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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.
  2. tryptikangel

    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.
  16. Once upon a time I voted on here for overhand... but lately I've been changing the way I hold the hook to more pencil or some weird combination of the two. It depends on how my wrist is feeling since I've noticed some twinging pain periodically when working on different projects. My husband recently had surgery for carpel tunnel syndrome and all I could think when my wrist was acting up is "It's gonna suck if I can't use that hand/wrist to crochet!" so I've been experimenting with how I hold the hook and how tightly I hold onto the yarn and project. Seems to be helping thus far.
  17. Maybe you could put little sets in small baskets and tie them up with cellophane and ribbons? When I did my baking this year, I bought several baskets without handles from the dollar store and lined the bottom with parchment, then arranged the goodies and wrapped the whole thing in cellophane and ribbon. Makes a really nice presentation and you can see what's in there.
  18. I think it would depend on how tall she is and how you want to make it. Do you want a shorter scarf or one that wraps around her neck a few times? I have only done the ribbed scarfs so I made the chain as long as I thought it should be then tested it on myself or the person I was making it for. Then I just worried about the width and ta-da! But if you're doing a pattern that works up from the width, I'd just keep going with it and periodically test it out to see if it's the right length. Everyone is different so there is a lot of play with making a scarf.
  19. The kit I bought to start crocheting with came with plastic coil markers... and they are a pain to work with! For the shawl I made my grandmother, I used a piece of yarn to mark the stitch and that worked so much better! I think even a safety pin would work better than the coil ones. But I guess it's just personal preference as to what you'd be better off using.
  20. I do the same thing. My mom always did this and I never knew where she got the trick from, but it works really well! I use the yarn needles and tapestry needles. There is a fabric shoppe down the street from me and she has a lot of yarn in there as well. She's the one who told me to use the tapestry needles for the crochet thread I was using. But, if I can't get the ends weaved in with a needle, I'll use a small hook to weave the end through.
  21. tryptikangel


    I made my first pompom around Christmas with help from my mom. She was giving me some pointers from her experiences and said that she'll use a few playing cards held together for the average size, and you have to wrap the yarn like crazy in order to get a good "poof". She'll also fluff out the pompom when it's finished to try and get it the way she wants it. I learned a lot in the 5 minutes it took her to walk me through it... but even my pompom isn't the greatest looking in the world. I'm sure it gets easier as you get more used to how it's done and find little tricks to help you along the way.
  22. They both look great! You did fantastic work on them!
  23. I'm looking at a pattern for a thermal stitch preemie blanket that says it can be used for a larger afghan and is quite warm. I believe the site I got it from is http://www.jpfun.com and it's under the free patterns section under afghans.
  24. I was printing out a lot of patterns until we got low on ink. Now I'm saving them all to .PDF and have to put them on my flash drive before I end up losing them! I already have a binder full of patterns, and like you I was wondering when I'd find the time to make them all... but you never know what one you'll want to tackle next so you've got to be prepared! lol And as for the hubby, he offered... it's not your fault there's enough ink left to print out a library of patterns! lol
  25. I don't have any kids of my own yet, and I've only just started crocheting so I've only done one gift for someone with a baby and that was a blanket. For me, I think it would be nice for someone to make clothing of some sort... maybe booties and a dress/sweater or something like that? Even if what you make is a little large now, they'll grow into it in a couple months anyway... or at least that seems to be the trend with babies in my family! lol But really, I think any gift you take the time to make will be appreciated.
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