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Topic: Woes of a knitter trying to crochet - Queen of Hearts Bikini top  (Read 1366 times)
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« on: May 01, 2007 02:00:12 PM »

Just grrrrrrrrrr  Angry

I kind of just want to vent, but any advice would be appreciated. I am really struggling with the Queen of Hearts bikini top in SnB. I am fine with the knitting - I had searched here first and made the top a size bigger (though its for my slimmer, flatter chested sister, so I think the size will be fine). I have also managed to make the chain stitch stuff, i.e. the shoulder straps and the waist band.

But try as I might, I cannot work out how to attach the waist band. I have alway struggled with crochet (being trying to teach myself since Christmas) because my chain stitches seem too tight for my hook, so I have tried a smaller hook. So far so frustrating, but at least I can get my stupid hook through. But the instructions make no sense. They say:

Start with 1 st on the hook. *Insert hook though 1 st of the chain and 1 st of the cup. [This is fine]. Make a loop [another? how's that now?] and pull it through both ch and cup (you will have a new st and the original st on the hook). Loop again and pull it through both sts. Rep to end of cup.

I'm thinking I might pick up each stitch on the cup then knit it together with one on the waist band and attach it that way, but I don't like not being able to figure something out. Any advice would be gratefully received, but as I said, I just wanted to rant.

Ok, I'm done, I'll go lie down in a darkened room and leave you good people to your peace  Wink

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2007 06:58:34 PM »



Start with 1 st on the hook. *Insert hook though 1 st of the chain and 1 st of the cup. [This is fine]. Make a loop [another? how's that now?] and pull it through both ch and cup (you will have a new st and the original st on the hook). Loop again and pull it through both sts. Rep to end of cup.


this is a little late lol but basically what it means is that you yarn over the hook- wrap the yarn around the hook from front to back.  there will now be the original loop, the loops from the ch and cup(that you put your hook through) and now the yarn over "loop".  Pull the yarn over "loop" through the chain and cup loop.  yarn over again and pull through rest of loops.
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2007 10:22:33 AM »

Again, this is probably a little late, but how about using a hook bigger than you want to do the starting chain, as there will be more room to insert your hook in? Just a thought.
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2007 06:25:39 PM »

But try as I might, I cannot work out how to attach the waist band. I have alway struggled with crochet (being trying to teach myself since Christmas) because my chain stitches seem too tight for my hook, so I have tried a smaller hook. So far so frustrating, but at least I can get my stupid hook through.

For crochet, you have to practice tension. When I was a beginner, I had a death grip. The stitches where so tight that I ripped my yarn.
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2007 07:54:48 PM »

First - as already stated, you yarn over, then pull that through.

Second - when I first started, I would go up 2 hook sizes for my chains. Now I almost always go with a smaller hook than called for. I'm all relaxed and stuff, man. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2007 11:39:54 AM »

i've made a bunch of these bathing suit tops, and i don't know if this is the "right way" to attach the cups to the band, but this is how i've always done it: start with a slip knot loop on your crochet hook, then insert the hook into a stitch on the cup, then into a stitch on the chain. take the long end of the yarn from your slip knot and wrap it around the the crochet hook IN FRONT of the original loop and chain and cup stitches. pull this newly made loop through the other three loops and pull kind of tight. now you will have one loop on your chrochet hook so you can do it again! YAY! once you get the hang of it, the chrocheting will go quickly and you'll have your very own bikini top! hope this helps  Grin
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