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  1. Oh, you know what I never realized all these years? I thought the strips were worked from left to right changing colors; I never saw that it is worked X rows of 1 color and X rows of the next color. I think all along I've been mistaking THIS pattern for another where you work with 2 or 3 colors across and drop a color, which makes the "plaid" or perhaps "gingham" effect. My bad.
  2. Alternate Joining Method For those of you who just cannot stand the thought of whipstitching this together busy-bee-lmt posted a picture TUT on how to attach the strips as you go. It's image intensive and clearly detailed. You'll need to decide before you begin your 2nd strip if you want to use this joining method. Post 1835 http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showpost.php?p=2015994&postcount=1835
  3. The link for this join method is dead. Can someone point me to this join method instead of whip stitching strips together? Thank you in advance.
  4. Reverse Image Search - GENIUS (thanks for the tip--great idea) it appears this is (was?) commercially manufactured FOR SALE (listed on Ebay.UK) - before clicking the link, you see it was for the item, not the pattern. Apparently this was well-loved and desired because there are tons of hits--and I found a rudimentary schematic on many pages--it isn't perfect, but its a starting point. It is as I expected I would make it myself. I also googled "eight pointed flower" and found one to use, and the rest of it seems very basic. I sure wish, tho, there was a clear cut pattern for this. Oh, that w
  5. Too long ago to remember....I'm thinking it was from a Russian crochet site found about a year ago. Well, I think I'm going to try to "deconstruct" it from the picture. Thanks for looking tho.
  6. You have good taste. I don't have a clue what publication it is from. I think if I can't find where it is from and purchase it, I'll try to replicate it myself. Of course, its easier if one has the pattern, but it looks simple enough to replicate. Anyone?
  7. Anybody have a clue where this might come from? I'd love to make it. Thanks for any assistance. D
  8. Hiya CLLinda....the shaping instructions are meant to slant one way or the other. A right slant and left slant are often used in conjunction with with each other for good appearance and a savvy pattern will indicate exactly which increase or decrease is most suitable. Also, the increasing/decreasing is usually patterned evenly for good overall results and either high visibility or wanting them to be as subtle as possible. Anyhow, a) it is easier to SEE the result on the knit side as you work the stitches and b) the purl side is then worked "even" to "set" the stitches. If you worked decrea
  9. Hi Ramblinlady. Very pretty tree skirt -- I really like those colors! I might attempt this but I have a couple questions. You wrote that there are variables in how the piece lays, and I'm quoting: "As I make this tree skirt, I frequently lace up the loops to see how the tree skirt is laying. If it is ruffling too much, I add more non-increase rows (Row 2). If it is curling, I add more increase rows." Can you clarify that a little? Based on the result you're getting (ruffling or curling) you would add more of row 2 or more increase rows? I don't understand. I am assuming it wou
  10. Expression my pleasure to see the giveaways section of the forum. What a surprise. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy thinking up a prize to add in the near future. Great idea, Amy & Donna. Donna C
  11. Well, I'm happy to see this thread. I started a blog for my students to put FAQs into one place. As it evolves, it will contain more than basic information. Actually, the last post is all about knitting Barbie doll clothes. Anyhow, if you want to give it a peek, it is http://www.yarninhand.blogspot.com. Mods, if I'm doing anything wrong here, please let me know. Thanks, Donna C
  12. Hi. Been busy and away from the Ville for a while. I got certified during that time to teach folks to knit and crochet and have certainly been doing a much of that. I've learned a lot from these experiences, all positive and wonderful. I also spent some time on minor house repairs and "beautification" and some computer time decompressing with mindless fluff at another "Ville" where virtual crops and animals are "grown." I've recently been devoting computer time to getting back to yarn crafting. Good to "see" you all again, and it is nice to be back. Donna
  13. Knit Happens


    The only reason I could even think of for feeling a apprehensive about ripping something out is if it was a pattern or project that was "assigned" to you (for instance you're a new crocheter and a friend, assistant, helper, mentor or teacher thought the pattern was "just perfect" for you...and after a while you don't agree. Other than that, it is totally up to you. Some of us have had UFOs hanging around for the longest time plainly because we didn't have the heart to frog it. If it isn't floating your boat......rip it and use the yarn for something else by all means.
  14. there is a pattern for a maid vacuum cover in the book Captivating Crochet, however, I am not sure if it is the same one. WHat I could suggest is an ebay search for the book, and therafter you could ask a seller a question--and ask them to email you a jpeg picture of the maid to see if it is the same one you seek, then you could buy the book.
  15. Also, Carons SS, I have found, stretches after the project is done and it splits easily when you're working with it. I used it only once, have a few skeins in my stash, and really don't want to work with it again. AND, this may be just me, but it seems to have not an oily feel to it, but perhaps a lotion-y feel too it, like Puffs tissues. I don't care for it at all.
  16. omigosh....just too cute!
  17. Very pretty; looks snuggly and warm.
  18. This is very topical; we (4 of the gals I work with and taught to crochet) are thinking of making this very pattern -- one of them found a free tear-off from the late 1990s and we all liked it. It is also similar to an aran throw that one of them is currently in the process of making as an Xmas gift. I haven't given the pattern much attention, but seeing this post, I'm going to look it over tomorrow with the gals and make sure there isn't much confusion.
  19. here is straw for crochet/knitting http://www.judiandco.com/ribboncard6.html
  20. Kathy, thanks for the fabulous information Donna
  21. I made a sweater and don't know what size little girl it fits, but definitely not larger than a 1 y.o. Does any one know the chest measurement of a 6 month/9month/1 y.o. so I can measure the sweater? Thanks.
  22. To me, potholders are for lifting lids; hot pads are for putting hot stuff on (a/k/a trivits). Both should be made of cotton or wool, and not acrylics. However, there are some purely decorative potholders meant to display and not to use which could be made with acrylic yarn. If I were gifting, I'd use only wool or cotton and let the giftee know they could be used and not just displayed. My 2 cents.
  23. You sit down and show her, assuming you know how to make them yourself. Why would you need graphs? It is as easy as making some chains, joining them into a ring, and making the required double crochets into the ring, then into each round. If you need to learn it first, go online like you wrote and print off a few patterns - I write a few because there are different ways to make granny squares. Learn it, then teach it. If you know how, then teach it. If she is not physically near you by location, then you could email her a few sites and she could teach herself. If she already knows how to
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