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Steve The Amigrumi Baby Dragon

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Lately I’ve been one an amigrumi kick (sorry to everyone who is waiting on more blanket posts).

This week I was hard at work on this little guy. He was inspired by Toothless. Because he was all black I was a little saddened that no one could really see how much detail went into the pattern. So I decided to make his accents in a different color.

I’ve always been a huge fan of dragons and unicorns, so I will probably be making more soon.

For more amigrumi check out my etsy shop!

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Toothless Amigrumi

 

 

I get bored quickly, so after a couple of weeks of doing nothing but jewelry, I lost my inspiration and decided it was time to crochet for a bit. Since I have two blankets sitting half completed, I decided to look for some amigrumi. One of the first things I stumbled across was a pattern for Toothless, and I fell in love.

This free pattern, by Sarah (who as it happens has a really cool etsy store) was super easy to follow. Some of the pieces are adopted from different sources, which each used different notations, so it took a bit of thinking to get used to the different styles of notation.

I created Toothless using Vanna’s Choice yarn. I was afraid I would run out, but it turns out I had plenty left over.

One of the best parts of this pattern is all the details that go into it. It’s too bad that you can’t see too much of the wings and tail from the front.

I love that several other people linked their projects in the comments, so if I haven’t inspired you to make your own, be sure to check out these fine posts:

Stupid Crayon–Has a really great photo of the back of the dragon. I wish mine came out that well.
Lemmy Loop–The way she did her eyes totally inspired me.
Vinegaroon–Has a great pattern for different styles of tail fins, plus the eyes she did were so amazing!

 


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Tabby Tam, Finished at Last!

At last, the tabby tam is finished! That only took….forever.

The cables that make this pattern really interesting also made it take so long. I’m a pretty fast knitter, but not so fast when it comes to some fancy stitching.

The hat was made with a pattern from The Fiber Republic. It’s a really interesting pattern, and the cables definitely make it look more complicated than it actually is.

I made the hat using Vanna’s Choice yarn. I really like this yarn, it’s so soft! I’m planning on working with it again in the near future.

I have to admit, when I first started working on this project I was weary. I didn’t think the featured picture looked all that great, but my sister had picked it out so I figured that was what she wanted. After spending time working on it, the pattern really grew on me. I think the way the person was wearing the hat in the photo made it looked a little weird in my mind. I’m happy to say that I was very pleased with the result.

 


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Tabby Tam Part 4

I’m almost done with the tam. I’m at the very top of it, and I was hoping it would be getting easier by now. However, the pattern doesn’t want to give up on the cables. It ends with a few rounds of cable 2. I admire the dedication of the pattern, but to me they just don’t look like cables any more.

I’m hoping to finish by Friday so I can post some pictures.


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Tabby Tam Part 3

The tam is almost finished!

Now that it’s bigger the cables are much clearer than the picture that I posted last week. I’m really enjoying this pattern, mostly because I get to do cables every few rows instead of stocking knit stitching all around like with most hats.

The only downside is that the cables make the hat kind of stiff. As you can see in the picture, it stands up all by itself now. I’m not sure if I like the stiffness, but I have a feeling that it will become less stiff after its been used.

The one thing I love about patterns that are knitted from the bottom up, is that the hat gets easier to make as time goes on. Which is good, because its toward the end of the project when I start to get bored and want to move on.

I’m hoping to finish this one in the next few days.


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Tabby Tam Part 2

After pulling out my tam earlier this week and starting anew on bigger needles, I have finally reached the point in the pattern where I’m cabling. Yay!

I’ve only done one round of cables so far, so you have to squint to see them in the picture, but I promise they are there. I really enjoy doing cables, and this hat is extra fun because I get to do them all the way around it.

I was having some issues with the hat early on because there are so many stitches in it they started falling off the ends of my needles when I wasn’t looking. I solved this by placing rubber bands on the ends to keep them in place while I was working on a different section. It takes time to remove and replace the rubber bands each time I change a needle, but it’s totally worth it to not have to worry about losing a big chunk of work by dropping stitches.


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Tabby Tam

My sister has been bugging me for a few weeks to make her this tam hat. Now that I’m back from my interview and less stressed, I decided to oblige.

Pictured here is my second attempt at starting the hat. Initially I misread the pattern and casted on too few stitches. Several hours later, I realized the mistake and had to pull the whole thing out.

I casted on again, and began anew. A few hours after this picture was taken I had finished the increasing stitches, and was just about to begin the cables, when I realized that there was no way that this was going to fit around my sister’s head.

This isn’t the first time this has happened to me, which makes me wonder what is going on. The beanies I make typically turn out the right size, but it appears that I’m having trouble with the more complicated patterns. I have a few theories: 1. By random happenstance, I have picked out two patterns with typos in the gauging, 2. I’m knitting the pattern tighter than the gauge swatch, or 3. I just know people with huge heads.

Now I’m off to pull out this attempt and begin a third on a bigger needle size.