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61  Re: Let me Make Your Craft in The Swap Gallery by xmelinda on: September 10, 2004 08:41:25 AM
I'm kind of thinking posting a pic of what I sent takes away the surprise for my recipient, but oh well

Everything I included were things from my craft closet that I at some point thought I would do something with, but haven't ever gotten around to it.  There are: an Altoids tin, a package of large silver paillettes, some yellow leather thong, some odds and ends of beads, a mermaid charm, some dominoes, a 1970s Archie comic, and a picture frame blank.

Can't wait to see what becomes of these things and really can't wait to see what I get to work with!  This is a really fun swap idea!  I'm even getting inspired by the photos of things that other people are getting to work with.  706Designs, I will send you my delivery confirmation number.

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62  vintage poncho pattern (cross-post from Knitting topic) in Vintage Craft Projects by xmelinda on: September 08, 2004 12:03:32 PM
I was going through my stuff and found an old pattern booklet I got from a yard sale years ago.  (those of you who are familiar with Stitch N Bitch -- you know that 60s girl with the pigtails who shows up in a tiny circle throughout the book?  I recognized her -- she's on the cover of this booklet)  Since everyone is ga-ga for ponchos lately, I thought I'd share the poncho pattern from this booklet.  It's pretty cute, and at the end there's kind of an ingenious way of making multiple pompons.  I can't find a date for the booklet, but from the hairstyles, I'm guessing mid-60s  Smiley  The pattern calls for yarn in white, olive, amber, and watermelon, so you can update your color scheme as needed...

Size: One size fits all [editorial comment: we larger folk know that ain't true...]

Knitting worsted
2 -- 4 oz skeins white
1 -- 4 oz skein each olive green, amber, and watermelon

1 pr knitting needles size 8 or size needed to obtain gauge of 9 st=2 inches

crochet hook size G

With olive cast on 63 sts

2nd: P
3rd: K, drop olive
4th: with white, K
5th: P
6th: K
7th: P, drop white
8th: with watermelon, K
9th: K
10th: P
11th: K, drop watermelon
12th: with white, K
13th: P
14th: K
15th: P, drop white
16th: with amber, K
17th: K
18th: P
19th: K, drop amber
20th: with white, K
21st: P
22nd: K
23rd: P, drop white
24th: with olive, K
Repeat from 1st row until there are 28 colored stripes (10 olive green).  Bind off.

Work a 2nd section in the same manner.

Working down 1 long side, attach White in 1st st of Olive Green stripe; with crochet hook work 4 sc in each White stripe down side skipping all colored stripes to corner working the sc over all ends of carried colors.  Working across short end, work 1 sc in each st, cut yarn.  Complete other section in the same manner.

Block to measure 14x28 inches

Sew one short unfinished end to one long unfinished side dweing to within the center of 14th White stripe.  Finish other side in same manner.  This leaves 14 stripes on each section free for neck opening.  Attach White at neck opening and work 4 sc over each White stripe, join.

NEXT ROW: Work a sl st in each st, join cut yarn.  With White work an 18 inch ch.  Attach to center of neck.  Finish ends with 3 pompons as illustrated.

POMPONS: Wind yarn 14 times over 2 legs of a chair or any open flat surface (28 strands).  Tie with a 6-inch strand at 1 1/4 inch intervals, cut between ties.  Attach a pompon of matching color to each stripe alternating colors across each Olive Green stripe.
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63  granny square pattern I made up -- opinions? in Crochet: Completed Projects by xmelinda on: August 25, 2004 02:15:28 PM
*** CORRECTED! April 2007 ***

I realize it's silly that I posted this pattern and then later couldn't remember what exactly I did  Roll Eyes  But I've tried it myself and it seems that Round 5 just doesn't make any sense, so I'm re-writing it.  I'll put the corrected bits in RED.

I don't know about anyone else here, but I'm always fascinated by granny squares.  I love how you can make a zillion variations, intricate patterns, all compact in a repeatable motif.

Anyway  Wink I made up my own granny square pattern last night, and I think it turned out really cool, so I tried to write up directions for the pattern.  Because it's the first time I'ver ever tried to write up a pattern like that, I thought I would post here and see if anyone wanted to give it a try and tell me if my instructions make sense and work!  The pattern looks daunting at first, but it's really a lot easier than it looks.  I don't really know how to do a lot of fancy-shmancy stitches.  It took me no time at all to work it up.

Here is the pattern, and at the bottom of this post, I'm going to make my first attempt to post a picture.  For the record, I worked this square with regular worsted-weight acrylic with a fairly small hook, size E, and it came out 6x6 inches.  I'm sure it would work with a larger hook, too, but would obviously be a larger square.

NOTE: htr is sort of a cross between a half-double and a triple.  YO 2 times, insert the hook into the stitch and draw up a loop (4 loops on hook).  YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through ALL of remaining 3 loops on hook.

1.  Ch 6, join with sl st to form ring

2.  Ch 1 (counts as first sc), 15 sc into ring, join with sl st to first st (16 total)

3.  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each of next 2 sc, (dc, ch 3, dc) in next sc (corner made).  * dc in each of next 3 sc, (dc, ch 3, dc), repeat from * 2 more times. 

4.  Sc in each st around, working (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner sp.  Fasten off color A.

5.  Join color B with sl st into the left-side chain stitch in any corner (at this point, treat each corner as 2 stitches, rather than as a chain-space).  Slip stitch acts as first sc.  (hdc, dc, htr) in next 3 st.  (tr, ch 2, tr) in next sc, (htr, dc, hdc, sc) in next 4 sc.  * (sc, hdc, dc, htr) in next 4 stitches.  (tr, ch 2, tr) in next sc, (htr, dc, hdc, sc) in next 4 sc.  Repeat from * 2 more times, join with sl st.  Fasten off color B.

6.  Join color C in any corner sp, ch 1 (counts as first sc).  Sc, ch 2, 2 sc in corner sp.  Sc in each st across, working (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in each corner sp, join with sl st, fasten off color C.

7.  Join color D in any corner sp, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), ch 2, hdc in corner sp. Hdc in each st across, working (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in each corner sp, join with sl st, fasten off color D.

8.  Join color E in any corner sp, work as Row 5, but do not fasten off.

9.  ch 2 (counts as first sc, ch 1), sk 1, sc in next stitch, continue with (ch 1, sk 1, sc) pattern around, working (2 sc, ch2, 2 sc) in each corner sp, join with sl st, fasten off color E.

10.  Join color F in ch sp of Row 7 Row 10 is worked into the spaces between the hdc in Row 7.  Draw up a loop across rows 8 and 9 to make sc, * (ch 1, sk ch sp, sc in row 7 ch sp), repeat from * around, making ch 4 at corners.  Fasten off.

11.  Join color E to any post on row 4, sc around each post, making ch 1 at each corner, join with sl st.  This will make a raised chain outlining the center square.

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