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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Quick and Easy Flower Pattern Needs Testing on: May 23, 2009 04:28:56 AM
I actually posted this pattern here but I thought maybe it needed its own thread(topic.)  Wink

I'm working on writing up the pattern(s) for my flowers I made for the baby hats here. Would someone want to test out this initial pattern for me? Its totally free and I'll be giving out the completed flower pattern(s) when I'm done (hopefully booboo free.)
Here's the flower in its various sizes used for the twin's set I made not long ago.

This is just the very smallest flower. It doesn't take long AT ALL to make and gauge, etc. shouldn't matter...however I'd recommend making it a little bit loose if you're a tight crocheter like me.

This flower pattern is free to make, free to sell for small home business however DO NOT DISTRIBUTE THIS PATTERN PLEASE.

Small Flower

Rnd 1
Create adjustable loop, make 12 sc in loop, join with sl st.

Rnd 2
Ch 5, make 3 hdc in front and spine loop of 3rd ch from hook, hdc in front loop of next ch, sc in front loop of next ch, sl st in next two sts (repeat round 5 times)

Rnd 3
[Working up sides of chs from previous row] Sc in front and spine loop of next next ch,  hdc in front and spine loop of next next ch, skip 2 chs, sl st in next ch, sl st in next 9 sts (repeat 5 times), finish off

Please feel free to post any mistakes or miswordings here!  Grin
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Mother's Day Gifts on: May 05, 2009 05:09:43 AM

I'm TRYING to finish a shawl I just started last night.. but I don't think it'll be done in time. Anyone have any Mother's Day gift ideas that COULD be done in time (May10th)?

(I thought maybe earrings would be good.. but she has to have help putting them in and I think, after raiding my collection from the 80s, she has enough. lol Though that might be a good one for someone else.)
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / More Thread Crochet Baby Goodies! -very pic heavy- NOW LOOKING FOR TESTERS! on: April 24, 2009 02:31:17 PM
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First off I was completely shocked I won the shell stitch challenge! I'm currently waiting with baited breath for superhooker's wonderful custom dyed yarn thread for my prize. *Glee!* (I'll post pics of the thread just as soon as it arrives! Thanks again to superhooker for going to so much trouble!) As many of your know my post here features the bonnets and also booties from the set I entered for the challenge. Several people asked if patterns would be made available and that they would like to test them. Well I do hope the offer still stands.. lol

If you ARE interested in helping test these patterns please stop by my deviant art account for further information.
Oh and if you have a deviant art account go ahead and add me and let me know so I can add you back!  Wink

Thanks again for all the support and encouragement! It was an honor having won but more so it felt really wonderful just taking part.

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Well the shell stitch challenge is almost over and the last minute entries are coming in. I wanted so much to hold off and add more to my entry but .. *eep*.. couldn't afford to. Oh well.. maybe next time.. maybe next time..

Anywho.. my entry was done in rainbow thread and you can find it here..
I did the entry in variegated thread to really show off all the little shells. I actually made the pattern for the hat and booties myself and this was my first time ever writing a pattern! Yeah me! lol I already mention all this in my entry post but, just today, I finally finished making the baby shower gifts for the twins! I made them for my husband's friend at work who's pregnant with twin girls! Wow! I really really hope she likes them.. and I hope you do as well. Please let me know what you think.. Cheesy

Now I would have done the shell booties I had designed BUT this was a custom 'order' for my hubby and he wanted sandals for summer. lol Aww..  So I did my best to do a shell stitch edging on the booties to match the hats. Also the flowers are my own design.. however their very simple. I think I might have to write up the pattern and post those sometime. Right now its just done in sloppy symbols.. lol Wink

Here's what my actual entry looks like in the variegated thread.

I really liked joining in my first challenge here and I love the other entries. I'd recommend coming to have a look see! They're all really wonderful! Cheesy
4  Texas / Texas: Northeast / Anyone know of any crochet groups in the Gregg County area? on: April 05, 2009 02:13:38 PM
Sadly I don't get out much but my love for crochet makes me wonder.. does anyone else around here crochet? If you know of a crochet group someplace within the Gregg County area please let me know!
Preferably with younger members 20s-30s and preferably not religiously affiliated. (Nothing against religious types I'd just feel out of place if the group was religious in nature.)

I'm doubtful but hopeful.. maybe something will spring up..  Wink

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / PRIZE HAS ARRIVED - Crochet Challenge 9 Entry: Rainbow Booties & Bonnet For Baby on: April 05, 2009 12:49:56 PM

My prize for the challenge came in the mail this morning! See pictures on page 3! Cheesy

Rainbow Booties & Bonnet For Baby

UPDATE: Pics of the bonnet in solid white with flowers on page 2.

This is my first time entering a challenge!! W00t! Of course I have no delusions of winning but I've really been wanting to make some patterns of my own and this seemed like a good source of inspiration.
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I had intended on making a full set, perhaps with mittens or a little vest, but I ran out of my rainbow thread and more just isn't in the budget right now. I'm fairly happy with them as is though and maybe in the future I'll try to have more thread on hand. *shrug*
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Both the little bonnet and booties are my own design. They should both fit around 0-3 month old babies however the booties run a teencie bit small however they are stretchy and larger than some bootie patterns I've made from other people's patterns. The booties were my very first pattern to make EVER, very exciting. Of course the bonnet was my second ever pattern to make; however, in all fairness, I haven't typed up the bonnet pattern from my notes yet but will do. (I may be asking for help in testing both patterns in the near future.)
I used a shell stitch and v-stitch design and made sure to use a fun variegated thread to show off the pattern. (I could have, alternatively used alternating colors for the same reason but who doesn't love rainbows I ask you?) I did a much taller eyelet round for both the hat and booties than is recommended in most patterns I have. Just (dc, ch1) isn't quite high enough for 1/4 ribbon.. and I like the tr v-stitch look to.. just to be different. The hat is made with the same shell and v-stitch design through out. The booties I did with a slightly narrowed heel for a better fit and I opted NOT to use my usual flowers, etc being the colorful thread seemed enough. Oh and, of course, this is size 10 thread throughout...
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Okay on with the pictures and.. sorry for the rambling.. (I'm just really excited)..

Can't wait to see the other entries!!!  Grin
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Thread Crochet Sunhat & Booties For Baby on: March 31, 2009 04:12:26 PM
I've been looking for thread crochet patterns for babies 0-3 months old but dang.. its really difficult. I started a thread in hopes of finding some help here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298355.0. Particularly I keep seeing these ADORABLE brimless cloche type hats for babies but I can't find a free pattern anywhere. lol (Maybe you'd call them lacy beanies or skullcaps??) Oh well.. that's what I get for being broke. I'll eventually have to make one, it seems, or purchase one. One of the links someone gave me, though, was for a really cute sunhat that I had actually already downloaded and made just recently. It reminded me to post some new pictures. Wink

I really like this pattern but it took me days and days, I'm SLOW, I'd prefer a faster/simpler stitch like open shells or better yet v-stitch. *pokes link above* She, the pattern designer over at Crochet Garden, uses SC's and chains for the hat portion and then lacier designs for the brim. I should mention I goofed and put in an extra row of loops done close together but decided it was actually cute that way.. a bit more ruffly.. so I left it be. I did the hat all in white, which was a bit boring, so I spruced up the hat and booties with pink hydrangea inspired flowers with glass pearl centers. Because I made the brim SO ruffly I made the flower bit on the hat detachable.. so you could remove it not only to better match the baby's outfit BUT also so you could use it to tie up the brim to get it out of the baby's eyes if need be. I was going to use a pin but decided on a simple ribbon tie instead. The hat isn't quite as tall as it appears.. its just sitting high up on the ruffled brim.
All in all a faster/better crocheter than I would do better for certain but I was so proud when I finally finished it. Thank you Crochet Garden for the lovely pattern! *mua!* Your the best!

When and IF I ever manage to get over to the post office to pick up some boxes and what not to ship these little guys.. I'll only then have to figure out how to pack the hat and booties without squishing them.
(Can you tell that (a) I stress easily and (b) I don't get out much? Yup.. thought it was pretty obvious. Oi.)

On a side note:
How the heck are you supposed to keep satin ribbon from fraying on the ends? *shrug*
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Looking For Pattern: Thread Hat/Cloche For Baby on: March 26, 2009 10:28:49 AM
I've been searching everywhere for a nice lacy baby hat pattern in thread, something airy and feminine. Something done with thread in double stitch would be workable but I'm wanting something a bit more open (maybe something spidery and doily-esc.. maybe love knots.) I see these little hats everywhere but finding a pattern.. pff.. no such luck. lol  Roll Eyes
Now I say cloche but I simply mean something close fitting to the head so cloche or beanie are the only descriptors I can think of.
 I wouldn't mind purchasing one but I just bought a couple of pattern booklets and the crochet fund has run dry so I'm really hoping for something free.

So baby hat.. in thread.. something open and lacy. Any ideas? Cheesy

Thanks in advance...  Grin
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Love Knot aka Solomon's Knot in the round question... on: March 17, 2009 11:41:33 AM
I'd really like to make hat brims, bootie cuffs and even bonnets with love knots but I have no idea how. I've been practicing a little and I can manage to turn if I'm just doing rows but doing love knots in the round.. arg.. I'm LOST.  Huh

Can anyone tell me how to do love knots in the round? (I should note I TRIED using something similiar to what I'd normally do if I were doing chain loops in the round. I tried to make the last love knot loop come out with my hook in the middle of the loop but making a love knot length SC but it just didn't look right... the seam was sloppy and obvious.)

Perhaps if anyone knows where to download a free love knot pattern that might teach me how..? (That isn't enormous.. so I can get right to the learning bit. lol) Oo! Ya know.. a visual crochet sort of symbol type pattern, like they have in the Japanese crochet books would be AWESOME.

Anywho any help at all would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!!  Grin

Oh and on a side note: If anyone knows a really reliable, super cheap place to size 10 crochet thread in a variety of colors let me know. I've found some deals on etsy and ebay but the shipping makes it more expensive than if I bought the lot new.. in the store.  Roll Eyes

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / My first post ever in completed projects! W00t! -pic heavy- UPDATED on: March 09, 2009 02:37:00 PM
Ok so I'm a bit excited.. the close up lense for my father's camera came in and I finally got to take some decent close ups of my work. *dances* Whoohoo! Anywho...
I originally first posted some pictures of my work in progress in the help section due to the fact I COMPLETELY bungled it on my first go.  Embarrassed I finally got it sorted out and made a couple of pairs. Also I made the bottom seamless... yeah me.  Cheesy
Here are a few pictures of my Irish rose booties plus some others I recently made. (Yes.. just like nearly everyone else here I'm planning on opening an etsy shop to help fund my crochet addiction.)  Roll Eyes

So here you can see the booties from side view, a view of the seamless bottom, how they look on my Mom's old WWII dollie (her name is Clementine & shes about the size of a 3 month old or so I think and yes.. she quite a story to tell.. another time maybe), random booties picture and finally the Irish rose booties done in ecru and also show with newborn ecru bonnet.

I'm still working at trying to improve my crochet not to mention trying to improve my speed. It takes me a day to make these little suckers and I'm not planning on charging more than about 10 dollars or so.. (anymore and I seriously doubt they'd sell.) I do love making them though.. also I've been fiddling with Irish crochet jewelry.

So.. there ya go.. my first completed project post. *pride*
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Stuck on Vanna White Bootie Pattern: Problem Solved.. er.. maybe.. on: March 01, 2009 06:27:29 PM
First off.. this is my very first ever thread. Yeahh! hehe Too bad its a plea for help.. anywho....

I'm trying to make Vanna White's 'Irish Rose Booties' pattern but I'm completely stuck. (Its from "Vanna's Afghan and Crochet Favorites".) I've been trying off and on all day long and I just can't make heads nor tails of it.

I'm alright until I reach the "Sides" section. It says to work into loops but there is only one loop from the previous row being the loops from row 6 of the rose portion are now all filled in and have 'petals.' I thought perhaps by loops she meant petals so I tried working into top centers of petals but that ends up a mess and then moving on to row 2 of "Sides" leaves me even more confused. Arg! I have no clue what I'm doing.
Just to clarify I'm good right up until "Sides" and I'm 99.9% sure I've done the previous rows properly. I just need a little help maybe with rewording to make sense of this pattern. Has anyone else struggled with this pattern?

I wouldn't bother asking for help if (a) I wasn't so desperately stuck and (b) I REALLY REALLY love these booties.. they are ADORABLE. If only I could make sense of the pattern. Oh and yes I HAVE made booties before but no pattern quite like this.

I hate getting stuck on a pattern and I bet.. I'm not the only one. lol Thanks, in advance, to anyone willing to take the time to help. your a doll.. *hugs*.. Thank you! Cheesy
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