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51  Can anyone tell me how/what this might be? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by hawtmamah on: November 20, 2007 02:34:25 PM
My grandmother made a number of these as lapghans and afghans when i was really little, and i was given one of the few left. I want to make one, and i vaguely remember her using a round loom to make them, but beyond that i have no clue. She may not have even used a loom to make the flowers, but she definitely crocheted them all together. I just love the way the blanket drapes and the weight of it is so heavy even though it looks light and lacey. If anyone has seen this or could steer me a few keywords to search with i'd really appreciate it!

the front and back view of the blanket

a kinf od fuzzy close up of the 'flowers' themselves...
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52  Re: so i'm starting really simple... baby sweater in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by hawtmamah on: November 09, 2007 05:45:12 AM
That's a cute pullover

I have a couple of friends expecting and think this might be worth a try.

I think it would be really cute as a little tie front sweater.  I thought you could just half the first ch 62 to a ch 31 and cut all the rest of the stitch counts in half in each of the following rows to make one half of the front panel, but then I get stuck trying to figure out how to make the opposite panel.  Once you made one, maybe it would be easy to understand how to change the pattern to jog the torso part over so it's the exact opposite?

Making the same half pattern again and flipping the finished piece over wouldn't work I don't think, because there's usually a front and back to crochet.

Hmm, I guess I'm not helping much.  Have you figured anything out yet?

well, this is what i've come up with so far. i'm convincing myself that even though i flipped the second half of the front of the sweater around that the yarn i used 'disguised' the wrong side of the crochet, and since i used a single crochet anyway it's not as noticeable. (i hope!) i still have to get some navy yarn to 'hem' around the cuffs, the bottom of the sweater, and the edges of the 'lapels' (i just folded down the inner corners of the front) and will need to figure out how i'm going to 'tie' the fron... ribboN? more yarn? button and yarn combo? decisions...

and because i suck at keeping track of where i am, i must have lost count of the rows on the right side of the piece because when i was seaming them together i noticed that somehow the front panel was longer than the back panel so it's lopsided. (but you can't see it until you turn the sweater over and since she'll be bundled up, in her car seat on in her wrap with me it won't be super noticeable...

ohhh yeah, and i'm wondering if making pants in this way (2 panels) would work.... but that may require a second post. I know i'm safe for now with the sweater because baby will probably still be too small to fit into it (my son was 8 lbs 2 oz, but was so lost in his layette set i bought for him...lol)
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53  i'm gonna rip my hair out...mittens!! in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by hawtmamah on: November 07, 2007 01:38:35 PM
i'm trying to work this pattern to make mittens to match this hat i made w/o a pattern...

here's the link to the pattern:


First i had issues with the second part of the pattern (after you finish the cuff). I either miscounted my rows or am just stupid as i was having alot of trouble "evenly spacing 15 sc' around the top of the cuff. THEN it starts talking about "SC in join" after you've joined the first round and ch 1. do what now?? single crochet in the join, and then inc (increase)... huh?? this is why i end up winging any pattern i try to follow... but i can't do that with this pattern as i've never made anything like this before and have no idea how to figure it out.

Are there any free patterns out there with pic tutorials?? my keywork searches suck, so if anyone could at least help me out with some tips in that department i'd really appreciate it. This is going to be an xmas gift for a 3y/o cousin of mine so i'm kind of under time restraints... TIA!!
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54  My first sweater (for newborn) in Crochet: Completed Projects by hawtmamah on: November 07, 2007 10:18:59 AM
I'm due Feb 29th with my second child and i wanted to make the layette she (or possibly he if the ultrasound was wrong!!) could wear home from the hospital in. This is the sweater, and it is not finished yet- i'mgoing to use navy yarn around the cuffs, the hem at the bottom and the edges of the 'lapels', then add some navy blue button accents somewhere on there, or navy felt 'pockets'. i haven't decided yet. you can't see it in the pic, but on the left side seam it's all cattywhompussed because somehow i messed up the line-up of the 2 edges, so one is slightly longer than the other in the back. But other than that i am SUper excited about how it's turning out so far. The onesie i have paired it it i found at Target, and i'm going to make the matching pants in navy yarn with red 'trim' around the hems. i can't wait to finish it!!

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55  *pic heavy* 2 more hats! i'm too chicken to venture out just yet... in Crochet: Completed Projects by hawtmamah on: November 05, 2007 10:23:47 AM
so you'll have to make do with these... the black hat is for DBF- it's too big in me because he has a gigantor head... I wanted it to look 'ribbed' so instead of crocheting in the round i made yet another big rectangle and turned it sideways (if that makes sense) so the ribbing would be vertical instead of horizontal, whipstitched the 2 ends together and ran the tail through the 'top' of the hat in an in-out-in-out pattern and cinched it all together and tied it tight. I think it came out pretty well for not using a pattern and making the finishing touches up as i went. Now to see if DBF likes it!!

top view of hat:

and i finally made a hat for my son:) I was so excited, this hat only took me an hour and a half to complete!


on my little hat model:)

any feedback on them is greatly appreciated... the one thing i'm noticing is my fasten-off usually comes undone, so i don't think i'm doing it right, but i don't want a bunch of crappy looking knot-ties all over the place, kwim??
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56  ay yi yi. I couldn't stop. hat and wrist warmers in Crochet: Completed Projects by hawtmamah on: October 31, 2007 07:26:38 AM
yes, i joined the bandwagon. ... i found clearanced yarn at walmart and started the hat... then ran out of it on the first wrist warmer and made DBF run me by wallyworld to grab the very last skein... it's so comfy! Bernat Black Lites in cherry freeze, i think... multi strand and the red is actually a white to pink to magenta blend... it's my second project ever and i could not put it down. Now i feel sure enough to start a hat for my son and DBF to wear out in public!

wrist warmer:


i found patterns online and tweaked them a little bit... and i'm wearing the hat inside out because i like the 'wrong' side of the hat better than the 'right'... lol.

thanks for looking! now i'm hoping to start on either a (formal) table cloth for my dinner table or an outfit for the new baby on the way... OR the hats for DBF and my son.... LOL... hmmm. decisions decisions....
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57  newbie- can i share? (pic) in Crochet: Completed Projects by hawtmamah on: October 29, 2007 12:38:27 PM
Hi! I just joined craftster and have been lurking on the crochet boards for awhile... I checked out the FAQ's since i've been trying to teach myself to crochet but didn't wanna make an ass of myself and ask "can you tell me how to do this?" for probably the umpteenmillionth time on this board... LOL. So i've finally made my first real, wearable item and it's a hat for my DBF's niece, modeled by my son (whose head is too big for it but he's all i had handy at the moment... LOL). I was so excited i just had to share, so don't mind me at all!!

it's got a point and tassle on either side of the head.. he hates wearing hats and i had to struggle to get a quick picture of him in it to show how it fits. LOL.
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