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About tryptikangel

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  • Birthday 09/24/1980

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    Kemptville/Ottawa, ON
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    crochet, art, crafts, reading
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    all of them! lol
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  1. Ok. But if I have no gauge to compare my stitches with, how do I know if I'm crocheting tighter or more loose than her? And if I decide to use different materials and hook sizes to get different results, how do I measure to know what chest size the dresses will fit? I have the chart to tell me what size a newborn should be, etc. but I have no idea how to measure the garment itself to get that size.
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    What size??

    It's been forever since I've posted on here, but I've been keeping busy with different crochet projects and more recently different arts and crafts as well. I'm currently working on a baby dress as my first clothing item. The pattern is the Solomon's Knot baby dress by Teresa found here: http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/2008/07/blog-post_22.html My question... I'm using sport weight yarn and a G hook, but I'm not sure how to measure to know what size this dress is turning out to be. I've never had to measure for anything like this since I don't yet have children and I don't really know anyone who has a baby, at least none nearby that I can test the fit on. If I lay the dress flat and measure across under the arms I get approx. 8" so does that mean it will fit a 16" chest? But, if I fold the tape measure around the dress lying flat it comes out to be 18". I have a door stop doll my MIL made that is about 18" around and the dress fits over that nicely with room to spare. So I am totally confused about how to do an accurate measurement to know what size this is, and if I choose to make different sizes I'll need to know how to measure for those as well. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
  3. Thank you, Becky and boogiedu for the tips! I'll have to remember those when I start the stiffening process!
  4. Thanks for the suggestions! I will definitely give it a try and let you all know how it turns out!
  5. Thanks for the suggestion! The website store locator says its available at several stores near me, so maybe I'll give that a try. My biggest concern with assembly is putting the handle on the cup. It's probably the most delicate aspect of this project, so I'm really not sure what to do about that part. But hopefully someone else here will have some ideas for me and I can finally get it all put together and post pics of the finished piece!
  6. Some time ago I decided to be creative and make a decorative tea cup/saucer for a friend who is absolutely wild about tea. I modified a doily pattern for the saucer and cup design, did a simple "lace" handle and am now ready to put it all together. But, never having used starch or anything like that in crochet, I'm not sure where to begin with this project. Do I sew it all together first then try to shape it, or starch it/shape it then try to sew it together? And as for the starching, I want the cup to be stiff so you can maybe put potpourri or trinkets or something in, not to mention have that sturdy teacup look to it. I'm not sure what kind of starch to use, or what alternatives are available. I read somewhere you can use a sugar solution, but I'm not sure coating a project in liquid sugar is really the best thing to do. Any suggestions from the more experienced crocheters? Thanks in advance!
  7. I have a cousin who lives in Tennessee and I made her baby a blanket out of baby sport weight yarn. It turned out great... very soft and light weight. She loved it!
  8. I can go a few days without crocheting anything (thanks to going back to school), but it really is quite relaxing! There's just something about counting stitches and watching your work come together that calms and soothes you... not to mention that sense of accomplishment when you finally get something finished!
  9. Right now I don't have much yarn in my stash, so I have most of it in a tote downstairs. I have a bag in my bedroom closet because I forgot it was there and didn't put it in the tote, and the yarn I'm using for my current project is sitting in a tote bag next to the couch. Eventually I'm hoping to have more storage built into all the rooms of the house and will have a small closet just for the yarn. My mom took over my old bedroom and in the closet she has those hanging sweater things filled with yarn she sorted, crates stacked up with yarn she sorted, and a few totes full of odds and ends of yarn. That's kind of what I'll be going for when I get the storage and more yarn to fill it!
  10. I think I suggested this to someone else asking about warm blankets... but what about a thermal stitch afghan? The pattern I have is for a preemie blanket, but I'm working on one that's for an adult. Since I started going back to college, I haven't had much time to work on crochet, but depending on how fast you crochet and how much time you have to work on it, it works up well and seems to be pretty warm. Here's the pattern link: http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/free/afghans/f120004preemie.shtml
  11. I'm intrigued, but it would depend on the experience level and whether I have or can afford to buy the thread. Hubby's job is in question and I'm not working right now so I'm kind of stuck using what I have in my stash, but hopefully we'll know more by March. If all is well, and the experience level isn't beyond me I'd be interested in giving a go.
  12. I usually just weave my ends in, but when working with the fluffier yarn (Buttercup, boucle, etc) knotting wasn't really an issue since you can't tell. It was easier knotting those then trying to weave in because of the size of the stitches and way the material came together. I don't think it really matters as long as you can't see or feel the knot in the project.
  13. Patterns aren't that difficult to read once you get used to the lingo. I usually read the entire thing first, then go through it line by line. I agree that it might help to write it out, especially if you have one that says something like: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *(ch 5, sk next 3 sc, sc in next sc) twice ** It's easy to lose track of what you're supposed to do when you have to repeat an entire section a few times before moving on. So writing it out in steps and crossing off each one you do helps to keep track and prevents urges to rip out your hair in frustration. Even if I'm not writing out the pattern, I'm making notes and checking things off on a photo copy of the pattern I'm working on. And remember, if you're just having trouble trying to figure out what the pattern is telling you to do, there are plenty of people on here willing to help you make sense of it all.
  14. I think it may end up being around the same amount of time. With a solid piece you have to keep track of the stitches and it goes a bit slower once you get going and have to keep turning it. Making squares might go fast, but then you have to take time to figure out which squares are going where and then get them sewed together. Either way, it would take you at least a couple weeks to finish, depending on how fast you crochet and how much time you have to work on it.
  15. I'm making my first wearable now and am doing a few alterations to it. I was thinking about holding it up to myself to get a better idea of how it's fitting. That way I can add rows to make it longer if need be, or shorten it a few rows. I'm not sure how well it will turn out, but considering I've only got 9 rows of the back section done, it's looking good so far. Maybe that's something you could do with your wearables? Measure where you can and hold it up to yourself to make sure it's in the proportions you want it to be. It couldn't hurt, and maybe it will work? I'll be sure to let you know how it works out for me once I finish my tunic/sweater.
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