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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Granny Panties Pattern? on: February 22, 2011 08:42:24 PM
do you mean ones like this?

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet/ Baby blanket/ripple pattern on: February 21, 2011 12:15:47 AM
Absolutely beautifull!
Lucky Baby!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: i wanna make hats on: December 19, 2010 11:51:23 PM
My Favourite hat to wear is crocheted on the flat. I make a chain long enough to stretch from my crown to where I want the hat to sit (remember to add the extra distance if you want a brim) and then I crochet rows until the piece will wrap around my head.I then either sew up the seam or crochet it.
Then gather one end by sewing it and pulling it tight and you are done. I use this pattern all the time as it is an easy one to size for the whole family, and I can try out all kinds of stitch patterns easily.
I have also added earflaps to it at times and other decorations afterwards.
For some reason it is one of the few hats that will stay on my head - most of them shoot off as if my head was buttered Huh
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: California King Waterbed Blanket on: September 15, 2010 02:43:41 AM
I love the way the color changes look like light on the water too!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Premies hats ,booties,& clothing on: September 09, 2010 04:14:16 AM
I hope this helps:

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: crochet around fabric? on: September 09, 2010 04:11:23 AM
There is a sewing machine needle called a"winged" needle. which can be used to stitch/poke holes into the fabric. I found it works best on a cotton/broadcloth weave which is lightly starched.
The crochet hook traditionally used for this type of work had a sharpened point which made it easier to poke through the fabric but those type of hooks are mainly for thread work and are very scarce. I have one or two of them and the tip is sharp enough to draw blood if you aren't carefull.

I use an awl to poke the holes in and stich into those. The first bit is always tricky but you will quickly get the hang of it and the next row is absolute bliss Cheesy
Some fabric is "selfhealing" which means that you have to work fairly quickly and keep the awl close by to help poke holes open again. (This is where lightly starching it helps)
I also use a 2.75mm steel hook even if I am working with a thicker yarn - I change to a more suitable hook for the yarn thickness, on the next row.

You may find this link helpfull:

I have bought the template and it does make the job easier, but you could just use tools from home if you are good at measuring Wink
I hope it helps.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Too Young for her size on: August 07, 2010 03:00:20 AM
I feel for you - my DD was very tall for her age so finding suitable clothes was always a problem.

I used trial and error and much measuring but this site has some basic instructions for different sizes of garments and once you have read through and studied it a bit it explains a lot about how to up or downsize in various directions. The patterns are basic and very versatile and are made according to measurements

I made a couple of baby items using her patterns and then used what I learnt to make bigger kids clothes.Sometimes using adult patterns worked but only if they went down to the right sizes and then sometimes they still didn't fit properly (adult shapes are a bit different to kids)
Good luck!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Apparently stupid question on: August 07, 2010 02:53:02 AM
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Chain Stitch or Single Crochet? on: August 06, 2010 05:06:08 AM
I cant help with the crocheting of triangles (sounds very complicated) but over the years i made heaps of BD scarves and all were done the same way (like the bought ones)

Thread the beads onto your crochet thread - you are going to need a ton of these so using a beadspinner helps(http://kimberlychapman.com/crafts/beadspinner.html)
Crochet a long enough chain to comfortably fit the bottom of the scarf. (I sometimes used to then crochet a line of sc just to make handling the beading easier but it is not neccesary.)
Crochet 5 chain stitches adding a bead into each st. Sc into the 3rd ch of the previous row. Ch 5 sliding a bead onto each chst, sc into the 3rd chain. Contonue making these little "loops" untilthe end of the row. Turn. You will now have a row of unbeaded chains topped by loops of beaded chains.
Ch5 slipping a bead into each chain, sc into top of loop formed on the previous row. Ch5 adding beads, sc into top of next loop.
the process continues until your edging is a wide as you want it. On the last row you can create little tassels by making a stitch with several beads instead of 1 and then sc into the ch at the base and make another 2 or 3 loops with many beads each time anchoring them into the last chain stitch.

You can also crochet the edging "sideways" where you do not make a long chain first but crochet directly into the fabric and your little diamond shaped loops are made sticking out from the fabric with the tassel being on the turn. Mmmm... don't think I explained that very well... sorry!  Huh If you want to know more please feel free to ask me to re-explain Cheesy

I usually preferred making the long chain and stitching it onto the fabric as it is very secure and when your fabric wears you can unpick the beads and use the edge again. Saves hours of threading beads on!

I dont know how much beading you have done so please forgive me if I am repeating stuff you know, but beads are made of glass and some have extremely sharp edges - the main cause of the bought scarves fringe unravelling is from a sharp bead edge cutting the thread. You can prevent this to a certain degree by really checking your beads well for sharp edges .
Also keep in mind that the cheaper beads (which we so love to buy by the kilo Wink) often have varying hole sizes and many beads have very small holes so take the thread you intend using and try it out with a sample of the beads before you buy a ton. The bead hole sizes can vary in a batch by quite a lot so check a few beads, not just one!
I know the bought scarves have crochet thread they use but for my practise scarves I used a type of fishing line called spiderwire or fireline. It is a pain to crochet with but has never ever broken on me - even when caught on someone elses cane!! Yup those cane dances can get wild Cheesy

This site has some good tips on bead crochet and knitting: http://www.swallowhillcreations.com/FAQ.htm
As has this one: http://www.beginnercrocheting.com/How-To-Do-Beaded-Crochet.php
and here: http://www.beadingdaily.com/glossary/crochet.aspx
There are also some good demonstrations of general beaded crochet on utube, which may give you some more ideas.
Happy beading/crocheting and dancing!!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet swimwear. on: July 30, 2010 03:01:47 AM
They are great but only if you dont intend swimming! Unfortunately they have a tendency to want to go deep sea diving on their own, leaving you somewhat exposed and looking droopy Tongue
There are heaps of patterns available though.
In the days of my misspent youth crochet bikinis (actually crochet everything Cheesy) was popular and the images of badly sagging bathing suits has been branded onto my memory for ever. It helped a bit if you lined them as it prevented too much sagging, but they definitely were beer for partying on dry land!

I know there are heaps of choices for yarn now but from what Ive seen this past few summers on an aussie beach, the sagging is still happening.
Also if you choose yarn check that it is colorfast as dye running down your body is not an good look Wink
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