Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Crochet BB-8 Beanie Pattern


I've seen The Force Awakens three times. I think I saw all in about two weeks. It is absolutely one of the best movies I have ever seen. Feeling a little inspired with all the Star Wars awesomeness I decided to make a BB-8 beanie

For the beanie

Hook Size J /10-6.00 MM
Work in continuous rounds 
With white 

Chain 3, sl st together 

Round 1- 6 SC in center of circle 
Round 2- 2 DC in each stitch (12)
Round 3- 2 DC in each stitch (24) Change color to gray 
Round 4- 2 DC in each stitch (48) 
Round 5- 1 DC in each stitch, change color to white
Round 6- 1 DC in each stitch, change color to orange 
Round 7- 1 DC in each stitch, change color to white 
Round 8-11- 1 DC in each stitch
Round 12- There is a lot of color changes in this round. 13 DC in first 13 stitches, 1 orange stitch, 1 white, 1 orange, 1 white, 5 orange, 1 white, 1 orange, 11 white, 3 orange, 1 white, 1 orange, 7 white, change color to gray. 
Round 13- 1 DC in each, change color to white 
Round 14- 1 DC in each 
Round 15- 1 SC in each, sl st into second chain from hook, finish off sew in ends. 

For the big "eye"

Hook size G/6- 4.25 MM 
Work in continuous rounds 
With black

Ch 3, sl st together 
Round 1- 6 SC in center 
Round 2- 1 SC, 2 SC in second, repeat around the round (9)
Round 3- 1 SC in next 2 stitches, 2 SC in the third (12)
Round 4- 1 SC in next 3 stitches, 2 SC in the fourth (15)
Round 5- 1 SC in next 4 stitches, 2 SC in fifth (18)
Round 6- 1 SC in next 5 stitches, 2 SC in the sixth (21)
Sl St second chain from hook, finish off, leave long tail to sew onto the hat. 

Use red yarn to give the "eye" a little light. 

For the smaller "eye"

Hook size G/6- 4.25 MM 
Work in continuous rounds 
With black

Ch 3, sl st together 
Round 1- 6 SC in center 
Round 2- 1 SC, 2 SC in second, repeat around the round (9)
Round 3- 1 SC in next 2 stitches, 2 SC in the third (12) Change color to white
Round 4- 1 SC in next 3 stitches, 2 SC in the fourth (15) Change color to black 
Round 5- 1 SC in next 4 stitches, 2 SC in fifth (18)
Sl st second chain from hook, finish off, leave long tail to sew onto hat 


I used poly fiber fill to stuff the eyes so they would hold their shape. If you don't want them so three dimensional you can join rounds instead of doing continuous rounds and they will lay more flat. 

Sew eyes onto the beanie and you're done!

I hope you enjoy the pattern and if you have any questions feel free to contact me. I am normally pretty quick to respond. :)

Download the printable PDF here. 

If you use my pattern send me pictures on Instagram @chocolatebearz or on tumblr. I would love to see what you come up with. 


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Bombshell Wonder Woman Costume



This year for Halloween I decided to dress up as Bombshell Wonder Woman. I love this whole series that DC has done. I thought Wonder Woman would be a good place to start because hers seemed to be the least complicated and that I could easily put it together. Turns out all the little accessories weren't the most time friendly things to put together. The things I thought would be the hardest didn't actually end up being that complicated. This isn't necessarily a "how to" but more of a way to share what I did and to share some ideas on how I did it. 


Shirt

I bought a red long sleeved button down shirt from the thrift store. Cut the sleeves off and added a zipper, collar, and the little sleeve embellishments(?) I also took it in at the waist so it could be a little more form fitting. 




Emblem on the shirt

I found an image of the Wonder Woman logo and blew it up to the size I wanted it to be and halved it so I could transfer the image to both sides of the shirt. I printed it out and used chalk to trace the outline. I then put the emblem on the shirt where I wanted it to be to transfer the chalk outline. I used Tulip soft fabric paint to paint over the chalk outline.




Shorts

I didn't take any pictures of the shorts because they weren't too involved. I used a pair of high waisted shorts that I had bought from Forever 21. I just used iron on star patches for the stars on the shorts.

Boots

The boots were a pair of cheap boots that I had bought from Gordmans. I used leather paint to paint them red and paint on the details. I used pleather fabric to add the boots cuffs.

Not the best before picture but I cut off the buckles and painted them red. 
So once I painted them red, I used a pleather fabric that kind of matched the material of the boot. I cut out the shape that I liked for the boot cuff and just hot glued them on to the inside of the boot. I then painted the cuff red to match the boot.
I used white leather paint to add the details. I suggest adding the star to the cuff before adding it to the boot.


Arm cuffs

I used craft foam, foam stars, puffy paint, spray paint, and velcro to make the arm cuffs. I got a pattern for the arm cuffs here. I cut them out of craft foam. I glued small bands of craft foam on the top and bottom of the cuffs. I used velcro to secure them around my wrists. 

I hot glued craft foams stars around the cuffs. I used a sharpie to draw the design around the cuffs that I wanted. 

I used puffy paint to trace over the design I created. I let the puffy paint dry and spray painted them silver.  Once they were painted silver I sponged on black acrylic paint to give them a bit more dimension.


Belt/lasso

The belt was a lucky find from the thrift store which ended up working perfectly. The belt buckle I made out of craft foam. I have scans of my design here & here
  
I cut the design out of craft foam. I added an outer edge of the circle part of the belt. I added an extra bird head piece and the details of the wings on to the base of the bird part.



I painted the yellow foam black or you could ya know just buy black craft foam. I thought the gold would show up better on black but painting the yellow foam gold would work just as well. Once they were painted gold, I glued them together and added two strips of craft foam to the back to attach them to the belt I had bought.




  
For the lasso I used some twine I had laying around the house. I'm not exactly sure what it was. I measured how long I wanted my lasso to be and I doubled the length. I folded all the lengths of twine in half and just roped braided the whole thing. I then spray painted it gold. Once the paint had dried I wrapped it up and secured it so it wouldn't unwind. I used a strip of black craft foam to attach it to the belt. 

Earrings

I made earrings out of polymer clay. I used the smallest measuring spoon I had as a mold. Once I got the clay out of the spoon I just baked them. Once they were done baking I glued them onto earring posts. 

Headband

I bought a yellow bandana from the craft store and ironed on an iron on red star. Easy peasy. :)

I wasn't able to get too many great pictures of it once it was all done since I was in Vegas for Halloween. I'm hoping I'll be able to go to DCC next year and wear it there. 









I think it came out really nice. Unfortunately no body knew who I was supposed to be but I was impressed with myself and I guess that is all that really matters. :P I think I might eventually try to get better pictures taken of the whole thing but until then the pictures I have will have to do.

I hope I gave you some ideas on how to make your own bombshell Wonder Woman! If you have an questions always feel free to contact me. I'm normally pretty quick to respond! :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Crochet Donnie Darko Amigurumi

Coming at you with another Amigurumi. This time it is Donnie Darko! Donnie Darko is my favorite movie. Since it is almost Halloween, I thought it was fitting to try to make a little Donnie Darko. This is what I came up with and honestly I think it is one of my favorite things that I have made. I used this pattern here for the base and I came up with his little hoodie.

I used safety eyes for his eyes. I sewed him a little mouth by pulling yarn through the back and around the front where I wanted it to be and then putting the yarn back inside. I just tied it in a knot and called it good. The little bones are iron on transfers and I just glued them on. For his hair I drew the outline of where I wanted his hair to be and then I just kind of filled it in with yarn. It's kind of hard to explain how I did it.


I came up with my own pattern for his hoodie and then I sewed his arms on outside of it to secure it on his body. His little hood even comes off.

That's about it! I'm really happy with the way he came out. I think it's super cute and he's going to look totally awesome on my bookcase.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Elder Wand Crochet Hook + new listing!

I got requested a LONG time ago to do this crochet hook. I had tried one attempt, didn't like it and then gave up on making another one. For whatever reason I got inspired to try to make it again. My skills have gotten better and I have better tools and techniques so I figured the second attempt would be better. Sure enough it was! I think this one came out pretty neat.

It is made out of tan polymer clay. I used different sized dotting tools to make weird oblong circles on it. Then I painted it with different shades of brown paint. I used a pencil and black paint to paint the small details on the band.

I think it came out pretty good and fairly true to the movie wand. I'm going to be selling these on Etsy. I normally do tutorials with these but wasn't sure if anyone was going to be interested in seeing that but if you are, you can shoot me a comment or message and I would be more than willing to put one up! If that's not your thing you can buy one from my etsy here.

I have other crochet hooks that you can make that you can find in my tutorial page here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Crochet Superman Amigurumi

It's been forever since I have posted anything! I normally try to post once a month but the past few months I haven't had a whole lot of motivation but I'm back and I should have a few blogs out over the next few weeks (hopefully)

Anyway, I work at a comic book store and thought I would make something for the guys at work. I decided on Superman because I thought he would be the simplest to put together. I used this pattern here. I have used this pattern before and I liked it. This time I decided to do joined rounds and I got a better result this time.

I used felt for his cape and iron on transfers (these are becoming my favorite for logos) for the logo. I just used glue to put the cape and logo on because I'm too lazy to sew it on. Since he will probably never need to be washed I didn't find it problematic. I used safety eyes for his eyes. I also figured out a better way to give him hair. I think the end result is pretty awesome and cute.


The guys at work thought he was neat. One guy is a huge Superman fanatic so he absolutely loved him. He looks pretty cool in the comic book shop.

If you guys have any questions on how I put him together feel free to ask. He was pretty simple to put together. It is not my pattern but I can tell you where I did color changes and things like that. :)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Crochet Colorado Avalanche Amigurumi





I think I mentioned in one of my other posts that I like hockey. I also like to crochet and my favorite team is the Avalanche. I figured I might as well try to crochet a little Avalanche player. I'm not one to crochet a lot of other things besides hats. I thought I would take myself out of my comfort zone a bit. I used this pattern. I worked in continuous rounds, which I do not suggest.

I ended up with some obvious color jumps, which I expected. The whole thing pulled sort of funny one way. If I decided to make another one I will not be using continuous rounds again. For the number I just used felt and for the name and the logo on the front I used printable iron transfers. I used E6000 to glue the number and the name. Again, I would not suggest this. It ended up being messy and didn't look very good. For the logo I used tacky glue. This worked a little better but it left residue.

I think the hair is my least favorite about the whole thing. I couldn't get it to the look the way I wanted it to. I think I put way too much of it. I used yarn and wrapped it around  a credit card and then cut it in half. I used one piece of yarn and pulled it through the stitches. I think he has way too much hair. For the face I used safety eyes and I embroidered (badly) the mouth.



My favorite part is probably his little socks and feet. I think overall he came out pretty cute and maybe I'll try to make other players. :)




Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Crochet LA Kings logo

I posted the New York Rangers logo yesterday and now I'm going to post the LA Kings one. I will say this one came out a lot bigger than I thought it would. If I decide to make another I will probably make it a little differently. I will get to that later though. This is what I came up with.

I crocheted the base and needle felted the letters on there. The crown is an iron on transfer. For this you are going to have to know some basic color changes and how to carry the yarn. You will also need to know how to single crochet decrease.

For the base
Hook size F/5- 3.75 mm

With grey, chain 21

Row 1-10- 1 grey stitch (carry the yarn,) 18 black stitches, 1 grey stitch, ch 1 and turn
On the last row change colors to grey 
Row 11- 1 grey stitch in each. change colors to white, ch 1 and turn
Row 12- 1 white stitch in each, change colors to grey, ch1 and turn
Row 13- 1 grey stitch in each,  ch 1 and turn
Row 14- 16 (3 rows)- 1 grey stitch (carry the yarn,) 18 black stitches, 1 grey stitch, ch 1 and turn
Row 17- 1 SC decrease with grey, finish the stitch with black, 1 SC decrease with black, 1 SC in next 12 stitches, 1 black SC decrease, finish the stitch with grey, 1 SC decrease with grey. Ch 1 and turn
Row 18- 1 SC decrease with grey, finish the stitch with black, 1 SC decrease with black, 1 SC in next 8 stitches, 1 black SC decrease, finish the stitch with grey, 1 SC decrease with grey. Ch 1 and turn
Row 19- 1 SC decrease with grey, finish the stitch with black, 1 SC decrease with black, 1 SC in next 4 stitches, 1 black SC decrease, finish the stitch with grey, 1 SC decrease with grey. Ch 1 and turn
Row 20- 1 SC decrease with grey, 2 SC decrease with black, 1 SC decrease with grey. Ch 1 and turn
Row 21- With grey 2 SC decreases. Ch 1, and turn
Row 22- With grey, 1 SC decrease. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Like I said if i decide to make any more of these I plan on doing them slightly differently. I think I'll make the whole base black except for the rows that need to be grey and white and then I'll just SC a grey border around the whole thing. I thought doing it the way I did would look better but towards the bottom with the decreases there are some very obvious color changes that I do not like.  


Once you're finished with the base it should look something like this. ^



For the LA part, I printed out a logo about the same size as the crocheted one. I took an Xacto knife and cut out the L and the A. I taped it on the crochet piece and used it as sort of a stencil for the needle felting. If you don't want to or don't know how to needle felt, you can just use felt to cut out the letters and you can glue or sew them on.


Although I think it would look fine without the crown, I wanted to find a way to put it on there. I tried felt but the crown was just too small and detailed for it to come out right. I ended up buying iron on transfers. 

I just followed the directions in the package. I ironed mine on felt, cut it out, and glued it on and then sewed it on the crocheted piece. If you plan on washing these, I suggest using a washable glue or sewing it on there.




That's how I made a LA Kings logo. If you have any questions always feel free to ask. I'm normally pretty quick at responding to questions and emails. :)