Custom Crochet Photography Props

There is some great talent here in Oklahoma City. Alex at www.alexrosephotography.com has a great eye for composition and color. I had the privilege of creating some hats for her tiny clientele this year.

Every one loves the Oklahoma City Thunder, so Tatonka, has found a new home with Alex’s photography business.

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And then there are the owls. They’ve been trending quite a bit the past few years. The one I created for Alex is truly a one-of-a-kind design. I’ve made similar, but it is the only one of it’s design and make. I love the contrast of the specialty fur yarn and the simple, smoothness of the purple acrylic. As cute as the hats are, the baby is still the star of this shoot. cottonginowlportrait cottonginowllandscape

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July Projects

Made some girly-girl baby flops and took them out to Funky Trunk Marketplace West in Yukon today.

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And finished up my first Skull Scarf for a friend.

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And in other big news, I’m working on getting into another gift boutique here in the city that features local artists. Can’t wait to post pics of the items I’ve been working on for this new venture!

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Baby boy button flip flops

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April’s projects

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Nothing fancy, just a few photo props and a knight’s helmet for a young lady of the realm.

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Tatonka

Here’s a new creation for a very special basketball fan of Oklahoma. The hat is named Tatonka. This the Souix word for buffalo. This is my design, but I have to give credit for the idea to a great photographer for whom I’ve had the pleasure to create several crochet props.

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Lindsey, at LKW Photography is truly talented. Her vision and skills are enviable! Go visit her facebook page.

This particular beanie, was created using partial skeins from my stash from these brands: I Love This Yarn, Red Heart Super Saver and Lion Brand fun fur. I used a Boye G sized crochet hook. I followed my own pattern for a Half Double Crochet Beanie with Ear Flaps.

The horns… well, I need to write a tutorial on how to make a matching pair without pulling one’s hair out!

Here’s one more shot without the sweet, sweet model.

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Baby Sandals

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I’ve been spending the past few weeks avoiding my taxes, by focusing on new techniques for baby flip flops. I’ve come up with a few new designs, but the new techniques or tutorials and patterns will have to wait for a while. For now, these are all new born in size or 0-3 months. I’ve discovered that all I need to do is add on stitch to the beginning foundation chain to achieve a 3-6 month size. You can find the original post with tutorial and pattern chart here.

Most were made with Bernat Handy Crafter Cotton yarn. The gray pair is I Love This Cotton, by Hobby Lobby.

Hope you like the new designs. Now… go make something!

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Helmet Head

I had a several orders for Helmets this past Christmas. Here’s the style I ended up with. The pattern was improvised but based on my version of a Half Double Crochet Beanie. It was created with Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn, and an I crochet hook.

The face mask was an improvised piece combining back loop only half double crochets, alternating black stripes, a loop on each end and a simple crochet “button.”

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One of these days, in my spare time… hahaha… I’ll write up the pattern with the face mask, ridge and neck.

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Answer Me This:

What do you think of yarn bombing? Quirky, funny, creative, annoying, bratty, wasted-time and effort?

I found this great image over at http://pointeshoespunkrockandpurl.com/2014/01/17/yarn-bomb-friday-37/

I love the concept of  yarn bombing and I love the awareness that it brings to handmade, buying local and staying creative. Let me know what you think.

 

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December Doo-dads

Here are few  things I’ve crocheted this week.

Lots of things have several names, like these new goodies.

Headbands or earwarmers, scarf, scarflet or infinity scarf.

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The blue and white headbands were single crochet, back loop only projects, approximately 12 stitches wide and 45 rows. They are a mix of I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby and Red Heart Super Saver yarns.

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The scarflet is an example of diagonal box stitch worked in the round. It is approximately 5″ wide and somewhere between 60 and 72 inches long. I call it a scarflet or infinity scarf because it isn’t an ordinary, row by row scarf. It is actually a large loop, that can be doubled when worn around the neck and has the appearance of a cowl.

All of these items work up quickly. The headband/earwarmers took less than half hour each to complete and the scarflet only takes a little over an hour of uninterrupted time. It seemed like it took more time, but when you factor in the pit-stops and trips to the kitchen, plus a few moments of figuring out the plot line of some TV shows, it was actually a quick project, even with the color changes.

 

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Complimentary Minnie Inspired Crochet Skirt Pattern

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So, here’s the skinny on the minnie! The photo above is make with Caron Simply Soft for the pink adn white, but used I Love This Yarn on the hat for a sturdier finish. The photo below is made with Caron One Pounder, worsted weight yarn and an H hook. I used slip stitches, single crochet, half-double crochet and double crochet. I also prefer to use chainless foundations for small and simple projects like this, but instructions for a chain foundation are below as well. Please work in the back loops only on every row to create a ribbing and pleated appearance.

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Row 1, option 1: Chain 17, turn, sl st in the next 4 ch, sc in the next 4 ch, hdc in the next 4 ch, dc in the last four ch. Chain 2, counts as first dc here and through out. Turn.

The photo below shows both options for Row 1. Option 1 is on the top, option 2 is on the bottom.

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Row 1, option 2: using the chainless foundation technique, work 4 fslst, 4 fsc, 4 fhdc and 4fdc. Chain 2, counts as first dc here and through out. Turn.

 

Row 2 is the same for either starting row: work dc in the next 3 dc, work 4 hdc in the next 4 hdc, work 4 sc in the next 4 sc, work 4 sl st in the last 4 sl st at the end of the row. Chain 1. This is only a turning chain, here and through out, do not count it as a stitch.

Row 3: work 4 sl st in the next 4 sl st, work 4 sc in the next 4 sc, work 4 hdc in the next 4 hdc, work 5 dc in the last 4 stitches(dc) of the row. Ch 2. Turn.

Rows 4-45, repeat rows 2 and 3. Fasten off. Fold the piece in half and stitch the first and last rows together to complete the skirt.

You can add a few of each stitches to each row to make it longer in length. Then add rows to increase the size of the waist.

This photo shows the first few rows.

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The next photo shows the completed “rectangle.” It turns naturally, with the use of graduated stitches. I learned this technique in a book called Crochet That Fits.

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Here’s the skirt folded, before stitching.

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You could change color on every row, or every other row to create a striped skirt. You can crochet a few 12 dc circles or use buttons to use as polka dots.

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If you’re wondering, about the other pieces of the outfit, I just improvised all of them. On the beanie, I used my own HDC Basic Beanie without the ear flaps and stopped the increases on row 5 for a newborn size cap.

For the ears on the cap, I used two strands of worsted weight yarn, a G hook and made an effort to keep my stitches tight. All of this will help the ears stand on their own. I believe I did circles using rounds in multiples of 6, for 5 or 6 rows and shorted the last row a few stitches to leave a flatter edge to stitch to the beanie.

For the bow, I used a G hook, and did two simple tubes using a ch 6 or 7 and worked around both sides of the chain. I stitched the tubes shut and wrapped one around the other and stitched them together, then used a bobbie pin to attach to the beanie.

For the booties, I did a simple ballet style bootie. It too is improvised, but there are plenty of free patterns for similar slippers.

I hope the directions and the tutorial for the Minnie Inspired Crochet Skirt were easy to read, helpful and enjoyable to make.

Y’all holler with questions or suggestions!

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Miscellaneous Makings in November

Here’s a few projects from the past few days and weeks.

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Box Stitch in the Round: A Hat!

I’ve been on this Box Stitch kick recently and I’ve made a few things in the past. Someone commented on a Facebook Crochet Group page that I follow that a c2c hat would be cool. I’d done square topped hat in other stitches, why not c2c, aka, corner to corner, or diagonal box stitch, or crazy stitch.

 

But last night… well, one night last week I had an idea… what if we did this stitch in the round?! It’s taken me a week to develop, but the purple hat in the gallery above is what resulted from my experimenting. It looks a lot like a hat done in a shell stitch, and maybe someone has already done this, but this is the technique I came up with.

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Instead of working from Corner to Corner, we will build a “chain” of boxes. Then we’ll join those boxes from end to end, working in the round, joining and turning on each row.

For the gray hat, I used a Clover H Hook and a Red Heart Super Saver Gray. Can’t find the label at this point, but it is surprisingly soft… Stitches and techniques used in this tutoral: sl st, dc, ch, dc foundation or chainless foundation.

Round 1: Start with a slip knot on your hook, leaving a tail for weaving, ch 3, counts as the first dc of each box, here and throughout. Work 3 more chainless dc. Your box will look like a diamond. Chain 3 more, work 3 chainless dc, repeat until you have a total of 13 boxes.

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At this point you can measure and see if you need to shorten or lengthen the number of boxes to fit your subject/giftee. Now that I’ve finished a few, keeping it an even number greatly aids the decrease and finish of the project.

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c2c-ch3-turnRound 2: Ch 3, turn. The photo above shows you shows what the row looks like before you turn. The photo below, shows you where you’ve sl st, after turning the work. I’ve indicated that you’ll chain 3 and work 3 dc in the chain 3 of the box in the row below. Sl st to the edge of the next box

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Here’s the cat, “helping”…

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Here’s a shot of the first box of round 2 and indications for the next box.

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At this point, you should feel very familiar with building boxes, just like the c2c style.

Repeat the boxes, till you reach the end of the round. Join with a slip stitch, Ch. 3, turn.

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Round 3-12: repeat  round 2 until you reach the desired height. The gray hat is twelve full rounds, plus 1 round of decrease.

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Here’s a shot after round 6.

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Here’s row six on our lovely glass model. I’ll use this pic to describe the decrease.

Round 13. You’ve just finished round 12, you’ve chained 3 and turned at this point. Now, slip stitch 2 together (slst2tog) using the points of the first two boxes of round 12. Chain 3 and 3 dc in the chain space, to build your first box. Slst2tog using the points of the next two boxes, repeating this around until one box is left. Simply create one last box to finish the round. Fasten off, leaving a tail to gather the last box edges together to finish.

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You should now have a slightly tapered tube. Using a yarn needle, draw the yarn through each of the points of the box edges on this last round, closing the top. I’ve used pick dots like sl st to indicated where you’ll insert your needle. Tighten up, fasten off. You should have a cute, little puckered star for the top. Create a small knot and weave in your ends.

The photo below shows you the top of the hat, with the final rows numbered.

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Here’s a few more views of the finished Diagonal Box Stitch in the Round Beanie. Ain’t that a mouth full! This measured 19″ at the base, stretching to over 20″ and is 8.5″ from top to bottom. It is snug on my large skull, but fits my teenage girls perfectly.

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I hope this is a quick and easy project to follow and create. Please feel free to comment with suggestions or questions. Stitch lively my friends, stitch lively.

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