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1  Re: 2007 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by yarnhag on: June 19, 2007 06:26:05 AM
Okay!  Here it is!  I finished my June creation last weekend.  It's one of the best things I've ever made, and is very definitely pink:

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2  Re: Isabeau, small and quick... anyone game? in Knitalongs by yarnhag on: May 22, 2007 06:44:48 PM
I made a giant one!  I love it. I have really no use for small purses.  I carry a lot, both inside and out, as you can see (three weeks to go!)

I followed the pattern, but used a super-bulky icky acrylic (really awful stuff I got dirt cheap that really would be a very poor choice to make into any kind of garment) and 8mm needles (for a tight guage and thus better support).  I also did more repeats of the lace for the body of the bag, and added some ribbing to the tops of the sides.  And, of course, the straps are different.  I made 2, and I crocheted them to make them just that much more sturdy and less stretchy.

I intend to line the bag... eventually... I haven't lost anything out of it yet, and it's pretty sturdy.  But a pen or something like that would fall out the holes.
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3  Re: [May-June theme:Lace! see pg1] The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. included) in Knitalongs by yarnhag on: May 22, 2007 06:37:29 PM
Here's my little lace raglan, with lowered neckline.  Doing the lace all over was tricky -- I ended up charting the entire increase sections.  I only did a narrow strip of lace down the sleeves to simplify things.

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4  Re: Sunhat with ponytail cutout -- with pattern! in Crochet: Completed Projects by yarnhag on: May 22, 2007 06:32:20 PM
Here is a version I made with a 5mm hook (instead of 5.5mm).  I changed the brim a bit:  I did sc only.  The first three rows did the increases after 9, 10 and 11 stitches.  I did one row without increases, then three more rows increasing after 12, 13 and 14, and finished off with one more row of plain sc.  I like the brim better. It is firmer and wider.

As you can see, the hat fits my kid -- she's two and a half, but has a big head.  The ties would allow this size of hat to fit most kids/young teens and adults with small heads.

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5  Re: 2007 Sock-along - March challenge on page 9 in Knitalongs by yarnhag on: May 22, 2007 02:45:15 PM
yup!  I finished my pair.  I'm not in love with them, and one is a little tighter than the other, but they're socks, they're wearable, and they're jaywalkers.  I'm really glad I only did one at a time given the frustrations I had. 

Here is a picture.  You can't see the heel, but it's your standard short row heel.
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6  Sunhat with ponytail cutout -- with pattern! in Crochet: Completed Projects by yarnhag on: May 11, 2007 07:41:16 PM

I made this hat.  I designed this hat.  I love love love this hat.  I plan to make more of this hat, and play with different widths of brim (maybe single crochet for it, even?).  In the name of share and share alike, here is the pattern -- please use it!  Give it away!  Share it around!  (but nobody's allowed to make any money off it, okay?  cuz I'm not, and if you did, I'd be stinkin' jealous! )

Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter (worsted weight, 100% cotton -- any yarn matching this description will do, I think)

Hook:  5.5 mm (fits my 22.5 inch head -- I made one with a 5mm hook and it's a bit snug but will likely stretch to fit beautifully)

Funky abbreviations: 
FPDC:  yo, insert hook between stitches of row below from back to front and around the front of the post of the stitch from right to left, yo and draw yarn back around the post.  Yo and draw through 2 loops, Yo and draw through final 2 loops.

BPDC:  yo, insert hook between stitches of row below from front to back and around the back of the post of the stitch from right to left.  Yo and draw yarn back around the post.  Yo and draw through 2 loops. Yo an draw through final 2 loops.

[ ] repeat across row or around round

Pattern notes:
Ch 2 grows the height up, but then the first PDC is worked around the stitch at the base of those 2 chains.  Do not work the ch 2 stitches at the end of a row or round just ignore them.

Basketweave pattern worked flat: (on 63 stitches)

   Row 1:  ch 2, [3 BPDC, 3 FPDC] end with 3 BPDC, turn
Row 2:  ch 2, [3 FPDC, 3 BPDC] end with 3 FPDC, turn
Row 3:  ch 2, [3 BPDC, 3 FPDC] end with 3 BPDC, turn

Row 4:  ch 2, [3 BPDC, 3 FPDC] end with 3 BPDC, turn
Row 5:  ch 2, [3 FPDC, 3 BPDC] end with 3 FPDC, turn
Row 6:  ch 2, [3 BPDC, 3 FPDC] end with 3 BPDC, turn

Basketweave pattern worked in the round (on 72 stitches)

   Rounds 1 3:  ch 2, [3 FPDC, 3 BPDC], join with ss to first FPDC
   Rounds 4 6:  ch 2, [3 BPDC, 3 FPDC] , join with ss to first BPDC


Ch 65.  Hdc in 3rd from hook and in each stitch across (62 hdc + 2 ch at end = 63 hdc)

Work basketweave pattern back and forth (flat) for 9 rows (3 blocks high x 21 blocks long)

Ch 9 at end of row and join work to begin working in the round.  Continue basketweave pattern in the round 3 more rows.   **first round only, do hdcs across the chain stitches
Work is now four blocks high.

Crown decreases ** blocks will now be only 2 rows high instead of 3:
Round 1: ch 2 [BPDC 2 tog, BPDC, 3 FPDC], join.
Round 2: ch 2 [2 BPDC, FPDC 2 tog, FPDC], join.
Round 3: ch 2 [FPDC 2 tog, 2 BPDC, 2 FPDC, 2 BPDC], join
Round 4: ch 2 [FPDC, BPDC 2 tog, 2 FPDC, 2 BPDC], join
Round 5: ch 2 [BPDC, FPDC, BPDC 2 tog, 2 FPDC], join
Round 6: ch 2 [BPDC, FPDC, BPDC, FPDC 2 tog], join
Round 7: ch 2 [skip stitch #1.  PBDC 2 tog stitches # 2 and #4 (skipping #3).  FPDC (except at end of round)]
Round 8: sc in each BPDC.  Fasten off.

Brim (is worked back and forth)

Join yarn at one corner of cut out.
Row 1: ch 2 [5hdc, 2 hdc in next stitch] end with 3 hdc, turn.
Row 2: ch 2, 2 hdc. [2 hdc in next stitch, 6 hdc] turn.
Row 3: ch 2, 5 hdc. [2 hdc in next, 7 hdc] 3 hdc, turn.
Row 4. ch 2, 2 hdc. [2 hdc in next, 8 hdc] turn
Row 5: ch 2, 3 hdc [2 hdc in next, 9 hdc]  do not turn
Sc up the side of the brim.  Hdc around cut-out, sc down other side of brim.  Fasten off.

Option 1:  join yarn and sc 4 stitches up end of first block of basketweave at base of cut-out.  Work back and forth on these 4 stitches about 20 rows.  Fasten off and repeat on other side for second tie.

Option 2:  holding 2 strands together and using 6.5mm or 8mm hook,  make chain at base of cut-out long enough to tie in a bow.  Repeat on other side.

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7  Re: Sunhat Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yarnhag on: May 09, 2007 08:31:09 PM
I've just got to share with you a sunhat I made for myself -- I love hats!  That is, I hate the sun in my eyes and my hair blowing around...

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8  Re: Crochet Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yarnhag on: May 09, 2007 08:27:16 PM
okay, well, Ezri_B received over a week ago, but hasn't been able to post pics yet, so here are some photos of what I sent her.

The whole she-bang:

There's a striped bag which is my own design.  The red flower has a pin back, so can be removed if desired, or placed elsewhere.  There is a basketweave hat from her wists, which took a bit of figuring out, but the stitch pattern has since inspired several creations, including my new favourite summer hat.  The glovelettes are incomplete: they're supposed to have bands around the wrists, through little belt-loop things -- I sent yarn to match the hat so she could make the bands the right length and width for her taste and size.  And the big one is the hook book.  It is built around the cover of a hard-cover book (I posted a tutorial for a simpler version around somewhere, but this is the Cadillac version, IMHO!).  It has a velcro closure made from a leather strap, a bunch of elasticized pockets for hooks, pens, scissors, whatever (she said her hooks are longer and wider than usual, so it was designed with that in mind), and a place to hold a notebook.  I also wrote out the pattern for my favourite summer hat in the book for her. 

Inside the hook book

Action shot of the hat:

And here is a pic of the hat I sent the pattern for (which might be useful to her, as she hasn't seen the finished product either).  It has a cut-out and ties at the back to fit around a ponytail or my standard messy-bun up-do... but could easily be modified without.
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9  Re: Sunhat Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by yarnhag on: May 09, 2007 08:01:09 PM
I've got action shots!  Here:

The first one I made was too small -- but is now Sweet Pea's "buttercup hat".  The second one was much better, and I'm modelling it next to the wee one.

Here is the buggy band.  My kid just loved it.  I may have to make her some buggy goodness when I can get to the city and buy some more plastic bugs.
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10  Re: Jaywalker Socks KAL in Knitalongs by yarnhag on: May 06, 2007 06:59:41 PM
(I've copied and pasted this post from the 2007 sock-a-long, hoping for some love and support from the jaywalker gang...)

I started my Jaywalkers this afternoon.  In the spirit of Jaywalking, I'm knitting them from the toe up.  I've never knit top-down, and am terrified of running out of yarn if I make my cuff too long. 

I'm using some Paton's Kroy Sock that I had 2 balls of in my stash (perfect!) and a 2.5 mm circular.  I'm magic looping, but just doing one sock at a time (it feels like faster progress that way, and with the tiny guage I'm still adjusting to, I need to see some progress).

I ended up doing toe increases to 60 stitches in total, so my ripple repeat looks like this:  *kfb, k5, dd, k5, kfb*

I've got about 3 inches... so far, so good!


FUCK!  No really.  That's the word I mean.  I don't use it very often, and this is an apt occastion to do so:

I've been knitting madly since I started.  I had to re-do the heel three times because I just couldn't make the math work out for a gusset and heel thing, and was having a pain of a tiem wading through the help on the internet trying to find out how to do the math to make that type of heel work.  Eventually, I gave up and did a short-row heel.   I knit a few rounds.  Tried it on.  Beautiful.

I knit another 2 inches.  Tried it on  -- IT WON'T GO OVER MY HEEL! dammit.  I pulled and pulled and was afraid I was actually going to rip the material.  I eventually got it on and then it was fine, but clearly, something is messed up somewhere.  I poked around here on crafster and found this post, which clued me in that I had not paid enough attention to the original pattern -- OF Friggin COURSE there's a guage difference between the chevron and the stockinette.  I felt like an idiot.  I searched around a bit more (like I probably should have done *before* boldly launching into this as my second sock project), and found this pattern.  Harumph.  Serves me right for just going out on my own to re-invent the wheel (stupid internet and the too-much-information problem). 

My sock is 30 stitches on the top and 30 on the bottom, and the smallest size on the pattern I just mentionned has 32 and 38, so I'll have to go down a couple of needle sizes, which does not thrill me, but I guess I'll have to just suck it up and deal with it.  Dammit. 

I don't even want to knit these anymore, I'm so mad!  grrrr!  I really could just spit.

and on my birthday and everything!  AAAAARRRRRGH!!!!

I'm so glad I was only doing one sock at a time.

I'm going to have to rip out, now, right?  The whole friggin thing?   The foot fits fine -- any suggestions what I can do to save some of my work?
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