Almost caught up!

I keep telling myself that I should only have two projects going at a time, one knit and one crochet, to keep myself from feeling overwhelmed. Needless to say I’ve been terrible at sticking to this! I can’t help that I immediately start a new project when I see a cool new pattern, especially if I happen have all the yarn I need at home already. It’s an almost irresistible urge!

Luckily, I’m doing much better about it. I’ve worked on all of my lingering projects, finishing all but one! (And the one that’s left is something that I started last month so it hasn’t been waiting long.) Now that I have my hooks and needles all freed up, I want to try keeping myself limited to two patterns at a time. Wish me luck, ha ha!

In my last post, I talked about this awesome shrug pattern that I want to crochet. I promised myself that my next project would be that shrug, but I got the itch to crochet something after writing that post. I don’t have all the yarn I need for the shrug anyway. It’s okay to go ahead and crochet something to scratch that itch, right?

I like to think that it was the right thing to do because I finished a project that’s been waiting for two years! It feels pathetic because it’s a basic project that I could’ve finished in a day, if I had stuck with it. Oh well, at least it’s finished now!

So, I present to you my newest finished projects!

Yes, I finally finished the Iron Man gloves! I started these back in April 2014, but I couldn’t figure out how to make the cuffs match for each hand. (The pattern author didn’t provide that information. I guess I’m just a dummy for not being able to figure it out?) I gave up after struggling with it for several days. It’s taken me all this time to finally pick my hook up and make the matching glove. Honestly, I still couldn’t figure out how to match them up so both sets are a little funky still.

The set on the left is mine; I wanted to stick with the traditional Iron Man colors. The set on the right were for T. He had to be a rebel and asked for some with a War Machine color scheme. Cool, right!?

I crocheted both of the gloves for T’s set in one day, and I finished the other half of my set the next day. It really didn’t take that long. The most time consuming part was weaving in the ends, really. Maybe one day I’ll fix the messed up cuffs, but I think they’re fine for now. It’s hard to tell that they’re messed up unless you’re really looking… Right?

Top 10 favorite (free) crochet patterns

I decided to do a companion entry to go with my last post. This time I want to post my favorite free crochet patterns to date. I’ve made some of these before, but most of them have waited in my library for the day that I decide to pick up my hooks again. (I’ve been knitting a lot lately and neglecting crochet, unfortunately.)

Most of these are very nerdy projects so they may not appeal to everyone. I love them though so hopefully you will too. And if you aren’t the nerdy type, maybe you know someone who is. 😉

So without further delay, here are my picks!

  1. Viking or Dwarven Beard
    Patterns like this are the whole reason I wanted to learn how to crochet. I found a picture similar to this on Pinterest and had such a nerdgasm that I decided to learn crochet immediately. This pattern is actually just for the beard, but it should be easy to attach it to any helmet pattern you like.
  2. Carry On and Fus Ro Dah! Skyrim Helmet
    While we’re talking about helmets, here is the perfect candidate for pairing with the above beard. If you’re a Skyrim fan, you may already know what this is. In case you don’t, this is a crochet version of the Iron Helmet from the game Skyrim. I’ve actually made one of these before, and it was a huge hit. Love this pattern to death!
  3. Antonia Wrap Around Shrug
    I love the variety of styles that you can achieve from this one shrug. I think that this will be my next crochet project. Even though it’s worked with worsted weight yarn, it takes a large hook so it should work up quite fast. I’m already stockpiling yarn for it, ha ha~
  4. Super Mario/Luigi Hat
    This pattern has been sitting in my queue for a long time! Mario was a huge part of my childhood (Super Mario Bros. 3 was my favorite!) so I was very pleased to find this very fine hat. I would like to do a Rule 63 Luigi cosplay eventually. This will be perfect for that!
  5. Sandwich Coaster set
    This is probably the cutest idea in the world for coasters! I already love crocheted foods more than I should. I was way excited when I found this. The pattern has instructions for bread, sliced tomato, cheese, lettuce, and lunch meat. There’s even an olive on a toothpick that holds the sandwich together when not in use! How adorable~
  6. Iron Man Fingerless Gloves
    Since T is a huge Iron Man fan, I knew that I had to make us a set of these. I have the normal Iron Man pair, but I’m going to make T a pair that are War Machine’s colors. I can’t wait to finish these and wear them to the theater to see the new Captain America!
  7. Dragon
    This little guy is an adorable amigurumi dragon! I’ve loved dragons since I was a kid. Movies, books, games; if it has a dragon in it, chances are I’ll love it. (Or at least I’ll want to give a look!) This pattern was actually made in celebration of the Year of the Dragon several years ago. The pattern creator has several other Chinese New Year dolls like this on her website, and they’re all just as adorable~
  8. Companion Cube
    It’s the Companion Cube from Portal! I love having cute, unique pillows laying around my bed and couch. This pattern is technically not a pillow, but it would look great as the centerpiece on a bed or something, right? The amount of detail is very impressive too!
  9. Baroque Tabard Tunic
    I love wearing a good tunic. It makes me feel all Legend of Zelda-y, even if it looks nothing like the one Link wears. This is probably my favorite pattern for a tunic ever. I haven’t tried it myself, but it made it to my list so I can only resist for so long. The best part about it is the sleeves. They look like they would drape very prettily.
  10. Star Wars Twi’lek Hat
    This has to be one of the best ideas for a hat ever! I grew up watching Star Wars; it was as large a part of my childhood as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And finding a cool crochet piece that wasn’t the usual Lightsaber-themed deal was really awesome. (Although I still think Lightsabers are awesome.) I’ve got to make time for this before the next movie comes out!

I think I’ll find myself working on a lot of these projects in the near future. I’ve found myself itching to hook now that I’ve looked through my library again. I’ll definitely post some pictures and keep this blog updated when I do start so keep at least one eye here. 😀