This beanie might look difficult with its intricate color changes, but the yarn does all the work!
Using self-striping yarn, and a solid color you can whip up this beanie in no time. Use white to make the colors pop, or grey for a more muted look. Click on the picture to see more about the pattern and purchase it.
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I’m calling this motif the Peacock Motif because the shape reminded me of a peacock feather.
So I pulled together some peacock like colors and made this fun motif that can be used as an applique, or joined creatively to make scarves or other chill busting accessories. Click on the picture to go download the free pattern and watch the tutorial video. Lefties click here.
This is another vintage awesomeness I came across in my old magazines.
I’m keeping this picture around for when my son is a teenager.
I will threaten him with this picture.
I will tell him that if he ever does drugs, bullies someone, sneaks out of the house, etc… I will make these and he will be forced to wear it with me in a public place, and maybe even head to the nearest Sears for some pictures (if the offense was bad enough).
Though the pattern was not titled “Revenge Sweater” I’m thinking that could only be the possible reason for making your son wear the same exact feminine rib knit turtleneck sweater you would.
Unless in the 70s this was a popular trend.
Anyone remember back then if this happened often? Let us know below.
When you work in spirals, like when you make amigurumi, any stripes you make never line up. Because you are not joining your rounds, you don’t have a visible seam, but you have offset stripes. You trade one “evil” for another.
I’ve now finished editing my newest video so you can now work without a seam, and have clean color changes that line up much better than with the old method. Check out the video below to see it in action. Lefties click here.
A bunny has been my daughter’s latest pet request (after dog, cat, and snake). She currently has a robo hamster (like a regular hamster, only smaller), so she knows she will have to wait a little bit before we get a bunny.
However, though I told her we couldn’t get a bunny yet, it didn’t mean a bunny couldn’t come to us.
Our desert landscape has done just that. My daughter spotted this little guy the other day and has been feeding it our bagged salad for the past few days. Though we aren’t getting close to the little guy (wild bunnies can be mean), it is a nice compromise to see a bunny until we can get one as a pet.
In case you were wondering what the people in this house had cooking on actual Halloween — absolutely nothing.
As I was driving home two days before Halloween there was a cop car at the house with a few motorist. It’s right off of a main street so I thought it was a small fender bender and kept heading to my house in the neighborhood.
The next day the shrouded body was gone.
The next day after that – Halloween, all decorations were gone and the “blood” was removed. Not entirely though, they are going to have to repaint the house to get rid of it all I suppose.
I’m guessing someone was a little too freaked out by this house and the city got involved and had the owner’s remove everything. It was a little much.
If you love working your half double crochet projects in spirals, but are afraid to change colors because of those ugly jogs you get, this post is for you.
I had a viewer request for jogless stripes in half double crochet when working in spirals. I had never tried to do this, so I got my hook and yarn out and worked out a technique that I think helped solve the problem.
So what are jogs?
When you work a project in spirals, you don’t join your rounds. This is great for projects where you don’t want a visible seam, such as in amigurumi or a beanie. However, if you want to create a stripe in a spiral project you get a “jog” or an offset where you join your new color. In the picture above you can see the offset from the grey yarn to the turquoise.
Usually you just put this in the back of your work or mask it with some clever item like a crocheted flower or belt for your stuffed creature. Here is my solution.
The first thing I will say, is that this method does not create a perfect stripe. Rarely is any crochet fix perfect. But, I think my method will create a better looking backside to your spiral project. The picture above is the backside of this project and as you can see, the stripes match up quite well. Through many hours and trials and errors I came up with this method and I’ll explain it below, I also have a video at the end of the post for even more help. Lefties, your video is here.
Instead of the normal way of changing color during the last step of your last stitch, you will instead complete a full round of one color (or how ever many rounds you need of a certain color).
For ease of understanding. The picture below has 16 HDC around. I have completed 16 HDC in green.
Now it’s time to change my color. I insert my hook under the back loop only of the next stitch and grab my new color.
Important Note: I DO NOT count this as my first stitch of the new round. This slip stitch will become the last stitch of my round (more on that later). I am moving my stitches over by one to create the jogless stripe. This should not effect most patterns. There are exceptions (if you watched the video this is where you saw the note), if you are doing specific shaping this method could throw that off.
Specific shaping would be a designer putting increases or decreases in a specific spot to shape the project a specific way. For example, if they only increased for three rounds on the first two stitches of each round to create a bump in the project, this method will throw that shaping off. You can use this method for normal shaping (as in creating the top of a beanie) where the increases or decreases are spaced evenly around the project.
I will now slip stitch my new color through the loop on my hook very loosely.
The slip stitch should look like a regular stitch after you make it. You don’t tighten it down at all.
It’s important to recognize the front loop that you didn’t slip stitch through. You will need to use that loop at the end of the round to make the jogless stripe. My video at the bottom shows it much better than these photos if you need further help in finding it.
Now, without any chains, begin half double crocheting around. You will work into the next stitch after the slip stitch. This will be your first stitch of the round. Perform all stitches except your last (in this case 15 HDC) like normal. The last stitch of the round is where you make your stripes line up.
You can see the highlighted area in the picture above is the slip stitch we made at the beginning and the front loop we didn’t slip stitch in. To make our stripes line up, we will be working our final half double crochet under that front loop. This will bring our stripes in line with each other.
The highlighted area shows the front loop from the previous round. It can be difficult to see in the photos so I encourage you to watch the video below if you are having trouble finding it.
Push your hook straight through to the back. This will catch the back loop you slip stitched into as well as everything above it. Then half double crochet as normal and your round is complete with a lined up stripe.
Note for working multiple rounds before a color change: When using this method, you only do the special half double crochet in the front loop at the end of the first round. If you are performing multiple rounds before your next color change you just keep working your half double crochets normally in each stitch around. The video gives more info on this as well.
Hopefully this will come in handy. Do you have a favorite way to fix stripes in half double crochet spirals? Let us know below.
In case you aren’t familiar with intarsia, it is a technique where each new color of a crochet project is added in with a new skein (for a big area) or a small ball (for a small area). I’ll be adding some video tutorials on this technique very soon (you can see on my list I’ve had a request for it).
I’ve added five skeins so far (it’s a big project — can’t tell you what though, might enter it for the CGOA design competition) and I’ve run out of my very useful souvenir buckets.
These buckets are great for transporting my project and easily untangling my yarns when I turn my work. Those are Red Heart Super Saver skeins in there so you can get a feel for their size. I had failed to mention how useful they are in easily untangling your yarn in my previous post so I thought I would add that in now.
Thankfully I’m heading to Disneyland next week so I can pick up a few more and get back to work on my project.