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« on: June 12, 2006 07:19:24 PM »

Or at least know how to read a French pattern? I have found my French is very school book, rusty, and not totally suited for patterns.  But here is the sob story.
A friend of mine fell in love with a Phildar pattern from one of their magazines. And I must admit, it is a very pretty scarf.  So I figured I would be able to puzzle it out, or at least ask one of the interns we have from France.  Wouldn't you know, none of them crochet.  Tongue
Any way, the scarf looks like a series of shell type motifs that run one into another.
I can get the first motif, but am running into a bit of trouble working the second one. I think I'm reading it correctly, but maybe not.  And it's my luck that the first two motifs are not visible in the picuture: http://www.phildar.fr/catalogues/catalogue-interactif.aspx.  (It's catalog #440, page 17)
So, I'm hoping someone here can help me translate what it is that I'm trying to do.
I can get about 80% of it, but it's the 20% that is being a real bugger.
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2006 05:41:17 AM »

I have read that Miss.kitty4 speaks French - and is learning to crochet.. I am not sure if she would be able to help you or not since she is new - and I can't speak for her either - but I did read she is French.
Have you checked the city guide on the main forum page - there is a section for Europe and a subsection for France.  Maybe someone there could help you with the translation?

Have you purchased the pattern or is it online?  I didn't see a pattern, just the picture so I assume that it is for sale.

It does look like the motifs are connected in the second and last rows. I am not sure if that makes any sense - and it looks like the 2nd motif is short a few stitches on that second row where it connects.  The picture did show the first motif I guess - I was able to zoom it and I think I know how it connects but am not 100% sure.  did it have a chart or written pattern?  If it is a chart I can help - they're pretty universal.  I have been charting myself like nuts the last few days working off some Japanese patterns... always fun when you can't read the fine print!
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2006 08:59:55 AM »

Or at least know how to read a French pattern? I have found my French is very school book, rusty, and not totally suited for patterns.  But here is the sob story.
A friend of mine fell in love with a Phildar pattern from one of their magazines. And I must admit, it is a very pretty scarf.  So I figured I would be able to puzzle it out, or at least ask one of the interns we have from France.  Wouldn't you know, none of them crochet.  Tongue
Any way, the scarf looks like a series of shell type motifs that run one into another.
I can get the first motif, but am running into a bit of trouble working the second one. I think I'm reading it correctly, but maybe not.  And it's my luck that the first two motifs are not visible in the picuture: http://www.phildar.fr/catalogues/catalogue-interactif.aspx.  (It's catalog #440, page 17)
So, I'm hoping someone here can help me translate what it is that I'm trying to do.
I can get about 80% of it, but it's the 20% that is being a real bugger.

I studied French for a while in high school and took it for AS Level (weird English qualification!) so I might be able to translate it...
If you want me to try and look at it could you send me a pm with that bit of the pattern in.
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2006 08:37:20 PM »

French major here.  I primarily knit and I know most of the French knitting terms, but unfortunately I'm not so familiar with crochet terms in French.  (So I guess what I'm saying is that I'm not particularly helpful.  Heh.)  Here is a link to knitting and crochet terms translated into 4 other languages.  This site has a little translation tool thingy.  You probably won't be able to translate from French to English due to abbreviations, but if you try to translate a bunch of English crochet terms, you might recognize the abbreviations.  Just a thought.
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2006 09:58:43 PM »

I am french and I live in america since 3 years so I am fluent. And I am experimented crocheter! ^_^
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2006 04:06:40 AM »

I am loving that translation page!  I wish it had Japanese though - the charts are usually enough for me to figure out but there are a few "phrases"  that I just don't understand so I know I am missing something in the lack of translation.  I am glad that I am experienced enough to know what things should probably be doing at what phase in the game, you know?

Great links.

I am so glad this group here is so diverse.  Even this old dog has learned new tricks here!
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2006 09:18:00 AM »

I wanted to say thank you to everybody!!!   Grin
Between the links, help that was offered, pestering the intern, and trial and error, I finally got it figured out.
So, here is the beginning using KnitPicks DYO sock yarn, dyed using Kool-Aid (Strawberry, Green Apple, Mango).

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