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  2. Happy to hear you got your first vaccination Brenda! Happy Birthday Mary Jo! Finished my cross stitch this morning and spent the afternoon working on a bag to attatch to my bike which is arriving tomorrow. I will add some velcro/straps when I have the bike, hard to judge placement from the photos.
  3. You misread the pattern--you asked "Hi so it starts with 18 stitches so do I inc into the first 3 and then do what? The pattern did not say to increase in the first 3. It said "INC, Dc into the next 3 stitches". This means you increase in the first stitch of the row (inc=put 2 stitches into 1), then 1 DC into each of the next 3 stitches. The original wording is not unusual wording or punctuation for a pattern. Another way to figure this out involves some simple math. Your last row ended with 18, and this row ends with 22, so you know you are adding 4 stitches. You also know there are no increases in the last 2 stitches, so you know you have to add those 4 somewhere in the first 16 - if evenly spaced, (which they are) that means you add 1 stitch to every 4 stitches of the prior row. The pattern is telling you increase 1 in the first of 4 stitches, and then put 1 stitch into each of the remaining 3 stitches of a 4 stitch group, until there are only 2 stitches remaining and you put 1 Dc into each of those 2 stitches..
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  5. Katy hope all that snow quickly melts away. For us the 4th week of Jan brought Injections. We just got back from receiving our primer shots for covid. They picked us up and brought us home which was great since we had a little snow on the ground this morning. Grounds crew did a good job of cleaning streets and walkways which was also great. If we hadnt been here dont know when or if we could have got the shots and probably would have caught covid. Guys on the fire dept dh ran with have been sick with it. Here all we had to do was say yes and be ready to go at the time they assigned us. Mary Jo
  6. a foot of snow, melting off as we type lol sun is shining this has certainly been a month just so far huh I call it the I's of January here goes my reasoning ok bear with me lol First week of January the week of Insurrection I second week of January Inauguration I again Third week came Impeachment number 2 an I and for this week, Inspiration and that is the last I
  7. Stitch count on previous row is 18 * INC, Dc into the next 3 stitches * repeat from *to* the last 2 stitches , dc into the last 2 stitches (22 stitches) This is what it would look like writing out each step make 2 dc in first stitch of previous row, dc in next stitch of previous row, dc in next stitch of previous row, dc in next stitch of previous row, make 2 dc in next stitch of previous row, dc in next stitch of previous row, dc in next stitch of previous row, dc in next stitch of previous row, make 2 dc in next stitch of previous row, dc in next stitch of previous row, dc in next stitch of previous row, dc in next stitch of previous row, make 2 dc in next stitch of previous row, dc in next stitch of previous row, dc in next stitch of previous row, dc in next stitch of previous row, dc in next stitch, dc in next stitch
  8. Hi so it starts with 18 stitches so do I inc into the first 3 and then do what? The initial star is before the inc sorry.
  9. Now it makes sense - it does tell you exactly what to do. The instruction immediately before "shape armhole" is fasten off. Then--Shape armholes: Next row: (RS). Skip first 6 (8-10-12-14-18) sts. Join yarn with sl st to next dc... So the pattern tells you how to do it, and I can see why it didn't say to slip stitch, the pattern covers a LOT of sizes, and slip stitching a few is one thing, but slip stitching 18 is something else - I'd think it (might) have a (slightly) different appearance than joining a new yarn, that would be only on 1 side of the armhole.
  10. sewon

    Skip stitches

    the pattern is caron adult crochet crew neck cardigan got it off the net.
  11. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". There are lots (well a few anyway) of ways to hold your hook, and probably a whole lot more ways to hold/tension your yarn with the other hand. I hold my hook like a pencil, and when the internet came along and I found out that some crocheters held their yarn overhand/knife style I tried that and thought "nope, nopity nope, no way". Then my next project was a knit one and realized I KNIT overhand...um... I think I tension my yarn SORT OF the same way as you, over the first finger, under the second, then laying over the last 2 fingers--but I create stiches much differently. I learned knitting first (continental style, which means you tension yarn with the left hand), and that was exactly how I tensioned crochet when I learned that later. I had grab some yarn to make sure what my left hand was doing in crochet- the pinky side of my wrist moves slightly skyward, then quickly back down each stitch in the action of moving the yarn thru my fingers, but my fingers weren't really moving except to very subtly loosen side to side to let the yarn pass--I didn't even realize they were doing even that. So the major difference is my right hand is doing all the work to form the stitch, my left hand does not contribute in any way in wrapping the yarn around the hook. Whether that contributes to speed or not, I can't say, but may explain why I have arthritis in my right hand fingers and not my left...
  12. I lost you a little bit on the construction, but on the "maybe I should have left a longer yarn tail" issue - there are a few ways to join yarn in the middle of a row, like when you run out of skein 1 and have to grab skein 2. You could do a braided join, or a Russian join. There are variations - this one for braided is not how I do it, I unply both ends, overlap and braid in both directions but I don't see why this 1 sided version wouldn't work just as well. So in your case, you could just cut a length of yarn long maybe 25-30cm long - enough to sew pieces together with + a few inches to manipulate the needle with + weave in + to overlap join to your short tail. The first time I did these techniques, in the middle of a row of knitting (stockinette, which is a "plainer" stitch than most crochet), I thought it would be really obvious but the joined spot is almost impossible to find later.
  13. You're welcome. I cheated on the knit terms, I copied and pasted a list of knitting terms from somewhere and deleted the ones that weren't increases or decreases - but crickey! I knew there were a lot but didn't think there were THAT many... I'm sorry you had trouble with that pattern. I'm usually pretty stubborn and try to stick with a difficult pattern but sometimes I just have to say "enough already, life is too short..."
  14. Judy I love the blanket. Sounds like maybe you were supposed to hold on to it to give to this girl now.
  15. Tell her for me she did a wonderful job! Love the different fabrics. Its awesome to have family pitching in.
  16. Knitpicks.com has a cotton/acrylic mix and several colors.
  17. Do you mean a market bag, or a purse? A market bag meaning usually a netting sort of pattern, like this - which I just picked because it was pretty typical, and free, but it also happens to use the sort of yarn I was going to suggest for a market bag - worsted weight cotton. You could also use plain old acrylic of the same yarn weight, but the cotton will pill less. Lion Brand 24/7 yarn is mercerized cotton 'worsted weight'-- I would choose mercerized for a purse, it has a nicer, sturdier finish (like doily thread) than plain 'kitchen cotton'. I've never used it (I had some but gave it away) but there is a 'crochet nylon' that is super sturdy, and it's sometimes used for purses (the first time I saw someone using it was in Mexico, a lady was selling lovely crocheted handbags and crocheting away while waiting for customers) Here is Hobby Lobby brand, it comes in several colors and is sport weight; the stuff I had was Red Heart, but I think Spinrite may have done away with it when they took over Coats&Clarke, I'm not finding it on the Yarnspirations site. I'm sure this would also work great for market bags as well.
  18. My big sister sewed the diaper bags for the 2021 doll donation and I got them in the mail the other day. Baby Doll Diaper Bags
  19. I always start with Yarn Sub
  20. bgs

    Beginner Help!

    Ideally it would have been nice if a tail from a leg had been left long enough to sew it together. After the 4th leg does it tell you to break/ cut yarn or does it have you continue on to the body while still attached to the 4th leg? Normally I would want to use the same yarn to sew it together. In order to not cut your yarn and then having to reattach it (which is an option) you could unroll the ball of yarn and take a piece off the end. Then roll it back up. You wouldnt have to use the same yarn if you had something similar that you thought would work. Kits should supply enough yarn to complete the project but if you would happen to crochet looser than they planned on you might run out.
  21. Good morning, I am new to message boards. My name is Corrina and I crochet. I also Knit a tiny bit! I am needing help with a pattern that I am wanting to use for a bag that my momma wants for her birthday. So here is where my issue comes in. The pattern uses a yarn that is 60% cotton and 40% Acrylic. All the yarn that I am finding in that blend is not what colors she is looking for. She is wanting to find something that is bright and fun for summer. So here is my question, Can anyone recommend a blend that would be a good substitute. I really appreciate any help and suggestions! Thank you and have a good crochet day!šŸ¤žšŸ˜€
  22. Good morning, I am new to message boards. My name is Corrina and I crochet. I also Knit a tiny bit! I am needing help with a pattern that I am wanting to use for a bag that my momma wants for her birthday. So here is where my issue comes in. The pattern uses a yarn that is 60% cotton and 40% Acrylic. All the yarn that I am finding in that blend is not what colors she is looking for. She is wanting to find something that is bright and fun for summer. So here is my question, Can anyone recommend a blend that would be a good substitute. I really appreciate any help and suggestions! Thank you and have a good crochet day!šŸ¤žšŸ˜€
  23. Welcome to Crochetville from ļ»æthe Gulf Coast of Florida. Grab your yarn and hooks, put your feet up and sit a spell. We are always so glad to meet new friends.šŸ˜
  24. First of all reading these will help in reading patterns. https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/crochet-abbreviations https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/how-to-read-crochet-pattern Just copying so dont have to scroll back and forth INC, Dc into the next 3 stitches * repeat from *to* the last 2 stitches , dc into the last 2 stitches (22 stitches) Did you give us the complete instructions for this row? INC means make 2 stitches into one stitch Also was there should be another * somewhere because you go back to the first one and work everything between them. In this case you might be repeating this sequence until your final 2 stitches of row and then you dc in them (22 stitches) is your stitch count for this row meaning at end of row you should count and have 22 stitches.
  25. We are seeing many requests for help with patterns that are written more in shorthand rather than the accepted standard and it might be a little different because its UK. You have to approach patterns like a puzzle and search for the clues. At least this one gives you stitch counts to look at. Now you have learned not all patterns are written like we expect. You can learn a lot by checking out others requests here for help.
  26. Thank you for your detailed explanation, this will be so much useful! I think the " 2dc" at the end of the rows got me somehow confused. I was expecting to read something like " *3 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch*" and "*5 dc, work 2 dc together*", like in the body part of the pattern. Aren't they the same thing?
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