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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. If your MIL appreciates vintage, a search on eBay might uncover one like she wants. I got one that is 4 pieces that screws together and is nearly 4 feet long.
  2. Not my cup of tea ... I knew someone who carved her own big hook using a wooden dowel https://www.wikihow.com/Carve-a-Crochet-Hook
  3. That looks pretty normal to me and you've gotten great suggestions. Since it's cotton, I usually chain much looser for the first row or use a larger hook for the first row to force larger loops.
  4. That's the identical method I use to create braided handles for purses I've made. I like the look of it -- kind of like a braid within a braid.
  5. There is a way but the analysis of the problem and the stitches and where to re-join would take more time than ripping out a 12 rows.
  6. MaryPat

    Crochet chart

    The way I make graphs for my graphghans is to upload the photo to knitpro. In a couple of seconds, knitpro will spit out the graph. I print it to a PDF and then on ledger/tabloid size because of my eyesight -- usually at Fedex Office or my library. I decide on the colors (6 at the most!) and then go over the printed chart with magic marker or with colored pencils to make color decisions on the inbetween squares. PS: If I know I'm going to use the all SC method, I resize my photo ahead of time in Paint to make the height 120% instead of 100%. My SCs are not square, so my grahghans will have a flattened look about them if I don't resize first. Then I use the taller image in knitpro. http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro/ I like the link Renic provided with a tutorial -- I had been looking for a program where I could make color decisions before printing.
  7. I've widened afghans in a couple of ways and I've ripped out. If it's a zig-zag pattern that uses all SCs, then this will tend to bunch together and appear narrow. If you're using an acrylic yarn, the easiest way is to steam block it with a blocking cloth and kill the acrylic yarn. You pin the afghan to the wider shape you want. Steaming will kill acrylic's ability to snap back. Sometimes I just make a border that's a lot wider than most to add width.
  8. I looked for the pattern and designer on another website and it said it was published in a UK magazine called "Inside Crochet" and it was issue #115. When I looked at the issue for errata, it said there were no known mistakes and
  9. I love the use of an old belt for the handles.
  10. I used software called K-G Chart that was free at the time. You import your image, tell it how many colors to use. I believe it triggers off DMC colors, but it will tell you how many pixels of each color you'll need. For me, each pixel is an SC, so I generally take some worsted weight yarn and estimate how many stitches in a yard of yarn by just doing maybe 10 rows or 10 stitches. Add in extra yarn for end cutting. I have loads of ends in a graphghan. I think if you end up buying extra, places like Michael's will take back the extra whole skeins you may have purchased. https://www.iktsoft.net/kgchart-en/kgchart/
  11. I've been making Barbie clothes for my granddaughter
  12. Just thought I'd add to this topic. I'm on a desktop using Windows 8.1 and IE 11. Copy and Paste isn't working. If I reply by using Quote, nothing quotes.
  13. MaryPat


    One of the reasons a graphghan narrows is that there are fewer color changes going on typically near the top. If you've made it using acrylic, you can permanently change it with steam blocking. Pin (or use blocking wires) the picture to the size you need. I use my own bed for something this large or a piece of the carpeted floor. Get a piece of white cloth and soak in cold water. Wring it out. Place on picture. With a hot (linen hot) iron, place the iron on top of the cold press cloth. When dry, pick up the iron and move it to another spot. I usually count to 10. The acrylic will be killed permanently into the new shape. As for the ends, you can put a backing to cover the ends or weave them in.
  14. I'm a bit confused because the last ripple I made I noticed that the ends would have slotted right into each other. Do you think that's a unique character of using a granny ripple?
  15. Someone on Ravelry made a version http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alf Here's some graphgans http://www.cuddleup-creations.net/Alf-Standing-Crochet-Pattern_p_432.html
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