Happy Halloween !

I’m writing this between trick or treaters tonight. It’s our first Halloween in this house and there are a lot more of them than I’m used to.

I was thinking of putting our candy in this basket I made with my pumpkin orange yarn bit it ended up on a big bowl instead.

My daughter decided she wanted to Wednesday Adams this year. This scarf went quite well with her costume:

The pattern for it can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/narrow-crochet-skull-scarf

I’m off to pick up Wednesday from her party now. Happy Halloween! 🙂

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Winter is Coming…

Winter clothes that is. I’ve had this partial skein of Bernat Li’l Tots yarn kicking around for months now and couldn’t figure out what to do with it. It would have made a nice warm hat but there just wasn’t quite enough. So I decided my Emma doll needed a hat. And a scarf. And mitts… There’s still enough yarn left for another doll hat. Maybe the doll I made for my mother-in-law needs one…

Here is Emma in her winter set:

One of the boots from her elf and steampunk costumes seems to have gone missing so I guess I’ll have to make her some new ones. Eight after I finish the jacket I’m working on for her. 

Winter is coming after all and she should be prepared. Even if I haven’t watched a certain show since the first season. I should probably finish the books. 😉

This week’s WIPs

It’s been a busy week around here and I’ve started more projects than I’ve finished. First of is this scarf for my daughter:

The pattern for it can be found here:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/narrow-crochet-skull-scarf
I’m making the scarf in worsted weight so it’s quite a bit wider than origonally intended.

Next is this Mini Moogly baby sweater from my favourite blog:

Mini Moogly Sweater

I’m also working on a baby blanket, a halloween basket made with that pumpkin orange yarn, a slouchy hat that may or may not work out, and the scarf and two blankets I had on the go the last time I posted my works in progress. I think I have a serious problem with seeing something I like and having to start it right away. Maybe I should stop browsing the internet for patterns..  Nah, who am I kidding. I’m addicted. 🙂

I can’t be the only one, right?

My Latest Doll + A Dress Pattern

Here is my latest doll. I posted her as one of my works in progress last month. It took just a little bit longer to finish her than I was hoping but she’s done now. She doesn’t have a name yet as that will be up to her recipient.

Her dress is made the same way as Alice’s and I’ve finally written out a pattern for it. The pattern is posted below the picture. It is also available as a PDF download on Ravelry.

If you try it out and find any errors please let me know. I try to make them as accurate as possible but I know what I mean to do so… J

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Hook size: 3mm or 3.5 mm (if the doll was made with a 2.5mm hook, use a 3mm hook for the dress. If the doll was made with a 3mm hook, use a 3.5mm hook for the dress)

Yarn: Fingering or sock weight yarn (size 1). I used Loops and Threads Woolike.

Stitches used:

  • ch: chain
  • sc: Single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • picot: chain 3, slip stitch into first chain
  • sc2tog: decrease – single crochet two together

 

Main body of dress

Ch 21

Work R 1 – 8 in rows.

R 1: sc in second ch from hook and each ch across (20)

R 2: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in each sc (40)

R 3: ch 1, turn, *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat to end of row (60)

R 4: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (60)

R 5: ch 1, turn, sc in next 7 sc, skip 16, sc in next 14 sc, skip 16, sc in remaining 7 sc (28)

R 6: ch 1, turn, sc across (28)

R 7: ch 1, turn, hdc in each sc (28)

R 8: ch 2, turn, dc in each hdc, join with sl st to first stitch of row (not the top of the chain) (28)

Work Rnd 9 – 17 in joined rounds.

Rnd 9: ch 2, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat to end of round, join (42)

Rnd 10: ch 2, *2 dc in first dc, dc in next dc* repeat to end of round, join (63)

Rnd 11: ch 2, *2 dc in first dc, dc in next 2 dc* repeat to end of round, join (84)

Rnd 12: ch 2, dc in next 84 dc, join (84)

Rnd 13-15: repeat rnd 12

Rnd 16: ch 1, sc in next 84 dc, join, (84)

Optional edging:

If switching color for edging, fasten off and join new colour.

Rnd 17: ch 1, *sc, picot, sc in next sc* repeat to end of round, fasten off (84 sc, 42 picots)

Join main dress colour to top corner at back of dress.

Ch 1, sc down opening (7 sc) then *2 sc in next 2 sc, ch 3* repeat twice, 1 sc at top of opening, fasten off.

The chain 3’s create button holes. Sew three buttons to the opposite side of the opening.

Sleeves

Join main dress colour to under arm facing the wrong way.

4 sc across under arm, ch 1, turn

Work these rounds in a continuous spiral.

Rnd 1: sc around arm hole (20)

Rnd 2 – 6: Repeat rnd 1 (20)

Rnd 7: *sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc* repeat 3 times, fasten off (16)

Optional edging:

Rnd 8: Join edging color, ch 1, *sc, ch 3, sc in next 2 sc*, repeat to end of round (16 sc)

Repeat directions for other sleeve.

Belt (optional)

Ch 80 and fasten off.

Run the chain through the first dc row, starting and ending at the back.

 

 

Yarn, yarn, and more yarn

Today I picked up an awesome find. A box full of free yarn. There were so a couple of crochet hooks and a set of knitting needles in it.

Most of the yarn is a bit scratchier than I normally buy but I should be able to soften it up after making something out of it. Now I just have to figure out what to make…

Speaking of figuring out what to make, I also have this:

A giant ball of pumpkin orange mill ends that wouldn’t let me leave Michaels without it. Anyone have any idea what to make with it? I made a couple of dice bags but that could get old really quickly and they really don’t take much yarn…

Dice Bag Pattern

Here is the basic pattern for the bags in my last post. Any stitch can be used as long as it’s tight enough to not leave big holes in the bag. For the Jack-o-lantern I did most of the rounds in hdc to keep the surface fairly even.

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Stitches used:

sc: single crochet

hdc: half double crochet

dc: double crochet

rsc: reverse single crochet (also known as crab stitch)

Work rounds 1 to 5 in a continuous spiral

Rnd 1: 6 SC in a magic ring (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)

Rnd: 3 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc* 6 times (18)

Rnd 4: * 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* 6 times (24)

Rnd 5: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc* 6 times (30)

Switch to joined rounds

Rnd 6: sc in BLO of each sc, join (30)

Rnd 7: ch 1, sc in each sc, join (30)

Rnd 8: ch 1, sc in each sc, join (30)

Rnd 9: ch 1, hdc in each sc, join (30)

Rnd 10: ch 1, hdc in third loop of each sc, join (30)

Rnd 11: ch 1, sc in third loop of each sc, join (30)

Rnd12: ch 1, hdc in each sc, join (30)

Rnd 13: ch 1, hdc in each sc, join (30)

Rnd 14: ch 1, hdc in third loop of each sc, join (30)

Rnd 15: ch 1, sc in third loop of each sc, join (30)

Rnd16: ch 1, sc in each sc, join (30)

Rnd 17: ch 1, sc in BLO of each sc, join (30)

Rnd 19: ch 1, hdc in each sc, join (30)

Rnd 20: ch 1, hdc in third loop of each sc, join (30)

Rnd 21: ch 1, dc in each hdc, join (30)

Rnd 22: ch 1, sc in each sc, join (30)

Optional Rnd 23: ch 1, rsc in each sc, (30)

Fasten Off

Run a drawstring between dcs

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving! It’s been a hectic week around here with much crochet and baking. Also, a houseful for cousins. (Thankfully not my house). It’s amazing how much noise four little boys can make….

I felt the need to work on some small simple projects this week. Something to counter that hectic feeling, not to mention help me feel like I’m actually accomplishing something. Blankets are nice, but they take a long time to see results. So instead, I’ve been making drawstring bags. Dice bags, coin bags, trinket bags. Call them what you want. They have plenty of possible uses. As you can see in the picture, Emma and Joey are having lots of fun with them. I even made one into a Jack-o-lantern. If I can come up with a better way to make the faces I might make treat bags for Halloween. I have to do something with giant bag of pumpkin orange mill ends I bought after all. J

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Happy Turkey day all. And happy post-turkey naps!

Joey

Joey is my latest doll. He was make with the same modifications to the Emma pattern as Alice. His is also the first boy doll I’ve ever made. I’m not entirely happy with is hair. Short hair is a lot harder than long hair. I am particularly fond of his little running shoes though. They even have functional laces. For the record, overalls take even longer to make than dresses.

Here’s Joey, hanging out in my yarn bag. So soft and comfy….

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Being a typical boy, Joey loves to climb things. Maybe I should take him to the park. 🙂

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