Sunday, February 22, 2009

Tatted Micro Dragon and Hoodie Update

Just a quick update: I don't want anyone thinking I disappeared. I took a short break from crocheting to tat this little dragon from Anne Bruvold:

This is Ringtrim, a Norwegian Micro Dragon. For this dragon, I used DMC Perle Cotton size 12 in colour numbers 932 and 503. This is a cute and fairly quick pattern to tat. Instead of using Single Shuttle Split Rings (SSSR) for the first five rings, I used regular SR, then cut off shuttle 2 and added the second colour. I then continued on with the instructions. I won't count this as a motif in the challenge.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am working on a crocheted hoodie design by the Crochet Dude. I have the back, front, pocket, and both sleeves done. So, I am ready to begin assembly, then can work on the ribbing and hood. Now, I mentioned briefly about having some colour differences between the old and new version of the colour I am using. As it turns out, the new yarn varies dramatically in dye lots as well. I didn't notice that when I purchased more yarn. Here is a photo to (hopefully) illustrate my point:

The sleeves are both in the new Bernat Camouflage 'Renegade' and the front and back are in the old. I had been trying to match the colours, but at this point I don't think I can. I have decided that I will finish the hoodie, trying to be consistent and will remake this again in a new, consistent colour. This one will be worn at home, unless it turns out really cool. Once this project is done, I return to tatting for a little while. Cheers.


  1. I know it must be frustrating to have the dye lots vary so much, however, it looks kinda cool with the sleeves consistently different from the front/back! It looks like the hoodie's going to turn out alright! Seriously!

  2. I think I see dragons flying across the front of your hoodie!

    Dye lots can be frustrating! I just threw away a "white" doily. Who knew that two dye lots of white could be so different?

  3. I love the little dragon. I'll have to give that one a go. I think the hoodie will look cool. You never know. I'm sure it has been frustrating. Please show us once you finish.

  4. Changes in dye lots can be a stinker especially in variegated colours. Sometimes it's not just the shades of colour that are different, but the colours can be closer together or farther apart so that even when you used the same pattern, the look can be totally different. You can get pooling with one ball of yarn and striping with another. The hoodie is looking really good in spite of the yarn differences and a few masculine tatted bits in the new yarn across the front will tie it all together like a planned event rather than an accident.

  5. I think with the sleeves both matching and the body all consistent, that the dye lot thing should not be too noticeable. If you had any of the original yarn left, the bottoms of the sleeves could be done in that, to help tie all the colors together. Looks like this will be a very warm hoodie!

  6. Thanks everyone for the awesome comments. All of you have provided really good feedback and info.

    I forgot to mention it in the post, but I had been planning on putting a tatted motif on it. I hadn't planned on using yarn for the tatting, however. I will have to do some experimenting.

    Of course Laura, I will show the completed hoodie. Maybe with me wearing it. No promises on that on though. And yes, Marilee, it is very warm. I tried it on several times while assembling.

  7. Will the hoodie have a big front pocket? If you make that in the new dye lot, that just might tie the whole look together.

  8. Hi Martha,

    Yes, it will have a large front pocket. That's a good idea. I was thinking of doing the same thing.