Granny Square

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  1. Aw, cute! I think the panda is sweet, and just asking for a hug!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. I saw your link in the first post-I was trying to find the original ~100 year old book containing this pattern online. Your link is someone either OCR-ing or re-typing the original pattern. I was hoping the original might shed some light in case there were errors or omissions in the link's reproduction, or an explanation of terms at the beginning of the book (some but not all old books had them). It's too bad the picture isn't more close-up (I recall the original wasn't any better); a lot of times for doilies if the written pattern is confusing, a good pic can clear up a question. I did find that it was in Lily Book 101, Crocheted Novelties and Bedspreads (1937), but it was probably in earlier books as well. I bought some Lily Books when I first learned to crochet nearly 50 years ago, and found some of the same patterns online (with the same photos!) from books published 50-60 years before that.
  10. Beautiful, I love all your frilly dolls! And what a wonderful table topper.
  11. It looks like a stitch that has a couple of names, crazy stitch, brick stitch, and probably more that aren't coming to me right now. It's the same stitch that those corner-to-corner picture blankets use. There are variations that use a different number of stitches, but usually 3 or 4 in each shell. It looks like it was done tightly. It might be made of cotton? That would make it heavy, and the way the stitches appear after some wear looks like a possibility.
  12. Answered in your other thread. The chains are to make the piece wider on each side to create the undersides of the sleeve, so you only repeat it in the rows it specifically tells you to.
  13. You started at the bottom hem. The chain 11 is to extend the width for the sleeve, so at the end of 1 row you'd chain 11 to add a base for the first sleeve then work across, and at the end of that row you chain across 11 again for the base of the second sleeve then work across. So the sleeve depth is offset by 1 row (which won't show for a kimono style like this), but you only chain 11 to make the sleeves a total of 2 times--well technically, 2 for the back (one on each side), 1 for the left front and 1 for the right front. A more direct link to the pattern
  14. I wondered that too, that's very possible--not uncommon to see picots used as connecting points. I know I saw that pattern in it's original book somewhere online, I tried to find it at Antique Pattern Library but no luck. It's a listing of books, not patterns; the descriptions are pretty good to find things but not so much for this pattern. I was hoping it might shed some light to see the original.
  15. Oy. This pattern is about 100 years old (I've seen it in its original book on Antique Pattern Library), and terms were funky and inconsistent. Looking at row 3, '3d p' stands out. I've seen 'third' typed as '3d' in old patterns, where we'd type 3rd nowadays. 'p' I'd guess might be picot...but I don't see any picots before that. And 'p-loop'. ?? I've also seen patterns taken from original publications using OCR software, with sometimes misreads '8' as B or 6 or 9 or S for example...not sure if this is in play here. I'm not much help I'm afraid.
  16. HDC is an odd stitch, and designers treat it inconsistently turning-chain-wise. The turning chain may or may not count as a stitch, which you need to know to skip or not skip the first stitch after turning. A well written pattern should tell you. If the first row said chain x, turn, HDC in the third chain from the hook and in each chain across, and that row's ending stitch count is the number of chains minus 1, the pattern IS counting the HDC as a stitch. If it's counting the number of chains minus 2 as the row count, it is not counting the turning chain as a stitch. Did the second row tell you to skip the first stitch (and wasn't a lacy pattern?) In any event, you should end up with 64 stitches at the end of the row you typed out, whatever you are counting as stitches.
  17. I'm always amazed at your beautiful work (and output volume!) They are all pretty! The second one strikes me as maybe being a little less conventional because I think we expect to see a flower center contrast more like the third one, but no less lovely
  18. Whatever looks good to your eye, I guess, and how many ends you want to weave in . From your last photo it looks like 1 row is 1 to 1.5" tall? It looks liked you liked the scheme in my post with 1 pic, then you'd want an even number of rows for the light and dark so you can divide by 2 for the medium color, example 2 & 1, 4 & 2, 6 & 3 and so on (the first number are both light and dark, and the second number is the medium color). Fewer rows would mean if you kept going until the yarn ran out, you'd have more rows in pattern before that happened. I just did a sanity check on how much yarn you'd need. Here's a baby blanket pattern designed for that yarn (same size skein), it's 34" square and needs 2 skeins, so with your 3 colors of the 300g size you should be able to get a blanket max about 34x51 if you use every last inch of the yarn - plenty big for a baby blanket (crib size is 36x48). If you don't have enough for that last complete repeat, you could try 1 row of each color at the end, and then do the same on the other end, (or something similar that matches each end) it would look like it was meant to be that way.
  19. You mean where I've drawn the red lines? A decorative, fairly easy and secure way would be surface slip stitch (see link below). Or just a running stitch - - - - - sewn with a tapestry needle, poking between the stitches front and back. Either of these would be just as secure as your crochet stitches for holding the stuffing in.
  20. Here's the skinny medium gradient, like the left one above but med color half as deep, so all colors should use the same amount of yarn theoretically.
  21. Unless you go random, I think you have 3 choices. The left one is the one I suggested above, the next is light-med-dark, the next is light--dark-medium. The left one would use twice as much of the medium color unless you made the medium stripes half the depth...hmm..
  22. Crocheter's choice, but a pattern sort that I personally like is *light-medium-dark-medium (repeat), it can give sort of a 3-D effect (or start with the dark to light and back again, since I assume the violet is darker--same idea).
  23. These are wonderful! Love the embroidery on the faces, just perfect.
  24. It appears that Bl means bullion stitch--the pattern doesn't define the abbreviations, which is unfortunate, because bullion stitches are variable - wrap yarn around the hook x times, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull thru all the loops. Number of times you are to wrap the yarn around will determine the height, which may affect the outcome. Take a look at you tube to see how the stitch is done. There are some 'cheat's out there, like using a straw or needle to avoid snagging the loops. Not to discourage you...I've been crocheting for decades and the bullion is one stitch I never could manage to execute neatly so I usually sub clusters, example 3 triple trebles in a cluster or whatever fits height-wise. Just throwing this out there, try the bullion first because it is really cooler looking than clusters....