A Few More of My Favourite Sites

Back in September I posted links to a few of my favourite websites. I thought it was time to post a few more. So here are a some more of the places I go to waste time look for inspiration:

A geeky crocheter’s dream come true. This is where the Firefly CAL I’m working on is being hosted. There are a tons of other free patterns, mostly CALs and amigurumi.

This is one of my more recent finds. It has instructions for all sorts of tunisian crochet stitches. Since I’ve recently become obsessed with tunisian crochet, it’s a place I’ve been spending a lot of time at.

Another blog with lots of lovely free patterns. This site is also to co-host of the Hooking on Hump Day link party that I try to participate in as often as I remember to submit a link. 🙂

This is one of the sites where I learned a lot about making crochet dolls. She has quite a few tutorials for anyone interested in learning and some great free patterns.

This blog also has lots of patterns, both for amigurumi and other things. I admit, I mostly go here for the seriously cute amigurumi but the other patterns are definitely worth a look too.

That should be enough for anyone to lose several hours. 🙂

Do you have a favourite site I haven’t mentioned yet? Leave a link to it in the comments and I’ll check it out. I’m always looking for new places to waste time find inspiration. 😉

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. 😉

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.

 

 

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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Alice

 

I’ve recently been invited to a group on DeviantArt called PopCultureCrochet. I never really thought about it before but I guess a lot of my dolls could be considered Pop Culture. If you’ve never been to DeviantArt you should really consider checking it out. There is a ton of art of all kinds posted there, including several categories for crochet. This link goes directly to my profile. It doesn’t have much on it yet but from there you can go to the ‘More’ link at the top of the page and start browsing. While I’m linking to my other sites, check me out on Facebook and Pinterest.

Ok, enough shameless self-promotion, on to Alice.

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I put Alice together a little differently than Emma so her pattern is slightly different as well. I’ll post it after I’ve worked out all the bugs. She has more defined knees and elbows which make her limbs easier to bend into different positions. Her legs are also attached to her body differently than Emma’s. This makes it easier for her to sit. These changes, combined with a wire armature, make her quite a bit more flexible than Emma.

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Alice as inspired by a couple of video games I enjoy (hence the pop culture reference) that are based on Alice in Wonderland. As you can see from the pictures, the games are considerably darker than the original books. The game sitting on my coffee table right now is rated M(17+). Disney this isn’t. :The vorpal blade in her hand is just a bit of aluminum foil and tape. I felt that I needed a photo and it’s the best I could do. I’m thinking she needs a Cheshire cat for company but I have a couple of other dolls on the go at the moment so he’ll have to wait.

 

 

Steampunk

Ah, steampunk. I’ve had a fascination with steampunk for years. The fashion, the tech, the adventure. Who doesn’t like the idea of traveling all over the world in steam powered airships, dressed in quasi-Victorian era clothes, and flaunting the traditional values of society while having adventures? Ok, probably not for everyone. For anyone unsure what steampunk is, think 200 Leagues Under the Sea, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, or Wild, Wild West for a more western spin.
To put it simply, I’m a fan. It’s terribly geeky but I did warn you in my first post that geekiness would show up here from time to time. Now, since I’m a big geek, I find it kind of depressing that in spite of owning two corsets I have yet to put together a descent steampunk outfit. My attempt for this year’s Calgary Expo was somewhat underwhelming. And, as I volunteered again and couldn’t anyway on those days, I needed my stand-in. So I present Steampunk Emma.

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Her costume needs some work but it looks a lot better than mine did. She has an underdress you can just see peeking out at the bottom of her skirt, a corset, and a bustle at the back. What do you think? Isn’t she adorable? And yes, those are the same boots from the elf costume… 🙂

Emma Doll Pattern

It’s been almost a week since my first post so I guess it’s time for another one. I’m hoping to do at least two posts a week from now on. We’ll see if I can stick to that…
Anyway, today’s post is the pattern for the Emma the Elf doll from last week. It’s just the doll, not any of the clothes. I will eventually post clothes as well but I’m still trying to write down patterns. The problem with just winging it when you make something is coming back to it later and trying to figure out what the heck you did. 🙂
So, without any more rambling, here is the pattern for Emma:

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Yarn: weight 3 (I use Paton’s Astra)
Hook: 2.5 – 3 mm ( I used a 3mm hook for Emma)

Doll will be approximately 26 cm (10 inches) tall.

Stitches used:
Single crochet (sc)
Increase
Decrease
Bobble stitch

To make a bobble stitch: Yarn over (YO), hook through sc, YO, pull through sc, YO, pull through 2 loop on hook – 2 loops remain on hook
YO, hook through same sc, YO, pull through sc, YO, pull through 2 loops – 3 loops remain on hook
YO, hook through same sc, YO, pull through sc, YO, pull through 2 loops – 4 loops remain on hook
YO, pull through all 4 loops
All rounds (r) are worked in continuous, not joined, rounds. Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of the round and move it up every round.

Head
r1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
r2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
r3: *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in next sc* until end of round (18)
r4: *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* until end of round (24)
r5: 1 sc in first sc, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc* until one stitch before end of round, 1 sc in last 2 sc (30)
r6: *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc* until end of round (36)
r7: 1 sc in first 3 sc, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc* until two stitches before end of round, 1 sc in last2 sc (42)
r8: *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc* until end of round (48)
r9: *2sc in sc, 1 sc in next 7 sc* until end of round (54)
r10-16: 1 sc in each sc (54)
If you are using safety eyes, attach them around row 10 or 11 before you start decreasing.
r17: *1 dec, 1 sc in next 7 sc* until end of round (48)
r18: *1 dec, 1 sc in next 6 sc* until end of round (42)
r19: 1 sc in first 3 sc, *1 dec, 1 sc in next 5 sc* until 2 stitches before end of round, 1 sc in last 2 sc (36)
r20: *1 dec, 1 sc in next 4 sc* until end of round (30)
r21: 1 sc in first sc, *1 dec, 1 sc in next 3 sc* until 2 stitches before end of round, 1 sc in last 2 sc (24)
r22: *1 dec, 1 sc in next 2 sc* until end of round (18)
r23: *1 dec, 1 sc in next sc* until end of round (12)
Fasten off (FO)
Stuff the head firmly, embroider face, and set aside.

Legs (Make 2)

r1: chain 5, sc in 2nd chain fr hook and next 2 chains, 2 sc in 4th chain, sc in next 3 chains, 2 sc in last chain (10)
r2: 2 sc in each sc (20)
place stitch marker at 1st and 10th stitch
r3: 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each chain to stitch before marker, 2 sc in stitch before marker, 1 sc in 10th stitch, 2 sc in next stitch, in sc in each stitch to stitch before marker, 2 sc in last stitch (24)
r3-4: 1 sc in each sc (24)
r5: 1 sc in next 6 sc, 6 decreases (dec), 1 sc in last 6 sc (18)
r6: 1 sc in next 3 sc, 6 dec, 3 sc in last 3 sc (12)
r7-10: 1 sc in each sc (12)
switch color if you want the doll to have permanent socks
r11: in back loop only (BLO) 1 sc in each sc (12)
r12-32: 1 sc in each sc (12)
FO
Stuff leg firmly.

Body

with underwear color join legs with a slip stitch (sl st) in two sc (one on each leg) , sc around outside of legs skipping slip stitch (22)
r1: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 17 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc (24)
r2: *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in 3 next sc* until end of round (30)
r3-6: 1 sc in each sc (30)
switch color
r7 in BLO 1 sc in each sc (30)
r8-16: 1 sc in each sc (30)
r17: *1 dec, 1 sc in next 3 sc* until end of round (24)
r18: *1 dec, 1 sc in next 2 sc* until end of round (18)
r19: * 1 dec, 1 sc in next sc* until end of round (12)
Stuff body.
r20-24: 1 sc in each sc (12)
Stuff neck.
r25: 6 dec, close neck (6)
FO

Arms (x2)

r1: 4 sc in magic ring (4)
r2: 2 sc in each sc (8)
r3: *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in next sc* until end of round(12)
r4: 1 sc in each sc (12)
r5: (1 dec, 1 sc in next sc* twice, bobble stitch in next sc, sc in next sc, 1 dec in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc (9)
r6-22: 1 sc in each sc (9)
FO
Stuff arms.

Sew arms to body at row 17.
Attach head to neck. Part of the neck should go inside the head so it is actually attached at around round 22. You can sew the head or go here for a really awesome tutorial on how to attach the head so it can be turned.

 

 

First blog post

Wow. My very first blog post. I guess I should say a little bit about what this blog is going to be about…

Obviously, there will be a lot of crochet. I freely admit I’m addicted to the craft. 🙂 I have so many projects on the go I can’t keep track of them all. If I post them here maybe it will be enough incentive to actually finish some of them.

There are also likely to be a fair amount of geeky themed posts. Listing all of the geeky tings I love would take a whole post so I’ll just skip that for now.

Back to the crochet part… Some of my projects are from other people’s patterns, some are things I’ve created myself. I plan to post the occasional pattern, like the one for this doll:

Emma the Elf

This is Emma the Elf. She’s just lying around in the photo but she’s fully posable thanks to her wire armature. I made her the elf costume so she could be stand in at Calgary Expo (our local version of comic con) last year. I volunteered so wasn’t able to dress up. (Darn them for wanting the volunteers to be recognizable ;p). Emma went steampunk this year but I’ll save that for another post.

I think that’s long enough for a first post. Until next post then…