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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help with "Afternoon Tea Fingerless Gloves" ? on: December 21, 2011 12:36:02 PM
Hello fellow craftsters! I'm in the process of making the famous "Afternoon Tea Fingerless Gloves" and was wondering if I could get some help with instructions? My grandma taught me to crochet but unfortunetly doesn't know how to read a pattern so I've had to teach myself that bit.

Row 10: Ch 2, work Stacked Arches patt in first 5 ch-5 loops, over next join between 2 arches work (3 dc, ch5, 3 dc)

It's the second part I'm confused about. where do I put the 3 dc, ch5, 3 dc?

I tried looking for pictures and couldn't find any helpful ones.

Thanks in advance for your help  Smiley
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My friend asked for a Gryffindor Scarf for her birthday... on: April 25, 2011 06:54:26 PM
...And this is what I came up with! The two of us are going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in July and she asked me to make her a Gryffindor Scarf to wear around the park. Why she would want to wear a scarf in Florida in July is beyond me, but that's what she wanted!

I used Vanna's Choice in Cranberry & Mustard because it was the only satisfactory goldish-yellow I could find. I used Half-Double Crochet, chained 40 and did 15 rows of each color, in case you were wondering Smiley


This is one of my dogs, Reese, modeling before I wove in all the tails. She wouldn't model the finished scarf, of course!


Completed!


All laid out, before I added the fringe.


A couple of the stripes are a bit bulge-y around the edges, but I'm still new to crocheting and you can't really tell unless it's all laid out and you're looking closely. I'm making a Ravenclaw trapped bar scarf for myself soon, although I definitely won't be wearing it in Florida!

Thanks for looking!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Spring-y Camera Strap on: April 15, 2011 11:42:08 AM
I lost my camera strap a while back (no big loss, it was just the ugly black nylon kind) and decided today would be a good day to make a new one! I used Caron Party Yarn and basically did two rows of HDC with an I hook and added a flower detail using this pattern: http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-simple-six-petal-flower/





And a close up of the flower:



The acrylic is really lightweight and soft, and the strap is a great length. Thanks for looking!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Luna's Dirigible Plum Earrings! on: March 21, 2011 06:09:05 PM
Hello all! These were my first experience working with polymer clay and I don't think they turned out so bad!



I wanted to make them orange, instead of red, because in the book they're orange. I also think these are a little more my style than the beaded versions.

I love them, but you can definitely tell I'm an amateur, lol. The orange kind of made the white look "dirty" and I got a few fingerprints on them, but overall I think they were a great first project.

And just for funsies, here's another pic with my butterbeer cork necklace (to keep the nargles away!)



Thanks for looking Grin
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Blocking Acrylic Yarns? on: March 20, 2011 08:09:53 AM
Hello all! I recently made a scarf that refuses to lay flat and after some research I thought blocking might help. However, I used Caron Simply Soft yarn, which is 100% acrylic and have seen some different answers...

Some people have told me you can't block acrylic yarns.
Some people have told me to block it with steam.
Others have told me steam will melt the yarn.
Some people have told me to hand wash and then lay out with pins.
Others have told me not to soak the yarn and just spritz it with a spray bottle.
One person told me to lay wet towels on top of it and when the towels dry, it's blocked.

 Huh Huh Huh
So, my question is, how do YOU block your acrylic yarns and what are your experiences? What's the easiest, fastest way? Thanks so much for your help!


6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Problems understanding Spiderman Afghan Pattern? on: March 16, 2011 11:35:59 AM
Hello Craftsters! I've been lurking on this site for a few weeks and I can't get over how wonderful and talented you all are. I just started crocheting a few weeks ago and I want to make the Spiderman Round Ripple Afghan (pattern: http://www.angelfire.com/tx5/angelcrafts/patterns/spidermanroundrippleafghan.html) but I'm having oodles of problems.

First of all, once I get to Round 3 my circle starts to become more of a basket. It curls up horrendously and the stitches look all uneven and funky. I've gone through round 4 and have ripped it out about 3 times. Any suggestions?

Secondly, I'm having a lot of problems understanding the pattern. For example, when it says:
"Rnd 4: sl st into ch 2 space, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch 2 space, * 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch 2 space, repeat * around. Join"
Do the bolded dc's go into the chain two space as well? Or do they go into the stitches?


Thanks for all your help, I'm still new to patterns and this one isn't very clear to me.  Huh


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