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It’s the (second-)Most Wonderful Time of the Year… Thus, first free pattern giveaway!

June 22, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s literally like (insert anachronistic, gift-rendering winter holiday here) in July! I can’t wait till Nerd HQ!

And guess what?

…. I get to be a volunteer again!

Nerd HQ is in San Diego July 12-15, this year…

Bam!

To that end, while there wasn’t a community knitting project on The Nerd Machine this year (but I did come up with something for next year! Stay tuned…), I am still working on something Nerd-related to bring to the con with me!

The beauty of this project (it’s a “surprise”!) is that it’s a bunch of little components that I can sew together on a night where I feel like my wrists are too ill-abused to work the needle. I’m releasing one of the little components into the wilds of the internet, because it can function as a standalone mini-project just fine:

(As with anything The Nerd Machine-related, I don’t own the rights to the images, content, slogans, etc. that they use… I just make large-scale, dorky fan-art and throw it at them at conventions.)

I wrote this pattern to be as idiot-friendly as possible, so apologies to more-experienced knitters who might feel “dumbed down”… we all needed to learn somewhere!

Roy the Robot’s Disembodied Head:

Materials ~

Two size 4 dpn (double-pointed needles)
Two size 2 dpn
Worsted-weight (“4″) acrylic yarn in red, white, and black  (Not a lot is needed, this project was designed to be done with yarn remnants.)
Yarn needle
Polyester fiber stuffing, or cotton balls (in a pinch!)

Instructions ~

Head:

Right side, Row 1 – Cast on 5 stitches onto a size 4 dpn, knit across first row. Turn at the end of this and every row.
Wrong side, Row 2 – Purl across all 5 stitches.
Row 3 – Increase in first stitch (knit into front and back of the same stitch before sliding old stitch off of needle), knit three stitches normally, then increase in the last stitch in the same way. (7 stitches on needle)
Row 4 – Purl across all 7 stitches.
Row 5 – Increase in first stitch, knit 5 stitches, then increase into last stitch. (9 stitches on needle)
Row 6 -Purl across all 9 stitches.
Row 7 – Increase in first stitch, knit 7 stitches, then increase into last stitch. (11 stitches on needle)
Row 8 – Purl across all 11 stitches.
Row 9 – Increase in first stitch, knit 9 stitches, then increase into last stitch. (13 stitches on needle)
Row 10 – Purl across all 13 stitches.
Row 11 – Knit all stitches in row.
Row 12 – Purl all stitches in row.
Row 13 – Knit all stitches in row.
Row 14 – Purl all stitches in row.
Row 15 – Knit all stitches in row.
Row 16 – Purl all stitches in row.
Row 17 – Decrease by slipping two stitches from the left needle to the right needle one at a time, as if to knit them but without actually doing so, slip left needle underneath both slipped stitches and knit them together (SSK), knit 11 stitches, decrease by knitting the final two stitches together as if they were one stitch (K2tog).
Row 18 – Purl across all 11 stitches.
Row 19 – SSK, knit 9 stitches, K2tog.
Row 20 – Bind off in purl stitch. (Purl the first two stitches, then use the left needle – or a crochet hook! – to pull the first purled stitch over the second purled stitch so that only the second stitch remains on the needle. Then purl another stitch from the left needle and repeat slipping the previous stitch off the needle over the top of the newer stitch. Continue in this manner until there is only one stitch remaining, on the right needle.  Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail, and pull the tail through the last stitch, making a slip knot.)

Make another head the same way as the first.

Knit a connecting strip out of worsted-weight red yarn, by casting on four stitches onto a size 4 dpn, knitting all odd rows and purling all even rows, until you’ve reached 11.5″ – 12″ in length, then bind off in purl stitch, leaving a long tail.

 

Glasses:  (use size 2 dpns for these)

First, use white worsted-weight yarn and cast on 4 stitches, leaving a long tail of yarn at cast-on.

Row 1 – Increase in first stitch (knit into front and back of the same stitch before sliding old stitch off of needle), knit two stitches normally, then increase in the last stitch in the same way. (6 stitches on needle)
Row 2 – Purl
Row 3 – Increase in first stitch (knit into front and back of the same stitch before sliding old stitch off of needle), knit four stitches normally, then increase in the last stitch in the same way. (8 stitches on needle)
Row 4 – Purl
Row 5 – Knit
Row 6 – Bind off in purl stitch, leaving a long tail.

Make another lens the same way as the first.

Using black worsted weight yarn, knit approx. 7.5″ – 8” of 3-stitch I-cord.  (For the purposes of this pattern, the I-cord is where you cast on three stitches onto a size 2 dpn, leaving a long cast-on tail, knit those three stitches, then knit the next row without turning the needle around! Continue knitting without flipping the needle around at the end of every row, until you have reached the length necessary.  The result will be a long, reinforced cord, useful for edgings.  In this case, the frame for Roy’s horn-rimmed glasses!)  If you’re worried about making it too short or too long for the lenses, you can sew the edges lenses into the I-cord as you knit it, using the long black yarn tail you left at cast-on!  Then just stop knitting the I-cord and bind/sew it off and finish it off when it’s the right length!

Use the long tails in the appropriate colors to piece the parts together, according to the picture below. Use one of the long white tails to sew around the black frames in the middle (between the lenses) to both secure the glasses’ middle to his face and to simulate “tape”!

Enjoy your Nerdy Roy head!

Someone order a nerdy pincushion?

Someone order a nerdy pincushion?

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Demand to speak to life’s manager!

October 13, 2011 3 comments

As you may or may not have realized by now, I am a creature of craft-centric impulses. I am also a compulsive video game nut. This works well for my husband, who works for a video game company. He usually avoids my yarn-related projects, unless they’re of a geeky bent… then he adopts them and pimps them out.

He is currently fiercely protecting this Portal 2-inspired little guy:

It's just a lemon...

And if you want to know who’s to blame for the combustible yarn-lemons:

 

That’s right people.  That’s all it takes for me to shiny object.

I have plans for this flammable citrus.  I’m going to install a zipper with a lit fuse fob on the end.  Then, I’m going to try to rig it so that the flames accordion up and out of the lemon while you’re unzipping it.  Then I’m going to find a way to swap them for the lemons in Valve’s cafeteria.  Assuming they have lemons.  Oh well.  Who are they to argue with free, questionable, fake lemons?

You can see I’ve put far too much thought into this…

Next, a portato gun!

 

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