Nightmare Before Christmas Friends

Here is the third square in my Nightmare Before Christmas Afghan.

 

This square is knit instead of crochet.  However, if you don’t knit.  You could follow the chart and do it in single crochet.

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Here are the links to the other 2 corner-to-corner (C2C) patterns:

 

Jack Skellington

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Enjoy!  Please share your projects so I can add photos to my Ravelry page.

 

 

 

Mandala Afghan

I have recently been enjoying doing Mandala style afghans.  I did one last year in many colors:

 

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This year I have started one in just blues and greys.  It brings to mind an Obstreperous Ocean (aka Stormy Sea).

 

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This one is already 48 inches in diameter and there are still 9 weeks to go.   This one will end up round (according to the creator).

 

I have some other Mandalas I need to work up into a wedding afghan to have on hand for nieces/nephews weddings.  I also have another mandala afghan I’d like to do… I’m thinking of taking that one to work on while on vacation next month.

 

This is a fun process because you are doing different stitches that work together to make something very creative and unique.

 

I’d love to see one done by knitting instead of just crocheting.  I’m contemplating that.   🙂

 

 

 

Halloween Moon

I have completed and uploaded the graph/chart for Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Moon with Jack and Sally in Silhouette.

 

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This was done in mini (hdc) corner-to-corner (C2C) stitch with a G hook.  The finished product is approximately 36″ x 44″.  Easily large enough for a lapghan with a border attached to it.

 

I will be adding it to 3 other squares for a larger throw/afghan.

Enjoy!

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What did you do today?

Did you do anything interesting today?  Did you see anything unusual?  Did you go someplace out of your comfort zone?  Or did you stick with the norm?

 

I did all of those things.    🙂

 

I took a ride to the east side of Cleveland this morning for my husband to pick up a new-to-him company car.  WHOO-HOO!  We’ve never had a company car before, this could be interesting.

 

I had no idea – none whatsoever – of where I was.  I just knew I was near/in Cleveland.  So, I asked my GPS (the australian guy who lives in it) to take me to my friend’s house in Berea.  He obliged.

 

On the way I saw:

Lake Erie!  Haven’t seen it in quite a few months.  It was not frozen, BTW.

A building with a fabulous mural of whales on it.  It really was wonderful.  I’m pretty sure we do not have whales in Lake Erie but the mural was great.   Not sure what the building is or was – maybe an old aquarium?

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I did not take this picture, I “borrowed” it from the web.

Progressive Field – whoopdeedo!  But I saw it.  Drove right past it.

 

I had the overwhelming joy of driving in Cleveland traffic.  Fortunately, traffic was light at 11am.  I HATE driving in Cleveland traffic.   (This is the “out of my comfort zone” part of my original questions.)

 

I had a wonderful visit with my dear friend and we went out to lunch.  Talked and talked and renewed our spirits a bit with good fellowship.

 

Once I got back home it was back to the norm…. pick child #4 up from after school meeting of Model U.N…. pick child #3 up from swim practice 45 minutes later… take child #3 to swim team pasta dinner/party… come home… check email… check facebook… work on Groovyghan – mystery afghan #2 started for the year.  The first part is done.

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I just LOVE Mystery Afghans – I am seriously contemplating making up one of my own to publish.  I’m thinking of a knit mandala or maybe a movie/character themed one.  Still in the thinking phase.

 

Now, I will go work on the Harry Potter afghan… making great progress on it.

 

Crochet or Knit

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Do you crochet or knit?

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I do both.  Lately I seem to be crocheting more than knitting.

I love to do Mystery Afghans – you get a part every week and then in a couple months you put it all together and get a cool afghan.

HOWEVER, all the really cool ones are crocheted.  Why not KNIT??

All the knit ones are just squares – in different stitches and/or colors and then you sew them together.  BLAH!

I want something cool and challenging and COOL!  UNIQUE!

 

Do you think I could make one up??   I have too much on my plate right now but maybe…. might be something to really consider.  I wonder if I would be able to get enough people interested in it to make it worth my while.  I would have to make a sample one and photo graph it step by step/week by week.

 

What would it look like?  NOT SQUARES!!!

 

Hmm… something to ponder in my spare time… when I am not working on the Harry Potter Afghan and the 3 mystery afghans that started in January.

 

 

Elvis Pattern

I recently was asked to make an Elvis for a friend.  I did not want to pay for a pattern (I don’t pay for any pattern if I can help it).  Therefore, I created a pattern for Elvis.

 

Here is the PDF Version:  Elvis

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Feel free to use this to bless your favorite Elvis fan.

 

Size G hook

White, black, fleshtone, blue & gold yarn

 

sc = single crochet

sl = slip stitch

dec = decrease (combine 2 stitches into one stitch)

inc = increase (make 2 stitches in one stitch)

 

The final Elvis is approximately 13 inches tall.

 

Legs (make 2)

With white yarn

1:  make a magic circle with 6 sc

2: increase in each stitch around = 12 stitches

3:  1 sc, 1 increase around = 18 stitches

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9:  18 stitches each round

10:  1 sc, 1 decrease around = 12 stitches

11, 12:  12 sc around

13:  2 sc, 1 decrease around = 9 stitches

14, 15, 16, 17:  9 sc around

Finish off the first leg and stuff

With the second leg, do NOT finish off after round 17.  Stuff and then join the 2 legs together.

Joining the legs, with the tail/yarn from leg 1 hanging down between them.

18:  sc 4 stitches from leg 2, sc 9 stitches from leg 1, sc the remaining 5 stitches on leg 2 = 18 stitches

19,20: 18 sc

You will now begin work on the body…

Body

21:  2 sc, 1 inc around = 24 stitches

22:  24 sc around

23, 24:  switch to gold – do not cut white yarn, you will pick it up agin for round 25 – 24 sc around

25, 26, 27:  white – 24 sc around

28:  2 sc, 1 dec around = 18 stitches

29, 30:  18 sc around

Stuff body

31:  4 sc, 1 dec = 15 stitches

32: 15 sc around

33:  3 sc, 1 dec around = 12 stitches

34:  10 sc ( or however many you need to take to get you to the center front of your body – this is based on where the gold join is on the belt so that is to the back)

35:  12 sc in front loop only, ch 1, TURN

36:  12 sc back around.  This makes the collar.  Do not join.   Finish off white.

Stuff body

Join flesh tone at side of round 34 in the back loops, behind the collar.

Head

DSCF0124[1]35:  12 sc in back loops of round 34 (behind collar)

36:  5 dec 2 sc = 7 stitches

37: increase around = 14 stitches

38:  1 sc, 1 inc around = 21 stitches

39: 2 sc, 1 inc around = 28 stitches

40: 3 sc, 1 inc around = 35 stitches

41: 4 sc, 1 inc around = 42 stitches

42-47: 42 sc

48:  4 sc, 1 dec around = 35 stitches

49: 3 sc, 1 dec around = 28 stitches

50: 2 sc, 1 dec around = 21 stitches

51:  1 sc, 1 dec around = 14 stitches

Stuff head and body

52:  decrease around = 7 stitches

Stuff as needed.

Thread needle and pick up loop of those 7 stitches, pull closed.  Finish off.

 

Feet (make 2)

DSCF0127[1]With blue (for blue suede shoes) – or whatever color you want

Chain 4

1:  sc in second chain from hook, sc in next chain.  3 sc in first chain made, go around to the other side of the chain.  Sc in second chain, 2 sc in 3rd chain (the one the that you made the first sc in) = 8 stitches

Working around

2:  increase, 1 sc, increase x 3, 1 sc, inc x 2 = 14 stitches

3:  inc, 4 sc, inc x 3, 4 sc, inc x 2 = 20 stitches

4:  20 sc around

5:  6 sc, dec x 3, 5 sc, dec x 2 = 15 stitches  (yes, you will go past the first stitch)

6:  4 sc, dec x 3, 5 sc = 12 stitches

7:  4 sc, dec x 2, 4 sc = 10 stitches

8:  switch to white for socks – 2 sc, dec, 2 sc, dec, 2 sc = 8 stitches

9:  8 sc

finish off, stuff, sew to round 1 of leg/pants

Arms (make 2)

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1:  make a magic circle with 5 sc

2:  increase around = 10 stitches

3, 4:  10 sc

Switch to white yarn

5:  3 sc, dec x 2, 3 sc = 8 stitches

6-15:  8 sc

finish off, stuff, sew to shoulder at approximately rows 30-33

 

Belt Buckle

DSCF0123[1]Make a magic circle with 4 sc

In 1st stitch:  1 sc, 1 sl,  in next 3 stitches *1 sl, 1 sc, 1 sl*, slip to first sc join.

You should have a square-ish buckle.  Sew to front of belly on belt.

Hair

Black yarn

DSCF0126[1]1:  make a magic circle with 6 sc

2:  increase around = 12 stitches

3:  1 sc, 1 inc around = 18 stitches

4:  2 sc, 1 inc around = 24 stitches

5:  3 sc, 1 inc around = 30 stitches

6:  4 sc, 1 inc around = 36 stithces

7:  5 sc, 1 inc around = 42 stitches

8:  6 sc, 1 inc around = 48 stitches

9:  sideburn

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sc 3, ch1, turn

decrease, sc 1, ch1 turn

sc 2, ch1, turn

dec, ch1 turn

sc 1, ch1 , turn

Slip down the side of the sideburn back to round 8

front of hair

sc 27 (to other side), ch1, turn

sc 5, *dec, sc 2* (*5times*), 1sc, ch1 turn

sl 3, *sc 2, dec* (*3 times*), 2 sc, sl 1, turn (NO CHAIN 1)

sl 3, *2 sc, dec* (*2 times*), 1 sc, 1 sl, turn (NO CHAIN 1)

sl 2, 6 sc, sl 2

slip down the side back to round 8

second sideburn

sc 3, ch1, turn

sc 3, ch 1, turn

dec, sc1, ch1, turn

sc 2, ch1, turn

dec, ch1, turn

sc 1, ch1, turn

slip down the side of sideburn back to round 8

sc 12

Finish off, leave a long tail to sew hair to head.

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Finishing

Sew feet/shoes onto bottom of legs/pants

Sew arms on at shoulders

Sew belt buckle on to front of body/belt

DSCF0122[1]Sew “V” on side of leg/pant

Decorate front of shirt as desired

Sew hair on head – pulling sideburns down towards the front and adding stuffing to the top/bang portion only so it stands up

Add eyes and mouth

Use yarn between legs to close up the little gap between them.     🙂

 

 

If you want to make a guitar I used:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/guitar-pacifier-keeper

And just made the strap long enough to encircle his body.

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