Tag Archives: pattern

Robin Pattern (Red Robin, Tim Drake)

18 Dec

So I made a Robin for my friend Glenn for Christmas. I had him pick out his favorite costume for Robin, and he chose a red costume- the Tim Drake Robin. I couldn’t find a pattern, so I had to make up my own (again). It was kind of a pain in the ass, but I really like how it turned out. (Even if Robin has some birthing hips.) This pattern could easily be altered using different colors to make different super heroes. I plan to test this theory out over time.

I’ve uploaded the pattern to my Ravelry account as a PDF and I’ll also add it after the jump here for those of you who don’t use Ravelry. And, if you don’t, I highly suggest that you start. It’s the best free knitting site I have ever found. There are so many patterns to choose from it is ridiculous. And a large amount of them are free, too. They also have crochet patterns for those of you who prefer one needle to two needles.

It’s a quick knit because I did it in garter stitch all the way up. The part that takes longest is putting it together and stuffing it. At least, that was how it felt to me!

Pattern after the jump! (Or use this link to the downloadable PDF) Continue reading

Knitting A Shawl Lengthwise…

28 Oct

So I’m working on making myself a shawl with ladders in it- styled after the various Clap style patterns on Ravelry. I wanted it striped- but wanted it to strip lengthwise, so I’m knitting it on round needles. I cast on 300 stitches after doing a test block to see the gauge of the yarn and my needles. By my estimations the shawl should end up being around 6 feet long so that it wraps really nicely.

I’ve never done a scarf or shawl lengthwise before. DLDzioba has always claimed it’s an awful experience, but I’m actually finding it preferable. I feel like I can actually see the progress quicker as opposed to having to knit like 300 rows.

I’m using Encore Colorspun Worsted color 7733 and Stylecraft Life DK in Granite Marl. They look great together and I’m ridiculously thrilled with how well it is turning out so far. I’m just hoping there is enough of the pink- since it has 100+ yards less in than the granite color.

I’m hoping to finish this by November 5th to wear it to the Renaissance Festival. We’ll see how that goes. After I’m finished I’ll post a pattern!

Color Blocking Will be The Death of Me

24 Oct

So I’m going to be starting a new knitting project for Christmas today or tomorrow. A friend of mine is a huge fan of Gurren Lagann and wanted to see if I could knit something with the logo on it. I agreed to give it a try. I took the image and imported it into Photoshop and set it up on a grid so that I would have a color block for it. I’m going to try to make him a scarf with the image on it. (He already knows this so I’m not giving anything too awesome away.)

I’m going to knit it in the round, I think, so that I can stitch up the ends and have the image on either side. I might try to knit it normally first, typical knit-purl and see how it turns out, it would save yarn and time- that’s for sure. Especially since I have to knit two of them, one for Jose and one for his daughter.

We’ll see how that goes- hopefully well, because I’d love to be able to pull it off either way. It would make me feel awesome and I know that Jose would love it & it solves the dilemma of OMG WTF AM I GOING TO MAKE HIM FOR CHRISTMAS????

(P.S. NaNoWriMo in just a week!)

Two Knitting Projects Completed

23 Oct

Since I felt so behind, I ended up finishing two projects today. First, I finished the Jayne hat for Jose. I did the last earflap, weaved in the last of the loose ends, tried it on, and it looks pretty awesome if I do so say so myself. It’s his gift for his birthday and I’m glad I got it done in time.

 

The MST3K hat (Mystery Science Theater 3,000 for those wondering) was truly… weird and interesting. I have never done any type of colorblocking using a pattern before, and I’m about 95% sure I did it wrong- the wrong side (inside of the hat) is a HOT MESS. The pattern turned out pretty awesome, but I definitely should have made it lower on the hat or the top of the hat higher because it bunches up a little when you put it on. Even so, I’m pretty sure the person I made it for will enjoy it. (Right DLDzioba?) The colors actually look pretty great with the hat- even though orange and purple might seem odd to some.

Other than that today was spent kind of loafing around. I did have a writer’s group meeting at 10Am at the local library. I showed them one of my more recent poems and got some feedback on my plotting thus far for NaNoWriMo. The basic consensus is that everyone cannot wait to read it- which makes me groan a little. I generally don’t allow people to read my writing, especially fiction. I know that I’m not great at writing fiction and I don’t want people to edit/nitpick in the process and discourage me. But having some encouragement along the way would be very helpful- so I’m going to share it with my friends on Google Docs throughout November.

All in all I am satisfied with today’s level of productivity- which does not happen often for me!

Ickle Monsters

17 Oct
Ickle Monsters

Ickle Monsters

So I’ve been doing tons more knitting- as will be the case at least until Christmas, and probably after considering how much fun I have been having lately. My friend TaNeesha had her baby shower this past Saturday- and sadly, I could not attend. I was out of town visiting my mother, but DL Dzioba and I decided to do something handmade and adorable for our friend, hoping she would find them cute and enjoy them.

I don’t work right now- so knitting is taking place of gifts for me it seems. Anyway, we saw a pattern for “Monster Chunks” and decided to use them to inspire us to greatness- and made a small three person family of monsters. (Our friend’s family will be three people, so it was fitting!) The two big monster I knitted. DL Dzioba crocheted the little green monster. All in all, I think they are incredibly adorable!

Here is the pattern which inspired us!

Simple Scarf (And Some NaNoWriMo)

14 Oct

Simple Scarf

So I’m taking a break from knitting my Christmas gifts to make a couple of scarves in some multi-color yarn that I bought. I want to do something simple and brainless, so that’s what I’m working on. I started tonight at the post-writer’s-group hang out and got about six inches of the scarf done. I’m using needles that are bigger than I like- size 10, and size 8 or 6 are my favorite. But I like the way the colors are striping. I’m doing it in a simple stockinette stitch- except the first and last three rows are straight knit, and I’m knitting the first and last three stitches of each row to prevent curling. The yarn looked like it would be hideous, but it’s producing nice striping and looks like something from American Eagle in my opinion.

I also got some plotting done for my NaNo today. I named my main character Alfie Urswick and I’ve begun working out some character profiles on him and the girl he’s holding hostage in his basement. It was a semi-productive day. But I have a lot more to get done in the next two weeks if I hope to end up with a successful NaNo project! It was a lot of fun, though, hanging out with DLD, Becca, & Kristyn. It was a great girl’s night, and I had some delicious hot chocolate drowning in caramel at B&N.

The next few months will be so busy! NaNo, Christmas Knitting, holidays, etc. I’m going to be dragging by the new year!

Bender Has Begun!!

11 Oct

Bender's LegsToday was a very productive day. I got up early(ish) and I did some laundry- followed by beginning my new knitting project. This one is going much faster than my first one. I’m knitting Bender for my friend Ben- and today I got the legs done! I was really surprised at how quickly they went after I figured it out.

Logically I knew that trying to knit a crochet pattern could prove difficult- but I didn’t realize how complicated it could become until I tried it. I ended up doing it in reverse order- knitting from the top of the leg down to the bottom of Bender’s foot and it helped a hell of a lot.

Essentially I cast on 9 stitches- three per needle. Then I did 7 rows of gray, 2 rows of black. After that I did 6 rows of gray, 2 rows of black- repeated until I had four rows of black. I knitted once more around in gray, then increased to 15 stitches and followed the original pattern backward to finish up his feet.

I think his legs actually turned out rather well, and I’m super excited to finish up more of him. 🙂