Monthly Archives: November 2008

I’m late this week, but I have an FO to share.

shawl-3I checked out a book on crochet out of the kids’ section of the library, thinking I could find some quick projects therein.  Unfortunately, I forgot to copy down the name of the book, which is a shame, as I’ve actually made something out of it.

This is the “Show-Off Shawl.”  It’s really a simple net triangle shawl.  Took about two days to make, and that wasn’t steady work.  It’s easily a day’s project for anyone who crochets steadily.

The yarn is Berella 4, but showing my scatterbrained-ness lately, I forgot to write down the color.  I love this particular colorway, though.  I made Esther a blanket & a shirt out of it last year.  Paid much less for these two skeins (took slightly less than two skeins of the main color, & just a little bit of the coordinating pink used in the border.  I made a couple of changes.  For one, I left off four rows of the body.  I made it as a Christmas gift for my eldest (the younger two will get shawls of their own as well, I just haven’t made ’em yet), so it’s plenty big enough as is.  I also used a coordinating yarn for the edging, instead of the same yarn as the body, and only did one round of the edging, not enough to make it a ruffled edging like it’s supposed to be.  I also used a J hook on the edging instead of the same size as the one I made the body with (5.5mm).

All in all, I’m incredibly happy with it, and I’ll get the others soon enough.

Here are a couple pix of Ro modeling her sister’s gift.  (Please forgive any typos, I’m tired & NAK.)

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Yeah, I still need to weave in ends.

In other news, I believe I have just this coming week left in the semester, not counting finals.  Spring semester starts 12 Jan.  So I should have plenty of crocheting time during my winter break.

Skirt Redux

Remember this?

waistband-3This is the skirt I was working on post-before-last.  I love the look of it overall, but I was frankly getting nowhere with it.  The waistband was worked vertically, with an H hook, and though I’d bumped up to an I hook for the skirt part, since I’d made the decision to work in SC, it was slow.

I’ve frogged and reworked this sucker so many times it’s not funny.  Bumped up to a J hook.  Tried HDC like the original pattern called for.  Just don’t like the look of it.

So I decided to work it vertically.  Frogged the solid pink part, dropped back down to an H hook, and started working it vertically.  Problem here was twofold.  First, no matter what I did to attach it to the waistband, it wound up looking pretty funky.  More important to my lack of patience, it’s still slow.

So.  Started over again for the umpteenth time.

I’m determined to make myself a skirt.  In all my playing around to try to develop something, I took a K hook and, using chainless single crochet (also known as double base chain, or double chain), figured out I need 90 sc to fit around my waist.

This is what I’ve got right now:

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Looks pretty similar, doesn’t it?  It’s still a WIP, of course.  I don’t have the energy or the time anymore to bang out something like that in a night.  I worked on it while catching up with The Order of the Stick.  I’ve got 20 rows so far, and I’m aiming for 90 (that’s a K hook I’m working with, & SCs are nicely square), so I’m a whopping 22% into it, but thus far I love the way it’s going.  Turns out that with a K hook I don’t need that many stitches to get a slightly-less-than-knee-length skirt.  I’m working with 54 sts right now, and 10 of them are the print yarn.  This should give me essentially the same look as I’d originally intended–I’m going to use the same yarn for trim at the bottom hem–but with much simpler construction.  Since I always switch colors in the same place, I’m not cutting the yarn but simply dropping it; it’s not much of an issue to carry it up a single crochet row.

I’m not doing all BLO either.  I’m doing one my wrong-side rows in FLO (which gives the same look as BLO on the right side), and my right-side rows through both loops.  So it’s a wider rib, and there’s also the added benefit that working vertically gives a nice, well, vertical line to it, which of course is more attractive.  Working in this manner is also supposed to improve the drape and fit of the finished product.  We shall see.

That’s my post for the week…

Real life keeps getting in the way, but I have a FO.

Bleah.  I dont’ even want to think about when I last updated this blog.  I have been so busy with classes that I really haven’t had a chance to crochet, much less blog about crocheting.

Still, I hate the fact that it’s been so long since I’ve updated, and that I haven’t been doing so regularly.  So: I promise I’ll update a minimum of once a week now.

Here’s my FO:

bratz-baby-set-1-small I’ve been working on this for a while.  I have a picture of part of it in a previous post, as a WIP.  So you can see the bones.

This is a bassinette, blanket, and nightgown for Esther’s Bratz Baby Yazmin.

The bones of the bassinette are plastic canvas.  Annie’s Attic, some time ago, put out some Barbie furniture patterns that were plastic canvas covered in crochet.  That’s where I got the idea for this from, though quite obviously this isn’t one of the Annie’s Attic patterns.

This project was prompted by my youngest attempting to claim the eldest’s Bratz doll bed for her own toy.  Understandably, Bobbie objected to that plan.  But Esther so plainly wanted something of her own, and to the best of my knowledge, they don’t market much of anything for the Bratz Babyz.  (And why not?  That’s 90% of the Bratz merchandise my kids own, because that’s all that doesn’t come with removable feet.  I think they’re missing a huge merchandise opportunity.)

Anyhow…

bratz-baby-set5-smallI cut a piece of plastic canvas slightly larger than a Bratz baby for the “mattress” part.  Then I cut another 4 pieces–back, sides, & front.  The back & sides are all the same height.  The front is slightly more than half the height of the back.  It is a bit unusual, but I was basically going for the look of a crib with the front dropped down.  I wanted Esther to be able to put her doll in & take it out easily.  (Ro was 2 when I started this.)

I sewed the frame together with yarn.  That’s the skeleton in the post below this one (or maybe the post below the post below this one).  Then it sat around for a really long time with no further work being done on it.  Eventually, I started to feel guilty, and the girls’ continually asking me if I was done with it yet made it even worse, so I promised myself to finish it.

I made the outside cover in one piece using some Bernat Softee Baby I’ve had for a couple of years now.  All of the yarn I used was yarn I had on hand, by the way, some of it older than my middle daughter.  I used an F hook, chained big enough to go around the outside, then unraveled a few stitches (ALWAYS, things will wind up bigger than they start out!).  I worked in the round, using HDCs, until I got it big enough to reach the top of the front, then started working back & forth.  In total, I have 9 rounds/rows of HDC.  The frame was stuffed down inside, & I whipstitched the cover & frame together.

Then it sat unattended a couple of more weeks.

I made the bottom part of the inside next, with more sport-weight yarn.  I wanted to do it in a solid color, one of the colors I had on the outside.  This pink isn’t an exact match for the pink in the outside cover, by any stretch of the imagination, but I like it.  I made the bottom, ignored it about a week, then made the sides in pretty much the same fashion I’d made the outside.  I sewed the two pieces together and let it sit a couple of days.

Today, I put the inside down in the frame, then attached the inside & outside covers by crocheting them together.  I used single crochets.  I did this because I wanted a nice finished edge.  It was fairly simple for most of it, as I could crochet through existing stitches; the part where it goes down from the top to the front was a little tricky, but really no more so than crocheting along the side of something ever is, really.

bratz-baby-set-2-smallAfter that, I still needed a blanket and a nightgown for the doll.  Surprisingly enough, I got both of them done within maybe two hours.  Maybe.  I really wanted to finish this before Ro gets back from Daddy’s tomorrow evening.

The blanket is some fuzzy worsted weight I’ve had for some time (remember Lovey the Octopus?  same yarn).  The blanket is simply 10 rows of 15 DC, using a 4.25 mm hook.  That’s why I didn’t take a seperate picture of it.  No real point.  I’d eventually planned to make something a bit fancier, but gave in to expediency at the end.

Last came the nightgown, which I will post a pattern for shortly.  It’s made in fingering weight yarn with a 3.5 mm hook.  I’d originally intended to use a 3.25 mm hook, but the yarn isn’t single-ply, & so the hook kept splitting it.  It was well-nigh impossible to work with.

This nightgown is only 12 rounds/rows’ worth of work.  HDCs in the skirt, single crochets in the bodice.  There are no seams, and the closure is  chain stitch ties (well, chains that were then slip-stitched back down).  Only two ends to weave in when done!  It is sleeveless for simplicity’s sake.

Here’s a photo of all the components:

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Here’s the link to the pattern for the nightgown: Baby Yazmin’s Nightgown

I’m going to start putting all my patterns on this blog, instead of on my Angelfire page.  It’s simply much easier this way.  I’m not planning to move what I have, at least not yet.