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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Lips Question on: August 31, 2014 05:51:57 PM
Hi, all!

I have a quandary. I'm making Oblina (from the show Aaah! Real Monsters!) for a friend and she's almost done. The problem is, I can't figure out how to make her lips. I found one or two patterns online, but they don't really look like hers. Does anyone know any good lips patterns? Here's a pic for reference:

I was thinking some kind of shell stitch, similar to how some flowers are made.


Edit: Got it! I played around a bit with slowly increasing over a chain stitch, making sure to put a few taller stitches in the middle.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Ai Alien Felt Toy Tutorial (img intensive) on: January 22, 2014 08:36:23 PM
I was just thinking of crocheting a "love monster" today! Do you mind if I make an amigurumi version of this for my shop?
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Small Change Purse / Bag with pattern on: January 12, 2014 06:01:18 PM
You see a coin purse, I see a dice bag! Cheesy I was looking for something for the Craft-a-Long and I think I found it. Challenge Accepted!
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Holes when I decrease on: January 11, 2014 04:11:45 PM
The invisible decrease sounds good; I'll have to look that up. Normally I crochet very tightly so I was worried it was too tight. Thanks!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: The longest time it took you to finish a project? on: January 10, 2014 05:53:22 PM
So far mine is 3 months going on a year. For my first crocheting project, I decided to make my husband a banner. The thing is about 4 ft. long and 2 ft. wide. It's straight at the top, has two pointy thingies on the bottom, a 4-square checkerboard pattern of red and gold, and a giant T in the middle (for his online nickname).  I put a hole running across the top so we could put a curtain rod through it and hang it up. I had to rip it out several times and draw out endless sketches before it looked even. All I've had to do for the last 8 months or so is tie in the ends. That's it. And maybe iron the thing so it lays flat. My husband also wants some dowel rods in the ends to make them lay straight, but still, that's a short trip to a craft store.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me learn to make a mermaid tail for a newborn-crocodile stitch! on: January 09, 2014 03:09:23 PM
Hey crafty people. I've been trying to learn the crocodile stitch so I can make an adorable little mermaid tail for my baby girl due in January, but I'm frustrated with tutorials on youtube. I keep trying and trying and failing. I also haven't found a tutorial for the actual mermaid's tail, just the specific stitch, and I don't have $$ to dish out on patterns on etsy or other sites. If anyone on here has made one and knows a good way to learn how please help me. LOL sorry I sound very pathetic, I'm just frustrated.

All you need to know about the crocodile stitch is that it's a series of back post double crochet stitches. When you make the foundation, you crochet 2 dc in a row, chain 2 so it doesn't bunch, skip 2, and repeat. That gives you several sets of 2 posts. When you do the crocodile stitch, you do 5 bpdc around one post, then turn and make 5 bpdc around the other post in the set. Turn again, chain so it doesn't gap, then repeat. I got really good with it when I was figuring out my nephew's dragon hat.
I hope that helps!
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern Testers for Hydra on: January 09, 2014 02:56:09 PM
I found this too late to apply, but I love the idea! Good luck writing it and I look forward to seeing the finished pattern. Cheesy
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Holes when I decrease on: January 09, 2014 02:54:33 PM
I'm new to amigurumi; I've only made about 4 projects now.  I always do fine until I get to the decrease rounds, when I get these large gaps in between stitches. For my last project, I tried to sc across but ended up with a huge ridge where I joined the stitches. How do you get the bottom nice and even?
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie with a joining problem :) on: January 09, 2014 02:47:58 PM
Really, though, it is whatever works best for you if there is no specification!

That was one of the hardest lessons for me to learn. A lot of times, even if it specifies joining rounds, I'll work in a spiral pattern. Whenever I join rounds, the count is off or it doesn't look right.  Try both and see what works for you and your style!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet Blogs - Add yours here! on: January 09, 2014 02:42:58 PM
My crochet blog is styleonastick.blogspot.com It's fairly new, so I'm not sure what direction it will take just yet.

I can't wait to explore all the great blogs in this post! Roll Eyes
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