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  1. 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...
  2. 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. .
  3. Thanks all. I really do love to crochet. My Mom and I actually do teach a crochet class every Tuesday night at our home. Crochet, or crohook, or whatever people need help with. I don't know how I would do one online - I do not have a web cam, nor do I have any inclinations to get one. I might be able to do a video and post it on you tube, but I'd have to figure out how to film it and crochet at the same time. Hmm. I'll have to think on that. Maybe pictures. Something to think about.
  4. The school logo one is just half doubles. Nothing big on that one, other than changing colors. That part was a mess. I couldn't carry the yarn because it showed to much. I was very glad when it was done. The striped ones are all done with a flat stitch on a crohook. I really like that stitch because it is so solid - no holes to snag your fingers in. It works up fairly quickly also.
  5. Yep, that's it. You aren't limited to just two colors either. You can get a real nice effect using multiple colors - or multiple shades of the same color. It's not hard to learn either. If you can do a single crochet and a chain, then you can learn the crohook.
  6. It might be under Popcorn Stitch instead of Bobble Stitch. The more stitches you include, the more it will stick out.
  7. Thanks. I was using up some leftover balls of yarn when I made these. It was kind of fun trying to see if I could find enough colors that went together to make a 36" square...
  8. It looks like a basic bobble stitch. Have you tried googling it? It looks like a row of the bobble stitch with double crochets (?) alternating with a row of chain loops that are anchored in the double crochet between the bobbles. Is it possible to count how many double crochets are in each bobble? And how many chains are in each loop? If you can count them, you should be able to recreate the pattern if you can find the instructions for the stitch itself.
  9. Have you heard of this? Do you crohook? I've been using crohooks for quite a while and really enjoy it. Just wondering if anyone else out there knows about it. It seems to be a "lost" technique in my neck of the woods (or desert).
  10. I haven't done a lot of thread crochet, and I decided I wanted to give it a try. So, this was my first attempt at doilies. I've got a book of patterns and would like to make each of them.
  11. Here are some of the lapghans I've made. The last picture is an afghan I made for my sister - it is the colors and logo of her son's high school football team.
  12. I'm glad you like the suggestion of a lighter green. There are several colors in the sage greens...(darker to lighter in the Red Heart yarns: Dark Sage, Med Thyme, Light Sage, Tea Leaf, Pale Sage, Frosty Green). All of those colors blend well without being to much of a "pastel" shade. I'll be looking forward to seeing the pictures of how you decide to put it together. If you are like me, the colors and pattern have to be just right or it really isn't worth doing. Whether it is for you or for someone you know, or if you are giving it away and will never see it again. You know it's out there, and you want it to be just right. I've been helping a friend of mine choose colors and a pattern for an afghan she is making. She wasn't happy with the way it was turning out, and much as she loved the pattern and wanted to do it, she couldn't find the right colors for what she had in mind. She ended up changing colors and pattern and now she is happy with how it is turning out.
  13. I like those colors. I would add a lighter green to match the blue. What shade of green is it you are using? It looks like one of the sage greens - there are several lighter shades available of the sage greens. As for putting them together, I would join with the gold to accentuate the centers. Do you stitch together or crochet together? For your pattern, if you don't want diagonal stripes through, you could do the colors in a more circular arrangement... Square A in the corners, then Square B just in from that, and so forth... or even start from the inside out. Square A in the center, with Squares B and C alternating around it, then Squares D and E alternating around that row, etc. starting over with Square A when you run out of different squares...
  14. I like to browse the yarn aisle for the colors. I'll see some colors that will go together, then I have to try to find a pattern for them!
  15. Thanks all, for the welcomes. I'm fairly new at the forum thing, so forgive me if I sort of stumble around for a while...
  16. Hello. I have been crocheting since I was old enough to hold a hook. I've made several afghans, hot pads, finger puppets, etc. Not that there is much call for afghans here in Phoenix, Arizona right now. Currently, I am making some hotpads for my niece's wedding in September. I am also working on a patch lapghan for a friend of mine. And a baby afghan for another friend whose Mother had started it. Her mother has since passed away, and she doesn't crochet, so she asked me to finish it for her. Fortunately, there is plenty of yarn and the crochet hook, as well as the instructions, all in the bag together. That is just a few of the projects I have going right now. I'm not happy unless I have several projects working. Some of my other hobbies/interests: Clay, foam, sewing, gardening, reading, jigsaw puzzles, drawing (colored pencils), sculpting (a little), animals (I raise birds and I have a dog and a fish pond). I taught myself to knit, but it is not my favorite. I prefer crochet. I am disabled, so I am unable to work. I live with my elderly Mother (who is also disabled) and we help each other out. The two of us teach/host a crochet class at our home once a week. There are several people who come every week as well as a few that come when they can. I would love to be able to make afghans to sell, but I'm just not good at the selling part. I like my afghans too much! My favorite pattern is done on a crohook - a double ended crochet hook. I crochet tight, so I prefer using size N. This is a picture of the most recent afghan I made. I will be entering it in the State Fair this year. .
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