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181  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re:Yarn suggestions for crochet shawl on: February 16, 2004 10:20:47 AM

Here's my 'prototype' that has the same basic motif. The pattern for that is as follows:

With an I hook and Caron 3ply Cuddlesoft yarn:

Ch a long chain in multiples of 6 ( 36, 48, etc) until you get the width of shawl that you want.

starting a new row
Ch 6, turn, double treble crochet in 12th ch from hook. Leave last loop on hook. ( 2 loops on hook)  Double treble crochet in same stitch, leave last loop on hook again. (3 loops on hook)

ch 6, double treble crochet in 6th ch from hook. Leave last loop on hook. ( 2 loops on hook)  Double treble crochet in same stitch, leave last loop on hook again. (3 loops on hook)

 3- double treble crochet in the base of last double treble crochet cluster. (leave the last loops on the hook again. After this point you should have 6 loops on hook.)

Skip 5 ch, 3- double treble crochet in the 6th ch. (leave the last loops on the hook again. After this point you should have 9 loops on hook.)

YO, draw through all nine loops. **

Repeat from ** to ** until end of row, then ch 6, turn, and start over.
The edging is a * double tr, ch 1, * five times in each corner loop.

then fringe.
This will give you a shawl that's and equilateral triangle.

To get the Jessica simpson shawl, you need a much bigger hook and lace weight corded yarn. Also, to get the 4-5-4 petal design and a 45-90-45 isocoles triangle, turning is different. If you want to know how, I can try to describe it but I'm not much good at pattern notation.
182  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Yarn suggestions for crochet shawl on: February 12, 2004 01:49:50 PM
I'm working on a 'Jessica-Simpson-alike' shawl that you can see here

I'm looking for yarn suggestions that would produce a similar result without being too heavy or expensive. Silk would be nice, but unless it's really cheap I'd go with a silk blend of some sort.
183  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re:attaching earring findings on: February 12, 2004 01:44:55 PM
Contact cement (found at hardware stores) should  stick those things on for life. Be careful with the stuff, though, cause it'll bond you, the brush and just about everything else.
184  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re:any ideas for wood chess&checker pieces? on: February 11, 2004 09:38:34 AM
If you know someone with a power drill and a countersink/large bore bit drill a hole through the rooks and glue a little salt and pepper shaker in. This only works with the larger pieces with flat tops.

Smaller pawns and knights would make really cute feet for boxes and serving platters, if you have 4 matching pieces.
185  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re:help with crochet project on: February 07, 2004 07:54:19 PM
Hi, I'm new too. Have you thought about pleating over the excess strap (either in the center or at the strap/purse join) and sewing it down? You could cover the flaps with a rectangular decorative panel or line the entire top of the strap with ribbon if pleats are not your thing.
186  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:vegan fox on: February 06, 2004 03:08:55 PM
Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum, so forgive me if I make any posting ettiqutte errors.

I'm in love with the vegan fox but I've never knitted before. How hard is it for a new knitter? (I looked at the pattern but I have no idea how to read it, even!) I had the thought to convert it to crochet but I'd need some help from someone as I have no idea how to read the stitch/row knit pattern.

Also, how much yarn did you guys have left over after finishing the scarf? ( I've been told that crochet conversions use more yarn so I might have to get more yarn than the pattern calls for.)
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