Part III in Eyes, Getting them Right
Capturing the right eye look for your crocheted creation may be as easy as baby safe yarn stitched eyes or cute button eyes. Or it may require something a little bit more than either of these. For those times when you need just a little bit more, crocheted eyes are the solution. And, just like anything you make with yarn, your possibilities are endless.
Mix it Up! Patterns will include instructions on how to make crocheted eyes. But once you have made a couple, mix and match different eyes with different patterns for an endless variety of options. My Kissy! Kissy! Fish Face pattern comes with instructions for 2 different eye options. Same basic pattern but look at how different the two fish are with a small change in the eyes.
Add Twinkle! Probably my favorite part about crocheted eyes is the option to add a little twinkle to the eye. With the tiniest amount of white yarn, your eyes go from bland to laughing eyes. And you can use this twinkle to have the eyes looking in one direction. I use the beginning tail (white) and make two tiny stitches at about a 120 degree angle. The result is adorable. He can look up, down, to the side or cross-eyed with this technique. You do have to be careful. If the twinkle in both eyes isn’t lined up just right, your critter will look “off”.
Explore your Options! With crocheted eyes, you are only limited by your imagination. Keep a folder-physical or virtual-of all your different eye patterns. After you have a collection, start exploring. Mix and match or come up with something totally new and unique.
Pros: Endless possibilities!
Cons: Takes a little longer to do and you may need to follow a pattern to get the right look.
Whichever eye option you chose, make sure you do the following:
- Keep the eyes even. You want your hat/doll/whatever you are making to be silly, not odd-looking. I always add 1 eye, then follow the same round/row to the spot where the next eye should be. Also, I don’t work in the ends until I am certain the placement is correct.
- For hats, eyes placed closer together is better than farther apart. Hats will stretch when worn thereby adjusting the placement of the eyes. Try the hat on before committing to the final placement (ie working in all ends).
- Have fun with it!