Thursday, 18 January 2018

Batman set

I'm so excited to finish my first big project of 2018.

My set of Batman character dolls is now available in my etsy pattern shop.
To celebrate I'm having a little sale on all the doll patterns in my shop. 20% off till the end of January 2018.

 I've wanted to make this set ever since I started creating these character dolls. Superman and Batman were the superhero films I grew up on, so there is a big nostalgia feel here.

I did get a bit bored of doing superheros in black suits after the Marvel lot, so I wanted to add more colour with these.  I've kept most of the dolls in their retro costumes but some I've combined some with a more modern style. As they've had many different costumes over the year, I've mixed things up and made these a bit more fun.

I picked this outfit for Batgirl because the colours are really bright and look great together. I think she looks so adorable.

The main man was a bit daunting. Such a reconcilable figure, it was really important to me to get him looking just perfect.
The main problem I had was his mask. In most pictures there are no visible eyes, as its black on black. I did think about doing a hood that covers the eye but it looked a bit spooky and didn't really look like Batman. In the end I changed my original mask pattern to give it more definition and a bit of a beak on the nose.I'm very happy with how he looks now, very cute, very Batman.

 I must have looked a well over a hundred pictures of Catwoman before I decided to go with this Anne Hathaway catwoman look. As before, I didn't think the fully hooded costumes were cute enough. With this design I could have hair to mess about with and style, (always fun). I also decided to go for a removable mask so you can play with it. (I may have gone around the house putting a tiny Catwoman mask on many things, including a cat)

 Harley Quinn. I know she is one of the most cosplayed characters for girls but I'm gonna be honest and say I'd never heard of her before I saw Suicide Squad. Its because if this, that when I decided to add her into this set, I knew I was going for her look for that film.
 Half the reason I wanted to add her was I just knew how much fun it would be to make that hair. It was, it was so much fun. Everyone is gonna love making this doll, I promise.

I may at some point do a more traditional costumed version of this doll but for now I'm very happy with her as she is.
 I bought a whole new range of 4ply cotton yarns just to get the colours for this bad boy. (lang Yarn and colours 4ply if your asking). As soon as the parcel of yarn arrived, I saw these colours were sat together in the bag and I did a little happy dance. I could finally make the Joker.
 I love him, He is perfect and adorable. I just know this pattern will be a big hit. Go on you know you want to make him too.
 Poison Ivy. I love that there is so many girl in this set. I love doing super cute hair. It really easy to re-create but the finished effect is just lovely. This little girl is seriously making me really want to dye my hair red again. This colour pallet is right up my street, so I am very happy with this finished design. I'm also really chuffed with a lovely little new technique I came up with to make her Ivy chain. Its very easy but super effective.
The Riddler. There are a lot of bad guys in Batman, I went for the Riddler in this set because of the pop of colour it would add. I certainly didn't recon on him being one of my favorites of the whole set. Isn't he adorable :)
That cane is just a paper clip bended and wrapped with yarn, but doesn't it look effective. (you don't want to know how long I searched round the house for wire before realizing a paperclip would work. I had a pot of them on my work table the whole time. Silly Liz)

Finally little Robin. I had to go retro on this the colours are so perfect for this set and make him very recognizable
 It might look like doing boys hair like this, is a bit complicated but its really not. Believe me if it wasn't super easy and enjoyable to create, I would not have it on my patterns. I don't do faffy things.
 That said, I have taken photos to create a tutorial to do the different types of hair on these dolls' I'll post it soon on here.

I am so happy with this set now it finished. I know its going to be very popular.
I'll defiantly be doing more DC doll sets, Justice League and maybe Suicide Squad, ooh and I've got to make Supergirl. 

 Thats all for today. I've got crocheting to do and I'm so excited about my next project I've got up early to get on with it.

If you want a hint...
Happy crocheting
Lots of love
Liz xxx

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Happy new year

I'm pretty excited about this year. I have lots of projects planned and I'm helping with a series of crochet books that will start coming out this year. One thing is for sure its going to be a busy one again.

I put together this compilation picture of all the projects that have been published that I worked on in 2017. I did less magazine work last year and it meant that I could concentrate on updating my pattern and creating new designs that I really love.

This year I plan to do more of the same and hopefully they'll be a bit of knitting designing to add in there too.

I've already started some projects that'll be coming out soon. I had to stop playing with them this week as some book projects came in that needed to be put first but I'll be cracking on with them again this weekend and next week.

 First project I'll be releasing will be my new hat pattern. Yup thats me and a pile of hats behind me.
I think this will be a free pattern that may will go out with the first newsletter of the year. be sure your signed up to get your copy.

 I have a new set of character dolls that will be coming out very soon aswell. These just need to be put together and finished. Can you guess who they are going to be? Stay tuned to my Instagram @lizwardcrochet to find out more.

Finally after the huge success of my sheep draught excluder pattern over  the past few months, I've decided to add more designs to this range. First up is this which when finished will be a row of piglet (I know it looks a bit like a row of boobs at the mo).

I'm up for more suggestions to add to this group. I though about doing more animals and a row of beach houses but any other ideas would be great fully received.

Now I just have to finish my proper work before I can play. This is a very seeky peek at what I'm finishing today. Its for the book project so its very hush-hush. Its a lovely stitch but its a bit slow to work. Cal seems happy with it as her blanket.

If you are looking for a new project to start this year then have a look at my Etsy pattern shop 

 Thats all for today. Here's to a great 2018.
Happy crocheting
love Liz xxx

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas

Just a quick post to wish all who celebrate a very merry happy Christmas.

Today I'm going to see the new Star wars film with my lovely friend who is up from London for the holidays.
 This aft I have cooking and wrapping to do while and singing and dancing badly to cheesy Christmas pop music and quaffing chocs and mulled wine.
 I am a proper, happy little Christmas fairy today, I'm so excited.

Thanks to all who follow this blog, support me and enjoy my crochet patterns. You are all so amazing, thank you. I hope you all have a great weekend doing what makes Christmas special for to you.

Its time to celebrate, we made it, half way out of the dark. A new year and spring is on its way :)

Have a photo of Cal doing bunny feet
A very Merry Christmas
lots of love
from Liz
and Cassi and Cal xxxxxx

Just a quick add on the Christmas sale in my etsy shop ends today if you want to treat yourself head there now xxxx

Friday, 24 November 2017

Bureau of Balance bracer free pattern

Quick post

A fellow crafter and MBMBaM fan over on facebook was looking for a crochet pattern for the

Bureau of Balance bracer. We found a pattern for a knitted version on Ravelery but there didn't seem to be a crochet version out there.

I had a spare afternoon so I made one up.

I thought I'd post up the pattern so that any other MBMBaMinos and Adventure zone fan can make one if they want.
**** please note this is written in UK abbreviations to change to US abbreviations swap the dc for sc****

Bureau of Balance bracer
By Liz Ward – Amigurumi barmy

Skill level: easy 
Time: 1-2 hours
Size: 15 x 9cm
Tension: Tension is not critical for this

You will need
Yarn:  50g Dk (light worsted) weight yarn in grey
4mm (f/5)
Wool needle

Abbreviations (UK)
Ch – chain
Sl st –slip stitch
dc – double crochet
st/sts – stitch/stitches
dc2tog – double crochet the next two stitches together

Bottom cuff
Make one in grey yarn
Ch 5
Row 2-34: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end

Turn and work along the side of the cuff. Dc in each row end, sl st to form circle. 34sts

Work continues in the round.
Rnd 1-20: dc in each st to end

Fasten off. Sew closed the small seam on the cuff. Weave in any loose ends.

Top cuff
Make one in grey yarn
Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in each st to end. 4sts
Row 13: ch1. Turn, 2dc in first st, dc in each st to end. 5sts
Row 14: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 5sts
Row 15: ch1. Turn, 2dc in first st, dc in each st to end. 6sts
Row 16: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 6sts
Row 17: ch1. Turn, 2dc in first st, dc in each st to end. 7sts
Row 19: dc in each st to last two sts, dc2tog. 6sts
Row 20: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 6sts
Row 21: dc in each st to last two sts, dc2tog. 5sts
Row 22: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 5sts
Row 23: dc in each st to last two sts, dc2tog. 4sts
Row 24-34: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 4st

Fasten off. Sew the top cuff to the bottom cuff so that the open seam is at the center back. Sew up open seam

Make two in grey yarn
Ch 31
Row 1: sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in each st to end. 30sts
Fasten off.
Pin in place.

The short sides are five stitches long and the diagonals are ten stitches long.

When happy with the design sew in place.
Weave in and cut off any loose ends to finish.