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The Saga of the Luna Lion Hat, Part 3: The Failure of Papier Mache   Leave a comment

It’s been a long time since my last post about the Lion hat. I realized I hadn’t made any progress on it, so today I tried to work on it. My initial idea was to papier mache the bulk of the lion’s face. Now, I haven’t papier mache’d since I was in the third grade, so I couldn’t exactly remember how to do it. I went on the internet (our trusty companion!) and tried to figure out what I was supposed to do.

Now, I live in a college townhouse with three other girls, so I knew I would have trouble just leaving my craft supplies out, but the kitchen table was the only space big enough. There was no way I was going to clear my extremely full desk. So I gathered my supplies together.

I actually had to get a stick from outside to stir the glue, because I didn’t have any popsicle sticks or anything else that I thought would work. I remembered from years ago that it helped when papier mache’ing to make a frame that I could lay the wet strips of paper on. I had pipe cleaners.

Now, this was a bit of a struggle, and I was wishing I had a friend to help me. Regardless, I started trying to lay the paper onto the frame. It was very awkward going and after a lot of struggling, I got this…

It was wet and misshapen. I didn’t know how to go from what I had to a full-scale lion head. This made me very sad. I tried to blow the shape dry with my hair dryer, but it was a bit like trying to dry my actual hair in the middle of winter outside in a snow bank. It just wasn’t going to happen. I got very frustrated very fast (as is my way) and threw the monstrosity away. I’ll be turning to freeform crochet, which will actually probably work better, but will definitely be heavier and not have the texture I was initially looking for. Oh well, on to the next try.


Posted October 10, 2010 by Kristen in Crochet

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The Saga of the Luna Lion Hat, Part 2   1 comment

Okay, here comes the first section of my work on the Luna Lion Hat. I began with the earflap hat shell that goes underneath the lion. Here’s a picture…

I used a basic shell increase until the earflaps. I have a 22.5 inch head, but I’m not good at sizing so I just kept pulling it on my head until it seemed right. My hair kind of billows out underneath, so I hope the blond wig will fit under there. I assume it will. My head will be pretty warm, I imagine.

Anyway, I made the hat out of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in gold. Some yarn crafters come down pretty hard on RHSS for its supposed acrylic plastic-y feel. I’ve never noticed this, but it wouldn’t be an issue on this project either way. People won’t actually be seeing much of the hat. It’s mostly just something to set the formation of the lion on top of. I don’t really have much left to say about this. The hat was most likely the simplest part of this project as a whole.

I need to go buy balloons.

Posted September 3, 2010 by Kristen in Crochet

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Crochet Ron Weasley Animal Crackers Hat   25 comments

Okay, so I’ve been meaning to put this pattern up ever since I finished my own hat and was glad I wrote things down as I worked. This pattern is untested, other than by my own hands, so if anyone using it has questions, they can send them to me on my Ravelry account, dontmakemeover. On to the pattern…

Yarn: DK weight yarn in olive green, white, gold, red, and black.

Hook: I used G, but since you’re doing a basic bucket increase for the crown it’s pretty easy to check gauge against your head.

Notes: Do not skip a stitch when ch 1, do when ch 2.

Sizing: Measurements for 22.5 in. head. Sizing starts out with basic bucket increase, so check against your own head. Chart pattern works if you stop at any even row. Still, numbers for size I made…

1. Start with green. Ch 2, sc 6 in second ch from hook. Join.

2. Ch 1, 2 sc in each st. Join. (12)

3. Ch 1, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) around. Join. (18)

4. Ch 1, (sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st) around. Join. (24)

5. Ch 1, (sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st) around. Join. (30)

6. Ch 1, (sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st) around. Join. (36)

7. Ch 1, (sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st) around. Join. (42)

8. Ch 1, (sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st) around. Join. (48)

9. Ch 1, (sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st) around. Join. (54)

10. Ch 1, (sc in next 8 st, 2 sc in next st) around. Join. (60)

11. Ch 1, (sc in next 9 st, 2 sc in next st) around. Join. (66)

12. Ch 1, (sc in next 10 st, 2 sc in next st) around. Join. (72)

13. Ch 1, (sc in next 11 st, 2 sc in next st) around. Join. (78)

14. Ch 1, (sc in next 12 st, 2 sc in next st) around. Join. (84)

15-21. Start chart row here! Ch 1, sc around. Join. Repeat, following chart. Chart will work if sc around is in multiple of 4, any even row.

Note: If you find that your chart stitches are jogging a bit too far to one side and you’re losing the triangle shapes, I suggest shifting the single white stitches one to the left from where they are. I won’t change the chart, because it might not be a problem for everyone, but I found that it evens out the shapes for me.

22. Ch 1, sc around in white. Join.

23-24. Ch 1, sc around in gold. Join.

25. Ch 1, sc around in green. Join. (Green to end)

26. Ch 2, dc around. Join.

27-30. Ch 2, (fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc in 1) around. Join.

Starting earflaps…

31. Join green anywhere, ch 1, sc in next 51 dc. Turn.

32-35. Ch 1, sc across 51 st. Turn.

36. Ch 1, sc first 12 st. Turn.

37. Ch 1, dec. in first 2 st, sc 8, dec in last 2 st. Turn. (10)

38. Ch 1, sc across. Turn.

39. Ch 1, dec. in first 2 st, sc 6, dec. in last 2 st. Turn (8)

40. Ch 1, sc even. Turn.

41. Ch 1, dec. in first 2 st, sc 4, dec. in last 2 st. Turn. (6)

42. Ch 1, sc even. Turn.

43. Ch 1, dec. in first 2 st, sc 2, dec. in last 2 st. Turn. (4)

44. Ch 1, sc even. Turn.

45. Ch 4, sl st in 4th sc of previous row. (You will tie the braids through this loop)

(Second earflap, join on other edge of 51 st from row 31, follow pattern for rows 36-45)

When done with second earflap, crochet sc even around entire edge.

Take 6 strands of each color in roughly double the length you want the braids to eventually be, split in 2 bunches. Feed each bunch through an ear loop and braid, knotting at the end.

Suggestion: Use more green than any other color for the braids.

Posted August 30, 2010 by Kristen in Crochet

The Saga of the Luna Lion Hat, Part 1   Leave a comment

I have always been a big fan of Halloween. It’s probably my favorite holiday. For the week or so before, I would watch every Halloween movie on tv, especially Ray Bradbury’s Halloween Tree. Then the night would come and I would pull on the costume my mom and I had picked out and take to the streets, hitting my grandmother’s neighborhood and my own with an ambitiously big pillowcase in hand.

Then I got older and started to plan for Halloween less and less. The last few years, my costumes have been thrown together at the last minute. This hasn’t always ended poorly, as in last year’s Kaylee Frye from Firefly, but I want to put more planning into the holiday. This year I’m starting much further in advance.

I’ve decided that I’m going to be Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. Specifically, I’m going to create this hat…

This is going to be a multi-part project combining crochet and papier mache. I have pretty well-thought-out plans on the subject, but we’ll have to see how they come to fruition. First, I will crochet an earflap hat base to sit over my blonde Luna wig. Then, I’ll get a balloon, put the hat on it, and attempt to papier mache the lion’s head overtop of it. I have used papier mache before, but this seems rather complicated. Then, once that is done I will crochet into the lion head with multiple colors to create the mane. Let’s get started, shall we?

Posted August 28, 2010 by Kristen in Crochet

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