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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Buttonhole help!! on: December 22, 2010 07:33:51 PM
So I'm knitting a little scarflet for my mom for Christmas, and I'm ALMOST finished! And because apparently I'm an over-achiever, I went for the Quick Cabled Cowl on Ravelry. Keep in mind that this is my first knitted project EVER. I just searched online for how to cast on, knit, and purl. But now I've come to the buttonholes. Aaaaand I'm way confused. Here's what the pattern says:

Row 5 (Buttonhole Row 1): K4, P2, K1. Bind off the next 2 stitches of your row in knit stitch*. Then, K1, P1, K2. Bind off the next 2 stitches of your row in knit stitch. Then, P2, K4
*Note: in order to bind off 2 stitches, you end up working the next 3 stitches of your row.

I'm about 99% sure I've figured out how to bind off. But it's the "note" section that has me stumped. So I knit 4, purl 2, then knit 1... then do I knit one more to use to bind off? Or do I take the second purl as the stitch to loop over and bind off? Does my question make sense?

Seriously, I am 8 rows from the end of this thing! I'm pretty proud of myself; or at least I was until this moment, haha. If I don't get any responses here I'm going to have to show up at my friend's mom's house uninvited tomorrow to get her assistance, and I'd rather not do that on her busiest baking day of the year!

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help! Yarn/pattern suggestion for a cowl scarf on: December 01, 2010 09:12:13 AM
Hello there!
I want to make a cowl for my mom for Christmas. She pointed one out at a craft show last month, but I thought it was kind of simple and, well, ugly, haha. I was thinking about using this pattern: http://asmatteringoflaura.blogspot.com/2010/05/lala-cowlscarf-free-crochet-pattern.html or something similar. But I would make it shorter (and likely wider) and attach the ends together with a twist, like a Mobius strip. I can picture the whole finished project in my head! I'm just not sure what type of yarn I should go with. I want it to be delicate-looking, but also kind of chunky and cozy. Too much of a contradiction?

If anyone has any yarn and/or pattern suggestions for this project, I would be most appreciative! Thanks in advance, folks.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Red and gold earrings on: September 20, 2007 07:17:01 PM
This is my first attempt at beaded earrings.  The seed beads are from a random kit my mom bought, the red beads were salvaged from a pair of earrings I bought years ago and never wore, and the big beads at the bottom are a dollar store find!

Here are a couple of pictures... the first one is the result of the lovely scanner at work, and the bottom is my attempt at playing with the digital camera settings.  I think the colour is truest in the first shot... sort of.

Aaaand, an action shot.

Let me know what you think!  I want to try something a bit bigger and heavier next.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Three hats and an oh-so-cozy scarf (Lotsa pics!) on: January 23, 2007 12:52:29 PM
I've been reading and replying for awhile, but this is my first posting of my own!  I've just been so inspired by everything you guys have made.  There's a lot of talent on this board, that's for sure.

This is my first hat.  I'm not a huge fan of the yarn I used (it was some generic acrylic my mom has had for years, and it's a bit stiff), but I think it turned out alright.  I wish I could remember where I found the pattern... I printed it out, and it says, "Ribbon Hat *free* Pattern, by Bec M." at the top, if that's any help!

Then I got ambitious and decided to try an earflap hat.  I'm in love with this pink yarn (Bernat Cozy Wool).  The white stuff, however, not so much.  It sheds shiny white fibers onto EVERYTHING.  Also, the hat's a little big and floppy on me.

('Scuse the crossed eyes in that last one, heh.)

This hat is a Craftster pattern, found here.  The colouring is way off in this picture; it's actually pretty grey.  Yarn is a really nice acrylic I bought at the dollar store!  The hat cost me less than $2.  Awesome.  It's so cozy and warm.

This is the project I'm most proud of.  It's seriously the warmest scarf I've ever owned.  It's just over 8 feet long, and 8 inches wide, all done in double-crochets.

I wanted to make this hat to go with my scarf, but it ended up being just a touch too small for me, so I had to rip the whole thing out.  I might try it again, though, because I think it's really cute!

So those are my first crocheted items!  I hope you like them!
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