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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / sweater recon on: February 07, 2010 08:36:05 PM
Here's the first time I've tried this recon http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224654.0 although I've got sweaters waiting to do more. I didn't flip the sleeves because I like them long and didn't have any extra to work with. Love it!
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2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Might as well toss my hat in the ring! on: February 02, 2010 06:34:03 PM
So many cool slouchy hats posted here! Here's my attempt. I saw a beanie in a store with the fp/bp pattern and decided I wanted to try that. It's two strands, one alpaca and one wool, so it's very warm and not for use above freezing. I also tried a rolled brim and decided I like it!




Update: Feb 24, 2010
Here's the pattern to the best of my recollection. I've never written a pattern for anybody else but me to read so I hope this makes sense. I used a K hook and one strand of worsted with one strand of dk held together. Maybe bulky yarn would be the similar?

A word about starting rounds. I use this method (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-eQdMYktys) instead of chaining 3 - please use whatever you prefer. I've left it up to you to decide and have not specified. I also turn at the end of each row so that the hat is reversible - your choice here too, but if you do turn you'll be doing fpdc in the bpdc of the previous row and vice versa.

rnd 1: 12 dc in your favorite ring starting method. I usually just ch 4, then do 11 dc in the first ch; join w/ sl st to 4th ch - 12 st
rnd 2: [2 fpdc in next st, 2 bpdc in next st] repeat around; join w/ sl st - 24 st
rnd 3: [1 fpdc in next st, 2 fpdc in next st, 1 bpdc in next st, 2 bpdc in next st] repeat around; join w/ sl st - 36 st
rnd 4: [1 fpdc in next 2 st, 2 fpdc in next st, 1 fpdc in next st, 1 bpdc in next st, 2 bpdc in next st, 1 bpdc in next st] repeat around; join w/ sl st - 48 st
rnd 5-8: keep increasing in this way (adding one fpdc or bpdc in the middle of the grouping until you have 8 fpdc or bpdc in each group - 96 st total)
rnd 9-15: work even; i.e. [fpdc in each fpdc, bpdc in each bpdc] repeat around; join to 1st st w/ sl st - 96 st. To make it slouchier, repeat for more rounds.
rnd 16: [fpdc in next 3 fdpc, fpdc dec over next 2 fpdc, fpdc in next 3 fpdc, bpdc in next 3 bpdc, bpdc dec over next 2 bpdc, bpdc in next 3 bpdc] repeat around; join to 1st st w/ sl st - 84 st
rnd 17: [fpdc in next 3 fpdc, fpdc dec over next 2 fpdc, fpdc in next 2 fpdc, bpdc in next 3 bpdc, bpdc dec over next 2 bpdc, bpdc in next 2 bpdc] repeat around; join to 1st st w/ sl st - 72 st
rnd 18: [fpdc in next 2 fpdc, fpdc dec over next 2 fpdc, fpdc in next 2 fpdc, bpdc in next 2 bpdc, bpdc dec over next 2 bpdc, bpdc in next 2 bpdc] repeat around; join to 1st st w/ sl st - 60 st
rnd 19: [fpdc in next 2 fpdc, fpdc dec over next 2 fpdc, fpdc in next fpdc, bpdc in next 2 bpdc, bpdc dec over next 2 bpdc, bpdc in next bpdc] repeat around; join to 1st st w/ sl st - 48 st

start brim - You may want to try on here to make sure it fits your head. If it's too tight or too loose, remove or add a decrease round or two.
rnd 20: ch 1, sc in each st around; join to 1st st w/ sl st - 48 st
rnd 21-24ish: ch 1, sc blo in each st around; join to 1st st w/ sl st - 48 st
The brim should have the ridges on one side and should curl to the other side. I think both sides look fine - use whichever you like.
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / another eve on: January 17, 2010 05:23:40 PM
Next to the boy's Wall-e that he got for Christmas. Does anybody know how to make a cockroach? He keeps asking for that little guy too!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cork board on: August 02, 2009 08:12:26 PM
So much time lurking; time for some posting! Cork board from wine corks, frame from wood flooring. Hubby says it looks too nice for tacks. Smiley
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