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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Slip stitch or 'amigurumi spiral' on: January 27, 2008 02:59:57 AM
Hello all,

I have tried searching for this topic, but maybe I used the wrong wording, because I couldn't find any discussion on this. Anyway, along to the question.....

I have just started my first pattern that actually has to fit someone (a baby, to be precise).
http://www.geocities.com/mooncat48/Patterns/BabysandChildren/CutieBootie/Cutie_Bootie_Revised.htm

It is my first pattern ever, that uses a slip stitch to join rounds, instead of spiralling along happily.
I found this great tutorial on the slip stitch that finally made me realize what I did wrong,
http://barney.gonzaga.edu/~aburton/crochrnd.html

So I can finish (or actually start again) with the pattern; but I am still wondering:
Is there an actual difference between the slip stitch and the 'spiral'?
Does it look better / worse?
Is there a difference in how the 'fabric' behaves eventually (I can imagine that slip stitch makes the fabric slightly more flexible)?
Any other issues I am not thinking of?

Would the pattern that I am trying to re-create be really different if I ignored the (for me) difficult slip stitch, and just went along happily with a spiral?
I would say not, but I haven't found anything so far that suggests so. However, I haven't found anything on the contrary either.

So, what are the opinions on this?
I am still too slow in crocheting to simply 'try it both, and see the difference', because of course it has to be finished in time.

Thanks in advance for any insights in this topic,

TLW

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Three-colour dishclot / potholder on: December 28, 2007 01:48:41 AM
Hello everyone,

My apologies for this long post, but I like it when people 'explain' their choices and difficulties during a project.

Hereby I proudly present, my own, homemade potholders / dishcloths.
I am not quite sure what the correct term should be in English / American.
They are supposed to be used to avoid your hands from getting burned when lifting hot things while cooking.


I used this pattern to figure out how to get the 'angle' in the design:
http://kaleidesigns.com/crochet/patterns/archive/dish005.html.

But mainly it is my own 'design'.
I choose to use three colours, so I could change colour in each row, without needing to 'carry the thread' along each row.
Also, it was the first time that I used 'borders' / edging.
I couldn't understand the instructions in the 'original' pattern, so I tried to find a more understandable (shell) pattern, but I adapted it a little. The original pattern called for skipping two stitches between two adjoining shells. I thought this made the shells too far apart, so I skipped only one.


What I would do different next time (long and rambling):
- Probably use thicker thread (though they are quite capable now, I think it looks nicer)

- In addition to that, use a larger hook. I now used a 3.5 hook, and towards the end, I found that the potholders didn't grow fast enough.

- Use a different 'way of working' for the border. I nowused the dark blue around all corners. Then did the shell-border at the low side, and then I had to start 'again' for the 'hook' on the top. Next time, I think it would be better to do the 'bottom' first, then do one side, then do the 'top' and finally do the last side.
However, if anyone has better ideas, I am all ears.

- Change colour after two rows instead of one (so the individual colours look better individually). If you look in close-up, you can see that no colour can really 'show; itself. I think that from a distance they would still look nice, but from close up they would look nicer.


Ah well, my mother-in-law was very happy with them , and they were put to good use during Christmas (so everyone could get a good look at them).


TLW
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help needed: Crochet small (thin) letters on: November 11, 2007 03:47:12 AM
Hello everyone,



For a (small) crochet project, I would like to be able to 'write' a word.
The end result should look something like the picture.
The project will be very small, so at the moment every cuboid represents one stitch.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=90134&ppuser=112959


I have tried making this, using  only double crochet (Singe crochet in the USA), and I run into the problem that my stitches don't line up neatly in vertical direction, thus making it very hard to read the lettering.
I have experimented some with using 'two stitches in a single stitch'. That does solve the problem a bit (i.e. the lettering stitches can be seen much more clearly), but the alignment problem still exists.

So now I wonder what the best option would be:

1) Use a stitch that does enable 'lining up small vertical lines'.
2) Crochet the square that I need in one colour, and embroider the lettering.

Of course, number 2) is always an option, but it would be interesting to see whether the general opinion hangs to 1) or 2).
I have tried searching the board & the web. But I think I might be using the wrong 'search words', because I can find very little on this.

Thank you in advance for any input you can give.

TLW
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first basic-bird(TM) - or how I started crocheting on: October 29, 2007 02:50:45 PM
Hello everyone,

I started at crocheting about two months ago.
I was trying to think of a way of creating some sort of 'pan-basket' (so we can keep our pans together during the holidays), when I stumbled upon the craftster forum. Not only did it become an instant 'favourite page', I also decided that crochet would be easy enough to learn to fullfill my purposes.

It took me quite some time to really understand how crochet worked. I looked at many different webpages, each of them showing it in a different way and finally I asked my mother (and how delighted she was). After seeing her crochet, especially after trying and re-trying many times myself, it suddenly 'clicked', and now I can do most of the 'simple' stitched fairly easy (though not regularly).

Of course I started on some 'swatches' (I call those 2D-crochet) to practice my stitches, but what I really wanted was to start on the amigurumi (3D crochet). Because they are quick (which is always good for a mind that is easily bored) and I felt they were more 'dynamic' (I tend to get bored with stitching lots of rows without even a change in colour happening).
In addition to that, I have noticed that 'cute looking things' are more forgiving in stich-errors than swatches, where you can see any error immediately. (But that might be just me).

And so two weekends ago, I started (and finished) my first 3D-crochet project: the basic bird.
I am very proud of it (and so is my mother).



It is (as far as I could manage) based on the instructions as given here: http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/birds-of-a-feather/

Any pattern-changes / ommittances are not due to the pattern, but to me. I followed the instructions, but not everything went as smoothly as planned. Mainly because, I had never decreased stitches before, so I just guessed at how to do it. It worked pretty well.

So in the course of two months, I have found myself a new hobby as well as a new side to check out too often.

Thank you very much craftster, for existing, and for reading this slightly rambling post so far.

TLW


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