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itscribe
« on: April 10, 2005 08:54:42 AM »

Yep, stealing the idea from the knitting forum, but the thread has been going for months with so many wonderful ideas thought it would be interesting to see what wonderful tips the crochet folks have.

I'll start...

When I have a ball of yarn that I am working from, I put it in a stew pot at my feet. That way the ball just rolls around in the pot instead of all around the room.

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frogsrock
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2005 09:29:55 AM »

this is for when changeing the ball of yarn weather its stripes or just you ran out

crochet the ends in! i only know how to do this at the end of a row but anyways
 make a slip knot with the new color and put the hook threw it then crochet like you normally would into the end stitch for the next stitch
1. insert hook
2. hold you working strand and the short strands over it
3. treat the short ends like they're part of the bit you inserted into

just keep crocheting the row doing it like that till the short ends are gone

my grandmom taught me this because im doing a striped scarf so you only need to weave in the first end and the last rather than a zillion
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2005 10:00:08 AM »

Cheesy  I like this!

When using a rougher yarn, put a band-aid over the rub area on your index finger; it is slick enough to allow the yarn to slide, but prevents yarn burn on your skin.

And of course: Never SIT on your lace hook....
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2005 02:29:16 PM »

When you start to feel bogged down by all the projects that need to be completed for others- STOP and make something small for yourself!   When I do this it renews me enough to want to make something for someone else, after all you should get to reap the rewards of some of your own work!!!

I also like to leave an assortment of hooks and at least one skein of yarn in the car so that I never get caught off guard.  (I like to crochet when I am sitting in waiting rooms etc.)   
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2005 09:48:14 AM »

I usually hold the strand of yarn between my legs or  through my toes. I know it sounds so, so weird -- but it creates the nicest, most consistent gauge throughout any project...

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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2005 01:51:50 PM »

When making something for somebody else:

1.MAKE SURE IT'S THERE SIZE! nothing's more annoying then finishing something, giving it to the person and it's too small
2.make sure it's a color they'll like not just a color you like. Not everyone likes hot pink.

Even if you're free-forming you should plan something out before you start. Don't just pick up a crocheting hook and yarn and expect a bag to appear.
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2005 02:45:14 PM »

keep a bottle of wine nearby.   Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2005 04:16:24 PM »

LOL. Personally, I only work on *gasp* one project at a time, otherwise I never finish anything.

And always, always buy more yarn for a project than you think you need.
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2005 09:57:20 AM »

My favorite tip, from 'Mom'--

If you're working a very large piece, say a shawl or afghan with a starting chain in the 100's, use stitch markers (or a piece of cut yarn) to mark every ten or twenty (or 50, whatever) stitches to save yourself some counting time.

My own favorite tip, for the highly-organized types:

For each project (I often work a few at the same time), I make a swatch first, then safety pin the label from that skein to it with a notation of which project it is, which of my books and mags the pattern is in and what size hook(s) I'm using. Then I always have a reference for care and washing, a place to pick up where I left off if the hook slid out into the bottom of my bag or if I can't remember which pattern book it was from, and answers to: What yarn did you use? Can you make me one like it?, etc.

Each swatch gets put into an individual sandwich baggie too (with a bit of extra yarn and an extra button if needed, and given with the item if it is a gift)--is that anal or what??  Smiley
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itscribe
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2005 10:15:42 AM »

I found in a $1 store this toy that was a bunch of rings that are similar to split rings. The idea was that a child could string the rings to make necklaces and the like. The plastic is about the thickness of two standard noodles. (Can't think of another visual- lol)

They are great for those of us who work on multiple projects and worry about the hook falling out and thereby losing some already worked stitches. Slip the ring thingy where it hangs on the last loop on the hook and it will be impossible for the piece to unwind.

Also works great for row counting.
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