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LilCurlyBear

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    Crochet, Bullet Journalling, designing stickers, Minecraft!
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    Big beautiful blankets! and small wins

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  1. It's one of the books that came along with my Big and Little Crochet Hachette Partworks subscription. As far as I'm aware they haven't published an errata, although I can email them and ask. I imagine the pattern would be row 2, as it alternates between that and a row of plain stitches, which is row 1, and the next row.
  2. I thought I'd showcase a few of the afghans and blankets I've made over the past few years. The pink/white/yellow/green afghan spread out on my bed was a CAL that I joined, and really sparked my love for crochet, and making blankets! up until that point I had only made basic granny square blankets, so it was quite challenging for me. It was also a lesson in how satisfying it is to actually finish things! And don't get me wrong, there are still plenty of projects that I've never finished... but I actually do finish some now, which is an improvement for me The daisy and cloud blankets were made
  3. Hi all, hoping someone can help with this, I just can't work it out. I'm on the Increase row, and have just finished the sleeve cuff (ribbed). I have 36 stitches, and need to work the pattern (basically a V stitch, and explained in row 2 - I think!), but can't work out what the pattern is telling me to do in terms of the increases. I've included a photo of the sleeve in case it helps. Nowhere does the pattern explain 'patt' (other than to tell me it means pattern), so I am having to assume that row 2 is the patter.. which based on the image seems right. Very greatful for any help on this
  4. Thanks both! And thank you for the extended stitch tip, I've not come across that before, and it will definitely be useful! I have made the back and think it looks ok proportion wise, I started the front but have ended up with a trapped nerve/arm & shoulder pain So going to have to chill it on the crochet a little bit.
  5. Would the below photo be right? I just worked the whole thing into one stitch. I've done a drawing as well, but it's a little fuzzy!
  6. I'm currently working on my first attempt at a jumper for myself. I didn't purchase the recommended yarn as it would have cost around £40-45, so instead I purchased another yarn that seemed to have the same specs. However! My guage swatch doesn't match up. With a 4mm hook I should get a 10cm square swatch from 8 rows & 16.5 stitches. I've increased my hook size to 5mm, and can get the 10cm width from 16.5 stitches, but I'm 1.5cm short on my 8 rows. In order to get to 10cm with my rows I need 10.5 rows. I tried a 6mm hook and my width was way out, so decided to stick to 5mm and make so
  7. Can I ask, I know posting full patterns on the site isn't allowed for obvious reasons. If I wanted to use a pattern that isn't readily available to purchase (for example is in a book that I have that is part of a monthly subscription), could I PM it to members who wanted to join the CAL? Or would I need to ensure that the pattern being used is readily available for everyone to purchase?
  8. Many thanks all for responses and advice, this all makes sense. I have managed to make a top and trousers that fit! I kept trying them on my doll as I went, and adjusted the patterns also (I didn't need anywhere near as many rows). I'm not 100% pleased with them (they kind of bulk up around the waist, and don't fit well round the shoulders), but I think this will be as many of you have said, a bit of trial and error, and some practice with hook sizes and yarns. Unfortunately the book gives no indication of gauge whatsoever, or even measurements for the doll, so I am very much cheesing it!
  9. Currently, I am working on a doll using the book 'My Crochet Doll' by Isabelle Kessedjian. I am fairly new to branching out with my crochet skills (I've generally worked on basic granny square blankets or CALs with purchased yarn packs), so not paying particular attention (newb mistake!) I just grabbed some cotton yarns that looked about right from my yarn stash.... worked really hard on making a lovely little doll.... and low and behold the clothes I've made don't fit the doll well at all... cue lots of swearing and frustration, and disappointment and self loathing. Having now looked pro
  10. Hi all, my name is Gemma, and I've been crocheting for around 10+ years. I used to just make very basic granny square blankets, but decided to branch out and try more complex designs around 3 years ago. Since the start of lockdown in the UK I've been trying to expand my skills again, and have been making various items, such as scarves, stuffies and (surprise surprise) more blankets! I do love the satisfaction of having made a beautful blanket <3 Until now, and the main reason I thought it would be useful to join a forum, I've always either used a basic acrylic DK yarn for my blankets,
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