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  1. gremlin

    I need help!

    Okay, Mom's not quite ready to run errands yet, so I tried this. There is an error in the pattern (of course, isn't there always?). So, here is what I did, with pictures. ch 8 slip st in 4th ch from hook sl st in next 2 chs ch 1, skip next ch, slip st in next ch. Round 1 ch 3, work 2 dc in ch1 sp ch 2, 3 dc in same space ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2) twice in next ch 1 sp 3 dc in same ch 1 sp ch 1, 3 dc in first ch 1 space ch 2, slip st to top of beginning ch 3 to join. Each line above is reflected in a picture below (if I can get all the pictures to load). You will notice that I removed the brackets (since they can be confusing). The part in the brackets is where the error in the pattern was. They had you doing two sets of ch 2 in a row, when that is not needed. Just a note - if you just start it like a regular granny square, you will end up with a square blanket, not a rectangle. This seems to be a "two-center" granny "rectangle" rather than a regular one-center square. I'd not ever seen a granny square like this before, so thanks for the pattern. A friend of mine has been looking for a granny square pattern that would make a rectangle. I think I'll show her this one. Hope this helps. .
  2. gremlin

    I need help!

    I'm fairly good at translating patterns. Let me print it out and see what I can come up with. I've got some errands to run this morning, but I should have it for you later today.
  3. gremlin

    I need help!

    In round one, you are working in your first ch1 space, then in the second ch1 space, then back around into the first ch1 space again. So even though it sounds like you are working in three separate ch1 spaces, you aren't. You are working in two of them. You just work in one of the twice.
  4. I use the button magnets that you can get at WalMart. They are not sticky, so I use glue and just glue them to the item. I have used these for yarn, foam, wood, and clay items. They are strong enough to hold the weight of whatever the project is, and it is fairly simple to grab hold of the magnet so you aren't pulling on the item itself.
  5. I keep my yarn in the big Sterilite containers on wire shelves in the back bedroom. There isn't a bed in that room, just a bunch of storage (all my craft stuff). I have one whole wall that is yarn. I keep my hooks in a zippered pencil case, but it is getting more difficult to find the one I want since I have so many. I need to make me a better case that I can keep the same size hooks together. My mom has one that rolls up that she made. I just need to take the time to make me one. The projects I am working on I keep in different sized cloth bags or duffel bags. I have a small canvas bag with handles that I love for hot pads and other small projects. The last big afghan I made, I used a fold up carrier that was sold to put in the back of your car to set your grocery bags in so they don't tip over. I found it at Target for a couple bucks and thought it might come in handy. It worked great to keep all the yarns standing up and in order. After all, that afghan had 27 different yarns. The afghan laid on top of them just fine, and the list of colors (so I wouldn't lose track of which one was next) tucked down the side just fine. I have several sizes of duffel bags, so as a project grows, I can transfer to a larger bag.
  6. I usually have more than one project going. That way, if I get tired or frustrated with one, I can switch to another. I also try to have at least one that is small enough to travel - for when I'm at the doctor's with my Mom. Right now I have: 1. hot pads on the crohook for a wedding gift - need to make 4 and I'm on number 3. 2. pink and blue variegated afghan on the crohook - been working on this one awhile. It keeps getting set aside for other projects. 3. baby blanket for a friend of mine - actually, finishing a project started by her mother. She was cleaning out her mom's stuff after her mom died, and came across a baby blanket that her mom was making. She doesn't have time to do much crochet, so she asked me to finish it. The blanket, the pattern, the hook, and more yarn were all in the bag. 4. Hot pads - I always have one going. I have a tub of cotton yarns and always have at least one hotpad on the crohook. This makes a great travel project because it is small enough to grab and go. 5. Sampler notebook - I have a crochet book that has a bunch of pattern stitches in it. I am making a sample of each stitch with one solid yarn, one variegated yarn, and a different color for each row of the pattern. Then I put the sample in a sheet protector and put it in a three ring binder. That way, I can look through the samples and find the effect I want, and it will tell me which stitch it is. I'd like to do that with each of the pattern books I have, but that may take a while. I also have 3 afghans in the planning stages. One, I know what pattern I want to use, and what colors, I just need to see if I have all the colors I want or if I need to get some more. The second one, I know what pattern I want to use, I just don't know what colors I want to use yet. The third one, I have the yarns, I just haven't found a pattern that I think would look good with the yarns and colors I have. I also have plans to make several baby blankets. Just to have them around for gifts if needed.
  7. I would not be able to limit to just one. If I could pick two, it would be size N and size H. N for afghans and other projects with worsted weight yarn, and H for cotton and baby yarns. As for type of hook, Boye crohooks (double-ended crochet hooks), both of them. That way I could do the crohook stitches I love for afghans and hot pads, as well as using them for regular crochet stitches. I crochet fairly tight, so the N is the one I use most for afghans. My Mom likes the Susan Bates hooks, but I can't keep the stitches on them - they keep sliding off. I much prefer the Boye hooks.
  8. There is a pattern called Cathedral Rose. It is gorgeous. My sister did one with Gemstone as the variegated and it is framed with black. She entered it in the fair and got a blue ribbon with it. Then she said she was never doing a popcorn stitch again - or an afghan that had to be sewn together. (she hates joining) .
  9. Either would work, just use a smaller hook with the thinner yarn. Mom made stuffed hand puppets for us when we were younger and she used just regular worsted weight yarn. If you want the softer, then maybe a chenille yarn or a "soft" yarn, but those can be a bit stretchy, so you'd have to maybe use a smaller hook.
  10. Thanks...that scarf is a story in and of itself. The finished scarf was 16 inches wide and 16 feet long. Replica of a Dr. Who scarf. It took me almost a year to knit. I taught myself to knit so I could make it for an acquaintance. He loved it. Then another acquaintance decided he wanted one, so I made a second one. He changed his mind, so I still have a monster Dr Who scarf.
  11. gremlin

    It says what?

    I have yet to find a printed pattern that doesn't have at least one error in it. The people in our crochet class usually bring their patterns to me for me to interpret and test for errors.
  12. I like that. I'll have to introduce that on our crochet night...
  13. I'd love to see your colors. As you could see from the picture in the first post, Mom chose blue and white. She plans to join it with the blue.
  14. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ! ! ! ! ! :cheer:clap:cheer:clap That is exactly what I was looking for!!!
  15. Hmmm. I've never heard the term "frog" before. We always just say we're taking it out. I always try to be careful and not go too far if something isn't looking right. Usually not more than 4-5 rows. I think the most I've taken out was about 15 inches of a scarf I was knitting - I didn't notice the mistake until then. It was a mess. But, I took it out, put the scarf back on the needles, and finished it. Part of the reason I prefer crochet - it's much easier to correct mistakes!
  16. gremlin

    It says what?

    My Mom... She still has some very very old patterns that I have learned to decipher.
  17. I think it is so they can price them all the same. Supposedly, the variegated yarn costs more to make, so they give you less for the same price as the solid. Then they don't have to worry about changing the price whether it is a solid or a variegated.
  18. I looked at that, but that seems to be more of a magazine or booklet. It doesn't look like it has a chapter 8. What I'm trying to find is the book that has the chapter 8 so I can see the method of joining.
  19. My Mom started an afghan many many years ago and pulled it out again just recently to try to finish it. She has the page that has the instructions, so that part is not the problem. What we are looking for is the way she is supposed to join the squares. The pattern is called Snowfire and was designed by Jean Leinhauser. Under the assembling instructions, it says :joined with Flame using Method 3 (see joining methods in Chapter 8)." Mom doesn't remember where she got the pattern and there is no indication anywhere on it as to what book or magazine or whatever the pattern came out of. Anyone have any ideas? Here is a picture of one of the squares Mom has done and ready to join.
  20. Thanks all. I have a couple of books with multiple patterns for doilies in them. I am looking forward to doing more of these.
  21. Since it is basically just a hand print, you could make your own graph. Use your hand and maybe some paint to put your hand print on some graph paper. To make it larger for an afghan, make each square in the graph paper equal four squares - two up and two across. Then you can transfer the pattern to another piece of graph paper (or do it on the computer - I use Microsoft Excel since it has the little squares). That way you aren't infringing on the copyright, but you can still get the same effect.
  22. Using the basic reversible stitch, and a size H crohook, makes some good hotpads. The larger one is two squares crocheted together around the edges. This makes a good thick pad to set stuff on. The other two are identical, just from the two different sides so you can see the difference. I used two different variegated yarns.
  23. Here are some examples of the flatter stitch. I like this one better because it really has no holes. The afghans are all done with a size N crohook. The dishrag (the square) was done with a size K crohook and cotton yarn. There are some close ups so you can kind of see the stitches...
  24. Not all of the stitches are "reversible". There are two basic stitches that my Mom and I use. One does make a two sided reversible pattern. The other is a flatter more solid stitch that shows the same on both sides. My Mom loves the reversible stitch and uses it all the time. Here is an example of that stitch. This is a baby blanket that she made and entered in the fair a couple years back. It is peach on one side and cream on the other. The picture is from the predominately peach side. Then another blanket that I did that is blue on one side and a blue/pink/purple variegated on the other side. Because the solid blue and the blue in the variegated are identical, it makes the whole blanket look variegated, but you can still tell which side is predominately solid blue. .
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