Tag Archive: Crochet



This week I’m brining you a Crochet House Elf Pattern by Quirkeecrochet.

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While I’m not personally a fan of Harry Potter, it’s got enough of a following to be considered Geek.  So, Harry Potter Fans, this one’s for you.  The pattern is affordable priced at $5 and is a great gift for that HP fan in your life.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

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This week’s geek craft is something for that friend of yours who really, really likes skulls: a crocheted skull scarf pattern by Wickedcrochet71.

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The pattern is $8 at etsy; and is a cool looking scarf that’s well executed. However, the pattern maker does one of my pet peeves and says, “Items made with this pattern MAY NOT BE SOLD AT ANY TIME.”  If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know how I feel about people trying to exert their dominance over their customers in that way.  I would recommend not buying the pattern.

So, I’m gonna teach you how to make one for free. You can go ahead and sell these for thousands of dollars each. Feel free not to even credit me with the idea.  In fact, go out there and build your skull scarf empire!

Anyway, first you’ll need a skull motif pattern. I recommend kristinskrazyknits free Day of the Dead Skull Motif pattern.  Those skulls are a little small by themselves, but if you use a bigger hook, chunky yarn (or two stands of worsted) they’ll get plenty big.  You could also add another row of single crochet all around the skull to make it spread out a bit.   Make sure to leave a long tail at the bottom of the jaw.

Now, make a bunch of those skulls.  Once  you’ve got a nice pile of them, join them together by whip-stitching the long tail on the jaw to the top of the skull going below it.  You could also slip-stitch them together, but I don’t think it would look as nice.

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This week’s geek craft is for the sushi geek out there: a crocheted Sushi Scarf pattern by Cap’n Mermaiden.

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While I’m not a fan of sushi myself, I know a few people who are. I’m debating whether this should go on my to do list.

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This week I’m bringing you all a Bowser Turtle Sweater by Squirrel Picnic.

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Squirrel Picnic gives step-by-step instructions on how to make one of these sweaters for your very own shelled reptile friend. If I owned a turtle, he’d totally be getting one of these.

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Today I’ve got a treat for you Game of Thrones fans: a crocheted family of Starks by Luna’s Crafts.

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Unfortunately, there’s no pattern as this was put together for a sale (and it did indeed sell). However, with a little know-how and a pile of yarn, I’m sure some of the old-salt hookers could figure out how to replicate these. A good place to start would be the human amigurumi tutorials over at Geek Central Station.

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This week I bring you the Avengers in snail form by Laura Partridge.

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These are really neat, and should be really simple to make. There isn’t a pattern, as she sells them from her Etsy shop, but really, they’re just long tubes crocheted in various colors, rolled up, and then accessorized. I can think of more than a few characters that I could render in snail.

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YOINK! Wiggly Crochet


This past week I discovered a neat new crochet method called Wiggly Crochet.  It started with this post of a crocheted thrift store hot-pads by Nancy over at Joy For Grace.

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Unfortunately Nancy didn’t know much about these hot-pads, other than that they were crocheted. Since I was taken with the design, I studied the pictures and came up with the basics of how they were probably done. I searched around by Googling some of the methodology I’d come up with from the pictures and eventually found that they were made with “Wiggly Crochet.” A little more searching and I found a pair of tutorials by Barbara Langer of Made in K-town

Wiggly Crochet Tutorial: Part 1

Wiggly Crochet Tutorial: Part 2

This crochet method produces some neat looking stuff, and it has my mind alight with possibility.  Just have like 10 or 15 or so projects to do first and then maybe I can play with this method a bit.

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Crocheted Hexagons


As a bit of a math geek, I love working with the less common shapes.  Specifically, when crocheting, I am not in favor of the granny square.

I avoid granny squares for two reasons.  First, I’m not really a fan of how they look.  Granny squares tend to feature fairly open stitches, and as I dislike open stitches in favor of more compact ones, I’m rather predisposed to dislike the granny square as a construction medium.  Granted, I’ve seen several blankets that use the granny square and use it well, it’s just not something I personally like to work with.

Your typical multi-colored granny square, care of Attic24.

Your typical multi-colored granny square, care of Attic24.

Even some of the cooler granny squares tend to be open, and I just don’t like openness in a stitch.  And the squares that are more compact tend to be done in rows, and those squares tend to look fairly awkward and combine poorly.

Second, they’re very square.  And while squares are typically good fodder for doing pixel art, the openness of the granny square tends to make it a sub-optimal pixel.  And, when you’re left with just a big multi-colored square that you can join to other multi-colored squares, the whole thing tends to feel somewhat generic.  If you search “granny square afghan” in Google, you’ll see that there are a lot of them.  Some of them are very well made with an eye for aesthetics, others not so much.

The nice thing about the granny square is that they are the perfect quick crochet project to get rid of that stash of yarn left-overs.  Indeed, a pile of small, left-over yarn balls can be transformed quickly into a useful component of that scrap afghan that many crocheters inevitably work on.

Now, enter the hexagon.  The crochet granny hexagon is the less-common answer to the square.  It boasts most of the good points of the granny square with almost none of the drawbacks that turn me away.

Crochet Hexagon care of Attic24

Crochet Hexagon care of Attic24

In comparison, the hexagon is far more dense, and it joins together in rows that are offset by half-width, which I find aesthetically pleasing. It reminds me of a blanket that my sister had when we were growing up. It was crocheted in hexagons using a very dense wool. It was thick, heavy, and very warm.

The crocheted hexagon is going in my pool of projects for getting rid of some of my spare yarn.  It would be nice to combine forces with TacoMa’am to make a blanket; however, our drastic difference in crochet tension makes that a highly unlikely and dubious prospect at best.  We’re both better off making our own scrap yarn blankets lest we end up with an afghan that only inspires visions of the homunculus.

In other news: progress on the mail-a-hug crawls inexorably forward.  I’m now finished up through my third full skein of yarn and about to start the fourth.  Currently the scarf is just a hair under 3 1/2 inches in width.  I hope I shall have enough left over to finish the two paw-ends of the scarf once I get to the desired width of 5 inches.

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Work in Progress: Mail-a-Hug Scarf


One thing that I’ve been working on in the crochet world this winter is what I’m calling a “Mail-a-Hug Scarf.” The basic idea behind it is to design a scarf that incorporates bits of amigurumi in order to simulate a hug for a person you can’t hug in person. It’s a project that was born out of a comment by somebody about wanting to email somebody a hug… or something like that.

Anyway, the project has several goals:

1) Simplicity of design: The primary idea behind the scarf is to develop a generalized pattern and method so that a wide variety of people with different skill sets can produce these. In this respect, the general design will be emphasized over any specific pattern (though producing a template pattern is also part of the project).

2) Modularity of design: Making the design separable into component parts is a big part of succeeding in part 1. Specifically, the scarf will consist of three main parts: A base rectangular scarf, two paws, and an amigurumi head. By keeping these separated, it gives more latitude for mixing and matching separate patterns into the general construction.

3) Speed of design: Ideally, it would be nice if one of these scarves could be tossed together in as little as a month, so that a hug can be sent on somewhat short notice.

Basically, the construction will consist of a base rectangular scarf that’s around 5′ long and 5-6″ wide. From there, two paws or hands are designed to attach to either end of the scarf. Finally, an amigurumi or plush head is made to fit in the middle of the scarf. This may be ballasted with a small, external body to add more structure and keep the head from being too floppy.

By keeping the pattern generalized, substitutions can be readily made, such as using knitting or sewing to make the scarf instead of crochet.

So far, my first prototype has rather failed the third metric. I’ve been working on it since mid January and am not even halfway done. Most of the problem is that I picked a stitch that builds up very slowly, so the Mk 2 prototype will likely use an easier and faster building stitch. But, even though it’s kind of a failure, the first prototype looks rather nice.

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ORANGE!

The scarf is being made with chunky wool roving, which is very soft, really heavy, and quite warm. The whole thing is being crocheted length-wise using front-post half-double crochet, which gives it a look and bulk that I find very pleasing. However, in my next attempt I’m likely going to go with either a front-post double crochet or a front-post treble crochet, which should fill up much faster without significantly affecting the quality and look of the scarf.

I’ll do more updates on this as I get further along with the project.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?


Last year for the YSaC gift exchange, I crocheted a Not.A.Lion for my gift recipient.  The gift exchange rolled around again in January, and this year I made a Llama with Bees upon it, following one of the site’s many internal memes.

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The llama was crocheted using this pattern from crochet_goods. The bees were made using this pattern by Amy Burgoyne, though I used crochet thread instead of yarn and mounted the wings to be more accurate to how bees wings are actually folded. I also sewed on some Velcro to the bottom of each bee so that they could be repositioned on the llama as desired.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?