Loki from "The Avengers"
Loki, a snapshot from Thor! One of several Avengers projects I expect to do in the coming months! This project is the simplest I could stand to make it--12 colors. It's also the first Microchet project using my new technique of half-colored double crochet stitches, and I'm not spanning it as skillfully as I had hoped. Nearly halfway through, I almost decided to give up.
I am cured of Starry-Eyes Disease; fortunately that hasn't killed inspiration to continue this project. Here are several things I learned while making this piece:
1) Strands must be carried across in the lower half, not the upper, or else you get segmenting every place you tie it.
2) My style of stitching is different with tiny string; the lower half is longer, so I must pull it tighter to make it square.
3) DON’T settle for colors that you have if you can avoid it (and I could have avoided it, but made the mistake anyway).
4) The strand from the top of a multicolor stitch must be wrapped around the bottom of the other color to avoid messy dashes of color in a “crisp” line.
5) If multiple strands happen to end within a few stitches of each other, they can be tied together rather than tied off individually.
6) With this style of stitching, the project WILL have a back, and the back WILL be messy. Unless you take time to clean it up, but since mine aren’t going anywhere, messy they shall stay. Single crochet is easier to hide tails and strands.
7) As with all multicolor projects, do not be afraid of tens of working strands—but have a spool rack of some sort to keep them organized! If anyone has advice on making multicolor double stitches, please help! I want to be able to make things quickly as well as beautifully!
Loki's icon--the helmet! It's not miCrocheted below, but I had to practice yet another new technique on bigger yarn first--right-handed lefty crochet! I do believe that from now on, all of my back-and-forth work will be made this way. The yarn version below was completed around Jun 2, 2012; miCrochet above was completed about Jun 7.
Page updated Jul 5, 2013