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  1. This is a crocheted wiggly trivet using seven colors of size 10 crocheted thread. The colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black. It's a "frame" of puzzle pieces surrounding a puzzled heart in the center. Each puzzle piece is shaped like a person. (Head, arms, legs). (Except for some pieces inside the heart. I couldn't make all those the person shape). The last photo is of the back. If you make one of your own this will help you.
  2. Hi, Bev! A pumpkin stencil is used to create carved Halloween pumpkins. I am terrible at this. It truly is an art form - carving intricate, awesome pumpkins. I've made two using stencils before. Here's my Snape pumpkin. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v234/darkharper/DSC00001.jpg Which looks like this when lighted... http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v234/darkharper/DSC00002-1.jpg You print a copy of a stencil, place it over the pumpkin, and use a pin or nail to outline the whole thing - poking tiny holes along all the important lines. Then you carefully carve away portions of the pumpkin you want the light to show through. So, anyway, for the Spock afghan I used a Spock stencil that someone had created to carve a Spock pumpkin. (Which would be awesome too!)
  3. cubanqueen! You did a fantastic job!!!! After you've made so many, you get better at keeping the back neater. You can always sew on a back with soft fleece or flannel. Then it's thick, warm, and no one can see the ugly back. Anyway, he's awesome!
  4. For this latest afghan I wanted to make a tunisian afghan using graphs made for filet crochet. I used two different patterns and picked out and paired up the dog,cat,and rabbit animals from each pattern into one blanket. I used the two Design carriage crib cover filet crochet patterns originally available as mail order patterns. Design 915 and Design 7757. In order to fit them into the same size squares, I decided to leave out the ball, bows, butterflies, and ribbons that were in the original graph patterns. Here is a photo of the afghan in progress. Each square is 50 stitches wide by 45 stitches tall. (Since tunisian stitches are taller than they are wide, the squares must be shorter in stitch length so they would be perfect squares). I made two squares at a time going across row by row so I didn't have to join squares when done - they were already all together as it is made as one whole piece. Each animal is a different color. I added the flowers, (snowflakes?, sputniks?, lol), after it was done by using a yarn needle and simply stitching/weaving them onto the afghan. The border is single crocheted row by row alternating between black yarn and one of the colors of each animal. Kind of gives it a rainbow look.
  5. I bought some sparkly Red Heart Celebration yarn on clearance after Christmas. It's a bright colored yarn in jewel tones with a metallic silver thread that runs through it. The label had some Christmas ornaments that you could crochet with it. Anyway, the yarns colors reminded me of jesters and Mardi Gras. So I decided to make another poncho in tunisian crochet using a size J hook with a flexible extension cord. Here's the poncho I came up with. It's made by crocheting two rectangular panels, (7 squares by 17 squares each), and then attaching the panel together by joining the end of one panel to the side of the other both on the front and back of the poncho. It's neat how, once the panels are attached, it changes the look from the usual squares into the harlequin diamonds - (since they hang on you sideways.) Here's the back. You can see the seems running diagonally across each side. (Since tunisian crochet stitches are taller than they are wide, each square is 10 stitches wide by only 8 stitches tall). Once the panels are attached, you still need to make two more rows of squares to fill up the poncho to the neck. I then added a small pompom fringe that was just large enough to go around once. It's sewn over one of the looser seams created by having to add the extra two rows to the top. (Isn't there some unwritten law that a crocheted poncho requires a bit of pompoms or fringe anyways?) LOL!!! Just kidding. I think it looks really cute too. Here's the front flat. It flares out nicely at the neck which is great because the metallic thread in the yarn is scratchy. That's why I lined it with a dark purple fleece blanket material. It's very warm and soft. I was going to add pink jingle bells to make it even more "jester - like", but my son said not too. (Something about not wanting to annoy people whilst wearing it). LOL!! There's lots more photos in my blog of the lining and such. I hope the photos show the sparkly - ness of this poncho. It was really fun to make.
  6. That's really nice! I love wiggly crochet! Is the pattern by Susan Lowman? (She's got some awesome wiggly patterns.) Super job!
  7. YAY! I finished at last! This is a filet crocheted afghan using an Elizabeth Hiddleson pattern. This is a filet crocheted afghan using an Elizabeth Hiddleson pattern from 1979 that I got online. I have included a photo of the back too. You can see the seems where I joined the squares and the center panel pieces. The hardest part was making those two middle panels. In order to have the crochet stitches go the same way as the squares, it had to be worked up width-wise instead of the longer length, (which would have been SO MUCH easier!) In fact, for the sides of the afghan, I just went ahead and did those along the length of the afghan to save my sanity!) LOL I altered a couple of the animals that I thought looked a little weird on the graphs. The rabbit’s head I made come to a pointed nose. (The graph was so icky! It kinda had a double cheek thingy going on.) I also made the cat’s nose come to a point. (The graph looked like one of those flat-faced cats, (like Crookshanks!), which didn’t seem to look right in profile like this.) And also the elephant was too small for it’s square. So I added a mound and some clouds to fill in the square. I liked these squares because each one was finished with only one ball of Cebelia thread. Not having to buy two. YAY!! The border is done with Coats and Clark Old Fashioned thread in ecru. Both threads are size 10. The crochet hook I used was a 7 (1.65 mm) steel Boye. Happy Easter everyone!
  8. AWESOME!!! That looks sooooooo wonderful. Great job!
  9. Becks

    Mickey Mouse Afghan

    How wonderful! You did an awesome job! Beautiful!!!
  10. For Mother's Day I finished this curtain for my kitchen. It's filet crocheted with a Boye 7/1.65 mm metal hook. I used four balls of size 10 burgundy colored thread. After I finished I also crocheted the tabs at the top so that it could be hung over a rod. I went to Goodwill and found a nice dusty rose colored sheer curtain which I sewed to the back. I had to scrunch up the corners to fit around the ruffle though. (That's ok because I'm not a perfectionist.) I'm just happy it's finally done! I have a link to the graph pattern in my blog. It's meant to be used for charitable purposes - not for selling or profiting from. That's what the graph designer says in their blog. It would really be nice to make one for your Mom for next Mother's Day!
  11. Thanks everyone for making me not so blue about my blue! Crochetville members are the best people!
  12. This project started out by my seeing a vintage filet crocheted chair back cover of palm trees and camels. I saw it for sale on etsy and I thought it looked really cool. (I didn't buy it though). Well, then one day I was looking for old filet crochet patterns on e-bay and I came across an old pattern book from The Spool Cotton Co., Copyright 1938, called Decorative Ensembles to Crochet. Book # 125. It had the graph pattern to crochet the chair back cover and two palm tree arm rests as well. Well, of course I had to get it. So then I thought, instead of just having the two camels looking one way, I could take a picture of the pattern, upload it to my computer, flip the image, and have the two camels facing the other way too. This way I could make a nifty table runner. So that's what I did. But as I was planning this I thought, gee, look at all the space in the middle where the sky will be. Wouldn't it be nice to put something in there. So, I googled around for something meaningful that would fit. Well, lo and behold, right on Ravelry, a fellow crocheter had already posted a free pattern that was just what I was looking for! Maria Merlino has designed this Salaam Peace in Arabic Script filet crochet pattern. I had to ditch the butterfly which would have been way out of proportion with the camels and trees, (can we say Mothra?) LOL! So, I copied the pattern, flipped it and copied that, then I had to glue the two patterns together with my trusty glue stick, Then I penciled in the Arabic script, (which as Maria explains is abjad for the word Salaam, which translates to Peace). I used all Omega cotton Sinfonia yarn. I really love this yarn and have used it in many of my projects. But I will tell you that I was so frustrated with the blue. Warning! With the blue color; DYE LOTS MATTER! I started crocheting from the bottom. As you can see that is a lighter blue. Well, when I ran out and had to buy more, I noticed right away that it was darker. So I thought, that's ok. It's the sky. Well, right near the end, I ran out again and had to go back to Hobby Lobby for one more skein. (Thank goodness that's all I needed because it was the last one!) So, then I noticed that it was the lighter color again. Aaaaahhhh!. Plus in the middle when I was trying to use up the lighter blue and switch to the darker it made a streak of lighter blue across the sky. Clouds, haze, mist, whatever. It's crocheted in there forever. I used variegated brown yarn for the camels and so they look all stripe-y. I think the Variegated citrus color worked great on the palm tree trunks and script. And if all this wasn't enough, I decided to use a whole package of sequin stars to dress up the sky. I used a needle and thread and just beaded each one to attach them all. I'm including a photo of the back. You can see how I had to tack down all the white thread that I used to attach the sequins. I don't want anything to snag on any of the thread. The size of the runner is about 44 inches by 21 inches. I used a size H cabled afghan hook. I usually use a size J hook for tunisian stitching but this yarn is much thinner and so I used the smaller H hook.
  13. Yep, that's where I got mine for the second one too. (I didn't know if it would be ok to post the link as there are a lot of rules here at Crocheville.) Anyway, that's the pattern for the second one. Not the first one which is in this thread. This one is Pattern 915.
  14. You know, my sister thought maybe it was a skunk with that wispy thing at the back like it was it's odor or something. LOL! But I think if it were a skunk the tail would be much larger like the squirrels' but with a stripe or something. And I think the wispy trails in back are like many of the other animals on the afghans that have them in their squares; ribbons around their necks. But, anyway, it still doesn't solve what the heck this animal is. A badger? A groundhog? A prairie dog?
  15. After I posted my Filet Crochet Baby Animal Carriage Crib cover - (Design 915), people said it looked similar to another design. A Design number 7577 by what looks like the same folks who made the 915 pattern. So, I tracked that pattern down and decided to make it as well. I used the same Cebelia DMC thread size 10 that I used in the first blanket. I've included photos of the front, the back, and then a side by side photo with both afghans. This second one is slightly smaller because the gids for each square is one row less both horizontally and vertically. I think they are different sizes to accommodate the different border patterns for each afghan. It still takes two balls of Cebelia in each color to finish one animal square. Luckily, I still had left-overs from the first and only needed to buy one more color each. (I wanted the lamb to be in white so I got two of those.) I used the lilac color to border each square and then to join them. The second photo is of the back which has a ridged "seam" where I single crocheted them together. I tried to match the same colors for the same animals in each afghan. Both dogs are blue, both cats are pink, and both rabbits are peach. But there are some animals that are totally different too. I love the deer and the lamb in this new one. So cute! I have no idea what kind of animal is in green in this new blanket. The old one is a squirrel but this new one doesn't really have much of a tail. I'm guessing it's a chipmunk. But then again it could be a baby bear. I don't know. What do you all think?
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