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

    crocheting a shawl (help!)

    Here's my ugly sketch, the vertical lines crossing the 3 rows are what's worked in subsequent rows, into the initial chain-3 spaces. "read" this right to left, lines are trebles and circles are chains.
  2. Granny Square

    crocheting a shawl (help!)

    Hi and welcome to the ville! Just to let you know you're not being ignored, I sketched out the first 3 rounds and got round 1 to work out, but ended up with 23 not 27 in round 2 and 31 not 27 in row 3. Just as I was typing this Avon Lady replied - hey Avon Lady, I hope you can do better than I did!
  3. Granny Square

    Help with a pattern from Michaels

    Hi and welcome to the 'ville! Granny squares are all pretty similar with different details, mostly variations on the number of chains between 'granny shells' of 3 DC, and how the rounds stop and start. I'm having trouble finding one with that name on the 'net to follow along exactly, but I think I've got enough clues to answer your question. And hopefully not confuse you, as I'm going to give you a little 'crochet theory'. Crochet stitches have different heights. To get to the next row, you have to get your hook up there somehow, and that's done via a 'turning chain'. The shortest stitch that's made into another stitch is a slip stitch, it has no turning chain. Slip stitches are used mostly to connect the end of a round to the beginning, (like your granny square made in the round). SC has a turning chain of 1, and the turning chain normally does not count as a stitch, so you would normally not ever crochet into it. DC has a turning chain of 3 typically. The turning chain almost always counts as a stitch, and you would normally crochet into the third (topmost) chain of it in the next round . OK, finally now to apply the theory...what happens when, at the beginning of a round of DC, you need a DC as the first stitch, and then 3 chains? You chain 6. The first 3 chains of the 6 "are" 1 DC, and the next 3 are 3 chains. So, when you start with a chain 6, come around to the end of the round to start the next, and the pattern tells you to join with a slst into the third chain of the chain 6, that third chain of the chain 6 is really the top of the 3 chains 'standing in' for a DC at the beginning of the round, and the following 4th, 5th and 6th chains are a 'standing in' for a chain-3 space. That all is more verbose than I meant it to be, I hope it makes sense?
  4. Granny Square

    trouble with "hatosaurus" pattern

    "As established" can mean different things in different patterns, it can be a 1 round repeat or a set of any number of rows, all different. In this case, your established pattern is a 2 round repeat, but no even numbered round will have the same number of stitches as another even numbered round, and same with the odd numbered rounds. Your established pattern is a 2 row repeat, but the even round increase rounds are an 'established pattern' of increasing adding 1 plain stitch between increases above the number of plain stitches in the prior even round. The odd rows are all 'sc around', but the stitch count is 8 more than the prior odd row (and be the same number of stitches as the increase round before them, 1 stitch into 1 stitch). Let me expand my row-by-row example, to get you from the beginning to the 56 stitches in your original question. If you are counting correctly, and not accidentally using the 'illusion stitch' by mistake, you should never end up with a round with 50 stitches. Don't feel bad about that 'illusion stitch', I still use a stitch marker to mark the first real stitch after decades of crocheting because sometimes, in more complex patterns in the round, I'll overlook it and end up with too many stitches. In rnd 1, you made 8 stitches. In round 2, you made 2 stitches into each stitch to end with 16 stitches Round 3 - no increases, 16 stitches total Rnd 4: *1 sc in first (1) sc. 2 sc in next 1 sc, repeat you should have 16 + 8= 24 Rnd 5: no increases, 24 total Rnd 6 *1 sc in each of next 2 scs. 2 sc in next sc, repeat. you should have 24 + 8= 32 Rnd 7: 1 sc in each stitch, 32 total Rnd 8 *1 sc in each of next 3 sc. 2 sc in next sc, repeat. you should have 32 + 8=40 Rnd 9: no increases, 40 total Rnd 10: *1 sc in each of next 4 sc. 2 sc in next sc, repeat. you should have 40 + 8=48 Rnd 11: no increases, 48 total Rnd 12: *1 sc in each of next 5 sc. 2 sc in next sc, repeat. you should have 48 + 8=56 Rnd 13: no increases, 56 total I hope this helps.
  5. Granny Square

    I dont understand.

    I found your pattern, there are comments on the blog with more information on this part of the pattern. Link to the pattern on the designer's blog page http://icrochetthings.blogspot.com/2016/04/free-pattern-friday-raven-amigurumi.html Ravelry link, if you are a member you can see project comments which might be helpful https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/raven-v2
  6. Granny Square

    I dont understand.

    Hi and welcome to the 'ville! I'm going to make some guesses, because that instruction really isn't very clear. I believe the chain and stitches sticking out will become the top of the beak. Rewriting that line with more detail: sc into the next 15 stitches, chain 7, turn, skip the first chain and sc into the remaining 6 chains (so, you are adding 6 stitches, and heading back toward the head), then follow the remaining instructions where you sc into the next 1+14 =15 stitches, then do the sc, dec 6 times - so you are adding 6 stitches over the chain, and decreasing 6 stitches at the end, keeping the stitch count even.
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    trouble with "hatosaurus" pattern

    Hi and welcome to the 'ville! In rnd 1, you had 8 stitches. In round 2, you increased by 8 to get 16, right? Now, the odd number rnds starting with #3 are just straight SC, so no increases. Rnd 4: *1 sc in first (1) sc. 2 sc in next 1 sc you should have 16 + 8= 24 Rnd 6 *1 sc in each of next 2 scs. 2 sc in next sc. you should have 24 + 8= 32 Rnd 8 *1 sc in each of next 3 sc. 2 sc in next sc. you should have 32 + 8=40 see the pattern developing? Each subsequent even round will have 1 more 'plain stitch' between the point where you make the increases, and each will increase by the same number (8) if you do this. It's a good idea to put a stitch marker into the first sc of each round - when you work in a circle like this, there's a little 'optical illusion stitch' that is really the slip stitch when you join rounds, and it looks like you should be stitching into it but if you do, you will have an unintentional increase. Here is a little example I made of that 'not stitch' a when a similar question came up a while back, it's DC but the same principle applies: the 'illusion stitch' is marked with a red arrow.
  8. Welcome to the 'ville! This pattern? See after you make the first motif, at the end of the 24th row it says 'cut thread'. OK, one done. Then, it says "work a second motif, joining to first motif as follows" ..etc. etc....."Join 3rd motif to 2nd motif and 4th motif to 3rd and 1st motifs in same manner." It's very common to join as you go like this for tablecloths and bedspreads, where they'll give the instruction for motif #1 and the instruction for motifs 2 thru the last one are different at the last round because you complete that round and join to other motifs at the same time, in some scheme of working on the current motif for a few stitches, reach over to another motif and join in a specific spot, then reach back to the first motif, repeat. It looks like this one, when you join, leaves a 'hole' in the corners where 4 motifs meet (also not uncommon for bedspreads and tablecloth) so the joining motifs are made, and joined to the intersections of 4 corners 'as you go' in the joining motif's last round as well. If you have made ALL the motifs, you're going to have to get creative in the way you join them. If you've only made a couple - say 2 - finish the third motif by connecting it on 1 side to 1 motif, and the opposite side to the other motif (so, they're all side by side, in a row). Then make other motifs that will join to those on 1 or more sides.
  9. Granny Square

    Crochet Tutorial Cat Headphones Case

    That made me laugh out loud, thanks for sharing the pattern! This reminds me of the tissue dispenser I keep in my purse (shape-wise), would just have to be a tiny bit bigger in each direction.
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    Dot's Little Ditty Bag

    Hi and welcome! Here's a link to the pattern . So you work without increasing thru round 22, then doing something different in rounds 23-25 for the closure and ending off. If you still think it's too shallow after 7 more rounds (16-22) you can always just add more rounds until it's as deep as you want it, then start the instructions for the 3 finishing rounds 23-25. It could just be that your row gauge is a bit different than the designers', I have to tweak patterns a lot as I make shortish stitches. The designer could have said 'work rounds without increasing until the bag is x inches from the center' without specifying the number of rounds, then given details for the last 3 finishing rounds.
  11. Granny Square

    Spuirrel Potholders

    Very nice! Is 'their way' the waistcoat stitch? That's on my 'to do' list to try someday.
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    I find this interesting...Intermeshing

    Nice! I see your point though....but it does look cool, doesn't it?
  13. Just a public service announcement, since a few new members have posted 'help' questions over the past year and we'd love to help, but can't reply in this specific sub forum! This section was intended for topics concerned with making financial contributions to the forum. You'll notice it's not very active, the last post here with replies was in 2010 and sometime between then and now the owners of the forum closed the ability to reply to posts in this sub section of the forum. If you want to make a financial contribution to the forum, your best bet might be to send a private message to Amy or Donna, the forum owners. Please go to the 'home' page, there are LOTS of other forum sections to pick from to chat, share project pics, and ask for help.
  14. Granny Square

    Hawaiian girl

    She is adorable! And thanks for sharing the trick on stabilizing the head, very ingenious!
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    I find this interesting...Intermeshing

    Yay, glad it clicked for you, and it looks great. I agree, there are a few other very cool looking blanket patterns in mosaic in different patterns, but I imagine also a yarn-hog and a a really heavy blanket for all the fuss. Maybe on each end of a plain stitch blanket? Looking at smaller-scale patterns (under 'mosaic', seems to work better for searching) -- besides trivet or place mat -- pillow top, tote or purse, scarf, rug...or here's a hat that I'd bookmarked https://martinupnorthblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/pattern-the-up-early-up-north-hat/#more-153