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« on: April 01, 2009 08:31:50 AM »

I'm making a toy for my daughter of one of her favourite cartoon characters. The character wears a tunic top. Its supposed to lie flat or even stick out a bit, but since Im just doing single crochet around and around its curling under towards his body a bit. Is there something I can do to fix this? My daughter is only 18 months so Im sure shes not going to notice, but I will.  Wink There is no boarder on the character's top in the cartoon, so it would have to be something that hopefully blends fairly decently with the previous rows of sc.
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2009 01:58:48 PM »

Are you working even? If it's supposed to stick out just a bit, you may want to use subtle increases towards the bottom instead. For instance, you could do one increase per round or even one every few rounds if you really want it to be subtle. It's a bit hard to understand what the problem really is though. A picture of what you have so far and also a reference image of the character itself would help a lot.
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2009 01:04:27 PM »

You can always block it when you are done - it is the best way to go.  I never used to block but after seeing a demonstration on it blocking - even blankets, scarves, hats, whatever isn't stuffed is really the best way to go.  It will hold its shape even after washing.
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2009 04:10:32 PM »

Thanks for the replies.

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Are you working even? If it's supposed to stick out just a bit, you may want to use subtle increases towards the bottom instead. For instance, you could do one increase per round or even one every few rounds if you really want it to be subtle. It's a bit hard to understand what the problem really is though. A picture of what you have so far and also a reference image of the character itself would help a lot.
Yes, I increased and the base (body) under decreased, so it should have worked but the last row just wanted to curl under like this:

I think part of the problem was the top was a little snug on the body which compounded the curling problem. I made a second attempt with more give to the top over the body though and that last row still curled under more than I liked. What I ended up doing was doing one row backwards at the bottom so a little curl in plus a little curl out made it all work out in the end:

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You can always block it when you are done - it is the best way to go.  I never used to block but after seeing a demonstration on it blocking - even blankets, scarves, hats, whatever isn't stuffed is really the best way to go.  It will hold its shape even after washing.
I've never blocked either. Even with 100% acrylic? I thought blocking was for the natural fibres.

Hopefully I have the right colour thread in my very very sparse stash to sew the eyes on tonight. My daughter came down with the stomach flu last night and could use some serious cheering up. Sad
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2009 04:55:23 PM »

Yes, you can block acrylic yarn as well.  You just can not iron it directly.  The nice thing about blocking acrylic yarn is that it softens it up A LOT too.  Having said that blocking that would take a bit of work or patience since it is stuffed and all but it can be done I'm sure.

You can also use a slightly larger hook for that last row or so to keep it from doing the curl a bit.  That might help.

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