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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Blocking Acrylic Yarns? on: March 20, 2011 08:09:53 AM
Hello all! I recently made a scarf that refuses to lay flat and after some research I thought blocking might help. However, I used Caron Simply Soft yarn, which is 100% acrylic and have seen some different answers...

Some people have told me you can't block acrylic yarns.
Some people have told me to block it with steam.
Others have told me steam will melt the yarn.
Some people have told me to hand wash and then lay out with pins.
Others have told me not to soak the yarn and just spritz it with a spray bottle.
One person told me to lay wet towels on top of it and when the towels dry, it's blocked.

 Huh Huh Huh
So, my question is, how do YOU block your acrylic yarns and what are your experiences? What's the easiest, fastest way? Thanks so much for your help!

32  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Problems understanding Spiderman Afghan Pattern? on: March 16, 2011 07:09:39 PM
Thank you so much! I'm still new to both crocheting AND reading patterns so I've still got a lot to learn but I figured out what I was doing wrong and my rounds lay much flatter now!  Grin
33  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Problems understanding Spiderman Afghan Pattern? on: March 16, 2011 11:35:59 AM
Hello Craftsters! I've been lurking on this site for a few weeks and I can't get over how wonderful and talented you all are. I just started crocheting a few weeks ago and I want to make the Spiderman Round Ripple Afghan (pattern: http://www.angelfire.com/tx5/angelcrafts/patterns/spidermanroundrippleafghan.html) but I'm having oodles of problems.

First of all, once I get to Round 3 my circle starts to become more of a basket. It curls up horrendously and the stitches look all uneven and funky. I've gone through round 4 and have ripped it out about 3 times. Any suggestions?

Secondly, I'm having a lot of problems understanding the pattern. For example, when it says:
"Rnd 4: sl st into ch 2 space, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch 2 space, * 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch 2 space, repeat * around. Join"
Do the bolded dc's go into the chain two space as well? Or do they go into the stitches?

Thanks for all your help, I'm still new to patterns and this one isn't very clear to me.  Huh

34  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Harry Potter - Luna Lovegood Scarf - My Take - PATTERN & CHART ADDED! on: March 16, 2011 10:04:58 AM
Hey everyone Smiley
First of all, Pinkleo, you did an AWESOME job on the pattern, not only is it completely accurate, it's also so easy to understand. I just started Crocheting three weeks ago and this is the first project I've completed. It even inspired me to join Craftster (this is my first post *blush*)

So, Here's a link to my scarf, I need to post 9 more times before I can use pics in posts, but I used Caron Simply Soft in Plum Perfect:


I love it, I'll be wearing it all spring. Thanks again for the AWESOME pattern Smiley
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