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1  Pattern Reading Help - Hoppity Voosh in Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions by secondhandsusie on: July 05, 2015 10:20:37 AM
Can someone please help me with this? Smiley

I've been asked to make 2 Hoppity Vooshes (I'm not quite sure what a hoppity voosh is, apart from something from a kids TV programme) and I've started crocheting from a pattern on Ravelry, and I'm having trouble making sense of it. 
(I've been crocheting and making amigurumi for years, and I don't think I've ever seen a pattern written down like this before)

The pattern from the body goes like this,

Pattern  Body Using pewter, make a large slipknot that tightens with its tail. Ch1 into the slipknot, dc5 into the slip knot. Pull the tail to tighten the knot.

Working in the round, dc2 into each dc from the previous round: 10 sts. dc twice into each dc: 20 sts. 

dc 1 round. *dc2 into one dc, dc1 *repeat to end: 30 sts.
dc 1 round. *dc2 into one dc, dc2 *repeat to end: 40 sts.
dc 1 round. *dc2 into one dc, dc3 *repeat to end: 50 sts.
dc 2 rounds. *dc2 into one dc, dc4 *repeat to end: 60 sts.
dc 3 rnds. *dc2 into one dc, dc5 *repeat to end: 70 sts.
dc 3 rnds. *dc2 into one dc, dc13 *repeat to end: 75 sts. 

Work 5cm/2 ins dc.
*dc2tog, dc13 *repeat to end: 70 sts.
dc 4 rnds. *dc2tog, dc5 *repeat to end: 60sts. 
dc 3 rnds. *dc2tog, dc4 *repeat to end: 50sts.
dc 1 rnd. *dc2tog, dc3 *repeat to end: 40sts.
dc 1 rnd. *dc2tog, dc2 *repeat to end: 30sts.
dc 1 rnd. *dc2tog, dc4 *repeat to end: 20sts.
*dc 1 rnd, dc2tog around *twice: 5 sts.
Top up stuffing as required. Break yarn, thread tail through loops, tighten and fasten

and it's supposed to look like this, and be about 18cm tall

I'm aright until I get to 'dc 2 rounds. *dc2 into one dc, dc4 *repeat to end: 60 sts. ', I can't work out if I'm supposed to do 2 rounds of dc, then a round of *dc2 into 1 dc, dc4*, or if I'm supposed to do 2 rounds of *dc2 into 1 dc, dc4*.  Or something else completely!

Halp please, I'm going to have 2 disappointed nieces if I can't get this Hoppity Voosh worked out! (So far I'm just making a wobbly circle!)
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2  Pink Clouds, Short Tip Triangle Crochet Scarf. in Crochet: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: March 06, 2015 11:08:35 AM
I made this lovely shawl from a lovely free pattern on Ravely, that has since disappeared, which is really sad cos I wanted to make another one!


I used some lovely variegated pink and blue DK yarn and a 6mm crochet hook.

I'm going to have a hard look at it to see if I can work out the pattern again!
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3  A crochet dangly flowery mobile garland thingy. in Crochet: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: February 25, 2015 02:53:53 PM
I made this, but I don't really know what it's called.  A hang-y thingy, with bells on the end! I wanted to send my friend a little handmade present (but as I was sending it overseas in her mums suitcase I didn't want it to be too big or heavy!)

I used the free pattern for amigurumi stars from here, DK yarn and a 3mm hook.


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4  Mustard Harmony Shawl. in Crochet: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: January 25, 2015 12:01:15 PM
I made this shawl from a free pattern called 'Harmony' that I found on Ravelry


I made it in my current favourite colour, mustard!

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5  Manly ribbed crochet hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: January 13, 2015 08:46:45 AM
I made this hat for my boyfriend for Christmas.  It turned out really nice, and I learned how to do a ribbing type stitch which was fun....but it's stretched looads since he's been wearing it, so I would make it about 4 inches smaller next time (and I'll be making it again, cos he really likes the hat, but it's stretched so much that a lady in a shop told him he looked like a blancmange while he was wearing it!)

The pattern is free from Ravelry here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beginner-ribbed-crochet-hat-pattern-mens---unisex
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6  Vegan Chocolate Courgette Cake. in Vegetarian / Vegan by secondhandsusie on: October 11, 2014 07:32:35 AM
I made this yummy vegan cake from the recipe found online here


It's so good! Smiley

It actually rises, and I can never normally get vegan cake to rise! Smiley
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7  Vegan Cheese and Onion Crisp Flavouring. in Vegetarian / Vegan by secondhandsusie on: August 16, 2014 01:58:21 PM
This isn't really a recipe, but it's made be very happy so I thought I would share!

To make vegan cheese and onion crisps you will need

ready salted crisps
nutritional yeast flakes
onion granules
a tea spoon

Put 1 teaspoon of nutritional yeast flakes and half a teaspoon of onion granules into a bag of ready salted crisps.  Hold the bag closed and shake it well. 

You now have vegan cheese and onion crisps, hurrah!
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8  Crochet Rainbow Cards. in Crochet: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: July 12, 2014 03:39:12 PM
Some rainbow cards I made, they were commissioned by parents at the Rainbow Guides unit I help at.

I made up the pattern for the rainbow, I think the first one was pretty perfect but I didn't write it down!  And now I can't work out exactly what I did which is very annoying!
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9  Granny Stripe Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: April 30, 2014 03:28:36 PM
I've been working on this blanket for a few months, it's a house warming present for my best friend and her husband.

I used the free granny stripe blanket pattern from the blog Attic 24.  It was lovely to make.

I started with a 180 chain (instead of the recommended 240 chain) because I wanted it to be a good size for my friend and her hubbie to be able to snuggle under on the sofa, but not too big to take in my luggage when I visit them (next week!) (They live in Brazil and I live in the UK!) but it turned out quite huge and as you can see is nearly double bed sized!  I used DK yarn and a 4mm hook.  I'm working on making my yarn stash smaller and this blanket helped to eat up 7 balls of yarn.  Yey!

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10  Crochet Easter Chick. in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: April 18, 2014 05:55:44 AM
I made this for my niece for Easter.  Cheep Cheep!

I used the lovely free pattern from here (although google translate failed me for the legs and cockscomb, I had to make them up myself!)


It only took one night to make, while watching TV, so it was a nice quick project too!

Happy Easter
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