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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Cardi with a train, off the shoulder sweater and shrug with flouncy sleeves on: April 26, 2014 11:21:17 AM
Thank you! I made them from scratch but I blogged the whole process to make a kind of informal tutorial. I could translate them if you want.  The only one I didn't blog was the train cardi but I could try to make a short summary if I succeeed in reading my scarce notes. It all boils down to trying it a lot on to make sure it fits and correct the boo boos as soon as they happen, rather than following a set number of stitches.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cardi with a train, off the shoulder sweater and shrug with flouncy sleeves on: April 26, 2014 10:47:36 AM
Hi. I haven't posted in a long time. I have decided that in 2014 I will crochet as many garments as I can. So far I have finished :

this cardi.

And a little shrug (ends weren't woven in when the pics were taken, so I should make new ones ):

and this sweater :

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Is there a way to grade up that pattern? on: April 26, 2014 10:35:02 AM
So I would like to make an empire waist dress. I found a tutorial but it's for a french size 40 and I need a 52. The author advices to add 2cm per size, which would mean adding 12cm, but somewhat I see this ending as a disaster... Judging from the pieces of the pattern, it's just the perfect cut, with a square neck and little sleeves, so I'd like to use this one. I have the whole outfit in my head, complete with the contrasting cropped cardi I will crochet. The only thing it lacks is maybe bust darts. I can sew, although I sew by hand so it takes time, but I've never done drafting. Also the last haberdashery in my town has just closed and now if I want a pattern I would have either to buy the Burda magazine that only has one or two plus patterns and whose plus size editions are very matronly, or go by train to Paris' fabric neighbourhood, and it makes me extremely anxious (I have GAD) because of the train and metro and this is a very crowded neighborhood, so I'd rather not have to go to buy a new pattern.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mouchet (fr) stitch help on: June 04, 2011 11:28:32 AM
It is a puff stitch. There are variants on how puffy you want it, dependinfg on the number of repeats you do, though.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sea Camelia bib necklace on: April 11, 2011 03:38:08 AM
Thank you  Grin
It's sock yarn, but I think you can do it with cotton #5.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sea Camelia bib necklace on: April 11, 2011 03:22:59 AM
Here is my bib necklace; I hope you'll like it :

You'll need :
Main colour (MC) : Cascade Heritage  5631 (charcoal grey)
Contrasting colour (CC)  : Cascade Heritage 5637 (teal) 
Hook : 3mm

Special point : Fondation single crochet (fsc) : first 2 stitches : chain 2, pick the hook in the first stitch of the chain, yarn over , pull up loop through the first loop on hook, yarn over, pull up  loop through the 2 loops on hook ; next stitches :  (pick hook in last stitch, yo, pull up loop through first loop on hook, yo, pull loop through 2 loops on hook)

Main cord : use MC
Chain 150
Pick the hook in 15th chain from the hook and begin slip stitching for 6 inches,
1 chain, pm on the chain, sc in 36 chains, ss in the rest of the chain, 6sc in the last stitch, join to the last ss to make a little circle. Break yarn and stop live stitch, weave in ends

bib 'skeletton' : use MC
Row 1 : pick the hook in the stictch marked by a marker, 18 fsc, 1 sc in 5th stitch from marker, 1ss, turn
6 ss on the 18 fsc space just made, 24 fsc, pass 5 stitches on the main cord, 1 ss, turn
(6 ss on the 24 fsc space just made, 12 fsc, pass 5 stitches on the main cord, 1 ss, turn
6 ss on the 12 fsc space just made, 24 fsc, pass 5 stitches on the main cord, 1 ss, turn ) twice

Row 2 : 18 ss on the 24 fsc space just made, 24 fsc, pass 6 st in the 3rd space, 6ss
18 fsc, pass 6 st in the 5th space, 6ss
30 fsc, 1ss in the intersection of the 5th and 6th space ( pm on that intersection)

Row 3 : 24ss in the 1st space, 18 fsc, pass 6 fsc in the 2nd space, 6 ss
18 fsc , pass 6 fsc in the 3rd space, ss
12ss in 1st space, 18 fsc, 1 ss in 2nd space
break yarn and stop live stitch, weave in end.

Flower : use MC
go back on the intersection of the 5th and 6th space that was marked. It forms a cross. Go 6 stitches along each arm of the cross, making 3 trc in each stitch, then go back on the other side of the arm of the cross, always working 3 trc in each stitch. Do that for each arm of the cross  then join to the first trc with a ss. Do a second round with 3 dc in each trc. Join with a ss. Break yarn and stop live stitch, weave in ends.

Curlicues : use MC
Chain 32 leaving a long tail of yarn, pick the hook in 3rd stitch from the hook, and make 3 dc per stitch, gently forming the curlicue with your finger as you go along. Break yarn, leaving a long tail. With this tail and the tail of the beginning, attach the curlicue to the flower by a ss.
Chain 42 and make and attach a second curlicue.
Hide ends of tails.

Contrasting colour :
fill the interior of each hole of the skeletton with a row of sc, passing 1 stich before and 1 stich after each angle of the skeletton. You'll need to break the yarn and hide the tails as you go, to avoid beeing overwhelmed by the number of yarn ends when you're finished.

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: How would I go to making crochet lace necklaces? bibs? tank back? on: July 16, 2009 10:14:04 AM
The first one reminds me a lot of romanian lace; basically you make a tape with fine thread and crochet, baste it on a piece of fabric to make the outline of the shapes you want, and fill up the gaps with needle lace. You can see some examples of romanian lace here : http://lacismuseum.org/romanian_lace.html. I think you can find old books on point lace on the antique pattern library page ; this one looks perfect : http://www.antiquepatterns.dreamhosters.com/BrownPrisBatt.pdf  ( be careful, the pdf is 7mo) . There is another one that's wonderful, but it's in french. As for the tape, I make it like fondation single crochet  ( http://snuffykin.livejournal.com/43642.html ) but there is other methods.

I'm trying to make a neck corset with this technique. If it's a success, I'l let you know  Smiley
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Favorite Crochet books? on: April 25, 2009 08:18:58 AM
for inspiring  patterns, I love the Crochet Me book and Loop D Loop Crochet
For techniques, I'm in my lace phase, so I like Couture Crochet Workshop (though I don't like the patterns in it at all, just the advice) and Creative Crochet Lace which is about freeform lace and is amazing.
For fun projects with a good range of difficulty levels, the Happy Hooker is quite good.  Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Barbara G. Walker-a-long? on: March 27, 2009 03:58:09 PM
At last, it's finished :
Here is the front (the lacing you can see is actually on the back) :

And the back :

Now I need a pair of black,removable, very long armwarmers to go with it  Grin
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Teal Handwarmers on: February 24, 2009 08:09:05 PM
They're simply beautiful and the colour is gorgeous.  Smiley
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