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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Marilyn Monroe graph

My adult niece and I were chatting one day and I mentioned my respect for Marilyn Monroe as an actress.  Overcoming a rough childhood, changing from factory girl to pinup/actress/singer, bombshell...Wow!  You go, Norma Jeane!
"I LOVE Marilyn Monroe!" she exclaimed.
Since Christmas was coming up, what else could I do?  I made up this graph and crocheted her a blanket.  I used a flesh colored yarn for the skin tone.  Unfortunately, I can't find any of the photos I took of the finished product.  If I find any later I'll add them to this post!

I used 2 dc per graph square with an H hook to get a large throw (about 4 x 6).  If you'd like to make one of your own please email kendrascrochet@gmail.com with "Marilynblue" in the subject line.  Any questions should be put n the body of the email.  If you'd like to see your finished photo featured here or on my Facebook page,  please email it to me when you're done.  You're also welcome to post it to my Facebook page yourself. If you post to other social media, please tag #KendrasCrochetedCreations and credit me for the design.

Let me know if you like it in the comments section below!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Batman graph

The Batman franchise has been around for decades, starting in the DC comics and ending up on the big screen, with series, animation, and video games liberally sprinkled throughout.  The logo has drastically changed throughout the years starting out as a man in a cape and morphing into a bat...getting slimmer/clunkier back and forth as time goes on.  This version is my personal favorite.

To crochet this full size afghan, I would use black for he background even though the graph shows white (it's just so hard on the eyes to stare at a black graph!), using 2 dc per graph square with an H hook.  If you want to make a twin size, cut off the top and bottom 15 rows. For a throw, add 15 to top and bottom, add 40 rows to right and left sides, and sc with a J hook.

If  you'd like me to make one for you, I can do that too.  Please email me at kendrascrochet@gmail.com for payment details.

To get this graph yourself, email me with "Batman" in the subject line.  Any questions should be in the body of your email.

If you make one, I'd love to see a finished photo!  Email it to me, or tag #KendrasCrochetedCreations on social media.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Are you secretly a designer and don't even know it?

Designing an original crocheted piece is sometimes a great deal of hard work.  If you don't know where to start or think you have no idea how to even try, think about these things: have you ever modified a piece to get it closer to what you wanted?  Even something as simple as changing the color of the yarn is a step in the right direction (and I'm 99.999% sure we've all done that!). The first step to designing (in my opinion) is modifying existing patterns to suit your needs or tastes.  This post will be about adjusting patterns.

1. Besides simply changing the color of the yarn to get what you want, you can change the size of the finished product. The easiest way to do this is to use a different hook size. Follow the pattern as it is written  but use a smaller or larger hook.

2. Just as easily as changing the hook size is changing the yarn type.  Most of the products I make use worsted weight yarn.  I like how it feels on my hook and I'm used to it.  If I use a thinner yarn or a thicker yarn, that automatically changes the finished size.

3. Another way to change the size of a finished product is to change the number of repeats.  Most patterns are repetitive and often the designer tells you the pattern is "multiples of *number of stitches* plus *number of stitches*" for example: multiple of 7 plus 2. So if your pattern calls for  65 stitches across you can change it to a smaller size by multiplying 7 x say, 5 = 35 plus 2 for 37.  This would make the finished product about half the length.  Of course, you don't need to change it that drastically!

4. Stitch length is another variable in patterns that can be easily changed.  Try using a taller stitch sometimes, a double crochet instead of a single crochet perhaps. Or do the opposite. Be a bit more discerning with this change though, because it can change the entire look of a finished product.  You'll need to make sure this is a change that you can appreciate. Then again, making changes is a huge part of the designing process!  If you don't like it, rip it out and try again. 

5. Replacing an element with a different method.  If you're making a wearable piece that calls for an element in a method you don't care for (a sweater with seamed sleeves instead of seamless or a slipper sock with a gusseted heel instead of a heel flap) you can work the pattern as it is and replace one method for another when it gets to that part of the pattern.

Once you are comfortable making these changes, you can start modifying existing patterns more and more with a combination of these suggestions. If you make enough changes, you've actually created a new, unique piece and can call yourself a designer after all!  Do this enough times and you can start from scratch.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Marauder's Map graph

A lot of adults as well as children love Harry Potter.  I'm a big fan myself and have enjoyed sharing the books and movies both with my son when he came along.

The Marauder's Map was created by Messieurs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs who we later found out was Harry's father and his friends. It shows the location of every living person in the Hogwarts castle and which direction they are moving (if they are moving) and helped Harry out of a few scrapes from the time he got his hands on it, thanks to the Weasley twins.

I plan on using a J hook and 1 sc per graph square worked in straight rows for this to make a 4 x 5 ft throw. Maybe use a tan color for the background to simulate old parchment. If you would like a copy to make your own (graph only, no written instructions) email me at kendrascrochet@gmail.com with "solemnlyswear" in the subject line and I'll send you the pdf.  If you have any questions, they can be in the body of the email.  As always, you may sell your finished product, but not the pattern, nor can you claim the pattern as your own.  If you post a photo to social media please tag #KendrasCrochetedCreations in the photo. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Cincinnati Reds free graph

The Cincinnati Reds are an American professional baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League Central division.  In 1876, Cincinnati became one of the charter members of the new National League, but the club ran afoul of league organizer and long-time president William Hulbert for selling beer during games (the horror!) and renting out their ballpark on Sundays.  Cincinnati president W. H. Kennett refused to sign a pledge to formally ban beer and Sunday baseball, so the other owners formally expelled Cincinnati!  When  attempts to form a new league failed, a new independent ball club known as the Red Stockings was formed in the Spring of 1881, and the team was brought to St. Louis for a weekend exhibition and eventually the American Association was formed.  The Cincinnati Red Stockings left the American Association on November 14, 1889 and joined the National League, changing their name from "Red Stockings" to simply "Reds."

If you'd like a pdf of this graph please email me at kendrascrochet@gmail.com with "Cincinnati Reds" in the subject line and I'll send it to you.  If you'd like me to make you one, I can do that too, please email me for pricing.  

To make your own large throw, use 2 dc per graph square with an H hook.  If you are unsure how to begin, read this blog post on intarsia crochet, but let me know if you have trouble getting started.

If you like my work, please share using the Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest buttons below.  If you make one, I'd love to see a completed photo and with your permission, post it here or on Facebook.  If you post it yourself, please credit the design to me.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Dodge Charger graph for sale

This graph was created to make a throw sized afghan when using a J hook and 1 sc per graph square.  It uses 3 shades of blue along with black, white and gray, but can be customized to show the color of your choice.  Please email me at kendrascrochet@gmail.com with your request and I'll send you an invoice via PayPal, or we can discuss payment options.  Graph is $5, no written instructions.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Pittsburgh Penguins graph

Who doesn't love an ice skating penguin?  The Pittsburgh Penguins logo hasn't changed much over the years, but for a brief period where the penguin wasn't ice skating.  They soon went back to another ice skating version, though. A more buff, masculine version (I didn't realize penguins could be buff, but look at that chest!).

If you'd like to make your own afghan from this graph email me at kendrascrochet@gmail.com for the pdf, putting "Pittsburgh Penguins" in the subject line.  Use 2 dc per graph square with an H hook to make a twin size afghan.  If you'd like to make a throw size, increase the top and bottom by 5 rows and the left and right sides by 15 rows. Use a J hook and 1 sc per graph square.
Finished photo!  I trimmed the sides
by 10 and added 25 to top and bottom,
using 1 sc per square with a J hook.
Not what I said to do at all! ;-)

If you'd like me to make you one, I can do that too.  Email me at kendrascrochet@gmail.com for pricing.

If you like this pattern, please share on Facebook or Twitter or whatever other social media platform you prefer and give me the credit for the graph ('cause that's just good manners 😉).





Same graph, different background.
Which do you like best?