Wednesday, October 17, 2012
How Doth the Little Crocodile Stitch
It's time for another Wednesday in the Works! I'm working on some really cool stuff and I want to share. Hopefully it will be inspiring to you!
My new favorite stitch to crochet is the crocodile stitch. I love the intricacy of it (I never get bored working this stitch!) and the versatility. So far I've used it as dragon scales, mermaid scales and even feathers! It has inspired multiple projects. Three are finished and two are still in the works, making it the perfect topic for today's blog.
Meg's "Blood of the Dragon" Cuff
My first real project with this stitch was actually a gift for my sister (in-law). We have both been reading J.R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series (aka, "Game of Thrones") and so, for her birthday, I crafted a dragony cuff fit for one who is "the blood of the dragon", as one prominent character is known to say. Unfortunately, I hadn't learned my lesson yet about taking pictures of my work, even when I wasn't going to sell it, so there's no photo evidence. I should get her to send me a pic!
Dark Wings, Dark Words
With visions of Westeros still dancing in my head, I decided to develop another idea I'd had. To me, the scales could also be feathers. I crocheted and unraveled and crocheted again to create this gauntlet, using the scales as raven feathers. In the GoT books, they use specially trained ravens to carry messages. As urgent messages tend to be bad news, this gave rise to the saying "Dark wings, dark words". It was the perfect title for my creation. This one has actually made it to our Exordium shop on Etsy here.
Swedish Short-Snout Necklace
Dragon Skin Shawl
I can't claim credit for the idea of using the crocodile stitch to make a shawl, or even of calling it dragon skin, but I love it. I tried it out in a soft bulky weight yarn I had in my stash and I think we have a winner. I had intended to do it in a different color (I just finished a shawl and hat in a yarn of mottled greens and browns) but now that I see the purple, I may keep it. Dragons are fantasy creatures; who says they have to be green?
Have you worked anything in crocodile stitch? What ideas does it give you about possible uses? Leave a picture or comment below!