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March 15, 2012
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Murphala
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Agreed, that infinity pattern is intriguing! I’ve not seen that site before…time to explore! I’m looking for another ‘big’ project to start (and possibly even finish…laugh)

I saw the earlier post about using crochet diagrams. I have to admit, I had never even heard of them before a few weeks ago, when I fell in love with each and every pattern on this site (http://mypicot.com/).  While I might not ever actually do some of these things, they are gorgeous and so I ended up buying the e-book for crocheting flowers and flower motifs (I was trying to find a delicate pattern for light scarves).

And then, after I buy it, I find they are all in diagrams. surprised  Not a sc or dc in sight.  So I am forced to learn them. Or throw 20 bucks down the drain for a bunch of pretty pictures!

If you go to this site, she has a great guide for reading diagrams (including both the American and European translations of double and treble and other stitches.)  There’s a list on the top menu under Diagrams if you want to check it out.  

I’m looking forward to some picture updates of progress on this wrap!

March 15, 2012
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Well, the yarn in it calls for is quite expensive, so I don’t know if I’ll ever actually use it or not.  It all depends on how well what I’m doing turns out.  There is a yarn shop not too awfully far away that carries high end yarns, so I’ll probably go pick up ONE skein of it to try it out.  Or, if I don’t even feel comfortable doing that, I may just go get a feel for what it’s like and try to find something a similar weight.

The yarn I’m using now is something I’ve grown to enjoy working with, but it’s rather thin, so the gauge is way off.  Doesn’t matter to me for this since it’s really just an experiment for now, but I’ll want to get something at least a little closer to what’s called for when (if) I decide to go for it.

What I’m using now is Bernat Mosaic, which I really like.

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March 15, 2012
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Looked up Bernat Mosaic … what a pretty yarn and it looks to be the same bulky weight as the Plymouth Boku. The name of the original yarn is a tad ironic since it costs booku bucks to own it!  I’m puzzled by the gauge of the pattern: worked on an H hook it is equal to 12 dc & 6 rows to 4″.  Those are rather BIG stitches from a medium-sized hook(???).  H was always my favorite hook size for worsted weight.  I would skip buying the original yarn and go to a larger hook size with the Mosaic.  Try gauge swatches till you find the hook size right for your tension + yarn.

The worst that happens is the stitches become too open/lacey … you could add a second filler yarn to plump the Mosaic such as a lightweight grey or black depending on the Mosaic mix. Grey would “heather” the colors a bit, black would sharpen (best with deep colors).  Caution: there’s a certain addiction in blending and combining colors in crochet and knit (speaking from the other end of that rabbit hole!).

BTW, the only time I visit my local high end yarn shop (less than 1/4 mile away) is to cruise their markdown bins.  Deep markdowns.  Long habit I’m not giving up … likely why much of what I knit or crochet are combinations of yarns/colors.  Did I mention the rabbit hole?

March 15, 2012
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Mosaic isn’t bulky at all, it’s very unusual to work with, it’s almost string-like, but stretchy.  Once I got used to it though, I really liked it a lot.

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March 15, 2012
11:31 pm
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String-like and stretchy? like those challenges, lol! Had to look it up again as the muted colors had me thinking wool but its all acrylic … which makes the stretchiness logical.  It should be able to go up a size or two on the hook to an I or J, but the result will be lacey.  I’d go for a filler yarn but you need to do what’s comfortable for you.

I confess that I bit and downloaded the pattern.  It was the bauble edging that tipped me over on top of the intriguing infinity loop … love those trippy little dangle balls.  Nice touch.  No surprise, the infinity motif has both inc and dec and just begs for some yarn mixing.  I’d bet the wild child that thought this up charted the “math” before working it in yarn.  There’s a definite progression of inc/dec with sufficient stagger with each successive row to keep the outer edge rounded instead of “cornered”.  If you are losing your place in the pattern, take a copy of the diagram and use a highlighter to mark what you’ve finished … you can also use contrasting yarn in the piece itself to loop around inc/dec locations to help keep count.  HTH.

March 16, 2012
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Wowie Zowie!

I need an interpreter please. Two bald ladies coming up! poke

March 16, 2012
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It starts at the center of one side of the  ∞  and that works amazingly well!  As soon as you get the first series going, you can totally SEE it happening. Which is very encouraging and probably the only thing that has kept me going!  After that it’s attention to detail, as usual!  All the counting is here, once the five medallions get done, I think it’s just a lot of double crochets (trebles for you Brits, which is how I actually think of them because it really does make more sense!) all around them, joining them together, then the trim and baubles all around.  All that part will be very easy and forgiving (I hope).  That part will mean I can watch a little TV or listen to one of my audio books while I work on it, instead of concentrating like a crazy woman while I work on it!  laugh 

 

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(I don’t have a crochet gif, so I have to use the knitting one!)

 

I’m liking the idea of mixing in another yarn… I’ll have to play with what might work best.  I’ve also seen another pattern where three strands of the mosaic are used, though you have to make sure the color changes are ‘together’ so it doesn’t muddy things much, though being a little ‘off’ could be interesting too… though even two strands of the mosaic may be close in cost to the Boku  (or as you said Ruthmarie, $$ Beaucoup!) Still, might be worth fiddling with.

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March 16, 2012
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Definitely a oh-so-cool pattern and certainly worth the focus.  Stranding a couple of Mosaic together sounds workable, but three means extra focus to keep them from wandering too far and quickly too heavy considering the size of the wrap.  Was thinking last night that finding a match to one of the “middle” colors of any Mosaic range would be ideal.  Then the carry color would blend and disappear in one place and heather through the remaining colors consistently … you wouldn’t have to keep track of whether two strands of Mosaic were keeping pace to each other.  Punching up the hook size and adding one additional strand might be all you need to match gauge.

JoAnn’s keeps running sales on their yarns lately, mostly acrylics, and something thin and slightly fuzzy would add loft without weight.  Trick is finding a reasonably close color match or at least close in value range and that usually requires hands-on to eyeball the decision.  Colors viewed in the monitor are not trustworthy!

March 21, 2012
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Has anyone tried Irish Crochet? I can’t remember if I’ve asked this here before but, eh why not? I have been practicing with thicker thread but what do you use? Size 10.

Can I use just about any kind of thread?

I saw one project where the lady used kite string.

Can I also use simple sewing thread? or do I have to use a specific?

I think Irish Crochet is also called Freeform Crochet. Absolutely gorgeous! But I’m still not experienced enough to be confident.

I am also going to learn Hairpin Lace.

I bought a shirt for my DD that had Hairpin Lace and scraps of material that I thought were oh so cuuuute! But hated spending $22.00 for it. So I thought “I have a brand new, old machine and I can make more for her and myself.” (A friend of my SIL gave me a Kenmore 1525 that wasn’t working so I fixed her and now she runs like a champion.)

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March 21, 2012
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I did Irish crochet back in the late 70’s and used largely size 10 weight cotton in variegated colors.  Pretty positive you can use any weight you can tolerate.  Not sure I’d warm to the truly fine hook for sewing weight thread but, if you’ve got eyesight and patience, you go, girl!

Now freeform crochet is a whole other animal thanks to Sylvia Cosh in the 70’s … more of a organic growth without many recognizeable forms.  Like a refrigerator fungus that’s pretty, lol!  Have played with both types but mostly freeform knitting although the principal is the same in crochet.  Any stitch you want, anywhere you want, in any direction you want, in any color or weight that pleases you.  Very liberating and ridiculously addictive.  ‘Course, how techniques are named keep shifting with time so somebody somewhere may be hanging the label of “freeform” on a modern evolution of Irish floral crochet.

March 22, 2012
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Thank you Ruthmarie. I am not sure if I am correct about what it is called. But I have found a number of Irish Crochet booklets online and of course some of the vernacular it quite different from today’s. I just don’t want to go broke.sun2

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March 22, 2012
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StuckinMiami said
Thank you Ruthmarie. I am not sure if I am correct about what it is called. But I have found a number of Irish Crochet booklets online and of course some of the vernacular it quite different from today’s. I just don’t want to go broke.sun2

 

If it’s any help, I find crochet thread at thrift stores, garage sales & flea markets … many folks donate from grandmotherly stashes that they don’t know what to do with the thread.  However, check the odor and state of thread before buying … if the cotton has ‘baked’ in a garage/storage, it’ll be brittle.  Some of those thrift stores also have interesting yarns for cheap that would do well in scrumbles.

Check Amazon for the used books, particularly Dover publications … some of those go for cheap even to where you pay more for the shipping than the book!

March 23, 2012
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My neverending blanket is coming to an end! I started with a type of flower shape in the middle, and double crocheted all around double doubling in the corners to make a corner (I don’t know what this is called!) and now since I am running out of yarn, I am doing a single crochet around and around to make kind of an edge. It’s my first project and I think it’s awesome!! I love the yarn, it’s very soft and smooth and all the colors it fades in and out of are great and really match all my stuff at home. It’s Deborah Norville anti-pilling soft worsted yarn in Flashback. What is error 12, why won’t it let me upload a picture!!?

March 23, 2012
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not sure stacylee!  We’ll have to check it out, we want to see your never-ending blanket after all!

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March 23, 2012
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blanket-005.jpgImage Enlarger4.jpgImage Enlarger56.jpgImage EnlargerHA HA!! I win computer!!

March 23, 2012
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Lajoda said
Stacylee,

Pictures please. :  ) The color sounds intriguing. Like an autumn thing going on?

I finally got pictures! I wouldn’t say autumn, more like mexican fiesta! But, I have an all chocolate brown couch that it will look great on and really liven up the room!

March 23, 2012
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Big Chicken, that’s beautiful !!

March 26, 2012
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Thank you! I finished this weekend with just enough yarn! I put a scalloped edge all around the single crochet band, the blanket is smaller than I originally intended, but I didn’t want to go buy more of the same yarn, I want to start something new. Something with flowers!

March 26, 2012
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Stacylee,

That looks great! The colors are beautiful.

Thanks for posting.

Laura

July 10, 2012
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I have a question! I have a pattern (crochet) for a baby sweater that I need to be for a toddler size. If the original pattern uses Bernat baby softee yarn and a G6 hook, can I use super bulky yarn and a 9mm hook to use the same pattern but just make it bigger? I really want this sweater to be out of the giant yarn because I love it’s look, and I really want to use this cardigan pattern because it worked so well the first time. I anyone knows how to figure this out, thanks!

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