I love drawing bears. I think I have finally perfected the style of my hairy bears and now they need to come to life. Here's a little peek at my paper bear puppets I've been working on and some other bears from the sketch book. I hope they make you smile today.
Artwork copyright April Borrelli 2016. All rights reserved.
I thought I would share this hat that I finished this weekend. Crocheted from band up using 2 of my favorite stitches. I love making hats and crochet because they are quick and I can just make stuff up as I go along. I also knit, but I am slow and not as confident to just "make things up" unless I am knitting something square. I would end up with a knitting disaster.
I used one skein of Patons Classic Wool, worsted weight, approximately 210 yards. It took, just about, the entire skein because I used a puffy stitch. If I made this hat just using a single crochet stitch it would have been just over half.
My favorite part of this hat is the band. There is a amazing stitch, that I love, and found in the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary 4 - Crochet Edition. It is a crochet rib that very closely mimics the look of knitting. I have even fooled people with it before. This is the only book I have ever come across this stitch. Even with all of my google searches, I have only once, found someone with directions for this. I am not sure why more people don't know about it!
Anyway, if you have this book (shown above) the stitch is on page 13 (7 Wide Rib). I highly recommend trying it. If you are intuitive you can mess with single, double or treble crochet to adjust the size of your ribbing.
The other stitch I used, well I guess it is like a variation of a popcorn and a granny stitch using double crochet... If there is a real name for it, I have no clue what it is. This stitch has a nice density and pairs well with the weight of the band and makes a nice honey comb pattern.
Everyone should find a trashy movie, curl up on the couch this weekend and crochet a warm winter hat, learn some new stitches or a new skill. It's great therapy and good fun :)
Keep your brains warm... Adios!
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My new years resolution was to draw more... so here are some bears.
Artwork by April Borrelli, copyright 2015. All rights reserved.
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