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Granny Square

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  1. I like the last 2 'German' potholders, but they are only 1 layer, which I might trust for a trivet but not a potholder. I was assuming the OP's version was 2 layers like the others, but then again those weren't shown opened up. And I just realized I said DC for that one, pretty sure it isn't, I'll go fix my post.
  2. I can't find a pattern for exactly these items, but I'm pretty sure I know (in a general way) how they are made, if you are OK with an fifty thousand foot overview not a pattern. I'm going to make you do some homework, since you have the item you can count stitches better than I can from a photo. First: I would NEVER actually use any of these potholders; they are made in US DC and the stitches are to gappy IMO to be safe. If you want to make and use them anyway, be sure to use cotton not acrylic; acrylic won't melt, but it gets ugly (I have a couple of double-sided acrylic trivets tha
  3. ? Interesting. I was going to recommend Scotchguard for another 'how to waterproof?' question a while back, and went to google a link to Scotchguard, and found it had been taken off the market because of nasty chemicals. The stuff I'm familiar with (and I used in the past fabric raincoats after washing them) didn't say 'fabric crafts', they must have reformulated it. Article, from 2020
  4. ^What she said. Conventionally, when there is a bunch of stuff happening in 1 stitch, that 'stuff' is surrounded by parentheses, so it should have said " *(sc 1, hdc 1, sc 1) in one st, sc 1 in next st,* 21 times " - which would have been a whole lot clearer.
  5. I made a case for my yarn hooks, I've been using it for decades; it doesn't hold the bigger hooks (biggest hook I have in there is a K) , I own bigger hooks but rarely use them. I acquired a plastic case for my thread hooks (I think from a magazine subscription eons ago?) but if I hadn't I'd probably made one for them, too. The pattern was here http://priscillascrochet.net/freepatterns.html , the aluminum hook case--there's also one for steel hooks.
  6. Nice! I'm sure you'll find the 'bigness' will come in handy, I think except for snowflakes most of my thread items are more than 12" across. Also the flexibility of assembling them in different shapes, you could block a long runner too, or a shawl.
  7. I ran into that when I was first learning to crochet (50+ years ago), I was given a bunch of old doily books, and reprints of even older doily patterns from Tower Press; there was a lovely filet pattern that was written out, and mentioned gross filet. It was not charted otherwise I'd have followed the chart (there was a photo). The pattern was just "x tr, y ch, z tr, q chains..." and I knew I'd be certain to lose track. So much easier to follow a chart/grid of open and closed meshes, if you put it down you can easily 'see' where you left off.
  8. You're welcome - what a sweet way to remember your great grandmother
  9. Brick aka Crazy stitch https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/how-to-crazy-stitch-in-crochet-4061423 C2C - related to the above, made in rows but sideways...https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/corner-to-corner-crochet-3897715
  10. Welcome to the ville! Crochet stitches names are not consistent, sometimes there are several different names for the same stitch pattern, or several different stitch patterns with the same name. This is one of the former - many names. Brick stitch, C2C (corner to corner) stitch, Crazy stitch...I think there are others that aren't coming to me.
  11. I am pretty sure I saw a Virgin Mary filet pattern somewhere, and I found a Guadalupe you-tube in Spanish but no graph pattern (Unless the source is mentioned somewhere in the video. Ah, here is the Mary pattern (free on the designers' site). There are links to the PDF and chart. Perhaps you can grab some graph paper and amend the chart to square it off or otherwise amend.
  12. I've seen knitting patterns for gloves that are lined with (I want to say roving, which is unspun wool yarn, but it was a different word--oh wait, thrums!) on the inside. Here is a crochet pattern for a mitten that shows adding thrums . I seem to remember reading (somewhere) that fishermen would do something 'fishy sounding' to stay warm, like your relatives remembered, on the order of wetting their knitted wool sweaters with sea water to keep them warmer... sounds like there may have been some grog involved, but you never know...hmm...or not? I found an article that seems to agre
  13. Is the pattern a free one on the 'net somewhere, or a photo of it? (sometimes it helps to see what effect is supposed to be achieved) It doesn't sound like you are to work around a post, because it says 'in space below each sc'. If there are post stitches, working around a post leaves the top of the stitch worked around 'free', but that would be a stitch not a space.
  14. I've not done this. The only example I know of is the Lion Brand one, and that has post stitches scattered all over the blanket, in almost every row and mostly all the way across; I wonder if limiting it to 2 trees with probably unbalanced areas of not-post stitches, or fewer post stitches, will cause it to not lay as flat in areas where the trees are versus open areas? No clue, just a 'wondering'.
  15. Ha, I can't take credit...not sure where I first heard it.
  16. Thanks for this! I usually make a couple of snowflakes to stick into a couple of Christmas cards on my list and was looking for a 'new' pattern; I rather like that (flat) tree, that would be different.
  17. Have you looked at Antique Pattern Library? I'm seeing all sorts of different end items on the search line you gave above. Irish lace had a big resurgence in popularity around WW1, and there are a ton of crochet books from that era at APL with Irish lace items, including (If my memory serves) more nightgown yokes than collars, those were a big thing back then; I wonder if that is what you thought was a collar? I don't see why a yoke couldn't be used as one. In any event, it would be the best first place to look that I know of https://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/
  18. Welcome to the 'ville! It could mean a couple of things. This is the very start of the item, right? What is it - is there a link to the pattern, or a photo of what the finished item looks like, that you can link to? I can think of a few possibilities, but rather than explain them all - is it possible your phrase might have actually been 1.5 steps, not 1 - โ€œ4 sc in second ch from hook working around chโ€ - I think the underlined part was 1 instruction, and the second part might have been the first part of a second instruction-- 'working around the chain (do some more and different, p
  19. Bgs to the rescue! You have better google-fu than I. And it gives 'gps coordinates' so you can tell if you are working the front or back of the hat the hat, so you can tell which between-flap gap is the front vs back (it tells you to make 1 earflap, skip x sts for the front of the hat, and work the other earflap), so knowing the # of stitches for each flap+the front, and the total # of sts, you can calculate the back gap measurement using the stitch gauge.
  20. I haven't been successful in finding another pattern, I found another multi sized ones all using the same stitch type for all the sizes, but the ear spacing did not seem right - the hats were folded in half, and same distance across in front as behind the ear flaps , which is not anatomically correct. I just did a rough measurement of my head at the point a hat brim would sit, it's about 3/5ths in front of my ears and 2/5ths behind. But the proportion might be different for a baby than an adult. I put 'head measurement by age and ear placement' in the google search area, and all so
  21. ...A while later...I looked at the pattern, I had assumed it gave a stitch gauge but I thought I'd better check, HOWEVER it does not, in the traditional sense. It says 'round 1-3 measures 3" in diameter. It is the same stitch pattern at that point for all sizes--24 stitches. BUT it's a mix of HDC and DC. that changes round to round, so my idea of using width gauge per # of stitches around the back between the ears = distance in inches isn't going to work, sorry.
  22. Welcome to the 'ville! Hmm, no idea, but there must be a multi-sized ear-flap pattern out there somewhere, I'll take a look.... Here is an easy looking multi sized hat from newborn to adult, I didn't look at the pattern instructions but you could get your answer of inches by calculating the stitch gauge versus the stitches used in that area.
  23. Granny Square


    Welcome to the 'ville! That is perplexing; is the pattern free on the internet, or is there a photo of the finished item? Seeing what the end product looks like helps a lot to figure out what an oddly worded pattern line probably meant. Obviously you can't make chain spaces for a whole round, the spaces have to be anchored by a real stitch. The only thing I can think of is that the designer might have meant to slip stitch around. Or, is there a 'special stitches' section of the pattern that defines a chain space (for example, as the dc, ch2, dc from before?)
  24. ^What she said about the DCs. I just wanted to point out 2 things on your pattern that are 'not typical notation'. The ** has a special meaning that is related to, but not the same as, a single *. " * blah blah, repeat from * to end of row" for example, is a legitimate usage, or '* blah blah *, repeat from * to * 3 times is commonly understood as well; a single asterisk denotes a repeat, sometimes it is just at the beginning and sometimes at both ends of a repeated sequence. However, there is a different meaning to a double asterisk ** that this pattern writer seems unaware
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