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« on: November 26, 2006 01:15:37 PM »

My sister and I wanted a homemade game when we were kids.  Never happened.  So guess what my sister's getting for the winter holidays this year?
I started with two very similar patterns, one from a recent copy of Vogue Knitting (the TV issue), and one from a not so recent copy of Annie's Attic (or something similar).  The Vogue one was felted, and the Attic one stitched the strips together in a way I didn't like.
I used Bernat Soft and Chunkee.  I really don't recommend that yarn.  I was visiting someone in a small town in Texas, and the selection wasn't exactly awesome.  I didn't notice that the yarns were not the same thickness, despite being the same type.  So the smaller, red yarn, I had to stitch with a looser hand than the thicker black stuff.  I don't know if it was the yarn, or me, (or both), but I couldn't get the gauge right for either pattern.  I changed it for me so my checker squares could be... square. 

so, here's pictures:


close up of stitching:


some of the checkers:

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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2006 02:04:01 PM »

Love it!  I recently knitted a checker board, but I prefer to crochet since I'm much faster at it.  I wish I had thought to figure out the crochet on my own!  I love yours, plus the board peices are fabu!  Your sister's gonna love this.  Now you need to crochet a little bag to put it in  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2006 02:06:20 PM »

Very cool!  Maybe you could weave a drawstring around the edge of the board.  When pulled, the board will close up and serve as a bag for the checkers?
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2006 02:38:15 PM »

My sister and I wanted a homemade game when we were kids.  Never happened.  So guess what my sister's getting for the winter holidays this year?

That's so cool!!! And AAAAWWWW so cute that you made this for her.  I wanna know what she says after you give it to her (be sure to check back)!
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2006 02:50:23 PM »

that's so cool!!
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2006 03:23:32 PM »

Very cool!  Maybe you could weave a drawstring around the edge of the board.  When pulled, the board will close up and serve as a bag for the checkers?

Ahhhh!  That's such a good idea!

I love the board.  Woo, checkers!
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2006 05:00:59 PM »

Thanks, folkses.  I actually sewed a bag for it - it's a wee bit faster.  The drawstring on the outer part of the board is A GREAT IDEA.
I'm making another set in turquoise and white and might try incorporating that idea. 
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2006 06:35:48 PM »

This may sound dumb, but how did you do that?! I've been trying to crochet a black and white checkered scarf for my husband, but I'm having no luck with a tapestry stitch because you can still see the thread (like, white shows up through the black, black through the white, etc). Did you have to start new yarn for every square, or did you carry the yarn? Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Wink
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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2006 06:47:45 PM »

That's really cool!  I think if I were going to knit it, I'd use duplicate stitch.

Ever seen a pattern for a chess set?  I bet the kids would be fascinated by a large yarn chess board.  Hmmm...  On the other hand, getting it done by Christmas without them seeing would definitely be a minor miracle.  Smiley  Of course, if I knit it, and do the duplicate stitch, for a while, it wouldn't look like anything remotely interesting to them.  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2006 01:53:11 AM »

This may sound dumb, but how did you do that?! I've been trying to crochet a black and white checkered scarf for my husband, but I'm having no luck with a tapestry stitch because you can still see the thread (like, white shows up through the black, black through the white, etc). Did you have to start new yarn for every square, or did you carry the yarn? Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Wink

Aw, no question is EVER dumb.  <3 
I did it in strips (both the patterns I saw were done this way).  So eight strips with alternating starting colors, stitched together, with a border added after = the board.  Tomorrow I'll write up what I did.  It'll be my first tutorial.  (No, I didn't carry the yarn).  It's hella easy, just single crochet and t-i-m-e.
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