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    mother of two adults, two teens
  • Location
    South Bay, California USA
  • Hobbies
    quilting, mosaic, mixed media art, gardening
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    court reporter
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    wearables, arm warmers,
  • Crocheting since...
  1. i must agree - you're confusing yourself and me in the process:D - i had the same problem back when i first started crocheting, when dinasours roamed the earth... i made about 30 rectangles before i graduated to triangles (rectangle = afghan, scarf, etc.; triangle = shawl). being self-taught from books i find pictures and schematics very helpful - like a logic game. if i know what configuration i'm trying to achieve then it's often easier to see if what i'm doing is going to get me there:think... a ripple pattern is a great next step in following patterns because you'll know pretty quickly if you're doing it right or wrong . if you don't start seeing an established pattern by about the fourth row then there is a misunderstanding going on somewhere:eek. most patterns will say something like "turning chain counts as first stitch here and throughout" or "chain two counts as double crochet" - some indication to keep your count correct so that when they say "skip first dc, dc in next dc" they're basically telling you not to put your first stitch in the base of the turning chain which is, after all, your first dc in the row, but to go to the first 'available' stitch. if you think about this, it's logical - if you were to make the stitch into the base of the turning chain on each row you'd have a lot of extra bulk at your edges. when counting stitches, you count the "V" as you look down at your row, so even though you may have 'cinched' several double crochets together in the previous row, you count the "V" that closed it all up as one stitch. if the pattern says to skip four stitches and double crochet in next stitch then you should have four unworked V's that you can still see after you make your next stitch. i know it would be nice to have someone to just ask for help and perhaps there's a crochet class at your local Michael's or Joanne's. there are many on-line tutorials and learning from books can also be a great feeling of accomplishment! that said, go forth and HOOK!
  2. Ah, Dude, the Ming Tree is GORGEOUS, of course! Even makes my lumps and bumps look good, and that's no easy feat! You are an awesome pattern writer as well as the incredible designs you come up with (how do you do it???) my teenage daughter gave me compliments:faint*break out the smelling salts* About the crochet book you're writing... i'm wait-ting *taps foot impatiently*
  3. "This Guy" is a sweetheart, a member of the 'ville and a very, very talented knit and crochet designer. His is one of the names i run into frequently in crochet magazines with always gorgeous well-written patterns. i've heard This Guy has a crochet book in the works - his knitting book was published last year. i'm waiting.... in the mean time i'll finish the gorgeous Ming Tree skirt:crochetingthat's been a pleasure to make...
  4. i would look on etsy to get an idea of fair pricing - find something comprable in size and intricacy and then think about how long it would take you to make the doily for this person and if you'd be willing to accept the 'going rate' and if she'd be willing to pay it...
  5. just as regular crocheted slippers - or plain old socks - would have a 'slip factor' that is something for the person making them to consider. pesonally, i'd LOVE to make some adult Ugg-style slippers all crocheted, not with a leather or alternate bottom. thanks for asking for opinions. perhaps you could do alternate patterns.
  6. yes, it makes sense yes, it seems a bit complicated at 'first read' you did a good job writing the pattern out - i understand it and i didn't have to grab hook and yarn, i could 'mentally' go through what you were saying and it 'works' here are a couple suggestions: in some patterns that have a more complex stitch sequence it will list 'special stitches' at the beginning and go through the stitch sequence along with the explanation of why you're doing this, just as you have done. then when you're making the item and get to that portion of the pattern it will remind you to see the Special Stitch section for 'extra' help. also you might consider charting it out - i have gone kicking and screaming into the land of symbol crochet, but it suddenly hit me that it's not a bad idea when i could not figure out what a pattern wanted me to do until i looked at the symbols and 'saw' and then it all made sense! good luck:manyheart
  7. oh, thank you thank you! these are great! appreciate everybody sharing!
  8. i had to do a MAJOR clean out on my computer to get rid of some nasty virus and persistent pop-ups and i lost a LOT of links including one that i had to free patterns of antique crochet items - these were the VERY old patterns, not like the Family Circle stuff from the '70s - i'm talking Titanic here! so if anyone knows what i'm referring to i'd appreciate very much to find that link again - or something like it! thanks:hug
  9. another way for a more 'gradual' line... increase: chain 3, double crochet in same stitch (base of chain three), continue in established V-stitch pattern, at end of row place 2dc in top of turning chain. turn chain 3, 2dc in next dc, continue in established pattern until 2 stitches left, 2dc in next stitch, dc in top of turning chain. turn chain 3, V stitch in next dc, continue in established pattern until 3 stitches left, skip 1 dc, V stitch in next to last dc, dc in top of turning chain. you have now increased two V stitches per row, one on each end, over three rows
  10. i got "page not found" too - and i tried clicking on both and copying them into the search bar... i'd love to see your 'ghans!
  11. could you give the name of the pattern - either the link if it's a free pattern, the book it's in. those are very confusing instructions but perhaps one of us might have the pattern and could look at the 'bigger picture' of what they want you to accomplish; that's how i figure out patterns when i'm stuck: "what exactly am i aiming for here?"
  12. okay. i think i get it, maybe i'm just weird, but it makes sense. i grabbed a hook and some yarn and did what it said to do first, and then after the "asterisk" symbol i interpret it as follows: slide your hook through the hole (they call "eye of the stitch") directly below your hook (this is the space that is holding the 'group' of stitches together when you pulled through 'all loops on hook') pull up a loop - you now have two loops on the hook. now go down to the next chain and slide your hook through, pull up a loop, go to the next chain, slide your hook in and pull up a loop - you now have four loops on your hook. yarn over and pull through the four loops, then chain one. this chain one will be the first spot you put your hook in, plus the next two chains, to make your next stitch. for each stitch you will pull up a loop from the 'eye' of the chain one from the last stitch, and you'll pull up a loop in each of the next two base chains, then yarn over, pull through all loops, chain one, repeat. i did it this way and it comes out with the 24 stitches. hope this helped.
  13. are you looking for an image like to put on an afghan, or a three-dimensional train where you would make the engine and cars and stuff them as in a toy?
  14. it's Annie's Free Pattern of the day (only available TODAY 12-21)
  15. if this is a pattern from a more recent book or magazine, i would check online for the corrections page, you know, just in case. that is awfully confusing... wish i could help
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