Thursday, May 2, 2013

Pretty Cunning Commission

Made for a friend, this Jayne Cobb-inspired hat is courtesy of Crafting Adventures.  It's a protest against the recent kerfoffle that happened on Etsy regarding selling similar hats and/or patterns.

Please note: I am not publishing this pattern, selling it, etc. and all that legal stuff.  This was made for a friend; I am not making more and listing them in my Etsy store or on Ebay.

Of course, after I finished making my first official pompom (okay, there was that one time in college, but we don't talk about that!), I had just a smidgen of yellow left over.

True story: this yellow yarn started out as a Caron One Pound skein.

It went into the making of this ever-so-loveable Minion and his precious banana:

(Yes, he's about 2 feet tall.)

And the yellow Mighty Morphin' Power Ranger slippers:

And the yellow slippers for sale on Etsy:

My shop here.

And my first attempt at broomstick lace:

As well as other various projects that are lying around in unfinished bits and pieces.

It really was the skein that kept on giving!

But all good things must come to an end, and today I bade farewell to the yellow skein of awesomeness by making these cluster flowers (pattern courtesy of My Hobby is Crochet):

I think I might string these on some scrap yarn as a garland, or save them to embellish a tote bag or somesuch.

Ah, it was nice to know you, Sunflower Skein!  Adieu!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

First Written Pattern of some Questionabless

Wow, so a month away!  Away from the computer, away from crochet projects (or, at least, completed projects for myself).

That, and my camera suffered an unfortunate accident of indeterminate description while I was on vacation at the Outer I have no photo records of anything I've done since then!

Or now.

But my mother was kind enough to buy a new camera for my birthday/anniversary/yay holiday reasons! 

Eventually, I will discover how to use it, so I can incorporate pictures with my latest endeavor: a crochet pattern.

Yes, that's right.  I'm attempting to do my first, all-original crochet pattern.  (And by all-original, I mean that I invented the entire thing, as opposed to reworking/improving somebody else's pattern within an inch of its life.)

But until then, I want to get this pattern off the back of this poor envelope that just happened to be in the wrong place when I needed something to write on.  I do warn you that it is highly experimental, as I've only made 4.

Thus, I give you:

Mock Surgical Mask / Face Mask
A free crochet pattern by VelvetKey/Katie B.

Skill level: Easy
Yarn used: Worsted weight
Hook used:  J10 (US)

This mask is worked as all one piece for a single color.

All terms are American crochet terms:

sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
tr - triple/treble crochet
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain
sc2tog - sc two together; decrease
dc2tog - dc two together; decrease

Note:  This pattern has 3 sizes (S, M, and L).  The pattern will be written for small, with medium in parenthesis (  ) and large adjustments in double parenthesis ((  ))after. 

For example:  Sc 6, dc 5, sc 6  (sc 7, dc 8, sc7)  ((sc 8, dc 7, sc 8))

The pattern:

Chain 18. (21)  ((24))
Row 1:  Beginning in 2nd ch from hook, sc 6, dc 5, sc 6.  Ch 1 and turn.  (sc 7, dc 8, sc 7) ((sc 8, dc 7, sc8))
Row 2:  Sc 5, dc 7, sc 5. Ch 1 and turn.  (sc 6, dc 8, sc 6)  ((sc 7, dc 9, sc 7))
Row 3:  Sc 5, dc 7, sc 5. Ch 2 and turn.  (sc 6, dc 8, sc 6)  ((sc 7, dc 9, sc 7))
Row 4:  Dc 17.  Ch 3 and turn.  (dc 20)  ((dc 23)
Row 5:  Tr 17.  Ch 2 and turn.  (tr 20)  ((tr 23))
Row 6:  Dc 17.  Ch 1 ((2)) and turn.  (dc 20)  ((dc 23))
For L only: ((Row 6a:  Dc, dc2tog, dc 17, dc2tog, dc.  Ch 1 and turn.))
Row 7:  Sc, sc2tog 3 times, tr 3, sc2tog 3 times, sc.  (Sc, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, sc 2, tr 4, sc2, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, sc)  ((sc 2, sc2tog, sc 4, tr 5, sc 4, sc2tog, sc2))

Do not cut your yarn.

Row 7 is the top of the mask; the triple crochets are the nose section.  At this point, you may want to make sure you have a good fit before going on to the straps.

Ch 1 and turn your work sideways.  Sc down the side of the mask: 11 sc.  (11)  ((12))  I did 2 sc in the ch 3 of the tr row to get this number.

Once you reach the bottom corner of the mask, chain the straps.

Ch 20. (25) ((30))

Join strap with sl st to the top corner of the mask.

Sl st across the top of the mask:  11.  (Sl st 16)  ((Sl st 19))

Ch 1 and turn your work sideways.  Sc down the side of the mask: 11 sc.  (11)  ((12))

Ch 20.  (25)  ((30))

Join strap with sl st to the top corner.  Tie off and weave in ends.

That's it!  And now you can applique whatever fun things you want to it! 

I hope to post pictures soon.

And now the legal stuff:  This pattern was written by VelvetKey/Katie Bobbitt and may not be reproduced or sold.  All masks made are to be given as gifts, not sold for commercial use or profit.  If there are any questions, please contact me.