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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / HELP TRANSLATE PLEASE! on: July 12, 2007 02:17:47 PM
Hi everyone...

I'm making this baby dress: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/cassies-summer-outfit.html

and don't understand Row 3 which says: 2 sc in first st *working behind ch sp 3sc in each sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 turn

At first I thought it meant to do 2sc in the first stitch, and then 3sc in the back loop of each stitch across, then 2sc again in the last stitch. But then it didn't look right, it was making a straight edge across...so I frogged it and thought that maybe it meant to do the 3sc ONLY behind the skipped stitch from the row before (Row 2 says: sk first st,*(sc, ch2, hdc) in next st, sk next st, Rep from * across ending with sc in last st. ch 1 turn).

Anyone know what Row 3 means??? And also, that asterik leads to nothing else if you look at the pattern.
32  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Another Slices of Sweet Halter! on: July 10, 2007 10:11:02 PM
These are so easy and so cute, I just love the color combos I can make with Sugar and Cream. Another present for my niece who turns 2 at the end of the month...now she has the bright pink sherbert one and this purple one.



The original pattern can be found here: 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176430.0

...and these are my modifications:

1) I used a G hook (b/c my niece is tiny...20" around her chest).

2) I did none of the Edging that the pattern calls for...meaning, I did Rows 1-8 as the pattern specifies, but I just kept using the yarn I used for the triangles (the variegated) in lieu of fastening off after Row 7.

3) Instead of doing a Ch 42 at the end of Row 8, I did a Ch 38 b/c my niece is so tiny. I would measure around your wearer's chest first, but I didn't have that chance so I wung it.  Again, I haven't tried it on her so I'm hoping it fits!

4) I only did 8 rounds of the V-stitch pattern (in the pattern it's Rnds 10-24)...I know this will be long enough for my niece but again, I didn't measure.

5) For Rnd 9, I switched to the variegated yarn again and just did dc around the whole bottom edge in lieu of the clusters the pattern states in Rnd 25.

6) I didn't do the straps as the pattern states. I did this instead:

- sl st in an end stitch at the top of one triangle
- sc in top 3 stitches
- yo, pull through all 3 sts.
- make a Ch 50 for strap and continue to sc back down the strap.
- attach to top 3 sts of triangle.

*** ALSO, in order for both triangles to have the correct side facing front, you cannot join the tails together to join the triangles as the pattern states...one triangle has to be turned around.
33  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / CUTE FREE PATTERN - Apron! on: July 10, 2007 12:18:00 AM
Just wanted to share this: http://www.learntoknit.com/may05_apron.html

It's a cute pattern for a crocheted apron, but I saw it and immediately thought that it could be modified to be an ADORABLE halter dress...just take off the front pocket and extend the back.  RIGHT?  Anyway, I'm knee deep in kiddie projects but if anyone makes this please post pics!!!

THANKS!
34  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / PLEASE HELP with girl's skirt specs!!! on: July 08, 2007 10:30:32 PM
Hi everyone...I hope someone can help me since creating a pattern is NOT in my repetoire.  Smiley  I'm making a little knee-length skirt for my 2 yr. old niece to match the "Monica" ruffle tank (from Knitty) that I made her last month.  I'm doing it on 7" circs with Bernat Cotton Tots yarn...and I cast on 96 sts thinking it would work as either the waist or the bottom of the skirt...as I said, I'm completely winging it.  I'm planning on knitting in st st until the piece measures 8", and then doing a ruffle edging (I did that for the top as well).

My question is this
:  do I need to do any decreases at a certain point (like 7 inches) so that it tapers at the waist, or should I just plan on adding elastic and crocheting it around the top edge???  I didn't measure her waist either so I hope the 96 sts will work (not too small!). 

THANKS in advance for the help!
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / POSTING PATTERN LINKS??? on: July 08, 2007 07:06:24 PM
I found a really cute knitted halter top pattern (for little girls) on a blog...am I allowed to post it here and credit the person or is that unethical? I just would love to pass it on, it's super cute.
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / HELP!!! Need baby skirt pattern! on: July 07, 2007 07:03:12 PM
OK, I am going BONKERS online trying to find a free knitting pattern for a baby (2T, so maybe toddler) skirt pattern. Ideally I'd like it to "twirl" since my niece is all into being a twirling princess (oh it starts so young, doesn't it?)...I can't find a cute pattern that will hit her above the knee and have some swing to it. 

ANYONE??!!!
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / MICHAEL'S CRAFTS WEEKEND SALE! on: July 07, 2007 05:29:05 PM
Hey there...just wanted to pass it along since I'm pretty sure the Michael's chain has national sale days (as opposed to regional).  They have the mongo skeins of Lily Sugar and Cream on sale from $7.99 to $5.99!  (I got two, couldn't resisit)...and they also have Lion Brand Cotton Ease on sale from $4.99 to $3.99 a skein. I'm planning on casting on for the Lelah top tonight (nervous about the straps I plan on adding) and got 3 skeins of charcoal...very excited. 

Anyway, just wanted to share the sale!  AND they take JoAnn's coupons, FYI.
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / LOTS OF FREE PATTERNS! on: July 04, 2007 09:43:56 PM
Hi Everyone...just wanted to pass on this link that I stumbled upon, there are tons of free patterns here but you have to do a lot of clicking for each pattern book's patterns. 

Here is the main link: http://www.adriafil.com/index.html?ultimo=40&id_pagina=4&id_lingua=2

When you click on each picture, it will link to a page with the words Ladies and Baby (sometimes Crochet too). Click on those links to access all of the patterns that were in that issue of the magazine.  ALSO...each link (Ladies, Baby, etc.) has more than one page but you can only get to it from the little red numbers in the top right corner.

Not sure if you guys know about this already, but thought I'd share in case you didn't! :-)

39  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / CUTEST little girl's halter top! on: July 04, 2007 12:13:06 AM
OMG, this is the cutest top and I love how the colors look together.  I got this pattern from Aelita's post on here, and she got it from 'lolaness' Slices of Sweet Halter that's posted here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176430.0

It's SO easy and so darn cute!  I made these modifications:  didn't do any of the edging but instead did the triangles and bottom edging in Sugar and Cream "playtime" color, and the body and straps in Sugar and Cream "hot pink" (one ball each).  I also just did a round of 'dc' for the bottom row.  I attached the straps differently as well and can post what I did if anyone wants to know.  Oh, and I used a G hook.

AAAANYWAY...here is my version, I named it Sara's Sherbet Halter b/c of the colors and my niece's name...this is going to be one of a few things I'll make for her 2 yr. birthday at the end of this month.

Front:


Back:


40  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My second MONICA ruffle tank (from Knitty) on: June 25, 2007 08:56:54 PM
Knitty's MONICA: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring07/PATTmonica.html

This time I knit it on size 6, 16" circs to avoid seaming. HOLY EASIER.  I'd never used circs before but it certainly makes for a more even knit, not to mention more efficient. I'm a decent purler, but I still liked this better.  I used Bernat Cotton Tots in the colors Strawberry (one skein for the body) and Very Berry (one skein for the ruffle).  I loved the colors, so cute.  I made some modifications that I can elaborate on if anyone wants (and will post on my blog when I'm not so tired), but basically I had to cast off half the stitches onto straight needles to do the 3-needle join of the ruffle to the body.  The biggest modification I made was not doing the back ruffle...I just think it would be uncomfortable to sit in a chair with.  Also...I bound off the entire body in lieu of adding the straps as the pattern suggests.  After consulting with the ever-so-clever and sweet LittleJoi (of DeliciousStitches.blogspot.com - shameless plug for her, ha ha), she advised that I crochet around the whole top edge I had bound off, and add the straps as I go along...this in lieu of attaching them separately and being concerned about appearance and strength.  WELL, I can attest to that method and say that it worked BEAUTIFULLY!  Great idea, and the straps lay flat (my biggest peeve if they don't) and are very secure. 

SO...without further ado...I present my second-ever wearable FO (knit for my best friend's 2 yr. old daughter, FYI).

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