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azabuey
« on: July 21, 2011 07:37:44 PM »

Another friend of mine is getting married, so I made my second afghan.  I started planning it April 26th, and began to crochet two days later.  Tonight, I finally finished.  I tried new things, so making blankets is still a learning experience for me.  I first made the center panel of the Tree of Gondor from a knitting chart I found on Ravelry.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tree-of-gondor-chart  This was the second time I'd used tunisian, but the first time where I changed colors.  So, I pulled my stitches a little too tight when I changed colors and it ended up not being a rectangle.  Next, I made four baby blankets called Sls Caomh from the Spring 2009 issue of Interweave Crochet.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/solas-caomh  http://www.interweavestore.com/Crochet/Patterns/Solas-Caomh.html  I didn't use the first and last cables because I didn't want the whole blanket to be too big.  The border is the elvish inscription found on The Ring twice.  It says, "One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them.  One ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them."  I found a knitting chart for that on ravelry as well.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lord-of-the-rings-scarf  I crocheted more loosely this time, so it ended up even.

This picture shows the true colors:

This is the back:


I used about 17 skeins of Simply Soft Dark Country Blue and two of White.
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2011 08:10:30 PM »

Wow! That's so cool!
I wish I could get a close-up shot of the writing. It looks so awesome!
Great job!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2011 08:17:16 PM »

One word.  BEAUTIFUL!
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2011 08:56:16 PM »

Wow! This is so impressively intricate! Beautiful work!
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2011 12:25:34 AM »

This rocks! I can only imagine how long it took you to make and it turned out so beautifully! ^_^ Your friend is going to love it!
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2011 05:07:50 AM »

as a total noob to tunisian, I am in awe of your skills!
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2011 05:35:02 AM »

Wow.

I don't know what else to say besides - wow!

This is amazingly beautiful work.

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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2011 08:53:19 AM »

Wow! That's so cool!
I wish I could get a close-up shot of the writing. It looks so awesome!
Great job!!!!


I didn't take close ups of the last two phrases as I worked them, so I tried zooming in on an image of the whole thing and flipping it because the closer phrase I wanted was upside down.
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2011 10:13:59 AM »

Very, Very cool...what a lucky couple!
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2011 12:31:04 PM »

That is absolutely gorgeous!  I would be beyond thrilled to receive that. 
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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2011 01:05:21 PM »

Beautiful work.  I love the border.
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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2011 01:08:52 AM »

Wow, those are some beautiful patterns! So many beautiful parts combined in one! How long did it take you to make this?
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« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2011 05:55:15 PM »

that is super impressive! Excellent job!
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azabuey
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2011 01:13:02 PM »

Thank you everyone for your comments!

Wow, those are some beautiful patterns! So many beautiful parts combined in one! How long did it take you to make this?

It took about five days less than three months.
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« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2011 09:30:04 PM »

Thats simply amazing.
I envy your skill level to be able to make somthing like that.
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« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2011 10:17:15 PM »

WOW!!!!!!!!!
This is freaken awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

love it, Great JOb!
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« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2011 11:56:44 AM »

Wow. Just...WOW. I'm SO impressed - that must have taken you MONTHS! It's just beautiful, your friend is going to love it! Congratulations - that's a piece of work to be really proud of.
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« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2011 04:25:51 PM »

Wow this is awesome! I showed my husband this and he asked me to make one. HEHE!

Seriously great work!   Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2011 08:37:33 AM »

 Shocked Beautiful!!
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« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2011 07:35:28 PM »

So gorgeous!
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« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2011 09:18:22 PM »

Your afghan is awesome, my partner asked me to make him one so I have a few questions about yours if you don't mind.
1. the baby afghans, you said you skipped the first and last cables, does that mean you eliminated those stitches all together, or just the cables?
2. I noticed in your finished afghan you have four of the baby'ghan's only two are longer and two are shorter, can you give me an approximate size for the short and long parts please? Measuring in inches will work for me.
3. the center tree, I am no knitter so I am going to try this with Tunisian Crochet, but I will probably have to two of them as the back of one would not look like the front. Anyway did you knit yours? How did you get it double sided?

Thanks so much for sharing, my partner's is going to be dark green and gold. I hope it turns out as good as yours.

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Earth teach me suffering, as old stones suffer with memory.
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Earth teach me courage, as the tree that stands alone.
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« Reply #21 on: November 05, 2011 03:43:23 PM »

Your afghan is awesome, my partner asked me to make him one so I have a few questions about yours if you don't mind.
1. the baby afghans, you said you skipped the first and last cables, does that mean you eliminated those stitches all together, or just the cables?
2. I noticed in your finished afghan you have four of the baby'ghan's only two are longer and two are shorter, can you give me an approximate size for the short and long parts please? Measuring in inches will work for me.
3. the center tree, I am no knitter so I am going to try this with Tunisian Crochet, but I will probably have to two of them as the back of one would not look like the front. Anyway did you knit yours? How did you get it double sided?

Thanks so much for sharing, my partner's is going to be dark green and gold. I hope it turns out as good as yours.

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Sorry it took me so long to reply.  I haven't been on here in a few weeks.  I don't mind at all at your questions.  I'm flattered you want to replicate my blanket.

1. When I said I eliminated the first and last cables, it means that I also did not do the stitches leading up to and after those cables.  For example, on row 2, I started with "dc in next 6 sts," and ended with "dc in next 6 sts."  So to start this blanket, I think I chained 104 instead of 123.
2. I did not write down the measurements of the individual baby'ghan's, but I did note the number of sc I did around the border.  So my guess of the measurements are thus: The width of both blankets are about 20 inches.  The length of the smaller blanket is about 34 inches, and the longer blanket is about 43.  The only difference between the smaller blanket and the pattern for it is the width.  In both the pattern and the smaller blanket, Rows 2-9 are crocheted a total of 11 times.  My longer blanket has 14 pattern repeats.
3. I used Tunisian crochet for the tree, and it is not double sided.  I just twisted the strand I wasn't using at the time with the one I was using on every stitch to carry that strand where I needed it without having anything loose where something could snag on it.

I hope this helps, and I look forward to seeing your finished blanket.  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: November 05, 2011 04:11:07 PM »

Wow, that is super amazing!! Incredible job!
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« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2011 12:29:43 PM »

Lovely! I like the cables!
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« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2012 07:26:13 PM »

Insanely Gorgeous! I am jealous of the couple that received it (I'm sure they were THRILLED!) I'm definitely going to give this a go using your notes.

With The Hobbit movie releasing this December, are you going to try your hand at making another one?! (hint, hint)
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« Reply #25 on: March 21, 2012 12:10:04 AM »

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« Reply #26 on: March 22, 2012 01:22:28 PM »

WOW!  You rock my socks, this is ACE!  Totally gorgeous and so intricate and elvish.
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azabuey
« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2012 08:50:39 PM »

Hi,
I'm new here.

Hey newbie!
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« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2012 08:58:09 PM »

Insanely Gorgeous! I am jealous of the couple that received it (I'm sure they were THRILLED!) I'm definitely going to give this a go using your notes.

With The Hobbit movie releasing this December, are you going to try your hand at making another one?! (hint, hint)

I would love to see what you make!

I probably won't make another one anytime soon.  I make blankets as wedding gifts, and I don't have anyone getting married right now.  Also, I don't want to give anyone the same exact blanket.  But, I probably will reuse some part of this.
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« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2012 03:18:10 PM »

Sorry to be bumping this, I realize that it's pretty old, but if the OP would consider detailing how they: 1) adapted the patterns they used and 2) describing how they put the parts together, it would be greatly appreciated!
A friend of mine is willing to pay me if I make this for him, so I must also ask if there are any copyright issues surrounding that.

If I can PM the OP about this, that would work too.
Thanks, all!
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azabuey
« Reply #30 on: May 30, 2012 08:39:43 PM »

Sorry to be bumping this, I realize that it's pretty old, but if the OP would consider detailing how they: 1) adapted the patterns they used and 2) describing how they put the parts together, it would be greatly appreciated!
A friend of mine is willing to pay me if I make this for him, so I must also ask if there are any copyright issues surrounding that.

If I can PM the OP about this, that would work too.
Thanks, all!

I started with the Tree of Gondor Chart, where each square was one tunisian stitch using a j hook.  It was 50 stitches wide and 92 stitches tall.  Then I did sc around in white (again in j).  I probably put three sc in each corner, but I don't remember.

Next I made four Sls Caomh from Interweave Crochet, Spring 2009 using a G hook.  I did not do the first and last cables.  Someone asked for clarification earlier, so I posted in this thread more detail about the baby blankets in November.  I did sc in white around each blanket, most likely with three sc in each corner.  Then I put the four baby blankets together, either by sewing or slip stitch.  I know I sewed my scrabble blanket, but I think I did slip stitch with this one.

Next I made the ring's elvish inscription in 4 pieces using tunisian with a j hook. I put one row of just blue on either side of the inscription, so that made it 14 stitches wide. The top piece had four rows of blue, then 71 rows of the first phrase, 38 rows of blue, 79 rows of the second phrase, and six rows of blue.  Going clockwise, the next piece had 17 rows of blue, 89 rows of the third phrase, 38 rows of blue, 76 rows of the fourth phrase, and 20 rows of blue.  The third piece started with two rows of blue, 71 rows of the first phrase again, 38 rows of blue, 79 rows of the second phrase, and one row of blue.  The last piece had 22 rows of blue, 89 rows of the third phrase, 38 rows of blue, 76 rows of the fourth phrase, and 21 rows of blue.  I pretty sure I slip stitched the four pieces together. Around the outside of the border, I did sc in j hook in white (3 sc in each corner). 

Now because I used a g hook for Sls Caomh, I had unmatching amounts of stitches to slip the baby blankets together with the final border of the elvish inscription.  I'm not sure how I fixed it.  I have notes for increasing the number of stitches as I did the inside border, and I have notes for decreasing the outside border of the four baby blankets (which are not making a lot of sense to me right now).  So, here's what I think I did.  For the inside of the top strip, using i hook, I increased in the 5th stitch 40 times.  Going clockwise, on the next side I increased in the 8th stitch 34 times.  On the bottom, I increased in the 4th stitch 47 times.  And on the left, I increased in the 9th stitch 27 times.  I now had three pieces with borders of white, and I slip stitched them together.  The pieces did not fit exactly together, so you'll have to do more math before hand than I did.

There are no copyright issues from me, because I just used other people's patterns and put them together.  Do you have a ravelry account, because that's where I got the charts?  Although, the chart for the elvish inscription no longer seems to be available.  I have a paper copy, so I can upload it for you if you need it.  I hope my delayed response did not deter you from making this blanket and that they prove helpful.  If there's anything else you need to know, ask me and I might remember the answer.  Smiley  It's been almost a year since I finished it, and the blanket and I are no longer in the same state.
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« Reply #31 on: July 02, 2012 09:23:35 PM »

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/one-ring-scarf
Found a pattern for the inscription. 
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