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TLW
« on: November 11, 2007 03:47:12 AM »

Hello everyone,



For a (small) crochet project, I would like to be able to 'write' a word.
The end result should look something like the picture.
The project will be very small, so at the moment every cuboid represents one stitch.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=90134&ppuser=112959


I have tried making this, using  only double crochet (Singe crochet in the USA), and I run into the problem that my stitches don't line up neatly in vertical direction, thus making it very hard to read the lettering.
I have experimented some with using 'two stitches in a single stitch'. That does solve the problem a bit (i.e. the lettering stitches can be seen much more clearly), but the alignment problem still exists.

So now I wonder what the best option would be:

1) Use a stitch that does enable 'lining up small vertical lines'.
2) Crochet the square that I need in one colour, and embroider the lettering.

Of course, number 2) is always an option, but it would be interesting to see whether the general opinion hangs to 1) or 2).
I have tried searching the board & the web. But I think I might be using the wrong 'search words', because I can find very little on this.

Thank you in advance for any input you can give.

TLW
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2007 05:06:28 AM »

http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa041203.htm

This will show you how to do a color change.  I've done words before and it's kinda tricky cause it's all about doing the color change in the correct space!!  And with crochet, the patterns run back and forth, so i think this link will help.  One thing i did is to 'double' the word, so like the letter 'i' would be graphed over 2 lines instead of one.  Hope this helps!
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TLW
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2007 01:03:12 PM »

Hello Nathalie,

Thank you for you link.
It did (indeed) the trick, as you might see if the camera was present in this house.

It is pretty stupid, actually, because I have changed colours before, in exactly the correct way. However, that was always on a 'turn', so it didn't came very precise. And somehow I didn't realize that this had to be done the same way.
It worked really beautiful, so I can continue my pattern.

However, this exercise also made me realize exactly how a stitch is made (really).
And in addition to that, I realized that you have to do things differently if you have two 'outside sides'.
Luckily I only have one 'outer side', so I stopped carrying the thread.
I'll practice that another time.

Thank you again, you really helped me out there.

TLW
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