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  1. Hi everyone! I just finished a shawl and since it will be donated to a hospice center to be sold for their own profit, I want to make sure it’s attractive and sellable. I don’t think I need to block it because the dimensions are fine but it needs………….something. You know what crochet projects look like when you lightly run your hand over them and make everything perfectly flat? That’s what I want. How do I accomplish that? I have a small steamer if that will help. Or a light ironing?
  2. Wow! You gals are good! This is, indeed, Bernat baby yarn and I found it on Amazon. I really only needed white. If there's a difference in the whites, I'll throw in a couple of rows of purple to break it up. Thanks so much!
  3. Hi everyone. I unearthed some very old yarn and decided to make something out of it. It turns out I'm going to need a bit more of it but I can't find it anywhere. Can anyone identify it? I believe it would be either Caron, Red Heart, or Bernat. It's pretty old so it wouldn't be one of the newer brands or was called a brick or a cake (or whatever). Bernat Baby Sparkle Yarn-White is close but it doesn't have the wiggles that this does.
  4. Thanks Villager. I think you might be onto something with no where for them to go. And really good other suggestions and thoughts. Next time I get to this part, I'm going to work a bunch of rows on practice yarn. Live and learn!
  5. I’m making an Aran afghan for my daughter. The center piece was in a stitch that neither my daughter nor myself liked so I substituted the Bobble (or puff) stitch for it. Although I followed the directions faithfully, that center piece became terribly rippled. I didn’t follow my instinct and stupidly resumed the rest of the afghan hoping that one day I’d wake up and the ripple would be gone. It never was. Now I’m ripping out 12” of labor-intensive stitching to redo the bobble. My question is, what did I do wrong that it became rippled? Here’s the stitch I used: *YO and draw up a loop 3 times all in stitch indicated YO and draw through all 7 loops on hood DO NOT close the stitch, just move onto the next stitch SC in next stitch Repeat from *across The next row is the same
  6. I was an avid crocheter but dropped out for approximately 20 years until I unearthed my old Boye crochet hooks. I was surprised to see all the new hooks on the market. The garden variety Boye works for me. They're not fancy but they've spawned some really great afghans. I don’t find it inconvenient switching between the hooks at all. My language is much cleaner when I do. For example, when doing a front loop only reverse single crochet (used to be called the Knurl stitch), I found that the inline hook didn’t split the yarn at all. However, when I had to work the unworked loop, the inline made me crazy so I switched to the tapered. After my 20 year hiatus, I had no idea there were discussions about the different hooks so thanks for the info. It sounds like the kind of discussion between quilters: to pre-wash fabric or not. It can get pretty interesting!
  7. Hi everyone! I’m curious how many of you prefer an inline to a tapered hook. The inline hook seems to not quite grab the yarn as easily as a tapered hook but it seems to not split the yarn as easily as a tapered hook does. The yarn for my current project splits easily so depending on the stitch, I find myself switching between the two. Does anyone else routinely switch hooks or do I just need more practice with the inline hook?
  8. Libits2

    Celtic Weave

    From someone that's tried it, my advice is to just keep admiring it.
  9. Libits2

    Celtic Weave

    I think you hit the nail on the head when you said there's bound to be bulkiness with all the crossover. I think I'll do the basket weave stitch instead. I'll have fewer bald spots from tearing out my hair. And I think there's something to be said for enjoying the stitch you're using. I didn't enjoy the Celtic Weave but I really like my autopilot!
  10. Libits2

    Celtic Weave

    Goooooooood Sunday morning, everyone! How many of you have worked the Celtic Weave pattern? Wow. I know I’m rusty after my 25 year hiatus but this stitch is a real bear to work. I followed a Bonnie Barker video but gave up after the 2nd row. Even using different yarn, it’s really bulky.
  11. Libits2

    Holey Arrows

    Excellent thoughts...maybe it IS supposed to look lacey. I can't tell from the picture. I have to use this yarn because I have 24 skeins of it but I'm going to keep on practicing and analyze exactly what the stitch pattern is when these holes are created. Great forum!! Glad I found you all!
  12. Libits2

    Holey Arrows

    Thank you! My confidence was in pretty bad shape but you've encouraged me to keep trying!
  13. Libits2

    Holey Arrows

    Hi everyone! New to the board but not sure I can be considered new to crocheting. 25 years ago, I made several afghans in what was known as Fisherman crochet at the time (maybe Aran crochet now?). While recently cleaning out a closet, I unearthed a fairly large box with no idea of the contents. Well, it was yarn I bought for an afghan for my daughter in 2008. I remembered that I worked about 2” of it and didn’t like the stitch so I put it away but it awakened the crochet monster in me with a vengeance. Wow, what a trip it’s been. I had no problems remembering the basic stitches but stitches that gave me no problems in the early 90’s are now giving me fits as well as some new ones. At 65, I momentarily thought I might be too old to pick this back up but I flushed that idea and forged ahead. Below is a picture of a sample piece I’m working on so it’s far from perfect. I’m concerned about the large holes in the arrow stitch. Is it supposed to look this way? Some pictures/videos I’ve seen have holes and some don’t.
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