Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Medium Angel Wing

The Baby Dragon's wings are made recently with some special abbreviation like "BAR stitch" which can be found on Vampire Wing Page. It also can be used as applique.

The Baby Dragon Body Other wings can be found at the main Baby Dragon Site.
This is just an add on parts to the Baby Dragon Size Amigurumis.

The Angel wings are pointy and i sewn it as if its wide open instead on the other way around. No wire is needed but Modge Podge to make it hard is recommended. (I didnt use it since i just hate getting glueiiiiiieee...)

The Green Baby Dragon in the Picture was made from the same pattern but half way there. This is more of a Tutorial then Pattern to show how Pointy curves can be done with "Bar Stitch". Do try the pattern below for practices and tell me how it turn out :D

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Princess Jasmin

I was not supposed to blog this pattern. But here goes even though i dont think i would re-make her again... (Its the actual notes i wrote down so it will have mistakes) She is HUGE! well im not used to crocheting large sized dolls like i used to those days.

Anyway, for now the progress pictures, in few days the pattern will follow up part by part, since im not making the redo version, so the pattern will have to be tweaked while you make it. (If there is tweaking needed, pls do inform me so i can update it here for other readers to follow up)
The Head Pattern :

There is two ways i made the head... Currently uploaded only first method, the second method is the same, but i used "5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 38" em... the 5multiplication method at start to 30 stitch then symmetrically adding 8 inc in the next row forming 38. (Might not be getting that pattern done for now. Again its the same, so nothing to worry about, the only difference is the size of the heads roundness at the forehead area.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Smocking Technique Finally Learned

Lately i keep getting distracted from projects to projects and never get anything done!
Well, i told myself, its MAY and still in the taurus ruling part of the month ; Let it be as now you start at december you finish everything.

So while working a little bit of everything on folded Roses for sale, Disney Characters, Fairies, Other Language Practices, extra crochet dolls,... Now... SMOCKING is tempting me so badly to ignore all the other projects and learn that! Gosh i seriously should stop thinking that this world is just like those MMORPG games which needs to level up based on skills. Im collecting plenty of unnecessary skills which i cant work on everything at the same time. Focus Shara Focus! I guess thats being me, so curios to try everything at the same time and ended changing phase every time. But at-least im glad i do come back to the same skills again and again when i need em for some mix and match creative explosion! Life is great when you admire the little things around you. Okay enough of the mumbles...

Back to SMOCKING inspired by Inaria and introduced by craftster members to these wonderful tutorials that taught me how ; Katafalks Honeycomb Smocking and Patchworkunderground's Canadian Smocking. Oh i chosed to do Canadian Smocking since the tutorial above looks easier to understand but i refer the other one on basics of how it worked. Youtube is not showing any easy to learn SMOCKing for beginners few weeks back, but surprisingly now i think there is few helpful videoz available since once again the rise of fluff fashion is gonna hit the world! Seriously its too pretty to ignore this lovely work called SMOCKING!

(Sorry for the extremely poor quality of the picture below)

The Front Part... So messy with few mistakes, My first try after all, done on a ripped down silky pants. The Square patch was like 10inch x 10 inch!! It shrunk to like 3 or 4 inch... But looks lovely and im happy for it turning out great. Oh yes forgot that despite the pretty fluff effect, the end knot/ secure the knot thingy... well i didnt know how to sew that. so while trying it out, i kinda messed up a simple knot. For my self note : Hand Sewing Basics


This is the back side, a little messy with threads since i kinda had to keep adding new thread on. The Back side is lovely with diamond puffs, i wonder is there anyway to reverse this work or any name for that "pattern"?

I see many "patterns" on smocking online but i dont understand how to reads some cabled images into smocking... That is bugging my head till i ask myself too much "isnt there an easier way to do smocking? After all its similar to crochet, it works ROW by ROW. Just... this time, multiple COLUMNS are considered in it. GRID works... hmm. 

Just googled up for videos and woa its true, there are more smocking tutorials available now.
This is my fav so far ~> PinkChalkTV : Smocking in the round
(Just because its exactly alike of what inspired me :D)

Note : Im afraid of thread getting tangled when sewing by mistake and that is so hard to untangle... untill recently i found out using two needles to slowly loosen the tangled mess up works well and i no longer use a ruler size thread

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Crochet Large Fox Amigurumi

The Head is Orange, Do not stuff in yet.

Continue on with White yarn, from the exact stitch you stopped. (I would normally end off with a slip stitch, after the row is done, so i would slip stitch on the last sc made and sc on the white yarns slip stitch  and on it goes in round)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Samsung S2 Crochet Covers (Not Pouch)

Mom gave me S2 for my birthday, and i was over excited and ended crocheting these nonstop... most freakiest thing was, at the very same week before, Navles got the same s2 from his mom too! Ha double the fun. And to sweeten my excited heart, this week ICS upgrade is officially released for Malaysia? not sure about it though but am extremely excited! (Looks cute with Princess Serenity as the wallpaper! yeah, am pretty childish when it comes to personal stuff, who isnt?! hehe)

Okay back to S2 Crochet Covers :
The Best part of crochet covers are you dont need to remove the cover to click/tap anything even volume, just slide the finger at the corner and click it. I dont need to worry of the back or front surface getting scratched as long its placed down the right way! With just a gentle touch on the crochet to use the menu and back buttons, i could navigate through easily. It have a small hole for the camera and its so easy to make (Assuming you have been crocheting for sometime)!

Start of from a long chain the  size of the bottom part of width length. turn and sc ill end and turn for several rows, when the height of the rectangle patch is at the "camera", at the turn, count stitches till reach the camera (roughly 3stitches). 

So "3sc turn 3 sc turn" (till the top of the camera), you should have one side of the camera patch done, since i dont cutting the yarn off for a separate 3 chain, turn 3 sc repeat rows for the other side... i went on with slip stitch all the way to the last 3 stitches and did "3sc turn 3 sc turn 3sc"

Done that, sc till the edge where the camera top would be, chain equally as the bottom of the camera stitches and 3 sc turn, sc back and again if it is needed.

Okay you got the Back part done. Two ways here : 

Either end off and make a new patch which i prefer

If you made 1 or 2 stitch smaller then the phone for the rectangle back patch earlier, do these, it will turn into that pink with ribbon. Neat!

Front Patch : chain till the same length of the previous patch length. work few rows of "turn, sc all" just like above, preferably 4 rows only. (This will be the front bottom rectangle patch) once the height reached near the top of the "menu, back buttons" (assuming 4 rows),  turn 2sc turn 2 till near the top of the screen (mine was roughly 14rows or less with g size hook) end off long yarn.

Do two front patch, turn one over, Sew using Mattress stitch at the 2sc corners. end off at a corner hide the yarn off.

The fun part, well to me... you need a really long yarn, (the soft pink) sew mattress stitch or whip stitch if you prefer it, Either one would do. (I used a b size hook and gave inc in all around the both front and back patches for neater look) Keep checking the size as you make!


Front Patch2 :  Continue on if you made a larger rectangle then the phone, with sc all twice, and um, tricky part... at the crocheting at the top side, 4 sc, turn, skip first stitch, 2sc, dec (the corner), sc all the way to the other corner at the other side top, dec, 2sc turn, skip first stitch, sc, dec, sc all the way to the other side, dec, sc, turn, dec, sc to the other side, dec... NOTICE the dec shrinks the corners and forces the flap of many sc to bend, well do the same at the bottom part. So either slipstitch or sc all the way to the bottom opposite and redo, 4 sc, turn. (The 4sc is actually the rows, it will later be 4 rows, because of the dec), done these slipstitch or sc back to the start of the "tricky part" and... well i'll leave this part to you to end off or slip stitch around for circular look.) (NOTE : THIS PATTERN IS FREEFORM so "4sc turn ...dec..." part are up to you, you can add 2-3 dec at corners to give a more tighter look) Keep checking the size as you make! 
(It will turn out similar to the below couples in shiny light brown, looks nearly gold as its nylon thread but weirdly it dont look anywhere as the picture turn out)

If its too hard to follow the pattern, will try to write down one when i make another again. Most of the covers are free form after knowing the technique to make it, so i dont think pattern is necessary since i love playing with different hook sizes, The Pink is g hook for the darkpink and b hook for the edge in pink while just plain g hook for the brown. The one on the left is hdc at the back patch while the one on the right is sc in back patch. The plain sc looks much neater.
The Luminate