Eyes, Getting them Right, Part III, Crocheted Eyes

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.

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P1010779 (1000x997)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.

P1020025 (809x1000)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”.

P1010130 (1000x1000)P1010663 (500x500)Crocheted Skull Hat100_6647 (550x371)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.

IN SUMMARY

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!

Last Minute Handmade Halloween Costume

10 Days and Counting to my FAVORITE Holiday.  I LOVE Halloween.  Some of my favorite Halloween memories are of dragging the costume box down from the attic and putting together that year’s spooky creation.  That box contained some old miscellaneous costume pieces and a few of mom’s old wigs and 1960’s housedresses.  I had a lot fun with that box and created some pretty wacky costumes both for Halloween and for just silly play.

Now that I have my own family, we have a costume box too but with only boys, it’s full of mostly bloody swords and capes.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with bloody swords and capes.  We just don’t have anything pink or fairy-like.  So when I started thinking about what would work as a last-minute costume with just bloody swords and capes, I thought of this.  Crocheted Skull Hat

What I love about this is the child’s face is not covered with an obstructing and hot mask.  I dislike full face masks.  They smell funny, are hot and make it hard to see, especially at night.  Another awesome thing is once Halloween is over, you have a great hat to wear throughout the winter season.

 

Not into the spooky costumes? Here are some suggestions for last-minute handmade Halloween costumes for the little ones!

Lego Man Costume
Regular Clothes are All You Need to Add

Halloween Pig Hat Crocheted

Oink! Oink!
Add Pink Top and Pants and You’re Done!

Happy Kitty or Happy Puppy
Adorable Costume for Baby or Small Child

Robot Costume

Mr. Spingy, the Robot Dude
Add Gray Sweats for Instant Costume