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71  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Displaying food at showers on: August 01, 2006 08:57:53 PM
... (I used blue icing for the truffles that had nuts in them! Ha-ha...oh the irony!)

LOL...what a great sense of humor!  You did a fantastic job.  I agree with Ezri_B...your truffles look so professional.  I love the little touches as well...like how you put the blue mints with the truffles that had the yellow icing on them and the yellow mints with the blue icing.  Very nice! 

You should definitely start your own catering business someday...I'd definitely hire you.  Smiley
72  CANADA / Ontario / Where can I buy a dress form in Toronto/GTA? on: August 01, 2006 08:44:48 PM
Does anyone know where I can buy a dress form for a reasonable price in the Toronto area?  I can't afford the ones that are in the $200 to $300 range but something in the $100 range would be great.  I just want to find a store that actually sells them.  Any help and info would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!
73  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Newbie introduction with lots of pics! **UPDATED: Pattern links on Page 3!** on: August 01, 2006 04:07:08 PM
Thanks for the pattern links!  Grin

You're welcome!   Smiley

jan_on_ice:  As per your request I have worked on a tutorial to help you re-create the doily cardigan.  This is my first time writing out instructions so I hope you can figure out what I'm trying to say.  If you have any problems or questions just let me know and I'll try my best to help you out.

Doily Cardigan

Size:  Not really important.  The one I made was a size M.  But there’s a lot of stretch to the pattern so it should fit a large range of sizes.

Gauge:  Once again, not important.  You’ll be sizing the garment to fit your own body as you go.

- Sport weight yarn (I used Red Heart’s TLC Baby…approx. 2 skeins & a bit - 13 ozs)
- Boye hooks sizes G/6 (4.25 mm); H/8 (5.00 mm); I/9 (5.50 mm)
- Yarn needle to weave in ends.


Step 1:  With “G” hook and sport weight yarn follow the instructions for the “Snow Doily” all the way up to Round 14.  Do NOT fasten off.


Step 2:  I began repeating Rounds 3 & 4 and randomly adding a shell row (Rnd 5) whenever I felt the design required it.

- **VERY IMPORTANT:  After a shell round remember you have to repeat Rnds 6 & 7 each time in order to set up the base for the repeating section of Rnds 3 & 4 ** 

- There’s no set rule on how many repeats of the rounds to do.

- You can move up a hook size to an “H” hook a couple of rounds after Rnd 14 or even sooner.  If you want, you can even stick with the “H” hook through out…all personal preference.

-  Keep adding the rounds until you have a circle that’s wide enough to cover the width of your back.  The top of the doily will flop over and that will be the collar.

Step 3:  Once the doily is big enough, fold the circle in half horizontally to make the armholes.  Make sure it’s not too tight on the upper arm when you join the stitches on either side.  (It’s hard to explain this part…I hope it makes sense).

- Each side will now be joined by 2 stitches on either arm.  This makes the cardigan pratically seamless and eliminates assembly requirements.  You can finish the sleeves now or do them after the front sides are completed.

SLEEVES:  Use the size of hook that will give you the width you want.  If you want snug-fitting sleeves use the “H” hook or if you prefer wider sleeves use the “I” hook.  Experiment until you get the right tension you’re looking for.

Crochet in the round using the joined stitches as your starting point.  Join the sts at the end of each round.  Do NOT turn.  Continue by picking up the pattern where it left off from the body of the cardigan (circle piece).  Alternate between Rnds 3 & 4 (cluster st & V-sts) until you’re happy with the length.

End with Rnd 4 so that you can finish off with Rnd 5 to create a shell border for the sleeves.  Sleeves are finished!

Step 4:  Depending on how big you make your circle (doily center), the collar and the back of the cardigan may already be draping at a sufficient length. 

- To eliminate excess length I just added to the front sides separately by picking a random stitch from the front and adding on rows using the Rnd 3 (cluster sts) then Rnd 4 (V-sts) to add to the sides.  Do this for both sides.  ONLY fasten off ONE side.  Leave the other side to continue crocheting some extra rows and the border.

Step 5:  Continue crocheting a few more rounds alternating once again between the cluster sts (Rnd 3) and the V-sts (Rnd 4). 

- You can switch to an “I” hook if you want a more lacy look to your garment.

- Make sure you end with Rnd 4 so that you can create a shell border (Rnd 5) all the way around the edge of the cardigan.  Finish off and weave in ends.  Cardigan completed!
74  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / **UPDATED: Pattern links!** on: July 30, 2006 07:54:47 PM
WOW!  Thank you so much for all of the positive and wonderful comments regarding my finished projects.  I am literally blushing from all of the kudos!  Grin  I've had a few requests for the links to the patterns I found on the internet so I've posted this update for anyone who asked and for anyone else who's interested.  Seeing as it was my first time posting, I hope y'all will forgive me for not including the links with the original post. 

Some of the patterns were from a website that is no longer running but thanks to some cyber sleuthing I found an archived link for the site.  YAY!  I've added a lengthy explanation for some of the links to ensure you can find the patterns.  If you have any problems or questions let me know.  Enjoy!

p.s.  As for how I made the doily cardigan...I totally winged it!  I haven't even attempted to write a pattern let alone think out all of the details.  But if you're interested I could attempt a semi-tutorial on how I made it.  Hopefully that would give you enough of a guideline to try it out.  Once again, let me know if you're interested. 



Blue & White Baby Booties
1.) Register at http://www.freepatterns.com (it's free)
2.) Go to the "Crochet wearables" category
3.) Click on Page 6 at the bottom right hand corner, "New Shoes" baby bootie pattern

"Cute As A Button" Blue & white rippled baby cardigan

Wild Rose Doily (Mother-of-the-bride doily)

Summer's Blossom Coaster

Apples for the Teacher Doily

"SNOW DOILY" used for cardigan/shrug
75  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Newbie introduction with lots of pics! on: July 28, 2006 07:18:30 PM
My goodness!! What a treat for the eye and a great way to start my weekend on Craftster!!  Those crochet sneakers are the cutest thing ever!!!  But your cardigan is to die for--it is absolutely beautiful!! I certainly hope any recipient of your gifts appreciate how much time and effort you took in making them!!  Stitching is lovely, colors are wonderful!

I think you just have a natural talent for knitting and crochet!!  Hope to see more of your stuff!!

Wow...if I could give you a hug right now I would.  Thank you for all of the wonderful feedback and positive comments.  The sneakers got one of the biggest reactions at the shower!  The cardigan is my fave right now as well...I'm quite happy with it.  Grin 
76  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Newbie introduction with lots of pics! on: July 28, 2006 07:06:53 PM
I'm in the middle of a granny square afghan for a queen size bed also. and i have been for 6 months. and i probably still will be in two years Smiley

OMG...totally have flashbacks right now. Ha ha!  I feel your pain but the end result will be so worth it.  Definitely post pictures of your afghan when it's done...I'm sure it's going to be lovely! 
77  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Newbie introduction with lots of pics! on: July 28, 2006 07:01:15 PM
You have amazing skills! Shocked

Thank you so much for the kind words.  Smiley
78  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Newbie introduction with lots of pics! on: July 28, 2006 06:59:43 PM
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh little chucks!!!!! Shocked

LOL...that was the same reaction the father of the baby had when he saw the mini-Chuck Taylors.  He wants me to make him a pair in his size!
79  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Newbie introduction with lots of pics! on: July 28, 2006 06:57:39 PM
man, I wish I had your skills!!! I clicked on "This Rocks" cuss you do!!!!!

Awww...thank you!
80  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Newbie introduction with lots of pics! **UPDATED: Pattern links on Page 3!** on: July 28, 2006 05:56:08 PM
Hello all!  This is my first post so I'm quite nervous.  My name is Jie and I'm a self-taught, southpaw crocheter.  I joined this community because this is the only place that I can truly indulge in my passion for all things related to crocheting.  There's only so many times I can ramble on and on about the latest yarns, fabulous patterns, current w.i.p without having my family and friends roll their eyes in boredom.  LOL! 

Here are just some of the projects I have finished over the past few years.  Happy viewing!


This is a cardigan/bolero/shrug (can't decide what to call it) that I crocheted using a doily pattern I got from the internet as the starting point.  I just expanded on the size of the doily by increasing the hook size and adding more rows.  I got the inspiration for this project from the circle coat that was quite popular a while back.  I used Red Heart's TLC Baby yarn.

Back view: 

Front view: 

Baby shower gifts for a dear friend:

Pattern:  Soft & Sweet Book 0136 by Coats & Clark from the "Little Cherub Set"

Out of all the baby blankets I've made this is my favorite.  Pattern is called "Sweet Dreams" and can be found in A Year Of Afghans 1999 by Leisure Arts

Booties...both patterns were found on the internet.

Sweater & cap patterns found on the internet.  The cap was my first attempt at knitting.  Not too bad eh?

Thread Projects:

I made this doily as a wedding present for a close friend's mom.  I didn't want my friend's mom to feel left out at the bridal shower so I made her this mother-of-the-bride present...she loved it!

As soon as I found this pattern on the internet I fell in love with it.  Incredibly easy to make with maximum "wow" factor.

Thread coaster...made six of them and gave it as a gift.  To this day the recipient refuses to let anyone use them or even touch them because she's worried they're going to get damaged.  LOL!

My biggest project to date.  The pattern originally called for 117 squares but I increased the size to make it big enough to cover a queen size bed.  The total number of squares came out to 143...not including the countless hours of weaving in ends.  It was definitely a labor of love but I doubt I'll ever make another one again.  Too much work!

Pattern is from A Year Of Afghans 1999 by Leisure Arts and it's called "Daisy Delight"

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