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  1. Thanks so much for the nice responses... Figuring out how to arrange the various colored squares was the biggest problem. I ALMOST got it completely balanced. The join-as-you-go method I used can be found at Sarah London's Flickr account. There are other methods - this one just joins the last round of the granny square to the adjacent squares as you make the last round. My own design? No, it's just simple granny squares joined using the above method. I waited until all the squares were completed (except for the last round) before I started joining them. I knew I would be using white yarn for the last round, since that was the predominant color in her stash. She had little bits - no longer than a few yards that I used for many of the first rounds. Some incomplete skeins for the second and third rounds and then the white. I did end up using a bit of my own stash to complete the last few rounds and for the border.
  2. The yarn for this blanket came from my mother-in-law, who passed away 2 years ago. My father-in-law ran across her stash of cotton yarn earlier this year and asked if I'd like to have it. Coincidentally, my daughter was expecting a baby this year and asked if I could make a blanket with the yarn from "Grandma". I chose to make the blanket with granny squares because of the varied choices of colors. Join using the "join as you go" method. The border is two rows of single crochet followed by a row of *sc, 2dc in same stitch, skip two stitches, repeat from * I used the "join as you go" method because I hate sewing granny squares together. The join-as-you-go method I used can be found at Sarah London's Flickr account. There are other methods - this one just joins the last round of the granny square to the adjacent squares as you make the last round.
  3. Merri, Here's a couple of close-ups - first of my Flannelghan I made for my wife... I used the original version of the sedge stitch (sc, 2dc in same st, sk 2, repeat) after a few rounds of other ideas - first I did a round of sc, then a round of each color in sc in BLO, then a round of hdc in green, then alternating colors green and lavender of hdc, then the sedge stitch in green. The other picture is the modified sedge - sc, dc in same st, repeat. This ones on a round ripple.
  4. Merri, Looking good! I agree with Rose - great colors. I've use the sedge stitch for the border: after sc around, with 3 sc in corners, (sc, 2dc in same st, sk 2 st) around. It makes a shallow scallop. I've modified this also as (sc, dc in same st, sk 1 st) around. The second version shortens the scallop. The first (to me) is a more feminine look than the second.
  5. I've been anxious to get back into Tunisian crochet - this might just be the thing to get me going again. I won't be able to start right away, though.
  6. No - I've been interrupted many times by other projects. I MUST get back to this. I REALLY hate sewing the pieces together...
  7. Instead of starting this project (or any project of this type) with a number of chain stitches (and using a larger hook), I use the Foundation Double Crochet Stitch (fdc) with the same size hook as the rest of the piece. Using this method, the first row is stretchy, just like the rest of the afghan unlike using the chain stitch for the foundation row. You can do an Internet search and find many tutorials for this very useful stitch. Here's one at CrochetMe.com: http://www.crochetme.com/glossary/foundation-double-crochet-fdc.aspx You won't regret using this method. It also works with hdc and sc foundation rows.
  8. I saw this in CW - you did a great job.
  9. It's adorable. It will be a special gift. I love it when my grandchildren ask me to crochet something for them.
  10. Very stylish - what a great friend you are.
  11. Very creative. Nice tribute.
  12. I think this is cute. I like the comment: "It's time to crochet!"
  13. Yes, the edge of the brim is reinforced with nylon cord - the kind that is used in lawn edge trimmers.
  14. Oh my gosh - Donna - it's beautiful. I really like the colors. The texture is inviting. Great job!
  15. I've been making this hat for myself for quite some time, but I finally got the pattern up on Ravelry and Etsy
  16. At the time I made this hat, I worked it as I went, without a pattern. I've since developed a pattern. Hint: check my signature...
  17. Thanks so much. The hat is made with hdc, fpdc and the edge is worked with a sl st in BLO.
  18. Debbie, Very nice! I had to say "Awwww" when I saw the bunny and bear one, then I read the pockets were for hands.
  19. CrochetDad


    Really nice! Great color, too.
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