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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for Headwrap Patterns on: February 07, 2013 01:40:45 PM
Try searching Ravelry.  As you look for something you like, change your search words a bit.  For example, head wrap, head band, headwrap, etc.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#photo=yes&craft=crochet&query=head%20wrap&page=1&view=captioned_thumbs&sort=best
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baby Leg Warmers on: February 07, 2013 01:31:04 PM
I love Ravelry because it has so many patterns and so many ways to sort and search for what I want. 
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#photo=yes&craft=crochet&query=baby%20leg%20warmers&availability=free&view=captioned_thumbs&sort=best
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Figuring out color pattern on: February 07, 2013 01:26:30 PM
I enjoy granny squares, too.
I have done the pen and paper method, like you have, to find the possible color combinations.
I especially like granny square projects now that I have found a great joining process:
http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-asyougo-sqaures.html


4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Has anyone crocheted a human head? on: February 07, 2013 01:10:01 PM
I saw a pattern on Ravelry for a child- or adult-sized mannequin head.  It is not free, but not expensive either, esp. when considering, like you said, the human head has an odd shape.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/adult--large-child-crochet-mannequin-head
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocodile Stitch Driving Me Bonkers! on: January 30, 2013 03:36:36 PM
Hello
try this

http://lostandfoundlane.blogspot.com/p/croc-stitch-easy-way.html

looks like a great tutorial
best wishes

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bavarian crochet on: January 30, 2013 03:32:47 PM
http://crochetkitten.blogspot.com/2012/09/bavarian-crochet-in-rows.html

http://familycorner.blogspot.com/2012/12/bavarian-crochet-wip.html

both of these seem to have good tutorials

Best Wishes
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Harry Potter - Luna Lovegood Scarf - My Take - PATTERN & CHART ADDED! on: January 30, 2013 03:21:21 PM
Hello,
I am almost finished with this scarf.  Really like the pattern.  If I wanted a shorter scarf, is there a formula for the number of chain stitches to start?  Something like:  multiple of 10 plus 2?

Thank you.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hook sizes and button eyes? on: March 19, 2012 03:49:21 PM
It is interesting to me that you want to use larger and larger crochet hooks for your amigurumi.  For me, much of the cute of ami is in the diminutive size and close, even stitches of single crochet.

I prefer hook C or D with worsted weight yarn.

I have also used crochet cotton to achieve smaller amigurumi.

In my research, 10" is the max size for amigurumi. 

Check out      http://www.suncatchereyes.net/      for safety eyes.   I am very pleased with their site, selection, and products.



 
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help a new kid figure out this pattern, please?! on: March 19, 2012 03:42:16 PM
I have crocheted for many years and have not used magic circle to begin, rather used "ch 2, sc in 2nd chain from hook."  If you keep your stitches loose, you can draw tight enough to avoid big hole at center start of your work.

Have you done other crochet?  Is amigurumi your first attempt at crochet?

There are many basics to crochet and following a pattern and interpreting the abbreviations in the directions that are common to all crochet methods.

If you are a beginner, find a site or a book that explains all the most elementary steps of crochet.

For Ami, you need to know single crochet (sc), single crochet increase, and single crochet decrease.

Most Amigurumi patterns are done in continuous circular rows, or spirals.  I use a small safety pin to mark the first stitch of each row. 

Spiral stitching is much harder to see and follow than straight rows one might use for a scarf (for example).


Take your time and follow the pattern exactly, counting stitches as you go.
Move your marker (safety pin) to the first stitch of each new row.

I think the pattern you have chosen is OK for a first project. You are starting with the spherical peas, which is a classic in Amigurumi. 

I looked over my pattern collection, and do not have another pattern to suggest to a beginner.

I will, and so will others from Crafster, keep an eye on your post to help at specific points of concern as you attempt this pattern. .

Do not give up!!!
Amigurumi is very forgiving.

Every one who crochets will tell you that they have torn out rows and counted and recounted.
It really does get easier with each project.

Please stay in touch.









10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question on attaching legs and other parts on: March 15, 2012 10:13:16 AM
Pinning the pieces before stitching helps me.  I use corsage pins which are bigger than usual straight pins.

My favorite site for learning more about crochet technique is PlanetJune by June Gilbank.

Two pages would be helpful:

http://www.planetjune.com/blog/joining-amigurumi/



http://www.planetjune.com/blog/category/tutorials/

scroll down to the information on seamless joining.


Also, check out her directions for invisible decrease.
Best I have found.

There is so much at this site, take your time to look around.

Best Wishes

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