I liked the Young Forever headband so much, I decided to make another one in the same style, this time based on the cover of BTS’ Wings album:
I had a ton of ideas coming in with how to do this. At first, I thought I would tie some little bits of yarn to the bottom right of the first circle and then comb through them to make them fuzzy or something, but I ended up deciding to just add a little blip in the pattern there. Which kind of just makes it look like I messed up in crocheting a circle.
The second circle was pretty complicated with trying to get the zigzags in the right positions. They’ll still forever annoy me, but I’m pretty ok with where they ended up.
I spent the most time thinking about the third circle. At first, I thought I would try to paint bleach on a black circle to get some of the gradient effect. Then I discovered I only had acrylic yarn, so bleach would do nothing. Then I thought I would use a black-white-gray gradient yarn to make it, but I could find one. So I ended up just using a gray yarn. I tried drawing on it a bit with black sharpie to give it more texture, but it’s not all that visible. Honestly though, I kind of like the simplification of just making it a gray circle. The sharpie is also interesting if you look more closely.
The fourth circle has that little gradient going on in the center, but that was not going to happen, so simple black circle it was.
Maybe if I acquire some natural fiber black yarn, I’ll play around with the bleach idea and see if it works better.
“난 날 믿어 내 등이 아픈 건, 날개가 돋기 위함인 걸” (I trust myself, Since the reason why my back hurts, Is so that wings can sprout) -Suga
Newest blanket here. This one was a new style for me, I crocheted 130 individual granny squares using the pattern here and stitched them together into a Tetris-inspired pattern. Making it took about 3.5 months. I used a size H hook and made 6 layers around the center hole for each square. For the colored squares, the sixth layer was in a darker color than the middle. You can see a close-up of the squares here:
I also put a small border of one layer of double crochet stitches around the edges.
What was most fun about this project was that I got to use so many bright colors. I essentially looked for the most obnoxious colors I could find at the store and put them all together.
Granny square blankets are definitely a great starter project for anyone wanting to get into crochet. Since they’re so small individually, they’re highly portable, and just by changing their arrangement when you stitch them together or by switching out yarns in the individual squares themselves, you can make some really interesting designs. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a more relaxed, beginner project!
“If Tetris has taught me anything, it’s that errors pile up & accomplishments disappear. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” -Mike Tyson
I’ve realized that headbands are my favorite quick project to make when I feel inspired. This headband is based on the album cover of The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever by BTS:
It was simple to put together, it just took a lot of weaving in ends after everything was done since I used so many different strands of yarn. I did this one in the exact same style as the Avengers headbands, alternating front loops back loops with a size H crochet hook. I was lucky enough to have the colors just lying around, so I just cranked it out in about 4 hours. I’m very happy with how it turned out, makes me want to get inspiration for more headband designs!
“영원한 관객은 없대도, 난 노래할 거야, 오늘의 나로 영원하고파, 영원히 소년이고 싶어 난” (Even if the attention isn’t forever, I’ll keep singing, I want to stay this way for life, I want to stay young forever) –J-Hope
Wanda’s headband took an exceptionally long time for me to conceptualize. I knew I wanted to use the red and black color scheme from the movie, but I didn’t know how to incorporate her powers into the headband. Thin lines don’t show up very well in the stitching I’m using, so I eventually gave up on trying to make something to represent the red energy around her hands and focused on the angular aspect of her costume instead. I used the comics face mask as inspiration and just alternated flipping it upside down along the pattern. Interestingly, this resulted in her initials being repeated across the whole headband, which at the very least entertains me.
I think I made the angles just a bit too open on the outer parts of the mask, so I might try to redo it in the future making it slightly more mask-like. This one could easily be mistaken for Black Widow just because of the color scheme. But overall, it is a really interesting pattern (if only vaguely inspired by Scarlet Witch) so I’m happy with it.
“Everybody’s afraid of something” -Scarlet Witch
For Hawkeye’s headband, I decided to use the chevron fletching pattern from the 2012 comics Hawkeye. From there it was just a repetitive pattern. I like this one because the pattern is very simple and it only uses two colors, but it actually comes out very clean (in contrast to the many colors and even more strands of yarn I had to deal with for this one). Plus I figured there was a good chance that the chevrons would end up looking like hearts but I seemed to be able to combat that fairly well.
So that’s Hawkeye, hopefully I can finish up another one shortly.
“I’m on a team with super-humans…if I miss, it means I’m just another dude with a bow. It means I’ve been fooling myself this whole time. And that’s why I never miss.” -Clint Barton
Finally got around to making another one of these after feeling motivated from the new movie. I’m basically just making these in order of design inspiration, so lucky Bucky got to be the next one. Overall, this design was actually very simple, and I finished the entire thing in under three hours, so I’m pretty happy with it.
“I’m with you ’til the end of the line” –Steve Rogers
*Edit: Pattern available here!
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Pokémon this year, this blanket felt like a must-do. Measuring in at a whopping 48 x 65 inches, this one was actually incredibly quick to make (for me). I started it last November, so it only took 4-5 months, as opposed to my usual ~8.
Unfortunately, I did not magically get a lot faster at my crochet (boy, that would be nice). Instead, I used double crochet through the whole thing instead of single, and made each pixel 2 double crochets wide and 1 double crochet tall. So each individual Pokémon ‘square’ is 110 stitches wide and 55 tall. They’re still pretty distorted, since two dcs are wider than they are tall, but it’s not too bad. Still gunning for that ultimate dream of no distortion. One day. Here’s a closeup of Bulbasaur’s face so you can see the distortion and the stitching a bit better:
Another thing I have to mention is that this blanket came out quite a bit bigger than I was expecting. I had been planning on putting a border and more fun stuff on it, but once the four pieces were done, I realized anything more would just be beyond overkill and would make the thing absolutely massive. I was going to try fringes, but I started doing them and thought they didn’t add anything. So unless I come up with something better later on, it’ll stay like this. It’s pretty simple, but I think the bright colors make up for it.
Overall, a fun project with reasonably small patterns (I did simplify the colors; mainly I took out all of the shadowing, which made life much easier). As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments below!
“We do have a lot in common. The same Earth, the same air, the same sky. Maybe if we started looking at what’s the same instead of always looking at what’s different…well, who knows?” -Meowth