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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheting in spirals = uneven edges? on: August 23, 2009 06:31:37 PM
Hey everyone, I'm back with another question. My head is full of them so I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot of me in the near future!

I just learned to crochet a few weeks ago and I'm mostly crocheting in the round, both because amigurumi and hats are what I prefer to make and because, well, it's so much easier!  Grin

I've been working in spirals for everything, but there's one thing I don't get....how are you ever supposed to stop?! The edge always ends up with this sort of stair-step thing wherever you stop. For amis it doesn't really cause too many problems, but it looks weird on hats. I looked at a few hat patterns and a lot of them seem to say to crochet in full circles and join them rather than going in a spiral, but there are definitely some that say to do it whichever way you want.

The one time I tried joining each round instead of spiraling.....well, let's just say it did not go as planned.  Embarrassed So if that's how you're "supposed" to do things like hats, uh...I'm pretty much sunk!

I've tried doing a slip stitch into the next stitch after I finish the last round in hopes of tapering that stair step a bit....I feel like it does help a little but it still looks weird to me.

I also don't know how this would work with changing colors - I've only been working in one color so far but I definitely want to do some multicolored hats, but it would be impossible to add a straight stripe when working in spirals, right?
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / A handful of newbie questions... on: August 07, 2009 01:29:43 PM
After many failed attempts, I think I've FINALLY figured out how to crochet - or at least, I've learned the basics. I made a hat...and a half, I ran out of yarn so I need to buy more before I can finish the second hat. I'm not using a pattern so the first hat is a little bit lumpy...I think the second one is better but I can't really tell yet. I've got a few questions though...I found answers to a couple by reading through a ton of posts but there's a few things I'm still wondering about - numbered for your convenience!  Grin

1. I know the "normal" way to crochet (for right-handed people) is from right to left. And that's what I do, so that works. But for crocheting in the round, I saw someone on here say that in order to have it not be inside out, you need to crochet clockwise. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to crochet clockwise without being left-handed. It doesn't really matter because I can always just turn stuff inside out, but I'm curious - am I missing something here? What's the "correct" way to crochet in the round? Or, regardless of "correct" - what way do YOU do it?

2. I've also noticed that the edge has a tendency to curl. I think maybe that only happens with single crochet, but that's what I've been doing so I've definitely got some curlage going on! The bottom edges of my hats just tend to curl outwards a little bit. Is there some simple way to stop that?

3. It seems like there's a bunch of different things that affect the sizing/gauge/etc of your work, so I'm getting confused. The first hat I did is lumpy at the top as if I increased too quickly, but I was basically just following instructions for making a circle. So in a case like that, do you change how often you're increasing, change the hook size, attempt to change how loose or tight you're making it - or something else? It just seems like there's so many variables. I'm guessing the answer is that you can change any of them, so in that case - what do you personally do?

4. My biggest frustration right now - trying to crochet tightly. For the hats I wanted to do it loosely so they'd be all soft and comfy (and faster to make!) but I really, really want to make amigurumi and stuff like that. It's sort of the main reason I started trying to learn to crochet in the first place. So I need to be able to do it tightly, and I just CAN'T. I have a feeling I might be okay once I got it started, but I can't get it started at all. I make a short chain and try to get the hook into the first stitch to make the initial circle and I can barely figure out how to get the hook in the right place. And if I do manage that - forget it, now I just have what appears to be a giant knot! I can't make heads or tails of it, I can't see any individual stitches so I can't crochet into the next stitch/chain, and it's so small and tight that there's no discernible "hole" in the middle of the circle so I can't crochet into the entire circle either. Basically if I crochet loosely so I've got big ol' gaps everywhere to put the hook I'm fine, but as soon as I start pulling everything tight it's just a mess and I have no idea what to do with it. So does anyone have any advice for trying to crochet little tiny tight stitches for amis and the like?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / iPod case from Pocky box! yay! on: February 16, 2006 03:03:40 PM
Okay, so I saw OriBanana's post (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=57942.0) about the ipod nano case she made out of a gum pack thingie...and I had to make one for Chloe, my pink mini.  So, I know you're all bored of ipod crap, but yeah.  Chloe's case is made out of a Pocky box, because (a) Pocky is teh awesome, and (b) I'm in love with the way the box looks.  I was saving this box to make into a purse somehow, but I decided I'll just save the next one I empty for that instead.

So I figured out what pieces I needed...and what pieces of the box I wanted to use design-wise....cut 'em out...cut out holes for the screen, thumbwheel, headphone jack, plug thingie next to the headphone jack (so I can even use it with my iTrip!), and hold switch.  I decided not to cut a hole for the thing on the bottom where you plug it in, I can just take it out to charge it.  I covered the screen and thumbwheel holes with little windows I made out of clear packing tape, and hot glued the pieces together.  Ch-check it out!

The front:


The back:


One of the sides:


The bottom and the other side:


The top:
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lime green and magenta purse and yet another magazine purse on: December 22, 2005 01:41:10 PM
Alright, two purses to post this time.

The first one I just did today cuz I was bored.  I had bought this little bag at Target for $1 - MAN I love that dollar section! - a while ago cuz I loved the color and the print...but it was like a makeup bag, and I really have no use for such things, so I decided it could be a purse too.  I didn't really do too much to it, just added some details really.  Pink fuzzy stuff glued around the top, pink ribbons for a strap, and some tulle tied around the strap on one side.



I LOVE things that are green with white polka dots, especially with magenta details...so this almost fits the bill!  I'm not sure if I like it with all the tulle on it or not...any opinions?

I also want to paint a heart in the same color of magenta on it, but I couldn't find any paint that color in the house, so I'll have to buy some sometime.  I'll post an updated pic once I do that, probably.

And next, my take on the magazine purse.  I made this a while ago but don't think I ever posted it.  I was hoping I could do it with single-length strips rather than having to tape strips together, but the only way to do that was to make it really small, so, uh, yeah.  It's big enough to hold my wallet and that's about it.  Maybe my eyeliner and mascara could fit in there too.  But I likes it anyway.  The strap is just ribbon again, polka dotty stuff that I got real cheap somewhere.



I think I want to come up with some kinda closure for it, but I don't know if my wallet will still fit if I do!  But hopefully I want to be able to close it so it's in this sorta shape:



The inside is lined with red duct tape:



And there we have it!  Thanks for looking!  Next on the agenda....a book purse to be used as a Christmas gift.....
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 3 little bags that really aren't so great, but whatever. on: November 10, 2005 03:10:52 PM
Hey guys, this is my first time posting in this section of craftster, so I bring you three little bags that I found in my room that I've made.  My duct tape purse fell apart when I was out walking in the rain and getting soaked with my then-boyfriend, and I have no idea where my smaller duct tape bag is, so this is all I found.



On the left is a little bag I made out of a scrap of burlap-ish material I had lying around.  It's tiny because that was how big the scrap was...I just folded and sewed, basically.  And I stuck a scrap of leather cord on for a scrap.  And then I started to embroider on it, got bored really quickly, and sharpied it up instead.  Yay for Beatles!  I'm, um, very obsessed.  And the design is offcenter.  Meh.  I don't use this for much, but I have occasionally stuck my iPod in it so I don't have to hold on to it or jam it in my pocket.  And yeah, this one technically isn't recon, but I didn't think of that until after I took one picture of all three, and I am a lazy thingie, so sorry.

In the middle is a REALLY tiny bag made out of a scrap of fabric from a shirt.  I had this striped shirt that had too-short sleeves, so I cut them off so they could be armwarmers and the shirt a tank top.  Then I had this weird little pieces left from the shoulders, so I sewed them together into a little pouch.  I didn't even hem the top.  I stuck some gold stretchy stuff on for a strap.  It works good if I wear the shirt/armwarmers with pants that don't have pockets, cuz I can wear it and be all matchy AND have a spot to put a fiver, or my chapstick, or whatnot.  Too bad I always just wear jeans or cargo pants or something.

On the right is a little pouch made out of a handkerchief/bandana thingie.  Basically, you cut the bandana into a circle, somehow fold up the edges and sew, stick a drawstring through, and there you go.  I love this one - because it's a complete circle of fabric, it can hold a lot even though it's so small...as in, I've put clothes in there.  The strap is just red ribbon.  It looks crappy now because so much use has really ruined the REALLY CRAPPY drawstring I did.  It's hard to hem a circle, okay??  I should probably fix it up, or else just make a new one.

Anyway, there we go.  Hope ya like 'em!  Oh, and just for reference, the Beatles one is about 5 inches wide and 6 inches high, so that oughtta give you an idea of how big they each are.
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Acid Trip Shoes - with lots o' pics on: November 03, 2005 09:24:40 PM
I definitely just made the most awesome pair of shoes in the history of awesome shoes.

Well, maybe not, because I'm see some awesome ones on here, but they're still pretty rad.

They're nothing special, really, though.  I just took a pair of sneaks I bought at Target for $2:

Plain white lace-up sneaks.

Then I attacked them with sharpies, aka the best thing ever.

The finished product, as modelled by my very happy feet:


Here they are without my feet in them, so you can see 'em better:


And some close-ups!  (Man, I'm a picture whore...)

The left shoe:
outside:

inside:


The right shoe:
outside:

inside:


The thingies along the tops of the backs say "THE LOVE YOU TAKE IS EQUAL TO" "THE LOVE YOU MAKE" - yay for Beatles quotes!  Of course, anything I do has to involve the Beatles in some way Smiley

And then, since it was the only thing they reminded me of, I decided to name them my Acid Trip shoes.  So I wrote "Acid Trip" on the bottom of each one, and also wrote "PEACE" on one and "LOVE" on the other, and then I colored a little thingie red.

Yeah, the bottom of the one is scuffed up, because I wore it with a red shoe once...who wears matching shoes, anyway?  But it's not as bad as it looks in the picture.  I'm sure the writing on the bottom is just gonna come off right away, but whatever.

And now I'm got a question...what can I put on them to fix them?  I don't wanna wear them out now because I'm afraid they'll get ruined...does anybody have any ideas?  Are they good as is, or would spray fixative or something help?  Thanks for any input!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Beatles T-shirt turned...um...different Beatles shirt. on: August 21, 2005 04:01:07 PM
Okay, so I work at Target.  Worked, actually, today was my last day.  But that is not the point.  The point is, we had Beatles T-shirts, and being the Beatles obsessed thingie that I am, I of course immediately bought one for $10.  And then, after a while, I noticed that they were $8.  And then they were $7.  And I said to myself, "Self, this is absurdly cheap."  So I bought another one, this time a few sizes too big, with the plans of attacking it with my trusty scissors.



About half an hour later, I had this.



I know it looks like a sack one might store potatoes in.  It doesn't look quite like that when I wear it, but I was too lazy to put it on again for the picture.

I basically just combined two of the tutorials from OhMyStars.  Nothing too snazzy, or anything.

But I wanted to post it anyway...my first post!  Yay!  Mostly because I'm too lazy to post my other stuff.  Oh well.

But I also wanted to post because I need some advice.  First, the tie back makes it impossible to wear with a bra.  And despite having virtually no bustline, I can't go braless because the shirt is so thin.  Does anybody have any suggestions as to how I can wear it?  I think I may just have to layer it over a T-shirt or something.  And also, because the shirt was big, it's quite long.  It comes down over my hips.  And I can't decide whether or not I like it like that.  Opinions please?  It's made tight, by the way, if that influences your opinion making process.  Heheh.

Anywayyy...I don't know how to end this post.  Oh well.
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