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  1. I ran into that attitude at a yarn store once, when I said something about crochet. I mostly knit, and know the LYSO well. She said that the word "crochet" was a dirty word in her store. I said that she might be making a mistake, as crocheter's typically need about 50% more yarn for a project (if not more) than knit items, and she is losing larger yarn sales. It stopped her in her tracks and not too long after, someone taught her how to crochet, and she now has crochet samples/models/projects in her store, and teaches crochet classes. Silly people being very short sighted. Not about you, but telling you about themselves, and the economy is changing much of this arrogant attitude all over, thank goodness. Best, Elation
  2. Thanks again. I just hate those knots, and take them out with knitting (well, there is a way to start without them in that technique). An afghan gets a lot of wear and tear, so it needs firm anchoring (eg: knot). FWIW, I crochet over the first bit sometimes, and then weave the rest back in the other way later. Half is done before the end that way! You can re-create a crochet stitch, similar to how you needle tat. It just sitting down and figuring it out, and may not be worth it. I tend not to like fringe, but if it looks too whispy (with tails left), then I will add and probably overhand knot them rather than the traditional make a U and tail through, as I think the former tends to stay in and look better. I am off and running, and appreciate the help! Best, Elation
  3. As per my original post, I am leaving tails as they will become fringe, so no chance to hide knots. I had hoped a more sophisticated beginning had evolved over the years, like the many that have in knitting. I could undo the knots at the end of the project and overhand knot them, as leaving them done with a slip stitch they unfurl and there is too much yardage, rows, and weight to stretch them out. I can re-create sts in knitting, but don't know how to re-create a SC crochet stitch with a tapestry needle. I think I will have to stay with the slip knot and perhaps by the time I am half way through the project, something creative will dawn on me! The only things I can think of though, won't let that tail hang as fringe. The only other option that comes to mind is to start the rows and crochet over the tails, then add fringe separately later, but then I am stuck with a plain edged afghan, or a heavily fringed one (extremes). This way (leaving the tails), I can weave them in later, or add more fringe if I think they look too whispy. Thank you, Elation
  4. Thanks! I guess I have to get over the slip knot at the beginning as it holds better, but I had hoped there was a nicer/more evolved way. For finishing, I plan to do an overhand knot and possibly add fringe, but want to wait to see how it looks when finished. Most I have seen don't have it, and the design I am doing has a lot of personality (so I don't want the edge to compete). If someone has more tips about invisible and stable starts to every row, I would appreciate it. I think I will rip it all out and begin with slip knots again, but if I hear in the next hour or two of a better idea, I will modify my plan. TIA, Elation
  5. I am making an afghan that starts with a new yarn on every row (leaving a tail at beginning and end. (You keep working right to left and never turn your work). I started them with a slip knot but didn't like having a knot there so changed to a slip stitch to start, but that comes out or unfurls. What is the ideal beginning for this kind of thing? Thank you in advance, Elation
  6. Does anyone remember the general rule for crocheted #10 cotton bedspreads, counterpanes? Most were based upon a full sized bed and were a coverlet (covering the top mattress). I remember the old rule for worsted crocheted afghans was 20 ct. 4 oz balls, in the standard size (roughly 50+" x 70+" and you allowed more for color changes, density, size, Tunisian, etc. I cannot find a reference, and though it can vary a lot, it would be nice to have someplace to start (since I haven't decided on the actual design yet). I do remember that crochet takes a third to half again as much thread as a knitted one... Help? TIA, Susan (Maybe someone has a pattern for one, or the old pinwheel design, and could look it up for me, pretty please?)
  7. Did you ever use this yarn (Brunswick Fairhaven 3 ply fingering), and what color is it? I am looking for some to marry with another partial grouping. Susan
  8. elationrelation


    I think some of the disparity is from the perspective of a knitter, vs a crocheter. It seems that crocheters equate cro-knit with a double ended hook, but for 50 years or more, knitters who used a crochet hook to do regular knitting, called it cro-knit, amongst other terms. That has nothing to do with Tunisian or afghan stitch, which is different. Knooking is a word that was recently created (within the last few months) by someone who is popularizing it on Ravelry. The main point is, the technique isn't new. Those who do both kinds of needlework, and perhaps consider themselves knitting dominate, have for a long time done, and use different terms for, knitting with a crochet hook. Something old has become new again, but with the internet and influx of information, could assume it didn't exist before and current (or perhaps mis-use) of a term seems to want to dominate. Another example would be winter neck wraps currently be called a "cowl," but most of them are in fact smoke rings, snoods, gators, and not technically a cowl, which is in brief: a draped neckline. I guess here, someone with an education in this field and nearly 60 years of experience and lots of research since, may be including information that existed long before current awareness. I can only share what educated and well versed great grandmothers and historical articles called it. There seems to be much confusion about it, how to do it, and terms, tools, and techniques. It really isn't about being right or wrong, but about sharing something that may be insightful and of benefit to those who are searching information from all perspectives including things of historical value and wish to know a lot about many things. All the best, Susan Reishus
  9. elationrelation


    In all honesty, this has been around for decades, and is having a resurgence. It has been called several different names, and the techniques are the same. Any innovations are that the Japanese have created some more sophisticated fabric manipulations (as they have in lace knitting and various other forms of needlework), but the technique is the same, just goes by varying names. This is comes from my 50 years of knitting and crocheting (and other forms of needlework) and following the industry. Tunisian crochet is another thing altogether (though the stitches are retained and worked right to left and then left to right on the return row, but different than knitting). Perhaps others have blended Tunisian in with the "knitting with a crochet hook" but that would be incorrect. Best, Susan Reishus
  10. This is an older thread, but I thought it may help to mention, that you don't need two cords. The cro-knit, Amazing Needle, Super Miracle Needle, has a cord through an eyelet on the opposite end of the hook. This cord serves like a knitting needle, in that it holds the live stitches until you work back and pick them up. Then you pull the cord out. You just keep pulling loops thru (which knitting is) and without out something to hold them up and keep gauge, they unravel. As you all know in crochet, each stitch is generally worked to stand on it's own. There are new vendors who are also subsidizing this resurgence of an old technique, and they are interchangeable hook sets, where the cable serves the same purpose. (They are like interchangeable knitting needle sets with crochet hooks on the end instead). Denise, Knit Pro come to mind. There may be others. HTH, Susan Reishus
  11. elationrelation


    There have been many terms for this from cro-knit and on, without going on at length. I mention this, as there is tons of info on the net and from old books. "Knooking" is a word someone came up with more recently, and so people are having trouble finding info, but the technique is older and you can even find old supplies, book, and groups on the net and thru older sources, like crocheters and knitters from a generation or two ago (and much longer in other countries). HTH, Susan Reishus
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