Ratchet and Clank Hats in Progress

Here are the prototypes for the Ratchet and Clank hats in progress: 
The ears for Ratchet, on the left, haven’t been attached yet, and I don’t know that I’ll get that far because A) they’re a bit too big, B) the color for the stripes on his ears aren’t right, and C) I’m not happy with the way the little peak in the center of the hat turned out. Ratchet wears an aviator hat, and it would probably look better if I made a proper aviator hat, but I wanted to add Ratchet’s eyebrows in the bit of yellow yarn in the bottom center… As for the stripes on the ears, I purchased a rust colored yarn, which I think is much closer to the actual color of his stripes. 
As for Clank, I’m not really sure what to do… The problem is that Ratchet’s hat is so much more fun with the huge ears sprouting out like horns. Clank needs something more exciting… Obviously, I’ve only made one eye so far. 😉 Also, Clank’s antennae should be a darker gray… Decisions, decisions… The only thing I’m absolutely sure of is that I’ve got to get started on round 2 of Clank’s hat! 
Anyway, I’m moving forward… 

Stereo Style Hat

I’m pretty impressed with myself right now–I actually managed to start and finish a project in just a smidge more than 24 hours! I cast on stitches for a hat yesterday while the boys were napping, and I put the finishing touches on it right after DH got home from work today. So hooray for me, right? 

It was a super easy project, despite not having a pattern to work with. I knit a basic baby hat with about an inch and a half of ribbing and the rest in stockinette stitch. The headphones, however, are crocheted. I put just a tiny bit of polyfil in the headphones, then sewed the headphones onto the hat. And voila! All done!
I’ll write up a quick how-to soon, but until then, enjoy these ridiculous photos of the boys in the Stereo Style hat! And if the hat looks a bit small, that’s because it is! I made it for a friend’s kid who’s only a year old right now. However, DH is in love with the hats and thinks I need to make two more for the boys… 
The photo on the left is Charlie, who is always far more willing to model hats for me. But I didn’t want Lincoln to feel like he wasn’t getting any love, so I pretty much forced him to put the hat on and stand there for photos… He was none too pleased, and this is the photographic proof of his misery:
He did cheer up a bit and by the time I was finished snapping away, he’d wiped away his tears and was down to a soft whimpering. 😉

Quick Knits and Other Craftiness

This whole not having to work thing is great for getting my craft on! I’ve worked on AND finished a number of projects recently. I love it! Now, if I could just figure out a way to make a living doing this… 😉

The biggest of my three projects was designing and knitting a PSP cozy for DH. The pattern is live on the Creative Momnesia blog. If you know someone who needs a PSP cozy, then this is the pattern for you! It’s a quick knit since it’s small, so even with DK weight yarn and size 3 needles, you could easily make it in just a few hours. Since DH is planning to get the new version of the PSP set to come out next year (or something like that–I don’t really keep up but DH keeps telling me about the new one…), I’m sure I’ll either modify or write up a new pattern when it does.

The next project I worked on was for my Creative Momnesia partner’s littlest boy’s first birthday. It was definitely a quick project as it really only consisted of gluing pieces together, but since crafting is definitely part trial and error, The Caffeinated Mommy let me know that the letter definitely needed to be screwed into the back of the frame rather than just glued on. Good to know! And sorry for the craptastic photo. I took it with my phone while trying to get the boys ready to go over to The Caffeinated Mommy’s house for a playdate. I’m actually amazed that I remembered to take it with me…

And finally, my most recent project–the dinosaur hat for a friend’s baby’s first birthday! I think it turned out really well, and I kinda want to make one for each of my boys now, although I really love the mohawk hats I made them not to long ago…

The pattern for this hat ended up being a combination of two different patterns, both of which can be downloaded for free on Ravelry. I came across the Dino Cap, and I had to make it! But the pattern called for a double layer of knit, and it just doesn’t get that cold here in the mid-Atlantic… So for the main part of the hat, I used the Cozy pattern, which is just a basic earflap hat pattern. And the result, super cuteness!

 

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately… Now, off to find another project!

Knitting Intarsia in the Round

I’ve written down this very simple how-to because when I was teaching myself how to knit using different colors in the round, I did a Google search and came up with so many different methods. And because I’m crazy and obsessive, I tried out several different methods (some quite complicated and frustrating) and ultimately, I found that it’s really very simple! So here goes:

The first thing you have get over is the idea that knitting intarsia in the round is actually not possible because you’ll end up completing a row of color, make your way around, and end up with the contrast yarn at the wrong end of the pattern. So, fundamentally, you have to knit intarsia back and forth. There are a number of different methods that tell you to go back and forth only on the pattern, then to make your way around, remembering that you’ve completed two rows of the pattern and only one round of the rest of your knitting… Then, you have to slip those stitches, blah blah blah. It’s really confusing. Going back and forth makes the process MUCH easier.

When you come to terms with the fact that you’re simply going to be working the entire thing back and forth instead of in the round, then the only thing you have to worry about is joining the rounds as you work so that you don’t end up with gaps at the beginning/end of the round.

So, let’s say that you’re making a PSP cozy… 😉 Work the first row of the pattern. When you reach the end of the pattern (in Color B), you’ll want to work a few stitches of Color A. Then, turn the work.

Now, you’ll be working the purl side. However, before beginning the next row (and going back from left to right in the pattern), bring your working yarn to the front and yarn over on the right needle from front to back, bringing the working yarn back to the front of your work. Resume working the row, remembering to purl all your stitches instead of knitting them! Once you reach the last stitch of that round, purl the last stitch and the yarn over together. This joins your previous round with the current one.

Next, turn your work again. This time, you’re back on the right side (the knit side) of your work. However, because this is the knit side, you will need to hold your working yarn in the back. Bring the working yarn from the back to the front and to the back again on the right needle. You’ve created another yarn over that you will use to join with the row that you will know be knitting by knitting the last stitch of this row and the yarn over that you’ve just made together.

Continue doing this until you can resume knitting in the round (once the pattern has ended and you’re back to one color).

Please feel free to ask questions (via comments). If need be, I can add some photos to help with the process!

“God of War” Inspired Omega Symbol PSP Cozy

The God of War game series is probably one of my husband’s favorites. Even I have to admit that the graphics on the God of War games are absolutely stunning… Other than that, I don’t have too much interest in video games, but my husband enjoys them, and I don’t mind sitting on the couch and knitting while he plays. 😉

The pattern is complete and ready to share with you. Hope you enjoy! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or find errors with the pattern.

***NOTE: This is a free pattern. Please use it and share it! However, please provide proper credit and a link to this pattern if you refer to it on your own website/blog. Many thanks!***

God of War Omega Symbol PSP Cozy

 

Materials

DK weight yarn in two colors (you will only need a small amount of the contrast color)

Size 3 double pointed needles

Yarn bobbins (optional)

Gauge on Size 3 needles

15 st = 2 in

18 rows = 2 in

Using the figure 8 cast on method, cast on 28 stitches. For a video tutorial of the figure 8 cast on, click here.

Round 1 – knit all stitches, evenly dividing stitches onto 4 dpn as you go.

Round 2 – k1, m1, k12, m1, u2, m1, k12, m1, k1 (32 st)

Round 3 – knit around

Round 4 – k1, m1, k14, m1, u2, m1, k14, m1, k1 (36 st)

Round 5 – knit around

Round 6 – k1, m1, k16, m1, u2, m1, k16, m1, k1 (40 st)

Round 7 – knit around

Round 8 – k1, m1, k20, m1, u2, m1, k20, m1, k1 (44 st)

Round 9 – knit around

Round 10 – k1, m1, k22, m1, u2, m1, k22, m1, k1 (48 st)

Continue knitting in the round until your work measures 2 inches.

Begin omega pattern according to chart. The pattern refers to the first 24 stitches of the round. Note: when working the pattern, it may be easier for you to transfer the 24 pattern stitches to one needle so that you’re working the entire pattern on one needle and the back of the cozy on two additional needles. Two circular needles would also work well with all of the front stitches on one needle, and all the back stitches on another.

If this is the first time that you’re knitting intarsia in the round, click here for a very simple how-to!

Continue knitting in the round until your work measures 7 inches.

Making Closure Flap

Knit first 24 stitches. Bind off next 24 stitches.

Row 1 – knit all across

Row 2 – purl across

Row 3 – k2tog, knit to last 2 st, ssk (22 st)

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until 14 stitches remain (4 more times)

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice

Row 16 – make buttonhole using one row buttonhole method (depending on the size of the button used, the buttonhole will need to span one to two fewer stitches than the diameter of the button)

Row 17 – purl across

Row 18 – k2tog, knit to last 2 st, ssk (12 st)

Row 19 – purl across

Row 20 – k2tog, knit to last 2 st, ssk (10 st)

Row 21 – purl across

Row 22 – bind off

Weave in ends and block lightly. Add a button, and you’re all done!

I used the contrast yarn to single crochet an edging around the opening of the cozy to prevent curling. I’m also thinking of adding a pouch to the back for DH to carry an extra UMD, but for now, this is it!

And She’s Baaaaack!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 2 years since I last posted… It’s gone by so quickly. Although I can hardly remember life before my boys were born, it also seems like just yesterday, I had the time to knit and crochet, to design patterns and make jewelry… I actually thought about starting a new blog altogether, but that seemed like an awful lot of work. Plus, I know that there are readers out there, who have probably all but forgotten about me. But here I am!

Well, my boys are no longer babies. In fact, they’re apparently ginormous children. They’re 3 feet tall and about 32 lbs each, making it quite difficult for me when they both desperately want to be held–at the same time. Despite being so big, they’re still my little babies. And they know it. Mommy will hold and kiss and snuggle them whenever, where ever. However, they’ve also become quite good at entertaining themselves now, finally giving me a bit of time to return to some of the things I love–mostly, I’m referring to yarn. In case you were wondering… But I’m also excited to return to other things–like cooking and reading and blogging. I think I have two years’ worth of Food and Wine magazine and Martha Stewart Living to catch up on.
Our family recently moved (which, by the way, was quite the challenge with two-year-old twin boys running around. I recommend avoiding this type of major life change when you have two very curious, high energy, lunatic toddlers around), and during the packing process, DH was mortified to discover the size of my stash… So I’ve pretty much been restricted to knitting with what I’ve got–at least until my stash reduces by 50%–or unless I can sneak new yarn into the house and claim that it came from my stash, which I actually don’t think will be all that difficult considering that there’s no way he can possibly know what exactly is in those crates…
I have to admit though that my stash is rather ridiculous, and I need to get knitting. I don’t even know what I have in terms of yarn anymore… So the move has been good in that it’s forcing me to go through boxes and boxes of things that had been neglected. It’s definitely a slow process, but I’m making my way through the stockpiles of crap.
In the past few months, I’ve actually worked on a few things, although I didn’t have the time to post them. With classes in session, it was hard to find that extra time. But now, it’s officially summer break! So with joyous enthusiasm that rivals my students, I was my hands of any academic responsibilities (although that’s not necessarily true because there are a couple of books that I really need to read this summer, and I’ve got to work on a syllabus for next semester). But whatever–a girl can dream.
So here are recent finished projects:
Cabled wristwarmers – I made these for my awesome tattoo artist, Andrea at Have Fun Be Lucky in Baltimore to go with a scarf that I made for her (although I forgot to take a picture of the scarf before I gave it to her). Here’s a link to the pattern I used.

As I went through patterns on Ravelry, I found that I wasn’t really crazy about most of the patterns for wristwarmers or fingerless mitts. I wanted to make armwarmers that come up to the elbow, but also serve as fingerless mitts. And I wanted something other than the standard cable in the middle, but I didn’t want an elaborate or intricate design. So… I’m working on my own pattern. I’ll probably be a while before I get it written down and ready to post, but hopefully, I’ll be able to! It’ll actually be the first knitting pattern that I’ve designed. All of my other patterns have been very simple crochet patterns for amigurumi.
Chevron Lace Cardigan – When my mom was visiting this past winter, she and I worked on quite a few things. Mom’s a wonderful crocheter, but she doesn’t know how to read patterns. She really wanted to make this pattern, so we did it together. She made one for herself. I made one for me. I need to find the photo my mom emailed me of her’s… And I need to find mine and take a picture of it! So I’ll share soon. But if you hate seaming (like me) and want an easy and beautiful crochet pattern, then I absolutely recommend this one.
I better get back to reality… The boys will only occupy themselves for so long. Plus, I think Lincoln might have a panic attack if I don’t help him find his car…

More Than Just Yarn!

I extended my craftiness to a paper project recently, and created a boarding pass/plane ticket for my niece for her birthday. Her father and I discussed having them come visit us for 4th of July weekend, and we would cover the kids’ plane tickets. So here’s what I made, and I think it turned out pretty well!

Her brother, whose birthday is next month, may be able to predict what he’s getting for his birthday this year…

More Ninjas!

I had to travel this past weekend, and though I didn’t have much time to make anything while I was gone, I did manage to crochet up all the pieces of another ninja. I’ve just got to stuff it, put the pieces together and make the face.

I’m also working on a bunny. She currently lacks legs. Hopefully, I can find the ball of yarn I was using to make her (how do I lose an entire big ball of yarn?!?).

I’ll add some photos soon. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with photographing the progress of the seedlings for my first garden. All my little vegetables, herbs and flowers are doing wonderfully!

Amigurumi Top Hat Pattern


The Corpse Groom is shaped the same way as the Corpse Bride. Click here for instructions on how to construct the head and the body of our ghoulish bride and groom!

The only difference is that the Corpse Groom is wearing a top hat, and it’s really easy to make. The top hat can, of course, be used for many other cute amigurumi creations.

Please feel free to use and share the link to this pattern.
However, please do not re-post the pattern on your own blog or website.

Top Hat – Crochet

I used worsted weight yarn and 4.00mm to create the top hat, but depending on what you’re making, you’ll want to match the yarn and gauge accordingly (for example, use the same yarn and needle size that you use for the body of the Corpse Groom).

*Each piece is worked in the round without joining rows. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the row in order to keep track of your rows.*

In order to create a starting circle without a hole in the center, I use the double ring method. Detailed instructions for the double ring method can be found here.

TOP HAT:

Row 1: 6 sc in double ring. Pull ring closed tightly.

Row 2: 2 sc in each sc – 12 sc.

Row 3: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc* – 18 sc.

Row 4: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* – 24 sc.

Row 5: *Sc2tog in back loops only. Sc in back loop only of next 6 sc.* Repeat twice – 21 sc.

Row 6-11: Sc around.

Row 12: *2 sc in front loop only of next sc, 1 sc in next sc* – 32 sc. (You will end with a 2 sc in a sc.)

Row 13: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* – 43 sc. (You will end with the first of the 2 sc.) Bind off. You’re done!

Amigurumi Corpse Groom

Finally, the Corpse Bride has her Groom!

I think he turned out to be much cuter than the Corpse Bride… :-/ I think it might be that his mouth is wider, and that’s an easy fix.

The pattern for the Corpse Groom is not at all different from the Corpse Bride. The head and body are shaped the same way. The only difference is that the Corpse Groom has a top hat. The pattern for the top hat can be found here.