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July 2012

Free crochet pattern – ‘sugar rush hairband’

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This is the first crochet pattern I have written.  You will need to have some knowledge of the following crochet techniques: chain stitch (ch) double crochet (dc) and cluster stitch (CL).

For 3-dc cluster: Yarn over, insert hook in stitch or space as indicated by pattern instructions, draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times, (4 loops on hook), yarn over draw through last 4 loops on hook to complete the stitch.

I used cotton yarn with a size 4mm crochet hook so that it creates quite a firm structure.

Large Headband

1) ch 12. Turn.

2) ch 1.   3-dcCL in 2nd ch from hook.  3-dcCL into each chain across to the end of the row.  Turn.

3) Repeat as previous row.

Repeat until you have the desired length. (In my case, this was 53 rows in total  You should be able to wrap the headband around to fit the circumference of your head but with a slight stretch for comfort.)

Fasten off.

Small Headband

1) ch 8. Turn.

2) 3-dcCL in 2nd ch from hook. 3-dcCL into each chain across to the end of the row.  Turn.

3) ch 1.  Repeat as previous row until strip in long enough to wrap tightly around width of hairband.

4) ch 1. dc across then continue to dc along the length of the  headband to create a neat edging all the way around.

Fasten Off.

To assemble

If you wish to add beads to the small headband such as the sweetie ones I included on mine, first wrap the small headband around the large one to figure out where the centre of the small headband will lie.  Then using thread of a similar colour to your yarn, sew chosen beads in a diagonal line across the centre of the small headband.

Join the ends of the large headband together.  Decide where your small beaded headband will go and fold and pinch the fabric together before wrapping small headband around.  (This is so it creates a sort of bow shape, once the small headband is attached)  Sew the edges of the small headband together so that the beaded part is on the front of the headband.

It is now ready to wear 🙂

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The Cult Of Cthulhu takes over OR Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn

It started with a gift for a friend…

In the gloomy crochet workshop I was wracking my brains trying to think of a gift I could make for a male friend, who was into awesome things like Lovecraft, cult film and board games. I searched far and wide. I looked in books. I explored the awesome depths of Ravelry.  I found this pattern  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dice-bag-of-doom and was momentarily gutted I was a crocheter and couldn’t knit. I tried to forget about the bag…

But that night as I slept, I was plagued by dreams of crocheted tentacles and strange woolen creatures and I woke up knowing I would have to make something similar, even if it killed me.

That very day I began to crochet, merging a basic drawstring bag design from an old book, with the general design of the  bag of doom.  In a frenzy of needles and wool, I worked for two days to create the Cthulhu Dice Bag of Doom.  The recipient loved the gift (he was clearly overcome by the sinister Cult of Cthuluh as well) and I was pleased to have made someone happy.

Completed Cthulhu Bag of Doom

The obsession with this slimy creature should have stopped there.  Only, a few months later, it seemed that the bag had spawned a new creation, releasing it into the wilds of Warwick.  Beware!  The Cult of Cthulhu is everywhere.

Beware the spawn of Cthulhu!

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