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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Flowery Baby Sweater and Hat on: August 16, 2006 02:52:46 PM
Great job! I love the button mods you made to the sweater.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of yarn? on: March 29, 2006 09:51:00 AM
"Double knit" means DK weight. The yarn label should list the weight like this, or you could look for a yarn that falls into category 3 in this chart.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitty and crochetme rant! (you were warned . . .) on: September 15, 2005 03:26:43 PM
Meanwhile, I'm so surprised to hear how few crocheted garments have been submitted.  My biggest problem at the moment is that most of my yarn is vintage or otherwise no longer readily available, so writing patterns with it seems like a bad idea.  Wish I could afford to go out and buy a bunch of yarn to make something pretty out of for the upcoming issue.  Have to give that some thougt.

Ah, yes. I forgot to mention yarn support! Advertising may not be knocking us over, but I have relationships with several yarn companies that will happily supply yarn to crochet designers. To you and all other designers -- drop me a line and send me a sketch and, if your design looks promising, I'll see what I can do!

(Thanks, also, for your advertising tips. I'm on it. Smiley )

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitty and crochetme rant! (you were warned . . .) on: September 15, 2005 01:12:45 PM
Hi everyone,

I hope you don't mind if I chime in (I'm the editor of Crochet me). I absolutely agree that there's a lot of difference between the types of patterns published in crochet and in knitting, in both free web sites and in print magazines. You have hit on the challenge of designing flattering  patterns in crochet due to the nature of crocheted fabric, but I also want to point out some other things.

Crochet me has been in publication for only a year. In that time it's grown immensely, and the quality of the designs published has improved. But remember, I can only publish designs that are submitted. Please, please, please submit designs! I very rarely receive garment designs; it's not like I'm turning great patterns away. I look forward to the day when most of the patterns we publish are garments of one type or another -- garments that are fabulous and fashionable and make us all drool and run for our hooks. I believe I've received fewer than a handful of garment submissions during the entire life of the magazine. Tell all your crocheting friends -- garments are in high demand!

There are also industry challenges to crochet -- money is not yet as readily available to crochet publications as it is to knitting publications. Many in the industry still assume that crocheters don't spend a lot of money on yarn and such, so they're reluctant to advertise to crocheters. Because of this, crochet publications frequently have a more limited budget than knitting publications. Crochet me does not bring in enough money to pay for designs, so we rely on the generosity and dedication of crochet designers who are published on our site only in return for the exposure, my promise to promote them whenever possible, and their satisfaction in knowing they're helping to promote innovation in the craft. Publishing in Crochet me does give really excellent exposure. And behind the scenes, we're doing everything we can to try to start attracting more advertising revenue.

Until then, I understand your frustration. But I also urge you not to give up on crochet. Sure, you should learn to knit! Knitting is great. But be patient; crochet is really coming along.

We have open submissions. Check out our guidelines here: http://www.crochetme.com/submit.html. I hope to hear more from you soon.

Kim Werker
5  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: stitch and bitch cape mod on: May 12, 2004 01:02:59 PM
I made mine with two strands of Alfa held together (much cheaper!), and that still was thinner than the gauge called for, so I just did the math and altered the number of stitches/rows accordingly. It came out the perfect size. I'd suggest you just do the same. I bet it will look fantastic in Kureyon! Keep us posted.
6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:stitch and bitch cape mod on: April 20, 2004 01:32:43 PM
Hmmm. Good idea! You could nix the turtle neck, and just begin where the eyelet row would be (but maybe not do the eyelets, unless you want to keep the pom poms). Use a less-chunky yarn, but perhaps still use large needles, so you get a more airy, lacy look. Make sure to do up a swatch to check your gauge, so you end up with a poncho that actually fits!
7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:stitch and bitch cape mod on: April 14, 2004 05:12:28 PM
I'm not sure what you mean by "huge" holes. The M1's, the way the pattern has you do them, do make holes down a line in the middle of the front and the middle of the back. They shouldn't be massive, gaping holes. But they should be noticeable. If you look closely at the photo in the book, you'll see them (I was confused about this at first, too, since the book's description of the M1 increase says it should be invisible). This photo isn't very good, but it's a close-up of the holes in my poncho:

8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:stitch and bitch cape mod on: April 06, 2004 09:08:32 AM
CM: I wondered if you could do that!  I've never worked with eyelash-y yarn before, so I was worried it would fall apart or something.  I will try that!  Thanks!  Smiley

Yup. It's a pain in the... rear to work with three strands held together, but at least with the Funny, it's got a core of solid poly.
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:stitch and bitch cape mod on: April 05, 2004 11:44:50 PM
I actually just used three strands of Funny without the MC strand with it. I found that the Funny was too thin to hide the MC strand, so I just took out the MC, and I found that it's still full and furry looking.
10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:stitch and bitch cape mod on: April 01, 2004 04:46:57 PM
Hi kids. Just wanted to share my completed cape mod (please ignore that I took the photo while still in my pajamas).

I also did mine up in about 2 weeks, and it was my first not-hat/not-scarf project. I used two strands of Alfa held together for the MC and three strands of Funny (two light-green, one dark) for the furry accents. I haven't done the pompoms yet; at first I didn't think I would, but now I think I might. Plus, I have to line the neck b/c I can't wear wool against that ultra-sensitive area. Oh, and I think I'm going to make some arm warmers to match. I like that the poncho is short, but it's no good to wear it if I'm freezing!
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