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!

Coffee Mug Keychain

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December is finally upon us, and with finals one week away, I have been doing schoolwork…and not much else. Any free time I have had during the past few weeks has been spent either sleeping or making Christmas presents, the first of which I can’t actually show off for another two weeks. Oh yeah, and I made this adorable coffee mug key chain that’s chilling out with the hot chocolate in the photo above. That’s pretty relevant.

I genuinely have no idea how I first discovered the pattern for this, but it made a20161204_144142n impression, since I purposefully googled it months later when I was looking for something quick and easy to do with the safety eyes and key chains I had just purchased. The original pattern was made by Sarah Zimmerman at Repeat Crafter Me as part of a series of Starbucks themed goodies (link to pattern). While I’m not partial to Starbucks myself, as a college student, I do tend to start my mornings with an offering to the coffee gods—and a french press of Folgers—so this was a craft that really resonated with me.

…That’s just about everything I had to say about this. I’m going to go pour myself another mug of coffee and get back to studying for those finals!

Partly Cloudy Super Scarf

So, after a particularly hot October, New Orleans weather has finally decided to get colder and, as the winter months descend upon us, I felt it thematically appropriate to share a particularly cozy scarf.

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My friend, Jessie Conrad, modeling her new scarf

Now, normally I don’t make scarves, because I’m impatient and scarves take forever. However, I have been wanting to make something using super bulky yarn for a while, and I found a scarf pattern from Cre8tion Crochet that is absolutely gorgeous (Pattern link here).

The scarf worked up really fast—as I imagine scarves made of super bulky blanket yarn often do—and as an added bonus, it’s super cozy. In the future, I’d like to experiment more with super bulky yarn, but until then, I’m really happy with this scarf.

Matoki Pt III: Shishimato

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Shishi before I taped his ears to the chair

Hello, and welcome to the third post in the matoki series, this time featuring a healthy dose of coincidence. B.A.P’s newest album—Noir—dropped yesterday, along with the M/V for the title track—Skydive—and I swear I didn’t plan this. This also casts a bittersweet overtone on today’s post, as Bang Young Guk, the member Shishimato represents, will unfortunately not be promoting this album with the rest of the group, as he has been diagnosed with anxiety and is currently being treated. (Get well soon, Yongguk. We love you.)

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Shishi after I taped his ears to the chair

Making Shishi provided it’s own unique set of challenges, most stemming from the fact that he’s camouflage instead of black. I found the right yarn to compensate for this easily enough, but it turned out to be slightly thinner than the yarn I use for the other ones, which made the initial prototype significantly smaller than I like them to be. Not to be deterred, I upped the size of my crochet hook, which made him slightly bigger than the other two—and significantly squishier.

I also discovered that a significant factor in getting Dada’s ears to stay up when I put pipe cleaners in them was that they were stiff to begin with, due to the tightness of the stitches. Shishi’s ears, being significantly looser to begin with, refused to stay up with the same trick. I attempted to fix this by reinforcing the pipe cleaners, but when that proved futile I cut my losses and let his ears droop.

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Shishi next to Dada (for size comparison)

The other major challenge in making Shishimato was his mask (it’s a gas mask, in case you couldn’t tell). It turns out, felt doesn’t particularly like being placed at 90 degree angles from other pieces of felt, and won’t stay that way without reinforcement. As such, Shishi’s mask is primarily held together with hot glue. A LOT of hot glue. It kind of turned into a gluey mess, and if I ever get the chance, I’d like to see if I can make a better one, but overall I think it looks alright.

In sum, making Shishi taught me that all yarns are not created equal, and that hot glue dries really, really fast. I do like the way he turned out, and his squishyness makes him the most huggable of the matoki so far, which is a plus in my opinion.

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.

Colorful Crochet Infinity Scarf

20160926_132142So I recently discovered the Moogly blog, which is a treasure trove of crochet patterns, including this one. I highly suggest you check it out, if you haven’t already. (Incidentally, this is the second Moogly pattern I’ve featured on my blog. The first one was the rainbow organizers.)

I really like the way this scarf turned out. I made it as a way to try and use up some of my multicolored yarn (of which I have a lot) and to take a break from my recent, significantly more complicated projects. I was a little skeptical about how it would look going in, as the yarn is kind of a weird mix of colors, but I like the way the oranges and purples play off of each other to create a unique, colorful look. This scarf has a personality, which is an impressive thing for such a simple pattern.

I think this pattern is a great for crocheters of all experience levels, and if you want to make one, you can find it at http://www.mooglyblog.com/artfully-simple-infinity-scarf/. Additionally, this particular scarf is available on my Etsy shop (click here for the specific listing).