Stupid Human Tricks, Crochet Edition

I’m a huge fan of what I call “stupid human tricks”. They’re simple, go to tricks (NOT LIFE HACKS, DEAR GOD, NOT THAT) that produce awesome results. For example, this smores recipe. Stupid human trick. Easy as heck and very impressive.  Or, play this song:

instant cool points. 100000000 cool points.

I just love it. Somewhere along the line, I learned a stupid crochet trick. It’s not even new, or like, fancy, or like anything anyone hasn’t seen, but it just makes things a little fancier. It’s crocheting in the front and/or back loops of a project. Nothing major, just adds a little more texture, looks a little more advanced, ya know, a stupid crochet trick. Fun at parties. Great cook. Such a pretty face.

I made my infinity scarf working in front loops and then the back loops. I used two strands of worsted weight yarn to give it a little more thickness and a little more pizazz. That’s right, I used “pizazz” in a sentence.

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i’m the worst model. I can’t smile in a photo to save my life! i don’t think i look as fat though, thankfully.

I started with chain 20, one single crochet in each (be mindful of the double strands!) I think my hook was a 7mm. Then I worked one row in the front loops and the following row in the back loops. In case you’re not familiar, I worked up a few rows in my ugliest yarn to show you.

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some darn fine ugly yarn there.

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see the two loops? normally, you go through both.

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see what I did there? eh? front loops?

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eh? see? back loops? ugly yarn? eh?

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this yarn was a gift, I swear.

Can you see the rows forming? It’s nothing spectacular, but again, it’s just that wee little extra touch. Just something so you know it’s special.

Also, in the BMary News, I went out and got yarn for that infamous poncho.

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I LOVE THIS YARN! aka brand I’M POOR RIGHT NOW!

I took a picture of the magazine, I hope that’s not some bizarre copyright problem. I mean in case you don’t know, it’s SIMPLY CROCHET (LINK TO MAGAZINE WEBSITE) and ISSUE 25 (LINK TO PURCHASE ISSUE 25) and this pattern, COWL NECK PONCHO (LINK TO PURCHASE PATTERN). If there’s still a problem, I’ll roll my eyes really hard and stomp my feet. Promise.

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just stop and admire that!

I’m going with grey and my wacky neons, because, well, why not? Might as well make it a little loud, it’s a freaking cowl with a freaking poncho with freaking fringe attached. It’s gonna be loud. I’m like, 15 rows in. I cannot wait! It’s going to be a crochet sweatshop up in here!

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The Finale of the Crochet Sweatshop

As I promised on Saturday, the crochet sweatshop is complete! Finally! Now I have 54 days to come up with a lining. Hopefully, I have figured out how to sew decently!

Firstly, I would like to thank:

My dear friend from Florida, who taught me the basics of crochet all those years ago. She’s also my Maid of Honor!

Crochet Today! Magazine, which is where I got the pattern/pattern inspiration. More information on that in a bit.

I would also like to mention, the numerous people who said “it’s too hard” “why don’t you just buy one?” “I could never do that” “why don’t you (enter shortcut of some sort here)”

  • No, it was not too hard. Actually, I breezed through it really. Only minor issues here and there.
  • No, it did not take too long. It took me a little over two months, and I took several weeks off in between. And I did it while watching TV. At one point, I “timed a row” and it was right around the 20 minute mark.
  • No, I will not buy one, this one is hand made and cost (so far) $50
  • No, I am not using a short cut when I am completely able to manage myself
  • Yes, you could do it if you put your mind to it!

So that takes care of that! I had tried it on, but I am not sharing that picture yet! Mostly, because I have simply wrapped myself in it. It’s not fully together, but the grunt work is done. I have not weaved in the ends (only a dozen or so) because I want to sort out the lining before I fully commit the crochet to done. Also, there is a final round on the bottom I have not done because I want to check the length with the lining. So, basically, the dress is just flat fabric now. Nothing sewn up yet.

Without further ado, the crochet sweatshop:

wpid-20140505_075500.jpgbottom rows of the skirt

wpid-20140505_075515.jpgtop of the skirt

wpid-20140505_075607.jpgthe top of the…well, top. boulder holders!

wpid-20140505_075553.jpgmiddle area of the top.

I went with a halter top style for the top. I used a halter top I already owned and liked as a basis for the straps. I just mimicked the cut of the top using decreasing stitches until I got it right. That took about 5 tries to get it right on.

The rest of the dress was from the pattern from Crochet Today! The skirt was fully that pattern, only I made it quite a bit longer, which only required a few repeats. Please keep in mind, I am only 5’1″ so the actual pattern was long on me anyway. The bottom of the top was that same pattern, only shrunken down to the appropriate size, which required a bit of math here and there but all in all, not too difficult.

As I said, I have to come up with a lining, and how the heck I am going to get the thing on (I see zippers in my future…or buttons…oh dear, I’m still pretty new to sewing!) and any other details I might add. I tried the dress on over a cotton skirt and it held up beautifully. I might hand sew the crochet to the lining to give it more of a fitted look, but I am not sure about that. We’ll have to see! I’ve (obviously) never done anything quite like this before, so I am taking my time to get it right and leaving myself “options” in case something goes wrong.

So, I think I covered all my bases! I hope you all enjoyed the sneak peek! Now I am off to contemplate linings while playing in the dirt (got some goodies yesterday, I’ll have another post about all that in a bit, going to play outside first!)

Thank you, everyone for reading! Your kind words and encouragement and your blogs and your goings ons and crafting and making do and in general being awesome people have helped me keep inspired and having fun! Thank you! 😀

xxxbmg

 

 

Makin’ the Wedding Dress

My yarn came in!

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I had to order it as the pattern called for Fine yarn. Which, here go ahead. Get in your car. Drive to as many yarn selling stores as you can. Try to find Fine weight 2. Go ahead…

Actually, don’t. Because you won’t. Or at least I couldn’t find it. I guess worsted (which I think is 4?) is more popular. Or lace (weight 0). That’s about as close as I could get. So I ordered online from Red Heart and paid for 2 day shipping because the wedding isn’t getting any farther away!

I started the skirt portion!

wpid-20140304_195525.jpgdon’t mind the stitch markers. I am terrible at actually counting stitches.

wpid-20140304_210008.jpgand here we are!

I am  cruising right along, the pattern is working up thankfully quick, but I have a lot to go before June. Say a little prayer for me! I am not going to post the finished dress until I actually get married, so ya’ll gonna have to wait!

Have a good day, everyone!

edit 5/5/2014: the crochet portion is complete! you can view it here!