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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: spiral granny squares - finished! on: August 01, 2009 03:30:46 PM
I just scoured crochetme.com, looking for that blanket motif, but I didn't find anything. I must have been looking in the wrong places. Could you possibly link it for us? Thank you so much
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best yarn for amigurumi ? on: July 12, 2009 08:02:35 AM
I know I've read a whole thread about this somewhere. But I'm not sure if it's here, or on Ravelry. Sad

In any case, I think any smooth yarn will work. I've made amis in acrylic, cotton, wool, and acrylic/wool blends and had nice results with all of them. If you can easily work a firm fabric, then the yarn is fine. I'd stay away from yarns made up of many strands loosely wound together, like Sugar and Cream. It's great for dishcloths but kinda tough for amis. You need a relatively small crochet hook to make a firm fabric, and that kind of yarn splits apart so easily that it's hard to pull loops without leaving a few strands of thread behind.

What yarns have you tried, and what has the problem been?
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: using fun fur yarn on: July 09, 2009 01:49:14 PM
I love using the furry yarns, but they can be really irritating to work with. Some of them are incredibly sticky and hard to pull out of the skein. If I find things tangling or sticking, I stop and wind the rest of the skein into a simple yarn ball. That way, loops of yarn don't have to slide past each other when you pull for more. The yarn simply rolls off the outside layer.

Also, it's sometimes IMPOSSIBLE to find the starting yarn end in the center of the skein. If I can't dig it out easily, I just start working with the end on the outside of the skein.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: arg...My crochet keeps getting larger/more stitches added? on: July 09, 2009 01:39:03 PM
When you start the next row, you make a chain that's the height of the stitches you're using, right? That's considered the first stitch of the row. So for the next stitch, insert the hook in the SECOND little hole from the edge, not the first. If you use the first hole, you'll be increasing the stitch count by one.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Flat Circles on: July 07, 2009 05:47:51 AM
As far as I know the main difference is that for amis you do it in a spiral, while to make it flat you need to do it so that each row is separate.

Actually, that's not quite true. I've made many flat circles in a spiral. The number of sections (i.e. the number of times you repeat the increases) affects the shape of your piece. If you only do it 4 times, you'll get a sort of pointy egg shape. If you do it 6 times, you'll get the nice round ball that most amis use. If you do it 8 times, you'll get a flat, shallow dish or a flat circle, depending on how tight your gauge is.

I crochet a lot of bowls and vessels, and I play around with the number of sections to get the shape I want. You can see some of my stuff here on Flickr, to get an idea of the different shapes you can get this way.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: hook size for amigurumi? on: July 07, 2009 05:33:16 AM
All three. Smiley

But hook size and tension are inter-related. If you do some samples and find that you like a certain number of stitches per inch, it's easiest to adjust your hook sizes up or down to make that gauge easy to work. (If your hook is too large, you'll have to work REALLY tight and it can tire out your hands. If it's too small, the hook will keep splitting the yarn as you try to pull it through loops.)
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help please!! on: July 03, 2009 11:11:19 PM
That's a typical motif that was sewn together to make old bedspreads and tablecloths, etc. I checked through all my stitch dictionaries and old patterns (I've got a ton of them, going back to the 1920's) but I didn't find anything exactly like the one in the picture. But you can find similar things in a new edition of the Harmony stitch dictionary:

The Harmony Guides: Crochet Stitch Motifs, by Erika Knight

It's easy to find, available from all the usual book vendors.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Flat Circles on: July 03, 2009 10:59:41 PM
Every crocheter creates slightly different size and shape stitches. It's much more variable than knitting. The standard directions for a flat circle may work for one crocheter just fine, but another crocheter need to add or subtract increases to keep the piece flat. Or... you could switch hook sizes.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: hook size for amigurumi? on: July 03, 2009 10:53:53 PM
I use a D generally. Sometimes an E. I crochet tight enough so that the stuffing doesn't show between the stitches when it's packed firmly. The finished fabric feels stiff as I'm working it. It never hurts to make little samples with different hook sizes, stuff them, and then see which one you like best.
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