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About sweettems

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  • Birthday 05/17/1984

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    special baby blankets and unique crafts
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    since college
  1. I think kids heads can really vary, so general sizing might be hard. But that type of bonnet it pretty flexible in size I think. If it is for you, or someone you know, you could take measurements. You would want it to be as wide as you'd like from the back of the head to the face (sometimes you want to show the face, sometimes you want it deep for a different look), and as long as the circumference of the head from the chin around to the top and back. I hope that helps!
  2. I'm trying to make a triangle-shaped inset to put in the back of a sewn vest. The fabric is a light, sort of stretchy knit. I know I should pre-shrink my cotton inset first, and try to get out any extra dye, but how should I block it? And wash it afterward? I already have similar store-made garments that I can just throw in the washer. Is there a way I can make this the same?
  3. Thanks for the help. Lace vest does seem to be the best term. I'm seeing some other similar ones now, though most of them are square in front. I really like how the others are rounded. If I were good at shaping I'd take a square one and try to round it. I'm good at following patterns, and I can make a few changes, but I haven't done much in clothing/shaping yet. Any suggestions?
  4. I had a coworker who made an adorable one with animal faces in granny squares. I can't remember if it was from a book or just a pamplet. If I find it I'll post again. It was similar to this one: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/creature-collectionThere is a cute one here: This one is a graph type: http://www.pjwalsh.net/aminalafghan.html
  5. Could it be similar to "Ivy Cottage" from Afghans for All Seasons? http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=61814
  6. When shopping a couple months ago, I cam across a pretty, lacy, crochet-like vest-thing. Rather than buy it, I got it into my head that I'd crochet one. Alas! I can't find a similar pattern. It doesn't help that it's hard to find a name to call it. Vest? Bolero? Wrap? It's been quite difficult to even find pictures of something similar, let alone a pattern. Here are the few I found: http://www.yarnmarket.com/projects/Womens_Vests-Sari_Lacy_Vest-464.html http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006QGBPXI/ref=asc_df_B006QGBPXI1928347?tag=thefind0005520-20&creative=395261&creativeASIN=B006QGBPXI&linkCode=asn
  7. Yes, I've watched the video several times. It's what only made me more confused. They say no shaping, but you can tell from the video that there is SOMETHING going on, as there is some sort of design in the middle, where different shapes come together. I just can't tell exactly what shapes. But if it's really just a rectangle overall, than the inside design shouldn't matter, and I should be able to make something similar no problem. =0)
  8. I love the idea of buttons. Maybe I can figure that out once I've made a plain one. It should be so simple, but never seeing a picture of one of them just laid out flat makes it difficult for me. I'm a seamstress - I should get this!
  9. Thank you so much! I'd been looking on ravelry and couldn't find anything similar. I'm still having a hard time envisioning how it works, but I guess I'll just have to make one and play with it. I'm guessing hers it just a little longer than most, maybe even wider.
  10. I came across this pattern last night and was about to get it, until... http://stitchdi.nexcess.net/kits/kits-by-project-type/sweater-kits/endless-crochet-cardi-shawl-kit-sleeveless-studio-silk I looked closer and saw the stitch pattern and lace edging. I'm not really fond of it, but I'd like to find a pattern that fits the same. I really like the version in the top right corner, which it is wrapped around her completely and pinned at the waist. Is there any other pattern that is similar to the picture I like? I don't want to buy an expensive pattern if I don't like everything about it. If I knew the general shape of this type of wrap thing I might even be able to make it up myself. Is it sort of a rounded-off triangle with arm holes? Do these sorts of things have a name, besides wrap? That is so general and it's hard to search.
  11. I haven't been able to find a lamp shade pattern specifically, but it looks to me like pineapple doily with a tube in the center. I think you could get the same effect with a doily pattern if you left a hole in the center and crocheted a ruffled edge to it, if that makes sense. Here are some similar pineapple doily patterns, but there are many, many more out there. http://www.dmc-usa.com/mjRS/1/doc/Crochet_Free_Projects/Directions_for_2006_Traditions_Doily__10_.pdf http://www.daintycrochet.com/doilypineapplesfrommyheart.html
  12. I came across some similar hats recently (designed by a woman who lives not that far from me, it turned out), so I thought I'd share. I could have sworn I saw a free pattern for them once, but I can't find it now. However, it looks like she sells the beard/mustache part separately, and the picture looks like it would be a pretty easy shape to make. She attaches them to knit hats, but for those of us who don't knit (like me), I would think a crocheted beanie would work just fine. http://www.etsy.com/listing/65522983/crochet-beard-and-mustache http://www.etsy.com/listing/62842568/red-striped-bearded-beanie-lxl
  13. The vast majority of anchor patterns I've ever seen are in graphs. I was able to find one pattern that's not, but it isn't free, here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/50858128/crochet-pattern-for-nautical-anchor I found another one that looks really nice, but the pattern isn't listed. If you contact the owner of the blog, though, she might send it to you: http://monstercrochet.blogspot.com/2008/03/anchor-tote.html
  14. If the graph proves too difficult (I love the look, but they take me forever to finish), I came across some appliques that might work. They could be sewn onto a black-and white-striped background. It would be pretty simple, but it would still be cute. http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-musical-notes/ Good luck with your endeavors!
  15. Here's one in color. I plan to make the afghan once I have a son (whenever that will be!). It's so cute! http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/20079CAD.html?noImages=
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