Friday, November 27, 2015

FREE Bone-Shaped Dog Toy - Easy Crochet Pattern

NB: Crocheted dog toys are only really good for dogs that ARE NOT heavy chewers, toy-eaters or otherwise destroyers of their toys. Crochet dog toys are only good for those dogs that like to carry, snuggle or occasionally give their toys a good shake. If a crochet dog toy becomes damaged,  like any other damaged toy, you should take it away from your dog promptly. Know your dog and if this toy is appropriate for him or her. Dogs are dumb - they will eat things and get intestinal blockages and plunge you into debt with vet bills, but for some reason we still like them. :)




Anywho...

This is a great use of scrap yarn because dogs don't care if you give them a toy that is totally hideous. I've made two of these, both from scrap yarn, but I forgot to take pictures of the first one and I no longer have it. 

It is also important to note that as you are working on this it will look a bit vulgar and, um, phallic. 

Materials 


  • worsted, aran, bulky or really whatever yarn you want (I recommend acrylic on account of it's washable) in whatever color or colors you want
  • stuffing material (I recommend polyester on account of it's washable)
Tools
  • a crochet hook of whatever size you want to use for whatever yarn you have chosen
  • stitch marker (optional)
Gauge
  • Doesn't matter! A larger hook/thicker yarn will determine size...you really have a lot of freedom with this pattern, take advantage of it. I used size F and worsted weight. I also used tight sc, but you can easily make this in sl for a more firm, less floppy bone. Stuff it more tightly or loosely as well to further customize it for your dog!
Total number of sts/round denoted by parentheses ().

What You Need To Do


  • Starting at the top of one of the "knobs" at one end of the bone, you'll be working in continuous rnds and may want to use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of your rnds - ch 4, join to form loop;
  • Rnd 1: work 7 sc into loop;
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (14);
  • Rnd 3: inc in every 2nd st (21);
  • Rnd 4: inc in every 3rd st (28);
  • Rnd 5: inc in every 4th st (35);
  • Rnd 6-15: work even - you can actually do more or less of these work even rows depending upon the size you want your knobs to be. If you choose to do a different number make sure to note it if you want all four knobs the same (feel free to make them different sizes to create a custom crazy bone!);
  • Rnd 16: dec in every 3rd st (26 sts) - if making your bone all in one color then you want to break off your yarn here to start the second knob. If you're making your bone from scrap yarn you can feel free to just leave it attached and sit it aside then make the second knob in a new color;
Repeat the above to make your second knob now! Start stuffing whenever you are compelled to do so.

  • use sl to seam the knobs together, do this with the outside of both knobs touching and use 8 sts;
  • sc completely around the outside of the newly joined knobs (36 sts);
  • dec every 9th st (32);
  • sc around working dec that line up with where you joined the knobs (30);
  • work even until bone is desired length, use a stitch marker if you want or you can just eyeball when you get to the end;
  • inc in 15th st and last st (32);
  • inc in every 8th st (36);
  • sc in next 18 sts, ch 8 and join to 1st st to create bottom of knob (26)
  • inc in every 3rd st (35);
  • work even for 10 rnds (or however many you need to);
  • dec every 4th st (28);
  • dec every 3rd st (21);
  • dec every 2nd st (14);
  • dec every st, stff and close hole with your preferred hole closing method;
Join yarn for the final knob and repeat above.

Happy crafting! XOXOX

Friday, November 20, 2015

FREE Hunger Games Mockingjay Chart - THREE Sizes Available

Mockingjay: Part 2 releases today in the USofA so I whipped up mockingjay pin charts! I've been meaning to do these since Mockingjay: Part 1. Clearly, I failed to get around to them. Better late than never, huh?

The charts are in small (40), medium (80) and large (150). I haven't tested any of them, so tweaks might be necessary. I recommend right-clicking on the charts and opening them in a new tab to access the full-sized versions. And you can save them to your computer from there too.

Each of these charts is suitable for your preferred fiberart colorwork method (tapestry crochet, stranded knitting, duplicate stitch, whatever, whatever!) and your favorite needlecrafts as well. Utilize these charts for any project you like, but please provide a link back to this post. :)

Find me elsewhere on the Internet on Facebook, Tumblr and Etsy. Feel free to share your projects with me! I love to see other peoples' stuff!

May the odds be ever in your favor, Internet crafters! XOXOX

Small - 40x40

Medium - 80x85
Large - 150x158
 Grids created with Stitchboard, the rest created tediously in GIMP. ;-)

Friday, November 6, 2015

FREE Pattern Friday: Versatile Mustache Colorwork Chart

Having finished up the first round of Splatoon Bobble Hats, I decided to take a break to knock out some personal projects.

I'd been meaning to try out the FREE Jackyll & Hyde Balaclava pattern from the Fall 2007 issue of Knitty. My original intentions were to take the plain pattern and then make it into a Deadpool ski mask. I didn't have enough of the same red lying around, so I made it in hot pink because I had an awful lot of hot pink for no good reason.

As a connoisseur of bad movies, I watched Spring Breakers several times. If you also unfortunately saw that movie, you will recall the prevalence of hot pink ski masks. I didn't want to make a Spring Breakers' ski mask, so I needed to make mine much more classy.

And how do you make something instantly look classy?

Add a mustache.

I duplicate stitched this mustache onto the finished balaclava, but you can use it however or for whatever.


After adding a mustache to a ski mask, it's important to take selfies. 


Here are some handy links about duplicate stitch:

Happy crafting, pals! Give my Facebook page a like and stop by my Etsy shop.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Splatoon Cosplay Bobble Hats v1.0

Get yours here now! Very limited quantities. And I mean very. But don't fret! I'm going to make another batch soon. I just need to restock my materials and then I'll get started on more. Patience, pals!


My post last week was about the knit hats themselves...mostly (I think). The Fabric Gods finally smiled on me and all of my fabric arrived. I ended up settling on polyester felt. It's durable and it's easy to work with. Plus it comes in (almost) every color ever. And it's affordable, which is good for me and also good for anyone that wants to buy one of these hats without plunging into massive debt.

For the underside of the tentacles I actually used fleece. Glorious fleece! I was going to make all of the tentacles out of fleece entirely, but things went awry. It was probably for the best because using fleece would have gotten costly. I'm going to continue to use it for the white parts of the tentacles so that you can rub them on your face and have them feel like heaven as you wear one of these hats.

I love fleece, if you couldn't tell.

Anywho, tentacles! Here are some progress pictures:


I got a rando pack of craft felt sheets to do the spot details on the top sides of the tentacles. Spots and "suction cups" are attached with that glorious fabric glue that I swear by and that I love more than I love my entire family - Jones Tones Stretchable Fabric Glue. This stuff is godly and I use it for all of my crafts, not just fabric. If you keep up with my blog you are probably tired of me mentioning the wonders of this glue. You'd think I worked for Jones Tones, but I totally don't. I might be in love with this glue though.


Everything making these hats was going fine and good, but slow because I kept having to work on other assorted projects. Making the hats was a breeze after I sorted out the pattern. I got the pins from Snow Bunny Studios, my glorious button-making comrade and then making the tentacles wasn't crazy. I made templates, cut everything out and I put them together. Poof.

Things got hairy when I went to attach the tentacles to the hats. If you're a knitter you can see that I used k3p3 ribbing, which is hella stretchy. Machine-sewing stretchy things is awful. The felt and fleece tentacles were not terribly stretchy, but it proved extremely difficult to position the tentacles and get them to stay where they were meant to be. Even with a million pins trying to hold them. It was frustrating and I had to do some seam-ripping, which is terrifying on anything knit. 

I worked it out though! 

I ended up machine-sewing them on roughly into position, just for sake of durability. It would suck to be at a con and have a tentacle fall off of your bobble hat.

But then I had to go back and hand-sew each of them to make them look right. I basically did a stitch here and there to get the things in the actual right places. If you know me, you know I hate sewing, especially hand-sewing. This is strange because I don't mind seaming crochet and knit things together. It's something about tiny, pointy needles maybe. I'm totally down with yarn needles.

Scope out the finished hats. There are five colors: pink, orange, turquoise, purple and green.






I loosely stuffed the ends of each tentacle with polyester fiberfill so they would have a bit more shape and not just be floppy and flat. Ta da!

For the next batch of these hats I'm going to make more of each color, first of all. Second, I'm going to fiddle around with the brims of the hats to make them more accommodating to the tentacle attachment process. Making these hats took a toll on my thread supplies as well as my polyfill, and I need more yarn of course. Much more yarn. I will let you know, dear Internet, when the second batch is ready. My goal is for them to look the same, but for the assembly process to be easier for me. lol

Oh, and I am willing to make these in custom colors other than the main five mentioned here. If you want one in a custom color, it will be more costly, but you can feel free to contact me. These hats are quite labor intensive and there are a lot of parts, plus I'll have to match yarn and fabric, etc. etc. XOXOXOX