A pretty shawl and an observation of I think I’m a bit masochistic…….

Ok maybe I don’t think but know I am. XD So after completing a beautiful shawlette test pattern and wrapping up a few odd ball Wips I’ve had laying around because of said shawlette I’ve decided instead of starting christmas presents I’m going to take on more “other” projects…..I’m insane I know.  I realized that I have about oooohhhh three weeks to start and finish all of my christmas gifts which amount to 6 crochet objects, about 20 homemade cards, homemade chapsticks, painted mugs, with some homemade cooking. Now I know a lot of you are going good GOSH!!! woman what are you thinking being online and doing your blog instead of getting to those gifts! To be honest it doesn’t stop there. 😀 I have signed up for another pattern test, signed up for a amigurumi swap, and I volunteered to help my mom with some projects. Oh yeah glutton for punishment am I!

 

So this is the shawlette test that I finished for DesiLoop and oh my it is heavenly! It is about 4 1/2ft long at the top, the bottom is about 10 1/2ft from tip to tip, and it’s about 2ft deep. This shawl works up beautifully quick and is really pretty with minimal pattern headaches.  The pattern is a combination of written and charted. It is written for the first few steps of each chart so that you can get an idea of how it will flow. Once you get the gist of the chart the written ends and you just follow the chart. I love love love how clean this designers chart was! There was no squinting trying to figure out what any of the stitches where along with a nice key. I would recommend her pattern to anyone who has a love of shawlette’s or doilies! This pattern can be done easily by an adventurous beginner who isn’t afraid of charts.

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Rows 6 and 7 of Diamond ridges hat

Alright so before I become any more less motivated about that hat here is my attempt at explaining row 6 & 7 of Diamond Ridges Hat. If anyone needs a walk through of row 5 this is a great youtube video! Now mine is most definitely not a high quality video or even high quality photo’s. I did this all using word pad and MS Paint on my vacation so I don’t want to hear any complaining! 😛 I have had one very lovely lady use my really limited walk through and from the picture I have to say she did great!

Instructions:

1. For row 6 start with your ch 3 to start the first cluster you will start your *first cluster by doing the first half of the cluster around the last cluster in row 5. When doing this you will YO and insert hook through both of the fpdc that create that cluster (see paint doc. purple line behind gray) YO pull through, YO pull through two loops. YO insert Hook through first cluster in row 5 (Blue line behind gray)Yo pull through, YO pull through two loops, YO pull through all three loops.
1.DC in st that is right behind the second fpdc in your cluster.(green DC symbol looks like a F)
2.DC in next st
2.Your next cluster will start in the cluster behind your DC you made(a.) and in the Next cluster(b. will be second diagram in document with purple lines)
3.The red line in the paint document is the cluster you just made in diagram 2. Behind that cluster you should have a st that is dead center DC in that st and the next st that is part of the cluster you fpdc. (will be the purple filled in ovals marked 1 and 2)*

*repeat till you get to diagram 4.
After joining the last two clusters from row 5 you will DC just like the directions for 1. into the two purple filled circles. After that slst into the blue filled circle which would be the 3 st in the ch 3 you did at the beginning.

1a. For row 7 start with your ch 3 DC in the next two sts. (green f looking things) then do your *cluster (purple line behind black, red represents the cluster you made) then DC in the purple filled in st. Next is the two DEC. YO insert hook into first yellow filled in st, YO pull through, YO pull through two loops, YO insert hook into second yellow filled st, YO pull through 2 loops, YO pull through last three loops left on hook.
2a. After doing that (1) DC next st, (2)Cluster, (3,4,5)DC in next 3 st.*
*repeat through last cluster , slst in 3 st in the ch 3 from the beginning.

 

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Have fun my pretties and hopefully this will help!

The yarn god’s are laughing

So first and foremost sorry about the couple weeks of no posting my poor little ignored blog. Work has been crazy busy with the open and close random schedule which is throwing my sleep pattern way off.  Last week I was able to complete a hat that I’d promised a buddy of mine about two years ago.  Yes I am really slow when it comes to personal gifts to friends. He asked for a cthulu hat didn’t care what it looked like as long as it was a cthulu hat….

The littlest elder god

The littlest elder god

So this pattern was a really simple no brainer pattern I just grabbed some Caron simply soft in neon green double stranded it and did a generic beanie hat. Once I got to the end I put it on my head and used some paper clips to mark were the ears and tentacles should be placed. Added the ear flaps and crocheted the tentacles right on no sewing on those suckers….errrr bad pun.  Last but not least I cut out some felt eyes and used some ok to wash it glue I want to say it was the annie’s brand…. I think.  I had some felt green wings cut out but they just were not looking good no matter where I placed them so they got left off. Last but not least I added the braids for the ties and VWALA!!!!! mini elder god hat. If anyone really wants the pattern I’m sure I can scrounge up my notes and translate them to something resembling a pattern.

Happy crocheting peeps!

Diamond Ridge Hat

    A crocheted version of the knitted koolhaus hat ? spelling for that. Pattern was found at ravelry this pattern is titled diamond-ridges by Kristy Ashmore.  This hat is definitely an expert level or higher and still confusing it took me two days and a youtube video walk through to figure this one out. If anyone is trying to complete this hat or trying to start it and are stuck email me and I will link everything I found to help you out. Also check the ravelry group for this pattern as the author does tell you a pattern correction.

Once I figured out the issue with the three particular rows this hat crocheted up very quickly and looked fantastic I’ve actually done two of these hats now and once I find the picture for the second one I will edit this post to put it in. I still unfortunately haven’t made myself one of these…. will definitely remedy that in a bit. Any who couple more days of putting old stuff up……which now that I think about it I might just upload all the old stuff into the Gallery tab to save time hhhmmmmmm……. I’ll think about it since this week I have a fun project I’m going to attempt on Thursday and maybe get some really good results with. 🙂               *edited to add picture of second hat

second attempt

Sushi Scarf

So this first project was made for one of my co-workers it was a lot of fun making this sushi scarf. I got the pattern from twinkie-chan’s crochet foodies book. Which if you ever have a chance to you should definitely check out her Twinkie-chan blog! This pattern is not for the beginner that is for sure there is a ton of color change outs and a gajillion ends to weave in. If you have a lot of time on your hands and are a intermediate or higher crocheter then I whole heartly recommend this scarf especially if you love sushi and all things japanese!

This scarf took me about two nights of about 8 hours each crocheting solid to make all the pieces. It however took two weeks to weave in ends and string together.  One other thing to is it took a plethora of yarn and lots of it I actually ran out of two colors half way through. Otherwise it is a very sturdy scarf and one can use it as a suitable winter scarf.