Craft fest project update

I picked up supplies yesterday for my I Made a Thing project.

I only need a little of the gold and red, but unfortunately you can’t get yarn cut like you can fabric, so I had to buy the whole big skein.  I started working on it yesterday, and it looks okay, but I’m not entirely sold on it right now.  I think I have to work it a bit more to see if how I’m doing it is going to work or not.  Finished projects aren’t due until February, so I have plenty of time to start over and try different stitches if I feel I need to.

And seeing the red and gold worked together reminded me of the Iron Man armor, so maybe I’ll use it for something Avengers related after this.

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Craft fest

I signed up for I Made a Thing, a multi-fandom craft fest on Dreamwidth.  I’m still not sure if this was a good idea or not, but I’m done with my holiday crafting (I made a blanket for a coworker and toy for my niece and that’s all I’m doing, I swear), so I figured, ‘why not?’

I picked the prompt Supernatural – Salt.  I have an idea in my head, I just have to figure out how to execute it.  Obviously it’s going to be crocheted.  Saturday I’m heading out for supplies, and then sitting down and coming up with a plan of action.  I’m sure there will be a lot of frogging involved, but hopefully it will be a relatively smooth process.  I’m looking forward to getting started, but I’m also a little nervous about maybe not being able to get the picture in my head to come to life on my hook.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with the finished product, since I don’t really see a need for it down here (North Carolina), but I’m not going to worry about that now.

Party hat for amigurumis

I had made the free pig off of the Lion Brand yarn website for a friend’s birthday (you might need to be logged in to see that link, but joining is totally free and totally worth it for all the free patterns).  It worked up fast and easy, looked great, and I knew my friend – who collects pigs – was going to love it.  Then I showed it to my mom, who asked, “where’s it’s party hat?”

Cue me staring at her for a moment, then mentally slamming my head on a table.  OF COURSE!  IT TOTALLY NEEDED A PARTY HAT!

So last night after work I sat down and came up with a super easy pattern for a little party hat for amigurumis.  Someone somewhere has probably already made and shared a pattern, but if they did I couldn’t find it.  So here’s mine!

Party Hat for Amigurumis

You will need:  size G hook, worsted weight yarn, stitch marker to count rounds
Round 1:  Chain 2. 4 sc in first chain.
Round 2:  2sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next stitch.  Repeat to end of round – 6 stitches
Round 3:  sc in each stitch around
Round 4:  2sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches.  Repeat to end of round – 8 stitches
Round 5:  sc in each stitch around
Round 6:  2sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 3 stitches.  Repeat to end of round – 10 stitches
Round 7:  sc in each stitch around
Round 8:  2sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 4 stitches.  Repeat to end of round – 12 stitches
Round 9:  sc in each stitch around
Round 10:  2sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 5 stitches.  Repeat to end of round – 14 stitches
Round 11:  sc in each stitch around

(This is where I ended for my hat, but you can keep on increasing in this manner (or knock off rounds) until you have the size you need)

Ruffles:
(Change color if desired)
Chain 1.
In front loops only – 2sc in next stitch, 3sc in next stitch.  Repeat to end of round, join with slip stitch to first sc of round.  Fasten off.  Decorate with surface crochet, beads, sequins, whatever grabs your fancy.  Add stuffing.  Attach hat to amigurumi.  Party on!

Quart-sized Mason Jar Cozy

I made a bunch of these as gifts this past Christmas, and filled the jars with candy.  You can make these in any color to match your decor, or for the different holidays.  This pattern is for a quart-sized mason jar, but it can easily be adapted to other sizes.  Just increase the bottom circle to the desired size.

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Supplies:

1 skein Red Heart worsted weight yarn, in Mistletoe or color of your choice  (you can get three cozies out of one 5oz skein)

Size H crochet hook

Stitch markers

Yarn needle

Quart-sized mason jar (lid optional)

Stitches used:

sc = single crochet

ss = slip stitch

rsc = reverse single crochet*

*Reverse single crochet:  Working left-to-right (or right-to-left if left-handed), Chain 1 then single crochet into the last stitch of the previous row and in each stitch around.

Pattern is worked continuously in a spiral; do not join or turn at the end of rows.

To help keep track of your stitches, place a stitch marker at the beginning of each round.

Pattern:

Rd 1:  Ch 2, 6 sc in first ch.

Rd 2:  2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc

Rd 3:  2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, repeat – 18 sc

Rd 4:  2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat – 24 sc

Rd 5:  2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc, repeat – 30 sc

Rd 6:  2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc, repeat – 36 sc

Rd 7:  2 sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc, repeat – 42 sc

Rd 8:  1 sc in each sc, back loops only, all around – 42 sc

Rd 9:  Sc in each sc, both loops, all around

Rd 10:   Sc in each sc, back loops only, all around

Rds 11 – 25:  Repeat rds 9 and 10, joining with ss on rd 25

Rd 26:  Ch 1, rsc around, join with ss and fasten off.

Finishing:

Weave in ends