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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with vintage 1945 Top Flight Halter (plus KA? with free pattern!) on: June 14, 2007 05:34:11 AM
The pattern is here: http://www.knitting-and.com/wiki/Top_Flight_Halter. Whoa boy do I have a lot of questions.

First Second line of pattern says: Inc 1 st in first st - place a marker for front edge - k 1, p1, inc 1 st in last st - place a marker for side edge.

I've been using Kfb to increase, and I'm not entirely sure where to put these markers, especially the last one. Between the kf and the kb? or after the kfb (now two stitches).

Second Row four says that row is supposed to be the front. If that's the case, you send up getting this cool-looking basket-weavy stitch for the front, and what looks like k2p1 ribbing for the back or inside of fabric. However, when I go to finish the second point and knit them together, what is supposed to be the right front marker ends up being the right side marker. Also, the shape of the point look different (backwards) from the shape in the picture when you go to join them (by which I mean it looks like the two middle edges slant at a different angle that the side edges).

Third After the first point it says "Keeping continuity of pattern throughout all shaping, inc 1 st at side edge each row and 1 st at front edge every other row until there are 33 sts on needle. Break yarn and place sts onto a stitch holder." So, now I'm should be increasing at both edges every time, instead of only increasing at the end every even row?

This pattern is killing me, but I'm determined to master it. There are more questions to come, I'm sure. This is just the beginning!
2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / help on ladylike lace gloves (Happy Hooker) on: January 08, 2007 04:58:01 AM
This is only my second crochet project ever, and it's going pretty good until I get to row 5.

I understand the cluster lace patterns, but in row 5, where it says to sc into the cluster, and then 2 sc into the two-stitch chain, I'm not entirely sure where to "in the cluster" means. I think I can tell where the hole created by the 2-stitch chain is, but there is no clear hole between one 2-stitch chain and the next.

When it comes to counting rows or stitches in crochet, because it's three-dimensional and I'm a two-dimensional knitter at heart I'm fairly lost!

Thanks in advance!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: amigurumi for beginners? on: September 07, 2006 03:41:52 PM
Thanks for the quick response, everyone. The trouble with living over here is that I CAN't get a lot of books and magazines, but the internet is free, right?
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / amigurumi for beginners? on: September 07, 2006 05:02:44 AM
I'm new to crochet-ing but I've really been getting into amigurumi. I live in Korea and this stuff is everywhere unfortunately, all the patterns are in Korean or Japanese. I've done some searching online and found that a lot of stuff there is also in Japanese (which is okay if charts are included) or for sale only, and seein' as how I'm a begiiner I'm not looking to invest a bunch of money yet.

I'm looking for some VERY basic instructions, for example:
how to do basic bodies and then how to add variations to make different creatures
once I'm comfortable with that, how to make my own designs
how does one go about stuffing and seaming a doll once it's all hooked up?

It would be awesome if we could make a list of amigurumi-specific links.

Thanks in advance, everyone.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cropped shrug/hoodie *now with pattern* on: September 03, 2006 07:00:42 PM
I decreased once on each side every fourth row (so two decreased stitches on each decrease row). To decrease the first stich, I used SSK, becasue that's a decrease that slants to the left. To decrease the last stitch I used K2tog, a right-slanting decrease.

You could actually use K2tog on both sides once they're seamed it won't even be noticable, but I'm crazy anal so I like everything to be real symmetrical.

Hope that makes sense. Post back if it doesn't.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beginner losing stitches somewhere on: August 31, 2006 12:23:05 AM
Thanks for your help I managed to figure it out and made my first little swatch. baby steps n all.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Beginner losing stitches somewhere on: August 29, 2006 11:46:12 PM
I'm a knitter, but I'm trying to teach myself to crochet.

Let's start with the chain stitch. I think I have it down. I try to make a swatch by counting once for every loop I pull through. I know not to count the slip knot and not to count the loop on the hook. So I chain 10 times, check my work and see 10 sideways Vs, and then I move on.

I turn my work and single crochet the first row across, starting with the second V from the hook. When I get to the end of that row, before making my turning stitch, I count again and then I only have nine Vs across the top. Is this normal? Are you supposed to chain one more than you need, since you skip that first V from the hook on the next row, because none of my books have said anything about that yet.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cropped shrug/hoodie *now with pattern* on: August 23, 2006 09:20:26 PM
I have a question about the ribbing if it's 2x2 ribbing, shouldn't the two front panels be either 32 cast-on stitches or 36 CO, not 34? Or does it not matter that the ribbing doesn't work out evenly?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: Vintage Towel Crafts on: July 26, 2006 06:43:59 AM
I made the bikini/bra top (and I also linked to this post!).

I used some orange washcloths lying around the house and red scrap gross grain ribbon for the straps. You can read about my adventures with this pattern on my friend's vintage craft and collectors' blog: http://swapatorium.blogspot.com/2006/07/tacky-terry.html
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! I need an easy toe up sock pattern to learn from! on: July 26, 2006 02:35:31 AM
Here is an extensive toe-up sock tutorial in six lessons: http://www.socknitters.com/toe-up/index.htm

I haven't used it but it looks pretty thorough.
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