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Gingerbread Girl

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About Gingerbread Girl

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  • Birthday 12/07/1983

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    I am first and foremost a photographer. I love to do crafty things of all sorts. I have a tiny love affair with glitter and things that sparkle. I make my own nail polish in pretty colors.
  • Location
    North Carolina
  • Hobbies
    photography, reading, knitting, crochet, makeup, nail polish, hockey, glitter
  • Occupation
    Independent Designer with Origami Owl
  • Favorite projects
    hats, shawls, baby blankets, afghans, doilies
  • Crocheting since...
  1. Lots of brands make such yarns, it's called jacquard. There might be another name for it too, as there are often multiple names for things but this is what I know it by. Edited to add I don't know if they will work up quite the same way with crochet pieces as with knit. I knit as well as crochet but have never used jacquards for crochet projects only knit. It's also like any striping/variegated yarn - the pattern is going to work up differently depending on how many stitches you're using, gauge etc. Here's just one available, from Bernat: http://www.yarnspirations.com/yarns/baby-jacquards
  2. Before the pattern info starts in the 'customize your kit' section if you are buying materials for the pattern on the site, there is an H hook loaded in the supplies. That is definitely an odd presentation for the pattern. It seems a little scattered. That's how they are all formatted now though since they changed things up and rolled everything into 'yarnspirations'. Not a fan of the site's layout in general. But back to the topic at hand, I think magiccrochet fan gave great advice. I know it seems odd to not finish off the clusters with a chain but not all clusters do; on subsequent rows since you work between the clusters I don't think the chain is really necessary. If you really prefer to have that chain you can try adding it, but I'd gauge swatch doing it that way to make sure that it is not going to throw your gauge and ensure you will still get the finished size you want. Provided you're working within the gauge with the ch1 added to it, all should be well though the finished look might be a little different. (Another reason to swatch it - you'll be able to compare and see how much of a difference it will make in the appearance.)
  3. Yes, I think that often we try to visualize how a pattern ought to be worked before we do it, and if something doesn't make sense to us on paper we then over-think it and wind up making it seem far more difficult than it actually is before we have even attempted it. If we pick up our hook and yarn and "just do it" a lot of times it works out and suddenly it all "clicks" and makes perfect sense.
  4. Just trust the pattern and do exactly what is says: sc in the next space, then you will ch5 and sc in the 5th chain from the hook. This makes the first picot. Then ch5 again, sc in the 5th chain from the hook. That makes the second picot. Repeat until you have worked all 5 picots. Then once you have made all 5 picots, sc in the very first sc that you made in the space before you began making the picots.
  5. I have to agree that at least for skirts I don't think it's such a great idea to knit/crochet them. Shawls you won't have trouble with, in my opinion, so if you find a pattern for a shawl that you love you should absolutely go for it. I've both knitted and crocheted many shawls/wraps over the years. I tend to prefer them with fine (lace) yarns so they're lightweight. If you use a fine wool/mohair yarn they'll be surprisingly warm despite them being lightweight. I think in general sweaters/tops can work very well, provided you choose the right yarn weight and fiber and properly block the pieces when finished. It's just the skirts/bottoms that, in my opinion, don't fare well as knit/crocheted pieces.
  6. There are countless ways to join motifs/grannies, including more decorative methods and there is a way to join as you go, too. http://www.knotyournanascrochet.com/2013/04/10-different-ways-to-join-granny-squares.html
  7. I'm with magiccrochetfan. For this particular blanket, I'd keep the circle separate and sew it onto a square blanket later.
  8. Yep, it definitely depends on the cat. One of my two I know would not waste his time at all. The other one I'm not sure; she might like it or she might ignore it as well. She's fickle and unpredictable. I can tell you if one of them were to take a liking to it then the other would become jealous and "steal" it. They do not like to share, and they do not like when the other has something they don't, even if it's not something they actually want.
  9. That is so cute! It is definitly garter stitch. As for what size needles and yarn I would suggest selecting a yarn you like first the do some swatches with a couple different sizes of needles until you are happy with how it looks. It does seem to just be a very long, wide scarf that has been seamed on the ends to make the "sleeves". If you want the sleeves to be more fitted you will have to play around with it a bit for making the appropriate increases/decreases so it fits the way you want throughout. I need to make one of these for myself now too. I just need to choose some yarn.
  10. I actually have that pattern saved but have not made use of it yet. For round 1 of the beak it seems like you will be working in both the top and bottom of the chain. There is a tutorial on how to do this here: http://www.freshstitches.com/how-to-work-the-bottom-side-of-a-foundation-chain/ It's such a small piece, it probably won't hurt to just fudge it if you can't quite get it to work out following the pattern exactly.
  11. I knew there was something I had missed/not done quite right with the one I made, and this would be it. I just didn't give it too much thought because it still turned out fairly well & cute so I called it good enough. lol I will have to make note of this on the pattern for future reference. =)
  12. RoseRed is right - vintage patterns can be hard to understand. This one's not too bad. I just made one to test it out; it is a little bit off from what the picture shows for it, so I'm not sure I did everything exactly right but it came out close enough I'd be happy with it. For the head when they tell you to join the two sides, you will hold both pieces together and work through the stitches on each of them to join them as just one flat circle. That's why you end with "only" 16 sc. On the body, when they say to 1dc in the seam, that's really odd wording for that part. I just considered it "in the next stitch" - up to this point you have been joining the two round head pieces; you will still be working through both pieces for those 4 stitches and then you need to do one more dc which ends up falling into the first sc of the round that joined the two circles as one. Does that make any sense? When you join with a slip stitch to the first dc of the round, the piece is going to look kind of weird; it sort of folds over itself a bit. I'm not sure how to explain it but can say even though it will seem weird, just do what it says and it will work. Edited to add: I forgot to mention that on the "comb" portion of the pattern, the * for the repeat is misplaced, it should be before the ch3, not after. Also edited to add a picture of the one I just made, so you can see it ought to work out (even if not perfectly/precisely like the picture) - I just popped it on top of a perfume bottle. Cause it was close. lol
  13. You will have to try different hook sizes until you can match the gauge of the pattern. It can take several tries sometimes to get there.
  14. I made this a couple years ago for a friend's baby shower. I used one of the variegated colors & I used 5 balls for it. The pattern calls for 510 yards and each ball is 120 yards so the math says you'd need 4.25 balls. (510 divided by 120 = 4.25) Edited to say I am just assuming by using a variegated yarn for this you mean one of the Pipsqueak variegated colors. If you're using a completely different yarn, it will take a little more work to figure out how many yards you need. If you're planning to use a totally different yarn, what yarn were you planning to use?
  15. After I wind the yarn into balls I put the labels back on - folding and taping them down as necessary so that they fit over the ball nicely.
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