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1  Re: A Scarf and A Blasted Ladder Stitch in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by Eamea on: February 06, 2012 06:41:36 PM
Welllllllllllllll, it appears I should take my own advice.  Roll Eyes I took a look at the original photos and realized there were 34 stitches.  Eek!  I was getting a base row to put the ladder stitch into, and I think I just read the first line of 34.  Um, yeah.  If I had continued to read I would have noticed that the next row is HDCs to end with 32 stitches.  I am so sorry!!

Hopefully this post will make it up to you.  I have done the paranoid quadruple check of stitches - 32!  Here is the first row of the ladder stitch.  The pattern ends with 2 SC, and you should have two stitches left.  Do a SC in each of them, and your row ends with 4 SC.




Here is a super close shot of the end of the first ladder row...


and with the ch 1 added.


To start the next row, go into the next stitch to the left of the hook (marked in green)


I was wrong before; the pattern doesn't stack on top of itself but staggers instead.  In other words, on the next row you will SC into the chain stitches of the previous row rather than the SC.




I hope this helps, and I feel so bad that I might be responsible for part of your frustration.   Sad  I promise not to frog this sample until you have it.  It's too bad there's not a nice clear photo of the scarf.  Sometimes if I'm off that can tell me where.  You always have the option of creating your own row, so long as it has 32 stitches so your next pattern has the correct base.  If you have eight spaces - so be it!  The crochet police won't come to your house, and it's perfectly OK to alter the pattern.
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2  Re: A Scarf and A Blasted Ladder Stitch in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by Eamea on: February 01, 2012 12:39:47 PM
I had to make this picture huge on my monitor, but I think I found the problem.  If you can't make it big enough to see PM me and I'll e-mail you the Photoshop picture.  OK, the blue "1" is where you end up when you finish the previous row.  From there you are supposed to ch 1 and turn to start the next row.  The next row starts in the last stitch of the previous row - the ch 1 does not count as a stitch.  It's just there so the next row you make won't be pulled down.  It covers the distance between the previous and current row.  The first SC of the ladder stitch row will go in the last stitch of the dividing row (marked in orange).  I think you are putting it into the second to the last stitch of the dividing row, and that's why you aren't ending the ladder stitch row on pattern.

I did the same thing when I was making the sample for the pictures.  Grin  Patterns often call for chain stitches to be done at the beginning of a row to count as the first stitch in the row, but in this case the chain 1 is just so that you can get to the starting height of the next row.  I think if you'll do the first SC in the stitch just to the right of where you have been going in it will work out.

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3  Re: Needs to be Quilted and I'm stuck in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Eamea on: January 30, 2012 10:27:17 AM
I would do two lines in the sashing about 1/4 " away from each pieced block.  I thought of two ways of doing the pieced blocks.
1.  Quilt 1/4" inside every piece.
2.  Quilt 1/4" inside the edge of the whole motif.  If space allows you can echo this line to the inside.

Here's a Photoshop of what I mean.  Please excuse the wonky lines!  The black lines represent option 1 (on the right) and 2 (on the left).
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4  Re: Tire tread quilting in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Eamea on: January 30, 2012 10:16:12 AM
I don't know if it's the most efficient, but here's the way I would do it.  Wink

Construct your black top.  Divide the vertical space into four even parts for your columns.  The tread itself is made from just one motif.  It is flipped horizontally and vertically to create the different patterns.  Play with the size until you find something that looks right for the scale of your top.  I would make a cardstock template of it so I could just trace along the top and part of the bottom.  Use a ruler to keep them in a straight line and evenly spaced.  Here's a primitive Photoshop highlighting the parts in purple in case you need it.  Hope this helps!
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5  Wedding quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Eamea on: January 26, 2012 01:03:46 PM
I finished this in the fall, but I never got as far as posting it.  It was done for a nephew's wedding, and I chose the colors based on two of his favorite sports teams:  the St. Louis Blues and Mizzou football.


I didn't have enough of any one color to do the back, so I took the leftovers from the top, added a brighter yellow, and pieced that sucker.  Wink

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6  Scrappy abstract cats in Crochet: Completed Projects by Eamea on: January 26, 2012 12:58:06 PM
I loved this pattern but didn't have enough of any color to make repeating stripes.  I decided to go with the scrappy look, and I'll be donating it to Project Linus.  The pattern is here http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/2009/04/abstract-crochet-cats.html


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7  Star washcloths in Crochet: Completed Projects by Eamea on: January 26, 2012 12:54:30 PM
I used the star afghan pattern and substituted cotton thread for yarn to make these washcloths.  I gave them to a 4 and 8 year old, and they loved them.  I used the pattern here http://www.angelfire.com/va3/heartfeltangels/littlestarafghan.html.
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8  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2012 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eamea on: January 24, 2012 07:59:08 PM
I received this wonderful card from tastyclaythings for my fairies theme.  There's a lot going on here; I just sat and stared at it when it came. Smiley  The oval is either stamped or was already printed, the wings are paper cutouts, the body is fabric (would love to see the whole print!), the flower is paper with a button center, and it all hangs from grosgrain ribbon.  Too cute!

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9  Re: A Scarf and A Blasted Ladder Stitch in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by Eamea on: January 21, 2012 11:37:24 AM
Hopefully this will help you be less cranky.  Wink  In the pictures, the HDC row is done in cream and the ladder stitch rows are done in purple.

Here is your HDC row and your first row of the ladder stitch.  On each end of the scarf there are two single crochets, and there are eight spaces.  I'm not sure how you got to five spaces, but I think it's in the sk st.  That stands for "skip stitch" and you don't actually make a new stitch.  After you work two singles into the previous row you are chaining two.  They make up for the length of the stitches you are skipping so your work will keep an even number of stitches in each row.  You've now worked two singles and chained two, so when you insert your needle into the previous row to do the next two singles your hook goes into the third available stitch in the previous row.  When you work this across the whole row you should be able to end with two single crochets right on pattern.





The second row works right on top of the first, and the stitches should line up.  Your singles should be over your singles and your chain two spaces will be over the previous row's spaces.  I  pinned this with some tension so you could see what's going on, but in real life the top row will lay down and not arch above the previous row.



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10  Re: Alphabet inchies Round 2 - gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eamea on: October 02, 2011 09:57:54 PM
I received my final extras from crazyalien8, and they're awesome!  Sometimes it's not a bad thing to be stalked.  Grin


Here's my whole set.  Thanks to everyone that I swapped with, and thanks to nilmerg for organizing.
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