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Alice Florence

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  1. Hi, I'm Alice. I crocheted some (v badly fitting) bootees from my first baby 5 years ago. Since then I've spent a lot of time doing amigurumi octopus for hospitals which suited my perfectionist side. Then moved to blankets which allowed me to make gifts for friends. And more recently, I've started being more selective in my materials and patterns to make sure I enjoy the making process as much as anyone might enjoy the end product. (Picture is a hat-in-progress for my 6 year wedding anniversary which was 11 days ago!)
  2. Yeah, it's lovely. I don't crochet enough to know what's normal and what's not though. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question
  3. Ah, it's a printed pattern so I don't want to break copyright. Let me at a picture of the cover though. I'm making the little blanket in the bottom left but all white so actually just a smaller version of the blanket in the top left
  4. Thank you, I'll give that a go. It's a ripple style blanket so not lying very flat for me right now. Will need a bit of tweaking here and there when I block it. I don't think a change in style half way through will do it any harm. Thanks, will certainly make the crocheting more pleasant.
  5. My pattern has a turning chain of 1, that counts as a SC. Each row ends with two SC into the turning chain, but I hate doing this. With double crochet, I'm familiar with stacking SC instead of a turning chain so I know there's often ways around things you don't like. Is there any alternative to a chain 1 turning chain when doing rows of SC? (Pattern is actually in UK terms but I've written my problem in American terms to avoid confusion). Thanks in advance, Alice
  6. Thanks Kathy. I'm making a few swatches before a final decision so have been using cheapy left over yarn. I think you're right about needing something more dense. Funny you say to try tightening tension in the chains a bit. So many of my problems are due to a tight tension, I think I may have overcompensated here! I thought maybe tightness in the chains was making them stand out from the crowd so I've been deliberately loosening them off. Think I'll change tactic over the next few rows and go tighter to see if that makes a difference. Appreciate the help! Alice
  7. I'm doing a Starburst Swatch. I believe this stitch may also be known as Catherine wheel. It roughly involves 9tr stitches in a single stitch on some rows and tr9tog stitches in other rows. Roughly. And those "Starbursts" are linked by chains. To anyone familiar with this stitch, my chains are really obvious. They're big and gappy. What will fix this? I hope you can see what I mean from my picture. Tia
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