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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone made a Crocheted Nappy Cake? on: December 09, 2007 10:11:06 AM
I saw a pattern online for a crochet nappy cake (also called a diaper cake). It was really amazing, but I am wondering if anyone has made this pattern, or else just assembled their own nappy cake with a strong emphasis on crocheted items. It is such a cute idea but appears to be a ton of work due to all the different crocheted items. I think it's sweeter if it is handmade though. For some reason, that seems more sentimental to me, and would be more memorable in the long run.
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: a smorgasbord of amigurumi goodness--lots of pictures on: April 28, 2007 03:53:04 PM
I'm a little out of the loop, so if someone could please help me...What is the book that these crocheted food items are from? This is too cute. Thanks.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Felted Rat Igloo! on: May 11, 2006 12:55:28 PM
Having had 7 pet rats in the past 4 years, I'd venture a guess that she'll chew it up before she'll outgrow it. Unless she's a dainty rattie girl who doesn't chew much.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Turquiose crochet purse! Very Cute! NOW WITH TUT! on: April 26, 2006 04:05:37 PM
You are so cute! And your bag is really cute too.

I saw a bag similar to this in a magazine such as Easy Knitting. (I think it was easy knitting because they always have a few crochet patterns too). For the bag in that magazine, it was made of bulky pink yarn and had circular handles that were made from cool whip containers. You took 2 cool whip container lids, cut out the center, then crocheted around to cover in the pink yarn. Then sew them on.  It looked pretty good. But that worked because the bag was a little bigger than yours. You could use margarine tub lids to get a smaller handle.
5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: I'm making bedfellows! also need some help on: April 25, 2006 12:55:11 PM
I am making the bunny too and when I tried the special stitch it seemed impossible. I made my own variation on it, so I have been grabbing the yarn through one stitch, then grabbing the yarn through the next stitch (now you have 3 loops on your hook), then yarn over and pull the yarn through all 3 loops. It manages to decrease stitches, but I am sure its not the correct way to do it. I think there's a typo in the book, either that or I just cannot understand the instructions for the special stitch.

Hi there.

I actually tried it your way, and also the way the pattern literally tells you to do that special stitch. The only difference I could tell in the decreases is that the literal way makes it decrease a little faster. But then I noticed that the bunny head wasn't perfectly round, so I wondered if I should have just done the decreases the way you describe here. So the next time I try to make the bunny, I'll do the decreases that way, and I'll let you know if it turns out better.

When I finally sew all the body parts together, I'll post a picture. I used some cheap yarn so it's not as cute as the pictures in the book. Plus, I embroidered the eyes since it's a gift for a baby. I think the plastic eyes are much cuter.

Someone on flickr is making a bunch of bedfellows. I thought about contacting her but I read on her comments that she's not following the pattern exactly. Here's a link to the pictures (scroll down):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/greenkitchen/
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Question on the Corset Belt on: April 10, 2006 05:01:58 PM
I'll admit it, I did not gauge, and I am painfully new to crochet. I bought the exact yarn called for (Lamb's Pride Worsted), and used the same size hook. I was planning to make the 30'' waist, but when starting the first chain, I did 92 like the pattern called for- it fit maybe 2/3 at the most around my waist. Does gauge matter a lot in that row?

You can never really judge how long a piece of crochet will be by looking at the chain alone because once you work the stitches in to the starting chain, the piece always gets wider. One way you might get a better indication of how long the chain actually is would be by stretching it. But you really need to make a gauge swatch to really tell. This is important with clothing. With a belt, it might not be that critical unless the yarn truly is awful to frog. Then you would want to check your gauge to save yourself the grief.
7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / I'm making bedfellows! also need some help on: April 10, 2006 02:06:44 PM
I'm so excited about the pattern for the crocheted bear and bunny. I'm currently making the bunny out of some acrylic worsted that I had on hand. When I finish, I'll update with pictures.

Request for help on pattern:

I'm wondering if anyone else has tried to make the bunny. I'm having a slight problem already with understanding two parts of the pattern. I have already checked the book's errata online and there aren't any corrections for this pattern.

Slst2tog : Under "Special stitches"
under the materials description on page 251, you get directions on how to do what they refer to as "slst2tog".  The directions say: "(Insert hook in next st) twice, yo, draw yarn through all loops on hook".  What do they mean by that? If you read the pattern directions for how to work the body, you are often directed to "dec 2 sl sts". It's only later in the pattern directions, on page 252 under Rnd 29 that you are told to do "slst2tog".

Wouldn't the standard slip stitch decrease be the same as slst2tog?  I tried to follow the directions for "slst2tog" literally, and it worked but it was REALLY hard to insert the hook twice in two adjacent stitches without yarning over at all.

Here's my literal interpretation of slst2tog:
Stick hook in the stitch indicated. Do not yarn over. tilt the hook's head back towards the front of the work, and insert it in to the next stitch. Then yarn over and draw through all loops on hook at one time.

When I did the slip stitch decrease, I yarned over after inserting in each stitch, but the last time you yarn over, then you draw it through all the loops on the hook.


Also: When you are making the head for the bunny, there appears to be mistakes in the first few rounds.  On page 254, when you go from round 2 to round 3, how is it possible that you go from having 9 stitches to having 16 stitches? The directions for those two lines:

Rnd 2: *2 sl sts in next st, sl st in next st; rep from * around -- 9 sts. (<--- this works out right)
Rnd 3: *2 sl sts in next st, sl st in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around -- 16 sts. (<-- seems to be error here?)
PHEW!

I have only made the body so far but it's looking really cute and well made so far. Pictures soon!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is crochet harder than knitting? on: April 08, 2006 07:22:27 AM
As a beginner crocheter, it's really hard to see your stitches because you only have one stitch on your hook. The rest you have to either find by sight or be feel. And it's so confusing when you first start out because your eyes just don't see where to stick the hook in to very easily, especially if you are trying something more difficult than your beginner projects. I learned by making a pretty complicated scarf out of motifs, but I had the help of an experienced crocheter. So at first, I would just keep asking her exactly where to put my hook in to, until I started to get a feel for it.

Knitting on the other hand can be easier to learn because all your stitches are on the hook, and you can see them easily. Once you learn how to stick the right needle in and manipulate the yarn and needles, it's not that hard. But learning to hold 2 needles can be challenging.

I think it also depends on the individual and how dexterious their fingers are. A big factor in learning is just having persistence and willingness to learn how to do it right. So many people give up just because their hands hurt because they are not willing to train themselves to relax and loosen up on the yarn. I meet people all the time like that.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarns, the good and the bad on: March 22, 2006 09:18:43 PM
I was wondering what yarns people are most in love with and which they'd like to ban from the face of this earth forever.  Also, are you a yarn snob or do you buy all your stuff at Walmart?

Hi everyone.

I am most definitely not a yarn snob. Especially when it comes to crochet since you go through more yarn than when knitting a similar item.

Yarns I love: Most lionbrand yarns. Especially Homespun because it comes in such beautiful colors and feels so soft. I love how the scarves just get better and better the more you use and abuse them, since they get all these soft, fuzzy fibers that stick out. I don't find it too difficult to work with, although I admit that I mainly knit with it. But I have used it to crochet some adorable cloche hats, you know the kind that look like 1920's hats. I recently bought some Moda Dea Carmen and chichi yarns. They are so beautiful but tricky to crochet with. I guess I don't mind slowing down and working with a difficult yarn because you can do so much with them. One way to use the fancy yarns is to just edge crocheted items with them, or you can double up a fancy yarn with a plain yarn to make it easier to see your stitches. I have recently come up with a trick of combining crochet thread (size 10, just because that's what I had on hand) with a fancy eyelash yarn. It makes for a more substantial scarf with some weight to it. I use a color that can hide well behind the eyelash yarn.

TIP: I have heard that if you have a particularly difficult yarn such as any boucle, or that redheart light and lofty or baby clouds yarn, or the dreaded Homespun, you can use the V-Stitch (http://barney.gonzaga.edu/~aburton/vscarf.html) to whip out scarves or blankets or whatever you want to make. Because with the V-stitch, you are not crocheting in to the stitch but between stitches. Come to think of it, there are also other stitch patterns that you work in between stitches, such as single crochets where you work inbetween the single crochets of the row previous. But I think V-stitch would work the best for a bulky yarn like the dreaded Homespun.

Yarn I hate: boucle yarn. I hate it with a passion. It's hard to crochet with. It's hard to knit with. It's not good for anything and deserves to be wiped out of existence. Other than that, I don't hate any yarn. It's all good!
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