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  1. I have the book but haven't made that size; however, I've made lots of Doris' patterns. PM your specific question and I will see if I can help you.
  2. amydepew


    Sc2tog means single crochet 2 stitches together. In other words, insert hook into next stitch and draw up a loop. Insert hook in next stitch and draw up another loop. Yarn over and draw through all three loops on the hook. This is a decrease - you have just turned 2 stitches into 1 stitch.
  3. amydepew


    I actually just made up some antennae today for a friend's bumblebee hat. Feel free to try it out. Round 1: Make 6 sc in an adjustable ring. Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. Round 3 - 4: Sc in each sc around. Round 5: Sc2tog 6 times around. Stuff with polyfil. Rounds 6 - ?: Sc in each sc around. Continue until desired length is reached, stuffing with polyfil along the way. Fasten off at desired length, leaving a long tail. Use tail to sew antenna onto hat.
  4. Are you going to be working in the round? If so work a designated number of stitches separated by a ch 1 space. On the next round, work 2 stitches in the first stitch, work one stitch in each stitch across to the next ch 1 sp. Ch 1, skip the space. Repeat. These instructions will help you if you intend on increasing. If you do not wish to increase, simply stitch 2 stitches together right before the ch 1 sp. That way, each round will still have the same number of stitches, but you will still create a swirl. Hope that helps!
  5. What an interesting read! Thanks so much for sharing! I especially enjoyed her indignation against the evils of machine-made netting. LOL
  6. Gosh, if I remember correctly, the pattern excludes the ch 1. However, it seems to me that you can do it either way: keep the ch 1 if you need a little extra armhole space, eliminate it if you don't. On the following round, you will make a ch 1 space anyway, thus picking up right where you left off. As for the twisting, I don't see it. Looks great from where I'm sitting!
  7. Before you yarn over and draw through the last two loops on your hook, change color. Use the new color to complete the last action of the stitch, and the color change will be seamless. Now, another concern is how and where you keep your yarn in the back of your work. This won't be much of an issue if working in the round, but if working back and forth, you will need to work a bit harder at hiding the new and old colors. It will also matter how far apart the different color stitches are. If you carry the second color along the back for too long, you run the risk of it pulling stitches too tight. HTH!
  8. That yarn is gorgeous! I, too, hope you have enough yarn - that would be a huge bummer to get stuck short. On the other hand, you could use a complimentary yarn, if necessary, as a border color.
  9. Although I agree her patterns are cute, those are still basic cables, made of front and back post stitches. They are not new inventions; just new terminology for the same stitch.
  10. Here is a fun, easy way to bust some stash and keep your ears warm. Tunisian Knit Headband
  11. Check out the third paragraph on this page. As I suspected, it sounds like the doily is turned into glass after it's made. How do people think of that? So awe-inspiring...
  12. Actually, I am thinking thread that gets treated afterward with silica, or something similar, that becomes glass when fired. But my guess is that she makes her doilies first out of thread...just like the rest of us. However, unlike the rest of us, she turns her doilies into magic.
  13. Well call me confused. You cannot knit or crochet with molten glass. And the statement that each item is made by hand and then goes through several firings to become a fully-formed glassed vessel indicates to me that she is actually crocheting with another medium that is treated to *become* glass. Which is still very cool...
  14. Hey Deb, would anyone in your group be interested in teaching seniors to knit/crochet? The Activity Director, Kelly Cabana, at Vista Del Mar Senior Living center (on Magnolia, 90806) is looking. Let me know and I can send you her email address.
  15. OK - the photos you were looking at actually appear to be Tunisian simple stitch done on a double-ended hook. I see that it lists star stitch as a name for Tunisian, but I would question the accuracy of that statement. Typically, star stitch is a name given to a regular crochet stitch that also goes by the name of Marguerite stitch.
  16. Gosh, I consider myself pretty well versed in Tunisian, but have not heard of such a stitch. Do you have a photo or a reference? Could just be another stitch pattern by another name.
  17. Looks rather like Delta Lace to me. Here is a link to a book written by a fellow C'Ville member on the very subject.
  18. Oh, NOW there's a group in LB. Figures. I lived there my whole life and just moved to Corona about 1.5 years ago.
  19. I, too, am going to have a few patterns in IC this year. I absolutely love how much creative control they give designers, which I believe produces a better magazine. Styles seem to be a bit more cutting edge - and I am proud to be among them! Also, it seems that IC has a relationship with the newly minted Love of Crochet magazine. This is still unknown at this point...
  20. Aha! Found a picture of it done in bulky yarn.
  21. I think it took 2 skeins of Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in burnt orange for the main body and about one skein each of white and black for the trim.
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