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41  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ball but not a ball on: September 22, 2010 11:56:05 AM
For an M&M I would guess you could probably just crochet a flat circle, then do one or two rounds even around (same number of stitches as your last increase row), and then reverse the increase pattern with decreases instead.  When you stuff it, the middle of the circle will puff out a bit.
42  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for Recommendations on Crochet Stitch Reference Books on: September 13, 2010 07:27:49 PM
I really like the Harmony guide stitch book, "Basic Crochet Stitches: 250 Stitches to Crochet", by Erika Knight.  I don't know about availability in Canada, but I know it can be easily ordered online in the U.S.
43  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Snorlax Plushie on: September 10, 2010 08:38:44 AM
He's extremely cute!  I'm not a big Pokemon fan, but I want to make one just to snuggle with.
44  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Patterns for a bridal garter? on: September 08, 2010 08:55:00 AM
http://crochetuncut.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=151
http://www.thegartergirl.com/2009/09/30/the-1-98-wedding-garter-a-free-crochet-wedding-garter-pattern/
http://www.freepatterns.com/search.html?criteria=FC00546
http://web.archive.org/web/20080129190835/http://www.onceuponapattern.com/custom/garter.html
http://www.crochetnmore.com/bridalgarter.htm

All found via Ravelry (which is a terrific place to find patterns for just about anything).
45  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help! looking for dragon and lizard patterns on: September 06, 2010 08:05:28 AM
Here's some free patterns I found:

Dragons:
Fierce But Friendly Really Dragon
Dragon Finger Puppet
Charizard (Pokemon)
Mighty & Ferocious (mini) Dragon
Baby Snow Dragon

Lizards:
Crochet Gecko
Gecko Bookmark
46  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Total newbie - What hooks should I buy? on: August 29, 2010 07:37:35 PM
I've snapped at least five plastic hooks, but I crochet pretty tightly and the hooks were almost all old ones.

I like my metal ones, though they do get a bit fiddly with certain fibers that don't like to slide.  But they were a lot more affordable to get a set of than most wood ones (unless you get lucky on eBay).  And I love, love, love having a whole set.  I use the different sizes all the time (I need to actually get a few larger sizes than came in my set, so I can achieve gauge for a few larger scale projects I've been wanting to do).

It might take a bit of frogging and doing over (depending on what sort of pattern you end up using if you use a pattern at all), but I don't think a hat would be too hard for a first project.  I'd probably try to pick one without a lot of complicated stitches for the first one so you can concentrate on counting your stitches, joining your rounds, etc.
47  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Two Feathers, Little Sioux Indian Girl on: August 29, 2010 07:29:25 PM
What a gorgeous doll, with such amazing detail work!  I cannot even imagine how long all that beading must have taken you (I don't do beading, it seems terribly daunting to me).  And real jingle cones!  Amazing.
48  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: WIP Wednesday - July 14 on: July 14, 2010 01:01:49 PM
fantasticmio: Fantastic looking tunisian mitten!  Are you using a double-ended hook or a circular hook?  (I have yet to try a double-ended hook.)

I'm taking a break from my scrabble-ghan this week after hearing my oldest sister is dealing with a surprise pregnancy (she thought she was done, but her seven year old made a birthday wish in May for a new baby, and surprise! It came true...and I think my sister is having a hard time dealing with it).  So...I decided to crochet her some little things to cheer her up.  I've got two necklaces mostly done, they just need some sort of closure attached to them (I'm thinking buttons and loops...cheap and easy).  I'm almost done with a bracelet.  I'm working on a quick little brightly-colored flower washcloth.  I've been contemplating making her a little bag or a scarf or something as well, but that might take too long, and may have to be postponed for a gift later when the baby actually arrives.

It's been so fun working on some little quick-to-finish projects!  I hope they cheer my sister up as much as they've cheered me up.
49  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hat pattern trouble, 'Pattern Decrease'? on: July 13, 2010 07:58:31 AM
Edited: I just re-read this and saw you were asking specifically about the decreases (I guess I was tired this morning, I missed that the first time around).

The pattern is a bit confusing for the decreases.

So, I think what it is trying to say, for the beg patdec, you look at the stitch that you are going to be working the decrease into.  If it is a sc-blo, you go through both loops at the top, yarn over, draw up a loop, then go through both loops at the top of the next stitch as well, yarn over, draw up a loop, then yarn over and draw through all three loops on the hook.

If the stitch below that the beg patdec is going to be worked into is a sc instead, then you go through the back loop only of that stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop, and then go through the back loop only of the next stitch as well, yarn over, and draw up a loop, then yarn over and draw through all three loops on the hook.

This way the decreases will look like whichever pattern stitch would have been in that spot without the decrease.  Does that make sense?  (I'm still tired, so I'm not sure if I've explained it very clearly.)
50  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocheting with unconventional materials on: July 08, 2010 07:40:55 PM
I don't have any ideas for how to make a translucent ball other than fishing line.  If you figure something out, please share, I've been wishing I could crochet something at least semi-transparent for ages.

I have yet to crochet with anything other than yarn.  There's lots of things I've contemplated, but I don't have a lot of patience for joining small pieces together and weaving in ends, so I haven't tried anything unusual yet.
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