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    I credit crochet with saving my life.
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    sweaters, jewelry, afghans, doilies

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  1. I've fixed a couple of toys with hats using a large curved sewing needle shaped like the letter C. They come in sizes and if you intend to use yarn, you'll need the huge size. If you're using sewing thread, a smaller size would work. I've seen a small pack of them occasionally at the Dollar Store. JoAnne's would have them. Not sure about Michael's. Walmart likely would have them.
  2. I do tend to steamblock acrylic with a steam cloth. wearables if they are somewhat flat -- a scarf, sweater pieces before they are assembled. I have a strong background in sewing and like the look. If a wearable has bumpy stitches such as puff or popcorn or cable, I will steam block only to straighten it out. I suppose it is possible to overdo the blocking and melt the acrylic a bit -- almost always when a discussion of blocking acrylic that warning surfaces -- but I've managed the avoid that pitfall in 50 years of blocking acrylic. Your booties are very cute.
  3. https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/search#sort=best&query=yarn bee
  4. I see that there may be a couple of Ravelry folks willing to sell https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/bernat-dippity-dots/stashes?status=&cf=white&search=&photoless=0 You've checked Etsy and eBay?
  5. I checked on Ravelry and there's someone selling their stash https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/bernat-dippity-dots/stashes?status=&cf=white&search=&photoless=0 You might also check each yarn and see if someone says in their notes that they're willing to sell. I assume you've checked Etsy and eBay?
  6. I think beginners have a difficult time with specialty yarns -- boucle's, some mohairs, double-stranded yarns, ladder yarns, ribbon yarns. I don't have any recommendations for specific brands etc, -- in my beginning days, it was very dependent on $$$ and availability in local stores. So for me it was Coats white cotton thread or Redheart acrylic.
  7. Here's a very long extensive thread about graphgans using SC. https://forum.crochetville.com/topic/95224-graph-afghans-single-crochet-newbies-and-oldhatters/ I don't recall that it discusses the c2c technique or using tunisian crochet for the charts.
  8. When I looked at your link further, I realized I had seen these graphs on Ravelry. Once you have the graphs, you can use c2c to make the square, but there are other techniques that are not c2c. There used to be an entire sub thread on Crochetville on graphgans that were done simply by using 1SC per square on the graph. It included ideas on how to handle the multiple yarns needed. Again, google something like graphgans and you should see multiple youtube videos. Also I saw work done by an artist using graphs and he called it counted crochet. All SCs. I've done a fair amount of
  9. The blog is actually contains graphs rather than full pattern instructions. c2c means corner-to-corner. You start in one corner and build on the diagonal rather than back-and-forth or in-the-round. Google things like graphgan c2c and a lot of things will pop up. This youtube begins with a pretty simple heart square illustrating the technique. https://youtu.be/Oa0JDDb7cg0
  10. Oddly, I just saw a cute llama square I'm considering incorporating in a baby blanket. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/no-drama-llama-granny
  11. You might get specific responses that are more useful if we knew what pattern you were considering. I worked a t-shirt in tunisian, but the construction was 9-inch tunisian squares and I found that I was more comfortable using a regular hook that was pretty long. If you're working an afghan with like 200 stitches on it, you might want to look at a cabled hook set -- I had a couple of Boye ones that I hated. The lack of a thumb rest made it difficult to twist the hook and I developed wrist pain. I think KnitPicks makes a set that a lot of crocheters like.
  12. I've gotten a lot of crochet hooks from eBay.UK for low prices. It's not unusual to see an estate sale with 20 hooks going for under 20£. Daughter lives in UK so I could use her home address for shipping and take them back to the US when I visited. The advantage of buying a lot of them cheaply is that you can eventually see how size is a bit ... what's the word? I can take 3.5 hook in several different brands and see that they are slightly different to each other in terms of neck length, throat width and thickness of the hook, all factors which cann affect the size of something. If you're
  13. Are you using a boye type hook where the neck is the skinniest part? that could make the stitches too tight. More commonly, I'd guess when you are doing the draw up a loop and the yarn overs, you need to pull the hook a distance away from the main part to keep it loose. I'm looking at this person's video and around the 30 seconds in, you can see she pulls the yarn away from the rest about an 1/4 inch. Whereas if you're doing all SC's, the draw up a loop is kept quite close to your work.
  14. I have trouble keeping count sometimes and I forget to do the first stitch of the next row. Counting -- what could be simpler? I think using a smaller hook could be risky, especially if you're tightening up. Perhaps consciously resting and shaking your hands and then deliberately trying to stay more relaxed would help.
  15. Welcome to Crochetville. I haven't crocheted since July. Been resting my wrists. Lots of stuff to see and say in Crochetville.
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