The Muse Scarlett Yvette Royal

The Muse Scarlett Yvette Royal

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Flower Hair Pin Ideas

Attaching pins to head bands and hats are wonderful ways to decorate your head. I use plenty for my dancing costumes from flowers, feathers, to skulls, and tassels.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Progession of a Pattern: Looming a Realistic Owl Hat

Awhile back I saw Helen Rodel's realistic owl hat, that was crocheted. I looked at it long and hard, and wanted to make one using looms, but with my own flare.
Originally starting small on a 24 peg knifty knitter loom using just E-Wrap I worked on the general shape. I figured to make the hat it would need to be loomed flat, and the eyes and front of the face would have to be sewn together while still being one piece. This is where casting off, and casting back on those pegs worked to get the eye area started.
Then working in the eye area was a whole other story. In the photo I was looking at they were a circular area, so I messed with it and mess with it, and realized I would have to do an increase of pegs( Overlap) and then work some rows to do a decrease, work some rows, and do another decrease removing all the pegs. There was the eye area, but not after several tries on the flower loom just working the eye area.
Then the back of the head, how to create a curve to fit the head, well went on the concept of the heal for a sock, but larger for a hat. By the third draft I had a basic concept of everything, now was time to add some texture to where the feathers of the head.
I chose something a little simple like the netted idea, liked it fine, but just wasn't happy enough with the 4th draft. By that point I had switched to the long looms and worked with the clips.
Well several months later after putting the pattern down, on Google+ someone wanted to know how in the heck if at all you could do the crocheted crocodile stitch on the looms. I looked at it and said "Yes" with a lot of thought and a try I used the concept I did for the ears of my stuff animals with a little tweeking and figured it out. Then I said hey that would look great on my owl hat I have been working on.
I went to a larger long loom and decided to add the crocodile stitch I figured out, and change the beak area a little to be more accurate. At this point I was looking at real owl heads for the project, and decided a snow owl would be awesome. I noticed the face was furry so added fur yarn to the eye area, and there you have it. The process.
So knifty knitter green long loom, with clips, plus using stitches like, crocodile stitch for looms, internal decrease, wrap and turn, overlap increase, E-Wrap, purl, and sew it together. I am really excited about the finished product, it makes me so happy. This is a very hard pattern, but if you would like to see a video of it in tutorial please leave comment below.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to Loom Rose and Leaf

How to Loom Rose and Leaf

Scrap Yarn will need to double it.
Flower Loom 12 pegs
29 peg loom or 30
Looming Hook
Crafters Needle
Crochet Hook

CO: Cast On
EW: E-Wrap
D: Decrease
YO: Yarn Over
COF: Cast Off

Rose: Work Flat:
EW CO 28 pegs
Row 1: EW 28
Start working petals:
Petal 1 is working pegs 1-4
Row 1-2: EW4
Row 3: EW3
Row 4: EW2
Row 5: EW3
Row 6-7: EW4
For petal 2 work the next 4 pegs the same way. Do this until you are down to the last 2 pegs on the end then just EW2. Then D by 1 to have a total of 27 pegs.
Then take your cast on loops and place them on the pegs.
EW 28
Then COF
Start by wrapping one end and wrap till you get to the other end. You should see the rose now. Sew the bottom together and there is your rose. You can do this on a larger loom just EW CO, then EW a row and repeat the petal concept of 4 pegs across the larger loom.

Leaf: Flower Loom: Work Flat
EW CO 7 pegs
Row 1: Knit 7
Row 2:  K2, D1, Skip1, D1, K2
Row 3: K2, YO, K1, Yo
Row 4-5: K7
Row 6: Repeat row 2
Row 7: Repeat row 3
Row 8: K7
Row 9: D1, K4, D1, K1
Row 10: K5
Row 11: D1, K2, D1, K1
Row 12: K3
Row 13: Decrease down to 1 K1
Row 14: K1
Snip end pull through, tighten cast on and add to your rose, you can choose to make more than one. To make a bigger leaf, add 2 to the 7 pegs, then do the decrease part 3 times instead of 2. Every time you add 2 pegs to the 7 add another row of decrease.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How to Loom Duck Rattle and Guide to Making Other Rattles

How to Loom Duck Rattle

24 Peg loom
Double up yarn (level 4) Yellow and Orange
Looming Hook
Crochet Hook
Crafters Needle
2 Eyes

Knit: K
Cast On: CO
E-Wrap: EW
Internal Decrease: ID
Draw String Cast On: DSCO
Draw String Cast Off: DSCOF
Cast Off: CO

Head: Work Flat: start with Yellow
DSCO 24 Pegs Flat
Row 1-16: K24
Row 17: ID 24to12 pegs
Change to Orange
Row 18-25: K12
Sew up beak, back of head, and stuff.

The Ring
EW CO 24 Pegs Working Flat
Row 1-15: K24
Fold back and place the cast on loops onto the pegs.
Toss bottom loop over and then cast off with crochet hook.
Stuff and sew up. Then sew the head on the ring.
Your done.

Note: When making other rattles just use the ring part of the pattern, take the heads of the other stuffed animal patterns and just Knit rather than E-Wrap to half the size of the head. Sew the head on the ring and you have your rattle.