WIP WEDNESDAY: What’s on your hooks?

I actually am running a pattern test for something I designed, so I don’t have anything on my hooks! Ahhh!!!

But what are YOU working on? Reply, tag Just Stitched, you know the drill!

Skully hat pattern or tutorial?

africanandvegan:

Where can I find a pattern or tutorial on how to crochet a skully hat? A friend of mine wants one and I think it’s pretty similar to a regular beanie but I’m not sure.

Fellow crocheters, please help. Thanks.

The way I’ve always interpreted it is that they’re basically the same thing, but when someone says skully hat, or skull cap (or something like that), I think of less of a winter hat and more of a “just because” hat. Something that doesn’t have to cover the ears, doesn’t need to be thick and warm. Of course, that’s all just the way I interpret it, and I could be completely wrong.

I’m not sure if you friend is wanting something with skulls on it or not. If skulls aren’t a requirement, maybe look for something with an open mesh or made with a lightweight yarn. Here are a few FREE ideas from Ravelry:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lightweight-beanie
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/brigham-one-skein-hat
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/there-are-holes-in-my-hat—skully-version
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gone-in-a-flash-skullie
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aqua-skullcap

If they’re looking for something with skulls on it, here’s some free ideas:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/skull-cap-hat-for-logan
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beanie-with-pirate-applique
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mohawk-hat-4

Now, if you don’t mind spending a few bucks for a pattern…
I can vouch for both of these patterns and the designer:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/graph-chart-crochet-heart-pouch—skull-beanie-by-glamour4you ($4.99)
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sugar-skull—-slouch-hat-by-glamour4you ($4.99)

These look great, too, but I’ve never used them:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/creepy-skulls-slouchy-hat-and-ear-warmer-headband ($1.00)
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bare-bones-hat-crochet ($3.00)
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/skular-cap ($5.50)
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/all-ages-super-skull-beanie ($4.99)

I hope you find what you’re looking for!

"Some days I would love to sprout a few extra sets of arms so I can do all the things I need to do while focusing on crocheting!"

"Some days I would love to sprout a few extra sets of arms so I can do all the things I need to do while focusing on crocheting!"

No Pain, Just Gain : Hand Exercises For Crocheters

robotsloth:

spyraleyes:

Source : Fall 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet Magazine

Here are some exercises for knitters and crocheters. They help relieve the pain and numbness that is associated with crafting for long periods of time. They really work! Try them!

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For all of my crochet/knit buddies. I’m looking at you, podkins, juststitched,   and daretostitch!

Thanks for tagging! This is so important!!!

"My life is a constant battle between getting anything done and crocheting all day."

"My life is a constant battle between getting anything done and crocheting all day."

thegirlwithhooks:

juststitched:

thegirlwithhooks:

Current WIP! Now if I can just manage those other 41… *sigh*

I could’ve sworn I reblogged this already! Did you finish yet? Or how is it coming along?

Thank you for asking! I am currently finishing square 4 of…42? I’m thinking I may not need as many though since they’re 12x12, but that logic seems slightly flawed lol. But here’s to hoping I can finish sooner rather than later.

Awesome! Thanks for the update!

thegirlwithhooks:

juststitched:

thegirlwithhooks:

Current WIP! Now if I can just manage those other 41… *sigh*

I could’ve sworn I reblogged this already! Did you finish yet? Or how is it coming along?

Thank you for asking! I am currently finishing square 4 of…42? I’m thinking I may not need as many though since they’re 12x12, but that logic seems slightly flawed lol. But here’s to hoping I can finish sooner rather than later.

Awesome! Thanks for the update!

thegirlwithhooks:

Current WIP! Now if I can just manage those other 41… *sigh*

I could’ve sworn I reblogged this already! Did you finish yet? Or how is it coming along?

thegirlwithhooks:

Current WIP! Now if I can just manage those other 41… *sigh*

I could’ve sworn I reblogged this already! Did you finish yet? Or how is it coming along?

"Before you ask me a question, keep in mind that Hell hath no fury like a crocheter interrupted!"

"Before you ask me a question, keep in mind that Hell hath no fury like a crocheter interrupted!"

Mini Roundup: Funky Easter Projects

While searching for Easter projects, I came upon these patterns that made me smile! Have yourself a funky little Easter!

1. Free Easter Bunny in Colored Egg Spaceship by The Sun and the Turtle
Photo © The Sun and the Turtle

2. The Easter Carrot Bust by Dennis van den Brink
Photo © Dennis van den Brink

3. Pull a Rabbit out of your Hat by Linda Green
Photo © Lindy-lou1967

4. Half Dozen Eggs by Hannah Kaminsky
Photo by BitterSweet 

5. Amigurumi Dust Bunnies by Kate E. Hancock
Photo © Kate E Hancock

I will always love you. (Almost as much as I love shopping for yarn, and spending the day crocheting.)

I will always love you. (Almost as much as I love shopping for yarn, and spending the day crocheting.)

erodgz120 asked: Is it rude to crochet at a social gathering?

That’s a really great question, erodgz120!

I think it really depends on the type of gathering. As a general rule, if it’s something formal - I would say yes, it would be rude. If it’s informal, maybe not, but it’s debatable and really something that only you can properly assess.

What you really have to consider is that you’re at a social gathering, where the intent is to be social. I personally feel like it’s rude to your host and the event to ignore everyone who might want to talk to you, but doesn’t want to interrupt your crocheting. Even if you work a pattern from memory, where you barely have to look at your piece, and you’re just fine with socializing and talking while crocheting (or you’re at an event that you just don’t want to be at, and you don’t care who knows it) you also have to consider that it could be distracting to other people (especially children), which would be rude to your host and the event.

If you really can’t go to an event without taking something to crochet, I would take something small and discreet, and only work on it when your attention is not supposed to be on something else, and you’re not going to distract anyone - including small children.

When in doubt, ask your host/hostess beforehand. If you are the host/hostess, you can probably assume it would be rude.

handsofzeal:

Custom rainbow slouchy is done ❤️

That’s awesome! Great job & Thanks for sharing!!!!

"Once Mina suggested he take up crochet, Dracula soon found he craved yarn more frequently than blood."

"Once Mina suggested he take up crochet, Dracula soon found he craved yarn more frequently than blood."

Follower Friday Interview: Francesca

Hi, my name is Francesca (Francy for short). I am 27, Italian, and happily living in England surrounded by my yarn. I work an awful job, but in my spare time I crochet until my wrists are sore. This is me, disgracefully showing my friends what knitting is in a Chinese restaurant (yes, these ‘needles’ are chopsticks).

I am the mind, and the hand, behind Threading on Rainbows, a blog dedicate excursively to my crochet (and yarny things I like), also on Facebook; and I am also behind World Through My Specs, you average Tumblr blog: full of bits and bobs. I’ve recently opened a shop on Etsy by the ever so creative name: Threading on Rainbows, where I aim of making a bit of money to fuel my addiction with yarn, so far there is very little, but I hope to make more things to put up for sale.

I have started crocheting about 6, or 7 years ago. I had my right-handed grandmother show me, since she had shown my cousins (my auntie has put me and my cousins in an insane competition ever since I can remember, where I have always been the looser), and I decided that right-handed work was hard, so I used my left hand! My first project was a horrific hot water bottle cover, for my step-mum, of which there is no photographic evidence, thank the gods. My step-mum loved it, and still love it. It was made out of a Chilean red wool, that followed my grandmother from Chile to Italy about 40 years ago! After that disastrous hot water bottle cover I sort of stopped crocheting for a couple of years, and I started again during my second year in England. I started because an American friend was crocheting a blanket for a boy, and I kind of wanted to prove myself I could still do it. So I had her show me how to do it, Youtube videos helped a lot, and crochet a hideous scarf for my boyfriend at the time. From that moment on, I started again, I mostly did very simple things, with crappy yarn, and I gradually started making more interesting, and better looking things. I think one of my best first projects was this:

A crochet pipe made under a friend’s request! That is also when I started experimenting with amigurumi, and that is something I haven’t stopped since.

I love amigurumi because it’s an easy enough way of making characters from fiction come to life. I love making things from cartoons, or anime:

like these Susuwatari (soot sprites), from My Neighbour Totoro. Or this Lady Rainicorn scarf, from Adventure Time:

This scarf is something I am disgustingly proud of, possibly because it was one of my very first original designs, and it turned out pretty damn well! Another place where I find inspiration is fiction; I have an insane passion for Lovecraft’s stories, and I love anything that is Cthulhu related, hence why I made a dice bag (yes, I also like rpg games) in the shape of the Old One:

Once again, my ego is the one typing, this is my original pattern, and I couldn’t be more proud of how it turned out. It’s an absolute shame that after having made 3, and sold 2, I can’t seem to make them look as good as this one (you can disagree and not like it, please don’t say it to my face). There is also a more portable version of Cthulhu, in convenient travel size:

Lately I have enjoyed making keychains. They are useful, they are small, they are affordable! They also make great presents, and people seem to really appreciate them.

I absolutely love crochet, it relaxes me and it allows me to be proud of something that I made, no matter how hideous it really is. I think it’s a wonderful hobby, and more parents/grandparents should share it with their children, because nothing beats the sense of accomplishment of having made something yourself (I know I am repeating myself, but I really feel strongly about this). You are never too young or too old to learn. If you managed to read through all of this (I seriously thought it would be shorter), and you were thinking of starting to crochet: DO IT! You will never regret it, and in case of a zombie apocalypse you will have a super useful skill: you can make blankets! Just start with something simple, like my hot water bottle cover mess, if it’s worked in the rounds you don’t have to count anything, and it keeps you concentrated on the stitches!

Happy Crochet everyone.

Thank you so much for sharing, Francesca!!!

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Responses: What’s On Your Hooks - April 9th, 2014

Original Post

maplefoxcrochet
 answered: I’m crocheting a snake using a stitch I found in a blanket pattern. If all goes well it will be done today!
I hope it worked out for you! Share a photo if you can!

doctorloki40 answered: Nothing :O But I should get started on an order I have for my Sherlock dolls :)
Yeah! 

creativebeckelby answered: I’m working on a cute little Mickey Mouse that I got a request for since there doesn’t seem to be many patterns. It’s so much fun!
Awesome!!! Somebody once made a Mickey Mouse from my free Minnie Mouse pattern!

bluehwys answered: I’m back to work on my Babette blanket, after a pause to work on some commissions.
I hope it was a nice break :)

ccshuy said: the Belinda vest using handspun yarn is the main project.
Sweet!

lalael said: I’m working on a pattern test for a bag but ran out of one of the colors. The horror!!!
That’s one of my worst pattern-testing fears!!!

feverfewm said: Trying to make a jacket with Marble Chunky. Gorgeous greys and reds!
I’d love to see a photo!!

sphericpixels answered: Babyblanket! Round, 12 points and rippled.
Wow!

ohyarnit said: I’ve got a Spinda pattern in the works. Head and body are good to go, just gotta make the rest.
The pokemon? Fantastic!

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