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  1. Call it a character defect--I had to try it again and see if it would work without the slip-stitch row. I did go back and watch the part about the slip-stitch row on the tutorial more carefully, and as far as I could tell, it ultimately serves to hide where the diamonds are anchored, so technically, it's not necessary to the pattern working correctly. I'm not an advanced enough of a crocheter to care about that kind of detail and I'm stubborn, so here's the second shot. Because I was excited to try it again, I forgot to do two rows of each color, then decided to just go with it since it was a test anyway. Thanks so much for the tip of using stitch markers to help count stitches. Such an obvious solution for the girl who can't count! It made all the difference! I was able to mark my centers exactly. Also, since the yarn is so stretchy, I skipped the chain between clusters in addition to using the correct hook recommended for the yarn. It did curl up a bit at the edges, but simply tugging it flat worked to keep it flat, and it wasn't any worse than the curling I'd encountered with normal granny squares. Came out perfectly. The clusters at the corners of the internal diamond are a little bunched together, but I think the clusters that get anchored there will help separate them. Now I'm debating between starting a new diamond section again, or doing rows in all 5 colors before starting the next diamond to give me more space to work (and make two rows for each color on the diamonds). I honestly haven't been crocheting seriously (only really in the past 5-6 months) for long enough to have a solid mental picture of how the different approaches will look, so I would be very grateful to any input! Thanks to everyone for the feedback and tips!
  2. Granny Square -- I had seen that pattern! But it had looked more complicated to me originally. Looking at it more closely, you're probably right--it's probably much simpler. I'll have to try that on the next new blanket... after I try this one again. 'Cause, you know... stubborn. I'll post pictures when both are done. It'll be interesting since I already had a hiccup on this one. >.<
  3. Thanks to everyone for the feedback. I was rather flippant in my initial post about why I skipped the slip-stitch row. It was more than pure laziness that made me skip it. It was the first pattern I'd found that required one, and I had difficulty finding any good instructions on how to do it (the instructions on the pattern itself were just "do a slip-stitch row.") It seemed to me like it's something so basic, it wasn't well explained in many places. I didn't do an exhaustive search--but after fifteen minutes trying to read various guides and glancing through some youtube videos, I rather threw my hands up. Even I had found good instructions, I wasn't sure about where on the row I needed to be working--the front or the back (from what I could see, it looked like it was almost on the front of the stitches-which didn't seem to make sense)? One of the images of the pattern looked like it was built off the square instead of the mysterious slip-stitch row, so I thought it would be okay. Also, and this is probably why I like big blankets that don't require a lot of intricate counting typically, I absolutely suck at counting stitches unless I'm chaining something. Especially something with a chained corner. I can't seem to happily keep track of where I started counting or if I started counting correctly, and I lose count easily/am never sure I counted correctly. I find it obscenely frustrating--which rather takes away the enjoyment of the craft. In addition, although the written pattern specified counting, the youtube video was rather more loosey-goosey, eyeballing the center instead of counting. After searching fruitlessly for another pattern, I decided to try it. I had just figured out how to do to those frustrating dragon-scale fingerless gloves--piecing together a genuine-looking article from three or four different tutorials, images, and freewheeling. How much harder could this be? Removing the chain between each cluster was just stupid. I'm experienced enough to know better. I thought the yarn's stretch would make it work (it actually may have if I had started without the chain and added it...) I also didn't account for apparently using a much stretchier yarn than the sample pattern. I think I could have skipped the chain between the clusters in the beginning and would have been okay because of how much give the Simply Soft has--particularly since I was working in a larger hook than the yarn calls for. There was way more space between my clusters than were in the sample images and videos. As for pulling it all and redoing it... I'm much more likely to start a new one from scratch. All of the yarn is already cut, so if I have to redo all those sections, I'm going to have to either add more yarn in or scrap the yarn I pulled out for another project. I'd rather finish the imperfect one and let the baby keep it (he keeps trying to steal it anyway), and try it again from scratch. Call me stubborn, but I'm not convinced that it needs the slip-stitch row to work. I think it would have been fine if I hadn't messed with the chain between clusters. However, I will concede that I probably need to figure out how to actually count the stitches to get the diamonds centered properly. You skilled crocheters can probably tell it isn't quite right (and somehow I didn't notice till I was 2/3rds of the way through it). Also, thanks for all the feedback about it being a suitable baby blanket. I was worried after the first diamond that the colors were too rich and dark to be appropriate for a baby. The third one added enough light colors with the gold and white that I felt better about it, but the extra confirmation is appreciated as well. Now just to start a new one...
  4. So the main reason I joined this forum is looking for help on a new project I started. I found this: https://chrystalkay.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/squared-granny-throw-written-pattern/ free pattern for a granny square in a diamond thing and it looked so cool and basically simple that I had to try it. In retrospect, it probably is a little too graphic a pattern for a baby blanket (in colors that are a little too rich for a baby), but that was the original intention. Now, because I don't have patience with things like a slip stitch row (who needs that?) or trying to count my stitches in anything that isn't my founding chain or comes in numbers greater than 5, I kind of went a little freewheeling. So I made two basic mistakes in doing that: 1) I used the same size crochet hook as the pattern called for (I/9), but I didn't use yarn that was the same weight. I went for my personal favorite yarn Caron's Simply Soft... which recommends an H hook (but I usually use my J with). This becomes important to my second mistake: 2) The walkthrough youtube video specifically demanded that each cluster have a single chain between it. After doing my first granny square and the first diamond, I thought the pattern was too loose for my taste (especially since the Simply Soft yarn is quite stretchy), so I did the third diamond without the chain between each cluster... with what should have been predictable results. Now my internal diamonds are bunching up slightly. Hopefully you can see in the pictures how the internal squares/diamonds are rumpling up. However, the yarn has enough stretch in it that you can stretch it to lay flat (also attached in an image). What I'm looking for is the best way to stretch the blanket out (I'm going to do one more set of diamonds--no chain between clusters on it--pretty sure two wrongs don't make a right). If I can't figure it out, this may stay with me. My youngest keeps trying to steal it anyway, but I was hoping to have it as a gift for a friend for Christmas. Time's getting a little tight to do a whole new project instead. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! --AngelSelene
  5. Hi all-- I'm a crocheter from Pittsburgh, PA. A friend of mine sat me down after high school and taught me the basics of crochet in an afternoon. I consider myself intermediate level (after some trial and error, I was able to make dragon-scale fingerless gloves for a friend), but what I really enjoy making are blankets. Big blankets. Baby blankets are fun for quickly-done projects and trying new patterns, but I much prefer the big guys that you can wrap yourself up in. I made a judgement error on my most recent project, so will be looking for some tips to deal with that hiccup. Also looking forward to showing off my work as I progress. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of interest in doing garments or amigurumi--too many finicky areas--but I love me some blankets and the occasional odd project. Nice to meet everyone! --AngelSelene
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