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21  I finished a purse someone else started in Crochet: Completed Projects by chutzpaw on: August 04, 2009 09:59:34 AM
When I was little, my grandma taught me to crochet a chain, and until recently that's about all I could do.  A lady at work's mother crochets, and she got me started on "real" crocheting, and I've been having a ball ever since.  Well they are moving, and instead of packing up her stash of half-used balls of yarn, she gave it to me! Score!

Included in the stash was an unfinished purse made of ribbon.  I forgot to take a before pic, but she had just made the outside of the purse and it was still laying flat.  I added a button, button loop, handle and lining.  I made the strap really long so I could be worn across the body, or tied in a knot and carried by hand or shoulder.





And just for fun, here's a cell phone pic of all the yarn she gave me!
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22  I'm so thrilled with my FABULOUS NEW PURSE! (now w/ sketchy pattern/tutorial) in Crochet: Completed Projects by chutzpaw on: July 30, 2009 03:24:27 PM
This is the first thing other than a scarf I've made without a pattern and I'm amazingly happy with how it turned out.  But I must admit my mom helped me heavily with the lining.  She's tried to teach me to sew about five times now.... maybe 6th time's the charm??



The bottom is heavily modeled on the bottom of the sweat pea tote bag on ravelry, but not exactly the same.  The stitch is called a wattle stitch.  My stitch dictionary had instructions for working back and forth, but I made this purse in the round, so I kinda improvised.  And when I was done I realized I liked the stitch, but the back side was even better!!  I haven't mastered the art of photographing stitches yet, but here is the right side, followed by the wrong side, which I used as the outside of the purse.





We put a piece of plastic canvas in the bottom of the purse, under the lining to keep the bottom sturdy.  



My mother nearly killed me when I told her I wanted side pockets after we had sewn the lining into a purse shape.  But we managed anyway!  The handles have a little strip of the material woven in and out of the stitches to hopefully keep them from stretching.  





And that's about it, what do you guys think?  It doesn't have a closure, other than to tie the scarf thing around all the handles.  We a) weren't sure what type of closure to use and b) got done at 10pm and didn't care anymore.  Any suggestions?
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23  Scarfapalooza! in Crochet: Completed Projects by chutzpaw on: July 19, 2009 01:25:25 AM
I've been making lots of scarves over the past month or so.  I would be happy to share the stitch instructions if anyone wants them.

Group shot:


This is the 3-2-1 scarf from Ravelry:


I love this yarn, and of course I lost the label so I can't get more.  It is soo soft but easy to work with.  The stitch is called picoted trellis stitch I believe.




This is called a honeycomb stitch.


This one is a puff stitch.


And this one is just plain double crochet, but I held a plain black yarn with the furry yarn.
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24  Fat and Skinny One Skein Scarves in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by chutzpaw on: May 28, 2009 12:38:55 PM
Both of these were made with the same fuzzy yarn, held together with the regular yarn, and then edged with the plain yarn.  The lavender is just like the pattern in the book, although a bit shorter (around 160 stitches I think) because I made it for my mom, who likes them a little shorter.  The purple is only 2 rows of dc, and around 180 stitches long.  Hope you like them!



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25  Cowboy hat help!! (Yeehaw Lady & Giddyup Go) in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by chutzpaw on: May 03, 2009 09:33:26 PM
I tried the yeehaw lady hat from the Happy Hooker book at least 10 times and could never, ever make the stitches come out where they were supposed to.  I looked at some of the archives on here, and it seems I wasn't the only one.  So I figured, time to move on.  And yes, I checked the errata page, not a bit of help. 

So then I tried the Giddyup Go pattern from ravelry http://bythehook.blogdrive.com/archive/131.html.  I ran out of yarn before I finished, but before I go buy more, can someone tell me if this is even looking right?  Because right now it just looks like a big flat circle.  I'm on round 22 of 26, so I would have thought by now it would at least resemble a hat....

HELP ME PLEASE!!!

Laying flat on the floor:


There's a head under here, I promise.


See, here it is.


Even kitty says WTF??
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26  Edited, I finally lined my in bloom! ?'s from a newbie about the purses in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by chutzpaw on: April 06, 2009 10:48:33 AM
So I learned that when lining an In Bloom, it would probably be a zillion times easier if you did it before you sewed the sides up and before you put the flower on the front.  I learned this because I did neither of these things.  lol  But I finally managed to get it in there fairly well.  I think if I make one again I will make the lining go all the way to the top and put the snap up there too.  






---- FIRST POST----
I made an "In Bloom" this weekend with Red Heart yarn.  I made one of the flowers from the "Garden Scarf" for the front.  This is just a little cell phone pic... I lost my camera.

The questions are about lining.  First and foremost, do I really need to line it?  It's so small you couldn't carry anything heavy and stretch it out, could you?  

But assuming I line it, I'm not sure I understand how to attach it.  I've looked through some of the posts and it looks like you can just sew it in by hand.  But where do I need to stitch it?  Around the top, obviously, but do I also need to put seams down the edges and across the bottom to keep it from turning inside out-ish?

Several people lined it with old clothes...what materials will work?  I'm guessing a stretchy tshirt won't work?  

Also can the "Exchage Bag" be made out of regular yarn instead of the cord recommended in the book?  Worsted weight or something thinner?  

I already love all you guys!  You've helped me so much, and I am loving learning to crochet!!


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27  Scarf and gloves to match my adorable pink scooter!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by chutzpaw on: March 26, 2009 11:44:53 AM
The scarf is half double crochet in white with two pink stripes, to match my scooter ridin' jacket.  The gloves are a pink-and-white mix yarn.  I forgot to take a close up of them, but they are the same as these gloves from a previous post:
ttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=297851.0

Hope you like them! 





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28  Hat & gloves - first time using (and adjusting!) a pattern!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by chutzpaw on: March 22, 2009 03:37:18 PM
I'm super proud of these, and I'm almost disappointed spring is here.  Almost. lol

The pattern for the gloves came from here.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285614.0  (The link to the actual pattern is within.)  I had to adjust the pattern because it fit at the elbow end, but too loose everywhere else.  I noticed in the comments others had the same problem, so here's what I did.  I never switched to chaining 2 between each 3 dc's, and on round 8 I only did 2 dc's all the way around.  Make sense??

If I had known when I made the gloves I would decide to make a pink ruffle on the hat, I would have done the same for the gloves.  Maybe next time...

The hat I made from here. 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281082.0  I changed colors for the last round, and then added the same ruffle on the hat as the gloves.  The flower came from here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxGffjMkaxI&feature=channel_page  For now it's just safety pinned on until I decide if I want to keep it.  Think I should??


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29  3 scarves - trying out new stitches! in Crochet: Completed Projects by chutzpaw on: March 22, 2009 03:27:03 PM
This scarf is done in riot eyelash yarn, I think weight 4.  It is a fishnet stitch.  I love how quickly it went!




I made this green scarf for St. Patrick's Day.  It's a very thin fuzzy-ish yarn.  Sock weight I believe.  It is done in a V stitch, although you can't tell from the pic.  It's also my first piece with fringle/tassels.  They were pleasantly easy!



This last one was made in the same riot eyelash yarn, with half double crochet stitch.  The flowers on each end I got from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxGffjMkaxI&feature=channel_page




Please let me know what you think!  I'm new to this so any tips are appreciated!
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30  First things I've ever made - three scarves! in Crochet: Completed Projects by chutzpaw on: March 01, 2009 08:53:36 PM
I've known how to make a basic crochet chain forever, but these are the first things I've actually made.  I'm very pleased with them, and very proud of myself.

First is the pink and black scarf.  I THOUGHT I was doing two rows of single crochet and one row of triple crochet (skipping every other loop) but after looking at some tutorials, I discovered I actually did a double crochet and a stitch I apparently made up. LOL

Second thing I made is the black and white scarf.  I LOVE this one, but the yarn was very hard to unravel when I made mistakes, which I made plenty of!  The flowers I found a tutorial on and had to add them.

Finally is the multicolored scarf.  I loved the yarn, pretty and very easy to work with, but I'm not thrilled with the colors.  I may unravel it and try a different color combo.

So that's it!  Comments and tips welcome!

Kelly











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