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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with Hat formula on: October 23, 2007 01:27:51 PM
So I found this hat formula today and decided to make up my own patterns for my family for knitted hats this winter.  Anyways, it's just a basic hat formula and I have everything figured except I can't figure out what "E" is.  By that I mean that I am not understanding what "E" is suppose to represent. (Maybe it's because I'm bad at math, or maybe I'm just misunderstanding what they want me to do).

Here is what I have so far.

Based on there formula
Knitted swatch = 18sts "A"
Head measurement (minus 2" for a snugger fit) 18" "B"
"A" times "B" = 324 but I rounded down to 320 for "C"
Dividing "C" by 4 gives me 80 which is the number I need to cast on for "D"

Now, the part that I'm confused about is "E" because the difference between "C" and "D" is 240.  What in the world would they mean by this part here

(directly taken from website to show what I'm talking about)
increase or decrease "E" so that you have "C" stitches on the needle

Any help with this part will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you so much!
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Ladybug Pouch on: October 22, 2007 06:18:41 PM
All crocheted in sc.  It is my own design that was originally suppose to be a coaster of some sort but then I remembered that I was using wool yarn and condensation and wool, I was afraid that it would start felting up.  Anyways, so I kept going and then decided to make it into a pouch by decreasing towards the top.  It's made all in one piece and then I just folded the bottom up and sc it instead of sewing it together.

Onto the pics.

Closed up

The cutesy little ladybug button.

And then a shot to show the lining that I handstitched in with some embroidery floss.

 Smiley Thanks for looking!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Scarf bag on: October 17, 2007 06:21:14 PM
I've had this tutorial saved on my computer forever that I found via fort and field which is from Blueprint magazine.  Being that I just moved, it meant that I (finally) found my bamboo handles and a scarf that I picked up at the thrift store ages ago.  So, I thought I'd put the two to some good use and this is what I ended up with

It took me about 5 times to do the knots.  I completely suck at making knots but in the end, I like how it turned out. (There are 2 bamboo handles on the purse.  The other must just be hiding behind the first one in the picture.)
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitted Toys ~ Any recommendations? on: October 11, 2007 04:49:32 AM
I am looking at buying a book with patterns for knitting toys.  I was browsing Amazon.com and am having a little trouble deciding.

I've seen Knitted Toys by Zoe Mellor and Knitted Toys by Fioan McTaque but then Debbie Bliss has a book and Toys to Knit by Tracy Chapman.

Can anyone recommend a good knitted toys book?  Thank you so much for your help!  Smiley
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Market bag (with sorda a pattern) on: October 04, 2007 10:15:20 AM
I was really inspired by the pattern over on the Sugar n Cream (ok, so the SugarNCream website is being a poo for me right now so I can't give the link for the bag I'm talking about) website but being that I lost the free pattern leaflet I got from my LYS and I don't have a printer to print the pattern out and didn't feel like sitting at my computer to read the pattern, I decided to come up with my own pattern.


Kindof a pattern.  If you have ANY questions, please ask!

Ok, so I used 2.5 balls of Lion Brand Cotton Ease #194 Lime (LOVE IT!) and 0.75 ball of Sugar N Cream Cotton in Ecru (the new larger size that they have, I think it's now 3.75 oz.?) Size H Crochet Hook.

To start out, ch 6, sl st to first ch.  Ch3, 12 dc into the ring.
next round: ch3, 2 dc in each stitch (24 sts)
keep increasing until you are dc in the next 9 sts and 2 dc in the next st.  Work 2 rounds even, then work *8 dc, dc2tog* around, work one row even, then work *7dc, dc2tog*around and work then work the next 3-4 rows even.

Mesh stitch (this part is worked in a spiral because I didn't want a seam on this part, plus it made it easier to work the mesh stitch)
(join with the SNC Ecru)  *ch5, sk 3sts, sc in next st* (when you get back to the beginning you will then sc in the next stitch) next round *ch5, sc in the previous ch5 sp* around.  Keep working this for about 20-25 rows (depending on how deep you want your bag).  After you finished that then switch back to the lime, ch3 and work 4 dc per ch5 sp (because the width of a dc is a little wider than a ch st you would actually be increasing, just a bit, if you put 5dc per ch5 space)  Work a few (4-5) rows of dc (ch3 at the beginning and sl st to the top of the ch3 sp when you get back around)

Once you've completed your last row, ch3 and work the next 12 stitches (I did dc for my handles but you can use any stitch you want at this point).  Work back and forth over these 12 stitches until your handle is the length you want it.  Once you've gotten your handle to the length you want it, sl st to the other side.  I then worked one more round of sc around the whole top of the purse, when I got to the other side of my handle I did bcsc (back post single crochet) around those 12 sts and continued working the other side of the bag.  Once you get back to your handle finish off, weave in ends.

Like I said, if you have ANY questions, please ask!  I am going based off of the top of my head for what I did for this pattern because I didn't write it down.  Enjoy and thanks for looking!  Smiley
26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Two aprons for my girls on: September 29, 2007 06:38:27 PM
I actually made these this past summer and thought that I would post them.

I LOVE aprons and my daughters would always want to wear an apron when they "helped" me cook.  I decided that I would make them their very own aprons.

This one is for my oldest and is made from a dishtowel I got from Salvation Army and some bias tape for the ties.  The pocket fabric (which I'm not happy about the stitching but I'm getting better with the whole zig-zag-stitch-on-pockets thing) I got from a garage sale.

Then this one I made for my youngest.  I just sorda drafted up a child size pattern from an adult size pattern of mine and stitched on a pocket.  The ties I made using fabric and then I stitched on ric-rac along the edge because I didn't feel like hemming it.  Plus it's a very light weight denim material (got at Walmart in the remnant bin but there was a little over 2 yds.  Huh )  When I took this pic it was not washed but now that it's washed it has a very nice frayed edge to it.

Now they both LOVE to put on their aprons and help me cook dinner.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Why it's important to check the laundry! on: September 25, 2007 12:26:05 PM
So yesturday I had my oldest daughter get all the dirty laundry out of her room so I could wash it.  Well, I was also in the middle of cooking dinner when she brought it down to me and wanted to hurry up and get a load in quick before my before everything came to an over boil.

So I just took what was in the basket (w/o even looking, and I ALWAYS! look before I throw things in) and threw everything in the wash.

Well, I don't know if any of you seen this hat that I made for her
(view it here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=193577.msg2040313#msg2040313 ) but it was in there and I didn't know it.

After dinner I went to throw the clothes from the washer to the dryer and when I pulled out the hat I was completely shocked at what I saw.  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked

<img src="http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e205/KylaLaniMom/oops.jpg">
(image hosting is being a pain for me right now and I don't know how to post pictures from my Flickr account)

I can not believe what I had done.  I mean, yes ok, the hat IS made from wool but 1. I had washed the load in cold water and 2. I didn't know that it was in there.

I showed my daughter and she said "What happened?"  I said "Well, honey, Mommy felted it."

So now that the hat is the sized for a newborn (maybe even a premie baby) it now sits proudly on her favorite stuffie Lady.

28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Hook Case (Picture Heavy) on: September 23, 2007 02:32:43 PM
Since I've been making knitting needle cases and crochet hook cases for others I figured I should make myself one as well.  I started yesturday evening and then finished up today.

The mushroom/ladybug fabric is from Etsy and then the red fabric is from my Grandmother (and when I ironed it, it smelled like my Grandma's house and I almost cried) 

Moving on....................

The case all opened up with all my crochet goodies in it.

Added a little pocket to hold my yarn needles, row counters, stitch markers, and whatever else I need.

Added buttons to give it extra detail and I figured I would stitch on a head and antenna's to make it look like a little ladybug

Then on the back I added a little mushroom applique.  I didn't have the right fabric for the stem of the mushroom so I used plain white cotton fabric and fabric markers to make it the color I wanted.

My stitching got a little wonky when doing the stem because I was sleepy.  Roll Eyes

 Smiley Thank you for looking!  Smiley
29  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first amigurumi - Birdie named Cleo on: September 19, 2007 05:10:17 AM
I'm working on 2 other projects and the one seems like no matter how much I crochet it just stays the same size so I was in the mood for something quick and fun to make.

Yarn Stats:
I used some hemp/wool blend for the bottom (I got it at my craft store, it's their "name brand" for themselves) but I LOVE it and want to get more.
The green is Lion Brand Cotton Ease #194 Lime and I am in LOVE with the yarn.  Beautiful!
Then the top is Lion Brand Wool (don't know the color, it's been in my stash for quite sometime and was leftover from another project I did a while ago)

I used a size G crochet hook to make it extra snug so the stuffing doesn't peek through the stitches.  Then after it was all said and done I crocheted Cleo some little wings, stitched them on, and with embroidery floss gave him some eyes.  The beak however I am not to happy with.  I personally think it looks like crap.  So I'm gonna try and figure out a better way to do his beak.  Any suggestions?

Onto the pics............................

Cleo is sitting in my lilac bush.

Then I side view to give a better view of his cute little wings.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about ribbing on circulars on: September 08, 2007 08:16:01 PM
I'm branching out into the world of circulars and I'm completely stumped.  I've done ribbing before on straight needles and have no problems.  I'm trying to do the Newsboy Hat from SnB Nation and so far the ribbing is coming out funky.

I know that on circulars you knit all the stitches because you are never working on the other side of the fabric.  So my question is, when working in the round and doing ribbing, do you just keep knitting the knit stitches and purling the purl stitches?

I've had to frog it 3 times already because it just doesn't look right.  The first time I ended up doing seed stitch  Huh , the second time I don't know WTF I was doing and the third I just lost it  Undecided .

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks a bunch Smiley
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