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    1970's Granny Square era ;)
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  1. Granny Square

    Instruction says, "sc through next dc to end of rnd"

    Welcome to the 'ville! I suspect it doesn't mean to make a stitch in a different way (like back loop for example), I think it meant 'SC to the end of the row', but trying to express that you'd be working into DC stitches. "Through" as in "stitch X through stitch Y" meaning the span of stitches from the next stitch to the end. You'd only normally see a pattern be more explicit if the row below you were a mix of stitches, and if you were to do different stitches into them (make a DC into the chain space, SC into the DC, etc). I think the pattern writer was just trying to point out you'd be working across DCs and it came out a bit clumsily.
  2. Not weird at all!. Have you ever been to Antique Pattern Library? I've linked to the main page, but there are sub pages you can navigate to (like just look at crochet for example, at the menu right above where it says 'welcome'), or if you choose to look at the whole catalog (menu at the very top of the page), you can do a search on Czechoslovakia and Bohemia. I only found 1 Czech mention and 1 Bohemia mention, both leading to the same book. It covers embroidery, not crochet, and tho it says 1920s? it's by Therese Dilmont (1846-1890) so written much earlier. But, there are some lovely color plates that should translate to colorwork in crochet, maybe a framed sampler in colored thread?. If you do a search on "cz" from the catalog page, you'll find the book--we're not supposed to post PDF files on this forum. "Dillmont, Th. de, ed., D.M.C. Czecho-Slovakian Embroideries".
  3. Granny Square

    Christmas Elf Slippers

    If that pattern is too confusing...this one looks fairly simple. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elf-slippers-with-curled-toes But, it's more of a recipe than a pattern, it relies on you to work a triangle to your stitch gauge and yarn size, to use however many stitches you need to fit a measured foot. This has measurements for US men's & women's shoe sizes https://www.midwestsports.com/shoe-sizing-chart/a/shoesizing/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIusuTx-XP3gIVBYbICh0MVgsqEAAYAyAAEgInc_D_BwE US children's size mearurements https://www.striderite.com/en/sizing-help/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6sGt8-fP3gIVzMDICh0bcwraEAAYAiAAEgKr5fD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  4. Granny Square

    Christmas Elf Slippers

    The actual pattern doesn't start until the middle of page 3--you should read thru everything before that to make sure the stitch pattern make sense to you before you start. Where the actual pattern starts, it tells you to chain x depending on the size, and then turn and make a row of SC as a foundation row. It then tells you to start with row 2 of the geometric pattern. After the first repeat of the pattern from foundation row and rows 2 thru 4, you'll follow the stitch pattern from the 'row 1' of the geometric pattern--the very start into the chain wouldn't work with the geometric pattern's row 1. The stitch pattern is not a simple one, it has you working into stitches 2 rows below, and working in back or front loops. The pattern is rated as easy, I would call it at least intermediate. The pattern appears to me to be well written in that it gives you clear instructions of where to put your hook for all the unusual steps, though. After saying all that...was there a specific step that you were questioning?
  5. Granny Square

    Ponytail hat pattern

    Here is a free hat pattern that is nearly identical to the start of yours (22 stitches around the elastic), and increases by 12. Maybe just use this one, but with stripes? http://www.amyscrochetpatterns.com/2016/12/crochet-elastic-ponytail-holder-messy.html
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    Ponytail hat pattern

    The generic recipe for a flat circle made in straight DC with a closed center top is: Start with 12 DC in a ring, increase by 12 each round. The generic recipe for at hat is: measure your head circumference, divide that by 3.14 (pi). Make a flat circle with a diameter of that measurement, then stop increasing and crochet around until the hat height is where you want it. You can tweak the circumference a little if you want it to stretch a little to fit, or be a little loose (depends on the stitch pattern, yarn thickness and your stitch tension--I don't find that crochet stretches much). Your scheme is only increasing by 10, and you are getting a cone, not a flat circle. Does the elastic stretch a lot with 22 stitches around it? Enough to reach thru it and pull a pony tail thru, I'd think to at least 1.5 to 2 x it's relaxed size? If so...I'd rip back leaving just the teal SC row, and re-start the teal DC work the increases so you end with 36; the next round add 12 for 48, and so on, adding 12 each time. If the elastic doesn't stretch enough, you may need to start over and put 24, possibly 30 (30=12x2.5), and add 12 each round to that number.
  7. Granny Square

    Looking for a specific stitch

    Solomon's knot.. Here's a tutorial (which lists more names for this, in case you want to check out more tutorials). http://www.redheart.com/learn/articles/ultimate-guide-crochet-solomons-knot PS, welcome to the 'ville!
  8. Granny Square

    graphghan help

    I think this would be perfect for twin size, you don't want the words spilling over the sides and it should fit nicely across. I think the hard part would be figuring out getting it the right distance down from the top; if the pillow is going to be under the blanket (so you have to figure tuck-under allowance), or not. I like the flower motif idea.
  9. Granny Square

    graphghan help

    102 spaces across, 142 high. So, grabbing a random worsted weight skein: RHSS gauge using I hook: 15 rows and 12 stitches is 4". Therefore, if you hit that gauge: 1 stitch is .33" wide, times 102, is 34" wide. And is .266" high, times 142 is 38" high. How big a blanket were you thinking of? I think that would be plenty big for a sofa sized throw (adding a border of about 7" on each side is 48", adding 11" top and bottom is 60", 48"x60"= typical sofa throw size), and plenty big if it were centered below the pillow area on a twin coverlet sized blanket. Twin mattress top is 38" across, 75" long. Since it has the floral border around, I'd probably make the border plain color-wise. So, the proportions in SC are a little short and fat compared to the original. If you did it in HDC, it might look better, also you'd have to add less border top and bottom. I see some swatching in your future...
  10. Granny Square

    graphghan help

    I'd think 3 DC (like filet), or maybe 2 SC over 2 SC (so, 1 pixel in 4 stitches, over 2 rows). I think it would depend on your stitch height tension, but then it would be harder to see the design, I'd think, rather than seeing just big pixels. Maybe SC in jumbo yarn? Perhaps make it as is, and add rounds of edging in coordinating colors to make the blanket to size?
  11. Granny Square

    Mini Mermaid Tail Help

    Lion Brand sometimes duplicates the same pattern, or nearly so, with a different name, but each time calling out a different yarn; I think this may be the case here. The one I found calls out Vanna's yarn (medium weight), yours Homespun (bulky). The patterns are VERY similar, slight changes in stitch count due to different yarn weights, and you aren't attaching a new color--instead your pattern has you slip stitching across stitches, adding very little height, to 'indent' rather than attaching yarn at an indented spot. You've given a clue that I didn't have before; before the decrease row, you were to repeat rows 2 and 3: row 3 begins and ends with a sc, not a half shell. You must have stopped at a 'row 2' spot. For the decrease row to be followable as written, you need to add 1 more row, a row 3, so you end up in the correct spot to start the decreases - this is why you were misaligned with the patterns when the decreases started.
  12. Granny Square

    Flamingo Hat Leg Tassel Help

    If I'm following this correctly...yes you can make any stitch into the underside of a chain. It's the way you make a closed oval, for example; the chain becomes the center of the oval. When you first work into a chain, you can use either (1) the back bump, (2) with the chain facing, the top loop, or (3) with the chain facing you, top loop + back bump, which leaves the bottom loop free. Either of those methods leave at least 1 free loop, which you can use to work into the underside of the chain.
  13. Granny Square

    What is the name of the pattern?

    A 'real' (or, typical) granny stitch pattern in rows would be 3 DCs in a space. This version may have a name, I've just not come across it/them (and I just looked in my stitch bible, but didn't spot it there either). Granny Squares are pretty common/familiar, so I think if you described as a 2 DC Granny Stitch variation, most would understand what you meant.
  14. Granny Square

    What is the name of the pattern?

    As you replied I was making a little diagram. Lines are DC (US), dots are chains.