Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I'm working on creating a dalek pattern based on my love of Doctor Who. Sure, there are patterns available, but I wanted one that suits me. I'm most of the way done with this first one and I'm seeing some definite ways I'd make adjustments.

For example: the head portion didn't come out as long and dome-y as I'd like it. Also, the lines seem a bit... diagonal. (Did I mention I'm a bit of a perfectionist?)

However, I am continuing anyway.

Any thoughts for how to correct the diagonal?

Friday, September 18, 2009


Magic ring start - 6 sc. Use stitch marker for end of each round.

Add 6 sc per round up to 42 sc (7 rounds).

Maintain at 42 sc until hat fits over head and ends approx. midway over forehead (12 rounds in this pattern, crocheting fairly loosely - I am finding on a second time around that a tighter stitch makes 11 an alright count for a smaller head).

New round: 17 sc; chain 8 (I chained 7 for the smaller 'girlie' version in order to give the wearer a better opportunity to see); 3sc in each chain back to base (21sc); sc in next 2 spaces. Repeat 5 times (6 times total, 6 tentacles). Sc to end of round.

Sc in each of 42 stitches for next two rounds.

Finish hat, weave in ends. Add stitch-on googly eyes.

Wings (make 2; turn at end of each line): Ch 3
2 sc, ch 1
2 sc, ch 3
2 sc in ch, 2 hdc in sc, ch 1
2 sc, ch 4
3 sc in ch, 2 hdc in sc, ch 1
3 sc, ch 5
4 sc in ch, 3 hdc in sc.
From this point do not finish, instead, ch 2 and make 7 sc across the top (flat side) of the current wing.

Use thinner (scrap) yarn to stitch wings onto back. I covered the edge where I joined the hat and wove ends in.

Please, please, please! Feel free to message me if there’s anything that is unclear/hard to follow here.
Also: International crocheters - I’m in the US using US verbiage (sc/hdc).

And now, introducing:

Smaller, "girlie" version of the hat.

Quick choker

I improvised this pattern based on my own neck size, total length is a (stretchy) 12.5 inches. I used a stash button and pendant. It’s a base of a triple (U.S. term) crochet stitch, so all you have to know is triple and chain.

Ch. 6, turn.
Tr into chains 5 and 6.
* Ch 5, turn.
Tr into top of chain from row below.
Ch 4, turn.
2 tr.
Ch 4, turn.

2 tr. **
Repeat * to ** 5x.
Ch 5, turn.
Tr into top of chain from row below and finish.

Weave in ends. Attach button to beginning triple crochets; use end loop as button hole.

NOTE: Using the pattern this way,

the button would be slightly off-center in back if attached pendant is centered between two solid triple crochet sections.

Suggestion: If you use a fancy button, this could be the front rather than the back of the choker.