Granny Square

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    Pacific Northwest
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    Crochet, Sewing
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  • How long have you been crocheting?
    1970's Granny Square era ;)
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    Lately inspired by the 'ville!
  1. It's beautiful, and I love the little extras!
  2. If it is just happening to me, no problem; but it occurs to me that if it happens to others, especially potential new members, they may think the site has gone away and they might not try to come back, which is not a good thing. For a few weeks, I've been getting an error every time I access the forum (and I daily clean my cookies & browsing history; it does it whether I type in the URL or click my shortcut). The screen below pops up, and usually within a few seconds it moves along to the forum, but sometimes it doesn't (or maybe I just don't wait long enough), but hitting 'reload' works. This did not start immediately after the software change, but a few weeks after. I have Win10, and use Chrome; I dislike Edge so rarely use it -- just tried it and the DNS screen doesn't come up (but have only tested it once, so...). My internet provider is Charter.
  3. There was one pic with a lady standing close-ish to it (on the inside), and it looked more or less like bulky weight to me - I thought it would be thicker, too. So a large hook, but not like 'arm knitting'. As far as all the work - yeah, I'm getting tired of all the rows ahead of me in the shawl I'm making in fingering weight yarn (the rows keep getting longer, too), so I'll stop complaining now! In case someone has never seen a sea urchin shell
  4. Interesting, thanks! I guess the new format is smart enough to know it's linking within its domain, versus another site
  5. I just ran across this, aren't they lovely? Second link has more pics, the top one showing them moving in the wind.
  6. Redrosesdz - I'm curious how you posted the link to the old thread; maybe the new forum software does something different. In the past posting the URL to a thread would show up as http://blah blah etc. The way it shows in your post is kind of cool.
  7. Interesting, didn't know that...but I'm old school and print out patterns (this works better for me for many reasons).
  8. I'm with Reni - charts are the bees knees for flat items. I've been thrown off a bit (my fault undoubtedly) by 3D things, tho.
  9. Hi, welcome to the 'ville! Turning chains are meant to bring the yarn up to the height of the next row. Conventional patterns use turning chains. Usually a pattern will say 'chain x, turn' at the end of a row. If you are doing something unusual, like shaping or freeform, you might skip the turning chain, but normally is not a desirable thing to skip appearance-wise. The convention (US terms) is: SC: 1 chain, does not count as a stitch. Make the first stitch into the second chain of the foundation, and into the top of the first stitch of following rows. The foundation chain is 1 more chain than the number of sc in the first row (of straight sc, things could be different for a lace pattern for example) DC: 3 chains, counts as a stitch. Make the first stitch into the 4th chain of the foundation; in the next row, skip the first stitch of the row and make the first real DC into the second stitch - otherwise, because the turning chain counts as a stitch, you'll be adding a stitch to your count, and you don't want that. the foundation chain is 2 more chains than the number of dc in the first row (of straight dc). Bulky yarn 'goes fast', but is usually put up in smaller yardage balls, so takes a lot of skeins to make a blanket. It sounds like you have a pattern, do make sure you buy the amount the pattern calls for; the same dye lot may not be available later. If you use a bigger/smaller hook, it will make a difference because you'll end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. Although blankets don't have to 'fit' like clothing, you might want to make a little swatch to see how big the blanket will turn out by doing a little math. Look at the number of chains it says to make - example, chain 201 for a sc blanket. Let's say you get 4 stitches per inch in your swatch; 1 stitch is .25", x 200 is 50 inches. Fractions matter - let's say you get 4.5 stitches per inch, so .222" per stitch, x200 is 44.4 inches. Making up gauge and pattern numbers here, just so you get the idea. There are a lot of resources to help new crocheters on the web, here are a couple that might help you to get started with your stitches, and reading patterns menu page for tutorials, lots of info main page - see the topic menu on the right side Have fun!
  10. Holy cow, that Bird of Paradise is amazing. I don't know anything about WoW, but I thought they looked more like lilies...? Those leaves are right, though...
  11. Hi, I replied in your other thread in the 'help' forum
  12. These are free patterns - flower some leaves, for the concept You'll need florists wire and tape for the stems, and wire for the leaves (maybe for petals too). I've been crocheting a long time; I'm not a designer but I can see often see a crocheted item and and wing something similar without a pattern, or find a similar pattern and deviate from it. The main thing that's bugging me about your pic is getting the shredded edges to look right. Honestly, if it were me, I'd be getting some silk lilies, some paint and scissors...
  13. It really helps when you want to design something, to learn how to shape things by making a similar thing. I think it might help if you found a flower and leaf pattern to start with, even made as written, and then extrapolate from that. I'm not sure how you'd get that really wispy look unless you attached some yarn ends and combed them out. You could crochet the jagged shape, but it wouldn't be as delicate looking. You'd probably want to use a really fine yarn or even thread. I'll see if I can find a pattern...I'm sure I've seen something similar, but might not be free.
  14. This is ruffling (there are 2 ways a thing in the round won't lie flat, cupping and ruffling; the cures are different). There is precise ratio between circumference and diameter that needs to happen so it doesn't cup or ruffle. Ruffling can happen if you make short stitches* (I have this problem), and can USUALLY be fixed with blocking. I think this can be blocked out without ripping and re-doing. Let us know if you need help with blocking advice *other cures for ruffling, which happens when the circumference is too big for the diameter: reduce the number of stitches, make a round without increasing (works with some patterns, would be hard to fit into this pattern I think), make taller stitches.
  15. The pattern is 10 sc & 1 hdc bookending each end, then a 10 dc/ch1, 20 tr/ch1, 10 dc/ch1 in the center. You could just add stitches to the tall stitch sections, example instead of 10-20-10 stitches, 15-30-15 or whatever scheme you think would work out to make it look the way you want, plus the 10 sc on each end (or you could increase the sc, too). For a pattern that starts in x sc, you add 1 for the turning chain; so however many stitches you think you need to end up with, add 1 for the starting chain. You'll need to do a little swatch to see how many stitches per inch you are getting, if your goal is x inches long you'll need to know how many total stitches you'll need so you can re-plot your pattern.