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January 23, 2007

Crochet Fingerless Gloves

Filed under: clothing,yarn — by threadslinger @ 5:58 pm

Crocheted fingerless gloves

These were a present for Miss Marie (modeling them above) for Christmas and awesome gloves because your digits are free to do things. I realize it is pretty cold outside for some people to expose bare fingers, but I still think these gloves rule.

Materials
Yarn (2 kinds)
Crochet needle (I use the second biggest one because I use fat yarn)

Instructions
Do a single crochet stitch and measure it to your wrist, then loop the end of the yarn around making a circle. Continue to crochet until it gets above the bottom knucles of your fingers.

Then poke your thumb through the stitches and snip a piece of the yarn to make the thumb hole. (This part is tricky, you may have to do some knotting to avoid your whole glove coming undone).

Then around the hole do a single crochet stitch until it goes to the top of your thumb. Go back to the glove (switch colors if desired) and stitch until it is above your second knuckle. To see how to do the flowers check out this post I did awhile back.

January 11, 2007

Crochet Head Band/Ear Warmer

Filed under: clothing,yarn — by threadslinger @ 5:41 am

Crochet headband

Since it is finally starting to get cold in New York I decided it was time to start wearing winter gloves, scarves and hats. Except that if I wear one of the awesome beanies I learned how to make (in non-crochet speak) then my hair is all messed up for my professional job. So, I invented this headband/ear warmer. It has buttons underneath so you don’t have to slide it on your head but instead can just button it on over your ears. Plus, it has a flower cause thats just pretty.

Materials needed:

Yarn
Crochet needle
Thread
Buttons
Sewing needle

Directions

Step 1:

Crochet (single stich) a rectangle long enough to touch behind your head and wide enough to cover your ears.

Step 2:
up close buttons
After you are done crocheting that you need to sew two buttons to one end. Loosen the yarn across from the buttons so that it loops around the buttons.

Step 3:

For the finishing touch I crocheted a little flower. Do this by doing a crochet chain and then link together to make a loop. Then keep on building off of that loop (same method) until you have a flower. Attach with a different color of thread by hooking to headband to make flower middle.

Crochet headband/ear warmer
Done, no more cold ears or hat hair 🙂

January 7, 2007

Reese’s Girl Stencil T-Shirt

Filed under: clothing,paint — by marieann @ 9:14 pm

Reeses Girl Stencil

I love Reese’s. Like really love them. I have eaten as many as four King Sized packages at once before. But I hate how expensive all the Reese’s gear is online or in the Hershey’s store. So I made my own! (PS: My mirror is really dirty in these pictures, that’s not paint on the shirt).

Supplies
Acrylic paints
Fabric medium (purchase in your paint section)
T-shirt
Packaging tape

Tools
Stencil brush
Fine point brush
Xacto knife
Cutting pad

Directions
1. Resize the design in Photoshop to get it the size you want for your shirt. It is okay if the design gets fuzzy because you’ve made it bigger. Print out the design.

BWReeses.jpg

2. Cover the entire design with strips of packaging tape. You could also use contact paper but I find that makes my blade sticky.

3. Cut out the solid BLACK parts with your Xacto.

4. There is an important trick, however. Some parts like the black part of her eyes would fall out if you cut the whole thing out. Thus, you need to keep “bridges” still intact. For example, in the following illustration you would NOT cut where the pink dots are.

BWReeseseye

Cut the black circle part of the eye out just until you reach the pink dots. This ensures that the large circle doesn’t fall out of the stencil.

5. If you make a mistake, just use scotch tape to tape the piece back in. If you find that you should have made a bridge somewhere and you didn’t (you will know you messed up if the stencil is really flimsy and something won’t stay in place) then use tape to make a bridge.

6. You should print a SECOND copy of this design and cut out the Reeses words in that separate stencil. Cut out the entire package to make the Reeses on your first design but don’t worry about the words. Do the words as a completely separate stencil.

7. When you’re done, tape the stencil to your shirt.

8. Mix 1 part acrylic paint with 1 part fabric medium. This makes the fabric softer so it will fit to your body instead of being stiff.

9. The trick to stenciling is to make sure you barely have any paint on your brush. Yes this takes longer but the brush must be very dry of paint or else it will bubble under the stencil.

10. Once you’ve stenciled everything, peel off the stencil. It will originally look strange because paint didn’t go in all of those bridges spots. Using a small brush fill in those holes.

11. This is also where you add color if you’d like it. I painted her hair yellow, her teeth white, and added a white eyeball center.

Reeses Tshirt

November 13, 2006

Hats for the crochet-speak impaired

Filed under: clothing,yarn — by threadslinger @ 3:28 am

first hat!
I went to high school in the NW where it was the coolest thing ever when you could make beanies and give them to your friends. Problem was, I could never read the patterns. All the sc’s and ch’s got me confused. Even with a key that explained the words I would always get overwhelmed and give up. So finally, 5 years later, I decided to try again. First, I learned how to crochet by just messing around with yarn and a crochet hook until I could figure out how to make a scarf, and still when I am around my friends that crochet they say I “do it weird”. To me it isn’t weird, it is the only way. I searched online for an instruction manual in english as opposed to crochet speak and alas, there was none to be found. Luckily, I was able to mess around long enough until I figured it out. So, I now give to you instructions on how to crochet a hat in complete sentences! Hopefullly it will help someone!

Materials needed:

Yarn (any kind, I use think wool yarn usually but anything works)
Crochet hook (this also can be any size, but you should usally match size of yarn to crochet hook, ie fat yarn = fat needle, ect.)

Step 1:

Start out with the normal knot around your crochet hook.

Step 2:

Do 6 single crochet stitches in a line (chain), then go back over them once so you have two rows of 6 stitches.

Step 3:

Join one end of the chain with the other end so it is in a little loop.

Step 4:

Do a normal single stitch once, but then instead of doing another one, loop the free yarn around the hook without going through a hoop. This is the trick because instead of making your yarn curve in like a basketball it will go out like a doily.

Step 5:

Measure on your head/ head of person you are making hat for to see when you need to stop doing the skip loop trick (my made up name to make it sound cool).

Step 6:

When your doily-like object is big enough go back to regular single stitch crochet until the end of the hat. (This is the curve part of the hat). I don’t believe there is a magic number for rows or anything so I just put it on periodically to see if it is the right size. If you want at the end you can make a “brim” by changing the color of yarn for the last 3-4 rows.

Step 7:

When finished, wear your awesome hat, get used to getting compliments. (Or, in my case statements of the obvious, “whoa, you guys have matching hats”).

my two favorite people

November 10, 2006

How to tie a scarf

Filed under: clothing — by threadslinger @ 6:37 pm

If you live in a cold part of the world (like I do) then you are probably wear a scarf almost everyday. After wearing scarves the same way everyday is boring and I realized that there has to be some sort of cool way to tie it that is both functional and fashionable. After playing around for a bit I made up this way to tie a scarf. Now, it may well could have already existed and I am just claiming an already created scarf knot made my Miss Famous McScarferson or something, but until informed otherwise, I will claime this idea as my own.

Materials

Scarf (preferably one that isn’t too fat, as it will be in a knot around your neck.)

Step one:

how to tie a scarf

Drape scarf around your neck.

Step two:

how to tie a scarf
Then shorten the left side of the scarf wrapping the right side around your neck. There should be a part of the scarf around your neck with the tails of the scarf on the sides.

Step three:

how to tie a scarf
Loosen the part around your neck by shortnening one side of the scarf.

Step four:

Position the scarf so that the longer side of the scarf is hanging in the middle of the loop around your neck.

Step five: (Complicated part)

how to tie a scarf
This is the “over under” part of the scarf trick. Take the shorter side of the scarf and bring it over the loop while putting it under the longer side of the scarf (still in the middle of the loop).


The result should be a nice little knot that you will make you look cool and keep you warm this winter.

Note: This may be something you have to play around with a bit to get it right. Also, I cut myself off in all of the pictures because I was sick and therefore looked disgusting. Happy scarfing!

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