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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / poncho frustration! on: October 22, 2004 06:21:35 PM
So, I thought it would be fun to crochet a poncho for my friend's almost-2-year-old.  I also thought the easiest thing would be what many here have made, the basic 2-rectangles-sewn-together poncho.  Well, I made 2 rectangles, and I used the 7'x14' size, as suggested by Lothruin in her post about the size 2T poncho she made.

I tried to join the rectangles together, and it's just a mess.  First I tried whipstitching with a yarn needle, and that wasn't right, then I thought I'd have a visible seam as part of the design and join with single crochet, but it would not lay down, so I tried slip stitch.  This seemed to work okay, but when I got it together, the neckline is not only huge, it's uneven.  Also, I always seem to have big gaps between the turning chain-3 (in rows of dc) and the dc, so when those sides are joined to the ends, it looks kinda gappy and crappy.  I tried to even it up with single crochet around the neckline, but that only made it look more bulky.  Bleah  Tongue

Does anyone have any helpful hints?  Or, does anyone know a top-down poncho pattern that would fit a 2-year-old?  All the ones I find are either adult, infant, or 4-yr-old and up.  I find almost nothing in toddler size for some reason.  I might try to make one that is just like a great big shell-stitch granny square -- that's what I had as a kid.  Would the length from neck opening to wrist still be 7 inches like in the rectangles pattern? 

32  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Game Pieces Swap on: October 19, 2004 09:01:35 AM
I love games, not only playing them, but just all the cool bits they're made of.  So, I'm always fascinated with things I see around here like Scrabble tile jewelry, Mah-Jhongg tile jewelry, game-board journals, domino clocks, boxes made of dice, curtains made of playing cards, and stuff like that.  Would anyone be interested in a game piece themed swap?

33  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / My first completed Sublime Stitching pattern! on: October 18, 2004 07:47:00 AM
I have completed my first Jenny Hart pattern, and I think it's pretty darn cute.  I bought the 4-pack of pattern sets, so I can't wait to do more!  And I have to do more, because this one's for a swap, so I don't even get to keep it!

Melinda Grin
34  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / embroidering teeny-tiny eyes on: October 15, 2004 07:12:52 AM
I am in the middle of working a Sublime Stitching pattern (the coquettish mermaid sitting on a shell) and I'm thrilled with how she's turning out except I can't get the facial features to look as cute as they should.  I saw there was an example of this pattern on Jenny's site, and it looks like she used black for the eyelids to look like mascara'd eyelashes, but I'm stitching on denim, so I'm trying to do the eyelids and nose in the pinkish color I'm using for the skin, because I don't think black would show up well.

I also see that Jenny used french knots, and I just can never get them to work.  Either the knot gets tightened too far up and not close to the fabric, or I end up with an extral loop of thread sticking out when the knot is tightened.  Maybe someone has pointers?  I tried to make the eyes using tiny tiny satin stitch, but something about them looks, I don't know, weirdly hollow or fake or clown-like, and I can't tell if it's the shape or the color.  Okay, I may as well show you what I'm talking about:


35  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New watch band for Kogepan on: September 22, 2004 08:05:01 AM
You know that saying that "Necessity is the Mother of Invention?  I think the corollaries to that have to be "Failure is the Mother of Creativity" and "Stash is the Mother of Innovation".  I'll explain...

Sometimes you have in your mind how something SHOULD work, but then you try it, and either you don't know how to do it or you try and you just can't get it to work right.  So, you have to figure out some other creative way to achieve the same thing.  Back to the ol' drawing board.  Failure is the Mother of Creativity.  And I think all of us Craftsters can understand the second one, because how often do you look at a project and substitute stuff you've already got taking up space in your vast craft closet?

I had a super-cool Kogepan watch [In case you don't know Kogepan... http://www.lazyjuice.com/!/kogepan/ He's sort of like a Hello Kitty character for cynics  Wink ] but the band broke.  I had in mind to make a watch band like the one featured on the cover of a past issue of ReadyMade.  They used a strip of leather, some duct tape, and some eyelet/grommets to hold it together.  I'm afraid I cannot find a picture of this.

Anyway, I already had some vinyl from recovering my dining chairs and I didn't want to use duct tape, and I  could NOT get the eyelets to work.  So, here is my version of the watch band:

I think it turned out pretty cool anyway!  That's elastic cord, so you don't have to try and tie it on every time, you just tie it once and then slip it on and off.

36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / vintage poncho pattern (cross-post from Knitting topic) on: September 08, 2004 12:03:32 PM
I was going through my stuff and found an old pattern booklet I got from a yard sale years ago.  (those of you who are familiar with Stitch N Bitch -- you know that 60s girl with the pigtails who shows up in a tiny circle throughout the book?  I recognized her -- she's on the cover of this booklet)  Since everyone is ga-ga for ponchos lately, I thought I'd share the poncho pattern from this booklet.  It's pretty cute, and at the end there's kind of an ingenious way of making multiple pompons.  I can't find a date for the booklet, but from the hairstyles, I'm guessing mid-60s  Smiley  The pattern calls for yarn in white, olive, amber, and watermelon, so you can update your color scheme as needed...

Size: One size fits all [editorial comment: we larger folk know that ain't true...]

Knitting worsted
2 -- 4 oz skeins white
1 -- 4 oz skein each olive green, amber, and watermelon

1 pr knitting needles size 8 or size needed to obtain gauge of 9 st=2 inches

crochet hook size G

With olive cast on 63 sts

2nd: P
3rd: K, drop olive
4th: with white, K
5th: P
6th: K
7th: P, drop white
8th: with watermelon, K
9th: K
10th: P
11th: K, drop watermelon
12th: with white, K
13th: P
14th: K
15th: P, drop white
16th: with amber, K
17th: K
18th: P
19th: K, drop amber
20th: with white, K
21st: P
22nd: K
23rd: P, drop white
24th: with olive, K
Repeat from 1st row until there are 28 colored stripes (10 olive green).  Bind off.

Work a 2nd section in the same manner.

Working down 1 long side, attach White in 1st st of Olive Green stripe; with crochet hook work 4 sc in each White stripe down side skipping all colored stripes to corner working the sc over all ends of carried colors.  Working across short end, work 1 sc in each st, cut yarn.  Complete other section in the same manner.

Block to measure 14x28 inches

Sew one short unfinished end to one long unfinished side dweing to within the center of 14th White stripe.  Finish other side in same manner.  This leaves 14 stripes on each section free for neck opening.  Attach White at neck opening and work 4 sc over each White stripe, join.

NEXT ROW: Work a sl st in each st, join cut yarn.  With White work an 18 inch ch.  Attach to center of neck.  Finish ends with 3 pompons as illustrated.

POMPONS: Wind yarn 14 times over 2 legs of a chair or any open flat surface (28 strands).  Tie with a 6-inch strand at 1 1/4 inch intervals, cut between ties.  Attach a pompon of matching color to each stripe alternating colors across each Olive Green stripe.
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / backpack? on: August 26, 2004 07:30:47 AM
Has anyone here ever made a cool backpack or know where to find a good pattern or tutorial?  I love all these messenger bags, but I never can seem to carry a messenger bag, it always seems to be in the wrong spot.  I do much better with a backpack, but I wish I could make one as COOL as all the messenger bags!

38  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / granny square pattern I made up -- opinions? on: August 25, 2004 02:15:28 PM
*** CORRECTED! April 2007 ***

I realize it's silly that I posted this pattern and then later couldn't remember what exactly I did  Roll Eyes  But I've tried it myself and it seems that Round 5 just doesn't make any sense, so I'm re-writing it.  I'll put the corrected bits in RED.

I don't know about anyone else here, but I'm always fascinated by granny squares.  I love how you can make a zillion variations, intricate patterns, all compact in a repeatable motif.

Anyway  Wink I made up my own granny square pattern last night, and I think it turned out really cool, so I tried to write up directions for the pattern.  Because it's the first time I'ver ever tried to write up a pattern like that, I thought I would post here and see if anyone wanted to give it a try and tell me if my instructions make sense and work!  The pattern looks daunting at first, but it's really a lot easier than it looks.  I don't really know how to do a lot of fancy-shmancy stitches.  It took me no time at all to work it up.

Here is the pattern, and at the bottom of this post, I'm going to make my first attempt to post a picture.  For the record, I worked this square with regular worsted-weight acrylic with a fairly small hook, size E, and it came out 6x6 inches.  I'm sure it would work with a larger hook, too, but would obviously be a larger square.

NOTE: htr is sort of a cross between a half-double and a triple.  YO 2 times, insert the hook into the stitch and draw up a loop (4 loops on hook).  YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through ALL of remaining 3 loops on hook.

1.  Ch 6, join with sl st to form ring

2.  Ch 1 (counts as first sc), 15 sc into ring, join with sl st to first st (16 total)

3.  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each of next 2 sc, (dc, ch 3, dc) in next sc (corner made).  * dc in each of next 3 sc, (dc, ch 3, dc), repeat from * 2 more times. 

4.  Sc in each st around, working (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner sp.  Fasten off color A.

5.  Join color B with sl st into the left-side chain stitch in any corner (at this point, treat each corner as 2 stitches, rather than as a chain-space).  Slip stitch acts as first sc.  (hdc, dc, htr) in next 3 st.  (tr, ch 2, tr) in next sc, (htr, dc, hdc, sc) in next 4 sc.  * (sc, hdc, dc, htr) in next 4 stitches.  (tr, ch 2, tr) in next sc, (htr, dc, hdc, sc) in next 4 sc.  Repeat from * 2 more times, join with sl st.  Fasten off color B.

6.  Join color C in any corner sp, ch 1 (counts as first sc).  Sc, ch 2, 2 sc in corner sp.  Sc in each st across, working (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in each corner sp, join with sl st, fasten off color C.

7.  Join color D in any corner sp, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), ch 2, hdc in corner sp. Hdc in each st across, working (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in each corner sp, join with sl st, fasten off color D.

8.  Join color E in any corner sp, work as Row 5, but do not fasten off.

9.  ch 2 (counts as first sc, ch 1), sk 1, sc in next stitch, continue with (ch 1, sk 1, sc) pattern around, working (2 sc, ch2, 2 sc) in each corner sp, join with sl st, fasten off color E.

10.  Join color F in ch sp of Row 7 Row 10 is worked into the spaces between the hdc in Row 7.  Draw up a loop across rows 8 and 9 to make sc, * (ch 1, sk ch sp, sc in row 7 ch sp), repeat from * around, making ch 4 at corners.  Fasten off.

11.  Join color E to any post on row 4, sc around each post, making ch 1 at each corner, join with sl st.  This will make a raised chain outlining the center square.

39  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / double-sided interfacing? on: August 23, 2004 08:00:05 AM
I'm in the process of making a crocheted purse.  I bought a remnant of fabric to make the lining, but it occurs to me that the lining fabric has to have no "wrong" side, because the outside will be slightly visible through the crochet (which I wanted to happen).  Is there such a thing as interfacing that has adhesive on *both* sides, so you can iron it like a sandwich, with fabric on each side and the interfacing in the middle?  Does anyone have maybe a better idea for how to accomplish this?

40  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Plus Size Sewing Patterns on: August 13, 2004 08:01:09 AM
We had a request in another topic for where to find plus-size sewing patterns, so I thought I'd post a few links here, in case someone else might appreciated them, as well.





Melinda :-)
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