in first dc.  Fasten off.

White feathers (make 1)

Round 1 : With white yarn chain 2.   6 dc into second chain from the hook, join with a slip stitch in first dc.

Round 2: 2 dc into each stitch round, join with a slip stitich in first dc.

Round 3: 1 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.  Slip stitch into first dc.

Round 4: 1 dc in first 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.  Slip stitch into first dc.  Fasten off.

Wings (make 2)

Row 1: With black yarn chain 8.  Dc into second chain from the hook, 1 dc in each stitch across. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 2-4: 1 dc into each stitch across. chain 1 and turn.

Row 5: 2 dc tog, 1 dc into next 3 stitched, 2 dc tog.  Chain 1 and turn.

Row 6: 2 dc tog, 1 dc in centre stitch, 2 dc tog.  Chain 1 and turn.

Row 7: 1 dc in each stitch across.  Fasten off.

Body

Round 1: Make magic loop.  6 dc into the loop.

Round 2: 2 dc into each stitch round.

Round 3: 1 dc into first dc, 2 dc into next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 4: 1 dc into first two dc, 2 dc into next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 5: 1 dc into first three dc, 2 dc into next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 6: 1 dc into first four dc, 2 dc into next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 7-16: 1 dc into each stitch round. * At the end of round 16 sew on beak and wings.

Round 17: 1 dc into first four dc, 2 dc tog over the next two stitches.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 18: 1 dc into first three stitches, 2 dc tog over the next 2 stitches.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 19: 1 dc into the first two stitches, 2 dc tog over the next 2 stitches.  Repeat to the end of the round.  *Stuff at the end of round 19.

Round 20: 1 dc into the first two stitches, 2 dc tog over the next 2 stitches.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 21: 2 dc tog over the first two stitches. Repeat to the end of the round and fasten off.

Finishing

Glue eyes and feathers into place.  Add two sequins to the centre of the eyes for pupils.  If you really want to recreate Mr Flibble and his hex vision, you could use red instead of green.  Add a hanging loop if required.

Side view. Sorry, the wings don't show up too well.