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6731  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares on: December 29, 2008 11:45:13 AM
I don't have anyone to make an afghan for either, but they are good to have on hand as emergency gifts (or to donate to a charity event, even). I just really like learning new stitches and techniques as I make the squares. I hope you're able to join us- your squares were awesome in the last round!
6732  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2009 12" Squares on: December 29, 2008 11:19:01 AM
I hope I can keep up this year!

LOL! Me too! I got stuck at July but I'm still planning to finish. For this round, my goal is to finish the square before I post a pattern so I can post a pic when I put the pattern link up... We'll see how it goes Wink
6733  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ NOV on: December 29, 2008 08:34:22 AM
Well, because I'm getting antsy, I started the thread for the 2009 12" CAL... but the pattern link won't be there until the 1st (but it could appear right at midnight Wink ). Hope to see everyone over there (and I hope I can keep up  Grin )!

6734  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: 2009 12" Squares (w/pattern links) on: December 29, 2008 08:27:33 AM
Every month, I'll post a link to a pattern for a 12" square. The goal is to complete at least one square each month, and by the end of the year, you'll have enough squares to make a nice lap-sized afghan!

January- Esther’s Square

February- Center Heart Square (and special thanks to yellowduckie for finding another link to the pattern for me!)

March- Irish Rose
--I had to make some corrections to the pattern {thanks fantastic.mio for double checking them!}and they are noted in red, and I may need to take it down if the author disapproves. But for now, it's a PDF that you can download, and I added a handy-dandy checklist to the end of the pattern to help make it a little bit more clear... I hope Wink . The actual pattern is only about 2 pages long. The rest of the file is the checklist.

April- Arches
- I only noticed a very minor correction: In rounds 9, 10 and 11 to finish the round it says to "join to 4th ch of beg ch 3." So, since you only have 3 chains, you just have to join to the 3rd chain Wink

May- Victorian Dream Square- I just have a couple of clarifications (may be unnecessary, but they were spots where I had to stop, rip out, and do over Wink ):
On round 5, where it says "skip next ch," you'll be crocheting into the chain (the 2nd "link"), and not into the space formed by the 3 ch
On round 6, it starts "ch 9, tr in last ch-1 sp made" but it made more sense if I read it "in last ch-1 sp made ch 9 and tr"
On round 7, it says "dc in each sc and each ch-1 sp across" but I don't think I had any ch-1 spaces (but maybe I goofed in the previous round...)

June- Bold Squares
Again, a couple of clarifications:
Round 3- I think  that there is a "ch1, skip next sc" missing from the section in brackets []. It appears before the brackets, but it seems like that bit should also be within the brackets. And, because of the repeat from * to *, that the missing bit should go at the start of the section in brackets. So, I think Round 3 should read:

Round 3: In BLO for this round, ch 3, dc in next 3 sc, [*ch 1, skip next sc, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in next sc (corner made), ch 1, skip next sc*, dc in next 5 sc] 3 times, and * to * once more, dc next sc, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

But, if that doesn't seem right... just ignore that bit Wink

On Round 12- It says "3 dc in ch 2 loop" but, in keeping with the other rounds like it, I did "3 sc in ch 2 loop."

July- Lovely in Green- No corrections! Yay!

August- Popin' Square
I noticed only 2 minor corrections:
The directions for the PC (Popcorn) should read: 5 dc in same sp, pull hook out of loop, put into top of 1st dc, pick up dropped loop and pull through.
And in Round 8, it should start off as: Rnd 8: Sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 9 dc...

September-Vera's Spike Stitch Diasy, a pattern created by mochaxlight!

ETA (9/17/09): Pattern corrections/clarifications are here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284599.msg3702498#msg3702498

October- Op-Art Afghan Square- I've been in touch with the pattern designer, and she may be making some changes to the pattern directions. In the meantime, I'm posting my notes here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284599.msg3725925#msg3725925

ETA (10/12/09)- The author has made some changes to the pattern, so you may want to check out the updated version!

November- Hometown Square: This square was pretty straightforward! There are some very minor corrections, I think, but I can't seem to find my notes at the moment. I'll update here when I do (or if someone else figures out what they are Wink ). Found them!
Round 6: There is one set of "dc in each of the next 14 dc of prev row" missing.
Round 7: I had to look up how to do a "decrease dc over next 4 sts" and this is what I did: *YO, insert hook in first stitch, YO, pull through stitch, YO, pull through 2 loops. Repeat from * for next 3 stitches, the YO, pull through all 5 loops. Ch 1 to close.
Round 8: It looked neater when I worked into the closing ch 1 (of the dc decrease) when I did my 4 dc in the top of each "peak"

December- Guardian Angel 1, Guardian Angel 2, Guardian Angel 3
There are 3 variations for this block, but the angel is made the same for each block. The halo is a 3-dimensional bit and, while it is attached to the angel, it doesn't get crocheted "into" the block; it actually curves out across the angel's forehead. I don't think there were any pattern corrections, and I found that stitch markers were helpful...

Post pics of your completed squares here so we can cheer each other on throughout the year Wink

Note: There is also a sister CAL on Ravelry with a different set of squares, so you can use those squares as "filler" squares to make an even larger afghan!
6735  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ NOV on: December 29, 2008 08:15:57 AM
craftADDchick, it is a great idea to give your afghan to your "kind and sweet" neighbor. I look forward to seeing it finished.

I am certainly glad that you have your electricity, heat, etc. restored. Was it out on Christmas? 12 days is a long time not to have heat!

I was wrapping gifts wearing my winter coat, but at least I got my heat back the day before Christmas (thanks to Joe the boiler guy... he stayed late the first day to make sure he'd finish up on the 2nd day), and it was a rather expensive Christmas gift! But, after being away from my house and living out of a suitcase for almost 2 weeks, it was worth it Wink

I'm thinking it's a tad too late to join this one - heh. (I just found it a few days ago.) But! I thought this would be a great place to get some advice on afghans comprised of squares.

I'm attempting to make a 7' X 7' afghan of 12" squares before the end of January. My hand may just fall off by then! I wanted to know what method you guys are using to join your squares. I'd like something that's easy and durable, but I don't like the look of single crocheting the squares together. Any advice?

My second question is that I have 9 8" squares that I've thought about joining together and then crocheting around to make a kid-sized afghan (also before the end of January, which is why I don't think I can commit to making more 8" squares to finish that one out). Do you think that would look all right?

I hope you guys start another one of these for the new year - I'd love to join - the pace is just right for me (especially if I manage these two afghans by my self-imposed time table).

Even if it's late, there's no reason you can't still make some of the squares for another project! Maybe you could do the 2009 CAL (starting in just a few days) and this one, and end up with 24 squares by the end of the year!

And, a few posts yellowduckie back posted the "dudessembly" by The Crochet Dude, Drew Emborsky (www.thecrochetdude.biz), which is a neat looking joining method.

Love to see pics of the blankets you're working on when they're finished!
6736  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Firemans Quilt on: December 29, 2008 07:28:26 AM
I just love how carefully you laid out the shirts, making sure to line everything up so neatly. It makes your T-shirt quilt a level above all of the others I've seen. Nice job!
6737  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Special Olympics looking for scarves *Must arrive by Jan. 15, 2009* on: December 28, 2008 07:06:01 PM
Thanks so much for posting this! I had planned to make one, but got seriously side-tracked. I'm hoping I can pull one together in time! Now, I just need to find my yarn... it's around here somewhere...
6738  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: .:Undies Swap ~ Fave Themes:. on: December 28, 2008 05:04:39 PM
NeZHaX, those sets came out so cute! Did you stamp the images on? I really like the look of them! I still have a few blank sets of my own to play with, and I might give this style a go...

Hehe I'm glad you're inspired by it! Cheesy I used shaped veggie cutters and dipped it into fabric paint. For the hearts I filled them in with a paint brush after I stamped them.

I really like the Wonder Woman set! Were they dyed?

Thanks for the info! I think I may have some veggie cutters around here. If not, small cookie cutters might work.

The Wonder Woman set was dyed, as were the panties for the Celtic knot. They all started off as plain ol' white Wink
6739  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fancy a cuppa? i've got one in my wallet! pics added to explanation! on: December 28, 2008 04:31:58 PM
I made up 3 of these for Christmas gifts and they were so easy! I ended up giving 2 of them to different recipients than I originally intended, so I have more to make (plus one for me). I used pony tail holders for the closures (I got a bunch in fantastic colors). I did figure out (a little too late) that I put the first flap a little too high, so larger tea bags wouldn't fit. I'll pay a bit more attention on the next ones, and I'll take pics, too Wink

Thanks so much for this tutorial!
6740  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: California Roll Hat & Scarf Set on: December 28, 2008 04:25:17 PM
I made the scarf for my SIL for Christmas and she loved it! My brother recognized what it was before she did, but that's okay Wink

For a hat, I made the "Boy Beanie" from The Happy Hooker, using the black yarn. Then, I put in a stripe of white, a stripe of green and a stripe of pink. I also finished the hat off with a round of front post/back post dc to give it a ribbed edge (followed by a row of sc to neaten it all out). I didn't take pictures because I didn't finish until minutes before I wrapped it. Maybe I can get her to bring them over and I can take pics then...
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