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1  Rosie Clusters in Crochet: Completed Projects by eatyerhartout on: December 16, 2007 08:56:37 PM
This is a baby blanket I designed and crocheted for my 6 month old neice as a Christmas present.


Rosie Clusters

This baby blanket is crocheted in the round from the center. The clusters keep it interesting, but the simple design and construction make it easy to get lost in your favorite tv show. I personally think this would make an excellent gift for either a boy or a girl. It would also make a great lapghan.

Caron Simply Soft Brites (6oz/315yds/288m, 100% acrylic) - 3 skeins in Rose Violet (9611)
US size G hook (4.25 mm)

17 dc X 9 rows = 4" X 4"

Finished Size:
30" X 30"

Special Stitches:
beg cl (beginning cluster): ch3, (yo, insert hook in sp and pul up a loop, yo and drw thru 2 loops on hook) twice, yo and draw thru all 3 loops on hook.
cl (cluster): (yo, insert hook in sp and pull up a loop, yo and draw thru 2 loops on hook) 3 times, yo and draw thru all 4 loops on hook.

Ch 8, sl st to form ring.

R1: beg cl, ch5, cl, ch2. *cl, ch5, cl, ch2* 3 times. sl st in beg cl. (total: 8 clusters)

R2: sl st in next sp. (beg cl, ch3, cl) all in same sp, ch2, 3dc in next sp, ch2. *(cl, ch3, cl) all in next sp, ch2, 3 dc in next sp, ch2* around. sl st in beg cl. (total: 8 clusters, 3 dc each edge)

R3: sl st in next sp. (beg cl, ch3, cl) all in same sp, ch2, 2 dc in next sp, dc in each dc across, 2dc in next sp, ch2, *(cl, ch3, cl) all in next sp, 2 dc in next sp, ch2* around. sl st in beg cl. (total: 8 clusters, 7 dc each edge)

Continue increasing by 16 dc each round in the above way (round 3) for a grand total of 31 rounds. Round 31 will have 8 clusters and 119 dc each edge.

R32: sl st in next sp, (beg cl, ch3, cl) all in same sp, ch2, cl in next sp, (ch2, skip 2 dc, cl in next dc) to next ch-2 sp, *ch2, cl in next sp, ch2, (cl, ch3, cl) all in next sp. ch2, cl in next sp. (ch2, skip 2 dc, cl in next dc) repeat to last 2 dc. ch2, skip next 2dc.* repeat around. cluster in last sp, sl st to beg cl. (total: 172 clusters)

R33: ch1, sc in same st. *5sc in next sp, (sc in cl, 2sc in next sp) rep to next ch-3 sp, sc in cl* repeat around. sl st in first sc.

Break yarn and weave in all ends.

To make the blanket larger:
In order to make the blanket larger you'll add more rounds before round 32. In order to do this you will have to count the number of dc on one edge, add 1, and divide that solution by 3. If the solution is a whole number, you can proceed with round 32. If not, you will have to add other rounds or remove them until you get a whole number.

To save all the hassle of counting and/or frogging, I've come up with a formula to make it a bit simpler (I use the word 'simply' loosely here. lol. But it's really not that bad):

First: 3 + (4 * a) = b, where a = the total # of rows minus 2. Just plug that number into the formula to get b.
Second: (b + 1)/3 = c. Again, if c is a whole number, you will go on to round 32. If not, just plug in another number for a and continue with the formula. This way you can decide if you want a smaller or larger blanket without a lot of guess work and unnecessary crocheting/frogging.


I hope everyone enjoys this as much as I did (and hopefully as much as my neice will)! If anyone has any problems with the pattern just let me know. Thanks for looking!
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2  Re: Anthropologie "Shorter Days" Hoodie in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by eatyerhartout on: November 16, 2007 04:18:01 PM
I think you'll be able to see the cables better if you choose the color "cayenne", like so:

The cables like this one below, to the left of the button band, are basic cables. They just alternated between holding the stitches in the front and holding them in the back during the crossing. You may want to go to the library and check out some stitch pattern books (Barbara Walker's are good). Otherwise, you could always play around with the crossings and see what you like best.

The cables down the arms, I believe, are the same as the ones above, but on the reverse side (the purl side).

And as you said, the edges of both the sleeves and the body are a simple crochet border. Probably sc around for the first row; then on the second row, *sc, ch 3, skip 2, sc in next stitch* around.

The hood also looks like it may be crocheted to me. Puff stitch, maybe?

Scratch that last. Although it could be a neat look, I took a better look at the back and think it's an openwork knit stitch. Some sort of mesh, maybe. And larger needles were definately used. The yarn might have even been doubled.

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3  My cats' new star blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by eatyerhartout on: October 08, 2007 02:48:14 PM
I used laurah4200's Chromium Star Blanket pattern and some cheap tan yarn I had laying around (to match the furniture). Here's Clippey enjoying his new blankie:

Click on it for a larger pic. No idea why it's so small.

Anyway--Doesn't he look happy?  Cheesy He claimed it when I was only half-way through with it. lol. He knew it was his all along. Sorry if it's a little hard to see. The carpet is just a few shades lighter than the yarn.

The particulars:
Hook--US size "I"
Yarn--one skein Red Heart Super Saver in color "Buff"
Pattern--Chromium Star Blanket.
Size--about 24" from valley to peak.
Modifications--Because I only had the one thing of yarn, I wasn't able to follow the pattern exactly. I used a much larger hook and only repeated rows 8-11 twice more, leaving out the last row 11. I was running out of yarn by that time, so I just did a basic row of single crochet instead. It also turned out "kitty size" rather than baby size.

The pattern was very well written and I'm considering making another one (this time following the pattern exactly) for my neice. Thanks so much laurah4200!!
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4  perfect picnic bag in violet in Crochet: Completed Projects by eatyerhartout on: August 10, 2007 09:33:09 PM
This is the Perfect Picnic Bag from Crochet Today july/aug'07 issue. These pictures were taken before I lined the bag with plain white fabric. I think it looks better unlined, but it isn't very practical or functional that way.

I used Red Heart Super Saver in Dark Orchid and Pale Plum and a size J hook as called for. The squares came out a bit smaller than they were supposed to, but it's a bag, so what does it matter? The dimensions are 12.5" wide by 11" tall (excluding handle) and 3.5" deep.

Thanks for looking!!

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5  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - August 2007 in The Swap Gallery by eatyerhartout on: August 03, 2007 05:26:28 PM
LadyTwilyte and I recently did a personal swap and these are the crocheted goodies she sent me:

The scarf I requested (in the perfect color to match my fall/winter tops, btw):

(I look unhappy only because my camera was being...tempermental.  Angry)

The clutch I also asked for:

The Surprise--a CHEESEBURGER!!

(Sorry the pic's so bright. And that it looks like it has antennea!  Cheesy)

I love everything I got and it's all very well made. Thanks again Lady Twilyte!! The best part was that she attached these little notes to each item, making it really personal. Things like "# of episodes of Simpsons watched while crocheting scarf: 6" and "Sweatshop free".  Smiley

In return I made her the Punk Rock Backpack from Stitch-'n-Bitch, but I'll let her post that. Thanks for looking!
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6  Re: Lush Lace Pullover CAL in Crochetalongs by eatyerhartout on: July 30, 2007 09:40:18 PM
I'm using color 0374 Country Rose. Here's a progress pic:

I put paper in it to show the stitch definition. It's a fun WIP.  Smiley I hope someone will join me soon.
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7  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - July 2007 in The Swap Gallery by eatyerhartout on: July 24, 2007 09:47:28 PM
Here's what I sent ninjanator, fully lined:

And I love my watch!!   Cheesy
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8  entrelac purse in Knitting: Completed Projects by eatyerhartout on: July 23, 2007 07:39:10 PM
Pattern: none. I had a general idea of what I wanted and just made it up as I went along.
Yarn: Bernat's Denimstyle in color Canvas
Needles: US8 circulars
Dimensions: 15.5" across bottom, 7.5" across top, 9.5" tall at center

I really enjoyed making this. It's a design I've had in mind for quite some time and I'm so glad I've finally completed it. The only thing I'm not happy about is that the shape and stretch make it difficult to line. I've already wasted some fabric trying to get the right shape, but it didn't work. I'll eventually get it right (I hope  Embarrassed). Thanks for looking!

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9  1st jewelry--2 bracelets w/ matching earings, earings (img heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by eatyerhartout on: July 10, 2007 03:49:23 PM
I've recently gotten into making beaded stitch markers and had a bunch of beads and wire leftover, so I decided to try my hand at jewelry-making. Here's what I came up with:

Sorry if they're a little blurry. The large green and pink beads are matte style, accented by seed beads (cream for the green, lt. pink for the pink). The green ones have thin black crack-like lines all over them, which you can kind of see in the 1st bracelet pic. The pink ones have dk.rose colored lines on them. They're really light-weight.


These were just some really pretty glass beads I found in a discount bin at Wal-mart. There were only 3 in the pack and I couldn't find another pack, but for $.50 I got them anyway.  Smiley So I now have one lone bead I have to find something to do with. lol. The color is really a dark amethyst color lilac polka dots rimmed in white. They're accented with white seed beads. They're a little heavy, but I like them!

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy  

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10  Braided Tote **Now with pattern** in Knitting: Completed Projects by eatyerhartout on: July 06, 2007 07:54:46 PM
I made this as part of the Cable-Along.

Pattern: my own
Yarn: one skein Red Heart Super Saver in color 0382 Country Blue
Needles: US 8
Dimensions: 11.5" X 9.5" without handles

The fabric pictured is what I'm thinking of using for a lining. I'm not sure, though.

I really enjoyed making this bag, but I have so many bags, I don't think I'll ever use it.  Cheesy Anyone want to swap??


I did the best I could at writing up a pattern. I kept detailed notes, but the handles are kind of tricky. I explained what I did as thoroughly and simple as I could, but if you have any questions, feel free to pm me.

Braided Tote Pattern:

~One 7oz. skein Red Heart Super Saver--0382 country blue
~US 8 needles
~cable needle (or dpn)
~stitch holders (large safety-pins or spare yarn works fine)
~yarn needle
~4 stitch markers (optional)
~lining (optional, but highly recommended)
~magnetic clasp/snap (optional)

~twist A = place 3 sts on cable neeld, hold in back, k3, k3 from cable needle, k3.
~twist B = k3, place 3 sts on cable needle, hold in front, k3, k3 from cable needle.
~pm = place marker.
~slip markers as you come to them.

Pattern (make 2):
CO 14, pm, CO 9, pm, CO 20, pm, CO 9, pm, CO14 (=66 sts total).
(1-ws) p13, k1, p9, k1, p18, k1, p9, k1, p13.
(2) k13, p1, k9, p1, k18, p1, k9, p1, k13.
(3) repeat row 1.
(4) k13, p1, twist A, p1, k18, p1, twist A, p1, k13.
(5) repeat row 1.
(6) repeat row 2.
(7) repeat row 1.
(Cool k13, p1, twist B, p1, k8, p1, twist B, p1, k13.
Repeat rows 1 through 8 a total of eight times.
(65-ws) p1, *k2, p2* 3 times, k1, p9, k1, *p2, k2* 4 times, p2, k1, p9, k1, *p2, k2* 3 times, p1.
(66) k1, *p2, k2* 3 times, p1, k9, p1, *k2, p2* 4 times, k2, p1, k9, p1, *k2, p2* 3 times, k1.
(67) This is the tricky part. Basically you bind off all sts in pattern except the cables and 1 st on either side of each. So, you'll BO 13 sts, p9, k1, BO 18 sts, p9, k1, BO 13 sts (= 2 sets of 11 sts each).
Place one set of 11 sts on a stitch holder. Work the other set for six repeats of the cable pattern. On the right side the edge sts will be purled. On the wrong side the edge sts will be knit. Work the cable in stockinette st (and the edge sts as usual) for 2 rows. Place on a holder. Do the same for the other set of 11 sts.
This is another tricky part. I wanted the handle to look like the braides sort of morphed together to make a smaller cable at the very top. The only way I could produce this look was to alternate running the yarn through one stitch from each cable stip until all 22 sts were enterlocked on one peice of yarn. I did this holding the two cable strips together with right sides facing one another. Then, I whipped stitched into the row jsut below to make a stronger seam. You'll end up with a section of stockinette wider than your cables. So, I pulled together the two "points" of the seam just created and stitched them together on the back of the handle to create that thinner, rounded-off look.

Using mattress stitch (or method of choice) to seam together the sides of the front and back pieces. Turn inside out. Crochet (slip stitch, or method of choice) the bottom closed.
Add lining and magnetic clasp. Be sure to line the handles as well, to prevent stretching.

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