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51  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: top/tunic/dress (?) [clearly, I have not thought the type of garment through. on: October 21, 2013 11:06:38 AM
Really pretty!

Thank you so much!
52  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My First Real Projects - Scarves and Fingerless gloves set on: October 21, 2013 11:03:42 AM
I really liked the yarn you used. It looks like it's probably super soft. It also looks like you kept your gauge even, which is awesome. I was terrible at gauge for a long time, so I'm always impressed when people can get it under control when starting out.
53  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Stitch Practice Hat w/ pattern in post and now with PDF pattern links on: October 20, 2013 10:00:29 PM


Introduction
Welcome to the pattern! I strive for easy patterns aimed at the advanced beginner. As long as youve got a basic knowledge of common techniques, you should find this pattern workable.

Copyright Stuff
If you make the hat, you can sell the hat. Id appreciate credit if anyone asks where you came up with it. You cannot sell altered versions of the written pattern. The hat is yours do with as you wish, but the written pattern remains my intellectual property. Or as Creative Commons calls it: Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/deed.en_US).

Yarn:
Cascades Fixation, 1 skein (50 grams/100 yards)
Fiber: 98.3% cotton/1.7% elastic
Color: 5806

Techniques:
Chain Stitch (ch)
slip stitch (ss)
Double crochet (dc)
Half-double crochet (hdc)
Back loop only single crochet (blo sc)
Joining
Working in the round

Technique Notes:
  • All chain 3s created for dc rounds are considered the first dc for that round and count as a stitch.
  • When joining dc rounds, you will join in the top loop of the original chain 3.

Yarn Notes:
  • Fixation is a yarn with a lot of stretch. Make certain to work with the yarn loose and not stretched to get the desired look and feel for the finished hat. When hat is completed, there should be some stretch as you put it on.
  • It is not recommended that you try to substitute a non-stretchy yarn, as the stretch is part of the fit. In the good news category, the yarn is only $5 a skein



Pattern:
Ch 5, join with a ss to form a ring. Ch 3. Ch 3 counts as first dc in this and every round.

Round 1: dc 9 stitches into center of ring. Join last dc to first ch 3 with a ss. Ch 3, turn. (10 dc counting original ch 3)

Round 2: dc in same stitch as ch 3. 2 dc in every dc around (20 dc counting original ch 3). Join with a ss, ch 3, turn.

Round 3: dc in same stitch as ch 3. 2 dc in every dc around (40 dc counting original ch 3). Join with a ss, ch 3, turn.

Round 4: dc in same stitch as ch 3. 2 dc in every dc around (80 dc counting original ch 3). Join with a ss, ch 3, turn.

Round 5:
(On this and all other dc rounds, skip joining stitch and complete first dc in top of last dc stitch in previous round.)
dc in every stitch around. Join with a ss, ch 3, turn.

Round 6-12: dc in every stitch around. Join with a ss, ch 3, turn.

Round 13: dc in every stitch around. Join with a ss, ch 2, turn.

Round 14: hdc in every stitch around. Join with a ss, ch 2, turn.

Round 15-25: hdc in every stitch around. Join with a ss, ch 2, turn.

Round 26: hdc in every stitch around. Join with a ss, ch 1, turn.

Round 27: blo sc every stitch around. Join with a ss, ch 1, turn.

Round 28-30: bloc sc every stitch around. Join with a ss, ch 1, turn.

Round 31: blo sc every stitch around. Fasten off, weave in ends.

PDF version:
You have two options for a PDF version of the pattern (both are free).
On Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stitch-practice-hat
On Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/l/wEHs
54  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Wire Beade Bracelet for Halloween on: October 20, 2013 12:49:21 AM
This is really beautiful wire work. I've done a few crocheted wire pieces and have never done more than a base row because I can't my work to line up like you did here. I am just staring at your rows and wondering how much practice it took to do it because they look so great.

The whole bracelet is super cute. I love seeing holiday jewelry that feels like something I'd happily wear, you know?
55  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Some Coffee Cozies on: October 20, 2013 12:44:46 AM
Super fun and cute! I love your mix of crochet with other stuff (like the fabric ghost or the fabric with embroidery) to make something really unique and interesting. I think the Jack O' Lanterns are my favorite just for the tiny faces.
56  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: top/tunic/dress (?) [clearly, I have not thought the type of garment through. on: October 20, 2013 12:42:41 AM
This is great.  I love crochet dresses and I am impressed at the way you used the crocodile stitch so effectively. It is not a stitch that inspires me at all but I love the way you have used it at the neckline, sleeves and hem so perhaps I need to look again at using it myself.
And thank you very much for the link to the tutorial.

I was not particularly enthused with the stitch when I first saw it, but then I wanted to learn it just to learn it and it's grown on me a lot. I think it's a great statement stitch and don't find myself loving stuff where it's the only stitch, but it's definitely got its uses.

Hope the tutorial is helpful! It was a real eye-opener for me on how to understand gauge and how I could use it to make things that fit me the way I wanted them to fit just by knowing how many stitches per inch and how many inches I was around.
57  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: top/tunic/dress (?) [clearly, I have not thought the type of garment through. on: October 20, 2013 12:19:03 AM
I rocked you!!!! This is a wonderful job. Not real fond of the color, but you perhaps like it. I would love to see one in PURPLE!!!! Great stitching, great tutorial, and a great way to fashion a wonderful garment. Sounds like you modified things a bit, and didn't actually follow a real pattern, and that is GREAT! It shows that you know what you are doing, and how to get there. I hope you enjoy wearing it, and get many compliments on it.  Grin

~T

Thank you so much! The color is actually a dark teal, which I don't think shows up quite right in the pics. The only reason it's not purple is because I have so much purple in my wardrobe at this point I intentionally don't use it a lot. Smiley

It's actually a completely improvised pattern. I learned how to stitch to my measurements thanks to a great pencil skirt tutorial from way back:

http://www.crochetme.com/media/p/88273.aspx

And then a lot of trial and error translating the lessons from that tutorial into other garments. Still not quite solid on sleeve construction, but I'm getting there.

I'm so glad you liked it so much! I have gotten a couple of compliments on it, and that's always nice.
58  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / top/tunic/dress (?) [clearly, I have not thought the type of garment through. on: October 19, 2013 08:24:21 PM
Made with an I-hook, 4 skeins of Red Heart Soft, and a bunch of crocodile stitch. I worked from the bottom up, doing the bottom crocodile stitches first, then double crocheting until the mid-point on my hips. At that point, I did a few rounds of single crochet because it helps lengthen my torso and doesn't make me look quite so top-heavy.

Once that was complete, I went back to double crochet, then fastened off under my arms and did the armholes in three parts (left front, right front, and the back piece all at once. I seamed those together to make the neckline, and that gets us to picture one.

To get to picture two, I made two sleeve caps starting with a single crocodile stitch and increasing as I worked up. Then I did a round of single crochet around the neckline and then worked crocodile stitches all the way around, decreasing a couple of times as I added rows to better shape the neck. Lastly, I attached the sleeve caps using a slip stitch seam, and boom. Tunic or top or minidress or however I'll end up wearing it.



59  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Leather Rings with Vintage Buttons on: October 14, 2013 09:14:59 AM
These are so clever and cute! I love the flower petals on the first, and the button on the second is just lovely. I hope they hold up; they'd make great gifts.
60  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Crochet for Your Home - Trophy Afghan on: October 14, 2013 09:12:55 AM
Great color choices, and your stitching is just beautiful. Major kudos for keeping at it for so long; I'm so terrible with keeping myself on task for blankets, so I love seeing other people make beautiful ones like this.
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