Posts tagged Crochet

A couple of FO’s.

Shall I do this in chronological order?  Methinks I shall… 😉

Not So Much With the Capelet

Not So Much With the Capelet

I finished this on December 13 – just in time to put it on and get ready for my SIL’s 13th birthday.  Yes, I have a SIL young enough to be my own child.  What can I say?  My MIL lost her mind a long time ago.  😉

I used the crochet version of the Anthropologie Inspired Capelet pattern – I just extended the length of both the body and the sleeves.  So no, the sides are not supposed to meet in the front, and yes, it does fit correctly.  I used approximately 1250 meters of DK weight yarn to make it.  I had a little bit left over of each color and approximately half a skein left of the gray when I was done, I just don’t know how to calculate the EXACT meterage of what I used.

Blue Skies Smilin at Me

Blue Skies Smilin' at Me

I just finished this one today, actually.  It’s the Chevron Lace Cardigan pattern by milobo.  I bought 4 skeins of yarn but used only 3 of them, 984 meters’ worth.  There was a little bit left over, but not much.

I had a little bit of a problem at first, but that had to do with my not reading clearly enough, not the pattern itself.

I’m seriously considering seeing if I can find some “fancy” yarn and doing another one to use when I go out drinking with my friends.  Maybe something with some sparkle to it, in a fairly neutral color so I can wear it with different outfits.

And it was a quick crochet, too – if I hadn’t had to frog almost an entire sweater and redo it (I was almost done with the body before I realized I’d made a mistake and then had to frog all the way back to row 6), I probably would have had this done yesterday, if not the day before.  That’s a plus!  *two thumbs up*

Syrina’s been checking it out today, and I’m seriously considering doing one for her, too – one of the smaller sizes should fit her perfectly.  I’d just have to make sure I make the sleeves 3/4 or shorter – she likes to chew on the cuffs of her clothing, and she’d rip holes in a crocheted sweater in a heartbeat.  I think Caitlin wants one, too.

I’ve finished a few other things as well, but don’t have pictures done of them just yet.  I’ve taken SOME pictures, but they’re on the old camera, and it’s upstairs, and I simply don’t feel like doing it right now.

And yes, I said “old camera” as in I have a NEW one!  😀  Hubby got me one for Christmas – a Kodak Easy Share C813.  The picture quality is MILES better than my old camera, and it has features that my old camera couldn’t even dream of having.  I’m in love with this thing, can ya tell?  😉


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We need sponsors!!!!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m the new CAL Administrator in the Crochet on Ravelry group.  However, I’m also helping out with COR’s Crocheted Finished Object of the Year (CFOY) contest.

For the month of December, we’re opening it up to all members to post pictures of crocheted items they’ve made this year – anything, as long as it was FINISHED in 2008.  After some discussion, the mods have decided to even allow items that were started before 2008, as long as they were finished in this calendar year.  It can be anything, from anybody – even professionals are included, though they have their own category (no fair pitting professionals against newbies, is it?). As I said, it can be any item, but each item can only be entered once, in a single category.  (In other words, if you have something that would fit into two or more categories, you have to choose which one to enter it under, because it can only be entered once.)

The categories are:

The one thing we’re short on?  Sponsors.  We are in need of approximately 20 prizes for the winners, and only have 3 volunteers so far.  Some people have been contacted but not replied, but our biggest problem is simply a shortage of people to contact to ASK for sponsorship!

(And here’s where I finally get to the point; yes, I can be wordy.)

SO!  Are you an LYS owner?  A pattern designer?  An Etsy shop owner?  A spinner?  A stitch-marker-maker?  Would you like to donate a prize for one of our winners?

Anything that is in any way crochet-related is welcome.  Yarns, patterns, hooks, stitch markers, hook cases… you get the idea.  If you’re interested, please, contact me!  Either leave a response here, or, if you’re not comfortable doing that, you can email me.  yarnkrazykreationz [AT] who [DOT] net.

Thanks!!!! 😀

(Please note, all Ravelry links require you to already be a member in order to view the page.  Otherwise you’ll just get the Ravelry home page.)

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Green & Cream V-Neck Pullover

This is a project that’s been sitting around this house for months.

I started it back in January (I think???), with the intention of writing down everything as I went along, and publishing the pattern once I was finished.

Well, I got it about half done before it found its way to the UFO list.  A combination of boredom, depression, and the realization that by the time I got it finished, it would be too warm to wear it anyway forced me to put it away.  So far away that I all but forgot about the damned thing!

While cleaning and organizing in preparation for starting Christmas presents, I found it again.  I contemplated frogging it to use the yarn for something else – so much so that I asked for opinions on Ravelry and my personal blog (where I don’t have many crafty friends, but I do have friends giving honest opinions on what looks good on me and what doesn’t!), and the consensus was that it looked good so far, so why not finish it?

I don’t know why I thought it would take so long to finish.  It only took two days to do the bottom half of the bodice.  Although I will admit that the stitch pattern I used for the bottom (closed shell stitch) may have something to do with that – it seemed to go REALLY quickly.

It did take me another day to finish weaving in all the ends and sewing it together, but from what I can see, NOBODY likes that part!  😉

Unfortunately the kids have walked off with the notebook that had all my notes as to what I was doing with this, so there’s no pattern.  😦

But that just means that I have a TRULY one-of-a-kind-original sweater.  😀

I wore it out yesterday (hence the pics), and it got loads of compliments.  Even Hubby – who remarked that the Almost-A-Beatrice Shrug looked like I was “wearing a blanket” – said that it looked store-bought.  I’d say that’s QUITE a compliment!

Oh, and I’ll be replacing the tie as soon as I get the supplies.  What I really want is a nice ivory/cream ribbon, and I’m thinking possibly beads as well.  It all depends on what strikes my fancy when I get to the market and see what they’ve got at the sewing and craft stalls.

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I have to frog the brown metallic shrug.

I had gotten a good way along on the round and tried it on to see how much farther I’d have to go before I could comfortably call it a shrug and not a cardigan.

And I couldn’t get it off again.

So I’m going to have to sit here and frog almost a month’s worth of work and re-do it.

However, looking on the bright side… if I have to do that, then I can make it longer sleeved (I’m thinking 3/4 sleeves) and do it in a different stitch with a different hook.  I experimented with the same type of yarn, but in purple, doing an Extended Single Crochet with the F hook I used for mine and Syrina’s Almost-Beatrice shrugs, and it looks good.

I just hate that I have wasted all this time on something and I’m going to have to do it all over again.


Oh well.  Shit happens.

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Syrina’s version of the Beatrice Shrug

Syrinas Almost-a-Beatrice Shrug

Syrina's Almost-a-Beatrice Shrug

These are my alterations to the Beatrice shrug, made to fit my 13-year old daughter, who has a 28-inch bust and is just under 5′ tall (so she’s fairly short).

To calculate this, I used my version of the Beatrice shrug as a guide.  The yarn I used was the same weight/gauge as the Spritz, and I used the same hook, so measuring was fairly easy.

Made using plain old acrylic yarn, DK weight, and a Susan Bates F (3.75 mm) hook. (The body of the shrug took exactly 2 100g skeins, and I had to dive into a 3rd for the waistband/tie.)

Sleeve 1

Chain 97
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook.  Dc in next 3 sts.  [dc, ch1, dc] all in next st.  Dc in next 4 sts.  Skip 2 sts, *dc in next 4 sts.  [dc, ch1, dc] all in next st.  dc in next 4 sts.  Skip 2 sts.*  Repeat from * to * to the end of the row.  Ch 3, turn.

Row 2: dc2tog, dc in next 3 sts.  [dc, ch1, dc] all in next st. Dc in next 4 sts.  Skip 2 sts, *dc in next 4 sts.  [dc, ch1, dc] all in next st.  dc in next 4 sts.  Skip 2 sts.*  Repeat from * to * to the end of the row, dc2tog the last 2 sts.  Ch 3, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you have 32 rows.  (or until it measures approx. 13.5″)

Neckline shaping

Row 33: continue pattern as for Row 2, only finishing half of the row (you should have 5 hill/valley combinations)  Continue for a total of 9 rows.  (Measures approx. 4″)  At the end of row 41 (the last half-row), ch 57, turn.

Sleeve 2

Row 42: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 4 sts.  [dc, ch1, dc] all in next st.  dc in next 4 sts.  Skip 2 sts, *dc in next 4 sts.  [dc, ch1, dc] all in next st.  dc. in next 4 sts, skip 2 sts.*  Repeat from * to * to the end of the row, dc2tog the last two sts.

Continue pattern as written for Row 2 until you have 73 rows total.  Fasten off. Weave in ends.


Steam piece with hot steam iron and a pressing cloth*.  Measure in 8” from starting ch and mark beg and end of row (see schematic).  Measure in 8” from last row worked and mark beg and end of row.  Fold piece in half lengthwise.  Sew fronts to back up to markers.

* – optional


Using the same hook and yarn, ch 15.

Row 1: Sc in 7th ch from hook, (ch 3, skip 3 ch’s, sc in next ch) twice.  Turn.

Row 2: Ch 5, skip 2 ch’s, sc in next ch, (skip 2 ch’s, 1 sc and 2 ch’s, sc in next ch) twice.  Turn.  Rep Row 2 until band measures 48” from beg.  Fasten off.  Sew one long edge of waistband to lower edge of shrug leaving ends free at front for ties.

Add fringe if desired (I melted the ends of Syrina’s fringe so that it wouldn’t come apart in the wash).

(Note 1: Instead of actually going through the stitches after Row 1, I go around them.  I don’t know a better way of describing it.  I pass my hook under the chain and then pull the yarn through over the top of the chain.  It’s easier, and it seems to me it would make for a stronger fabric.)

(Note 2: Please keep in mind that I use American crochet terms; adjust your brain accordingly)

Please remember: this is NOT a fully original pattern.  These are my alterations to a pattern already in circulation.  I am not trying to take credit for the original Beatrice pattern, just the alterations I made.  Which I post in effort to “share and share alike.”  🙂

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So where’s my medal?

The Sort of Beatrice Shrug

The "Sort of" Beatrice Shrug

The “Sort of” Beatrice Shrug is now finished!

Hip hip hooray! Hip hop hooray! Hip hip hooray!

Seriously, folks, I’m not just cheering for my own ego simply because I got it finished before the deadline (also, one thing I’ve never mentioned: I didn’t actually start this until August 10. So I got this done in a week).  Yeah, I’m happy about that, but it’s not the only reason I’m happy.  It’s also the first wearable that I’ve ever made for myself that actually looks good on me.  And it was so easy that I’m giving serious thought to making a bunch for Christmas presents for some of the women in my family.

Side View

Side View

Honestly, I didn’t change it all that much.  As I mentioned before, I had a hard time following the stitch pattern, but it was just a more intricate ripple pattern.  And as I was using an F hook, my gauge didn’t exactly match the pattern, but things seemed to even themselves out.

As it turned out, the starting chain as written was the exact number of stitches I needed to do just a simple double crochet ripple.  Then I followed the schematic guidelines of the pattern (see them here).  Oddly enough, the measurements I wanted to duplicate?  Lying flat, this thing is exactly what I wanted it to be.  On the other hand, though, it also matches the schematic measurements almost exactly (I think I might have been off by 1/2 an inch).  And yet, as you can see from the picture, it fits me perfectly.  So either I was wrong in thinking a 34″ bust measurement would be too small for my own 38F/FF bust, or something is off here.  Whatever it is, I don’t really care.  It looks good, it fits, and I will definitely be able to wear it the next time I go out.

Back View

Back View

I do believe it’ll fall better once it’s washed and tumble-dried.  For acrylics – which this is – I always wash and tumble-dry it at least once.  It softens up the yarn and makes it drape on the body beautifully.  Also, the Spritz is a bit scratchy – though I expected that – and I’m hoping washing & tumble-drying it will help with that.

The only modification I might have to do in order to make this as a gift is to do a few less half-rows for the back.  The women in my family whom I think might like something like this are all smaller than me, and that seems to be the only real difference in the pattern’s sizes (of which there are only 2).  Come to think of it… my 13 year old would like something like this, I think.

Oh, the ideas that are going through my head right now!  I could extend this from the bottom of the tie to make it a full-length cardigan!  It would be easy to modify the sleeves to make them longer!

My crochet creativity has been well and fully kicked into high gear.  I love it.  🙂


HERE are my medals!!! 🙂

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Progress report: the “sort of” Beatrice shrug

Well, it’s coming along quite nicely, I must say.  🙂

I had a feeling that I didn’t have enough of the Spritz to do the whole thing.  Since I’ve never tried anything like this before, I just didn’t know for sure.  So my plan was to start it towards the middle and work my way out evenly on both sides.  I’m down to my last 1/2 skein (which is just enough to make one 4-row stripe) here.  You can tell which side it needs to go on (see below).

It’s okay, though, because I had a contingency plan at the ready.  I have an American yarn – this one here – that has a shimmery thread through it.  I think it’ll go nicely with the silver thread that’s spun throughout the Spritz.  I have a TON of this stuff in white, so I’m going to use that for the sleeves of the shrug, edging the sleeves in some more spritz, in pink.  I’m also going to make the tie in pink.

I will definitely be able to get started on the white as of tomorrow.  Barring some sort of major disaster, I think I’ll actually get this done well under the deadline.  Which is surprising, because every time I’ve tried to make some sort of wearable for myself, it always seems to take too long and then I get bored and put it away.  Could be why I’ve got something like 15 UFO’s in the yarn cupboard.

(Also, the date on my camera is all messed up.  I didn’t realize it until I uploaded these to my laptop.  These photos were actually taken about half an hour ago, not three weeks from now.)

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