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Christmas Hat by SadDaysCrochet Christmas Hat by SadDaysCrochet
This is a hat I made for myself for Christmas. Which is to say I made it specifically to match the outfit I was wearing on Christmas, using a totally gorgeous wooden crochet hook that I was given for Christmas. Unfortunately I didn't finish it until two days later, but oh well.

I used this hat as an excuse to 1)try out a bunch of new stitches that I has just learnt from my 500 stitch book, and 2) practice seamless color integration. You'd think that transitioning between colors without cutting off and tying on would have been one of the first things I learnt, but no- five years in I'm finally working out how you do that. Not that hard a concept after all, but thanks for telling me about it, needlecraft encyclopedia from the 90s!

For my fellow crochet nerds: this is stitched in the round, first SC, then DC, then puffs in two sizes, then Crossed Stitch (I do not recommend doing this stitch with three colors like I did here, it was a pain), then picots in various sizes, then back to singles. I used four yarns, concealing three at a time. I honestly think it would have been a more attractive hat if I had been less fussy with it, but it was a good learning experience.

As you can tell I'm finally brushing up on my crochet theory. Mastering the basics will make my amigurumi work even better!
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ariesa2 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
very cute.
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the-carolyn-michelle Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very chunky and cool. Don't you just love carrying yarn over on complex stitches? NOT. Lol.
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hahaha- it was... a learning experience. :P
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the-carolyn-michelle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Those are always fantastic.
I found this really interesting crochet book online in digitized microform from some-odd-library somewhere. It's all old lace and other sorts of awesome patterns. GREAT learning experiences.
Check it out: [link]
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gah- the pages and pages of coded instructions fill me with existential dread and make me want to hide under my desk. :X Maybe that's just a migraine side-effect though? It's like my internal word-processor overheats after a quarter page. :P All the more reason I need to invent a better way of writing crochet patterns!
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the-carolyn-michelle Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
But the out comes are so cool. It is definitely an exercise in persistence to get through the first pattern repeat of the lace but once you do, it's fairly easy to continue without the instructions.
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quietnovastudios Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Art is a constantly evolving thing, and as we learn, our art improves. I'm always up for learning crazy new techniques - have you tried overlay crochet? It's amazing!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
What is overlay crochet? *googles it* Ooh! That stuff is gorgeous! But all the descriptions I can find say nothing useful about it- what is it that defines it as "overlay"? I've done some fiddling about with inter-crossing layer, but nothing this complex! Thank you for opening my eyes to this whole new technique!
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quietnovastudios Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
The "overlay" part of this technique is actually quite simple in its execution, but stunning in its result - you crochet only in the back loops for each new row, but you drop down over the preceding rows with the row you're working on in order to make large, impressive stitch patterns. It's difficult to explain in words, but there are several designers out there with patterns for it, and if you do one pattern you're sure to get the hang of it! My personal favorite is this: [link]

This artist has several different designs, each of them lovely, and her patterns are immensely helpful - the one I bought had several pages of informative pictures.
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
What an awesome concept- I am so trying this out! :la:
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