10 February 2007 @ 10:43 am
Aliens and Skulls..  


So you're just dying to know how I made it right? Okay, maybe not. It's pretty straight forward. But I'm posting "instructions" anyway. (head only. Scarf pattern maybe later if anyone wants it)

You will need to know how to increase, decrease, chain, and single crochet. *hack* *cough* Don't you just hate it when the bottom of your coffee cup is full of grounds?
I used worsted weight cotton and a size H hook.
Dec means insert hook in first stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook in next stitch, pull up loop, yo hook, pull through all loops, single crochet dec completed.

Chain 13
Row 1: ch 1 (doesn't count as first stitch throughout. That's just the way I roll) sc in each stitch (13 stitches)
Row 2:ch 1, 2 sc in first stitch, sc across to last st, 2 sc in last st (15 stitches)
Row 3: Repeat row 2 (17 stitches)
Row 4: Repeat (19 stitches)
Row 5: Repeat (21 stitches)
Rows 6-9 (4 rows): ch 1, sc across (21 stitches)
Row 10: Ch 1, dec sc over first 2 stitches, sc to last 2 stitches, dec over last stitches. (19 stitches)
Row 11: Ch 1, sc across (19 stitches)
Row 12: Repeat Row 10 (17 stitches)
Row 13: Repeat Row 11 (17 stitches)
Row 14: Repeat Row 10 (15 stitches)
Row 15: Repeat Row 11 (15 stitches)
Row 16: Repeat Row 10 (13 stitches)
Row 17: Repeat Row 11 (13 stitches)
Row 18: Repeat Row 10 (11 stitches)
Row 19: Repeat Row 11 (11 stitches)
Row 20: Repeat Row 10 (9 stitches)
Row 21: Repeat Row 11 (9 stitches)
Row 22: Repeat Row 10 (7stitches)
Row 23: Repeat Row 11 (7 stitches)
Row 24: Repeat Row 10 (5 stitches)
Row 25: Repeat Row 11 (5 stitches)
Row 26: Repeat Row 10 (3 stitches)
Row 27: Repeat Row 11 (3 stitches)
Row 28: ch 1, insert hook in first stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook in next stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook in last stitch, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all loops on hook (1 stitch)

Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 3 sc in last stitch, sc all the way around putting 2 at the corners at the top of the head. Slip stitch to close round, break off.

Rnd 2: (contrasting color) Okay. This is the tricky part.. Decide what your doing with your alien head. 2 can make a nice kids purse, or maybe you really need alien head potholders. I know I do, I just don't know if I have enough yarn left after making my scarf. Whatever you plan to do with it decides how your are going to do the final round. For the scarf, I figured out where I wanted my pocked to open, and started from there working down and around 2 heads together to form the pocket, 3 sc on the bottom sc of the alien head, back up the other side until it was even with where I started, then I worked the rest of the round on one layer only leaving me an open pocket. I did the top of the other head with a seperate piece of yarn.
(hey, I said it was only KIND of instructions)
Eyes- with contrast color (make 2)
Rnd 1:Magic loop, work 6 sc in loop, draw tight.
Rnd 2: ch 1, sc, dc, sc in same stitch, sc in next two stitches, sc, dc, sc in next stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, slipstitch to join.
Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in stitch, sc, dc, sc in next stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, sc, dc, sc in next stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, slipstitch to join.
Block by pressing between your hands, and stitch to the head.
The mouth is embroidered on using back stitch.
This is the body of the scarf if your curious.

Done with single crochets and front and back post trebles over two rows of the contrast navy blue color.

If you want to count the first chains as stitches, you can, I just don't like the gaps it leaves for myself.

So where do skulls come in? Well.. while I was working on it, I thought "Hey, this could be a skull. If it weren't green and pointy at the bottom."

Imperfect example made in size 10 thread. Pretty cool huh? But I haven't worked out an absolute pattern for it. Not like the aliens. I had to make 4 of those.
It's the same basic idea though, the shape was done in single crochets with increases and decreases, then I went around the whole thing.

That's the basic shape before going around it in single crochets,
Then you add your contrast color and go around again, but at the bottom, add evenly spaced spike stitches.

Crochet details like the eyes and nose holes with the contrast color and stitch into place. Again, wouldn't it make nifty potholders? Well.. not in the tiny thread size, but working out a bigger one on graph paper then making it in worsted weight cotton.
I'm going to make a second one of the thread ones then sew them on to snap clips for (in theory at least, I KNOW Emily will snag them) my hair.


Last night, Emily found a print out of a pattern I'd written and was testing, and she read it aloud completely baffled. "I don't know what this means."
Well.. she's a knitter, not a crocheter, and is as bad as I am at following other people's patterns.
I'm growing out my bangs though, so snap clips are utterly essential while I decide if I want to give up bangs or not. Otherwise it's not even a question, because despite all the years I hid behind very long bangs, having them fall in my face now makes me nuts.
 
 
Feeling: soresore
Current Music: Emm Gryner- Pour Some Sugar on Me
 
 
( 2 cups of coffee — Caffeinate me )
(Anonymous) on February 15th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
thanks!
Thanks for the skull motif. My son was wanting some mini skull motif. I could have figured it out but now I don't have to!
(Anonymous) on February 17th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Alien
To cool I love it!
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