Sunday, October 19, 2014

Crochet wig

I made this wig a few weeks ago.

I'm SUPER proud of it! There are a couple more things I can do to it, and I will at some point. 

I wanted to make a totally unique headpiece to go with this costume I made:

Cool, huh? It's not for everybody, but those who "get it" will appreciate it. 

It was the largest, most difficult project I've ever undertaken. 

So, for some info on how I constructed the wig. I wanted a bouffant type upper, and struggled with figuring out how to do that without using pounds of yarn. What I came up with: 

Two beanies. Large one on the bottom and smaller on top. Next time I'll try reversing this, but it worked okay. 

Then, sew them together like you would a pillow, leaving a lip of the larger one on the bottom:

Now, stuff the front with poly fill. 

Sew your pocket closed

Arrange your filling where you want the hair to be its fullest. I wanted the front. 

Next, I used a washable marker to mark where I wanted the hair to part. 
Then it was only a matter of sewing in te creases like you would with a stuffed animal. 

When I had the shape I wanted, I began adding hair. That was an insane process that took a full day. Instead of braiding the ends, I would pull them through at he opposite end and chain them. I incorporated the chains throughout te hair do. Then I added some flowers to cover up a part I didn't feel like adding more hair to. :) Cheat. 

The final product is pretty impressive. 

I have a crochet tophat pattern (pictured above) in my Ravelry store. It's my idea of a perfect crochet top hat since all edges are defined and sharp, not rounded and sloppy. 

I also made a HUGE mess. 

If you try it, let me know how it goes! It's not for the faint of heart!! 

A Sweet Little Crown

I am attempting to write more patterns. They take loads and loads of time. I'm getting there.  Ravelry, Etsy, and Facebook.

A Sweet Little Crown
by Regina S Graham

 Size: 3-10 year/19-20” head circumference

 Adorn crown with desired bling, crystals, buttons, pearls, beads, etc.

Can be mod-podged or starched for added sturdiness.

 without frill edging


F/3.75mm hook
Worsted Weight Yarn (I've used Red Heart with Love and Loops and Threads Impeccable)

Special stitches:

Cross “X” stitch: sk 1 st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st

Front post slip stitch (fpslst): insert hook into stitch/post from RS of work, continue to push hook through to opposite side of stitch/post so that hook is visible again, entire post should be on hook, yo, draw through stitch

***Sizing info: for each inch you want smaller, subtract 2 sts from foundation chain. Continue with pattern, ignoring stitch counts. Likewise, for each inch you would like to make larger, add 2 sts to foundation chain, ignore stitch counts.

Ch 80, sl st to first ch to form ring being careful not to twist. Alternatively, you can to a foundationless single crochet for 80 sts.

Worked in the round.

Rnd 1: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, sl st to top of ch 1 to join (80)

Rnd 2: ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in each st around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (80)

Rnd 3: ch 3, * (X-stitch) sk next st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st *, repeat * 39 times, 39th X is worked next to ch 3, sl st to top of ch 3 to join (80)

Rnd 4: ch 1, sc same st, * 5 dc in next sp working between the two X stitches from round 3, sc between the next two X stitches from round 3 *, repeat * 19 times, sl st to top of first sc, total of 20 shells (120) ***If you need to see what this round looks like, refer to photos below***

Rnd 5: sl st 2 times to middle dc of shell from round 4, * ch 4, sk 5 sts, sl st into next st *, repeat 19 times, sl st to 1st sl st to join (80)

Rnd 6: ch 1, sc in same st, * (hdc, dc, tc, [picot-ch 2, sl st into 2nd st from hook], tc, dc, hdc) all in ch 3 sp NOT working in stitches, sc in the sl st from round 5 that was placed in the middle of round 4 shell, 5 dc in next ch 3 sp NOT working in stitches, sc in next sc from round 5 *, repeat * 9 more times (you should have a total of 10 peaks and 10 shells)

Round 6 what your completed peak should look like

Round 6 sc placement

Round 6 what the completed shell should look like

Round 6 how the completed pattern should look


 If you have any adjustments to make, want to send me your stitch counts for different sizes, have pictures to share, etc., please send them to me! I will add your corrections. Also, I'm still pretty new to pattern writing. I don't claim to be perfect. Please let me know if you find errors. I'm happy to fix them. :)