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1  How can I make this??? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by woohag on: November 17, 2007 10:14:27 PM

My mother would LOVE this, she wears these tie front shrugs ALL the time over tanks b/c she doesn't like her upper arms showing. I know if I made her one she'd wear it (though unfortunately, she'd probably only like it in boring black)...but anyway, it's probably easy enough or there is likely a similar pattern online somewhere (free please)...but I can't find it if so.

HELP! Thanks so much, in advance.

(and while I'm at it...how about this? possible to make or find a similar pattern?):
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2  What to make with my RHSS Cherry Chip - YUMMMM!!! in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by woohag on: November 15, 2007 04:16:44 PM
Just thought I'd get some opinions...

I have 3 skeins of the awesome-colored Cherry Chip colorway:

That pic doesn't show the chocolate brown mixed it but it's the best pic I could find. I love these colors and was thinking that something like a market bag would be nice for it, but I don't have a need for anything that holey and openwork...SO, any suggestions? I don't want to make anything wearable with it since RHSS is scratchy (and worse lately, right?) but I want to make something that I'll really use...and I use tote bags like that all the time.

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3  All the rage - for $100 bucks?!! I don't THINK so. in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by woohag on: October 18, 2007 03:47:38 PM
I just saw this and my jaw dropped. Check it out:  http://www.outblush.com/women/fashion/accessories/nolita-hat/

A HUNDRED BUCKS?!  With that bulky yarn, this thing would knit up in like 15 minutes!  What a rip!

And then there's this, for $187!

PS) I came across that while looking for a knit brim hat pattern (free) for my friend in San Fran who wants me to make her this:
Head-on photo:


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4  Sand in the Sky HAT - with link to FREE PATTERN in Crochet: Completed Projects by woohag on: October 14, 2007 09:12:17 PM
I wanted to make this hat: http://hometown.aol.com/tepperleen/page2.html b/c I think it's super cute, but after finishing it, it was not only WAY too long on me (covered my nose) but it looked ridiculous. SO, I frogged it back to Row 17 of the pattern and left it like that. I used a K hook just like the pattern said.

I LOVE this yarn so much! It's Bernat Softee Chunky in the Nature's Way colorway and it's shinier and softer than the solid Softee Chunky. SO nice to work with! I used New Denim Heather color for the brim, starting at Row 16 (the dc's), which matches the blue in the other one perfectly. I am loving this hat (if not the pics of me with a shiny forehead). 

Anyway, here are some pics:

I don't know why I'm making hats when I live in Miami and only spend 4 days a year in winter weather. They're quick and fun, I guess!
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5  Blue RAZOR CAMI in Knitting: Completed Projects by woohag on: October 13, 2007 02:43:18 PM
Well...here it is, 165 years after I started it. UGH, it took me forever b/c my interest waned with the repetitive (yet easy to remember) lace pattern and then a yarn tangle in the skein got the best of me...so I left this project alone for months. I finally decided I HAD TO finish it, so here it is.  I TOTALLY messed up the dividing at the armpit and I haven't woven in ends yet, but I'm psyched the straps look good...I crocheted around the top edge, adding straps as I went. 

Anyway, here it is:

I used Lion Brand Baby Soft yarn in "Bluebell" and size 5 circs.
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6  Red Spiral Slouchy Beret - NOW WITH LINK TO FREE PATTERN!!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by woohag on: September 30, 2007 04:28:24 PM
For those interested, I just put the pattern on my blog: http://whittsknits.blogspot.com/search/label/red%20spiral%20slouchy%20beret.
I wrote it down sloppily and remembered it the best I could, so if anyone would want to try it out and let me know where the mistakes are (or if there are any) I'd appreciate it!

So...on request from my dad's fiance, I was making a slouchy beret with a brim. I found this pattern online and thought it was perfect: http://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com/2...with-brim.html. I don't know if it's me or the pattern, but I had a lot of trouble with the sizing (and I used the same materials and hook size). It repeatedly came out HUMONGO, so I kept frogging it back. Finally I just decided to frog it back until it was a 10 inch diameter, per this pattern's specs: http://www.fortheloveofyarn.com/Issu...funkyhat.shtml. I also noticed early on that my 'vertical lines' from the first pattern were working up into a spiral, but I liked it better so I kept doing it. And since the first half of the hat was done in 'hdc', I kept doing so in the interest of consistency but started winging the pattern from there. I also was planning on doing the brim from the first pattern link above, b/c it's stiffer and shorter for a brim than the other one.

WELL...I just sent my dad and his fiance the pics of it so far, and she LOVES IT and wants me to leave it as is, without the brim! YEAH, I love when the work and effort are appreciated, and I love even more that I can now go back to knitting a minidress/jumper that I'd been working on before this project came my way.

SO...without further ado...here are the pics of the Red Spiral Slouchy Beret:

Hope you guys like it! I'll be posting the modified (read: completely made up, ha ha  ) specs on my blog probably later tonight. Thanks for looking!

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7  Matching Skirt for Knitty's MONICA Tank in Knitting: Completed Projects by woohag on: July 29, 2007 11:58:18 PM
A few months ago I made my first clothing piece...a Monica tank top for my little niece. Well my sister loved it and asked for me to make a matching skirt which, as a novice knitter, I had no clue how to do. I decided to wing it. I used the same yarn (Bernat Cotton Tots) and the same needles (7" circs) and cast on the same amount of stitches that I did for the top...then I just went round and round until it measured 8", also the same as the top. I added the ruffled edge (which was my own modification to the tank pattern) and b/c I was too lazy (and too clueless - ha)to do an elastic waistband, I decided to just weave in 2 strands around the top edge and leave a center space so it was cinch-able. It worked! I wove every 2 stitches, in and out, just FYI.

Here's a pic of the whole outfit:

Cute, right?!

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8  Action Shots: my niece modeling her birthday items! in Crochet: Completed Projects by woohag on: July 29, 2007 11:20:36 PM
SO excited I finally got to unveil these today...the crocheted Slices of Sweet Halters I made for my niece, who turns 2 tomorrow (but the party was today). She loved them and so did the rest of my family. YAY for guessing correctly with sizing!

Sherbert Halter

Lavender Halter
(excuse the frown...I swear it was not a reaction to the halter!)

Also...I'd knit her the Monica ruffle tank from Knitty and my sister asked me to make a matching skirt, so I made one up:

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9  Cute Baby Dress in Crochet: Completed Projects by woohag on: July 18, 2007 09:08:55 PM
I intended to make this baby dress: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/cassies-summer-outfit.html ... but I got really confused and frustrated so after finishing the top 'bib' part, I decided to just wing it and do my own thing for the skirt. SO...the top part is all from that pattern, but the skirt is my own. I wrote it down as I go if anyone wants to do an easy version with decent results. I used Red Heart Soft Yarn in bubblegum pink and plum (but it looks brown in the pics).

ALSO...the designer was very nice and sent me updated pattern specs for larger sizes (the pattern is 3-6 months she said, though it is not stated on the pattern page).  I'd originally intended to make it another item for my niece's birthday in two weeks (she's turning 2).  She's teeny so I was making the 18 month size I was given.  I'm 99.9% sure that I followed the instructions correctly, but somehow the math didn't work out right.  I'm not sure if it was me or the pattern, but it's too small for my niece.  Sad

Anyway, I think it came out way cute and I'm ready to send it off to the new baby of a couple I've never met, but the man is part of my online group of blog friends.  Smiley

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10  Another Slices of Sweet Halter! in Crochet: Completed Projects by woohag on: July 10, 2007 10:11:02 PM
These are so easy and so cute, I just love the color combos I can make with Sugar and Cream. Another present for my niece who turns 2 at the end of the month...now she has the bright pink sherbert one and this purple one.

The original pattern can be found here: 

...and these are my modifications:

1) I used a G hook (b/c my niece is tiny...20" around her chest).

2) I did none of the Edging that the pattern calls for...meaning, I did Rows 1-8 as the pattern specifies, but I just kept using the yarn I used for the triangles (the variegated) in lieu of fastening off after Row 7.

3) Instead of doing a Ch 42 at the end of Row 8, I did a Ch 38 b/c my niece is so tiny. I would measure around your wearer's chest first, but I didn't have that chance so I wung it.  Again, I haven't tried it on her so I'm hoping it fits!

4) I only did 8 rounds of the V-stitch pattern (in the pattern it's Rnds 10-24)...I know this will be long enough for my niece but again, I didn't measure.

5) For Rnd 9, I switched to the variegated yarn again and just did dc around the whole bottom edge in lieu of the clusters the pattern states in Rnd 25.

6) I didn't do the straps as the pattern states. I did this instead:

- sl st in an end stitch at the top of one triangle
- sc in top 3 stitches
- yo, pull through all 3 sts.
- make a Ch 50 for strap and continue to sc back down the strap.
- attach to top 3 sts of triangle.

*** ALSO, in order for both triangles to have the correct side facing front, you cannot join the tails together to join the triangles as the pattern states...one triangle has to be turned around.
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