Cthulhu French Press Cozy

In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming…of coffee. Sweet, delicious coffee. I might have a problem.

20170327_130432So, this project came about for a couple of reasons. The first, is that, as I was browsing Ravelry one day about a month ago, I happened upon a multitude of patterns for french press cozies. Owning a french press myself, as they are quite compact and therefore ideal for a dormitory-living college student such as myself, I  was intrigued by the idea of a french press cozy, but rather dissatisfied with the patterns that were lain out before me. As such, I decided to invent a design of my own.

Additionally, I possess a great admiration (although slight lack of knowledge) of the works of one H.P. Lovecraft, and the vast, unfathomable universe he imagined. Naturally, I decided to wed the two ideas, and, naturally, drafted a pattern depicting a simplified image of the mighty Cthulhu.

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Ok, enough with the purple prose.

There were a couple of challenges that came along with this. For one thing, my french press isn’t all that big, so I wound up using a tiny, 1.8 mm hook just so I could fit the design in. The other problem is more inherent to colorwork in general—if I carried the yarn I wasn’t using behind the one I was, it would inevitably show through, muddying up the design. To fixed this, I decided to abandon the idea of carrying my yarn behind my stitches when I was working on the back, instead simply dropping it and picking it back up when I needed the color again. This did make the back of the piece a little messy, so I lined it with felt to cover it up20170327_130655.

Additionally, I used a series of bobbins with the green. One on each side of the border, and one for each Cthulhu. The Crochet Crowd has a great tutorial on this technique, that I’d highly suggest checking out. It’s nestled in the middle of a giant comprehensive tutorial on how to crochet a graphghan, but they start talking about bobbins at about the 11:30 mark. Here’s a link to the website, the tutorial video is near the bottom.

Here’s a link to the pattern: Cthulhu-french-press-cozy. It is completely free. If you do make something with it, please share a picture, I’d love to see. Until next time. Cthulhu f’htagn!

Tiny Octopi Wearing Tiny Hats

Merry Christmas everyone! I come bearing tiny octopi.

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Are they not adorable? I made these as Christmas presents for a couple friends of mine (pictured above holding their octopi), and we were all instantly enamored by how utterly cute they are. I was so enamored, in fact, that I made a third one, for myself. Her name is Midnight.

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That’s Midnight on top of Takoya, who is also an octopus, but is certainly not tiny

 

 

I used this pattern which you should definitely go check out, because it’s awesome. But, I feel like I talk a lot about other people’s patterns on this blog, so I wanted to focus on my personal contribution to these octopi—their tiny, tiny hats.

I don’t make hats very often, because I tend to focus more on amigurumi than wearables, but I think these turned out really cool. I think the tiny hats give the octopi more character, and I’m kind of proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and making three different types of hats. And, in the spirit of Christmas, I thought I’d share the hat patterns with the world, because they’re adorable and can totally probably be used with other tiny amigurumi (I haven’t actually checked yet).

EDIT: Want one of your very own? They’re on my Etsy store (link).

 

Things you need to make the hats:

  • Size E crochet hook
  • Weight 3 yarn in a color of your choice. You need two colors for the top hat.
  • Darning needle for finishing

 

Abbreviations:

  • Mc – magic circle
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Sl – slip stitch
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Hdc 2 tog – half double crochet two together

 

Myungho’s Top Hat:

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Note: This is the one that uses two colors. I will call them Color A and Color B. Start with Color A.

  1. In mc, sc 6. Sl in first sc.
  2. Ch 1. Sc 2 in each sc around. Sl in first sc.
  3. Ch 1. (Sc 2 in next sc. Sc in next sc) around. Sl in first sc.
  4. Working in back posts: Ch 1. Sc in each sc around. Sl in first sc. Ch 1. Sc in each sc around. Sl in first sc.

5-8. Ch 1. Sc in each sc around. Sl in first sc.

9. Ch 1. Sc in each sc around. Sl in first sc. Switch to color B.

10. Ch 1. Sc in each sc around. Sl in first sc. Switch to color A.

11. Working in front loops: Ch 1. (Sc 2 in next sc. Sc in next sc) around. Sl in first sc

12. Ch 1. (Sc 2 in next sc. Sc in next 2 sc.) around. Sl in first sc.

Fasten off. Leave long end for sewing. Sew to octopus (or whatever you’re making the top hat for).

 

Chimchim’s pageboy cap:

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  1. In Mc, hdc 8. Sl in first hdc
  2. Ch 2. Hdc 2 in each hdc around. Sl in first hdc
  3. Ch 2. (Hdc 2 in next hdc. Hdc in next hdc.) around. Sl in first hdc
  4. Ch 2. (Hdc 2 in next hdc. Hdc in next 2 hdc) around. Sl in first hdc

5-6. Ch 2. Hdc in every hdc around. Sl in first hdc.

  1. Ch 1. Sc in first hdc. Sc 2 in next hdc. Hdc 2 in next 5 hdc. Sc 2 in next hdc. Sc in next hdc. Fasten off.
  2. Skip 11 stitches and join yarn. Ch 1. Sc in next 10 stitches. Hdc in next 16 stitches. Sc in next 11 stitches. Sl in first sc. Fasten off. Sew to octopus.

 

Midnight’s Beret:

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  1. In mc, sc 12. Sl in first sc.
  2. Ch 1. sc 2 in each sc around. Sl in first sc.
  3. Ch 1. (sc 2 in next sc. Sc in next sc) around. Sl in first sc.
  4. Ch 1. (Sc 2 in next Sc. Sc in next 2 sc) around. Sl in first sc.

5-6.       Ch 1. sc in each sc around. Sl in first sc.

  1. Ch 1. (sc 2 tog. sc in next 2 sc) around. Sl in first sc.

Fasten off. Leave long end for sewing. Sew to octopus.

 

And that’s it! Happy holidays, and I’ll see you in 2017!

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

 

Hawkeye Coasters

100_8182Time for the fourth installment in the Avengers coasters saga! This coaster is based on my personal favorite avenger, Hawkeye, and is very, very purple.

To be honest, I was expecting this to be a lot harder than it actually was. My original idea for this design was a simple bow and arrow, which is surprisingly hard to make when you’re crocheting in a round. It wasn’t until I sat down to design this and thought to do a google image search for “Hawkeye symbol” that I hit upon the idea to instead make a targeting scope. This came with it’s own set of challenges—mostly in partitioning a circle into four even sections—but I think it turned out nice.

As always, you can download this pattern in my Ravelry store. The direct link to the coaster pattern is http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hawkeye-coaster.

Black Widow Coasters

100_8141If you’re one of the two people who have been following this blog, you may have noticed that I like making sets of things. The lone matoki post has that ominous “Part 1” on it, and this is the third Avengers themed coaster in three months. So, yes, it’s official. I am making a set of Avengers Coasters. Yay!

This particular set came about as an exercise in pattern making. These coasters are some of the first designs I’ve ever made myself, and the first designs I have written patterns about. (Except the Captain America coasters. Those were made from someone else’s pattern.) This is as much an exercise in learning to write good patterns as it is in making small, superhero themed motifs.

That’s also why Black Widow came third instead of, say, Thor.In addition to being a bad-ass female super spy, Black Widow has a symbol that is relatively easy to fit inside a circle. Incidentally, the pattern for this coaster can be found on Ravelry, which is where I will be posting all of my patterns from now on. Usually before they end up on the blog. (Here’s the direct link to the pattern.)

So, in sum, you’re going to be seeing a lot of these over the next few months. I leave you now with a picture of the first half of the set, and hope you will bear with me while I finish the other three.

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Iron Man Coaster Tutorial

100_8045I’ve always been a huge fan of superheroes, and Iron Man is one of my longstanding favorites. As such, I made this coaster based loosely around Marvel’s favorite genius millionaire playboy. The pattern is explained below (with pictures!), or it can be downloaded here: Iron Man Coaster Pattern

While I do not own Iron Man, or any related products or entities, I do own this pattern. You are free to make as many of the coasters as you wish, incorporate them into other designs, or even sell them. However, you may not post this pattern anywhere else, nor may you sell this pattern. If you do decide to make something out of this, please send me a picture. I’d love to see it!

Materials:

  • I-9 Hook
  • Worsted Weight yarn in white, light blue, yellow, and red
  • Yarn needle.

Abbreviations:

  • sc = single crochet
  • ss = slip stitch
  • dc = double crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • ch = chain stitch

Directions:

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Round 1: With white: Start in magic circle. Sc 3. Ss in first sc.

 

 

 

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Round 2: Ch 1. Sc 4 in each sc around. Ss in first sc.

 

 

 

 

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Round 3: Ch 1. Sc 2. Sc 4 in next sc. (Sc 3. Sc 4 in next sc) 2 times. Sc 1. Ss in first sc.

 

 

 

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Round 4: Ch 1. Sc 4. Sc 4 in next sc. (Sc 6. Sc 4 in next sc) 2 times. Sc 2. Ss in first sc.

 

 

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Join light blue.

 

 

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Round 5: Ch 1. Sc 5. Sc 4 in next sc. (Sc 9. Sc 4 in next sc) 2 times. Sc 4. Ss in first sc.

 

 

 

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Join white.

 

 

 

 

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Round 6: Ch 3. In back loops only: Dc 1. Hdc 2. Sc 2. Ss 3.

 

 

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(Sc 2. Hdc 2. Dc 2. Hdc 2. Sc 2. Ss 3.) 2 times.

 

 

 

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Sc 2. Hdc 2. Dc 1. Ss in first stitch.

 

 

 

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Join blue.

 

 

 

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Ok, here’s where it gets tricky.

Round 7: Ch 1. In front loops only, Sc 4.

 

 

 

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Insert hook in front loop of row 5.

 

 

 

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Sc 2 in next stitch.

 

 

 

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Sc in next 2 stitches.

 

 

 

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Insert hook in front loop of next sc in row 6.

 

 

 

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Sc in next 3 stitches.

 

 

 

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Sc 2 in next stitch. Sc in next 5 stitches. Sc 2 in next stitch.

 

 

 

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In front loops of row 5: sc in next 3 stitches.

 

 

 

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In front loops of row 6: sc in next 2 stitches. Sc 2 in next stitch. Sc in next 5 stitches. Sc 2 in next stitch. Sc in next stitch.

 

 

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In front loops of row 5: sc in next 3 stitches.

 

 

 

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In front loops of row 6: Sc in next stitch. Sc 2 in next stitch. Sc in next 5 stitches. Ss in first stitch.

 

 

 

At the end of the round, the coaster should look like this from the front (left) and the back (right)

 

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Join yellow.

 

 

 

 

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Round 8:Ch 2. Hdc 4. Hdc 2 in next stitch. *hdc 5. Hdc 2 in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Ss in first stitch.

 

 

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Join red.

 

 

 

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Round 9: Ch 2. Hdc 5. Hdc 2 in next stitch. *Hdc 6. Hdc 2 in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Ss in first stitch. Fasten off. Weave in ends. And you’re done!