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Steampunk crochet (or knitting)?

So I know that there are some other crafty folks around here, as evidenced by all of the gorgeous sewn stuff that I've seen. I'm wondering, however, if there are any other crocheters or knitters around? And if so, any ideas of fun steampunk stuff that could be made from yarn?

My fiance wants me to make him one of those white scarves that old fighter pilots would wear with their bomber jackets, which I think could be kind of neat looking for a more military steampunk look (which is his preferred part of the genre). I'm sure I can do more than just that, of course... I just need some ideas.


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Jul. 16th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
I knit a bit, nothing too complex at the moment but I'm getting there....

How about some nice fitted sweaters or coats? I found this cardigan on Craftster the other day and I think it has possibilities. Maybe by the time the pattern is posted (if it is) I'll be up to the challenge....
Jul. 16th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
Oooh, pretty! Unfortunately, I can't knit. :(
Jul. 17th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
That sweater was instant lust for me. :D

It's not that hard, you could learn? :)

I'd think the main use of crochet would be lacy stuff, and I never had the patience for the itty bitty steal hooks and thread genre. :D I've started knitting some lace swatches in worsted weight yarn and found some really pretty stitch patterns... now to find something to make with them!
Jul. 17th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, most of my attempts at learning to knit have ended when I started telling my friends that I thought knitting needles belonged in someone's eye. Knitting is supposed to be calming, but it always makes me violent. :)

Though I did see a woman knitting on the bus one day, and I think that part of my problem is that no one has ever been brave enough to sit beside me and show me what to do. I've always tried to teach myself, and never quite got the hang of it.
Jul. 17th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
I didn't have anyone to teach me and tried to learn from books but it didn't really "click" until I found KnittingHelp.com and watched the videos there. The fact that the videos are over the shoulder shots so it looks just like your own knitting helped me a lot.
Jul. 17th, 2007 08:51 am (UTC)
OH, excellent! I'm someone who needs to be shown how to do things, too.
Jul. 16th, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
Well, anything the Victorians knitted you should be able to knit too. Jumpers, cardies, socks, scarves, gloves, shawls, the whole kit and caboodle.

Crochetting allows you to not only do the same as above but also to put handmade lace on everything.
Jul. 16th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
Well, as much as I think that the work involved with handmade lace is the devil (really tiny hooks and thread, rather than my nice sized hooks and regular yarn), I may just have to look into that a bit further. I suspect my skills are getting to the point where I might not botch thread crochet too badly. :)
Jul. 16th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
i always thought the pilot scarves were silk =o or am i being dense and not knowing you can knit silk? i just hit metal with hammers ;A;
Jul. 16th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we realized that later in the evening. They wouldn't stream out so pretty behind a pilot standing in a strong wind if they were knitted or crocheted. Definitely silk! :)

Though you could knit with just about anything...
Jul. 25th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
You can knit silk easily and if you do it with some nice thin yarn i think it would stream out quite beautifully.

Sorry for posting on such a late thread.
Jul. 16th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
i have made a LOAD of really really (how long!) thin scarfs which i tend to tie a few times round to raise collars and the like... Im currently knitting some spalsh gater a likes (once i work out the pattern i will share it- it will be easy i assure!) and im workign on some fingerless glove like things to match the gaters (again very easy patterns (knitted in double rib).
Jul. 16th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to teach myself to knit. :) I love fingerless gloves, but the ones I crochet tend to be pretty bulky... though in the right yarn, they just might work... :)
Jul. 16th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
you could crochet tubes for fingerless warmers - knittings really easy btw (basic knitting is anyway!). i tend to knit bulky yarn on bigger needles but im not a 'proper' knitter (i just mess about with yarn and make stuff hapen)
Jul. 16th, 2007 09:51 am (UTC)
Victorian and Edwardian crochet patterns; Victorian Crochet book; an eBay sale of Victorian knitting and crochet patterns; the Victorian Crafts page has several crochet patterns.


Victorian knitting patterns; Victorian Knitting Techniques info page, includes patterns; various Victorian knitting patterns.

So, from shawls to mittens to knee-warmers(!) to scarves to sweaters to caps to bags to cardies to doilies to card baskets to socks to goodness knows what... I think you can safely say that there is plenty for the Victoriana/steampunk-minded crocheter or knitter to be getting on with :)
Jul. 16th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thank you for the links! I had only found the first of those, thus far! Funny how typing in "steampunk crochet" to Google doesn't get you much. "Victorian crochet" was a bit more productive. :)
Jul. 16th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
Any time :) My Google-Fu is weak in some areas, but I keep practising... ;)
Jul. 16th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't mind if I swoop in here and steal those links from you. ^_^
Jul. 16th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'm an avid crochet fiend. I've thought about this topic a bit. On the silly side, I've even found a free deer stalker hat crochet pattern online somewhere. I'm also working on a crochet 'cog' pattern that could be used to accent and accessorize homespun steampunk clothing.

Crochet was all the rage in the late 1800s. Shawls, gaiters, handwarmers...the list goes on. You could make very fine things with sport-weight (or lighter) yarns.
Jul. 17th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
I have that deer stalker hat pattern... well, I cut pieces out of it and used if for a different purpose... but that's okay. :)

I'd love to see the 'cog' pattern when you get it worked out! :)
Jul. 17th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
I will definitely post it when I get it finished. :)
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Not to toot my own horn, but i have a pattern on my blog for knitted wool spatterdashes, which could be worked up in some sepia and copper yarns, here:


I also wrote up some reviews of antique reprint pattern books and the companies that produce them, here:


And! Here is a pattern for a knitted parasol cover:


Jul. 17th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Beautiful! :) I think I will have a go at converting your pattern to crochet, because I do know how to simulate ribbed knitting with crochet... I'll keep track of the details as I go, too! :)
Jul. 18th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
im making a variation on these at the moment! (great pattern btw!) - ive made the yarn chunkier than the pattern and am double kitting it (as i want it for bots not shoes).

As I sew I am planning on making some in suede as well.
Jul. 18th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
When you finish them, please post pictures! I'd love to see how they turn out!
Jul. 16th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
yes, LaBricoleuse's spatterdashes, I was also thinking knitted beret/newsboy caps.
and stockings! I really think warm knitted stockings are the thing for the winter. :D
Jul. 16th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'm totally obsessed with knitting, but I haven't done much of anything that could be considered steampunk yet. I did knit a lace shawl that I wore with my outfit at Convergence. I guess you could really do a lot with just the right yarn choices. A simple drop stitch scarf in the right yarn, or some lacy boot socks, or something like that might look nice.
Jul. 16th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
I picked up a knitting machine at a garage sale a while back(scarves are now my signature christmas gift) and would like to make some steampunk-y things with it. The weather varies wildly where I live, so it's a benefit to have warm articles of clothing that come on-and-off easily. I want to get some heavy earth-tone yarn and make gaiter-esque lace-up leg warmers(which I think would look good woth boots and cargo shorts provided I "tool" them up enough) and either elbow or arm warmers as well.

Also, I have this idea for a rather whimsical hat, though I don't know how to make it and would have to piece together patterns. o_o If embellished properly, I'd love to have one of those knitted caps with the flaps by your ears that can tie/buckle under your chin, but with a long 'nightcap' tail. Prefferably with pockets on the inside of the floppy bit so I can secret things away in there.
Jul. 16th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm fixin to crochet a snood (hair holder). The lowly snood,alas, has fallen out of fashion after hundreds of years of keeping lovely lady locks in check. Perhaps a few trinkety things dangling at the side? I knit scores of hats and arm warmers and scarves yearly.
Jul. 17th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
I actually have made one snood, though I need to make the next one a bit bigger, as this one barely contains my hair, which is only down to the middle of my back so far. Somehow, though, I was associating that more with the RenFaire folks (as it was RenFaire folks who originally asked me if I could make snoods for them) than Victorian era stuff, but I suppose it could work for steampunk as well! :)
Jan. 30th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
There are some lovely snood patterns available on Ravelry, fwiw.
Jul. 17th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
I think this overskirt (w/instructions) could be a nice addition to a steampunk ensemble. Too bad it seems a bit too complicated for me, as I'm just a beginner crocheter!
Jun. 19th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
I crochet as well and have started in the realm Steampunk. I've seen people doing a lot of crochet thread stuff such as neck pieces, cuffs, etc. I've mainly done shawls with yarn so far (check out http://mrscolorsmith.etsy.com) but am delving into the world of thread crochet lace gloves. Scarves should work for me as long as they aren't too bulky.
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