After hitting up the bookstore and going through tons of stitch pattern books, I've discovered that this is indeed a type of cross stitch. It was hard to find - it was only actually in one of the books.
Do you guys think the malabrigo scarf from that flickr photo is the same as the one from the second link at cocoknits? I can't tell if maybe the cocoknits one is the backside of the picture from flickr - the gray doesn't look right, but the colorful malabrigo flickr picture looks a little similar, just a bit smaller. I don't think the picture from my book is the proper stitch either, but it's close. It must be some variation of a cross stitch. I wish I could find the exact one the scarf was knitted from, because it's totally gorgeous.
The pattern from my book is really complicated. I haven't been able to get it to work right yet - I don't seem to have the right number of stitches, even when using exactly what it suggests. Maybe someone can help explain it better... I may not be doing my yo's properly. Also, the one in the book has 3 rows of knit stitches on each side before the pattern actually begins, and it's ugly. Ugh. But I have to figure out what I'm doing wrong before I can modify it to get rid of those.
Actually, now that I'm typing it out, I think I'm confused by the brackets - do I yrn, P1 x5? I also don't know the difference between yrfn and yrn
Cross stitch pattern: Multiples of 8sts plus 4 cr6L = slip 6 stitches onto RHN dropping extra loops, slip same 6 stitches onto LHN, knit 4th, 5th, and 6th sts tbl, knit 1st, 2nd, and 3rd sts, slip all 6 stitches off LHN together. cr6R = slip 6 stitches onto RHN dropping extra loops, slip same 6 stitches onto LHN, knit 4th, 5th, and 6th sts, knit 1st, 2nd and 3rd sts, slip all 6 stitches off LHN together.
Row 1: [RS] K Row 2: K3 *yrfn, P1, [yrn, P1] 5 times, K2, rep from * to last st, K1. Row 3: K1, *K2, Cr6R, rep from * to last st, K3 Row 4: K1, P2, K2 *yrfn, P1, [yrn, P1] 5 times, K2, rep from * to last 5 sts, P4, K1. Row 5:K5, *K2, Cr6L, rep from * to last 5 sts, K7. Repeat rows 2-5.
Thanks for the input I always thought it was side 2, but it makes sense that it's the spiral side. I've seen amigurumi both ways, which is why I'm continually confused. But now I have a definite answer, so that helps. I think I've been seeing a lot of amigurumi on etsy that are done with the wrong side out... also confusing!
craftydeb - that was really helpful. By crocheting clockwise, do you mean that each finished stitch should be going to the right? Does that make sense? If each finished stitch is supposed to be going to the left side around, then I'm definitely crocheting inside out most of the time when I make amigurumis, but that's what feels more natural.
I think you mean that finished stitches go to the left working clockwise, so I'm definitely working inside out. I taught myself to crochet, so I guess I taught myself wrong! oops. I just tried some clockwise stitches and it feels completely odd... I must be doing something wrong, holding it improperly or something.
I bet working inside out causes problems when I'm doing back loop/front loop only. I'll have to be careful to switch around when I get to those kind of stitches.
Okay, so I've been crocheting for quite awhile now, mostly amigurumi, but this is something that I'm still continually confused about. I always think I've figured it out, but I'm never quite sure.
Which side is the right side of a crocheted piece? I think it's picture two, but it's picture one that is the spiral side when you look downwards on it, if that makes sense, which is what always confuses me.
What kind of stuff do you guys order when you eat out at restaurants?
I've been a vegetarian for about thirteen years now, and I'm currently making a slow transition into being completely vegan. I already don't eat eggs, milk, yogurt, etc (because I hate the taste), but I do eat rennet free cheese, and I loooove cheese. It's a staple in my diet, especially out at restaurants, and I eat out with people a lot. Most places have gardenburgers, but those aren't vegan, and my other fallback is pasta, but that's out too. I hate mushrooms, spinach, eggplant, and other vegan restaurant staples, so am I stuck eating salad or avoiding restaurants all together? Do you guys find stuff to eat at most places?
I eat some Amy's microwave meals, I can get them at the local grocery stores here in California - Albertsons, Ralphs, and Whole Foods are the ones that I know carry them, so most major grocery stores should. I like the vegan enchiladas and pizza the best, they're pretty tasty.
Width is more important in a fish tank than depth, and most vase type things like that head don't have enough surface area for a fish to live comfortably. There's even less surface area with a plant in there. The head would look just as nice as a water plant habitat, minus the fish.
I'm thinking about starting on this... What yarn are you guys going to use? Anyone have a suggestion for a good cotton/acrylic yarn, preferrably something really soft? I seem to be allergic to wool, since I get a rash whenever I wear it and knitting with it causes the skin on my fingers to peel off.