crown, easy, grade A, kids

Little crown

Pattern grade: A

This little crown was delightfully simple, and was super quick. I’ve seen a thousand of these and this one had a little more ornate detail on the top, so that the spikes go a little higher, and is so light when you wear it that it’s easy to forget it’s there, which is great for a three year old who can’t stand to keep stuff on his head for long.

I admit this photo is a bit fuzzy, but you try keeping this kid still! I could not, and I took quite a few pictures. This very odd expression was the best we could do.

Here’s the pattern (which includes a better clearer picture as well): http://stitch11.com/for-the-king-of-your-castle/

If you follow the link, there are princess versions as well, although as far as I can see, not much is different except for the color.

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bag, halloween

The Candy Corn Bag

I found a bag similar to this one on Pinterest (of course) and it’s a paid pattern. I cannot figure out why, because unless someone doesn’t understand basic crocheting, this bag was incredibly easy.

However, if you’re compelled to have a pattern, I have written one, and I won’t charge anyone for it (although I’ll probably post the bag itself here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AddledMabs around late September)

The pattern:

Use an H sized hook, for a bag about 10 inches tall and 8 inches wide at the top.

Chain 15 in white

Row one: Half double crochet (hdc) all stitches across, ch. 2 and turn.

R2: *2 hdc in first stitch, hdc across, and 2 hdc in the last stitch. *

R3-R6 repeat previous row (from * to *) Fasten off and leave a LONG end, which you will use to sew up the sides when finished.

Change color to orange

R7-R12 repeat row 2 .

Fasten off and leave a LONG end, which you will use to sew up the sides when finished.

R13: change to yellow and repeat row 2

R14-R18 repeat row 2 again. Fasten off and leave a LONG end, which you will use to sew up the sides when finished.

Now you’ve completed one side of the bag. Repeat the entire construction again and then sew the sides together, using the long ends of each color. Flip inside out so that your stitches don’t show, and then begin the straps. I used two, because crocheted straps can be kind of flimsy, and then I created thick straps. I used this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7Lr8jmExok

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It’s a bit small for the ambitious candy seekers, but would be super cute for a Halloween related gift.

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amigurumi, cat, scarves

Turning crazy cat lady scarf

I don’t know what it is about cat patterns. They’re everywhere! I don’t have a cat, but it appears that I have a lot of cat patterns pinned. *shrug* I don’t know what to say about that. I’m a crazy cat crochet lady instead of a cat lady. I’m going to have a house full of crazy cat crochet things. I can be like this old “wood carver” witch in Brave who only does bears (only I’m cats):

She only carves bears.

For some reason, I pinned this thing:

It’s a dead cat.

I find it really looks like it’s a dead cat, and I’m not sure why I would pin something quite so unappealing. However, I did pin it, and I’m going to crochet all the pins (that I can manage). However, I refuse to pay for this particular pattern, so I figured it out on my own. There are several versions on Pinterest, so I guess it’s not entirely nuts. I gave mine open eyes and an unhappy face — it kind of looks more alive that way.

Anyway, so here are some pictures – if you know how to make a circle, some ears and the legs and tail are in no way difficult if you’ve done any amigurumi. I can’t believe some people have the hutzpah to try to sell this pattern. When I make something complicated, I’ll try to sell the pattern, maybe. I really need to get a dress form so I can make scarves look decent. No one else in the family will pose for pictures, and selfies just look silly.

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amigurumi, cats, gone wrong, grade D

The cluster of a cat pattern

This pattern, on instructables.com was a straight up mess. I’d give it about a D.

Here’s the pattern: http://www.instructables.com/id/Crochet-White-Kitten-Doll-Mao-Mao/

Granted, this little girl kitten wouldn’t look so awful without the wonky eyes. However, at most turns, this either didn’t look correct, or simply didn’t exist and I had to make it up as I went along. There’s even a comment that the same image attached to the pattern is from a book, which perhaps explains why it doesn’t come out looking much like the picture.

The cat’s neck is a bit long. There’s literally no instructions as to how the author expects one to make the arms fit the dress (they don’t, btw – you basically sew them on the arms and then sew them on the outside of the dress). The pattern ignores the headscarf altogether, and since I sewed the ears a wee bit too far back – nasty habit of mine – I just created holes in the headscarf I made in order to compensate. Also, the dress was far, far too short. It was like a shirt, and while little girls wear shirts as dresses all the time, it wasn’t going to fly unless I gave this poor cat a giraffe neck.

I think it’ll be fine once I remove and reattach some decent eyes, but right now it’s a mess. My handmade eyes don’t work this small.

Also, one assumes that the original pattern has you sew the hands together and make a little yarn ball with knitting needles for the basket — a bit silly considering that the whole thing is crocheted –but I skipped that bit. So, this turn out to be a bit of a cluster, but I think the results will be ok. I wouldn’t start out with a project like this, that’s for sure. Unless you want to curse a lot more than I did.

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Amigirumi, easter, grade A, simple

A Peep Bunny

My son loves Peeps. I don’t much care for the taste, but anything that has sugar in it attracts my three year old. Naturally, a tiny, easy looking pattern for a Peep sounds perfect!

Pattern: http://whiskersandwool.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-marshmallow-bunnies-free-pattern.html

I give this pattern an A. It’s simple, it’s easy, and if you have a tendency to make mistakes, it doesn’t take long to fix them. I vow to make more of them until I get them perfect in time for Easter, but right now I’m trying to conquer The Sweater (I’ve never done a sweater before, either in knit or crochet. I’ve tried and failed more than once, but I’ve never finished one. Naturally, I couldn’t pick a simple one.)

He lacks eyes. I know. I should finish it, but here’s the deal with this pattern: It’s WAY too easy to screw up. It’s really easy to screw up because if one stitch is off, you’ll screw it up. However, it’s small enough that ripping it out won’t break your heart. I made three bunny sides before I pulled it off, and as you can see, the ears are still a little sideways. As per my usual, I used a smaller needle than required and still ended up with gaping holes. I really need to work on that.

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container, gone wrong, Grade B

Lumpy teacup and saucer

This is cute and simple, but comes out pretty lumpy, as shown, so I call it a B+

Here’s the free Lion Brand pattern: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L10635.html  However, I think there are some better ones on Ravelry that can recommend some ways that these might keep their shapes better.

Still, it’s kind of cute. My son wasn’t that into it, but he’s a three year old boy who is into trucks. Tea parties aren’t his thing.

Not much to share about this one. There is a really good pattern for a basket that, if you used a thin yarn and teensy hooks, could probably be used to make a better cup, with a flatter bottom: https://www.e-patternscentral.com/detail.html?prod_id=7564&cat_id=780&criteria=  You’ll have to add it to cart as if you’re going to purchase it, but it’s still free. I’ve used it for a basket, and since the bottom is entirely flat, it tends to stand up better. I’d start with that and combine it with the first pattern for a good cup. I’ll try it again sometime, but I’m behind on posting, and working with a somewhat horrible pattern for a amigurumi cat, not to mention prepping for a new semester, so more very soon that doesn’t involve lumpy cups.

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Taken separately, they’re rather cute.

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challenge, grade A, lace

The pineapple lace

This is a youtube link only: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxQNdMlnurY

I’ll give this about an A-  There’s lots of stuff called the Pineapple motif, and many of them look completely different from one another. That said, since I don’t have tons of lace experience (just the Queen Anne’s lace from a previous post early last month, really) I went with one that had a video tutorial. The tutorial is VERY VERY specific, which is nice. It also sucks, because once I finished the first motif and knew I had the general idea, it’s pretty hard for me to memorize a 9 row piece of lace in which every row is different, and so I had to re-watch the entire tutorial again.

Rather than having to re-watch the tutorial every time (which takes a whole lot longer than having the pattern written out once you know what you’re doing), I wrote down all the steps for you, and for me (below).

The plan with this was to try this idea:

However, this particular lace motif doesn’t really fit with the design there. Plus, 1. I’m not using a tshirt, but a cami that never fit me. (Seriously, I ordered an XL and got a shirt that would fit my three year old better than me. Did you see that blog about ordering super cheap clothes from China? This was one of those.) Anyway. So it’s not totally working, but the lace is still pretty:

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I highly recommend using a yarn, at least for your very first motif, that is multicolored like this one. It really helps to know that you’re not pulling through the wrong strand if you’re pulling through several others, as you frequently have to do with this one.

That said, I also recommend you use a tighter weave than this particular yarn, as used in the video, because it really does come out looking nicer in the end. I’m using a baby yarn, and it’s so soft that you lose the detailing a bit as you work it. It’s really not meant for lace work.

I’m going to finish this and probably make it a scarf for now, and try another type of lace for the shirt. I could just go the simple route and buy some lace, but I like a little bit of a challenge.

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The written instructions for a Pineapple Lace Motif (#14) – again, I highly recommend viewing the video at least once, but the outside edges are the same on almost EVERY row, and it gets pretty repetitive after a while, and if you’re going to do the motif dozens of times or so, you want the written instructions until you’ve memorized them.

To begin, Chain 5, and slip stitch(sl st) into the first single crochet (sc) to form a loop.

R1:chain 2 in ring, then do a two double crochet (dc) cluster(cl), also in the ring. chain 2, and then a 3 dc cl in the ring. Ch 4, then another 3 dc cl in the ring, chain 2, and another 3 dc cl in the ring. You’ll end up with four clusters. Turn the work.

R2: *sl st into the 1st ch space from previous row and ch 2. Then, in the same space, do a 2 dc cl and chain 2, and a 3 dc cl * (this will be repeated at the beginning of every row until you reach row 11, hence the stars). After those two clusters, ch 2 and dc in the next ch space, ch2, and ^in the last chain space (between the last two clusters) 3 dc cl, ch 2, and another 3 dc cl and turn^

If you get that part, you’ve basically got the whole thing. However, the center of each row is a bit different from each previous row. There are only two rows where you’ll repeat previous rows.

R3: repeat * to * ch 2 into the next dc from previous row, dc 3x (in same stitch), ch 2, then repeat ^ to ^

R4: repeat * to * ch 2, dc into the prev row dc (1), and dc into the next dc, chain 3, dc into the SAME space as previous dc, and then dc in the next dc space. ch 2 and repeat ^ to ^.

R5: repeat * to * ch 2, do a sc in the first dc of previous row and a sc in each of the next 6 stitches. Then ch 2 and repeat ^ to ^

R6: repeat previous row exactly

R7: repeat * to *, ch 2, skip 1st sc and sc in the next five stitches, then ch 2 and repeat ^ to ^

R8: repeat previous row exactly

R9: repeat * to * ch 4, skip 1st sc, and sc in the next three stitches, ch 4 and repeat ^ to ^

R10: repeat * to * , in center st of sc from previous row, do a double treble stitch. then do the last ^ to ^

R11 (final row) begin usual sl st into 1st space, 2 dc cl, and then skip to last sp and do 3 dc cluster

If you are going to begin a second motif, ch 5 and sc into the bottom of previous motif (r11) for strong attach. If you are done, finish off and weave in the end.

Hope that helps! I’ve tried out the written version a couple of times, but feel free to let me know if I’m unclear anywhere.

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