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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How to Avoid Making a Tacky Crochet Purse? on: September 20, 2010 02:20:54 PM
 Crochet fabric by nature is compactly dense and works up heavy which makes it difficult to avoid a tacky crochet purse. I have no issue with crocheting itsef (love it and I think it makes better elegant projects than knitting). But I've been searching for yarn that will yield a fashionable crochet purse. Any suggestions?

I avoid working with Mercerized cotton yarn because I don't enjoy working with thin yarns and small hooks. Plus projects worked with mercerized cotton yarn are floppy (not a good for an everyday purse.)
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Better Way to finsih last round of granny square on: September 17, 2010 07:53:19 PM
Does anyone know a better way to finish the last round of a granny square without the dreadful knot that stucks out when you draw throught the last stitch?
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Successful purse stiffner/structure on: January 19, 2010 06:38:25 PM
What type of material can work as strudy purse structure besides plastic canvas? Would cardboard (the kind you find next to the crayons) work?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Dress up elegant granny square clutch on: January 19, 2010 06:35:29 PM

Frankly, I'm surprised that granny squares were used to make this elegant clutch. I want to make my own version of this clutch but I'm having trouble figuring out what type of thread/yarn used. Is a fingering yarn? Worsted yarn was way too thick and chunky while the thread was too light and thin. I even double the threads together.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for avoiding gusset on: December 17, 2009 06:56:43 PM
I want to make a clutch similiar to this http://www.margaretnicole.com/clutches/ in the round either on dpn or on circular. There are wonderful patterns available on this board and on ravelry but they all involve using straight needles and sewing. I want to avoid sewing two sides and only have a bottom to sew. (I'm an awful sewer.) Is it best to add additional stitches when I cast on to create two sides to the clutch? Is better to use dpns or circular to achieve this? I assume that the added stitches will make the piece for onto itself,right?
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Raven-Symone Yarn Earrings on: November 13, 2009 09:32:32 PM
I'm having serious trouble understanding what's going on in this video. The instructor doesn't fully explain what she's doing in crochet terms. At times it looks like she's randomly hdc and dc in her piece. I tried to replicate the earrings without much success and I thought the earring was just as a trio colored circle at first but now I don't know. I'll apperciate the help if anyone can understand the video.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Last stitch when cabling on: November 01, 2009 11:51:43 AM
I'm having trouble with making the last stitch tighter when I do cabeling. I asked a friend who also knits for help and she told me just pull tighter on that stitch. I think it may have something to do with how I transfer the stitches. I transfer them to another needle and then place them back on the left needle and then knit them. Is this stretching the last stitch out? It's driving me crazy because there's only one stitch at the end that looks too elongated.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help for pop out design on: September 11, 2009 02:16:36 AM
I'm trying to achieve a pop out design by using knit and purl stitches. I tried to no avil to make a heart design by alternating between the two stitches. Any suggestions or methods to achieve this without using the duplicate stitch?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Does continetial knitting produce neater edges? on: September 11, 2009 02:06:52 AM
I originally hated to knit because it hurted my hands so much but after seeing a cute knit clutch I picked it up once again. When I first learned to knit, I used the English method since I was having a hard time understanding the continetial method. But I tried the continetial method again since someone explained holding the yarn i in terms of crochet. Crocheters hold the yarn in the left hand like continetial knitters. I'm a crochet and didn't relaize that. But I find the continetial method less stressful on my hands than the English method. I also noticed that my edge stitches seemed to be neater and almost uniform to the row stitches. Have any other continetial knitters noticed this in thier works?
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help making a pattern for a flatcap on: August 08, 2009 02:58:24 AM

I've seen crochet version of flatcaps on the net but no detail pattern on how to make one. I'm using this pic as a reference to work with. I have an idea

 I thought about working the flatcap in 3 pieces- crochet an oval for the top,crochet two triangles for the sides, then attach a brim. I don't like this option because I'm not a good sewer and prefer to work in the round. Plus I don't know how I can achieve the depth I need for the hat to fit on my head.

Any suggestions? I'll appericate any help.
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