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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet Blogs - Add yours here! on: September 30, 2013 02:21:54 PM

Just added a free pattern for fingerless gloves today.   Grin
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sweaters I've made in the last few weeks for my daughter on: August 18, 2013 02:53:27 PM
 Tongue I really like a lot of the patterns Doris Chan designs, there is a learning curve to reading her patterns though as she writes them a big differently than most designers.  Once you get the hang of it though it's pretty easy.  There's a whole Doris Chan group on ravelry where a lot of people help out when people get stuck.  Thank you for friending me!   Wink
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sweaters I've made in the last few weeks for my daughter on: August 18, 2013 07:52:22 AM
The burgundy and gray pullovers are both Doris Chan patterns from her book Everyday Crochet...the pattern is called Tall Latte.  The striped cardigan is Doris Chan's Haru pattern from the same book, except I used the sleeves for Tall Latte because my daughter loathes sleeves that come down to her wrist.  The burgundy cardigan is also a Haru, but I used the sleeves from another pattern in the book (Shannon).

They're all adult-sized patterns, I followed the patterns for the smallest size...I crochet tight which is why they fit my 10 year old, my gauge is always really small.  I've also found that some of the patterns in the book I can make to fit my 5 year old as well, I just do the smallest size and drop down to an H hook and leave off the last rep of the yoke pattern.   Tongue
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sweaters I've made in the last few weeks for my daughter on: August 17, 2013 01:59:16 PM
Managed to get a few pics of my older daughter in the sweaters I've made her.  Unfortunately she refuses to give me a real smile for pictures with all her orthodontic work (poor kid).

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sweaters I've made in the last few weeks for my daughter on: August 15, 2013 06:02:36 PM
Somehow I forgot to also post this rainbow-stripe cardigan that I also made for my 5 year old.  I used the Chevron Lace Cardigan pattern (free on Ravelry), which I made to fit her perfectly.  I think she will get a lot of use out of this one as it is her favorite of all the sweaters I have made.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sweaters I've made in the last few weeks for my daughter on: August 15, 2013 05:57:37 PM
In the past few weeks I've been gearing up for my girls and back to school time, and since it's been unseasonably cool lately it's been appropriate sweater-making weather.  I've been enjoying altering Doris Chan patterns to fit my petite ladies, and I have to say that I am really loving her patterns.

I am not thrilled with the yarn on this one, it was a really cheap brand I found at Michael's and it doesn't soften up much when washed, but as long as it is worn over a long sleeve shirt it shouldn't bother her too much.  This is Doris Chan's Haru pattern from Everyday Crochet, which I altered to fit my youngest.

This pink vest is really another Haru without the sleeves, made with I Love This Yarn Sport.  I used the same size hook as suggested in the pattern and followed the pattern without alterations, and with the super lightweight yarn was able to make this to fit my 10 year old perfectly.

This is another Haru done in Red Heart Soft yarn for my 10 year old.  I followed the instructions for the Tall Latte sleeves as she hates full-length sleeves.  This is my new favorite sweater-making yarn as I like the drape and softness to it.

This is a vest for my 5 year old, also done in Red Heart Soft yarn.  It is Doris Chan's Mei-Mei pattern, which I followed exactly except went down 2 hook sizes.  I also lengthened it to just above hip-length before working the bolero shaping to make more of a retro vest (she loves it).

Now hopefully I will get some better pictures when they wear them to school.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sweaters I've made in the last few weeks for my daughter on: December 04, 2012 03:42:30 AM
Thanks everyone!   Smiley  Each one took about 2 days total to make since the patterns weren't very complicated.

LOL...I had the biggest crush on Wesley Crusher when I was a kid

I really wish I could find patterns for older girls' sweaters, especially the cardigans.  My older daughter is getting ready to turn 10 and she still loves it when I make her things...but it's pretty slim pickings to find crochet patterns that are appropriate for her.  Ok...and maybe some for myself as well. 
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sweaters I've made in the last few weeks for my daughter on: December 02, 2012 12:49:10 PM
My youngest will be starting kindergarten next year, and I know from my older kids going through the same elementary school that a lot of times the school is fairly chilly.  So, I started hunting around on Ravelry and found a couple patterns for sweaters that I really liked and wanted to make for her.

This first one was a free pattern by Sharon Volkman called Girl's Lacy Sweater.  In the pattern it called for all one color, but I thought that was a little blah...and I think every 5 year old little girl HAS to have a piece of clothing with a rainbow on it. 

Next is Girls Classic Cardigan by Lisa van Klaveren in yellow.  The buttons are sentimental, because they were in the stash of buttons I got when my mom passed away.  I really like this one, but I don't know if it's going to fit her next year because it fits her pretty well right now...seems like her patterns are written a little on the small-side...or it could just be that my yarn was a tad thin.  This isn't a free pattern, I bought it from her Etsy shop Holland Designs.

This blue one is my FAVORITE of all.  It worked up really fast and I love that even though you can tell it's handmade it's kind of...classy (not sure if that's quite the word I'm looking for but hey).  This is another pattern I bought off Etsy, but this one is by Jennifer Pionk and is called Classic Charm Girls Cardigan.  As much as I love this pattern, there really wasn't much by way of directions for making the sleeves, so I had to write my own.  That's not such a bad thing though, because I got exactly the look I was going for.  Just wish it came in some larger sizes as my older daughter would love to have one too.  The button is actually from my late grandmother's button stash, so there's some sentimentality to this one as well.

Last is a red jumper I made from some yarn I had left over for another project...and is also Jennifer Pionk's Classic Charm Girls Cardigan.  This one I made in my daughter's current size instead of planning for next year so that she can wear it at our family gathering this Christmas.

Whew!  I've been busy...not too shabby for 2-3 weeks' work.  Happy Holidays all!   Grin
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Forest Friends swap-spring edition? on: May 19, 2010 07:56:11 AM
I would be interested in this as well, we just moved to a house in the woods so I'm surrounded by inspiration...I like the idea of including mythical forest friends too, already getting ideas.
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tie Dye undershirt? on: May 16, 2010 06:06:16 AM
You weren't too late.   Grin  It was too cold on Mother's Day, so we're doing it this afternoon.

Earlier this week I did my the shirts I got for my toddler, since she's too little to do it with the big kids.  The colors came out very nice, although I think I mixed the blue too strong, it really overwhelmed the other colors (especially the yellow).
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