Hobbit Robe

Guys, I am in love.


I am so in love with my beautiful new Hobbit Robe!


I talked a little about this last time I made a blog post.


At the time, I was thinking about making a lot of granny squares and stitching them all together.


I soon realized, however, that that would, a) use a lot of yarn and b) be crazy heavy.


So, since I had already came up with a lacy crochet stitch pattern for rectangles, I decided to use that same stitch pattern for the whole robe.


It required a lot less seaming this way, because I was able to work each square off of the previous square in each strip.


I attached the strips to each other as I went along, so the only seaming that I had to do was the side and shoulder seams.


The border is the same stitch pattern in burgundy.


The belt is also in the same stitch pattern. The belt loops are just one row of single crochet.


This was my first big crochet project that wasn’t primarily granny squares.


I made a few mistakes in the processes of figuring out what I was doing, such as joining the strips backwards, but it’s a patchwork robe, so it doesn’t have to be perfect.


I may someday write up a pattern for it, but since I don’t know diddly-squat about crochet terminology, it would be a very confusing pattern to follow (although, Elizabeth Zimmerman wrote crazy-unclear patterns, so maybe I could get away with doing the same).


I used eight colors of Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton: Taupe, Brown, Antique Gold, Burnt Sienna, Purple, Forest, Stonewash, and Auberguine, all picked because they sorta matched the colors of the robe Bilbo wore in the first Hobbit movie (except for the purple. I chose it because I thought it would look good with the other colors).


It wasn’t until after I was halfway through that I realized there’s a navy blue color of this yarn. I betcha that would have looked good too.


I finished it a few weeks ago, and I’ve been wearing it as much as I can.


The sleeves are a bit long and get in the way just a little when I’m brushing my teeth, but I just fold them up a bit and it’s not a problem.


The belt has a tendency of getting too loose after it’s been tied for a while, but that’s not hugely annoying.


The squares are all different lengths, because I thought I was going to run out of some of the colors.


I’m not overly concerned with that, I think it makes it look more patchworky.


Did I mention that I absolutely love it?



Months of Knitting

So I didn’t post any for more than ten months. I didn’t knit much for a while there, and for almost six months I lived in another city where I had terrible internet service and no camera. So I’ve finished several projects since last I typed here, and now I have some pictures to show for the last several months.

First, I started a blanket back in April. I was my “I-had-to-work-on-my-day-off-and-hated-it-so-this-makes-up-for-it” gift to myself.


The pattern is Hap Blanket by Ysolda. I’ve made one of these before, but this one is going to be bigger.


The yarn is Knit Picks Reverie. It is the softest thing that ever existed.

The colors are Hawk and Regal. Very pretty together.


The yarn store here went out of business in June, so I bought a bunch of stuff on clearance. Including the yarn from this hat.


The pattern is Bramble Beret from Vintage Modern Knits.


The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca.


It is quite warm and I love it.


Not long after I moved, I bought some yarn at Michaels that was on the clearance rack. I think I paid two dollars a skein, so it was a pretty good deal. I didn’t know what to make at the time, but I ended up making a very simple blanket.


I had four skeins of the multi colored yarn, so I made four granny squares out of those. I had one skein of cream, so I crocheted the squares together using a thick band. I had one skein of brown, so I did a few rows of border stitches.


Very cute, if I do say so myself.


The yarn is Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton.


I made a scarf/shawl back in July or August. I love it to pieces.

I just came up with the idea for the pattern, but later realized that is was almost the exact same as the Baktus pattern.


The yarn is unknown. I got it at a Colonial Fair back in May. I think it’s wool, but I’m not sure. I should set a scrap of it on fire to find out for sure.


In this picture you can see that I’m still wearing my arm guard from shooting my bow.



Last September I started a sock. I finished the first sock sometime last year. I didn’t start the second one until this summer. Cause I’m lazy like that.


The yarn is Patons Stretch Socks.


The Pattern is Coupling.



I made my mom some socks for Christmas. They really didn’t take that long to make, and they fit her perfectly.


The yarn is Premier Serenity Sock Weight.


The pattern is just seed stitch.



More than a year ago I started a baby sweater in hopes of giving it to a couple that was having twins. I soon realized I wouldn’t have time to make two sweaters so I made booties instead. So the sweater just sat there. For like a year. Then I saw it when I was cleaning my room and decided to finish it.


I haven’t, but considering all that I had done was the sleeves and part of the ribbing, I think I’ve made great strides. I’m taking a break from it now because I messed up twice, and I don’t really want to rip back to the start of the yoke. I’m attempting to do seamless set-in sleeves.


The yarn is Lily Sugar ‘n Cream.


Last week I started crocheting a table runner/centerpiece/placemat with some more yarn that I got when The Yarn Company went out of business. It’s just a giant granny square.


The yarn is Cascade Luna.


I haven’t decided if I want to do a picot edging or not. Hence the unwoven in ends.


Last but not least, I started a new project last week. Let me give you a little background. A couple of weeks ago I thought I would sew a bathrobe. But I’m kinda terrible at sewing. So I was thinking over how to go about sewing a bathrobe without it looking terrible. Then I saw the first Hobbit movie. And in the beginning, when all the dwarves came to Bilbo’s hobbit-hole, he’s wearing a patchwork robe (or maybe it should be referred to as a dressing gown?). And I said “I love that robe!” And over the course of like a week, ideas muddled in my head and I decided to crochet a patchwork robe made out of granny squares (yes, I seem to be on a bit of a granny square kick here of late).


I just bought seven skeins of yarn (each in a different color) last week so that I could know how many squares I could get out of each skein. I’m know I’ll get one more color for the edging, but I’m not sure if I’ll just keep it at eight colors or get more.


I’m needing to make large squares, rectangles, and small squares. I don’t know how to make a good looking granny rectangle, so I just did a little lacy stitch instead.


I’ve already made eight big squares and I’m working on the ninth. It makes for good travel crocheting and good for watching TV too. I’ll have a bajillion ends to weave in when I’m done, but itll be worth it.


The yarn is Hobby Lobby I Love this Cotton.

Well, that’s about it for yarn related stuff in 2013. Or at least all that I took pictures of. Don’t know when I’ll be posting again. Have a Happy New Year, and hope MMXIV is nice for you.