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Crochet4me

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  1. Thanks again to all! My new little niece, Gabrielle, arrived this past weekend 2/18/06, so needless to say, things have been busy the past week. I hope she will like her blankies. The first one should be the perfect size for her eventual move to the crib and the 2nd one should be okay for whenever she is in the carseat or stroller. Meanwhile auntie is whipping up a few more blankies (baby bubbles are the fastest) by request for a couple cowokers who are due the next couple months, since I'm on a bit of a roll! LOL
  2. Thanks again! One thing I wanted to add was how I did the cross stitch... I happened to have been in Wally World some time in November I think, and was looking for an embroidery ring (lost my big old wood one and my petit point one was too small for what I needed to do) so that I could flatten and pull tight each area where the cross stitch would go. Well I found something even better, IMHO. A wooden "frame" type device where I could actually attach each end of a panel on dowels. The dowels are split in the center part way and any material being worked can slide inside the slits and then the dowels are inserted into the designated holes in the frame. The piece can then be rolled tight and secured (the frame has wing screws for tightening) and the frame itself can be held quite easily or can rest on the lap. You would work on an area and then roll up or down to the next area. It can even be stored with a WIP on it. It also helps to stretch the piece in general. Here's a shot of when I was using the frame to work on the stems and leaves of the flowers: Doing this was really cool and that frame really came in handy!
  3. Thanks all for the compliments! All I can say is "Oh my aching wrists and arms"! About 10 years before I had completed that thread crochet item I mention (over 20 years ago), I had finished adding the last row of squares on what became an afghan for a full size bed done with stitched together granny squares. That afghan was worked on all during the '70s and finished in the early '80s after I got out of college. The mid - late '70s, as was mentioned in another thread here, was when crocheting and granny squaring in particular, really became a big thing, as it sortof replaced macrame as a popular craft. I knew so many girls in high school who were crocheting and would bring their projects to school to work on during lunch. As I scraped together $$, I would buy a skein or 2 of yarn whenever I could so that I could make more squares to add to that afghan! I'll probably post a pic of that thing one of these days in the other forum... It's truly a bizarre patchwork of joined squares - much of it using scrap yarn, but I sure did use that 'ghan alot back then.
  4. I first mentioned making blankies for my sister for her baby-to-come (due date is first week of March) in this thread. Now I'm finally done both blankies after 4 months, just in time for the baby showers coming up next week! The hardest but most satisfying one was from a pattern in the Susan Bates "My Crochet Teacher" booklet (c1987), which is done in tunisian crochet and creating a series of panels that have a cross-stitch pattern stitched onto them. The panels were then joined (I used a mattress stitch join) along the shell edged borders on each panel side, and finally, 1 row of the shell edging was added across the top and across the bottom. Since the yarn I selected (Sirdar Snuggly 4-ply) seemed to be a bit thinner than the recommended sport-weight (it's somewhere between fingering and sport), my gauge was off. However since I liked the feel of the gauge on the panels, I basically made 2 more (modified) panels to compensate and added about 35 more rows to the length of each panel. lol Finished size is about 42" long x 35" wide: I started this one on October 8 and have been working on it pretty steadily ever since. I did take some brief breaks during that time after I caught a couple colds and then took a break to work on the other blankie, a baby bubbles one from the ragshop.com site (site is down right now), which only took about a week to do. The bubbles blanket was done with Caron Simply Soft, which felt like rope compared to the Sirdar! Finished size is 27" x 27": I mentioned in some of my earlier posts, that I hadn't crocheted for over 10 years after completing a thread crochet tablecloth. So doing the above blankies was a nice reintroduction back into needleworking - especially since I learned some new techniques (tunisian) and got to do cross-stitch, which I haven't done since I was a youngin' back in the late '60s. I do want to thank folks on this forum and some of the other forums for so much good info via their answers to questions and links to stitches, techniques, yarn types, hook types, and patterns, etc. It really has helped me get back into this again!
  5. Thanks again all!! I still can't imagine trying something like that again although I guess I should never say never. I can relate to those who compare going from thread to regular yarn as suddenly having to work with rope. LOL Kathy - the full diameter is about 60" or so and a bit wider when fully stretched out. The center star pattern is ~24" diameter and the mesh and pineapple border is averaging about 20" (when stretched) all around and below the center star.
  6. Thanks again all! Every time I look at it, I cringe at even attempting something like that again, although I had alot of fun doing it at the time. I think what prompted me to go for it was being in my church choir at the time and many of the other ladies brought their crocheting and knitting to choir practice. I would watch as they worked on their projects before practice started and during brief practice downtimes, etc. I suppose having others around you doing their own masterpieces helps spur you on and I think forums like this serve in the same capacity!!
  7. That is really cool-looking! Excellent job on an really pretty pattern.
  8. Thanks for the compliments! Here's another pic of it where you can see the whole thing a bit better (again - the poor thing has that stain that needs to be cleaned!): The one thing about quitting for awhile is that since the last time I crocheted, the internet didn't have all these graphical discussion forums (it was generally text-based until ~1995 when the web hit). Now people can come to places like this to discuss crocheting and learn all new tricks (and get pictures of how to do something or what the project will realistically look like when completed)! Plus you get all the encouragement from fellow hobbyists! I love it!
  9. Completing this is what made me put down the hook for almost 10 years! This took well over a year to complete using I think (looking through my stash) a #6 steel hook (1.60 mm) and #20 thread. It was from a kit that I got through mail order ~1993 or so. The completed size if somewhat stretched out, is about 5ft diameter (for the standard 60" round tablecloth). I'm not sure what I did with the pattern sheet but it may be folded up somewhere. Since I don't have a round table anymore, I fashioned something to drape it on with a dark background (blanket): This a closeup of the center detail (the whole thing needs to be cleaned as it got stained while packed away after I moved): This is some more detail from the center-of-table portion: This is the pineapple edging around the bottom: The very last thing I crocheted (before starting up again this past October) was about 9 years ago - a "test" doily with #10 thread and the same #6 hook (never got chance to starch and block it): I have 3 large spools of #10 cotton that I had visions of using to make a couple placemats one day, but I'm not sure if I want to go back to doing this sort of thing - at least right now. LOL What's wild is that I hadn't crocheted in the almost 10 years before I had started that tablecloth. I ended up taking a break after I got out of college having finally finished up a "labor of love" granny square afghan that had been added to as I got odds and ends of yarn during the previous 10 years (from early '70s to early '80s). And then when I finally jumped back into crocheting again, what did I do? I had to pick one of the most detailed and intricate types to try - just for the thrill of it. I must have been out of my friggin' mind! But I do like how it turned out. So cheers to all of you here who do thread crochet of any kind, 'cause it ain't easy but the results are amazing!
  10. Thanks all! I am really excited about doing these blankies! And what is neat about the bubbles one is that the reverse side looks almost as pretty as the front, with it having a flat surface and solid lacy texture from the SCs and clusters on the front. And the stripes almost look woven. I recall reading a thread on one of the forums about "drapeability" and this certainly drapes! I love the color combo but that neat design on the reverse would look pretty with any yarn, whether solid or variegated. I'm almost halfway done the bubbles one and what a difference compared to how long it took to do those tunisian panels for the other blankie.... Although the tunisian technique is fun and I have done petit point and embroidery in the past along with cross stitch, so it's cool that this tunisian technique is often used for making the "fabric" to do more needlework on. Still... I can see why alot of folks like getting those big hooks to churn out blankies in hours and days rather than months... cause they're quick like this bubble one! Here it is right now. I technically started it Wednesday night and have been doing some chores in between while I'm off work on vacation. As a side note, I did substitute the pattern's white yarn with "off white", which I prefer... EDIT: I just wanted to add something about the tunisian crochet since I've seen posts from people interested in it (or even bemoaning it ) - and that's to include a pic of the hook used compared to the more familiar one: The one to the left is a 10" size H (8) "afghan hook" that I used for the 1st blanket. To the right is the "standard" H (8) hook that I am using for the bubbles blanket. Note that the afghan hook has a permanent stopper on the end like a knitting needle might have. The afghan hooks also come in 14" or 22" lengths (the 22" is made up of a short hook attached to a cable with a stopper on the end). These longer hooks are for larger panels and/or full size projects. They don't have that flat thumb part on them like many standard hooks and they act almost like knitting needles (except you have the single needle rather than a pair). The stitch is basically starting with a single loop and putting loops on the hook using the stitches from the previous row (not unlike knitting) and then progressively taking the loops off (like crochet) to finish with one loop on the hook to complete the tunisian "row".
  11. Those pants ARE adorable! I used to have some orange clownfish that look like the ones on the pant legs when I had a marine reef tank, so I'm partial to the fishies!
  12. Oh sorry! The pattern used the "*" for the repeats but I can do a step by step for you. Basically you would do: 1.) With 1 loop on the hook, YO, insert hook into stitch 2.) YO and pull through to front (3 loops now on hook) 3.) YO and pull through first 2 loops (you'll have 2 loops remaining on hook) 4.) YO and insert hook into same stitch 5.) YO and pull through to front (4 loops now on hook) 6.) YO and pull through first 2 loops (you'll have 3 loops remaining on hook) 7.) YO and insert hook into same stitch 8.) YO and pull through to front (5 loops now on hook) 9.) YO and pull through first 2 loops (you'll have 4 loops remaining on hook) 10.) YO and insert hook into same stitch one more time 11.) YO and pull through to front (6 loops now on hook) 12.) YO and pull through first 2 loops (you'll have 5 loops remaining on hook) 13.) YO AGAIN without going into the stitch and pull through those remaining 5 loops 14.) You should now have 1 loop left on your hook to start the next stitch In this pattern, you SC in the next 2 stitches and then do another "cluster stitch" as listed above and then 2 more SC. Ie., you alternate 1 cluster, 2 SC, 1 cluster, 2 SC to the end of the row. The next row will be all SC across to the end - in this case, using a different color. Then you do the cluster row again with that same new color and then at the end of the row, switch colors and do the SC row and the cluster row with that next color. Basically, each color has a SC row and a cluster row. For the baby blanket, a white SC row and a white cluster row (2 rows total) is used to separate each of the color SC and cluster rows so you'd have: 1.) 1 row white SC 2.) 1 row white clusters 3.) 1 row pink SC 4.) 1 row pink clusters 5.) 1 row white SC 6.) 1 row white clusters 7.) 1 row blue SC 8.) 1 row blue clusters 9.) 1 row white SC 10.) 1 row white clusters etc., for all the colors - each "band" of color being separated by a "band" of white (meaning you would need more white than the other colors for this blanket pattern). The one thing you have to do for each row where there are clusters is to stagger them correctly (which I had to look out for! ). Basically 1 cluster row will start with 1 SC and then do a cluster. The next time you do a cluster row, you'd have to start with 2 SC and then a cluster. The next cluster row would go back to the 1 SC and then a cluster and so on so that the little bubbles are not on top of each other but will appear in between each other. Once you do this cluster stitch a couple times, it almost becomes automatic! Hope this helped some!
  13. Thanks! I bet you could do the "bubbles" in the round because it's basically just a cluster type stitch with 2 SCs on either side of the cluster. The cluster is: with 1 loop on hook, YO and go into a st, YO and pull through (3 loops on hook), YO and pull through 1st 2 loops (2 loops left), YO, go into same st, YO and pull through (4 loops on hook), YO and pull through 1st 2 loops (3 loops left), repeat 2 more times going into the same stitch, afterwhich you should end up with 5 loops on the hook and then rather than going into the stitch again, you YO and pull through those 5 loops. The cluster stitch rows are surrounded with SC rows in this pattern. I think I saw posts where posters said they made things like hats using that type (or similar) cluster stitch.
  14. I've been generally lurking here while getting back up to speed with crocheting.... I had quit for while once I completed a good-sized thread/filet crochet round tablecloth about 10 years ago and other hobbies grabbed my interest... But one of my sisters is due in March and after she dropped a big hint about maybe crocheting a blankie herself.... I eventually picked myself up off the floor from laughing (I know, that is soooo wrong ) and went on the hunt for some patterns to crochet for her. Found a Susan Bates "Crochet Teacher" book with a neat pattern at my LYS, bought some nice yarn (Sirdar Snuggly 4-ply, which cost a pretty penny but was oh so soft) and got started. I had discovered the pattern used tunisian crochet to make panels (had to buy the hook for it) and each had tiny flower and/or yellow or blue diamonds cross-stitched on, which was new to me for crochet (although I have done regular counted cross stitch before, but it had to be over 35 years ago ). But that didn't stop me from trying and I fell in love with it! After 3 months, I'm done all the panels (I had to adjust the pattern because my gauge was way off but I liked how it looked so I made 2 more modified panels). I also did a sample cross-stitch on one of the panels just to see how it looked but the main work left to do is the cross-stitch and then assemble the panels. Here's where I am right now: While working on this, I saw a couple posts that referenced a baby bubbles afghan pattern, which could be found at this link: http://www.ragshop.com/crafts/afghan/babybubbles.html and I immediately knew I had to make that! Bought a pile of Caron Simply Soft according to the pattern, got started last night, and took a pic of it this morning. The pattern works up nicely and I even tried for the first time, the "no-chain" start method for the foundation and first row of single crochet, thanks to this forum! Meanwhile, I had also bought some Bernat Baby fingering yarn and am simultaneously knitting a little baby cap in the round, starting with 4, #2 needles and then switching to a #3 circular! Yep, I'm a needleworking fool and have quite a bit of WIPs at this point! What's wild is switching between these different weight yarns (SS is worsted weight, the Sirdar is probably close to sport weight, and the Bernat is fingering weight). I was actually surprised at how hefty the baby bubbles blankie is feeling when compared to the tunisian blankie. Both used size H hooks (regular or afghan hook). I'll update later when done or near done...
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