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Saturday, November 1st, 2008
3:08 am
does anyone have, or know of a crochet pattern for making a sweater similar to this? I don't need it to be exactly that sweater..but something like it. [yes, I know this one is knit]

EDIT: I'm just looking for a crocheted long sweater that's not really dense..with some kind of holes..it doesn't have to be diagonal or anything.

I'm an advanced beginner and feel up for a challenge I guess. Thanks! [x-posted a little]

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
2:29 pm
I just found this- http://www.mypicot.com/ thanks to Linda Perlman and Craftstylish. Thought I would pass it along. Also, I was wondering where people are buying their lower-end yarn. I know it's terrible, but I was shopping at Walmart and they have phased almost everything out. It kills me to pay 6.95 for shipping on yarn from Joann's. The local craft stores here have a very limited selection of things like mohair and red heart brand.
Thursday, August 28th, 2008
8:20 am
More questions with the hat
I finished it finally! I tend to take apart my projects repeatedly to redo in hopes of perfection. And this hat really got me! I made it with two colors and the color changed proved to be difficult. I was never able to make the transistion without some overlapping. I finally had to give up and accept there would be a line of changes. I looked around online for some guidance but couldn't find anything about color changes in the round. I also noticed no one makes crocheted hats with more than one color. Could this be why? Suggestions? Please?
Monday, August 25th, 2008
7:45 pm
Has anyone else tried the hat portion of this pattern- http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/BabyChild/LC1326+Sunny+Outing.htm ? I used a thicker yarn (Kool Wool by Lion Brand) and a K hook with the instructions for the larger size and got a very oddly shaped hat. I had to take it all apart and use another pattern. I was wondering if thinner yarn and a smaller hook worked for anyone else.
Sunday, August 24th, 2008
12:10 am
does anyone happen to have a pattern for a hat similar to this?
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I've kinda looked around, but there are so many hat patterns and people name their patterns some weird things sometimes, but I thought I'd ask to see if anyone had one handy. I'd rather not pay 20$ for that hat when I could easily make my own. THANKS!

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
11:59 am
Crochet Unicorn
Now that it's Christmas, I can share the crochet project I made to give as a gift... a crochet unicorn! It was a bit easier than I thought it would be to make.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2007
3:02 pm
Fitted Women's Sweater Vest
Hi y'all,
I have been searching high and low for a crochet pattern for a fitted women's sweater vest. Any ideas? Once I get an idea in my head I will spend days (re)searching until I find it. We're going on two days now. Please help.


Current Mood: restless
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
5:32 pm
Leftover Yarn
Some friends are expecting a new baby, and I wanted to see if I could make a blanket only out of leftover yarn that I had lying around. This is what I came up with. It is 39 by 42 inches.

Thursday, August 17th, 2006
9:17 pm
Crochet at 30,000 feet?
We're flying to Vegas in a week and I desperately want to take my crocet carry on. Especially now that I've got another new baby on the way to make a blanket for. After Checking the TSA website, it appears that I shouldn't have any problems, but I can't help but be nervous.

Has anyone flown recently with crochet? My finishing needles are plastic and cartoony so I don't anticpate any problems there. I'm contemplating trying to take the teeny scissors I usually use with me. I'm not overly attached to them, should they get confiscated, but seriously the are 1.5 inches. I think they'd be okay too.

Any idea if the material the hook is made of makes any difference. I am thinking about going out and buying a plastic hook or two to take with, just to be safe. I won't take the good set or my great grandma's hooks just in case they were to get confiscated. I am so in need of a vacation!
Friday, July 7th, 2006
12:28 pm
I just joined up and questions already!

is anyone out there making Titanias Caplet from Interweave?

Its my first complicated pattern and i have some questions.

It says for the rows of flowers - you need 22 motifs for the upper band
and 44 for the lower band.

Now do I make all the flowers seperate and they will attach later?
Im confused because the next part of the pattern says
"work 20 for upper band and 42 for lower" Now is that
62 MORE flowers? Because that cant be right..

If somone would be willing to help me along with this, put the
pattern in simpler terms it would be awesome.

My AIM is TheArtNinja

or you can reply here
Thanks Thanks Thanks

Monday, June 5th, 2006
5:04 pm
Help reading pattern
For my first crochet project (not including the scarf I ripped out months ago out of frustration), I wanted to make "In Bloom" from Stitch n Bitch Crochet. Anyway, I've read through the pattern and I understand most of it. The only part I don't understand goes as follows 30 hdc + ch-13 loop. I've read through the book several times and I've done searched for pattern help, but I'm stuck. I get what hdc and ch stand for, but I'm pretty confused about the plus and minus (or is it a dash?). Any help would be appreciated.

PS - I feel pretty stupid for asking since I know the answer is something that's pretty basic.
2:46 pm
I have a friend who's baby is due in a few months and she's set a theme for her little boys room - sailboats. Does anyone know of any online pattern/s (free or otherwise, but need to be available through email or download)for baby blankets etc? Any help would be SUPER appreciated!

Sunday, May 14th, 2006
1:12 pm
I'm really starting to get the hang of the basics and am finally turning out some nice baby afghans for all my new parent friends. But I've developed a new obsession. Cloth Diapers.

I'm looking for soaker (or cloth diaper) patterns to be crocheted in wool. Any suggestions on where to look?
Sunday, May 7th, 2006
11:42 am
I'm relatively new to crochet'ing but it's a craft I've always wanted to master. I'm looking for instructions to make a crocheted edge around a face washer (flannel) or hand towel etc. I think they're beautiful, but I don't know how to do it. Could someone please offer some advice or link?

Much appreciated!
Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
12:29 pm
What has your experience been with Homespun yarn?
I've wanted to make this afghan pretty much since I started crocheting back in December, but I'm a little hesitant about trying the Homespun yarn. I've never tried a textured yarn; I've only worked with worsted weight thus far. Is the crinkly stuff difficult to manage? Could one use a different kind of yarn instead and have the pattern come out right?

Many thanks for any suggestions or thoughts on this.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
8:58 am
I have a question. I am trying new stitches, this one being half double crochet. And I have pretty much figured out that I am doing it wrong, but I'm not able to find the name of the stitch I am doing anywhere. Here is what I am doing. yarn over, through chain, make a loop, yarn over, pull through first loop on hook, yarn over and then through all three on hook. Any ideas? thanks!
Saturday, February 4th, 2006
5:51 pm
Now, i actually don't care if this post gets me banned. I just have to share this perceived drama on my part with those of you who might be a member of said community. So, i was a member of the OLD community that suddenly disappeared without warning. I had no idea why, but sort of figured it out from posts on other replacement communities. So along we go...i read, i comment, I encourage when one day someone posts that the old community is back. I comment to the post that I will not be rejoining as I do not wish to be a part of a LJ community where the mod just closes the community without warning. And that was ALL i said. So time goes on...and one day i try to post a comment to this new community only to find i am now banned. I emailed the mod to ask why. No response. All i can assume is based on a post of hers that said she was nipping drama in the bud. OK, news flash, stating one's mind calmly is not drama. Deleting people without warning, deleting a community because you cannot deal with others IS drama. It's about time some people got over themselves. And yes, if THIS gets me banned, this time i actually deserve it. For speaking my mind and stuff.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
12:38 am
Crocheted Men's Underwear
Alright... I'm seriously looking for a pattern to crochet men's underwear or a very simple pattern for men's short's that I could use as boxer shorts. A friend of mine was given me shit about crocheting while watching Golden Girls and his friend over heard. So he requested some underwear. He told me that if I could actually do it then he'd wear them at least once. I'm pretty much a beginner, only been doing this since April or so. But, I'm getting relatively decent at it. Learning new stitches and such. So if anyone knows where I can find a pattern, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I was hoping for a free pattern that I could just use with the yarn stash I have right now. But at this point I would be willing to pay for one. Money is tight, but it's all good. This is just a big joke between friends. So the pattern doesn't even have to be that nice or good looking. It been as ugly as ever. Doesn't matter. Just as long as it is for men's crocheted underwear. LoL.

Thank you to anyone for their help.
Sunday, January 8th, 2006
9:08 pm
A cool idea for a crocheted box:
I got this idea from an email newsletter I subscribe to, called "Talking Crochet" by Carol Alexander:

For inspiration, how about crocheting your resolution box? Perhaps you already have a favorite pattern for a crocheted box, but if not, it's easy enough to create your own unique box that reflects your personal tastes in color and design.

First, take your favorite pattern for any 4-6-inch square (a design that's not too open) and make 12 of them. Cut six pieces of heavy duty plastic canvas, each just slightly smaller than the squares.

For each box side, crochet two squares together with a piece of plastic canvas between them.  Sew four completed sides together for the body of the box and then stitch the bottom and lid in place. Add any additional decorative accents you'd like, such as a fancy closure, beads, fringe, tassels, ribbon, buttons, jewels or flowers, and voila! -- you have a beautiful box to inspire your resolutions resolve! When you have successfully completed your goals, you have a lovely table accent left over to dress up your decor.

Saturday, January 7th, 2006
11:43 pm
Pattern help
I'm having trouble understanding some pattern instructions. I'm trying to make this hat:


This is the line I don't get:

"Next Round. 5 dc in next st (5 dc: yarn over hook, insert in st, pull through, yarn over and work off all loops at one time), 1- 5 dc in each st, join, ch 2, turn."

Is "5 dc" a type of stitch, the directions being in parenthesis?

Thanks for any help.
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