This Week’s WIPs

I seem to have fewer projects on the go this week than I did last month.

Currently I have these cup cozies. I’m not sure how many I’ll end up making. They make good travel projects for on the train. These are the only thing in this post that has an actual pattern, found here on Ravelry.

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Then there is this baby blanket. Just basic corner to corner. I love this stitch because it works up so quickly and has a neat texture to it.

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This will someday be a top in tunisian knit stitch. With super fine yarn and a 4mm double ended tunisian hook it’s slow going but I’ll get there eventually.

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And last but not least is a sneak peak of the doll I’m working on. No, it’s not Princess Leia. 🙂

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That’s all for now. Aside from the Firefly CAL of course but I’ll be posting about that again soon.

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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. 🙂

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! 🙂

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.

 

 

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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Works in Progress

Back in my first post I mentioned have a lot of projects on the go and that this blog could possibly provide some incentive to get them finished. I realize that might work better if I actually post some of them so here are a handful of my works in progress. Excuse the pictures. The light in my living room is terrible.

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Doll
This doll is being made from my Emma pattern. The plan is to have her finished by this weekend. Of course, things rarely go according to plan around here.

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Scarf
A C2C style scarf I’m making from some leftover yarn. I might even have enough yarn to finish it… 🙂

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C2C Blanket
I’ve literally been working on this blanket for months. It’s about half done now and has been at that point for at least a month. I’m lacking in motivation for this one because I know I don’t have enough yarn. 😛

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Virus Blanket
This pattern is hugely popular on the internet now and it’s gorgeous so I just had to jump on board. The pattern can be found here: Virus Blanket. It’s a fairly simple four round repeat so it goes pretty quickly once you get the hang of it. Then again, I did rip back multiple rows several times until I got it right so maybe it’s not that quite that simple after all. Or maybe I just can’t count. That is also a possibility….

I think four projects are enough for now. There are more hiding in various bins but I don’t have pictures of them. It’s probably time to reorganize my bins. This batch of projects will likely be blog posts when I do finish them. If you haven’t seen them go up by Christmas, feel free to ask about them. 🙂

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.