Tuesday, 12 January 2016

MY DARTH VADER INSPIRED CASE


MY DARTH VADER CASE

I love making little cases that are multi functional.. and this one could be used as a pencil case, but the general pattern can be adapted for several other uses too.

After the huge success of my Rafael inspired TMNT pencil case, this was the next order.. from a Star Wars lover, obviously.. and Darth is hmmm.. a difficult one. So here, I thought I’d highlight his eyes and that mouth piece, that should hopefully make the ‘who is this’ obvious.. so let’s see.

Materials used : Indian Polyester cone yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook.
This will be superb with our Indian Laura cotton and a 3.5 – 4 mm crochet hook too.

Difficulty level : Easy to intermediate skill level. 

Stitches used :

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour :  http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html



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Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                  sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                      ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                           sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                               hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                        
sc 2-tog  Single crochet 2-together                                                         
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet

First we’ll make a rectangular simple bag, and we’ll then make the special Darth Vader face (mask) that we will attach or applique on.  So let’s get on with it.

So there are two ways to get this simple bag done.

We start with my favourite foundation single crochet, and then either work in a round, or work straight in rows.

If you work in a round, then you will get the whole bag made as you’re working it up – in that first round you will work along the top of the fsc first, and then work around and under the fsc row, to make it your round, and then continue working without any increase till we get it to the length we need.

Stitch wise : I’d suggest that we just do it in some simple stitch, and not complicate the base which is not really going to show… it will, hopefully, be over-shadowed by the applique. J  That said, you are most welcome to choose any pattern for this base bit, as it does not affect the applique we’re making.

If making this as a rectangle that you are going to stitch the sides of later, then these instructions.

Pattern 1 for case :

Start with as many fsc as you’d like for the length of your case. Turn.

Row 1 : sc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end. Turn.

Row 2 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till end. Turn.

Row 3 : (Increase row) : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 8 sc ; 2 sc in the last sc. Turn.

Rep Row 3 till your rectangle, when folded in half, is the height that you are happy with.

We will add on the applique and then sew the sides, attach the zipper and line it before showing this beautiful creation off.

Pattern 2 for case :

In this case we’ll be working in a round, so that as we work our pattern, we will have it all ready as a bag, and only need to attach the applique, attach zipper and line the bag.  The sides will be automatically done.

Start with as many fsc as you’d like for the length of your case. Turn.

Row 1 : sc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end ; 3 sc in the last fsc ; 
Turn and working along the base of the fsc chain, sc in each fsc till the last fsc ; 
2 fsc in the last fsc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st fsc.

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till end   Join with a sl-st to the 1st fsc.

Rep Round 2 till your project is of the height you are happy with.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Darth Vader face mask :  Part 1 :
For the face mask, I’ve used  silver and black.  There are two parts to this, the eye part and then the mouth part. So I’ve divided this into two sections.

Start with black and 5 fsc.  Turn.

Attach silver yarn. 
Now from here on we’ll be using both our silver and black yarns.  We will make the centre of the eyes openings with silver , followed by black and then a silver outer line.
We will be carrying our un-used yarn along all through.

Row 1 : [(using silver) : sc in the 1st fsc ;
(using black) : 1 sc in the same 1st fsc ;
(using silver) : 1 sc in the same 1st fsc] ; sc in the next 3 fsc ;
{(using silver) : 1 more sc in the  same last fsc ; (using black) : 1 more sc in the  same last fsc ; (using silver) : 1 more sc in the  same last fsc}. Turn.

Row 2 : [(using silver) : sc in the 1st sc ;
(using black) : 1 sc in the next sc] ;
(using silver) : 1 sc in the next 6 sc ;
{(using black) : 1 sc in the  next sc ; (using silver) : 1 sc in the last sc}. Turn.

Row 3 – 6 : Rep Row 2.

Row 7 : [(using silver) : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ;
(using black) : 1 sc in the next sc] ;
(using silver) : 1 sc in the next 4 sc ;
{(using black) : sc 2-tog over the  next 2 sc ; (using silver) : 1 sc in the last sc}. Turn.

Row 8 : [(using silver) : sc in the 1st sc ;
(using black) : 1 sc in the next sc] ;
(using silver) : 1 sc in the next 4 sc ;
{(using black) : 1 sc in the  next sc ; (using silver) : 1 sc in the last sc}. Turn.

Row 9 : (using silver) : sc in the 1st sc ;
(using black) : 1 sc in the next 5 sc ;
 (using silver) : 1 sc in the last sc. Turn.

Fasten off black.

Row 10 : (using silver) : sc 2-tog over the 1st sc ;  sc in the next 4 sc ; sc 2-tog over the last 2 sc.

Fasten off silver.

We’ve completed one side of the eye mask. 
We will now re-attach both black and silver yarns at the other side of the fsc chain.

Let’s do the little flat bit in between now, and for convenience I am going to label them A, B and C.

Row A : [(using silver) : sc in the 1st sc]
{(using black) : sc in the next sc}
Rep [ to ] once ; rep { to ] once  Rep [ to ] once. Turn.

Row B : [(using silver) : sc in the 1st sc]
{(using black) : sc in the next sc}
Rep [ to ] once ; rep { to ] once  Rep [ to ] once. Turn.

Row C : (using black) : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till end.  Turn.

We will now work the other side of the mask, for which we will rep the earlier rows – i.e Rows 1 – 10 for that side.

Fasten off leaving a tail to sew this onto the pencil case.

We will now work the lower part (mouth part) of the mask.

Darth Vader face mask :  Part 2 :

Start with black and 5 fsc.  Turn.

Row 1 : sc in the 1st fsc and each fsc till end.  Turn.

Row 2 : 2 sc in the 1st sc and the next 3 sc till last fsc ; 2 sc in the last sc.  Turn.

Row 3 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till end.  Turn.

Attach silver yarn.  Once again, we will carry the un-used yarn.

Row 4 : (Using silver) sc in the 1st sc ;
(Using black) 2 sc in the same 1st sc ;
(Using silver) sc in the next 5 sc ;
(Using black) 2 sc in the last sc ;
(Using silver) sc in the same last sc ; Turn.

Row 5 : (Using silver) sc in the 1st sc ;
(Using black) 2 sc in the same 1st sc ;
(Using silver) sc in the next 7 sc ;
(Using black) 2 sc in the last sc ;
(Using silver) sc in the same last sc ; Turn.

Thus far we were adding 4 sc per row.  We will now be adding only 2 sc each row

Row 6 : (Using silver) sc in the 1st sc ;
(Using black) sc in the same 1st sc ; sc in the next sc
(Using silver) sc in the each sc till the 2nd last sc ;
(Using black) 2 sc in the same 2nd last sc ;
(Using silver) sc in the last sc ; Turn.

Rows 7 – 10 : Rep Row 6.

Row 11 : (Using silver) sc in the 1st sc ;
(Using black) sc in the same 1st sc ; sc in the next sc and in each sc till the 2nd last sc ; 2 sc in the same 2nd last sc ;
(Using silver) sc in the last sc ; Turn.

Rows 12 : Rep Row 6.

Fasten off, keeping a long tail to join. 

Finishing :
Using your black yarn, run rows of running stitch over the trapezoid (triangle of sorts) that we’ve just created to give the mask its special mouth feature.



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