Harry Potter Curtains

I’m back in the states which means I can go back to Joann’s! One thing I was particularly excited about getting my hands on was the Harry Potter fabric collection. I gave myself some rules, though. I wasn’t going to let myself get any fabric without having at least a rough idea of what I wanted to make with it.

empty windowThe thing is, I have this tiny window in my room (27.5″ by 18.5″) through which I get a huge amount of light at night. Curtains would definitely improve my sleeping experience, but what fabric to use?

overlocked hp fabric & black cottonOf course! Deathly Hallows fabric! This fabric is metallic and dark, but it is a little thin, so I added a second layer of black cotton. I knew I wanted to have two curtains in the window and just a small amount of gathering around the curtain rod. To get the sizes of the curtains, I took the width of the window (27.5″), divided it by two (13.75″), added two  inches for seam allowance (15.75″), and added four inches for gathering (9.75″). For the other side of the curtain, I simply added two inches to the height for seam allowance (20.5″). I cut two of these from the Harry Potter fabric and two from the black cotton.

hemmed hp fabricI overlocked all four edges of each piece of fabric. However, I only hemmed the sides and bottoms of each piece. After this, I matched up the black side of the curtains to the Harry Potter side, right sides together, and sewed along the top edge.  Flipping this right sides out, I topstitched along the edge of the top of the curtain, then added a row of stitching about an inch and a half below that. This creates a double sided curtain with a channel going between the two pieces of fabric.

hp curtain in windowWhen I went to put up the curtain, I realized the window was a bit odd in that it gets wider as it gets deeper. Luckily this wasn’t a problem because I’d added 4″ of extra fabric to either side for gathering, so it turned out fine. This serves as a warning to anyone else making curtains – be sure to measure the exact spot your curtains will go and don’t assume your window is the same size all the way through!

This curtain definitely did its job. The above picture and the first picture were both taken in daylight with the ceiling light on. I am very pleased with the end result and add a bit of personality to the room!

hp curtains in window with stuff

Razor’s Hat from World Enough and Time

I was recently asked to make Razor’s Hat from the Doctor Who episode World Enough and Time. I wrote up a pattern just in case anyone else was interested in making one for themself!

What you’ll need:

  • US size 6 needles (4.0 mm)
  • Double knit yarn

I used Stylecraft Special DK in Dark Brown Shade 1004

I found that if you want to make your hat distressed in a similar way to the show, it is easier to prevent unraveling if you create the distressing as you go. I’ve included two versions of the hat, one with distressing and one without.

The hat sits very different just from folding the brim!

Unfamiliar terms explained:

DSPU: drop stitch and pull out stitches all the way to the brim, pick up a stitch on your left needle, ready to be worked as the next stitch

CO 112 stitches in the round

With Distressing

Row 1-17: (K2, P2) 28 times
Row 18: (K2, P2) 2 times, K2, DSPU, P2, (K2, P2) 25 times [112 st]
Row 19-20: (K2, P2) 28 times
Row 21: K112
Row 22-33: 28 times
Row 34: (K2, P2) 17 times, K2, DSPU, P2 (K2, P2) 10 times [112 st]
Row 35-40: (K2, P2) 28 times
Row 41: (K2, P2) 16 times, K1, DSPU, K1, P2 (K2, P2) 11 times [112 st]
Row 42-47: K112
Row 48: K71, DSPU, K 41 [112 st]
Row 49-51: K112

Without Distressing

Row 1-20: (K2, P2) 28 times
Row 21: K112
Row 22-41: (K2, P2) 28 times
Row 42-51: K112

Both Versions

Row 52-61: P112
Row 62-71: K112
Row 72-81: P112
Row 82-91: K112
Row 92-101: P112
Row 102-111: K112
Row 112-120: P112
Row 121: K2tog [56 st]

After working the last row, pull a piece of yarn through and pull as tight as possible. Weave in your ends and your hat is complete!

13th Doctor Striped Socks

These socks were super fun to make, so I wrote up the pattern and made a video tutorial! Let me know what you think, and be sure to let me know if you make a pair!

Materials:

Special Stylecraft Double Knit in Lapis
Special Stylecraft Double Knit in Duck Egg
3.25 mm Knitting Needles (US3/UK11)

Pattern:

Cast on 60 stitches in Dark Blue
K1P1 all the way around for 8 rows
K all the way around for 8 rows
*Switch to Light Blue, K all the way around for 4 rows
Switch to Dark Blue, K ass the way around for 4 rows
Repeat from * four times, making a total of 5 Dark Blue and 5 Light Blue stripes
Switch to Light Blue, K all the way around for one and a half rows
Shift needles so that you can start the heel from the center back of the work
HEEL & TOE
K 15 stitches, turn
Row 1: sl st, P29, turn
Row 2: sl st, K28, turn
Row 3: sl st, P27, turn
Row 4: sl st, K26, turn
Row 5: sl st, P25, turn
Row 6: sl st, K24, turn
Row 7: sl st, P23, turn
Row 8: sl st, K22, turn
Row 9: sl st, P21, turn
Row 10: sl st, K20, turn
Row 11: sl st, P19, turn
Row 12: sl st, K18, turn
Row 13: sl st, P17, turn
Row 14: sl st, K16, turn
Row 15: sl st, P15, turn
Row 16: sl st, K14, pick up stitch from between previous worked stitch and next stitch on left needle (denoted as m1), k2tog, turn
Row 17: P15, m1, p2tog, turn
Row 18: K16, m1, k2tog, turn
Row 19:  P17, m1, p2tog, turn
Row 20: K18, m1, k2tog, turn
Row 21: P19, m1, p2tog, turn
Row 22: K20, m1, k2tog, turn
Row 23: P21, m1, p2tog, turn
Row 24: K22, m1, k2tog, turn
Row 25: P23, m1, p2tog, turn
Row 26: K24, m1, k2tog, turn
Row 27: P25, m1, p2tog, turn
Row 28: K26, m1, k2tog, turn
Row 29: P27, m1, p2tog, turn
Row 30: K28, m1, k2tog, turn
Row 31: P29, m1, p2tog, turn
HEEL ONLY
Row 32: K 15
Adjust stitches so that you can continue working with your Light Blue yarn where you left off. Complete that row in knit stitch, and then do two more rows of knit stitch in Light Blue.
*Switch to Dark Blue, K all the way around for 4 rows
Switch to Light Blue, P all the way around for 4 rows
Repeat from * until your sock is the right length for your foot.
For reference, I had a total of 5 Dark Blue and 5 Light Blue stripes for my UK size 5 feet.
Refer back to the heel instructions and work the toe the same as the heel.
Complete the sock with kitchener stitch and weave in your ends.

13th Doctor SocksTada! You now have your own pair of 13th Doctor Socks!

Phases of the Moon Skirt

side of moon skirt

I designed this fabric, Phases of the Moon, a couple years ago, with no real plan besides releasing it on Spoonflower.

phases of the moon dress unfinished

I bought myself two yards last year with the intent of making a dress. It didn’t work out and I can’t remember exactly what happened, but pieces of the fabric remained in my fabric box up until this Thursday.

When I pulled the fabric out, I found I’d already cut out the perfect base for a high/low hem skirt. I couldn’t find the top half of the dress anywhere. All that I did was sew a narrow casing and put a bit of elastic through it. Since it was a knit fabric, I didn’t even hem it. Ridiculously simple!

The fabric is amazing! My design looks great, and the fabric I chose was Modern Jersey. There are some small design details that do not show up on the fabric, but that’s my own fault. I had written the names of each moon phase under the corresponding moon in a light grey. The words were too tiny to show up against such a dark background.

I I’m kind of disappointed I wasn’t able to make the dress I wanted, but I’m happy with what I made. If I do ever find the rest of the moon fabric, I’ll probably make a matching crop top.

Nardole’s Hat from The Doctor Falls

nardole hat side 2

That’s right! I made another one of Nardole’s hats! This one is from last week’s Doctor Who episode, The Doctor Falls. It was super simple to make compared to the last one!

front nardole hat
Even though I’m very happy with how my hat turned out, the pattern I’ve put at the bottom of the post is slightly different from the hat pictured here. This is because the one I made is small (it fits my head, but it might not fit yours), and I mistakenly made my hat a bit too short.

What you’ll need:

  • US size 8 needles (5mm)
  • Double knit or worsted weight yarn

I used Stylecraft Special DK in 1035 Burgundy and 1709 Gold.
side of nardole hatCast on 96 st, k1, p1, all the way around for 9 inches, then work the following rows:

It may help to divide your stitches into 6 equal sections of 16 stitches

Row 1: *p2tog, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2tog tbl, repeat from * (total of 84 stitches)

Row 2: p1, k1, all the way around

Row 3: *k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2tog tbl, repeat from * (total of 72 stitches)

Row 4: k1, p1, all the way around

Row 5: *p2tog, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2tog tbl, repeat from * (total of 60 stitches)

Row 6: p1, k1, all the way around

Row 7: *k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2tog tbl, repeat from * (total of 48 stitches)

Row 8: k1, p1, all the way around

Row 9: *p2tog, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2tog tbl, repeat from * (total of 36 stitches)

Row 10: p1, k1, all the way around

Row 11: *k2tog, p1, k1, p2tog tbl, repeat from * (total of 24 stitches)

Row 12: k1, p1, all the way around

Pull the yarn tail through remaining stitches, pull tight, and secure ends.

All that’s left is to add your pom pom on top and you’re done!

Jaws Skirt

I saw this teal Jaws fabric at Joann’s and fell in love immediately. I bought three yards, intending to make myself a matching short and shirt set.

Jaws Skirt side

Clearly, I did not end up with shorts or a shirt. Initially, I used about two yards of the fabric to attempt to make a pair of shorts that looked like a skirt, similar to short culottes but with a gathered waist.

Jaws Shorts attempt

This is how the shorts looked around my second attempt. The looked fine on the mannequin, but when I put them on there was a weird triangular gap in the lower center front and back. Not only that, but when I sat down, they pulled in weird places and were uncomfortable to sit in.

Jaws Skirt front

I left the shorts alone for about a week, trying to figure out what to make from them. Eventually, I just cut the shorts into 6 large isosceles trapezoids. I sewed the sides of the trapezoids together, leaving one side open, and gathered the top into a waistband.

Jaws Skirt zipper close up

On the side that was still open, I sewed in an invisible zipper and two hooks and eyes. I then folded over the waistband and top stitched across the bottom with a silver glittery thread.

Jaws Skirt hem close up

I had already hemmed the shorts with the glittery silver fabric, so I just made sure to line up the bottoms of the pieces carefully so I wouldn’t have to sew another hem.

Jaws Skirt Front 2

After I finished the skirt, I did not have enough fabric left to make myself a matching shirt. There might be enough left to make my little sister a skirt, so there may be another Jaws Skirt post in the future!

I really like how this skirt turned out and have already worn it twice. I will definitely be wearing this a lot more!

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.

18″ Doll’s Earflap Hat

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This is a crochet hat pattern that I designed for my little sister’s American Girl Doll. The hat has two earflaps, and will fit nearly every 18″ doll.

Currently for sale on Ravelry for $0.85!

Stuffed Animal Top Hats!

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Labbit wearing Crocheted Top Hat

These top hats are really easy to make and only take a few minutes to crochet. They are sized to fit small stuffed animals.

“Spark” Slouchy Hat

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A slouchy hat made with three colors of yarn in double and treble crochet.