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  1. My yarn was hidden away all over my house...laundry/storage room, various closets, my car, on top of my dresser, in my dresser, on my wardrobe closet...everywhere! The problem is that I never knew what I had so I just kept buying more. I finally committed myself to coming out of the closet with my yarn addiction and showing off what I have. So I moved the 2 bookcases from my living room to my basement TV room. I replaced them with the Ikea Expedit bookshelf. Wow! What a difference. The yarn is beautiful on display. I have bins for scraps. Drawers for notions. And even space for the magazines, loose patterns, and pattern books. All neatly organized on display for the world (well...for everyone who comes to my house) to see. I can now breathe. I no longer try to hide my yarn.
  2. This was my test piece. I intend to make another most likely using nylon cord. I made a purse with La Espiga nylon and I love how durable it is. That stuff would be perfect for a tire cover. But now I have to leave this one on my car for a month and see what happens. I'm not concerned about the elements as I can take it off and wash it. The only possibility is theft but I think that is unlikely. To cut it off would ruin it. And it isn't obvious how it is attached. It would look strange to see someone messing around with it for a few min trying to figure it out and I hope that would deter theft. I have never left anything crocheted out in the public so I have no idea what the likelihood of theft is. I'll be sure to post again in 30 days when (hopefully) it is still on my Jeep.
  3. I made this tire cover. I used acrylic yarn and tied it on fairly tight. It is not obvious how it is attached just by looking at it. You would have to fiddle around behind the tire a bit to figure it out. Everyone is telling me that it will be damaged (by something other than weather) or stolen within a month. Thoughts? Has anyone done anything like this before? I accepted that bet so I hope it lasts! I park in my garage overnight so it will only be out in parking lots during the day. I never go anywhere secluded...just regular public busy parking lots.
  4. My mother has requested this Florette Scarf from Crochet! Summer 2012 magazine for her birthday (in a week!!). I seem to have trouble working the 2nd row. Can someone help me diagram this out? I don't see how it works. Row 1: Ch 32, dc in 8th ch from hook (first 5 chs counts as first dc and ch-2),[ch 4, sk next 4 chs dc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 chs, dc in next ch] across, turn. I'm fine as of right here. Pretty easy. Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch-1), dc dec in next 2 dc (sk ch sp between dc), [ch2, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-4 sp, ch 2, dc dec in next 2 dc (sk ch sp between dc)] across, ch 1, dc in same st as last leg of dc dec, turn. Now I'm lost. At the end of the first row I have essentially 7 dc and the end chains that also count as a dc for 8 total dc. It looks like 4 small boxes with 3 rectangles in between them. When I follow Row 2 literally, I end up with a dc (made of chains), 2 double chains together, 2 double chains in the same ch-4 space, 2 doudle chains together, then an ending dc. That doesn't look right. And if this is correct, why does it say "across" which indicates that I need to repeat it at least one more time. I'm a visual person - I wish all patterns had better photos and charts! Can anyone help me get this thing started?
  5. For some reason I ended up with 22 squares, not 21. I guess I need to go back and check my numbers again. Although I may just go with the 22 and keep working. It doesn't seem to interfere with the pattern. How does the row of sc interfere with the border? I really liked that idea.
  6. Thanks for all the help and suggestions. My foundation chain also has very large holes where the shells are made. I may try that row of sc to see if it helps. Shari - this pattern is wonderful! Thanks so much for creating it. I showed it to someone at work and she wants me to show her how to work the pattern so she can make one, too. I am a prosecutor in Illinois and in my office (between the attorneys and support staff) there always seems to be 2 or more people at a time expecting babies. There must be something in the water here....
  7. I fixed the gap issue. I was building the squares straight up. I kept working at it last night until i figured out what i was doing wrong. This is my first attempt at Tunision and it is easy and I do like it. However with this pattern I am now having the same problem of not getting it to lay flat. It seems like the squares lay flat and it makes the shells underneath puff up. I am going to try using smaller hook for the shells and larger for the squares and see if that helps. I will let you know.
  8. civitas

    Afghan Help!

    I almost never use the suggested hook size for either the pattern or the yarn. Each time I do a project, I take the yarn and figure out what hook size I am most comfortable using with that yarn and that pattern. If you are making an afghan, it doesn't really matter at all unless it needs to be a specific size. With clothes, I have to do a couple samples with different hooks to make sure my clothes will turn out the right size. With Homespun, I always use larger hooks. It makes it much easier and looks better.
  9. I found a pattern in July 2011 Crochet World called Tunision Shells Baby Blanket. It is so pretty I want to make one for my best friend who is pregnant. I'm stuck on the 2nd row - it just doesn't turn out right and I don't know where I went wrong. Here is the start of the pattern: Notes: Shell - 9dc work loops off hoook - yo, pull through 1 loop on hook, *yo, pull through 2 loops on hook across, rep from * until 1 lp rem on hook (last lp on hook is first lp of next row) bind off - insert hook from right to left behind front vertical bar, yo, pull lp through st and through lp on hook tunisian simple stitch - insert hook from right to left behind front verticasl bay, yo, pull lp through. Row 1: Ch 180, 4 dc in 4th ch from hook (beg 3 sk chs count as first dc) (counts as first half shell), *sk next 3 chs, sc in next ch, sk next 3 chs, **shell in next ch, rep from * across to last ch, ending last rep at **, 5 dc in last ch, turn. Row 2: Ch 1, *sc in next st, pull up loop in each of next 6 sts (7 loops on hook), work loops off hook; [sk first vertical bar, tunisian simple st in each of next 5 sts, pull up lp in next st, work lps off hook] 3 times; (1 tunisian square); ch 1, sk first vertical bar; bind off each of next 5 sts Repeat from * consecutively 20 times, turn after last 5 bound off sts (21 tunisian squares at end of last row) So the first row is a row of shells. Then I started the tunisian square. It looked right when it was done (the first square). Then I got stuck. If I went down to the next dc stitch in the row of shells, it left a gap at the edge of the square I could put my fingers through. That isn't how the picture of the blanket looks (holes in it like that). So how is it I am connecting them wrong? Do I work down the side of the tunision square? That doesn't seem right either. And by my count if I use each of the dc and sc stitches that make up the shells row (220 total) I will end up with just over 31 tunisian squares. So how am I messing this up? If I could just get this row 2 done I could do the entire rest of the pattern! Please help. I can also send any photos of my work if you send me a private message. I don't want to give up on this project so soon. Thanks in advance. ~Christina
  10. I just made this blanket for a co-worker! It is very easy and works up fast.
  11. One more question on this: When it says to end with a sl st in last hdc, do I sl st in the last "real" hdc or in the ch-2 that counts as the first hdc per the pattern notes?
  12. Hello, I learned to crochet when I was young but it never caught on with me. Then when I was in law school a friend of mine in school crocheted. Seeing her crochet made me want to pick it up again. I did and I've been crocheting non-stop since then. I pretty much never make the same thing twice. I enjoy making new things and I impulse buy a lot of yarn that I then have to find a use for. I'd consider myself an intermediate crocheter at this point. Right now I don't know anyone in my area that also crochets so I don't have anyone to share my projects with or to seek advice from, which is how I ended up here. I crochet as time permits and I will post as time permits. In my line of work (and with my kids), my free time (if any) varies from day to day. But it's good to know there is a community of crocheters out there! Thanks everyone.
  13. I've tried this different ways and I'm tired of ripping it out and starting over all the time because I can't decide what is right. I would like some other opinions on how this is supposed to start... I'm making a coat from Crochet Coats! (from Annie's Attic). It is the yellow coat. The pattern notes are as follows: Ch-2 at beg of row/round counts as first hdc. Yoke is crocheted first, from back to front with short rows, creating shoulder slopes. Upper bodice and back are crocheted from the yoke to the bottom of armholes, and then joined. YOKE: Row 1: Beg at bottom edge of Back, ch 50, sk first 2 cs, [sl st in next ch, hdc in next ch] across, turn. (24 sl sts, 24 hdc) **I understand this row fine** Row 2: (RS) Ch 2, [sl st in next hdc, hdc in next sl st] across, to last hdc, sl st in last hdc, leaving last sl st and ch-2 unworked, turn. **Here is where I start getting lost. First of all, when it says next, does it mean the very first hdc (which if I did the first row correctly, I ended with a hdc and so that would be first in the next row) or does it mean I skip that very first one and go to the next hdc (meaning 2nd hdc)? This happens in the next row, too. It doesn't help that there is no stitch count at the end of this row.** Row 3: Ch 2, [sl st in next hdc, hdc in next sl st] across, ending with sl st in last hdc, turn. Next rows: Rep last row 11 times. That is the beginning of the pattern. Once I get that figured out I should be good on the rest of it. So, at the end of those beginning rows, should my piece look square? Or one side straight up and the other side sloped (right angle triangle? Or both sides sloped (like a triangle)?
  14. This is more of a personal preference question. Personally I like the idea of making less than 10 rows - more like a mini version of the original. For example, if the new piece is 1/2 the size, then do 1/2 the rows (5 instead of 10) Try to do something proportional. I like the contrast/variety. I'm with your husband.
  15. I am working a sweater pattern and it basically has a pattern of 2 different rows alternating. (row 1 is dc, row 2 is sc). Then after 22 rows (11dc and 11sc) it calls for an increase. You increase on the dc row by adding a dc at each end. The next sentence after the increase row says "Cont in patt, inc in this way at each end of 3 foll 6th rows." This is where I am stuck. What is it asking me to do? How many more rows do I need to do and on what rows do I increase? I love the way this sweater looks and I really want to complete it. Any help would be appreciated.
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