Progress on my not-so-little unicorn.

In order to get his mane all sorted, I tried using hairpin lace. It works pretty well, especially if you use crochet thread as the joining thread. It’s also a lot safer and you can’t pull it out anymore :D

Finally decided on a leg pattern I’m happy with, might make it a bit smaller for the front legs but who knows. Otherwise I’m very happy with this.

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Feedback on my WIP pattern? (WIP Wednesday)

As you may or may not have seen from my last post, I am making a unicorn pattern based on the one I made for my friend. I’m not just changing a few rows here and there, it’s more like using it as a base and adding and taking away things, or changing things completely. I think what I have done so far is sufficiently different from the original pattern to be called it’s own.

Bear in mind this is a WIP, and I still have the horn and legs to do. I am changing the tail as it just doesn’t match with the mane at all and it’s a bit too low down to look right. The colours are from yarn in my stash that I just had a lot of, but I’m regretting the black for testing and modifying, it’s so hard to see. :<

I tried doing short-ish legs but they just looked odd with the full sized head and body, so I’m thinking either proportioned legs or longer than usual legs? I’ll be trying these out later today when it’s not 3am, but I was wondering what people thought. He’s about 5 inches tall right now without limbs.

I’ll probably use safety eyes instead of buttons since this won’t be child safe anyway with the mane the way it is, unless I decide I like the aesthetic or if other people like it.

I’m happy with it so far, but I’ll see how I feel after I have some sleep, but right now I’m proud with what I came up with. Nothing I have made so far has followed the original pattern exactly, just as a guide for measurements. The head is a completely different shape as well, more realistic and less cute. I’d prefer it if it was a bit cuter but I’m not sure how to do that without making it silly. Maybe bigger eyes or a wider top head? Figure that out later.

I sense a birthday coming on.

It’s one of my friends birthday parties on the 18th and I have yet to make her a present. Technically her birthday was on the 11th, but there was no way of seeing her then.

After asking one of our mutual friends for a list of things she likes, and knowing I can not  make something like a scarf in a day, I was a bit relieved to see she liked things things that could be made into amigurumi. Like unicorns.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lil-baby-unicorn

Yeah.
I’m thinking of making two of these, a generic cute one and a zombie one but I’m not sure if that’s a bit over-ambitious. I’m much faster at crochet than I am with knitting though, and they don’t seem too big. It’s also an excellent opportunity to use up some of my stash yarn that wouldn’t get used otherwise.
I’m thinking of maybe purple, lilac and white for the cute version, and green, dark green, and some other decay-ish clour for the zombie one if I get round to it. I’m thinking blue or something but I’m not sure.
I’v been knitting a lot recently for the Ravellenics and just because I want to get this jumper finished, so I might need a small break after this. My hand is already screwed up from doing an exhibition piece for work experience, and I don’t really want to make it worse. If anyone has any tips to stop wrist pain then please feel free to tell me.