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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flower Burst and Birthday Flower Baby Afghan on: September 29, 2012 10:13:20 PM
I made this for a friend's baby shower last year.  She was expecting (and eventually had) a girl.  It's made up of Birthday Flower Squares and Flower Burst Squares.  The yarn used was Caron Simply Soft and equivalent mill ends in White.  The total dimensions are approximately 3' by 4'.

The afghan is made up of 6 of each of both types of squares in alternating rows.  The motifs are attached with slip stitches through the back loop only, leaving the front loops defined.  The border consists of some base rows of sc and a bobble edging.  I fiddled around with existing patterns until it ended up looking the way I liked, but a close one is this

After weaving the tails, I used a dot of Aleene's OK to Wash It fabric glue to secure the ends.

Thanks for looking.

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Flower Burst Square:



Birthday Flower Square:

22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Circles in Octagons Baby Afghan on: September 29, 2012 09:31:16 PM
Thanks so much for the comments, everyone.

How long did it take you to complete? Also, can you feel the fabric glue on the blanket?

It took a couple of months, but I worked on it constantly during that time.  I would say that weaving in the tails (I actually weave with the crochet hook instead of crocheting the ends into the work) took at least 1/3 to 40% of the total time.  That's how many ends there are.

Aleene's OK to Wash It glue feels like a medium soft, somewhat pliable plastic blob when dried.  So it is detectable to the touch, but I prefer it to Fabric-tac or Aleene's Fabric Fusion, which are other glues I've used.  The latter two dry faster (48 hours), but leave a hard, dry, scratchy blob.  The directions for Aleene's OK to Wash It claim it takes 7-10 days for the glue to cure, although I have found 7 days is sufficient.  I think the trade-off in the feel of the final product is worth the extra drying time; I factor in the additional time into the project.  All three are washable after drying.

I hope that answered your questions.  Please let me know if you have questions or comments. 
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Circles in Octagons Baby Afghan on: September 29, 2012 02:52:01 PM
I made this for a my cousin and his wife, who had a baby boy earlier this year.  It's made up of motifs from Red Heart's Circles in Octagons Throw.  The yarn used was Caron Simply Soft in White, Dark Country Blue, and Soft Blue.  The total dimensions are approximately 3' by 4'.

The afghan is made up of 63 of the octagons / circles, 48 squares linking them together, and 28 triangles to make the edges even.  The border consists of one sc row of white and two sc rows of each of the blues.  I realized later that I could have added four more triangles to make the blanket a perfect rectangle, but ultimately, I think it looks neat with the "cut off corners" look.  The motifs are attached with slip stitches through the back loop only, leaving the front loops defined. 

After weaving the tails (and man, there are a TON with this pattern), I used a dot of Aleene's OK to Wash It fabric glue to secure the ends.

Thanks for looking.

Full shot:



Close up of motifs:



Close up of borders, corner:

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Seeking a Sweater Dress Pattern on: September 19, 2012 10:11:42 PM
How about Lion Brand's Side to Side Cowl Neck Sweater, extended so that the garment is a dress instead of a top?  Lion Brand requires registration to access its patterns, but the patterns are free.
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocheting new cover for torn couch on: September 06, 2012 09:08:40 AM
Poor couch! I would think single crochet with a worsted weight acrylic yarn would give you a tight, durable stitch and acrylic washes really well on delicate in the machine.

Good point on using acrylic.  In my original message, I suggested thread as a possibility, forgetting that many are made out of cotton.  Cotton will probably shrink when machine washed, leading to washed covers not fitting the cushions correctly.
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocheting new cover for torn couch on: September 05, 2012 08:57:33 AM
I think if you want to completely cover the tears using crochet, you should use single crochet with a thin yarn or even thread.  If using granny squares, the rips still may be apparent in the gaps, although they won't be as visible if you use a thin yarn / thread with tight stitching.   Of course, the flip side is that the thinner the yarn you use, the longer it will take to finish.
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Copyright violations on facebook business page, trying to reach the artists. on: September 04, 2012 04:01:12 PM
I agree it's not a good use of your time to hunt down artists that you can't easily identify.  If posting the specific site is not against Craftster's user agreement, you may want to think about notifying the posters on the "Crafty Business Advice" board. 

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Them:  I understand what you say, but when you have thouthands of pictures is not easy. We dont want to disturb anyone and we write it if we have the original name of the owner of the design. Tks a lot!

Ridiculous.  The burden should be on the posting site to get permission from artists.  The images shouldn't be posted if the site administration doesn't have permission.
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet in Fiction (Movies, TV, Books) on: September 04, 2012 03:54:57 PM
I saw three items that were NOT crocheted in Refinery29's listand commented to that effect.

Sorry for the multiple posts in a row, but I hope it's OK since some time has elapsed between each.  It appears crochet is in fashion right now.  Style blog Refinery29 recommends 15 crochet items.  All at pretty high prices--could be good inspiration for our own projects!

Ah, thanks for catching this.  Were some of the shoes among the non-crochet items?  Upon closer inspection, they look like macram.
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Dancing Cats on: September 01, 2012 01:53:49 PM
This quilt is adorable.  Wonderful work.
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Other craft sites for crochet? on: September 01, 2012 12:16:59 PM
I second the above poster--Craftster and Ravelry are great sites.

I like Crochet Patter Central a lot, too.  It aggregates pattern links from all over the Web, although it doesn't have a forum feature.

There's Crochetville, although I don't use the forum myself.
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