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  1. CrochetDad

    fabric stiffener question

    Wow! time flies! I first responded to this thread over a year ago. I soak the items to be stiffened in the 1:1 solution of Epsom Salt and water. Lay them out (or pin to block depending on the shape needed). This works very well for me. It produces a VERY stiff fabric.
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    fabric stiffener question

    I recently discovered using Epsom Salts and water - a 1:1 mix produces a very stiff fabric with no discoloration.
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    yep I'm a guy

    Welcome to Crochetville from another guy. You'll find this is the friendliest place on the web for crocheters. As you know, crochet is not a feminine skill, just a skill. Can't wait to see some of your crochet!
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    Soccer Hat for Granddaughter

    I discovered a graphic pattern for this soccer hat. I knew I had to make one for my granddaughter. The crown is a combination of hexagons and pentagons. The brim is my own design, since the pattern site didn't show any info on that. Excuse the fuzzy picture - taken with my cellphone. I know she liked it - she wore it the rest of the day, to bed that night and all the next day.
  5. Well-deserved recognition.
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    Crocheted Christmas Tree...original design

    Very nice! Top job.
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    What's your current project?

    I'm making my wife her second "Crocheted Cardigan" from Mary Maxim: http://www.marymaxim.com/crocheted-cardigan.html The first one was done in off-white, like the model on the Mary Maxim web site. The next one will be black.
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    Crocheted Fingerless Gloves with Crocodile Scales

    Great idea! I like the crocodile stitch and this is a great use of it.
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    Weaving In Ends

    Well, here's what I do: Like you, with granny squares, for example, I'll crochet over the tail of the previous color for a few stitches. When I'm finished with the next color (or the granny square) I'll go back with a tapestry needle and reverse directions (at least once) weaving the end back in the direction it came from. I also use some tacky glue (I think that's what it's called) and put a little tension on the end before putting a SMALL dab of glue before cutting the end and stretching the fabric back over the end. Hope this makes sense. I'm sure there are instructional videos available - just Google "crochet weaving in ends video".
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    New male hooker

    Welcome from another male who crochets to the friendliest spot on the web! Like the others, I'd love to see some of your work.
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    Real Men Crochet

    Couldn't have said it better! Welcome
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    just checking in

    Great to "see" you.
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    male, crocheting and proud of it!

    Richard - welcome from another male who crochets. You'll find it very friendly and helpful here (with lots of opportunities for new projects!)
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    Lets Do A Round Ripple Together

    Whoa! That is one BIG RR. Great job sticking with it.
  15. I love learning new techniques - thanks for the link.
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    ISO- Open Stitch Crochet Vest

    This one's not exactly the same, but is an open stitch crocheted in ONE PIECE! I think I'll try it: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/clc-vest.html
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    Helmet Liner

    I can't help you with the pattern, but I made a helmet liner for myself using #3 cotton crochet thread so as not affect the fit too much. Larger cotton (such as worsted weight) may be too think and make for a tighter-than-desired fit. I would definitely use cotton, though. It's more comfortable than acrylic and more absorbent than wool. Wash in cold water, though so it won't shrink. I didn't write down the pattern or even take a picture (yet) - it's just a basic beanie that I added short earflaps to to cover the entire inside of the helmet for the same reason your friend wants one. The local Army-Navy store has a good selection of doo-rags.
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    Garden Party Chapeau

    Thanks, Sarah - I appreciate that
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    Garden Party Chapeau

    In the April 2011 issue of Crochet World magazine - my first pattern published in a magazine.
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    Garden Party Chapeau

    I suspect you've posted to the wrong thread and probably the wrong website.
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    Crochet too loose?

    Here's a crocheted hat that looks knitted - done all in slip stitch using back loop only: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-best-guy-hat-ever
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    Lets Do A Round Ripple Together

    It was worth the wait, in my opinion. Great job!
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    Lets Do A Round Ripple Together

    It looks great!
  24. CrochetDad

    wool eater/baravian in rows?

    Story, Congratulations! This is exactly what I had planned to do. Yours looks great.
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    wool eater/baravian in rows?

    Story, I STARTED a rectangle version and began documenting the process in my blog. I never finished the afghan - one of my WIPs. The evolution of the rectangle version started with another blog post, but the result was not as desired - the width versus length wasn't thought out properly. My intention is to allow the reader to create an afghan of any desired size. Since I've had several requests for the method to start the afghan, I'll move this todo item up on my list.