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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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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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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