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  1. Making these Celtic knot patterns are fun! I've charted out a few more patterns from two different knot motifs in the Book of Kells. I call them "Large" and "Small Celtic Cables". They are designed to be modular so you can attach as many of the vertical and horizontal pieces together as needed to make a border or design element in an afghan. I hope you enjoy them! http://suviscrochet.blogspot.com/2014/08/book-of-kells-large-cables.html http://suviscrochet.blogspot.com/2014/08/book-of-kells-small-cables.html
  2. I don't think it will matter much which direction you work. You can always flip the dress the other direction if it seems as though you are stitching it toward the head instead of the feet.
  3. Here is a thread on another crochet forum site with several great links for programs that will help you graph your design: http://www.reddit.com/r/crochet/comments/2cwkwy/how_to_make_a_crochet_pattern/ As for how much yarn, I would start with 1 skein of each minor color (like brown and dark grey), 2 skeins of each moderate color (like peach and light grey), and 4 skeins of major colors (like red, light blue, and green). Go for a no dye lot yarn with large skeins so you can easily purchase more if needed. But, if you buy the pattern, it will probably come with estimates on how much yarn you need.
  4. This Turkish tutorial has a shawl pattern for similar flowers in both Turkish and English (the English is immediately following the Turkish directions so a little easy to miss). It shows how to build up a shawl starting from one corner on a mesh-like framework. http://makhina.blogspot.dk/2008/06/t-ii-fstkl-aln-yapm.html
  5. The flowers are puff stitch flowers. Here is a very similar shawl on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fstkl-sal Here is a free tutorial for how to make a similar "Mollie flower": http://littlegreen.typepad.com/romansock/mollie-flowers.html Photo tutorial here: http://daisiesforviolet.blogspot.dk/2012/10/puff-stitch-flower-tutorial.html Video tutorial here: http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/2014/04/01/puff-stitch-flower-free-pattern/ The rest of the construction looks like a series of [dc, ch 2] to make the square webbing, and [ch, dc in the side of the flower] to attach the flowers together. Sorry I can't help much more with this part!
  6. Thanks for all the kind comments! I am currently working on another motif from the Book of Kells that could easily become a ~5 inch Celtic knot border on an afghan of any size. It's all charted up, now I just need to finish the prototype!
  7. I just recently posted a new pattern inspired by a motif from the Book of Kells. It's a Celtic knot that alternates rows of single crochet with relief stitches. It is the perfect size to make an iPad cozy or pillow front. I hope you enjoy it! http://suviscrochet.blogspot.com/2014/08/kells-square.html
  8. I just published a free pattern for a Celtic knot from the Book of Kells. It's stitched in rows of single crochet with front post/relief stitches to make the knots. It may give you inspiration. http://suviscrochet.blogspot.com/2014/08/kells-square.html I am also working on a couple more smaller knot patterns that should be published very soon.
  9. I have found that slip stitching into the 2nd chain of the ch-2 will minimize the gap. If you sl st around the chain, then you just pull the hole bigger. By stitching into the 2nd chain, you pull the ch-2 taught and close the gap minimizing the hole.
  10. Looking at the pictures on the Deramores website, you crochet a tube, then add an extra row (not a round) and stitch the edge closed. This will result in a tube with a hole at the top where you continue the leg at a 90º angle to the tube. Here's how I would modify the instructions to make it more clear: Work 6 dc into a double loop. Rnd 1: 2 dc in each dc to end (12 sts) Rnd 2 - 5: dc in each st around. Turn the work. Row 6: ch, dc 12. Turn. Row 7: ch, dc 12. Turn. Row 8: ch, dc 6 picking up a dc from each side of the tube to close the "knee" of the leg (i.e. the "back seam"). Fasten off. You should now have a tube, closed on both ends, but with a hole at the top on one side. Attach yarn to top edge of paw. Working in the sides of the sts/hole made in Rows 6-8, dc 12 sts evenly (should be 2 dc per st) around the opening for shaft. Continue in rnds in a spiral. Rnd 1: dc across. Fasten off. This picture from the website (http://cdn.deramores.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/t/e/ted_neu_r_ck.jpg) shows the seam at the top of the foot tube and how the remaining sts of the leg are perpendicular to the foot.
  11. I have not made this pattern, but I think I can help. By this point you should have the hood. The edge of the hood has the ch-3 turning chains of each row facing forwards. >With right side of garment facing you, join another ball of yarn at neck edge in 1st st of hood. Skip starting ch 3 of 1st Row, * 3 dc, picot (ch 3, slip st through 1st st of chain--picot made) 3 dc in ch 3 of next Row. Because it says to "skip the starting ch 3 of the first row", it looks like you slip stitch into the the same stitch that you started the hood (the "neck edge"). Then you [dc 3, picot, dc 3] in the following ch-3 space and each ch-3 space around the hood. By skipping the first ch-3 space (just after where you joined on to the neck/hood junction), you are forcing the shell to fan out.
  12. I have to agree with Tampa Doll. The rest of the pattern has you using a magic ring to start each part, so she meant to write "magic" before ring. However, with only one stitch in the ring, it may come undone and be more difficult to weave your end in. I would also: chain 2, sc in the 2nd chain from the hook, chain 1, and proceed with Row 2 of the pattern.
  13. Thank you for the kind words! Wonderful positive feedback like this is part of what keeps me designing, as well as my love of the craft!
  14. I just finished and wrote up the pattern to this sunburst shawl based on an art deco stained glass window (in the Buffalo City Hall Council Chambers). It took me several months to design and make, especially to keep the style and feel of the original window. The pattern is available for free on my website: http://suviscrochet.blogspot.com/2014/07/art-deco-sunburst-shawl.html
  15. Yes, these are just telling you how many stitches you have in your round. After Round 2, you should have made 9 sts and a ch-2 space. It's just to help you count and make sure you have followed the pattern correctly so far. So, at the end of Round 3, you should have 11 sts and a ch-2 space.
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