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  1. I've been working on this also. This is the most oddly constructed garment I have ever done. The diagram is misleading,because it shows you the garment completed, not in progress. Yes at the point that you are adding the chain for the sleeve,it looks completely wrong, but it will turn out correct. It will finally make sense when you stitch the sleeve seams together,to form the completed upper section. It would have been more helpful if diagrams of the upper section, unstitched together had been provided,or a better written explaination . The initial piece crocheted ( before adding and chains for sleeves) is the "waistband". If you lay that out flat, then fold the two ends in to meet in the middle, you can get a better understanding .......you now have a right front and a left front laying over the back. The chain for the right front sleeve is no longer "in the middle" but is and extension off of the side of the right front. It made more sense to me once I folded it ...making it look more like a sweater and less like a long piece of crochet with things sticking out in odd places. Battery in the camera is dead, so I can't post pictures,but stick with it, it will actually turn out correct.
  2. I take it that the body of the blanket is completed and you are now working on the edging/border. A link to the pattern would be helpful This part :"*2dc in next st. sk 1, rep from * to corner. 2 dc in corner st." would be across the top/bottom of the blanket........with 2 double crochets in the corner stitch. This part: " sk 1 row," is directing you to skip one end row before making the next stitch
  3. faedragon

    Opinion's Please

    Why not show both to the young man and let him choose, in the end, what he likes best is all that matters.
  4. faedragon

    Base of Chain

    There really isn't enough information on which to base an answer.
  5. If you have a "heavy duty" machine, you will be able to do this. I would follow the recommendation to put paper under the crochet so it doesn't catch on the feeddog and don't use the pedal, han turn the wheel, that way you have more control and will be less likely to break the needle.
  6. I've made several. You are working in the ends of the rows,( turn the work so the ends of the rows are now what you are working into, decreasing as you go( single crocheting 2 single crochets together to make a single stitch) ending up with 26 stitches. The directions are precise.
  7. crochet a swatch in the yarn of choice and the chosen stitch, then frog and measure the amount of yarn used to make the swatch. Then do the math : how long and wide is the scarf? how many swatches would it take to make the width and length of the scarf. If the answer is 5, then multiply the yarn used for the swatch by 5. Or crochet a row, frog it, measure it then multiply by the number of rows you want to do.
  8. I had no problem doing this. While the pattern isn't clear, it is possible to do...you are working down one side around the end then back on the other side..... it makes a rectangle, not a circle. There will be a 3 dc group on each end and 2 groups of 3 dc on each side.
  9. Can't help with the pattern, but looks like my Bengal, Dixon is exploring your blanket....no, can't be mine, he'd be trying to eat a hole in it instead of hiding under it...
  10. here's a little trick that might make some of this a little easier !. Read the pattern through BEFORE starting. Most patterns will state something like this" Beginning chain 3 counts as dc" Now the first row /round : no problem, but on the return row you'll see something about stitching in the top of the chain 3 ( this would be the beginning chain 3 from the very start.) Now, of course you can't find it. Here's what you doe: at the start, as soon as you make that chain 3, put a marker ( this can be a peice of colored yarn) in the 3rd chain. If you do this, you'll know where it is on the return. Also mark the last stitch in a row so it's easy to find. This helps to make sure you don't miss stitches.
  11. If you don't think you'll be able to crochet it together, why not stitch it together using needle and yarn?
  12. First of all : take a big deep breath and let it out slowly.....next, ditch the cheap plastic hook and the yarn you're not in love with... get a nice hook, by whatever way you define nice... and some yarn you like. It doesn't have to be expensive, it doesn't have to be natural fibers...I personally LOVE red heart yarn....it get so soft once it is washed and dried... if you don't like the tools you're working with, you won't want to use them... Ignore the snickers from the people who think that the only thing you can do with yarn is knit...they are small minded. No, I don't hate knitting...I learned to knit years before I learned to crochet, I just like crochet much better.... You-tube is your friend...great resource...find the videos that show what you need to know and watch them over and over...stop action is great, you can pause them at any point, and they never get frustrated with you. As to where to put your hook, unless the pattern states otherwise, it is always under both loops: patterns will assume you understand this.
  13. Hi, and welcome. I'm in Md also.
  14. Made these for my tree. Pattern from Lion Brand.
  15. You would use a darning needle ( one with a large eye and a blunt tip, big blue plastic ones can be found in the yarn section of your favorite store to buy yarn from) and yarn. You would then make sure it is secure, by whatever method you like best, on the wron side of the item, ie: the side not seen when the item is completed.
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