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61  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Meet Yussupov the Lion! on: January 28, 2008 03:59:53 PM
This is from the free Lion Brand pattern on their website. My second amigurumi, and the most ambitious project I've tried yet! He had a habit of talking about himself in a Russian accent, hence the name "Yussupov." Wink Many thanks to those who gave me help with the pattern a couple of weeks ago!

62  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help with an online pattern - is there an error? EDIT: Solved! on: January 05, 2008 07:10:57 AM
I'm trying to work up this amigurumi lion from Lion Brand's website


The head and the body were just fine, but when I went to make the back legs, I ran into trouble. At row 14, you switch from working in the round to working in rows. When I work up 14-17, my rows look like this:

    <-       xx                (2 sc from row 17)
     ->      xx                (2 sc from row 16
    <-       xxxx             (4 sc from row 15)
    ->    xxxxxx             (6 sc from row 14)
    <-    xxxxxxxxxxxx    (12 sc from rnd 13)

I've shown the arrows for the directions of each row, with turning, and so if you follow from the bottom, you can see that at the top, after 2sc, my stitches are going to the LEFT, not to the RIGHT. for the rest of row 17, the pattern calls for the third sc to be in the unworked row below, leaving on unworked stitch (3sc). I read this as being the 2sc of 17, and then the third stitch goes into one of the two unworked stitches in 15. Since I end up on the left end of row 17, I can't sc into the unworked sc from row 15!

I've been banging my head against a wall with this for ages. Lion Brand sent me a polite response to my inquiry saying they didn't understand my problem (so I sent them this diagram). I think you'd have to work up this part to really see what was going on, but maybe you can figure it out anyway. If anyone could help, I'd greatly appreciate it! This is a gift for a friend's toddler that has to go out in the next few days!

63  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Yarn substitutions - Babette Blanket (Koigu yarn) - help! on: January 01, 2008 09:56:12 AM
Hello, Craftsters! I'm relatively new to crocheting, but have fallen in love with the Babette blanket from he 2006 Spring Interweave Crochet (like many, I'm sure). I've tracked down a copy of the magazine, and now I have to pick the yarn.

Koigu is definitely out, because of the price. I would like to find something that is:

Thicker than Koigu (to make a slightly bigger blanket), but comes in lots of great colors (the pattern calls for 17!).
Affordable (if I used Koigu, the project would be about $270!).

I also have some concerns about durability/washability. Something this beautiful needs yarn that will last.

I'm not very familiar with the yarn options out there, and feel a bit overwhelmed when I try to look around. If anyone has any suggestions for a good brand (or one you used to make the Babette!), I would greatly appreciate it!

64  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Cactus Pincushion on: December 27, 2007 09:53:33 AM
My first amigurumi - it was much easier than I expected! This is from a pattern by Joy Ang on Etsy, at craftyjoy.etsy.com.

65  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anti-Valentine's Day Swap? on: December 12, 2007 12:05:14 PM
This is a bit early, but what about a swap for Valentine's Day where the participants can be each other's Valentine. This can be a good way for all the single folks to not feel left out - swap contents can have a theme of friendship and self-care; the two things that get you through those times when it seems like everybody has somebody! Being single isn't a pre-requisite, of course, but the idea is to share love and support for those people for whom V-Day has negative connotations. Smiley
66  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / The Boy Beanie, and a lot of firsts... on: December 07, 2007 12:22:54 PM
This is the first time I:

1. Worked from a pattern.
2. Used a stitch other than SC!
3. Changed colors!
4. Made something that wasn't rectangular (a scarf or washcloth).

It's the "Boy Beanie" pattern from The Happy Hooker, with extra rows to cover the ears. Ethan (my boyfriend's son) loves it - he's making his "I'm a cool 12-year-old who doesn't smile" face.  Wink

67  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Projects incorporating multiple crafts! on: November 03, 2007 11:57:23 AM
How about some kind of challenge that requires the use of multiple crafts - maybe three, or five, or more? E.g., if it's three, you could, say, re-do a lamp with decoupage on the base, a beadwork fringe, embroidery on the shade. Or to make it more challenging, more craft types could be required. The crafts used would be up to the participants.
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