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  1. That pretty. With the "button" in the center, it makes it look like a flower. Great idea.
  2. I've noticed that some of the darker colors are stiffer than the mid to light colors. The lighter colors almost seem to be thinner than the mid to dark colors. Once the project is finished and washed, they all seem to be better.
  3. A friend of mine saw this hat and wants me to make one for her. Does anyone know where I can get the pattern for it? Or, even a pattern for the criss cross diamond pattern? She likes the look of that stitch, but it is not one I am familiar with. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
  4. I finally finished the ducky charted afghan. Here is a picture of the front, and the back (or the other front), and a close up of the two sides. I'm happy with how it turned out.
  5. That's great for learning a new technique! I love using my crohook (double-ended crochet hook) for dishcloths. I use two variegateds and they really do turn out cool looking.
  6. I don't mind the untangling at all - I just can't bring myself to cut a perfectly good piece of yarn. I ball my yarn - sometimes center pull and sometimes not, depending on what I want to use it for. Either way, I always tuck the "loose" end under several strands on the outside of the ball. This secures it and keeps it from unraveling and tangling. My sister has two dogs that love to "help with Mommy's crocheting". She came home from work one day to find they had gotten in to her current project. They pulled it off the dining room table where she had it, and pulled all the yarn out of the bag and out the doggie door and into the back yard. It was a huge tangled mess. She brought it in and washed it out in the sink (big mistake - it caused the tangles to tighten). Then, she tried untangling it. She gave up pretty quick and threw it into a garbage bag to bring over for me to "play" with. I got it all untangled with out having to cut any of it. Oh, it was three skeins of Red Heart chenille yarn (two different colors) and four skeins of fun fur (two different colors).
  7. I used the round loom and Red Heart Homespun yarn (one strand) to make hats for all of my family a couple of years ago for Christmas. I made a bunch of hats and let everybody choose what color they wanted. I got to where I could make one hat in 30 minutes - start to finish. One skein of Homespun made two hats with leftover. I think I ended up making around 80 hats (big family). Here are some I took pictures of.
  8. Check the ends of your rows - sometimes people don't go all the way to the end, or they go to the end and then go in the turning chain so they end up with an extra stitch.
  9. Time for an update - I've just about finished the body of the duck. I'll be adding the gray for the outline of the back of the duck in another row or two. I'm almost to the halfway point.
  10. Really? I've always used it like a regular worsted weight yarn. I know it has a "wrinkle" to it that makes it appear to be bulky, but it doesn't have the feel (to me at least) of a bulky yarn. I guess I better pay better attention to what it says on the yarn wrappers! (insert embarrassed grin here)...
  11. I recognize the variegated yarn as Homespun - which is a worsted weight yarn. Also, if you look at the brim edge, it looks to me like two strands of worsted weight yarn held together in a row of single crochets to finish it off. The main hat stitches look like double crochets with a chain one between and worked in the chain one space of the prior row.
  12. My Mom is currently working with yarn that she has had for at least 40 years. You can see the different threads in it, but it is not unraveling. It also seems to be a bit thicker than the current "standard" for worsted weight yarn. She is making a blanket with it, and it seems to be holding up just fine. I've used other older yarns from her stash, most of which were at least 20 years old when I used them. The projects I made with it all held up just fine.
  13. Try crocheting a bit looser with the size N hook and see if that make a difference. A variation in the gauge doesn't matter if you can compensate for it. For example, if you are making a blanket, just add enough stitches to make it the width you want.
  14. gremlin

    Graph making

    It can be a bit time consuming, but it lets me chart pretty much anything I want. I did a school logo for my nephew's high school football team, this duckie, and a Pepe Le Pew and Penelope chart for my sister.
  15. You could always start with something smaller. Coasters, or a hotpad, or even a pillow.
  16. gremlin

    Graph making

    First step is to choose your image. In this case, a duck. Insert the picture into excel. I set the column width and row height to be square. Then I set the borders on the cells to be a dark orange color - since that would show up well. Every fifth line I set to be dark red so I could count the larger areas faster. I like using excel, because you can adjust the size of the picture and how many stitches you need to get the detail you want. Print it. Now comes the fun part. Translating the picture to an actual graph. I use the initial of what color the square is going to be - g=green, y=yellow, etc. Using a pencil on the picture to sort of square off the image is very helpful. Once the graph is filled in with the initials of the colors, I like to go in and color the squares. With excel, you can "fill" the squares with color. I use a paler version of whatever color the stitch is going to be. A pale yellow for the bright yellow duck, grey for the black border (that I'm actually stitching in grey because I liked the way it looked). This is a good time to see if the image lives up to what you want it to be. You can make any adjustments at this time also. I ended up rounding the duck's tail and head a bit more because it looked too square. I also made the bill a little bit bigger and added a cattail. Print your finished graph and you are ready to crochet. I use half double crochets when I do charted afghans because it is a nice even square stitch. I am actually working on this particular charted afghan right now.
  17. gremlin

    Graph making

    I create charts with microsoft excel.
  18. What stitch are you using? Are you stitching onto plastic canvas? a cloth? crocheting? I've created charts for afghans using half double crochet because it is the squarest stitch - it doesn't distort the pattern.
  19. Well, I've got the water part done - you can kind of see the bottom of the duck now - I have the first little bit of yellow in there. The grey for the outline is there, and the green at the base of the cattails. Lots of yarns to work with already!
  20. gremlin

    dish rags

    Three more done - twenty-some still to go.....
  21. gremlin

    dish rags

    I call it the "flat stitch" on the crohook. I don't know if it has a specific name or not. It makes a nicely textured, non-holey dishrag.
  22. The round ripple afghans work well for wheelchairs. They curve down to cover the feet and legs without being bulky or catching in the wheels. They are easy to adapt for size also - just make it so if it is laying with the center on your lap, the edge just covers your toes. Usually, the top "half" will be folded down for extra warmth on the lap. If you want to use a rectangular or square pattern, 36" x 36" is plenty big enough.
  23. Doing the different shades of purple I think would look nice, but not be too girly. Don't forget to show pictures as you do it, I'll be interested to see how it turns out.
  24. Do you have pictures of the three colors or of the nursery? Is it for a boy or girl? There are lighter purples that can go with the black and dark purple to lighten it up. You could start with the black in the center, then the darkest purple, then the next lighter shade of purple and so on. Then finish with the light grey as the border.
  25. I wanted to show a friend of mine how I make a charted afghan - she wants to do a Mickey Mouse one. So, I showed her how I make a chart from a picture. I found the picture of a duckie on line (free clip art). I added the cattail since the duck looked lonely. Then I gathered the colors I wanted, And started crocheting. I'm using half double crochets. The first 24 rows are done and now I'll be starting on the charted part.
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