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?
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
However, please do not re-post the pattern on your own blog or website.
Top Hat – Crochet
*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.
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!
Finally, the Corpse Bride has her Groom!
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.