So this weekend was a big one for the nerd community – Avengers: Infinity War debuted, and of course I had to be there…dragging my family along with me.
One of the things that I thought about in leaving the movie theater was that for all the Luvvies I have made, and all the patterns I have tried, I have never made anything Marvel – that was just a travesty. So, off to Etsy I went to see what awesome patterns I could find.
If you are like me and have slight OCD when it comes to finding patterns, books, yarn, whatever makes you happy – then places like Etsy are the best/worst possible places. It’s like being a kid in a candy store. I go there for one thing and end up with 15 more things that I had no intention of buying and may never use, but they looked cool.
So by the time I check out, I kind of look like the poor boy from “Matilda” who ate all the chocolate cake.
This is also why my living room looks like a stock room at Michael’s, but that’s a story for another time…my point today is that I wanted to make an Avenger, and I wanted to start with Hulk specifically. Not because Hulk is my favorite (my favorite is Iron Man), but because I wanted to make Hulk for a friend going through a difficult time. So, I found what looked like a cute, and easy, pattern.
Now, I still consider myself to be a beginner. I have thousands of stitches under my belt at this point, but I am not ready to level up, quite yet – I think there still is more to learn and more practice to make perfect. But, this pattern seemed very straightforward. Awesome, let’s do it!
I’ve mentioned before that I almost always need a trial run at something – that my first attempts do not always work the way I plan: This was very much the case with this deceptively simple looking pattern. There are things I absolutely love about him and think turned out brilliantly – even for a first go. There are things that I wish I could do again.
One of the improvements: The eyebrows. The pattern really didn’t give any instructions about how to put these on – just showed them in the final result, so I ended up embroidering them after the fact and I was not happy with how they turned out. The other issue was the hair. Oh my Chuck that hair. I must have read the pattern 40 times and tried to replicate it another 20 and didn’t know where to go from there. The instructions were not super clear for my beginner’s brain (and the pattern ranked itself as “easy”), and even with some pictures demonstrating how to make the hair, it didn’t turn out exactly the way it did in the pattern, but it was good enough and it taught me some lessons. One of the main lessons I learned: Even though I’m not ready to “level up” from beginner to advanced beginner or intermediate, I have some intuition. I have played with enough yarn and practiced enough patterns that I do have a sense of what works and what doesn’t.
So, baby Hulk was a mixed bag success and I wanted to try something different. Once again I went to Etsy – really, someone needs to take my access away from me at this point, it’s just sad – and I found an adorable pattern from Stitched Up by Emma for a Hulk lovey.
So, here’s where my term for Luvvie and the traditional form meet to cause potential confusion: my Luvvie is a callback to the British term of endearment, but I spelled it differently because I’m weird that way. However, the term “lovey” also has been used to refer to comfort objects that have stuffed animal heads and the “body” of a short blankey – sort of as a transitional item for children – although I don’t think it necessarily needs to be limited to children – we can all use comfort and love, regardless of our ages.
So, I found this pattern and I started working on it. Things were going swimmingly on Hulk’s head. No worries, this was completely in my wheelhouse – famous last words.
I got the entire head done and then I started working on the hair. Ugh! What is it with me and hair? The pattern just said to attach the hair as shown, but really didn’t provide a demonstration. I tried to attach the hair the way the photo showed, but it wasn’t pretty. I should have taken pictures to show how terrible it was, but no one needs to see that. I have since learned from watching some tutorials on You Tube and Craftsy that I should have done different stitching, but I didn’t, so my Hulk has super crazy hair.
The other thing I didn’t realize was that I was going to need to use a Granny Square pattern. This has been something I’ve shied away from since beginning back to crochet – just because I hear so many horror stories. People will say the Granny Square is the most difficult stitch to master; or, it is outdated; or, it just doesn’t work. I don’t know if I can replicate it or not, but thanks to a detailed You Tube tutorial from Happy Berry Crochet, I was able to make a reasonable facsimile for my Hulk soother/lovey.
From what I have seen online, it looks like almost everyone has their own variation of the Granny Square, and there could have been a million different tutorials I could have chosen: Happy Berry Crochet’s worked for me, although I made about six practice Granny Squares that I completely ripped apart before I actually started on Hulk. And, I made him my own….yes, he needed to have green in the lovey – and it needed to end in green, but purple is my favorite color, so it needed extra purple rows. Does mine look exactly like the pattern photo from Stitched by Emma? No. And, I’m actually okay with that.
My baby Hulk looks close to the pattern, but he is my own – he has my flair and a bit of my pizzazz, and that is what is most important at the end of the day.
Now, I have to get back to the drawing board – there are a few more Avengers to assemble.
Hugs and love,