Granny Square

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    1970's Granny Square era ;)
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  1. Congratulations and well deserved!
  2. Well, silk is an animal fiber, lace is a fine weight not a critter or plant...but I don't think fiber source has anything, or at least not completely everything, to do with drape. I work mostly with acrylic. I've worked with acrylic that I thought was stiff as a board, and other brands that have been nice and soft/drapey. I've used linen doily thread that was super limp, cotton thread of the same weight that was stiff (both plant fibers). I think it has more to do with the weight of the yarn, stitch pattern (lacier pattern would typically be drapier), and relation of hook size to yarn weight. Example, red heart super saver would be drapier in DC than SC with the same hook--but both would be drapier in a DK or sport weight yarn. Knit stockinette (most purchased knit things are stockinette stitch) is drapier than SC in the same yarn weight/same hook & needle size, but that's because a knit stitch is less dense than a SC stitch. If you used a bigger hook on the SC stitch, or DC instead, you could make it drapier than knit.
  3. One thing that trips people up when estimating yarn usage for a blanket is the geometry. For example, that Bernat Blanket was 34"x34" and called for 2 skeins. Let's say you wanted a blanket that was 68"x68", you might think "well, I want a blanket double the size of the Bernat pattern, so I need 4 skeins". Sorry, no.... you need 8 skeins. 68x68 is 4x, not 2x, the area of 34x34.
  4. Upthread I looked at a pattern using the same yarn, and extrapolated that you could max get a blanket 34"x51" if you followed that particular Bernat stitch pattern, but it would depend on your personal stitch tension. pattern= For that pattern, 2 skeins made a 34" square, baby blanket size. So theoretically, 1 skein would be 34x17, 2 skeins 34x34, 3 skeins 34x51, using the stitch pattern in that pattern, the same hook and tension. Looking more closely, that pattern's stitch pattern isn't straight SC, it's SC, chain 1, which would use somewhat less yarn than straight SC. Another way to look at the Bernat pattern, 1 skein makes 34"x17', which is 578 square inches, which sounds like a lot but divided by 144 inches per square foot= only about 4 square feet. A strip 60" wide, and 1 foot tall, is already 5 square feet. How big a blanket were you thinking of making?
  5. Not sure what you mean by even rows. It looks like you're following my last pattern layout suggestion, with light & dark both twice as wide as the medium strip. It looks like the bottom light color and the top dark color in the photo are both 6, and the 1 medium color stripe you have is 3 (half of 6), so the medium stripe you have just started should be 3 rows. So if I were writing out your pattern, it would be : *6 rows light color, 3 rows medium color, 6 rows dark color, 3 rows medium color; repeat from * until almost out of yarn, end with 6 rows of light color (to make the ends match).
  6. Pretty!
  7. What fun bunny jars! And lovely crystal and eggs
  8. Aw, cute! I think the panda is sweet, and just asking for a hug!
  9. Sorry I wasn't around earlier. The sc 2 together uses 2 stitches from the row below, but forms only 1 stitch in the current row for stitch-counting purposes.
  10. 60 skeins, wow! I'd have never thought of making a blanket with it. Hats, cowls scarves come to mind mostly. I would pair it with wool, not acrylic, as you'd want the 2 fibers to act the same/similarly when being used and cleaned. You do need to use a large-ish hook (when working with it alone), because of the halo it 'acts' like a heavier yarn than it appears.
  11. OK, so if the asterisk is after the first chain 1, that's where I guessed it was in my post above, so I think/hope what I typed is what was meant...
  12. Is there an asterisk in there anywhere? Is this symbol that I've highlighted in red perhaps supposed to be an asterisk? " ch 1(`skip 1st dc..." If so, I'd read it as *ch 1, *skip 1st dc,dc in next 7 sts, sk last dc,ch3 dc in CH 3 SPACE, repeat from * once more. " But, I'm guessing. When I'm scratching my head over a pattern I look at the pattern photo, the photo usually clears up most of my questions...
  13. Oh boy, math! . One nice thing about crochet is that you can fudge a little, so when numbers don't come out evenly like this, you really can't tell. 53 divided by 34 is 1.56, so it is going to come close to make 1 sc into each of the next 2 stitches, and skip a stitch. Or what would look better would be sc 2 together (decreases) instead of skipping for fewer gaps. When I have something like this, and it isn't over something huge like 200 stitches, I draw a picture. 53 stitches isn't too bad. xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx OK, here's the first pass picture: x is SC, - is a skipped/decreased stitch. This isn't quite right yet; I just showed you this as an illustration on how 'drawing a picture' works (for me). I start with something (that I know will be 'close' by doing the math first, like I did above) and tweak from there. There are 18 groups of 2 SC and 17 skipped stitches; 18 times 2 is 36, plus 17 is 53. So I have covered 53 stitches but have 2 too many SCs here, you need 34 not 36, so you need 2 more decreases. I'd either add them near to each end, or spread them out evenly-ish across, something like this: xx-x-x-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-x-x-xx close to the ends (added decreases underlined) xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-x-x-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-x-x-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx spread evenly-ish
  14. Optical Character Recognition - where you scan a printed page with special software, and the software decides what letters it sees and creates digital text. If you're scanning a page that is already a scan from an old book, the clarity is degraded and it's likely to 'misread' here and there. Like is it a 3, B, or 8? Or i, I, or 1? That sort of thing. Edit - just saw your new comments as I posted. I hope the book helps! Plus also more patterns to play with
  15. It's not 4th place, it's the chain 4 space. So you chain either 7 or 3 (depending on where you are), stick your hook under the space (hole, or bridge) formed by the 4 chains below you, and work a SC over the chain; chain 7 or 3 again, work a SC over/around the chain, and so on. You aren't making the SC into a stitch.