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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Single skein projects on: April 03, 2011 06:56:56 AM
I've a few orphaned balls of yarn rolling around the bottom of my yarn bag and short of making a dozen scarves I can't think of how to use up my stash. Anyone have any good single-skein projects, or ideas for little things to make? I've a little plain acrylic and a few fancier balls. Trying to avoid baby clothes as I have zero interest and zero small people to crochet for.
2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Problem with Short 'n Sweet on: March 17, 2011 03:32:20 AM
Just started on this bolero and I have quite successfully managed the first pass through rows 2 to 9. However, upon going back to start the repetition I ran into a problem. The instructions for row 9 specify "ch2, sk next 2 ch-2 spaces" several times, but the instruction for row 2 expect that I should be able to "ch2, sc in next ch-2 space, ch 2, sk next ch-2 space". How can that work when I just spent row 9 eliminating half of those ch2 spaces?

I've tried running through the pattern anyway and just making the sc stitches into the ch2 spaces but it comes out looking very squashed together. Should I just forge on and hope this tricky transition row gets neatened up by the rows on top of it?
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Blue and grey afghan on: January 28, 2011 03:09:27 PM
I asked for some advice here a few months back as I embarked on making granny squares for an afghan for my partner. It was a wedding present so it had to be super-good and long-lasting: I used a variety of acrylics for this.

Threw myself into this project with great gusto and finally, after making a couple of hundred squares, I thought the end was in sight. I'm sure experienced afghan makers will be snickering right about now. Took another 24 hours or so to assemble and put a border on. He loves it, though, I'm proud of completing an ambitious project and I have Learned From My Mistakes. Next time, bigger hook, thicker yarn, fewer squares and some kind of pattern!

4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Knitting for MSF on: October 07, 2010 09:49:23 AM
This is a project into its second year now so it may have been posted before, but apparently not recently. MSF (Doctors Without Borders) are running a project where designers post free knitting patterns and people who download them can pick how much they think they would pay for that pattern, plus what their enjoyment of knitting it is worth, and donate. They're a great organisation and I think this is a really clever project. Sadly I am a card-carrying crocheter and can't knit to save my - or anyone else's - life, but I'll drop this here for knitters to view:

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / A few questions about granny square afghan on: October 07, 2010 09:41:11 AM
Okay, so I've just started making an industrial quantity of granny squares (Happy Hooker pattern) for an afghan. Preliminary maths suggests that for a queen size I'll need about 400 squares - fine. My squares are mostly uniform and neat - fine.

Questions, though:

1. Weaving in ends - is there a special trick to this or is it just weaving in and out randomly until the end is hidden, as I've been doing?

2. Washing - most of this yarn is verifiably acrylic, some is from my grandmother and therefore may be acrylic-wool mix or even wool. I assume the safest thing to do it wash all the squares before assembly - particularly important for the dark blue ones - and see how they all hold up? Once they're washed I would have thought they'd be a little more forgiving to the recipient of this blanket.

3. Backing - I have half-thought that a fleece backing for this would be nice and making the whole thing a little less likely to snag on things. Is this advisable? Possible? A suitable task for a beginner?

I submit myself to the collective wisdom of Craftster!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Afghan and/or blanket question on: August 19, 2009 10:26:43 AM
Hey everyone, I've been gazing in awe upon some of the fantastic blankets and afghans that you crafty folks have been making and I think this would be an awesome project. I've only been crocheting about a month, managed to make a couple of decent, even scarves and last weekend whipped up a pretty successful beanie. I've picked up "The Happy Hooker" which has helped me solidify all the stitches and concepts that I've been trying to teach myself online.

So my question: if I want to make an afghan or a blanket or somesuch, can I do it as simply as making a bunch of granny squares then sewing them together afterwards? Can it really be that easy? Is all this afghan needle business necessary or just a different way of putting it all together?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Simple scarf with fringe on: August 10, 2009 04:09:29 PM
So this isn't exactly trail-blazing crochet, but it's the first thing I've ever made! My grandmother, once a knitter, gifted me a whole handful of crochet hooks a couple of weeks ago and finally I made something even and, dare I say it, wearable! I figured out the fringe by myself, ten knots across twenty stitches.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / First row of crochet too loose on: July 26, 2009 03:47:57 PM
Hi, Craftster! I'm new here and also new to crochet. After a few shoddy attempts at mastering chains and whatnot I've finally started on a scarf. It's looking nice and even at a foot long and I'm no longer dropping stitches or tightening them. But looking at the first two rows, they're way looser than the rest. As I have a nice long "tail" at that end, is it possible to undo the first rows and re-hook them? Would I have to do it "backwards" to not get a strange-looking row? Or do I just have to live with it?
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