So, a couple months ago, a friend of mine gave me this:
It has a LOT of stitches, many of which I’d never even heard of before, and I thought I’d try a few of them out. And put them in the round. Because I just love making things harder for myself.
The first one is a bobble stitch called “Boxed Beads.” The bobble itself is pretty neat—it kinda reminds me of dalek bumps—but I was really fascinated by the sideways chain looking stitch. It’s called an extended single crochet, and I think it’s really neat how it mimics a chain stitch without actually being a chain stitch.
That sounds pretty rudimentary, I know. But I’m easy to please sometimes. And I think it looks neat. So there.
Normally, I would call this pattern something like “Tiny Crochet Spider” because it’s about the same size as the other animals I make, but this spider is at best about spider size and at worst freaking huge.
So um…I made something spooky again. After a brief break for moving. Yay.
It turns out spider legs are kind of hard to translate into crochet form. I feel like to make them look realistic I would have had to make them out of pipe cleaners or something of a similar stiffness. But I didn’t really want to do that, so I settled on flat chains instead. I kinda like the way it turned out, in part because it gives the spider a kind of a butterfly-esque silhouette when viewed from top down. Like a surreal, spooky butterfly.
Also the eyes are great. There’s four of them and it’s like they’re simultaneously adorable and staring into the depths of your soul.
Cthulhu is basically the mascot for unspeakable Lovecraftian horror. And now he’s pocket size! For the cultist on the move!
So I love Cthulhu, and I’ve been meaning to make a larger version, but that wasn’t happening any time soon, so for now this’ll have to do.
I actually really like the way this turned out. I think it’s really cute. There’s something kind of paradoxical about this impossibly powerful octopus god being cute and cuddly but like, he’s an impossibly powerful octopus god. He can look however he wants.
So yeah. You can find the pattern here. I’m really excited that I managed to get something horror themed in October. Happy Halloween Month, everyone. I’ll see you next week.
There’s something about this style of bag that feels very high fantasy. I think it’s probably because the image of a small sack in that sort of teardrop shape being used to carry coins in fantasy settings is so common that it’s seared into my brain. But…that’s a thing.
So yeah. As I mentioned last week, I made a little bag for a lady at a convention in Albuquerque to replace one of the ones she had been using to hold coins. I didn’t keep track of what I was doing then, but I did take pictures, and I used those to basically recreate my work and write up a pattern. Which you can download here.
This bag looks pretty fancy, but it’s actually really quick and simple to make up, and it holds a fairly large amount of change. (I put like all the coins I own in it and it still looked like it could hold some more.) Also, it looks like a hat before you put the drawstrings in.
I don’t really have anything else to say about this, so…see you guys next week.
Okay, yeah, so I did want to make more of these because they let me experiment with different stitches. So from now on, maybe just expect new baskets from time to time.
This time I decided to try the harlequin stitch—and discovered that the harlequin stitch does not translate to being worked in the round very well. The first problem I had was easily fixed. Much like the daisy stitch, the harlequin stitch pulls inward a little, so I was able to fix it the same way I did with that one.
The second problem was a little harder. For some reason, the base of the first one I made just will not lay flat. After some experimenting, I figured out that I could get it to be flat if I increased the hook size on the sides of the basket. I have no idea why this works. It just kinda does.
I also wound up adding an extra two rows to the second basket I made. I stopped the first one where I did because, with the way the colors worked out, it looked kind of like a flower and I thought that was cool. But as a result, it also lost the cool diamond pattern that the harlequin stitch creates, so I added a few more rows onto the second one. Admittedly, the diamonds aren’t very prominent without some sort of color change every row, but I still think it looks kinda cool.
Ultimately, since they’re both basically the same pattern—you just stop one of them sooner—I wrote up one pattern that encompasses both of them. You can find that here.
So yeah. Which one do you think looks better? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see you all next week.
Okay, so jellyfish don’t have eyes. But it’s a lot more anatomically correct than the previous two. So I stand by my title.
So, after I posted the second version of the jellyfish, I got a Facebook message from my cousin asking if I could make a jellyfish with “more tentacles” for her son. After a short clarification, I ascertained that this child is a fan of aquatic animals, and wanted a jellyfish that looked more like, well, a real jellyfish. Specifically, that it should have a bunch of thin stingers around the outside of the dome. And, like, who am I to deny a child that opportunity?
When I design these animals, I pretty much always look at pictures of the real thing to determine what parts make it distinctly that animal, and what I can discard to create what I hope is kind of a sleek, minimalist style. That is what happened to the jellyfish stingers. I knew they were there, but they weren’t necessary in my opinion, so I left them off. Also, I didn’t want to figure out how to make them work. I am a lazy person sometimes.
But after a quick planning session, I came up with a pretty good way to work in the stingers. And it was a really quick modification to the version two pattern, so I just wrote it up as it’s own pattern. You can get it here.
That being said, I’m probably going to default to the version two pattern for my own personal use. Again, I prefer the minimalist aesthetic. But, this was a fun challenge, and my cousin’s son really likes it so…yay!
Okay, so I alluded to this two weeks ago, and here it is. I wasn’t super happy with the original tiny jellyfish pattern I made, so I’ve been playing with it. I’ve got something now that I think is much better.
This is it’s final form. There are about three changes.
I added a loop to the top, so it hangs from things. I think this helps it to look pretty, especially as a display piece.
I made the tentacles a LOT more loosely coiled. I like this because they hang a lot prettier now and tangle together a lot easier.
I made it so the tentacles and the base are in the same piece. This isn’t really an aesthetic change, but it makes finishing a lot easier because you don’t have to sew a bunch of tentacles into the body.
So yeah. The new pattern is here. I’m going to leave the old pattern up on its page as well. Enjoy!
Yes! The thrilling conclusion to the epic saga is here! Bask in its glory!
Or, you know, just admire the pretty basket I made. That works to.
This one uses the daisy stitch! Which, as it turns out, is a little bit harder to translate to basket form than I thought it’d be. See, the daisy stitch pulls the yarn together a little bit (it almost acts like a decrease) meaning that the first version I made looked a lot more like a cone than a basket. I fixed this by adding a little bit of an increase to the first row of the side, effectively canceling out that decrease.
For this one, I decided to use the basket weave stitch because that seems like far and away the obvious choice for use in making a basket. Also because it’s one of those stitches that I really like but rarely end up using. I like the way it turned out, visually, although the top is pretty wavy due to the nature of the stitch.
Additionally, I was still going through yarn scraps while making this one. For this, I chained together a ball of black, a ball of gray, and a ball of white. As a result, I wound up with a cool grayscale effect that I am definitely a fan of.
So yeah. The pattern is here. Take a look if you want. See you guys next week!
So, I had some little yarn balls left over from the laundry bag, so I decided to use them to make some baskets to help organize my stuff. And now I’m going to show them off one by one. Starting with this one.
For these, I wanted to do something for the sides other than just basic single or double crochet. The first thing that came to mind was the shell stitch, so that’s what I started with.
I like the way this turned out. It kind of looks like a flower.
I’ll have the pattern written up within the day. Things have been a little hectic this past week, and I wanted to take the time to make sure I did it right. So…yeah.