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451  Re: 2009 12" Squares- January in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: December 31, 2008 09:29:37 PM
Happy New Year!!

Here is the January square:  Esthers Square


A very easy and well-written pattern! I didnt encounter any difficulties with the directions. My square is made with Caron Simply Soft Brites Watermelon and CSS Black. I stuck with the 2 colors, but I think itll look really nice with more color changes. Im adding this in to my favorite squares file since it is such a nice-looking square and so easy to do.

Big surprise (heavy sarcasm here), mine ended up smaller than 12, but Ive decided that Im not fighting that battle for this round. I already went up two hook sizes. Im hoping that if I just follow each pattern as written, and stick with the same hook, that all of my squares will end up the same size, even if they are a bit on the smaller side.

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452  DORMANT: 2009 12" Squares (w/pattern links) in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: December 29, 2008 08:27:33 AM
Every month, I'll post a link to a pattern for a 12" square. The goal is to complete at least one square each month, and by the end of the year, you'll have enough squares to make a nice lap-sized afghan!

January- Esther’s Square

February- Center Heart Square (and special thanks to yellowduckie for finding another link to the pattern for me!)

March- Irish Rose
--I had to make some corrections to the pattern {thanks fantastic.mio for double checking them!}and they are noted in red, and I may need to take it down if the author disapproves. But for now, it's a PDF that you can download, and I added a handy-dandy checklist to the end of the pattern to help make it a little bit more clear... I hope Wink . The actual pattern is only about 2 pages long. The rest of the file is the checklist.

April- Arches
- I only noticed a very minor correction: In rounds 9, 10 and 11 to finish the round it says to "join to 4th ch of beg ch 3." So, since you only have 3 chains, you just have to join to the 3rd chain Wink

May- Victorian Dream Square- I just have a couple of clarifications (may be unnecessary, but they were spots where I had to stop, rip out, and do over Wink ):
On round 5, where it says "skip next ch," you'll be crocheting into the chain (the 2nd "link"), and not into the space formed by the 3 ch
On round 6, it starts "ch 9, tr in last ch-1 sp made" but it made more sense if I read it "in last ch-1 sp made ch 9 and tr"
On round 7, it says "dc in each sc and each ch-1 sp across" but I don't think I had any ch-1 spaces (but maybe I goofed in the previous round...)

June- Bold Squares
Again, a couple of clarifications:
Round 3- I think  that there is a "ch1, skip next sc" missing from the section in brackets []. It appears before the brackets, but it seems like that bit should also be within the brackets. And, because of the repeat from * to *, that the missing bit should go at the start of the section in brackets. So, I think Round 3 should read:

Round 3: In BLO for this round, ch 3, dc in next 3 sc, [*ch 1, skip next sc, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in next sc (corner made), ch 1, skip next sc*, dc in next 5 sc] 3 times, and * to * once more, dc next sc, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

But, if that doesn't seem right... just ignore that bit Wink

On Round 12- It says "3 dc in ch 2 loop" but, in keeping with the other rounds like it, I did "3 sc in ch 2 loop."

July- Lovely in Green- No corrections! Yay!

August- Popin' Square
I noticed only 2 minor corrections:
The directions for the PC (Popcorn) should read: 5 dc in same sp, pull hook out of loop, put into top of 1st dc, pick up dropped loop and pull through.
And in Round 8, it should start off as: Rnd 8: Sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 9 dc...

September-Vera's Spike Stitch Diasy, a pattern created by mochaxlight!

ETA (9/17/09): Pattern corrections/clarifications are here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284599.msg3702498#msg3702498

October- Op-Art Afghan Square- I've been in touch with the pattern designer, and she may be making some changes to the pattern directions. In the meantime, I'm posting my notes here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284599.msg3725925#msg3725925

ETA (10/12/09)- The author has made some changes to the pattern, so you may want to check out the updated version!

November- Hometown Square: This square was pretty straightforward! There are some very minor corrections, I think, but I can't seem to find my notes at the moment. I'll update here when I do (or if someone else figures out what they are Wink ). Found them!
Round 6: There is one set of "dc in each of the next 14 dc of prev row" missing.
Round 7: I had to look up how to do a "decrease dc over next 4 sts" and this is what I did: *YO, insert hook in first stitch, YO, pull through stitch, YO, pull through 2 loops. Repeat from * for next 3 stitches, the YO, pull through all 5 loops. Ch 1 to close.
Round 8: It looked neater when I worked into the closing ch 1 (of the dc decrease) when I did my 4 dc in the top of each "peak"

December- Guardian Angel 1, Guardian Angel 2, Guardian Angel 3
There are 3 variations for this block, but the angel is made the same for each block. The halo is a 3-dimensional bit and, while it is attached to the angel, it doesn't get crocheted "into" the block; it actually curves out across the angel's forehead. I don't think there were any pattern corrections, and I found that stitch markers were helpful...

Post pics of your completed squares here so we can cheer each other on throughout the year Wink

Note: There is also a sister CAL on Ravelry with a different set of squares, so you can use those squares as "filler" squares to make an even larger afghan!
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453  Re: 50+ Wash Cloths-along in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: December 28, 2008 02:55:20 PM
Here's my #16! I made it on Christmas day with some yarn I got in my stocking. My mom only had a K hook, so it was going to be huge! I cut the number of starting chains to 30, but it still came out wide. I didn't make it a square because it would have been waaay too big. So, it's rectangular, instead. It's the cross stitch cloth (the one further down on the list: http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/crossstichcloth.html). It was very easy, and stitched up pretty quickly, too!

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454  Re: .:Undies Swap ~ Fave Themes:. in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: December 28, 2008 02:14:10 PM
NeZHaX, those sets came out so cute! Did you stamp the images on? I really like the look of them! I still have a few blank sets of my own to play with, and I might give this style a go...

And, I'm in the process of uploading pics of the sets I received! Back in a bit!

Here are my sets from hngoodlett!

First up- Wonder Woman!!! (Start humming theme song now...)

Now, if only I could get someone to make me an invisible jet... Wink

And, my next set is for my Celtic theme (I think that was one of my themes, but I can't remember! Tough getting old...). It's a gorgeous hand-embroidered Celtic knot, done with a variegated green floss... It's beautiful, and it may have to be shown off in public Wink

It's so perfectly stitched, too! It looks crooked in the pic, but that's because the comforter that is modeling it is lumpy...

Thanks, Heather!
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455  Re: 50+ Wash Cloths-along in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: December 07, 2008 11:10:01 AM

I made this one up during a crochet class. I was bored with practicing treble crochet, so I did this instead. Essentially, it's 3 rows of hdc and 1 row of trc. I did that 3 times, and ended with 3 rows of hdc. Then I put an edging on it.

I call it the "Three and a Half Dishcloth" and it was pretty easy. It came together very quickly, too. It's also a decent size and weight.

I put a rudimentary pattern here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281751.0

In the class, the instructor taught us granny squares, which I already knew, so I made mine out of cotton for a dishcloth. I'm not counting this as one of my 50, however, because I already made a granny square cloth. I'm only counting the unique ones.

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456  Three and a Half Dishcloth (w/pattern) in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: December 07, 2008 11:02:51 AM
Not long ago, I took an intro to crochet class to see if I could pick up some things to help me crochet a bit better. Since I already knew the stitches being taught, I had a tendency to do my own thing. So, while we were supposed to be practicing our treble crochet, I made a dishcloth instead. I did include the treble crochet, so I was sort of doing what I was supposed to be doing Wink

It's pretty much 3 rows of hdc, followed by a row of trc. I did that 3 times, and ended with 3 rows of hdc. Then I put an edging on it.

I've written out the pattern, but I didn't test it (I wrote it after I finished), so I'm not 100% sure it makes sense. Let me know if you see anything I need to fix or clarify Smiley

Note: Turning chains count as first stitch of next row
Chain 27 (25  ch + 2 turning chains)
Row 1: hdc in fourth chain from hook; hdc across, ch 2, turn
Row 2: hdc across, ch 2, turn
Row 3: hdc across, ch 4, turn
Row 4: trc across, ch 2, turn

Rows 5 & 6: hdc across, ch 2, turn
Row 7: hdc across, ch 4, turn
Row 8: trc across, ch 2, turn

Rows 9-12: repeat rows 5-8

Rows 13-15: hdc across, ch 2, turn (At end of row 15, chain 1 only)

Edging: sc, chain 3 around. Along top and bottom edges, two hdc were skipped between each sc. Along sides, one sc into ends of first and third rows of hdc (or top and bottom of trc). Fasten off. Or,work desired edging.

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457  Re: Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: December 06, 2008 10:08:47 AM
I received my last set of yarn and it was from Linda P! She included a ball of glow-in-the-dark yarn for me, too. Thanks a bunch, Linda P!

I really love this swap and all of the neat yarns that everyone is getting.

And, Rumpazel, those little hanks are the BEST! I'm stealing your idea for the next round Wink And, I think you could have a second career in the yarn-naming field. Your names are so much more fun than the ones they originally had! Great job!
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458  Re: Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: December 03, 2008 03:03:44 PM
Thanks anyway, lucy van pelt! Nice socks!

And, I received from crazy4bags today! She sent along some extra ones, too! Thanks a bunch!

These colors will look great in my Granny's Daughters afghan!
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459  Re: Little Odd Ball Yarn Swap R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: November 28, 2008 02:43:19 PM
I received my first batch of yarn today! And it's from the very generous RondaS Wink

I should be able to get plenty of Granny's Daughters out of these- enough to share Smiley

Great colors, too! I like the colors in the variegated with the blues and greens, and the one right in front has some sparkly fibers in it- pretty!

Thanks, Ronda!
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460  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R3 FOCR R3 Gallery - Winter Wonderland in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: November 10, 2008 05:48:52 PM
So many wonderful things in this round! I would have been thrilled with any of them! But, I am thrilled beyond belief by my prize!! Made by butofcourse...

The cutest scarf EVER!!

All bundled up in the box!

And, modeled (somewhat reluctantly, it appears... monsters just don't get into cute, I guess;) ) by the Blue Monster himself:

Thanks so much! And, thanks again, TheSapphireMoon, for organizing yet another fabulous round!!
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