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1  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Cupcake help on: June 14, 2007 07:57:08 PM

It means keep the same number of stitches (i.e don't decrease or increase).  For example, if the row has 20 stitches, and the next direction says "work even for 5 rows" then those next 5 rows would have 20 stitches just like the first row.  Hope this helps! 
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: *Sc in next sc, work 2sc tog, repeat from * on: June 13, 2007 09:16:46 PM

I'm not sure how much help I'll be, but I'll try.  By my count, if you follow the directions, you should end up with 18st, not 12.  You are basically doing the decrease that is the reverse of the increase you did in Rnd 5, which would bring you back to the original 18 st.  I don't think you're supposed to skip the 1st sc, and I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to skip a st in between your sc and your sc2tog.  With sc2tog, you aren't just skipping stitches you're turning 2st into 1 so you should insert your hook into the 1st st, then finish the dec in the next st.  So maybe the pattern directions are flawed or something is missing?  That's my take on it...I hope that helps a little!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Babette blanket? on: April 17, 2007 08:40:45 AM
Hello Smiley

There is a finished version of this on crochetville (the post is below).  She used Caron SS, and she listed her colors on page 4 of the thread (post # 36) and the finished pic is on page 9 (post #82).  I think hers is gorgeous and the colors are very similar to the original ones.  I hope this helps!

4  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Family Circle Easy Crochet Magazine Lacy Sleeveless Top (p. 90) on: March 12, 2007 03:59:10 PM
Not to be a bummer...but I'm pretty sure all patterns in magazines are copyrighted, which would make it taboo to scan/post it here on the forum.  I may be wrong, but I'm just assuming, since most forums have that rule.  I got my copy at the bookstore, you may want to check B&N or local craft stores.  Good luck finding the pattern!
5  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Family Circle Easy Crochet Magazine Lacy Sleeveless Top (p. 90) on: February 28, 2007 08:54:06 AM
Yours looks great so far!  I am about to start this soon too (as soon as I finish a shawl for my mom).  I've already got my yarn...I'm making mine in chocolate brown/mint.  Have you noticed any errors in the pattern?  Someone on crochetville mentioned there might be an error but it was never confirmed.  I'm glad you mentioned the gauge thing, b/c I noticed the "122 hdc" too.
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Cupcake question??? on: January 15, 2007 08:39:26 PM

I too had this problem.  I used the recommended yarn (Amazon Nova DK) and could never make gauge, no matter what hook I used or how loosely I crocheted.  And too big a hook made BIG holes in the shirt.

Rather than drive myself nuts, I decided to just charge ahead.  I ended up following the medium size directions (instead of the small) to get the right size for a small.  I just made sure that the pieces measured similarly to a shirt I already owned and wanted "Cupcake" to fit like.  So I'd just try to do one size up, and my guess is with the same # of stitches, it will come out smaller than the book says b/c your gauge is tighter.

Hope this helps!  If you're interested, my finished cupcake is posted here:

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: chainless crochet foundation on: December 29, 2006 04:17:44 PM

I believe you are looking for this:

Base ch/sc (Note This method creates a base chain and foundation row of sc at the same time: easy, sturdy and elastic, especially useful for necklines and waistlines.)
Start with a slip knot, ch 2, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, draw up a loop, yo, draw through 1 loop, yo and draw through 2 loops 1 single crochet with its own chain at bottom. Work next stitch under loops of that chain. Insert hook under 2 loops at bottom of the previous stitch, draw up a loop, yo and draw through 1 loop, yo and draw through 2 loops. Repeat for length of foundation.

The post this was in is here, and the directions/pics for this are in posts through out the post itself.  Hope this helps!

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: punky fishnet shirt pattern on: November 20, 2006 08:12:40 PM
Hi Smiley

I have a suggestion.  I have a book called "Ready Set Crochet" by Susie Johns.  I learned to crochet from it, but it also has some very cute patterns.  One of them is called "Mesh cover up" and it is almost identical to what you describe (close fitting, boatneck, long sleeve pullover).  The pattern is sort of a diamond mesh.  The book wasn't too pricey...I think I got it for $19.  But I know it is sold at several craft stores and I got mine at BN, so you could check it out before buying.  I hope this helps!  Good luck with your search.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Wool yarn...stretchy or not? on: September 26, 2006 11:22:37 AM

I'm interested in buying Knitpicks Wool of the Andes for a pullover sweater project. I'd like the sweater to be fitted. Can anyone tell me how much "give" 100% wool yarn has? I've never worked with wool before, and I don't know how to choose a pattern size, since I'm not sure if the wool fabric will stretch or be stiffer than the other fibers I've worked with. Can anyone shed some light on working with wool yarn and if you'd size up or down when working with it? Thank you so much for any advice you can give!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help reading pattern? on: August 08, 2006 04:56:06 AM

I actually made this pattern for my sister and the final product is posted here on Craftster. 

I too had the same problem with the chart...but I blew it up as big as I could in photoshop...then I actually re-drew the chart on some graph paper with colored pencils.  I found a graph paper generator on the net, and made my graph paper with 10 dashes (i.e stitches) per block grid like the chart is.  I believe I made the graph paper 16 X 24 blocks.  I threw my graph away (NEVER making this again...once was enough), but it may help you to know that all of the black lines are 4sc wide and all of the color blocks have an even # of stitches.  Re-drawing the chart helped immensely, especially since I could then check off rows as I went.  There are a gazillion color changes in this, so having an accurate chart is very useful.  I hope this helps!  Feel free to reply or PM with any questions if you need more help.

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