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301  Re: hexagon afghan crochetalong in Crochetalongs by fantasticmio on: February 13, 2009 08:01:42 PM
I started mine today using scraps of Bernat Baby Co-ordinates.  I've got three hexes done so far:

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302  Re: how do I resize a pattern for a baby blanket? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by fantasticmio on: February 04, 2009 07:17:41 PM
If you just multiply everything (don't forget to multiply the rows, too... if multiplying by 3, 1 stitch equals a 3x3 stitch square) it will start looking pixelated.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's something to be aware of.

What you might want to do is graph it out first.  See what it looks like on paper.  You might be able to just eyeball where the extra stitches should go to make it less pixelated.  You might also be able to figure out roughly how big it will be in the end.

Other things that will make it bigger are using thicker yarn (or double-stranding) and a bigger hook.

If you make it and it doesn't turn out as big as you wanted, you might want to consider your options for a border on the blanket.  It might be cute to make up smaller versions (in other words, don't change the pattern as written) and sew them around the edge of the big one.  Something simpler might be stripes or any number of squares or stitch patterns out there.

ETA: I graphed out one leaf of the shamrock in Excel at 3x and this is what it looks like:

(resizing removed some of the lines... just ignore the lines. ^_^)

I think a lot of those sharp edges would be smoothed out just by adding one stitch in each corner, if that makes any sense...

(second edit because I'm a dope)
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303  Re: 2009 12" Squares- February in Crochetalongs by fantasticmio on: February 01, 2009 04:01:42 PM
I'm not a huge fan of Valentine's Day (it's way too easy for the guys!!!), so I decided on some non-traditional colours for this month's square:

I had to add another round of dc and one of sc to get it to size.  I'm not sure if I'll be able to help anyone with this one as I had to fudge things in a few places.

Good luck everyone!
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304  Re: 2009 12" Squares- January in Crochetalongs by fantasticmio on: January 04, 2009 09:57:41 AM
For anyone who was wondering what the January square would look like in shades of pink:

I've posted this as a public service and not as proof of my weak will when it comes to this pattern.   Grin
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305  Re: 2009 12" Squares- January in Crochetalongs by fantasticmio on: January 04, 2009 06:32:59 AM
In an effort to stop myself from making an entire blanket out of this square, I've started doing fillers:

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306  Re: 2009 12" Squares- January in Crochetalongs by fantasticmio on: January 03, 2009 02:18:27 PM
*sneaks in wearing a fake mustache*

What?  Why are you all looking at me like that?


ETA: mr.fantastic insisted that I add this:

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307  Re: Snowflake afghan in Crochetalongs by fantasticmio on: January 03, 2009 12:01:44 PM
I'm done! Yay!

I changed the border because I didn't like the way it was coming out.  I just replaced the last "row" with a round of dc, doing decreases on the valleys and increases on the points.

So... what colour should I do next?  Heehee
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308  Re: Snowflake afghan in Crochetalongs by fantasticmio on: January 02, 2009 06:49:07 PM
I (finally) got all of my hexes joined!

I'm going to have to tackle the border another day though, I think.
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309  Re: 2009 12" Squares- January in Crochetalongs by fantasticmio on: January 01, 2009 03:33:10 PM
I made my first square today, and let me tell you:  I really like this pattern!

Mine came in too small, too, but I just did another round of dc and it came out the right size.

I'm doing mine as a kind of scrap afghan... using my bigger scraps, I guess.

Here is my January square:

I haven't decided yet if I'm going to make fillers or not.
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310  Penny Whistle Cozy in Crochet: Completed Projects by fantasticmio on: January 01, 2009 12:48:51 PM
I made this cozy for mr.fantastic's penny whistle:

I did a drawstring closure at the top, but I'm not completely happy with it (mr.fantastic seems to like it, though)

Here you can see the penny whistle sticking out a bit:

I used a 5mm hook and Bernat Satin (man, I've been using that stuff a lot lately!) in the "bordeaux" colour.  I had lots left over from the Catan blanket. lol

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