Hats!

These are the two hats I knitted for my friend Ruth for Christmas. She asked for a Where’s Waldo Hat, and I messed up the first hat, which is the one on the left. It is clearly not a Where’s Waldo hat, and is instead a Santa hat. I realized my mistake too late, and so finished the Santa hat before moving on to the Where’s Waldo one.


This is the Deadpool hat/balaclava I made for Ruth’s sister. The base is knit in red following the Jackyll & Hide pattern, and I hand sewed on black shapes to outline the eyes, and then put white netting underneath so that it could be used as a mask.

I made this hat for a knitting trade with my friend Katie. We wanted to do a trade of ‘ugly hats’. I worked with both colors at the same time from opposite sides of the hat to create a striped pattern that spirals to the top, where I made the biggest pom-pom I could.

This zig-zag scarf was made for my friend Nicole’s birthday.

I decided on each row’s color by flipping a coin for each row, resulting in a lovely, truly random pattern.

That’s right, it’s an R2D2 hat! I made this to celebrate the new Star Wars movie, and used the Star Wars Droid Beanies pattern. I modified the hat a little bit by adding two extra rows, one where the hat is solid grey, and one at the bottom.

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Yes! Another Star Wars hat! This one is BB-8, a character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I used a BB-8 Droid Hat Pattern, and modified the circles to be smaller, and looking at the robot in order to judge where to put them.

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A New School Year

Sorry, it’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted. Since then, I have moved to England and started my first year studying costume design and construction at a university level. I’ve been working very hard in class, and so kept forgetting to post. (oops!)

During winter break, I went to Austria with my friend Ruth and stayed with her family. While in Austria, Ruth and I visited her photographer friend, Bildersanatorium, who was kind enough to take photographs of the many pieces I have made since September.

Slytherin Hat

I had made this hat to match a scarf I’d made, but I lost the scarf almost immediately upon its completion.

This hat was the second thing I made after moving to England. It’s a very simple earflap hat made from double crochet and single crochet, with braided tassels and a pom-pom.

In most of the photos I look very serious.

I actually look happy in this photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This dress is made from a very nice stretch velvet I picked up from BSP Haberdashery. I felt it, and I just had to take it home with me. I made up the dress pattern as I went along, copying one of my tank tops for the bodice, and gathering two rectangles for the skirt. The dress is so simple that I was able to hand sew the entire dress in one night.

Ruth with Red hat and Harley Quinn Scarf

Ruth with Red hat and Harley Quinn Scarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my friend Ruth in cosplay as Mavis from Hotel Transylvania. She is modeling a knit hat and a crocheted scarf. The hat is a super simple pattern, I just altered knit and purl stitches until it reached the length I wanted, and then decreased. The scarf is made from the basic tunisian crochet stitch, which ended up making the fabric very thick and warm, but also caused a strange drape. I started making the scarf in red, but switched to black when I ran out of red.

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I made this hat for Ruth’s dad for Christmas. It’s a plain knit hat with a ribbed cuff.

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This hat is made for Ruth’s mom using the Kitkat Hat Pattern. The pattern was super easy to make, and I love the result!

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This is my favorite hat. It was my first time working with cables in a pattern and I love it so much! I used the Traveling Cable Hat Pattern and I found the instructions very easy to follow, although I did get confused while I was making the ribbing and messed up a bit. If you want to see in progress pictures of my hat, please click this link.

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This dress is actually a project from spring of last year. It’s made from the same pattern as the French Fry Dress out of a soft woven plaid fabric. I did not match the plaid because it is a very small print, and I lined the bodice with the same fabric used in the rest of the dress.

I am planning on posting more often this year, and hopefully I’ll stick to that promise!

 

Rainbows and Scarves and Hats (Oh my!)

I’ve made a lot of stuff in the past few months, so I’m going to try and separate it all into manageable posts.

In February, I was comissioned to make a rainbow scarf for my friend Marzena.

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I accidentally crocheted the scarf a few feet longer than I had meant to, mostly due to the chain stitch stretching.

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It’s pretty simple, made only with double crochet, each color being three rows wide. This was probably one of the biggest projects I’ve crocheted.

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Then, one of my other friends asked me to make a rainbow cowl.

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The first one I made in February, (pictured above) but it was too small, so I made another one that was longer in March.

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I forgot to take pictures of the second one, however. My apologies!

More recently, (last week!), my friend Claire, who also knits, asked me to knit a hat!

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Claire outlined a pattern for me verbally, saying I should start the hat with 54 stitches, and then decrease by six once it was the desired length.

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I forgot Claire’s instructions, and instead started the hat with 64 stitches, on needles that were two sizes too big.

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Luckily, I knit extremely tightly, so the hat fit just fine!

That just about sums up all the rainbow stuff I’ve made since February. Look out for more posts containing more recent makes!

February and March

FebruaryJasmine in a Hat

This dc slouchy hat is worked in three colors of yarn, the majority in grey and black held together, with yellow as the brim. The waves on the edge were made using sc, hdc, and dc.

Alexis in a Hat

This is another simple dc slouchy hat, but this time it has a detail in sc around the edge, as well as a pom pom at the top.

This hat is made from one of my own patterns which is available for free on Ravelry.

March

Sadly, this is the only picture I have of this slouchy hat. It is very simple, worked only in double crochet with four colors of acrylic yarn.

Octopus

This octopus was something I worked up quickly during class at school using this pattern. I believe I  gave him away to one of my friends in Japanese class.

 

I have made a lot more things since then (as well as a few more during those two months), so look out for some more posts in the near future!

The Three Year Scarf

In the beginning…

By my calculations, I started knitting this scarf in 2011. I’d wanted a really wide, long scarf that would keep me warm all winter, and I wanted it to be easy to make.

When the scarf reached about four feet, I ran out of yarn, and I looped it around into a cowl. I wasn’t completely happy with this and would check every yarn store for another ball of the yarn.

I’m not sure where I finally found the correct yarn. I think my Grandma might have given it to me, but I’m not sure. I immediately tore out the line of stitches keeping the cowl in place, and began knitting the rest of the scarf as fast as i could. The official completion date was June 8, 2014.

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Adelaide was really reluctant to be in these pictures.

Overall, I am really happy with this scarf. It’s all made with the same stitch, so it’d be really easy to make again (although it did take a long time to make).
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It turned out exactly the size I wanted it to be: about 6 feet long and 10.5 inches wide. Although there’s about half an inch of difference between the widths on each end, it is my favorite scarf, and I will definitely get a lot of wear out of it as soon as it starts getting cold again.

 

Winter Gifts! (Part Two)

I apologize for this post being so late, I did not have all the pictures until recently.

P1010683For Christmas,  my friend Hilary gave me some beautiful red alpaca yarn, which I quickly made into fingerless mittens from this pattern. The pattern was quick and easy to make, and looks beautiful!monkeyIn return, I made Hilary a knitted reversible cowl, called the Boomslang, in dark pink and white yarn (modeled by my sister). This cowl worked up fairly quickly for a cowl but still took quite a bit of time. I’d intended to give her the cowl before winter break, but I ran out of time and instead had to give it to her after break.cupcakeFor my cousin’s birthday on January 13th, I made her a hat! I based it off off of this pattern. I had to heavily modify the pink cupcake shape in order for it to curve properly, and then I ran out of yarn and was unable to make the icing ruffles around the edge, but I’m still pretty happy with how the hat turned out.

 

Bows, Bows, and More Bows!

Blue Bow David Bow-ie Red Bow Fry Bow Halloween BowAll the way back in December, during winter break, I made five hair bows! I made them out of various fabrics that I had in my stash, and gave two of them to my friend Megan for Christmas.

 

I received two yards of french fry fabric for Christmas from my dad, and will hopefully be able to take photos of to post soon.

Winter Gifts! (Part One)

georgia with present with hat also hatI made this hat out of a very nice wool blend yarn for my friend Georgia. I modified my “Spark” Slouchy Hat pattern by adding a band and stopping the dome of the hat early so that it would be a closer fit.
I’m allergic to wool, but I did not have any difficulties working with the yarn, and the hat worked up fairly quickly. However, when I went to try the hat on, I discovered I was too allergic to wear it. Georgia had no problems with the yarn and was very excited to receive her gift.

kates slytherin hatThis hat I made for my friend Kate, who lives far enough away that I had to mail it to her. I originally wanted this hat to be an earflap hat, but I miscalculated how much grey yarn I had, and ran out very early on. I was able to fix the problem, and made a green brim for the hat instead of earflaps, adding the Hogwarts house name “Slytherin” to the brim in the remaining silver yarn.

Over the next few days/weeks I will be uploading pictures of the remaining gifts I have given to my friends, as well as one I received. I will also be taking pictures of older garments that I may not have mentioned before, and posting those.

Halloween Costumes!

I realize it’s already November, but I’d still like to share the Halloween costumes that I helped some of my friends with!

IMG_4961Here you can see a picture of Genny dressed as Dirk Strider. As you probably remember, I made the skirt that she’s wearing out of a stretch knit, although the applique isn’t visible in this picture. I’m dressed as Jake English, another character from the webcomic Homestuck.

IMG_5009This is my friend Noah, who also dressed as Jake English this Halloween. I screenprinted both of our shirts in two colors, copying the design directly from the character’s t-shirt.

pokemon x any y trainer hatMy friend Laurel wanted to be a Pokemon trainer from x and y, so she asked me to make her this hat. I made the hat based off of a pattern by Pinar Vardar on Ravelry. I had to change the entire base of the hat because I used a very different weight of yarn.

pokemon x and y trainerThank you for reading!

Cupcake Bears!

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These cupcake bears are crocheted out of yarn with felt eyes and  an embroidered mouth and nose.