Firefly CAL

Hello  crafty people. 🙂 Its only been a week since my last post but I think I can do better than that. We’ll see…

I have started the Firefly CAL over at Two Hearts Crochet. https://twoheartscrochet.com/crochet-along-projects/firefly-cal/

If anyone is wondering, CAL stands for Crochet-A-Long. All these wacky acronyms people throw around on the internet…

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My progress so far isn’t exactly breathtaking but I haven’t had to rip it out yet so its going quite well. 🙂 Five rows down, 45 more to go. New squares a published weekly with the next one due on the 10th so I guess I should get hooking on this one or I’m going to end up behind.

The Two Hearts blog has a ton of free and geeky patterns, including several CALs. I used a couple of squares from their Star Wars CAL to make a pillow for Christmas and I’m eyeing the Doctor Who CAL as well. Check out the blog at: https://twoheartscrochet.com/ and maybe find some inspiration for your next project.

Convertible Pony Tail Hat

As promised in my last post, here is the convertible hat I’ve been making multiples of.

The pattern can be found here: http://www.goddesscrochet.com/2015/02/27/ponytail-hat-neckwarmer-free-crochet-pattern/

The pictures are of the first one I made, using whatever yarn I had lying around, to test out the pattern. It has a drawstring in the top and can be worn three different ways: with the drawstring fully open for a cowl, drawstring partially closed to allow a bun or ponytail to poke out, and fully closed as a regular hat.

I think it turned out quite well and I’ve made several since. No one would guess that the hat has a white band because I ran out of green. 😉

Happy New Year!

I am alive 🙂 and I will post more often now that the holiday madness and new year drama are over. Part of the reason it’s taken me so long to get a new post up is that I’ve been having a hard time deciding what to post first. I’ve been pretty busy lately you see… So I figure I’ll start off with the Christmas present I couldn’t post earlier.

First, we have the 4th Doctor’s scarf:

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Next is the blanket for my daughter:

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A Star Wars themed pillow for my son:

A convertible hat for my God-daughter:

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And a hat and scarf for my mother-in-law:

That’s about it for Christmas presents. Next post: more about that convertible hat.

Less geek, more crochet…

Between birthdays, Christmas, and babys all the geeky crochet projects I’d like to make have kind of taken a back seat lately. I’ve started on a Kaylee (from Firefly) doll and I might even finish it someday. It’s not looking like someday will be anytime soon though. I have so many projects on the go I’m actually having trouble deciding what to work on. :p I have managed to finish a few things though…

Hat and sweater for a baby who is due in the new year. I’m still working on a blanket to go with them.


Hat and fingerless gloves for my niece’s birthday.

And that coat for Emma that I mentioned a while ago. I think it needs bigger buttons though; these ones don’t seem to want to stay done up.

As I said, I have several other projects on to go. The ones that aren’t gifts will be posted as I finish them. The ones that are, well, those won’t go up until after Christmas. 🙂

Calgary Expo Holiday Market

It’s about time for a truly geeky post. No crochet today, sorry. Check back next time. 🙂

This coming weekend (Nov. 19 – 20) is the first Calgary Expo Holiday Market. Hosted by the same people who bring us the Calgary Expo every year, it’s a market filled with all sorts of vendors guaranteed to make a geek happy.  I’m terribly excited. Also terribly disappointed as I cant afford to buy anything. 😛 But, it should be fun anyway. For anyone wondering, Calgary Expo is our local version of comic con. It takes over the entire Stampede grounds for four days every April and it’s awesome. Some of the costumes re just amazing and the variety is huge. I actually saw Kosh a couple of years ago. Great costume, had to be ridiculously hot though. I wonder how many people will show up in costume for the market….

We now return you to your regularly scheduled crochet. I promise I’ll have something to post next time.

Winter Accessories for Emma – Pattern

Today’s post is the patterns for the hat, scarf, and mittens that I posted for Emma last week.

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These will fit an Emma doll made with a 3mm hook. If you use a 2.5mm hook for the doll I’d suggest using a smaller hook or a finer yarn. It doesn’t really matter for the scarf but with the hat and mitts you might want to try them on as you go to make ure they will fit.

This pattern is available as a free pdf download from my ravely page at: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/winter-accessories-for-emma

Hook size: 5.5mm

Yarn: worsted weight (4)

 

Scarf

chain  58

row 1: (dc, ch 1, sc) in 3rd ch from hook, * sk 2 ch,(dc, ch 1, sc)in next ch* repeat stitches between *s to end of ch, turn

row 2: ch 1, *(dc, ch 1, sc) in ch space* repeat stitches between *s to end of row

Fasten Off

 

 

Mittens x2

Worked in joined rounds.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic circle, join with a sl st (6)

Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st (12)

Rnd 3: ch 1, sc around, join with a sl st (12)

Rnd 4: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc* repeat twice, join with a sl st (9)

Switch from working in rounds to working in rows.

Row 5: ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, sc2tog in next 2 st from previous round

Row 6: sc in each sc from previous row

Row 7 – 15: repeat rows 5 & 6 to end of round

sl st edges together

Fasten Off

 

Hat

Worked in joined rounds.

Rnd 1:12 dc in magic ring, join (12)

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each dc, join (24)

Rnd 3: ch 2, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc* repeat to end of round, join (36)

Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in each dc to end of round (36)

Switch from working in rounds to working in rows.

Row 5: ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 3ch, sc2tog in next 2 st from round 4

Row 6: sc in each sc from previous row

Row 7: repeat rows 5 & 6 to end of round

sl st edges together

Fasten Off

 

That’s it. They’re pretty simple and quick to make. Coming soon: a jacket! 🙂

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! 🙂

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:

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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.