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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Joining granny squares on: January 03, 2015 07:03:12 AM
Hi there! I know this is a late reply, but I have a good solution and wanted to share if you're still looking for help.

Making and joining granny squares can be time consuming if done after you make the square--if you use a join-as-you-go method, it'll save time and make your piece stronger. I adopted the technique when making this hexagon blanket and have also used the method when joining granny squares: http://www.jjcrochet.com/blog/category/crochet-hexagon-blanket/.

Here's what you do:
On the last round of your square, you join the square to another square at the chain spaces. You'll line up your squares and instead of working a chain 1 between the DC clusteres or  chain 2 at the corners, you'll slip stitch to join the square to its neighbor.

Lucy from Attic 24 has some great pictures that will show you step-by-step what to do:

Hope that helps! Good luck.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Women's Peaked Cap-crochet on: January 03, 2015 06:52:33 AM
Love how the back/sides flip up a bit. Very cute and a nice twist on a basic cloche hat. Nice job!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Attic24 Inspired "Summer Garden Throw" (and bonus pillow!) on: June 10, 2013 07:38:25 PM
That's beautiful! Love the colors, even if you don't like the yarn. The Caron Simply Soft will at least be durable and last a while. Great job... can't believe it only took you 9 months.

I made a similar blanket, also inspired by Lucy: http://www.jjcrochet.com/blog/crochet-hexagon-blanket-is-finished/. Love her work. Nice job!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Shamrock Pattern on: March 04, 2013 08:19:23 PM
Cute! Thanks for sharing the pattern, I'll try it Smiley

You're welcome!  Hope your shamrock turns out great.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Shamrock Pattern on: March 02, 2013 12:28:48 PM
I am always so behind on my holiday crocheting.  I'm one of those people who things "Ohh - I should crochet a heart something" on February 13th.  Not this time!  It was one of those lazy Saturday mornings so I decided to crochet up a shamrock pattern.  When I was finished, I celebrated that I am 15 days early! Woo!

Finished size about 4 inches from stem to top.  Adjust your hook size to make a smaller or larger clover.

Materials: Size H (5.0mm) crochet hook and worsted weight yarn

Make a beginning loop by using a slip stitch or the magic ring method.  The shamrocks petals will be worked into this center ring.

Petal 1: * Chain 4 (counts as Ch 3 + first sc), Work 3 treble crochet into center ring.  Chain 3, single crochet into ring.*

Repeat instructions for Petal 1 twice more to make 3 petals, or 4 if youre feeling lucky!

Stem: After working petals, chain 4.  Work 4 slip stitch in chains just made, working back towards the petals.  Join with a slip stitch to last sc of final petal.

Fasten off.  Hope you enjoy!  More details about the shamrock: http://www.jjcrochet.com/blog/crochet-shamrock-pattern-free/

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Pattern for simple hat - Looks knit! on: December 11, 2012 06:18:13 PM
What does back loop only mean?

Good question.  You have two top loops of a crochet stitch that form a sideways "V".  You typically crochet through both loops. When you're crocheting in this pattern, however, you only work into the back loop of the "V", or the "back loop only".  The unworked (front) loop of every stitches is what forms the little ridges between each round.

Hope that helps! 
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pattern for simple hat - Looks knit! on: December 09, 2012 08:19:27 PM

Ive written a pattern for thick chunky hat.  It's nothing crazy - just your basic hat, but it's nice and warm.  Its chunky, its bulky, and I have been wearing it all afternoon.  Since my roommate and I have determined not to turn on our heat until absolutely necessary, the air in the apartment has an chilly edge to it.  

I even thought about adding a pom-pom to the top, but used all the yarn in the skein so decided against it.  Maybe tomorrow...

Someone commented that the hat looks knit and it kinda does, but I promise it's crocheted!

Hat details: ribbed and made flat.  You sew up the side and sew up the top and you have yourself a sideways-stitched hat. Most crochet hats are made in the round, from the top down, but this method makes the stitches go in a different direction.  If you can make a rectangle you can make this hat!


- Size L (8.0mm) crochet hook
- 106 yards super bulky yarn I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. This pattern uses every last inch of yarn, so if youre planning to make a bigger hat, youll need a second skein of yarn.


Note: Pattern is worked in back loops only (BLO).

Leaving 12 inch tail of yarn, Chain 24 + 2 (counts as first HDC)

Row 1: HDC in each stitch across (25 stitches)

Row 2: Chain 2, turn.  Working in BLO, HDC in each stitch across (25 stitches).

Repeat Row 2 until you have 21 Rows.  At this point, youll have a rectangle measuring 16.5 inches wide by 13 inches tall.

Do not fasten off yarn.  Fold long sides together.  Single crochet the sides together.  This row will be ridged, just like the rest of the hat.

Do not fast off yarn. Single crochet around the edge of the tube you just made.  This will be the edging of what youll fold up to be the brim of your hat.

Now, fasten off yarn.

Using the long tail of yarn you left at the beginning, loosely weave the needle the entire way around the second side of the tube in two inch long stitches.  Youre trying to create a drawstring that will pull the top of the hat closed.  Pull end of yarn so the top of your hat tightens.

This hat is easy to crochet its the assembly part that can be a little tricky.  Hope the pictures helped.

If you're still stuck, you can find more pics here on my blog: http://www.jjcrochet.com/blog/crochet-hat-free-pattern/  Enjoy!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet housewarming on: August 28, 2012 03:32:28 PM
Such a great idea!  Cute, beautiful, and certain to brighten up their home.  I'll be saving this for the future as my friends start "growing up" and buying houses.  Thanks for sharing with us. Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Bow Tie on: August 12, 2012 06:02:55 AM
Love it!  Such a cool idea to crochet a bow tie.  Thanks for the pattern.  I have plenty of guy friends who would get a kick out of this.  Storing away for their next birthdays!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Headband Pattern on: June 16, 2012 07:16:41 PM
Glad you enjoyed the pattern!  I'd love to see a picture of the headband in action if you have one.  I love seeing FOs.

I saw this on raverly and made an ivory one to wear to my best friends wedding. I love this pattern and I'm going to make a bunch of them. Thank you for posting this.
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