Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Princess Leia Beanie/Wig Pattern

Hi Everyone!

I have finished the free monthly pattern!  Yay!  I could not be happier that there was an extra day this month!

In honor of Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace coming out in 3-D this month, I made another Star Wars themed hat--this time it is Princess Leia!

Here is a picture where you can see her hair, found here

And here is my version:

To make this hat, I just made a simple beanie and attatched a bun to each side.  I wrote the pattern to make a beanie like I made, but you can really take any plain hat pattern and just attach the buns-- this would be good if you needed it to be in another size.

I used some brown Red Heart Super Saver yarn and a size H hook for this project.

Here is the pattern for the main hat:

Chain 3
Round 1:  DC in 3rd chain from hook 9 times, slip stitch into chain 3 to end round. 
Round 2:  Ch 3, DC in same stitch.  2 DC in each stitch around, Join with a slip stitch to end round. 
Round 3:  Ch 3, 2 DC in next stitch.  *DC in next stitch, 2 DC in next stitch* around.  Join with a slip stitch to end round. 
Round 4:  Ch 3, DC in next stitch.  *2 DC in next stitch, DC in next 2 stitches* around.  Join with a slip stitch to end round. 
Round 5:  Ch 3, DC in next 2 stitches.  *2 DC in next stitch, DC in next 3 stitches* around.  Join with a slip stitch to end round. 
Round 6-9:  Ch 3, DC in each stitch around.  
Round 10-14:   Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, Join with a slip stitch to end round. 
Round 15:  Slip stitch in every stitch around and end off.
Here is the pattern for the buns.
Round 1:  Ch 3, 6 DC in 3rd Ch from hook.
Round 2:  Ch 3, DC in each stitch around and end with a slip stitch.
Repeat round 2 until the length measures 18 1/2 inches.  If you want the buns to be larger, just add more rows. 
To turn these into buns, I used a hot glue gun to glue them as I rolled each one into a bun.  Then I glued the middle of the bun to the hat.  To make it look like the buns are not just sticking out of the side and are actually attached to the hair, I used a yarn needle and some yarn to sew the edge of the bun to the hat.  This gives it a really neat look- it makes the different layers in the bun stand out more.

That is it!  I hope you enjoy the pattern!
Have an awesome day- and May the Force be with you!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Curacao Shawl WIP

Hi Everyone!

I recently purchased Doris Chan's book, Amazing Crochet Lace and I am happy to say that I finished one of the patterns from the book today!
I used the pattern for the Blue Curacao shawl, and it was super fun!

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn to crochet the shawl--not because I really thought it would work well, but I wanted to try the pattern out with yarn I am not incredibly fond of before I got any nice yarn for this project. 

I have no idea if blocking will work at all with this yarn (I've never blocked anything before!) but I thought that the worst that could happen is I would have to wait for it to dry. 

Here is the shawl blocking:

Notice the pineapples?  I couldn't be happier with this book! 

I will let you all know how the blocking goes!

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Beaded Crochet

Hi Everyone!

Have any of you ever tried crocheting with beads?  I did recently, and I am really enjoying it! 
I used this awesome tutorial from Notes from the Something.  You would not believe how easy it is to make crocheted necklaces!
Here is the necklace I made: 

I really like how it turned out!  Unlike the tutorial, I used a thin wire for my necklace because that was all I had on hand at the time, but I actually really like how it looks with the blue/green beads!

Crocheting with beads is something totally worth trying!  So fun!

Have an awesome week!

*Note*-- Stay tuned!  The monthly pattern is soon to come!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pineapples--to be, or not to be?

Hi Everyone!

I have had pineapples on my mind this week--the crochet stitch pattern, not the fruit-- and I was wondering if any of you know of a pattern that would be good to learn the stitch.

I LOVE how pineapples look, but I have actually never tried a pattern that uses them!  Of course, I also think that they look more like pinecones than pineapples...

So, anyone have a pattern they would recommend that uses pineapples?  I tried to look for some myself on Ravelry, but I got bored really quickly-- there are WAY too many pineapple-doily patterns! 
Really, does anyone expect me to crochet a lace doily that will never, ever be used?  I don't think so.
And of course, because I am incredibly impatient, I would want to get the the pineapple part of the pattern fast.  I'd rather not wait until row 23 to start on it. 
I think the criteria I have has just about canceled out every possibly pattern!  Maybe I just wasn't meant to crochet pineapples after all!  But, seriously, if anyone knows of one, leave me a comment!

What stitches are you using (or hoping to use!) this week?   

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Hi Everyone!

Every once in a while, I will have this uncontrollable obsession with shawls--I will sit for hours looking at shawl patterns, favoriting almost every one I come across on Ravelry, never being able to find that "perfect pattern" that is easy enough that I won't give up on the first round and difficult enough to keep me interested.  That is what it has been like this weekend. 
So, here is a quick round-up of some of my favorites!

How can you NOT love this one?  It is f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!

I LOVE the pineapple patterns on this shawl!  Beautiful!

I love how this capelet looks with the ribbon at the neck! So pretty!

Don't you just love openwork shawls?  I really like the edging on this one too!

This shawl is by far my favorite-- the pattern is SO amazing, isn't it?

Have an awesome week!