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    I credit crochet with saving my life.
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    Crocheting, of course!
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    sweaters, jewelry, afghans, doilies

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  1. I've seen advice from master crocheters from CGOA that the chain into a circle is a firmer hold for a blanket than a magic circle because a lot of folks don't anchor down the end of the magic circle and it eventually works it way out again. For an on-display doily rarely pulled or washed, it's not a problem. That being said, you could do a magic circle -- it's my preferred way. I guess if you pull it real tight, it could close up smaller than the designer intended and you could get a small pucker. As far as losing track of where to place the hook, I use a contrasting piece of small ribbon/another color thread to help me keep sight of it. I like flat ribbon because it's slippery and shiny and more visible and easy to pull out when the circle is finished.
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    Steam block

    I like to steam block, especially acrylic. I think steam blocking has two ways of doing it. I was taught an older way back in the 60's by German nuns. Steam blocking newer: Pin the blanket to the shape you want. Hover an iron or a steaming machine just above the acrylic and pull it into shape. This will eliminate the curling. There is a chance that it won't be permanent and have to be redone after washing. Steam blocking vintage: Pin your blanket into shape. Take an old piece of cotton cloth (sheet for example,) and soak it in cold water. Twist out the water. Place cloth on top of blanket to be steamed. Turn off steam setting on your iron. Place hot iron (cotton setting) onto cotton cloth. You'll hear the steam. Pick up the iron, don't slide and place down on another piece of the blanket. And so on ... rewet steam cloth when it's dried. The vintage method will kill the yarn, make it much softer, drapier, and flatter looking. Not a good look if you have raised stitches such as bobbles. But a great look for some blankets. The newer method will soften the yarn without flattening the stitches. I've seen warnings that you can melt acrylic, but I have never ever done so in 50 years of crocheting/knitting. Yes, a border will help with curling. Sometimes I've added a flat border (all SCs, moss stitch, all DCs) to a blanket and vintage steam blocked the border -- it creates an effect of a ribbon binding because the main blanket is still puffy. PS: sometimes a good wash and dry in a dryer creates enough steam to reduce your curling to an acceptable level. Steam blocking yarns with nylon content seems to me to be hit or miss.
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    Dragon lamp

    That's a really traffic stopper! You are quite talented.
  4. This pattern from an Etsy seller looks similar to me. Although it says a "The pattern is written for masters who can knit," when I click on the photos, it uses crochet terminology. Suggestive to me that the creator is from a country where there is little differentiation between calling something knit and calling something crochet -- so maybe originally Germany? https://www.etsy.com/listing/771765608/crochet-gnome-pattern?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=gnome+crochet&ref=sr_gallery-1-3&organic_search_click=1&bes=1 Ravelry has quite a few gnome crochet patterns in its database -- https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#craft=crochet&query=gnome&sort=best&view=captioned_thumbs&page=3
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    So loving of you to do these.
  6. My experience adding flannel to back a blanket is this: it will appear as if you almost have 2 blankets that don't quite go together and will tend to form pockets where they stick to themselves rather than stick to each other. I've seen people get around this tendency by borrowing a quilting technique where stitches are used to join the two blankets.
  7. This site has patterns for each letter of the alphabet and a graph to accompany it. You can select the yarn in which to do them. You'd be making an applique. https://www.mooglyblog.com/the-moogly-crochet-alphabet/ I have seen advice to never stitch an applique to an afghan using thread because the thread will cut through the yarn eventually. I made an afghan in 1990 using good old Red Heart and stitched the 30 hearts on it with thread and it's still fine. Maybe the durability of Red Heart ... who knows.
  8. One of my Crochet Guild friends was also a crochet teacher and this sweater was one of the projects she built a class around -- she was a designer as well -- most of the fun, she thought, was teaching the class how to select a yarn that complemented the wearer. She also showed how to easily create it in stripes for a very different look. It's rare to see sideways stripes.
  9. Granny square already gave a great answer -- I just looked at a pattern I worked a long time ago and turning is how it was done. I was concerned when I did mine about the half magic circle, but that gets covered up when you do a border.
  10. There's an Etsy shop selling something similar https://www.etsy.com/listing/169554181/instant-download-crochet-little-mister?ref=shop_home_active_2
  11. Completed a DAR doily representing the Insignia of the Daughters of the American Revolution -- designed in 1924 by an Australian Mary Card and published in an American magazine, Needlecraft. It had a mix of US and UK terms and I checked other issues of Needlecraft and they had the same mix. So at some point in our American crocheting history, we called a double-crochet a treble. The pattern called for size 70 thread but I'm old and so 30 was the finest I was willing to go. I got to use my vintage WWII hook -- the kind that are black because nickel was in short supply. PS: About the magazine: it's often available on eBay but the Antique Pattern Library has the issue in the queue to scan and post as a PDF as a free download. I don't know how long it will be in queue before it gets posted. Needlecraft Magazine, July 1924. If you can print the photo that accompanies the pattern on really large paper, I found it easier to read from that than the written pattern.
  12. Round 1 Once you have the ring, Chain 5 (=the chain 5 is equivalent to 1 treble crochet and 2 chains -- this is informational, not a stitch) The * starts a repeat instruction that you will do 9 more times after the first time you do it, so you will repeat the instruction 10 times in total. Make 1 treble, then 2 chains Make 1 treble, then 2 chains Make 1 treble, then 2 chains Make 1 treble, then 2 chains Make 1 treble, then 2 chains Make 1 treble, then 2 chains Make 1 treble, then 2 chains Make 1 treble, then 2 chains Make 1 treble, then 2 chains Make 1 treble, then 2 chains You will then close this wagon wheel looking thing into a circle by slip stitching into the third chain chain of the chain 6 you did at the beginning of the round.
  13. That crochet tutorial was very nice. Thanks for posting the link. I'm old enough to remember when that stitch was called the camel stitch. I own a couple of rather old pattern books using the stitch. Recently just saw it abbreviated as tlo for 'third loop only'.
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    Charted Patterns

    I have experience with picture afghans done in all SCs. Yes, you can use cross-stitch patterns as long as the stitch you use is square. My SC is not square -- it's about 20% shorter than it is wide. If I'm using an acrylic such as Red Heart supersaver, I can make up for the shortness by steam blocking with a cloth. It kills the ability of the acrylic to go back to its original shape. I have made wall hangings where I've stretched the height another 12 inches. The SC can be made taller by using an extended single crochet stitch (sometimes abbreviated ESC). Helpful if you're not using something with stretch such as crochet cotton.
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