Superhero Frisbee Free Pattern

Remember this frisbee?

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One thing you should know is that you will need to carry a second colour around the back of your crochet while making it, this not only helps with getting a neat colour change from white to blue for the star, but it helps stiffen the frisbee up – after all nobody wants a floppy frisbee!!!

Here is a photo of the front of the crochet to illustrate this point, I’m crocheting with the white yarn and carrying the blue yarn around the back of the stitches, crocheting over it with each stitch.

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and this is the reverse of the crochet – you can see the blue yarn poking out from the back of the white stitches

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Another thing I thought it worth showing you is the way I change colour during this pattern. In the photo below I’m changing colour from blue to white.  I’ve started the blue stitch, but before I finish the stitch, when I have two loops left on the hook, like this:

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I then switch the yarn to white to finish the stitch

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This gives you a nice neat colour change and should help you get the star looking nice.

Here is a pdf document with the pattern in it (hopefully I’ve attached it right, please comment if it doesn’t work and I’ll try again!)

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Please feel free to let me know if you find any errors in the pattern, that way I can fix it and update the file.

I’d also love to see photos if you make this.

Oh yes this pattern is not an official Marvel pattern, it is my own fan version, and is nothing at all do with Marvel, thanks.

Crochet Superhero Frisbee

While doing my usual housework procrastination by spending a little (or a lot of) time on Pinterest, I came across crochet frisbees (hehe the predictive text on my tablet keeps trying to change the word frisbees to fetishes…now that’s a whole other post!) Ahem…now where was I, oh yes, crochet frisbees. The day after seeing the frisbees, I happened to walk past a shop selling Marvel superheroes merchandise and this is where my brain took me:

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It was a little bit of a challenge for me to work the pattern out as it’s worked in the round and as any of you who have tried to create a particular shape while working in the round can attest, the shape gets skewed because of the angle and height of the stitches. This was my first attempt:FrisbeeSm2frisbee3backSm

Not too bad, but a little off on the left hand side of each spike. So I tried drawing the shape out, resorting to raiding my daughter’s pencil case to borrow her geometry set and her coloured pencils (which were actually mine before she “borrowed” them for a school project)

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But the drawing got a little complicated so I resorted to my usual way of designing … trial and error. I think I made and unpicked the star about 5 more times before I was happy with it, but here is the final star.

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And here it is after the edges have been put on.

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The second version is a fair bit bigger than my first attempt, but I’m sure you’ll agree that the star is a lot straighter

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I was intending on making them for each of my 5 nephews as a Christmas present, assuming that my own children were too old for them, but as this photo of my daughter proves, you’re never too old for a Captain America frisbee.

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Over the next few days I’ll try and get the pattern in a readable state and then, if you’re really good, I’ll share it with you.

Searching for the elusive “cute”

I make quite a lot of amigurumi creatures and so am interested in the science of “cute”.  So many times I’ve made things where the shape is fine, it looks like the idea I had at the beginning, but it’s just not “cute”.

Take this helicopter I’ve just made for example:

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I was making it for my 2 year old nephew, and as such it is fine for him, he will love it, but it’s not what I’d call “cute”

Google’s definition of cute is:

Attractive in a pretty or endearing way 

But is there a formula to achieving cuteness?

The website CartoonBrew,  lists the following as attributes of cuteness

  • Head large in relation to the body.
  • Eyes spaced low on the head and usually wide and far apart.
  • Fat legs, short and tapering down into small feet for type.
  • Tummy bulges—looks well fed.

I have managed to make some cute things before, this is my particular favourite.
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And I guess it does follow the above attributes, but as for my helicopter, I think I need to go back to the drawing board.  Watch this space for a new updated version of the helicopter, once I’ve been off and “cutified” it.

Blanket Colour Schemes

As I use a lot of Stylecraft Special DK yarn, I often end up with a lot of scraps hanging around waiting for a project to use them on.  And while I love sorting through the scrap box just looking at all the lovely colours, I decided that I really must do something with them.  So I grabbed the box, cast on 125 stitches and just begun making a blanket.

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I’m using rows of trebles with each following row worked between the trebles of the previous row.  Each time I finish one of the scraps I just grab a random ball, tie it in and use it until it is finished.  This blanket is still a work in progress, however what I have discovered while crocheting this is that there are so many gorgeous colour combinations, some of which I would never have dreamed of putting together. So I thought I’d pick out some of these colour combinations and photograph them so when I’m stuck for a colour scheme later on I can nip back to this post and find one I like.  The only problem I’ve found with using scraps is that I didn’t label them so I’m a little confused with which colours I used, but to the best of my knowledge these are the colours.

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Pomegranate, Pale Rose, Magenta, Violet, Petrol, Sherbet

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Lipstick, Magenta, Wisteria, Cream, Fiesta

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Candy floss, Pomegranate, Turquoise, Petrol, Citron, Lime, Lipstick

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Candy floss, Aspen, Lipstick, Dark Brown, Turquoise, Gold

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Fiesta, Spice, Lime, Grape, Sherbet, Pale Rose, Citron

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Lipstick, Cream, Turquoise, Clematis, Violet, Magenta, Sherbet

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Lipstick, Citron, Pale Rose, Sherbet, Violet, Lime, Spice, Fiesta

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Spring Green, Aspen, Lipstick, Dark Brown, Turquoise, Gold

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Candy Floss, Cream, Sunshine, Spice, White.

Hopefully those are the right colours, I really must add a shade card to my next order of the yarn or at least get a little bit more organised and label my scraps.

Yet Another Yarn bomb!

Our Happy Hookers have been very busy again – it’s almost the end of term at our primary school and not only is the headmaster leaving, but several of the children of our members are leaving (including my daughter).  To mark this important occasion what could we do but yarn bomb the playground fence.

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It’s quite a large yarn bomb, we’ve filled up 5 sections of the fence, so here are some more photos of the sections:

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There is lots of bunting on this section, some crocheted, some knitted, but what you can’t see is that the small crochet bunting has the names of each of the leavers on it.  Here is a close up of one piece:

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The next section has some more name bunting on it, plus some giant flowers and lots and lots of pompoms.

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This fence section has a wolf’s head on it and it is surrounded by sheep (the school symbol is a lamb) made from fleece.
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Here is a closer photo:

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And finally the showpiece of the yarn bomb:

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A crocheted tardis for the headteacher to take with him to his new school. Check back tomorrow for a closer look at each of the elements that make up the yarn bomb.

Our latest Yarn Bomb: woodland trail

When our local primary school asked us if we’d like to do something yarn-y for their summer fete, we jumped at the chance. After a quick browse for ideas on pinterest, we settled on a Yarn trail.

First of all we staked the posts where we wanted them, we thought this would be the hardest part as it hadn’t rained for about a week before and the ground was dry, however it turned out that this was the easy part. IMG_16080127563500

Next came the fun part, we began to wrap the yarn around the stakes. We wrapped (Even Mr DitzyandDotty gave us a hand!)

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And we wrapped

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And wrapped some more

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It took hours!  Several of us spent a whole week wrapping yarn in every spare moment.  We even enlisted the help before school of some of the year 5 and 6 girls as you can see in the photos above.  After approximately 30 hours of winding, somewhere in the region of 100 balls of yarn, and 40 stakes, this is what we ended up with:

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A lovely trail all wrapped up in gorgeously bright yarn, complete with bunting and crocheted creatures hiding in the trees.

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Before I go I would just like to thank Sydenhams who donated the lovely wooden stakes, and also Stylecraft who donated a large bag of brightly coloured yarn which helped us make the trail look so lovely.  Thank you lovely people, the children were thrilled.  In fact they loved it so much we are leaving it up until the end of term so they can play in it for longer. Continue reading

Variations on Crochet Bunting

I thought I’d show you a few more basic ideas for bunting today

First of all is treble crochet top down bunting:

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As the name suggests it’s worked starting at the top and moving to the bottom, decreasing at each end of the row. The advantage of this way of working is that the further down the triangle you go, the quicker your rows become. You will need to keep your starting chain quite loose though (or use a larger hook for the chain row) as otherwise it can pull the top of your triangle out of shape. It doesn’t actually make a lot of difference to the look of your bunting whether you start at the top or the bottom.

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You can also make bunting using double crochet. If you choose this stitch then I’ve found it easier to just increase at the start of each row. If you increase at both ends the triangle gets too wide too quickly, which I think spoils the look of the bunting.

Here is a photo of my double crochet bunting

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Finally here is another bunting – this time it’s a mixture of the granny-style bunting and the treble crochet bunting

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I’ll try to prepare a tutorial on this one over the next couple of weeks, when I get a little more time to play.

Of course you can leave your bunting just as it is, but I like to add an edge to it to finish it off, next time I’ll show you a few ways I’ve found to add pretty edges to your bunting.