Sunday, 16 December 2012
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Another one of those had to make patterns.
Pattern can be found at overthebifrost and please look at the rest of the tumblr site cos pocket Loki gets up to a lot of mischief.
I have the helmet half done. Will update pics when it's complete and with spear thingy
Been dying to make this one for AGES and the start of the new series inspired me :D
pattern can be found via Ravelry
ssshhhh... don't let Teddy know he was almost replaced for a short while (and excuse the mess in the background, my boys hurricane the toyroom every day)
Friday, 21 September 2012
Baffie is scottish slang for slippers.
My youngest decided he wanted new slippers and they had to be orange and he needed to wear them in bed ... tall order wee man.
So i had a quick nosy and thought Feck it i'll make my own up.
Big hook and double DK wool for speed and here they are. After making these orange ones the older one decided he wanted some too, only in red. No problem, time to run thru the pattern again. Funny thing is that even though there is 16 months between them (Feb 07 and June 08) they have EXACTLY the same foot size (6.5inch long and 7inch around the toejoin).
So this pattern is currently only for a UK kids size 10 to 10.5 for the moment, and with a bit of info from some friends I'll hopefully get other sizes sorted
Until then add or subtract a stitch or two or row or two to get a size to fit and please comment cos any other sizes help would be great :D. Feel free to ask and I could give a guestimate, much better to test on little feeties to be sure as it's easy to add an extra row at the back to make them longer.
The baffies are worked in the amigurumi style of a spiral (work into next stitch without slipping to join row and no chainup to next) to the opening, then back and forth so only a back seam to sew
5.5mm crochet hook, Double Knitting Yarn in either 2 shades, or 1 shade held together, large eyed needle for sewing up. worked in sc (american single crochet or uk double crochet)
HOW make 2 identical
Holding 2 strands together chain 2
Work 8sc into the 2nd chain from hook
Increase in each stitch - 16sc
work (1sc, increase) around - 24sc
Work 14 rounds straight on the 24 stitches.
NR - chain 1 turn, work 22sc (leaves 2sc on previous round unworked), chain 1 turn
NR - sc along the 22 stitches, chain 1 turn
work last row a further 6 times (total of 8 rows worked flat)
NR - work 8 sc, decrease, 2 sc, decrease, 8sc - 20sc
NR - work 8sc, decrease, decrease, 8sc - 18sc
NR - work 7sc, decrease, decrease, 7sc - 16sc ... fasten off leaving a long thread to close seam.
fold back seam in half and sew the two sides together to make the back seam. neaten all ends.
It should look similar to this
Make another exactly the same and you should have this
Pop them onto little feeties like this
Monday, 13 August 2012
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Inspired by the Milly,Molly series of books and on TV. These are being adopted by a friends wee girl. If you look at the cover of Milly and Molly's Monday you'll see where these came from.
Dolls are my own pattern... I will get it written up soon (ish) :D
The cats are a free pattern by Linda Dawkins and can be found via Ravelry
Friday, 29 June 2012
Saturday, 16 June 2012
"Oh my ... Hello Your Majesty, of COURSE you can come in"
A wee trip to Asda... it now has royal approval
evening meal with Brian... he was such a gentleman
the corgis needed a belly rub after the huge feast they had
running late for the boat the clever use of a skateboard and 8tlp (teeny leg power)
Made it to the Flotilla... *waves back to The Queen*
Saturday, 2 June 2012
Friday, 1 June 2012
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Yeah it's been a wee while since any Star Wars dudes... so here's C3P0. Sorry for the bright flash but that is all my camera would take clear in the lighting (darned scattish rainy weather)
Amazing what returns to mind when you get a colour you've been looking for for a while ... many thanks to Sheila from Deramores CS department :D
Saturday, 12 May 2012
Yeah he is a BIT bigger than the rest, but that's cos he should be :D
I think next time I'll make the feet and legs a bit chunkier too... he kinda got a bit out of hand... but Brian loves him so that's all that matters really
Monday, 7 May 2012
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
I do love toddler mitts... a pair can be whizzed up in less than a couple of hours and no shaping needed. If you can do the basics these are easy peasy. For a one colour set follow the stitch count, ribbing and stocking stitch plain for the 16 rows the colourwork in the pattern below. Please note the instrusctions about where to start the colourwork, this will ensure the details are on the back of the hands.
4mm straight needles
Double Knitting Yarn in green and black,
(about 15grams green and 3 or 4 yards maximum of black, I havnt measured exact but it's very little of each)
the "?" chart below
make 2, 1 with pattern at start of row, 1 with pattern starting 1/2 way along as described below
using green cast on 32 sts
work K1,P1 rib for 12 rows
Purl 1 row (this gives a "clean" edge before the colourwork)
beginning with a K row work in stocking stitch for 16 rows working the "?" in black, twisting yarn behind work to prevent holes.
for the left hand work row 1 of the chart from the start of the row ... eg k7green, 2 black, k green to end. this will position the ? on the back of the hand when sewn up
for the right hand k 16 green, then work the 16sts of colourwork ... eg k23 (16+7) green, 2 black, k green to end. this will position the ? on the other side of the mitt and therefore will also be on the back of the hand when sewn up
the colourwork ends on a K row so again to keep a clean edge between the colourwork and the rib...
P 1 row
work a further 8 rows of K1,P1 rib, cast off in rib
Sew in the contrast ends neatly, then join the side seams leaving a gap of around6 or 7 rows for the thumb. I find starting the gap about 3 or 4 rows of stocking stitch down from the fingers end works quite well. See picture below for a visual description
Finally pop them on. I have them pictured below on my nearly 4yr old, they are quite stretchy so I would imagine they would fit up to at least 6, maybe a bit older. They can easily be made a little wider by adding a couple of stitches or upping the needle size... for example a 5mm needle using 36sts will fit a adult female hand. Also for a little longer and extra row or two on either rib band or on the plain stocking stitch rows.
Remember when adding on stitches this will change the position of the colourwork, please account for that as evenly as you can ... eg if working on 36sts there is 18sts on each side, so add 1 stitch on either side of the chart
Please link to Ravelry if you make some...thanks :D
BASIC PATTERN with some size examples
X= whatever number of stitches YOU need it to be depending on varying factors of hand circumference and needle size. If unsure make a quick tension square to check.
Cast on 32/34/36/X sts on 4/5mm needles
work 12 rows 1x1rib
work 18/22/24/X rows stocking stitch
work 8 more rows 1x1rib
Monday, 23 April 2012
dark blue DK yarn for main ball
red/rust/dark orange yarn for contrast piece
green yarn for embroidery
sc :- single crochet (us) or double crochet (uk)
inc :- work 2 sc in the sc of the round below
dec :- work 2 sc together of the round below
Worked in spirals, ie place marker and work in next sc, do not slip to join round and chain up to next
main grenade ball
1. using dark blue chain 2 , 6sc in 2nd chain from hook
2. (inc) to end - 12sc
3. (1sc, inc) to end - 18sc
4. (2sc, inc) to end - 24sc
5. (3sc, inc) to end - 30sc
6. (4sc, inc) to end - 36sc
7. (5sc, inc) to end - 42sc
8. (6sc, inc) to end - 48sc
9. to 20. work 12 rounds straight
21. (6sc, dec) to end - 42sc
22. (5sc, dec) to end - 36sc
23. (4sc, dec) to end - 30sc
24. (3sc, dec) to end - 24sc
25. (2sc, dec) to end - 18sc
26. (1sc, dec) to end - 12sc ... stuff ball with enough filling to hold a ball shape
27. (dec) to end - 6sc
break yarn leaving a long end. thread end through the remaining 6sc and pull tight to close the hole. sew ends through ball and snip close to work.
1. using red/rust/dark orange chain 12
2. sc in 2nd chain from hook, then sc in the next 9 chain. work 3sc in the last chain then turn work upside down and work in the unused loops of the chain, work 9sc along chain and 2sc in the last loop (this was the 1st sc of the round) - 24sc. place marker
3. inc, work 9 sc, inc, 1sc, inc, work 9sc, inc, 1sc - 28sc
4. 1sc, inc, 9sc, inc, 1sc, inc, 1sc, inc, 9sc, inc, 1sc, inc - 34sc
5. inc, 1sc, inc, 9sc, inc, 1sc, inc, 1sc, inc, 1sc, inc, 9sc, inc, 1sc, inc, 1sc - 42sc
6. slip stitch into next sc to close and fasten off leaving a long thread to sew to main piece
pin contrast section to main ball around the middle, it should go about 1/4 around the widest part and sew in place.
Now comes the interesting part. I took the green embroidery inspiration from the Halo 3 grenade pictures shown on halo.wikia.com but there are a few different varieties over the games, some easier to sew than others. Choose what you feel happiest with, or go with whatever game of the franchise you (or the recipent) raves about most. Remember the 4 wee lights at either side as well as in the pic below.
Your finished plasma grenade is a little smaller and lighter than the one Master Chief himself would use, but please only fling these at people who are expecting them and not near anything breakable, they may not go BOOM but they could still hurt and break ... thank you :D
As always if you do make one I would love it if you could link it on Ravelry ... thank you.
I am in no way affiliated with Xbox, Halo, Bungie or 343 ... this is just a little freebie fan art :D
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Knitted Tooka doll based on Numa the Twi’leks doll from The Clone Wars episode “Innocents of Ryloth”
The prototype pattern I made in the original purple and can be seen lower down the page. The arms and "ears" were a wee bit long, so sorted that for this final pattern.
Pattern can be found on Ravelry
Picture from HERE
Saturday, 21 April 2012
The original inspiration for this was Spawn 2s love of the wee bug that was Wall-Es friend in the film ... he's terrified of anything other than ants, but loves this :D. It's pretty much any yarn with a hook a little smaller than the suggested to help prevent the stuffing showing through. The one in the pictures was done using chunky wool (about 20g of yarn i think) and a 4mm hook, but I've also done a Double Knitting (about 15g) version using a 3mm hook ... tension isnt really important for this. Anyway, freebie pattern time...
Oddments of bug coloured yarn
crochet hook a size smaller than yarn suggests (see above)
a yard of black yarn for eyes/mouth embroidery (or beads for eyes if not for a small child)
a little filling
worked in american terms... eg single crochet on this pattern is a UK/Aus double crochet. Worked in a spiral, ie do not slip join rounds or chain to next row, continue in next stitch, a row marker is helpful to define round start point.
starting at head end
2. (inc,inc,sc) twice - 10sc
3. (sc, inc, sc, inc, sc) twice - 14sc
4. to 7. work 4 rounds straight (ie 1sc into each sc)
8. inc in each of the next 4 sc, sc to end - 18sc
9. work 1 round
10. (inc, inc, work 7sc) twice - 22sc
11. to 18. work 8 rounds straight on these 22sc
19. work 1sc, (dec, work 3sc) to last sc, work 1 - 18sc
20. (dec, work 4sc) to end - 15sc
21. (dec, work 3sc) to end - 12sc ... stuff now for ease
22. (dec, work 2sc) to end - 9sc
23. work dec 4 times, sc in final sc - 5sc
fasten off leaving a thread for closing. push in a little more filling if needed, thread yarn through the stitches and pull tight to close hole
wings make 2 starting at tip
1. chain 2, work 4sc in 2nd chain from hook
2. (inc, sc,) twice - 6sc
3. work 1 round straight
4. (2sc, inc) twice - 8sc
5. (3sc, inc) twice - 10sc
6. (4sc, inc) twice - 12sc
7. to 14. work 8 rounds straight
15. (sc, dec) to end - 8sc
16. (sc, sc, dec) twice - 6sc
fasten off leaving a long thread to attach to body. do not stuff, flatten wing and pin in place on back behind "bump" made by the increases on row 8 of body. I sit them on so the very tips are slightly separate, attach behind head and secure in placewith a couple of stitches about 3-4 rows down the wing, this way they dont flap about too loosely.
sew on the face leaving at least 2 rows between the wings and the eyes to allow for feeler placement. loads of artistic license here to do what you feels looks best. As mine was for a 3yr old I gave him a smile :D
feelers make 2
chain 14, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook then slipstitch into every other chain, fasten off leaving long thread to attach to head. Sew to head between the wings and eyes ... point them forward or back as you see fit. I positioned mine forwards.
legs make 6
chain 9, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook then slipstitch into every other chain, fasten off leaving long thread to attach to body. Turn bug upside down and for ease mark center line with a pin (optional, you can use your own eye judgement if you want) ... attach 3 legs to either side of the center line as shown in the picture below
Sew any loose ends you may still have thru the body and snip off neatly, and ta-da finished bug
Hand to happy recipient
Pattern page can be found on Ravelry ... if you make one I would love it if you could link it.
Thank you xxx