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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Was crocheting in backloops only. Now trying to go through both but failling. on: May 20, 2010 05:52:06 AM
Hello guys.  I have been crocheting for the past few months incorrectly I recently learned.  I found out that your supposed to go through both loops when crocheting instead of just the back.  I am really struggling through, I can't see to get my hook to go through the holes anymore.  I have to jam it through to get it in and out after a row my arms and hands are killing me.  I can tell the difference between the back loop only and both loops.  It is just I really wish to get back where I was, I feel like I am starting over completely and doing it wrong.  If it is one thing I have learned "If it hurts, your doing it wrong."  Any advice or tutorials people could share maybe that I haven't found yet?
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How to Improve this pattern? on: May 10, 2010 05:39:39 AM


So several weeks ago I finished making my first pattern.  I posted it some of the results in the finished crochet section.  I have been making some more of them and began to wonder how I could improve the pattern.  The end of the pattern is really so so with slip stitching to finish them up.  Do you guys have any suggestions for improving the final step of this pattern?

Materials
Used Worsted Weight Yarn.  I couldn't tell you the brand. 
F/5-3.75mm crochet hook
Eyes 6mm saftey eyes
Black Embroidery thread and sewing needle.

Abbreviations
sc single crochet
st slip stich
inc increase (2 sc in a single st)
dec decrease (crochet the next 2 sc together)

Pattern
Rd 1: 5 Sc (5)
Rd 2: *2 sc in next st (aka an Increase)*Repeat 5 times (10)
Rd 3: *1 sc, inc * Repeat 5 times (15)
Rd 4: *2 sc , inc* Repeat 5 times (20)
Rd 5: *4 sc, inc* Repeat 4 times (24)
Rd 6: *24 sc* (24)
Rd 7: *2 sc, dec* Repeat  Times (18)
Rd 8: *1sc, dec* Repeat 6 times (12)

Stuff  the poring with polyfill so you can plan how to do the face then remove the polyfill.  When I stuffed it I used the end of the crochet hook to push in the poly fill.  Sew the face and insert the safety eyes.   Once you have finished doing the face stuff the poring. 

Rd 9: *2sc, dec* Repeat 4 times (9)
Rd 10: *1sc, dec* Repeat 3 times (6)
Rd 11: * Skip a stich,then do a slip stich *  3 times

Tie knot and your done.
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Porings! (with Pattern). Image Heavy on: April 30, 2010 04:37:43 PM




So I was determined to make my own pattern.  Since this was my first there were quite a few failures that I learned from ... painfuly, lol.  These turned out great though! I still haven't done anything with the loose strands.  I am going to leave them there for a while till I figure out if I want to do something with them or not. 

I got the inspiration to make a poring when I made my husband a slime using http://arpelia.blogspot.com/2008/03/slime-amigurumi.html 's pattern. 


They are about 1.25" in width.  (Tried to use a ruler but failed. oh wellz)

The Teal one!


The Pink one!


The Yellow one!


The Green one!


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Here is the pattern!  If anyone else could test it out that would be great! 

Used Worsted Weight Yarn.  I couldn't tell you the brand. 
F/5-3.75mm crochet hook
Eyes 6mm saftey eyes
Black Embroidery thread and sewing needle.

Abbreviations
sc single crochet
st slip stich
inc increase (2 sc in a single st)
dec decrease (crochet the next 2 sc together)

Pattern
Rd 1: 5 Sc (5)
Rd 2: *2 sc in next st (aka an Increase)*Repeat 5 times (10)
Rd 3: *1 sc, inc * Repeat 5 times (15)
Rd 4: *2 sc , inc* Repeat 5 times (20)
Rd 5: *4 sc, inc* Repeat 4 times (24)
Rd 6: *24 sc* (24)
Rd 7: *2 sc, dec* Repeat  Times (18)
Rd 8: *1sc, dec* Repeat 6 times (12)

Stuff  the poring with polyfill so you can plan how to do the face then remove the polyfill.  When I stuffed it I used the end of the crochet hook to push in the poly fill.  Sew the face and insert the safety eyes.   Once you have finished doing the face stuff the poring. 

Rd 9: *2sc, dec* Repeat 4 times (9)
Rd 10: *1sc, dec* Repeat 3 times (6)
Rd 11: * Skip a stich,then do a slip stich *  3 times

Tie knot and your done.

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I am still debating whether or not it would be better to do the face and eyes after Round 8 or 7.  I think Round 8.  I am also trying to think about how to describe sewing the face so you can get the :3.  Pictures probably will be the best way to do it. 

I need to go to the local yarn shop and pick up some better colors, these were just for practice to test the pattern.  I am also trying to figure out how to make a devilring and angelring one too!  I have no idea how to approach making the wings. 

If anyone could test out my pattern that would be great! :3

Hope you enjoy the porings!
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Golden Pig! - Lionbrand Pattern on: March 07, 2010 09:11:46 AM


I have justed started crocheting the last month and a half.  So once I started getting a bit better I ventured on the internet for some free patterns to practice making some amigurumi of.  I found this cute pig pattern from lion brand and was like "This would make a perfect golden pig pattern".  I wanted to make a golden cow but the pig was so adorable I couldn't resist! So the above was my first free pattern I did.   I did stuff the feet.  The pattern did not specify that but I thought "why not".  I have no idea what brand of yarn I used, it is a small worsted weight.  A link to the pattern below.

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70589AD.html?r=1
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