Voodoo Doll

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Happy Halloween week everyone! I absolutely love Halloween and the spooky aesthetic that comes with it. This year, I decided to kick off my celebration with a creepy crochet voodoo doll.

This particular voodoo doll is based off the ones used by K-pop group VIXX in the promotions for their song, “Voodoo Doll.” If you’ve never heard of VIXX and/or feel like having nightmares tonight, I’d highly suggest checking out the music video here (WARNING: The video contains blood, gore, and a LOT of gruesome imagery. If any of this is objectionable to you, or you don’t feel like having nightmares tonight, maybe watch this version instead.)  My voodoo doll is specifically based on the one in this picture (image credit: weheartit.com):

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Nailed it

I made this voodoo doll because I wanted to make something related to K-pop that wasn’t the matoki, and I really like its design. Some parts were tricky to design—it took three tries to figure out that the body would be significantly easier to work in rows rather than rounds—but I really like the way it turned out. I’m especially fond of the way the black and red contra20161024_121630st
with the white.

This is also the first project I’ve really enjoyed embroidering. Normally, I dread sewing designs/embroidery onto a piece, because of the care it takes to make sure it doesn’t look wrong or messed up. However, the stitching on this is SUPPOSED to look messed up and haphazard, so it wasn’t nearly as frustrating.

This pattern is available online for free! You can access it here: vixx-voodoo-doll-pattern

 

Hulk Coasters

100_8183Finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The fifth and final Avengers Coaster is here! The design for the Hulk coasters changed dramatically since it was first planned—it started as a plain green circle with a purple stripe—and I’m really proud of how it turned out.

Now I know what you’re thinking—why no Thor coaster? The answer to that is simple, if unexciting. I couldn’t make it look right. Thor’s only recognizable motif is his hammer, mjolnir, 100_8181which doesn’t translate well into crochet in a round. After several frustrating failed attempts, I was forced to concede that my current skill level was not up to the task.

On a brighter note, all of the coaster patterns are available for free in my Ravelry shop. The pattern for the Hulk coaster is here. All of the coasters are also for sale on Etsy.