30 January 2012

10 December 2011


Neither of these are my own patterns, but I love mushrooms, especially the vibrant red capped with white spots kind that are actually poisonous, though they are pretty. Sometime, I might make up my own mushrooms, but for now I'm okay with following someone else's pattern. The crocheted mushroom is from DROPS, while the sewn felt mushroom is from Falalala Felt.


09 December 2011

Tiny Tree!

I made this quite a while ago, but never got around to photographing it until now.  I'm not entirely sure what to do with it, except maybe knit up other trees and things to make a knit train scene, as its almost right for N-scale, which I'm pretty sure my dad still has my old train set stored away somewhere.  How amusing it would be to remake in fibery glory.


Tiniest Tree

I didn't intend to knit this so tiny.  It was supposed to be a tree much larger, but I stopped when I got this far because it was too cute to make any larger.  I used my knitting notes for conifers, as I posted back a while, and nothing fancy when it came to increasing.  I don't even remember what the yarn is, but I do remember buying it at Fibers Etc in Tacoma, when I was talking to one of the ladies about knitting i-cord bracelets from narrow satin ribbons and she suggested I try it with the super cool yarn with sequins embedded.  Somehow, it never really clicked for me when I tried, but as soon as I started the tree, I knew I'd made the right connection.

I'll have to take a better photo sometime, but this will do for now.  I have a new pattern to post in the next month, when I finish editing the notes.

Sparkle Tree!

Spiral Tree
I love this yarn. So much.

But anyway, I was experimenting some more with increase placement, and trying out a new stump idea. I like the ease of using spools, and though I didn't get to it before the photo, think I'll wrap them with some brown bouclé to make them more textured. I have a lot more green yarn and wooden spools to get through.

It definitely makes me think of Dr. Seuss when I knit up funny spiral trees.  If I use some more of the fluff scraps I have lying around, I could make some Lorax trees to go with them, too.

24 April 2011

Spiral Tree

Spiral Tree by Pearlzenith
Spiral Tree, a photo by Pearlzenith on Flickr.

I've been experimenting with placement of increases and I'm really pleased with how the spiral turned out, but wanted to make a much taller tree if I'd had more yarn.

Also the tree refused to stand for the photo though it normally has no problems. I think the floor in the sun room slants towards the middle, even at the edges where I thought I was safe.

10 April 2011

Loppy Crocheted Tree

Loppy Tree

To make this tree, you will require:
1 skein Wool Ease Thick&Quick in Cilantro for the treetop
1 skein Wool Ease Thick&Quick in Taupe for the tree trunk
Size N crochet hook
About 7” of PVC pipe or 1” diameter dowel rod
A large button or bottle lid for the tree roots
Some fiberfill or other stuffing

Round 1: Using the Magic Adjustable Loop method and Cilantro yarn, chain two, then crochet six into the foundation loop. (6 single crochets this round)
Round 2: *Two crochet in the first stitch. * Continue around. (12 stitches)
Round 3: *Two crochet in the first stitch, one crochet in the next * Continue around. (18 stitches)
Round 4: *Two crochet in the first stitch, one crochet in the next two stitches. * Continue around (24 stitches)
Rounds 5&6: Crochet around. (24 stitches)
Round 7: Two crochet in the first three stitches. Crochet around. (27 stitches)
Round 8: *Two crochet in the first stitch, one crochet in the next. * Repeat two more times, then crochet to the end of the round. (30 stitches)
Round 9: In the first nine stitches, make a double crochet, then single crochet to the end of the round. (30 stitches)
Rounds 10&11: Crochet around. (30 stitches)
Round 12: *Decrease one, crochet three* Repeat around. (24 stitches)
Round 13: *Decrease one, crochet two.* Repeat around. (18 stitches)
Change yarn to Taupe (or whatever you've chosen for the trunk.)
Round 14: *Decrease one, crochet one.* Repeat around. (12 stitches)
Rounds 15&16: Crochet around. (12 stitches)
Round 17: *Decrease one, crochet two.* Repeat around. (9 stitches)
Rounds 18-22: Crochet around. (9 stitches)
Round 23: Two crochet in every stitch. (18 stitches)
Round 24: Crochet around. (18 stitches)
Round 25: In back loops, *crochet one, skip one stitch.* (9 stitches)
Now is when you stuff the treetop, leaving room for the top of the pipe or dowel to engage. Insert the pipe, and fluff the tree to make it cute. Place the button beneath the pipe. The decrease round you've just made will help keep the button in place while you finish off the bottom, but you'll probably want to hot glue it to the pipe or dowel to give the tree better stability.
Round 26: *Crochet two, skip the next stitch.* Repeat around.
Cut yarn, leaving a tail to gather stitches, and weave in the end.

Enjoy your tree!

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08 April 2011

Knit Conifer Tutorial

Two Tree Forest
To make a tree you will require:

Any weight of yarn
A corresponding set of four double point needles - choose a size that will make a nice snug fabric, as you want the stuffing to stay inside the tree.

Note on Increasing: where you increase in the rounds will affect the look of the tree.  With the large tree, I increased at the beginning of each needle so the increases would spiral around the tree.  With the smaller tree, I increased in the middle of each needle, so the tree is a pyramid.  If you don't like seeing lines of increases, you can stagger where you increase each time, and they will be less noticeable.

Cast on six stitches and divide evenly among three needles, being careful not to twist.  Knit in pattern as follows:
Round 1  Knit all stitches.
Round 2  Increase three stitches evenly.
Repeat these two rounds until the tree is as tall as you’d like.
Round 3  Purl all stitches.
Round 4  Decrease 4 stitches evenly.  
Repeat round 4 until there are the right amount of stitches to make a trunk the diameter you like.
Stuff the main body of the tree.
Knit every round until the trunk is as long as you’d like.
Stuff the trunk.  Put a weight (such as a stone) in the trunk and a bottle cap or flat object the diameter of the trunk to make a stable surface for the tree to stand with.  I used a spool for the trunk of the smaller tree, and left the trunk off altogether for the large tree.
Repeat round 4 until there are 8 or fewer stitches.  Cut the yarn, leaving a tail long enough to thread through and gather the remaining stitches tightly.  Weave in ends.

Have fun experimenting with yarns and making a whole stand of trees of varying sizes.  If you want a skinnier tree, knit two rounds between every increase round.  If you’d prefer a stouter tree, skip the plain knit rounds between the increases.

Small Conifer

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