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Granny Square

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  1. Welcome to the 'ville! For SC, you (example) chain 10, skip the first chain, and SC in the remaining 9 chains - the skipped chain does not count as a stitch (for SC), so for SC you chain 1 more than the # of SCs you want to have across the row (assuming the first row is straight SCs). So if your pattern said "chain 57, SC in the 2nd ch and across to the end", and you did that, you should have 56 SCs--in other words, the pattern count isn't a typo. Either you chained 1 fewer than you thought, or accidently missed 1 of the chains, that might have been harder to 'see' with the bulky yarn.
  2. I just realized I lied (by accident). For a US treble you'd yarn over twice, not 3 times...sorry!
  3. I don't have that pattern book, but I found what the doily looks like here, I can see 3 sections where it looks like 3 chains are pulled together, that are between V-stitches stacked on top of each other over 3 rounds. You said 'x triple chain'; I think you meant treble crochet stitch? Or at least that makes sense from the photo. if it was done by a US treble stitch from the round above the third v-stitch, you'd just yarn-over 3 times, stick the hook under the bottommost of the 3 chains, and complete the treble stitch around the 3 chains.
  4. I overlooked your thumb holding the edge, I misread your photo as to which was ruffle and which was blanket, my bad. I was suggesting a rip and re-do to grab more than 1 loop of the chain, which is what you did on the fabric side of the chain not the edging side as I thought. One thing that might work, similar to your idea of threading yarn thru, is surface slip stitch 'embroidery'. It is a slip stitch made on the surface of fabric, you hold the source yarn under the fabric, poke the hook down thru the fabric, grab a loop, poke the hook down again a 'stitch distance' away (so the loop
  5. I've never done what you described, but it doesn't seem unreasonable; you can always try it for a few inches and re-do if you don't like the look. Or, maybe try this first -- on that side of the blanket, insert the hook...hard to describe...deeper down into (under) the underside of the foundation chain than you normally would, like 1 more loop's worth. It might make it look a little less loose. I had a blanket a few years ago where I did something similar--for that particular edging/blanket stitch pattern combo it looked better (to me) if I worked 1 loop deeper into the chain edge like
  6. If it makes you feel any better, I've been crocheting for ages and my chains tend to be a little looser than my stitches too. I wouldn't worry about it, your blanket is lovely! Chaining with a smaller hook for a foundation chain is a great suggestion, but doesn't work if you are making something like a doily that is full of chain loops (would be a pain to switch hooks every few stitches). Random 'chain thing' -- If you find you've made a chain that's a little uneven - a looser chain thrown in every so often for example - rub the chain between your fingers (just a bit), it evens them o
  7. Width gauge matters for a lot of things, but height gauge really matters for things in the round (center out). If your stitches are shorter than the designers', you are more apt to get ruffling. If your stitches are taller than the designers', you are apt to get cupping. It's all about obeying the laws of geometry, the ratio of diameter to circumference, and if you disobey the law, you will either get ruffling or cupping. The thing is, changing hook sizes is not likely to change a person's height gauge ratio to width. Some people pull the loops up high as they are forming stitches, an
  8. Welcome to the 'ville! What it sounds like your are doing is making a petal; I make a lot of lace doilies and 'this sort of thing' is common--where you make a shape that starts at the 'floor' with a chain up, make a few stitches across, then a chain back down, then (maybe) slip stitch to 'scoot over' and do it again. The floor is the top of the row or round below. Round 2: ch3, dc at the same st, dc 3, ch 3, sl st at the same st, * ch 3, dc 4, ch3, sl st at the next st* The red part: you are starting from the 'floor' and chaining 3 'up'. The blue part: you are making 3
  9. Welcome to the 'ville! I don't do a LOT of colorwork but when I do I prefer tapestry or traditional stranded in SC. A lot of answers to help questions is 'swatch it and see for yourself'. I suspect the more compact/solid SC stitch would make smoother looking colorwork, and the star stich might make odd blips of colors where they don't belong, but you won't know unless you swatch. You may start a new trend!
  10. The way brackets are used has sort of morphed from the first definition Selind described, to include the second, which is a bit confusing; see the 'crochet patterns; how to read' section here https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards . This is a handy site to bookmark, there's all sorts of other good stuff; most US yarn, hook, needle and pattern book companies are part of this group and adhere to the standards, but independent pattern writers, not so much.
  11. It appears there were several threads, the most recent is the second one. https://forum.crochetville.com/topic/161288-field-of-sunflowers-pattern-help/#comment-2757875 April 2019 discussion https://forum.crochetville.com/topic/164638-field-of-sunflowers-afghan-pattern-help/#comment-2783580 March 2021 discussion https://forum.crochetville.com/topic/160753-sunflowers-afghan-petal-help/#comment-2752473 Oct 2018 discussion
  12. There was some discussion on that pattern a while back, I haven't made it nor do I have the pattern, I'll try to find the pertinent thread in case it helps you.
  13. Is there a link to a photo of the finished item on the net somewhere, looking at what an item is supposed to look like can help us picture what is going on. So you have made 2 legs 'toe up', and 12 chains which are joined to the first leg in a big loop. A long chain with one little leg on each end. "sc 7, inc, into chain: sc 7, inc, sc 4, into second leg: sc 3, inc, sc 4, into other side of the chain: sc 3, inc, sc 7, inc (45)" See the underlined? Ignoring the legs, what it is telling you to do is make an oval - sc down the chain in a 'normal' way with the increases as it sa
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    I just looked at this again - is there a possibility that there was a typo, and it meant to say '6 dc' (meaning, 1 dc into each of the next 6 sts)? Can you see the spot where you are on the pattern photo, does that shed any light?
  15. I've seen Dorset buttons before, but not this one. Another link, I didn't know there were variations. Worked around a 'bone' (nowadays plastic) ring.
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