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  1. Thanks for the help! They look much better now
  2. So do I need to insert the hook from the outside toward the inside and work left to right instead of right to left?
  3. The directions for the baby booties I am making say to slip stitch the last row. On the pattern example it makes a nice finished contrasting edge of little "v's" on the top. When I do my slip stitches the "v's" end up on the inside edge of the bootie and there's a straight stitch on the outside. I'm inserting my hook where the next stitch would go if I were making any other stitch, yarning over, then pulling through the loop on the hook. The photo shows the original pattern photo on the left and my effort on the right. Please help me understand what I am not doing right. Thanks!!
  4. Debbie the pattern is available from Annie's Attic. There's a link to it on Kim's blog post about this afghan. http://kimguzman.com/blog/sweetheart-ripple-afghan/ There's also a video on how to do the modified post stitch on the page. You'll have to send her a message and ask for permission to view it I just bought the eBook today and got started on it. It is such a great pattern!
  5. Thanks for the suggestions! Now that y'all mention it, it does make more sense to do another solid color blanket so as not to compete with the busy patterns. Been so busy trying to find a "pretty" blanket pattern that I didn't even stop to think about that. It helps so much to get a fresh perspective!! Thanks again!
  6. Hello, My daughter-in-law has selected this bedding for my granddaughter who will be born in September. https://www.dropbox.com/s/4pkjbzxk7fqzus4/brooklyn.png I'd love some suggestions for baby blanket patterns and yarn selections that will go with it! I'm an advanced beginner so nothing too overly complicated. Althought I love the look of lots of granny square patterns, I don't think I'd like stitching them together, so I prefer something colorful that doesn't have to be stitched. I did a "Tiramisu" pattern blanket in our favorite team colors already so I want this one to have more than one color for the main part of the blanket. Also need something that works up pretty quickly since I'm kind of slow and September will be here before we know it! Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
  7. Thank you so much!!
  8. I purchased this pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-bootie---ladybug-ankle-strap to try to make these adorable booties for my first granddaughter who will be here in September. I've only been crocheting a few months and have managed to make a baby afghan and matching bib. I used Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn" in cranberry to make them both. Well, this pattern calls for 2 strands held together of "light fingering" cotton yarn (100% cotton, 30 tex x 3 x 4, cca 142 m in 50g). I tried to make the newborn size using the "I Love This Yarn" and a much smaller hook than the pattern calls for and they were still way too big. I'd appreciate any suggestions for a brand of cotton yarn (100% cotton, 30 tex x 3 x 4, cca 142 m in 50g) that has a wide enough variety of colors that I might be able to match the cranberry color of "I Love This Yarn", which is a crimson red. If I can't find a matching cotton yarn, does anyone have any suggestions for "transposing" a pattern from cotton yarn to worsted weight so that the newborn size booties won't fit a 3 year old? Thanks! Charlain
  9. I do have a pattern in mind for the baby's blanket! I saw this on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/pin/355010383098062047/ and since we are all big Alabama fans, I want to make it in crimson and white with a houndstooth ribbon and an elephant instead of the bear. If it's a little girl, I'll put a houndstooth ribbon on the elephant I found the pattern on Ravelry.com and on the creator's blog: http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/TiramisuBlanket.pdf I also found instructions for the cutest little elephant to go on there! I am sure I will need some help interpreting the instructions once I get confident enough to attempt it. Thanks to you and everyone else for the warm welcome!
  10. Hello, Just found and joined this forum a few minutes ago. I've only been crocheting a couple of weeks and everything I've learned so far I learned watching online videos! My grandmother and mother both loved to crochet, but I guess I was always too busy with other things to learn from them. I regret that, but am thankful that there are so many great resources available now online. My son and his wife just found out a few weeks ago that they are having their first baby. My goal is to work my way up to creating a baby blanket before the baby is due this fall. So far I've made a cozy to fit Starbucks coffee cups and some boot cuffs for my daughter. I'm working on an infinity scarf now and hope to have it finished tonight. My biggest stumbling block so far is working into the chain. It takes me soooo long to get that first row after the chain done. I almost gave up because I couldn't figure out where to insert the hook in the chain to begin - but after I found a video that showed how to work into the back "hump" it all clicked and made sense. So, I don't know if it's the right way or not, but that is how it makes sense to me. It's still a very slow process for me, though, so any tips on how to improve this would be welcome. Looking forward to being a part of this forum! csf97
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