I’ve been doing this crochet online thing for oh so many years. Between that and the craft/art shows, I’ve noticed that crochet really has a way to make people react. I’ve seen beautiful crochet, functional crochet, hideous crochet, crochet that makes you ponder the meaning of life, and everything in between. It gets an emotion out of me. Every time. Crochet is everywhere, and people are cranking out those stitches. I think it’s a beautiful thing that really does affect people, whether good or bad.
I learned how to do this stitch when I was first starting out as Knot By Gran’ma. I (foolishly) took on a custom order for the fashion doll version of Princess Diana’s Wedding Gown. Uh, yeah. Long story short… I never got paid, and never finished the dress (although I got close, even after a full restart midway through), and added this easy stitch to my crochet repertoire… along with learning how to do beaded crochet, but that’s another post for another time. Thus, the scallop stitch (scallop st) is our Crash Course Crochet for the day.
Here he is! My Holiday Monster doll, in his full glory, is finally revealed. It’s been really hard to keep him a secret. I’m so in love with this design that I wanted to share him as soon as he was finished. I was good though, and waited until today. Now I can’t wait to see the finished Holiday Monster dolls from the participants of the Holiday Monster Crochet-Along (2015). Woot.
Today is all about texture and using up lots of yarn to create a single stitch. I introduce the pineapple stitch (pineapple st). It’s a simple little stitch that packs in a lot of texture and a variety of different ways to use the stitch. I have seen this stitch worked in every stitch on the row, in every other stitch with a chain 1, and on every other row and every single row. It’s very versatile.
Have you ever have a project kind of come alive, and take on a life of its own? It’s pretty awesome. I was like oh I’ll just crochet up this quick little doll and it’ll be adorable and that’ll be that. Yeah okay, Jess. This little pig started off as a sheep idea from a crochet prompt. (The prompt was “FLUFFY.”) It’s something new that I started doing last week on my KBG Patreon. The prompts are one of the perks for supporters. They come with a starter pattern to help get the creative juices moving.
Today is the day! The free crochet pattern download is finally finished, and I love him to pieces. He turned out a little harder than I was planning, but in going back through the pattern, I have reworded a few things from
This was a great little project. I’m happy to have a new free crochet pattern available, and designing it slowly as a crochet-a-long was a treat. It’s like I ended up with this neat pattern, while feeling like I didn’t really do that much work to get it. Once this week’s work is through, you’ll have your very own Knotty Knucklehead. These are very huggable monster dolls, and I will be adding this original (along with cool variations) to the shop.
Aside from eventually having to get ready for school, my schedule is wide open for the next couple of weeks. I’ve been waiting for this time for a few months now. I have so much good crochet fun going on in the background. This “downtime” really will help me pull it all together. Knotty Knucklehead turns into a doll today, and all we have left are the eyeballs… which may take another 2 weeks. Stay tuned for all the great stitching.