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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Another Tetris Afghan on: July 09, 2010 04:48:28 PM
Thanks everyone!

How did you do the raised parts that run horizontal?  Front/back loop only? (ETA: or was it just a case of back-post when the RS was facing you?)

I tried doing just front/back loop which I know gives a bit of a raised line, but it's not quite definite enough so I opted for going around the post (so if I wanted a horizontal line on the front, I would work the back of each post all the way along). Vertical lines are worked on the front post (rs) and horizontal lines back post (rs). I did a number of samples of each of the 'intersections' of lines up to see which would be better - should I continue the horizontal line or the vertical line and in the end it worked out best to just do a normal DC at the intersections instead.

The horizontal lines aren't as well-defined if you're viewing them head on, but on even a bit of an angle they standout just as much as the vertical lines so I'm happy.
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Another Tetris Afghan on: July 09, 2010 12:42:42 PM
For a dear friend's wedding I wanted to make her a geeky afghan, but a little more subtle than my last one. After buying and flipping through Crochet Stitch Bible I got it in my head to stick to one or two colours and play only with texture and raised stitches, so this is what I came up with:

I had intended to make the brown boarder bigger so that the afghan would be a good size for two, but my procrastination got the better of me and as it was I had all the fans in the house trying to dry it out from blocking and weaving in the ends the morning of the wedding. Oh, well. I'm still happy with it, and hope she was too.

It's made from Lion Brand Fisherman's wool. The raised stitches are various combinations of post stitches in the right places (I think that's what you call them - where instead of going into the normal part of the stitch you go around the post either from the front or back, depending on which side I was working). I had a lot of fun coming up with this (especially since I don't do well with reading patterns still) although I think I'm going to do a few smaller projects next which don't take as much time. Smiley
13  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/11/10 - We have 200,000 members! on: May 11, 2010 04:52:02 PM
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14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Galena on: April 30, 2010 10:07:59 AM
It's absolutely beautiful!
15  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #50 Peanut Butter Transport - Due May 1 - May 7 on: April 01, 2010 12:16:30 PM
This is totally unfair to exclude those who have a peanut allergy. Surely substituting any nut butter should be sufficient as almond butter or even cashew butter has the same structural integrity and electrical conductivity as commercial peanut butter?
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: a bit too big lizard toiletry bag on: March 31, 2010 10:58:34 AM
I think it's great! I think the size is great. Did you use a pattern for the lizard?
17  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Shaun the sheep mod to the fluffy bunny slipper on: March 29, 2010 07:54:28 AM
They're adorable! (just need to make them adult sized now. Smiley )
18  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: What to make for a 16 yo boy? on: March 27, 2010 05:57:09 PM
That's awesome. I kept watching south park and kept thinking it was only a matter of time before someone else realizes they've got a nice shape for making an amigurumi of. You did a great job, and looking forward to seeing how you manage Kenny's hood.  Smiley
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Meet Chip on: March 26, 2010 07:35:12 PM
Love love love the pocket mouth to cram cookies into. My daughter would love that (I caught her sharing cookies with her cookie monster just the other day) - I'm sure toddlers (and a good number of adults) will have fun with that idea. Smiley
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Blocking - how much can it help the difference between tighter SC and lace? on: February 21, 2010 06:30:56 PM
I'm still quite new to the world of crochet and blocking (I've only blocked one project - and that was snowflakes at Christmas time), so I don't know what the limits of blocking would be to correct this problem or at least minimize it...

I'm making a little drawstring purse - the base was done in SC and I have a band where I did 2SC, ch1 (skip one stitch) (not sure if I described that right, but it's turned out a bit tighter than the SC which I'm happy with).

The problem is the next section - I rather wanted it to be at least a bit lacy, but of course any lacy stitch (even mostly closed lacy stuff) has a lot more give and is looser than the base.

Will blocking this help even this out, or should I frog it (again) and work in some decreases? I don't want the middle part of the purse to be fatter than the base - but I don't have enough experience with blocking to know if I can stretch out the bottom to match the slightly looser middle or if the middle will also get even more lax exasperating the problem. I'm working with a size 3, 100% Mercerized Cotton crochet thread.

Any help gratefully appreciated.
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