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  1. You did a great job. It's really pretty!
  2. I use a mesh laundry bag (3 for $1 @ a dollar store.) I put the skein in the bag and pull the center's end through one of the mesh holes. Yarn barf doesn't tangle much with most yarn.
  3. redrosesdz

    Need advice

    Welcome to Crochetville! Hdc is a fairly thick stitch. You're using very thick yarn. That means you need a huge hook. What happened is that you have too much yarn in too little of space. Also, magic's suggestion of counting your stitches now is spot on. If your stitch count isn't still 40, your sides will not be straight. As far as fixing, the only way to fix it is to rip it out and start over. I highly recommend only using sc or extended sc with that yarn. Before you begin the blanket again, make a swatch 10 stitches across by 10 rows. Check that EVERY row is 10 stitches. Check that it lays flat. If yes, make the blanket. If no, make adjustments, like a different hook size, and try again. Let us know how you do.
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    Mr Mouse

    Absolutely darling!
  5. These are ALL so wonderful! They are going to be well loved and cherished. To FL fgm, Peggy said it best, but I wanted to add that we all love and appreciate you!
  6. Welcome to Crochetville! The making of it might be easy, but pattern reading is entirely different. Here's a site that will help .... https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/tip_crochet.html When you see something in (), it means do all in one stitch. So in the 5th chain, do a dc, chain 1, then another dc in the same stitch. Normally when you start a new row, you chain up. When you're on row 1, you skip the same number of chains as a new row's chain up. For example, ch3 for a dc row or start in 3rd ch from the hook for a dc, row 1. When a pattern starts with a non-typical chain, it'll often tell you why. In your pattern, it's a ch5. Chains 1-3 represents a dc stitch. Chains 4&5 represents skipped chains. Your pattern is (dc, ch1, dc), skip, skip. With (dc, ch1, dc) all done in the same stitch. Repeat the pattern across. Note: the ends are dc, skip, skip and skip, skip, dc.
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    Blocking

    A name is just something you attach so others know what you mean, right? We knew you meant a number of objects all x" by x", no matter the method used. So square, motiff, block all work as names. Yes, the claret is scratchy fresh off the skein. It gets super soft after multiple washing/drying.
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    Blocking

    You didn't say which acrylic brand you're using, so I'm going to assume red heart. Heirloom squares with all the different stitch patterns will create different size squares. Magic & G.S. are right that you've just got to do your best to get them as close as possible to the same size. One of my first big projects using a pattern, required panels that changed color every other row ... 6 colors in all. I need 10 panels, the same size, 6 ft. long. It took a ton of ripping and 17 panels (and many months) to get 10 similar in size. It was so worth the frustration! One thing I learned is that red heart and caron are not good with yarn thickness. One color of super saver or pounder can be very thick and a different color very thin. Differences have to be accommodated by changing hook sizes.
  9. I see that there's an "ask a question" button on the page. (There's already 5 questions and answers, but none about the definition of the lower edge.) To be on the safe side, you should use the question button to get the correct answer.
  10. What's the link to the pattern?
  11. Yes. You'll need to do the same thing in round 4.
  12. Wow! It's wonderful! That's a great gift. I'm betting that he's going to feel overwhelmed... in a good way!
  13. Welcome to Crochetville! Please remove the pdf link. It's against forum rules due to copyright violations. Here's the link ... http://www.gleefulthings.com/blog/?p=5569 It looks like there's a typo in the pattern. It's missing the words "repeat from * around" in rounds 3&4. See round 2 & 5-19. The missing phrase goes right before the sl st. Does this give you enough to get going or do you need more information?
  14. Welcome to Crochetville! You're making an oval. When you get to the end of the chain, rotate your work so that the 3 stitches in the 6th chain form a rounded end. At this point, the underside of the chain should be on top and the stitches you did on the bottom. Insert your hook under the chain's unused strand(s) for the next sc. Continue along the underside of the chain. If you're having trouble rotating your work, lay it on a flat surface. Without picking it up, move it clockwise until the end that pointed at 9:00 is pointing at 3:00. I hope this makes sense! Let us know.
  15. Welcome to Crochetville! ^ what she said. That chain 3 at the beginning of a row has two purposes. First, it gets your hook to the height of the next stitch. Crochet stitches start at the top of the previous stitch. When you turn, your hook is at the bottom. So you chain up to get to the correct height. Second, the chain up counts as a stitch for taller stitches, like double crochet (dc). 3 chains look similar to a dc stitch. When you look at the top of a stitch, it's 2 strands of yarn that look like <. When you start a row, the chain 3 is stitch #1. The first actual dc is stitch #2 and goes in the 2nd <. At the end of a row is the previous row's chain 3 stitch. The topmost chain of the previous row's chain has a <. For the last stitch in the row, insert your hook under the < in the topmost chain. It's sometimes difficult to see. If you're having trouble inserting your hook in the chain, try loosening it with your yarn needle....move the needle around, pulling up to create space for your hook. As granny square said, try to make the chain loose and use a marker to make it more visable. It's really important to have the same stitch count every row. When you're a beginner, take the time to count your stitches at the end of every row. That way you only have to fix one row, when the count is off. I'm experienced and I count every row at the beginning of the project, then switch to counting every few rows. Unfortunately, there's no way to fix your blanket, other than ripping back to where your stitch count is the same as row 1. This probably means going back to row 2. We've all had to rip out stitches before. Don't give up!
  16. redrosesdz

    hat help

    Kathy gave you the easy way. I'm going to give you another way that is more time consuming, but works, too. Make the chain. Lay it on a flat surface. Use stitch markers (store bought, bobby pins, safety pins, earrings, or anything else that will stay in yarn) to mark every 10 chains. Next curl the chain together to slip stitch the last chain to the first chain. As you crochet round 1, make sure that each set of 10 stitches are on the top. By the way, there's multiple ways to crochet into a long chain. Each chain has 3 strands of yarn. The 2 strands that make a < are called the top. The top strand closest to you is called the front loop and the other is called the back loop. The 3rd strand is - on the bottom. It's called the back bump or free loop. If you crochet round 1 by always inserting your hook under the back bump, it's easier to keep it straight and you'll have a nice edge.
  17. Amigurumi patterns are usually written in a shorthand version of other crochet patterns. Unless they are labeled "beginner", they assume that you're experienced. We're happy to help, when we can!
  18. Welcome to Crochetville! There are no increases or decreases, so it's 24 stitches per round. In your terms, 24 stitches x 4.
  19. Happy New Year, Krys! Maliki looks very comfy on her new blankie! Adorable! I used the same yarn, including color, to make a baby blanket a year ago. My first thought was, "how did Maliki get Jude's blankie?" Lol
  20. Welcome to Crochetville! When you begin a row, you start with a chain up to the height of the stitch. (Sc-ch1, hdc-ch2, dc-ch3, tr-ch4, etc.) For short stitches, like sc, the chain up doesn't count as a stitch. For tall stitches, like tr, the chain up counts as a stitch. When the chain up on the previous row counts as a stitch, it becomes where you do the last stitch on the current row. To do the last stitch in the previous row's chain up (in fourth ch of beg ch-4), insert your hook under the < of the chain closest to the top. Other than where to insert your hook, it's just like any other stitch. If you chained tightly, you may have trouble getting your hook under the top chain's strands. To loosen it, use your yarn needle. Stick the needle where you're going to insert your hook and move it around, pulling up... anything to create some space. Or you can cheat and insert your hook in the space before the chain up. It doesn't look as nice, but is easier and usually not noticible. If you're doing an edge or border, the cheat will be completely hidden. Does this help?
  21. Welcome to Crochetville from me, too! It's difficult to imagine that so much difference is due to tension, especially with such thick yarn. My guess is the stitch count, too. Do you know how many stitches in your first row? If no, turn it upside down and count the chain loops at the bottom. Then count the top row. If your top row count is lower, then that's why it's narrower. The only way to fix it is to rip back until you get to the row that has the same count as row 1. When you're doing single crochet, you chain 1 at the beginning of a row. The chain 1 doesn't count as a stitch. Your first sc is in the first < and your last sc is in the last <. (These rules are different for taller stitches.) Let us know your first row and last row counts.
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