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    sweaters, jewelry, afghans, doilies

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  1. MaryPat

    Drop Loop

    If all you have left is 1 ball of yarn, you could use the other end of the yarn very carefully. You wouldn't want to create a tangled mess. I've done it with store packaged skeins. If you are nearly finished with what you're making, it would be easier if you go to the other end of the yarn and wind off a separate ball. I hope the designer reminded you to secured that loop with something like a stitchholder or a safety pin so that your work doesn't unravel in that spot.
  2. Oh my. When I read through this pattern, I realized I had made it. But it was from a Magic Crochet magazine. The designer KatLi says she translated the pattern from an old magazine. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/high-rise
  3. For yarn, you could look at smileysyarns.com -- occasionally they have RHSS for 99¢ each. They do tack a shipping charge for every order. I'd take a look at Michael's or Hobby Lobby's or Jo Ann's house yarns -- it might not be labeled Red Heart, but they always seem to have worsted 100% acrylic. Looking at the color choices, the 2 shades of green might be the trickest to find if they have to be that shade. Have you taken a look at Ravelry? Occasionally people list yarn for sale. I've gotten older yarns from both Etsy and eBay. ------ As far as actually performin
  4. MaryPat

    Half Circle

    Is your question -- I'd like to know how to crochet around a semi-circle to turn it into a rectangle?
  5. Can you link to where you downloaded it? Or maybe a photo of the final product? We may not be able to fix the mistakes in the pattern, but we might be able to direct you to another but close pattern. There's a star snood in this designer's store. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/inger-sotos-ravelry-store/patterns
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    Would you be able to post a link to your pattern? If not, maybe the name of the magazine/book you're using with the name of the pattern? I don't understand the term 'free loops' so it would help me if I saw it in the larger context of the pattern. I'm thinking the Rows 2-11 form a sleeve of sorts, but just guessing at this point.
  7. I usually tighten up a situation like you have by running another length of yarn through the starting chain and tightening it with the yarn. If I'm making something where I'm not sure if I'll have this situation of a looser starting chain, I leave a very long tail so I can use it to do the tightening.
  8. I don't think you've provided enough information for us to help. By any chance, do you have a link to the pattern? Or perhaps where you found the pattern? A book? Magazine? etc I checked Ravelry for peacock throws and there were too many to choose from. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#craft=crochet&pc=blanket&query=peacock&sort=best&view=captioned_thumbs Can you describe the problem? Write out the bit you're having problems with?
  9. When I think of crochet buttons, Nancy Nehring comes to mind. Just found her book on the Internet Archive. You can browse the book online for an hour when you have a userid and password. https://archive.org/details/50heirloombutton00nehr/mode/2up I have the book in my home library somewhere. Page 18 has patterns for dorset buttons.
  10. I wonder if you could run millinery wire around the top edge to give back the bucket. If it also has a brim, maybe another wire around the outside of the brim. I've seen patterns that call for floral wire running around the brim. Seem to be lots of Etsy sellers selling it.
  11. There's a couple of sellers on Etsy selling it already made. Perhaps if asked, they'd sell the pattern? https://www.etsy.com/search?q=felicity shagwell costume&ref=auto-1
  12. This is the result of the aging process. What I type is frequently not in my head. I was excellent at grammar once upon a time and used to turn up my nose at those people who made mistakes such as "there/their/they're" or "too/two/to". I'm losing vocabulary words and frequently substitute with the wrong one.
  13. If you need more pattern testing work beyond Crochetville, check our Ravelry. There is at least one testing group for crochet. I love picture afghans. I've never attempted one with the stitch you've used.
  14. I agree with Granny Square. There could be an entire thread on how names have changed through the years.
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