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  1. here's a free cute one https://sheepofdelight.blogspot.com/2019/12/tadpole-amigurumi-pattern.html?m=1
  2. To me, this stitch is probably going to look best in a single color. I haven't seen it anywhere other than this blog Granny Square linked , so i haven't seen examples of it in stripes, so I could be wrong, and I see she used 3 colors for the swatch tutorial, so it is easier to see the separate rows. But for the overall texture in a blanket, A single color will bring that out the best. Other wise, if the color makes dashes on the reverse, maybe think of it as an accent like topstitching on a jacket? Also the texture on the reverse is probably quite different than the front as wel
  3. What it should say is counts AS 1st st. Telling you that the chain2 turning chain is counted as your first stitch of the row.
  4. Hi and welcome! The first thing I would do is wash and dry it. This may cause it to relax and become more straight. If it is to be machine washed and dried, you'll need to cut the working yarn as you don't want to put your yarn ball in the washer. Leave a tail of at least six inches and secure it. Then just wash and dry the piece. If it's to be hand washed, you can leave the ball attached, just don't dunk it. Then air dry the piece. See how it looks after laundering. If it's still curved, you will need to start over as the probable culprit is a too tight starting chain.
  5. Hi JD, welcome! I think if you've made two large projects and started making up your own designs, you are a little bit beyond beginner status I second what Granny Square said. If your center panel was done in rows, on two sides of it you'll be putting the first round of border stitches into the sides of stitches rather than into the top or bottom of stitches. That can be a little harder to keep even and flat so you may need to fudge a little on that first round. You might want to look at a book called Around the Corner Crochet Borders by E Eckman. It has a good guide to sett
  6. to me, that doesn't look bad at all really. You might need to start over with a looser chain, but maybe not. I try to block things before i make any big decisions about changes. blocking really is just washing and drying the item (unless it is something like lace that needs to be pinned into shape). how do you plan to wash the completed mats? If you'll hand wash and air dry, then i would just secure the yarn end---finish this row first --- then soak the piece. you can leave the yarn ball attached and don't soak it. then lay the piece flat to dry. See how it looks after it's
  7. Hi Julie, welcome! Can you post a photo? That would help us diagnose what is happening. Also tell us more about the project. What yarn are you using? And are you following a pattern? If so tell us its name and location. I saw your post in the other thread which was about a piece that curved like a rainbow. IS that what yours is doing? If so, your problem is likely what they said to that person, your initial chain was too tight. Solution is to use a bit bigger hook just for the initial chain. Or is yours curling up like a corkscrew?
  8. Please tell us more. What is the name and location of the pattern? some stitch patterns have a bad tendency to curl, such as single crochet when there are a number of rows of it.
  9. The ch3 you make at the end of the row becomes the 'turning chain' of the next row and it counts as the first dc of the new row. So you do stitch into it to maintain your stitch count. you do make the tr sts into the gap wher you skipped sts. And do so by working from behind the chain. You'll be able to see the chain in front of the tr sts. Ive never seen basketweave done this way either. What is the name of the pattern, and where is it?
  10. That is quite a big difference. What exactly are you making, what is the pattern name and location? How does your yarn compare to the yarn named in the pattern?
  11. Hi Monica, welcome thats an interesting pattern! Your photos are very nice and clear, easy to see details. Are some strips already joined together? If so it would be helpful to see a photo of that. I don't think I have seen this one before , but often things made of strips are called 'mile a minute'. Since we know the pattern predates 1982, it may be hard to find it online.
  12. Well actually I wasn't suggesting you do that! How many fingers will you need to make? Please tell us the name and location of the pattern. And/or type exactly what the pattern says for the fingers, as GrannySquare requested.
  13. Hi Rene, welcome! Do you know how to make A dc2tog? You start a dc but only make the bottom of it, then start another dc but only make its bottom, then finish them together. So the completed dc2tog has two feet but only one head. In this case you skip three chains between the feet. Heres a tutorial https://www.dummies.com/crafts/crocheting/stitches/how-to-decrease-double-crochet/ do those steps, remembering to skip over three chains
  14. That would work! Only thing I could think of would be if one finger is worked from the tip to the palm, then work the second finger palm to tip. But that only works if there are no more than 2 fingers 😂
  15. Simply put, it means exactly what it says. the next dc that appears in the row or round you are working into is the "next dc". make a dc into that stitch. Do you know what dc stands for? It means the double crochet stitch. the pattern should include a key to all abbreviations used; often it is helpful to write out the pattern for yourself using complete words, until you memorize the abbreviations....or anytime when working a complex pattern really. Are you working a pattern for the first time? it's a good idea to do a little studying before you jump into a pattern. here is
  16. Hi Elaine, welcome! If you'd like to post a pic of your square(s) we'd love to see it! No big deal if it isn't exactly like the pattern, as long as you like it 😉
  17. Yes, that all looks right to me. I see a hole between 1 and 2, which I think is just because your slip stitch is a bit loose. Also a little bit on 3 where the chains are apart from the dc stitches. I think you can work on that later, after you get comfortable with the pattern. A soft, slightly fuzzy yarn like a wool or cotton will probably look best to make a more solid piece. You could try tightening those chains too. You mentioned you were embarrassed to ask more questions. but really we all have questions at times, and people who post to try to help are doing so because w
  18. Hi and welcome to the ville I can't see much of the pink blanket but what i see looks ok to me . (I would have a very hard time counting and identifying stitches in the fuzzy pink yarn.) on the brown one i do see that a few rows are getting wider on one side. I have had similar problems with things getting out of shape on one side only. its hard to understand why but i guess i don't do exactly the same thing on both edges, though it seems to me like I do. What specific pattern are you using? before you give up on the brown one I would launder it and see if that helps i
  19. Hi Seva, welcome to the ville I saw a post about this pattern on the site called Ravelry a few days ago. Did you see that? Someone made a nice chart and there was quite a bit of discussion that may be helpful for you. here is the link to that https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/patterns/4027198/1-25 you may have to sign up at Ravelry to read it. (Or was it you who started that thread?) You can post a photo of your samples and we can try to make suggestions. If you haven't worked with this kind of visual pattern before, it might be good to practice on some other things unti
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    Hi and welcome! Looks like this is a kit https://www.toftuk.com/pd.aspx?product=Other_Kits/Mini_Kits/-Duckling_and_Chick those of us who haven't bought the kit cannot see the pattern. If you're asking how many stitches you should have had on the previous round, the pattern hopefully includes that info. Be sure you've read it carefully. I noticed there are some videos on the toft site, have you checked those?
  21. You're welcome! I should add, the one top you had the pic of, I think it was yellow and pink, it was made starting at the neckline and working down. The beginning of it would be like if you skipped making the center of the square, sort of a hollowed out square. I looked for a pattern made like that but didn't find one. If you look up the designer Jenny King, she has a whole system called I think Get Squared, where you can make various tops etc based on granny squares. Might be something you'd enjoy later on. Be sure to tell, and show, us all about whatever glorious 70s inspir
  22. Hi, welcome to the ville! the technique is basically a square, made from the center out, called "Granny squares". The Granny square is a classic technique and a building block of crochet. Have you learned the basic stitches yet, like chain, single crochet , double crochet? You'll need some of these to create anything. You can use lots of kinds of yarns, there is no certain type you have to use. this shows the basics of a square http://www.lionbrand.com/blog/how-to-crochet-a-classic-granny-square/
  23. Hi, welcome to the forums! I assume this is in a crochet pattern....It could be some abbreviation the pattern-writer made up so be sure you've checked all abbreviations that go along with the pattern. But normally in English writing, i.e. stands for the Latin words "id est" which means that is. So it's just a way to say "that is" or "in other words" . Like the writer has given you a direction, then they put in parentheses the info that this makes up one row. If that doesn't fit, then tell us more about where you are seeing this phrase.
  24. Judy, I love your blanket too! The effect of bring the color down over previous row is great. Reminds me of pretty tiles. And seems to work so well with variegateds.
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