Q:Hi. I love that DA headband. However, I'm not that good at knitting. I was wondering if you had a crochet version available? Thanks. :)
I’m so sorry, but I’m no good at crochet! ;) I thought about trying to crochet it initially, but in the end I realized I needed to know a lot more before I could even think about attempting it. I already knew the basics of knitting but for crochet? I wouldn’t even know where to start, and I have no references for some of the fancier stitches to make something like the scales on the body.
If anyone else out there wants to take a crack at it though..
Secret project revealed!!!
Now that I have confirmation it has been received, I can finally show you what I’ve been working on!
I made a Shenko blanket for ladyamesindy! She’s so awesome and encouraging and it’s been so. freaking. cold. where she lives. Wanted to do something nice and warm for her.
I knit the squares with the various emblems (spectre logo for Kaidan and Shep, then N7 for Shep and Alliance for Kaidan). The patterns for the spectre and N7 logos came from biowearables' Commander Shepard’s N7/Spectre Scarf of Badassery and I futzed around on graph paper to come up with the Alliance logo because I couldn’t find a good chart anywhere online when I went looking.
The rest of it is crocheted, because I am still not brave enough to attempt knitting a full blanket.
Used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Royal, Black, White, and Cherry Red. Size 8 knitting needles and a 4.5mm crochet hook.
I am really really happy with how this turned out and am so glad I can finally show it to you!
That is seriously spectacular. -Lyssa
January has been the Month of Making Things for Other People, apparently. My cohort Raiface has been making sad puppy faces at me ever since I first made the Interrupt Gauntlets so I had to make her a pair of her own. And then I made a Hahne-Kedar N7 scarf for another friend. I added a double knit panel with the N7 logo on it but once I’d finished, she actually preferred the one I had already knit without the logo, the one up in the Etsy shop.
So this is just a reminder, if you were coveting any of the headbands I’ve made or if the new scarf sounds like something you’d like, they’re all for sale. ;) I’m not super surprised that no one has purchased anything yet. I’ve always responded to the folks that say I should sell my knitware that the price of handmade knitted items is more than people are willing to pay for them. Turns out I was right! ;) I’ve dropped the price a bit on the headbands, but if they continue to languish in the store I’ll probably just close up shop.
It’s been cold in the house lately (I’m ignoring all the eyerolls from the parts of the world that laugh at California weather. I am a delicate desert flower and the San Francisco Bay Area climes shock and appall me every winter. Winter is the only time I really miss Los Angeles.) so I’ve been making a lot of tea. Which makes me think of tea cozies when I’m nuking my pot for the third time that day because it’s all cold again. Sadly these are projects that I will never make. I had fun drawing them, and I love the idea of a hanar hugging my teapot to keep it warm or of Kirrahe bravely HOLDING THE TEA but it’s just never going to happen. They were too funny not to share, however. -Lyssa
BioWearables Sample Sale
I’ve reached a critical mass on the sample stuff I’ve been knitting for this site and so some of it MUST GO. The Hahne-Kedar Insignia series, mainly.
I’ve set up a BioWearables site on Etsy so we can sell these and any future samples we decide not to keep.
Note: This is not an invitation to ask about commissions. I’m still lacking an army of knitting elves, so I’m not really looking to make a lot of things for people. I just don’t want to keep every item I make while drafting patterns for this blog. ;) If I ever DO get bored enough to start taking commissions though, I’ll let you guys know. Promise.
Hahne-Kedar Insignia Series: Pattern
The entire Hahne-Kedar Insignia Series in one convenient google doc. But I’ll cut out the instructions for the N7 version and post them below, since I assume that’s the only one people would actually make. ;)
Cascade ultra pima fine 100% cotton (50g, 136.7 yds)
Off white: 3719
Cascade 128 super wash 100% merino wool
Size 4 (Headbands)
Size 10 (Scarves)
15” wide, 2” long
2 inch = 14 st wide
2 inch = 30 rows long
~38 yards total pima ultra fine cotton
2 inch = 11 st wide
2 inch = 20 rows long
52” wide, 3.5” long scarf
~250 yards total cascade 128 merino
Crossed Brioche Stitch:
Cast on a multiple of 3 stitches plus 2 selvedge stitches
Set up row 1: K1, *sl1 purlwise wyib, M1, k2tog *, rep between * until last st, k1
Set up row 2: Sl1 wyib, k1, * sl yo purlwise, M1, knit 2 together *, rep between * until last 3 sts, then sl 1 wyib, M1, k2.
Working row: Sl 1 wyib, k1, *sl yo purlwise, M1, k2tog (knitting the second YO together with next st) * rep between * until last st, k1.
Rep working row.
For this pattern M1 = make 1 st by bringing working yarn under needle to front then over needled to back. Essentially a yarn over knitwise.
wyib: working yarn in back.
k2tog: knit two together
Insignia Pattern Notes:
I tried both the chained cast on and the long tail cast on for the edges. The long-tail seemed to work a little better at getting a smooth cast on edge, though neither is nearly as smooth as the bind off edge.
For headbands, you’ll need to leave generous tails to use as ties. About 5 inch tails you can weave up the side to the center and tie in a knot. I like to add additional strands so that both side ties contain all 3 colors. Then to make a rope, simply twist each strand against it’s natural twist many times, hold them together, then let them all go at once. They should all twist into a rope. Knot and snip ends.
Cast on 107 sts on size 4 needles for headband, 284 sts on size 10 needles for scarf (or size needed to obtain gauge) using black yarn.
Knit across one row.
Work set up row 1: black
Work set up row 2: black
For every subsequent row, use working row patt.
Work 2 black rows.
Work 6 white rows.
Work 10 rows.
Work 6 white rows.
Work 5 black rows.
Knit across 1 row.
Hahne-Kedar Insignia Series: N7
And the only one I know anyone is actually interested in, the N7. Tada!
The final pattern ended up different than the samples pictured, a little. I felt like for the scarf the white stripes, though exactly half the size of the red, were a little too thin. And the headband has all the stripes using odd numbers of rows because I wanted to join the yarn in on certain sides, but that takes away from it’s reversibility, so I changed that too.
Hahne-Kedar Insignia Series: N6
And sometimes when you knit things up you discover the same number of rows don’t always equal the same size stripe if you’re changing stitch type. And not all cast ons are created equal. Sigh. I’m wearing the bound off edge in the front because it looks so much better, and at least this design doesn’t have any direction to it.
Hahne-Kedar Insignia Series: N5
I couldn’t get this one exactly right. I tried thinner black rows and thicker colored rows but that looked too much like the N7.
I find knitting crossed brioche incredibly soothing for some reason. Something about slipping the stitches and doing the yarn overs. Particularly when knitting continental. So soooothing.