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Old 10-17-2010, 02:19 PM   #961
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Hi, everyone! I have been crocheting off and on since my grandma showed me how to over 25 years ago. Mostly, I crochet items for charity. I am also trying to learn how to knit, and I'm a newbie to stamping and papercrafting. I am interested in crocheting some flowers to use with my stamping crafts, and I saw lots of great crochet ideas as I skimmed through the posts.
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Congrats Kimi and Welcome Lianne.

I learned to crochet from my mom when I was little and she taught me to do a granny square. It was all I knew how to do until I was in my late teens and figured out how to read those crochet pattern books on my own... at least I think I did... Who knows, maybe I am doing it wrong all these years! haha Well, it works anyhow.
I'm almost done with one baby afghan, just did a large granny square version, for the lady I work with who is due in December. Have another one to do for a baby girl due in December, and then my GS's of course. I was cleaning out the craft room some this weekend, packing items up to go to storage, and sure enough found a whole stack of old crochet books so found 3 that were just on baby afghans. I knew I had to have some somewhere!

Lianne -- Check with Christina612 on here too about the flowers -- she makes lovely ones!
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Ladies,

I've decided to make an afghan for myself, since being a beginner, I know it won't be gift worthy. My question is, I'm going to be repeating rows of single and double crochet stitches ( no set pattern) , but how long is the "typical" afghan? I guess I need to count my chain stitches, so wondering how many I should be making?
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Congrats Kimi and Welcome Lianne.

I learned to crochet from my mom when I was little and she taught me to do a granny square. It was all I knew how to do until I was in my late teens and figured out how to read those crochet pattern books on my own... at least I think I did... Who knows, maybe I am doing it wrong all these years! haha Well, it works anyhow.
I'm almost done with one baby afghan, just did a large granny square version, for the lady I work with who is due in December. Have another one to do for a baby girl due in December, and then my GS's of course. I was cleaning out the craft room some this weekend, packing items up to go to storage, and sure enough found a whole stack of old crochet books so found 3 that were just on baby afghans. I knew I had to have some somewhere!

Lianne -- Check with Christina612 on here too about the flowers -- she makes lovely ones!
Thanks for the welcome, Susan! Baby items are one of my favorite things to crochet. I don't know if it's because of the yarn, the colors, the sizes, or all of the above but I enjoy it a lot. Also, thanks for the tip about Christina612 and crochet flowers.
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I've decided to make an afghan for myself, since being a beginner, I know it won't be gift worthy. My question is, I'm going to be repeating rows of single and double crochet stitches ( no set pattern) , but how long is the "typical" afghan? I guess I need to count my chain stitches, so wondering how many I should be making?
Kimi, if I make an afghan for myself, after I have the chain row to the end, I wrap it aroung my shoulders to see if it will go all the way around and overlap some. If it does, than I start crocheting my rows (if no pattern), if it doesn't overlap like I want than I add more chains until it does. I want to have plenty of blanket to wrap up in. For the lenght, I lay down on the bed or couch and if it covers my feet with some to spare, than it is long enough for me. Hope this helps. Mary
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OH CHRISTINA!!!! Where are you!!!????????
I was bragging you up to Lianne about your flowers and thought for sure you'd post!
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Hi Kimi --
I'm not one to measure, so wouldn't be much help here... I am what you might describe as a less formal crochet-er... I just wing it til it seems like a good length.
I have afghans of various sizes and lengths. My favorite it the one that covers my queen size bed... made out of Homespun yarn... so warm and soft, and big enough that I can use it on my bed as a coverlet too (which in Fall and winter makes it look so warm and inviting you want to curl up in it all the time). But that one cost me a couple hundred dollars worth of yarn by the time I finished it!
I have others that are lap size, shawl size, and such, just big enough to cover up a person while watching tv. I'd say go with what you will use the most.
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QUESTION: I pulled out the old pattern books and found several baby blanket patterns but I noticed they all have the fringe around the edges.

Do you put fringe on your afghans? What about for babies? I guess I'm just wondering if that is safe? Would they pull them off, eat them, choke, etc.... you know??
These patterns all just did looping to attch the fringe, though I think I would tie mine in a knot if I did them....
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Hey Ladies

I just got this in my email this morning and wanted to share it before I forgot
Free Crochet Patterns | Free Vintage Crochet Patterns

Also... on the flowers.. I have a link to a thread here I found when I first found this group...
Crocheted Daisy instructions are in Post #1 here

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For this one, Refer to post #803 for directions to Posts containing flower directions elsewhere on the thread.

I'm down with a horrid cold right now so hope these are clear. LOL I will check back later in the week. If you have questions, PM me.
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I would be leary about putting fringe on as well, Susan. Pretty it might be, but I think I would just crochet maybe a shell border around, instead. JMO
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Thanks, Kelly, that is what I was thinking so kind of hesitant to put fringe on.... I prefer your idea of shells so may do that.

Hope you feel better soon -- I've had the sinus stuff for a while so have put myself on a no/low wheat/salt/sugar/dairy diet to get it out of my system... I already feel better after 2 days of it... and tons of water too of course. Though I'm having a Pepsi withdrawal.
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Thanks, Kelly, that is what I was thinking so kind of hesitant to put fringe on.... I prefer your idea of shells so may do that.

Hope you feel better soon -- I've had the sinus stuff for a while so have put myself on a no/low wheat/salt/sugar/dairy diet to get it out of my system... I already feel better after 2 days of it... and tons of water too of course. Though I'm having a Pepsi withdrawal.
Words my husband thought he'd never hear me say - "I'm tired of Mt. Dew" LOL

When I get this gunk, hot tea and Mt. Dew are the only 2 things I want to drink. The Carbonation cuts the stuff in my throat.

Mine is fall allergies that always go into a head/chest cold. Some people deal with spring pollen... for me, it's the dry leaves. And I so want to be out working in the yard right now. Our high today was 61 degrees and the leaves are begging to be bagged and mulched. ::: sigh :::

Guess I"ll just sit in the bubble tub with a book.
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No fringe on mine either, don't like it getting in my eyes! Shell or just chain around the border, this is not the pretties of borders but if it is for me, it doesn't bother me.
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I just got this in my email this morning and wanted to share it before I forgot
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Also... on the flowers.. I have a link to a thread here I found when I first found this group...
Crocheted Daisy instructions are in Post #1 here

And Here

For this one, Refer to post #803 for directions to Posts containing flower directions elsewhere on the thread.

I'm down with a horrid cold right now so hope these are clear. LOL I will check back later in the week. If you have questions, PM me.
Thanks for the links--I can't wait to check them out! Hope you feel better...
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QUESTION: I pulled out the old pattern books and found several baby blanket patterns but I noticed they all have the fringe around the edges.

Do you put fringe on your afghans? What about for babies? I guess I'm just wondering if that is safe? Would they pull them off, eat them, choke, etc.... you know??
These patterns all just did looping to attch the fringe, though I think I would tie mine in a knot if I did them....
I agree with the other ladies--I usually use a shell border or a picot edging on baby blankets.
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Oooh, watch that sodium as it will make the sinus issues worse!
You might want to try Steaz sodas, much better and they have a great lemon lime one that reminds me of dew, and my favorite is the orange.

I get all sorts of allergy/sinus issues out East here, never had them in CO. Sigh, I miss CO.
I would love to have a steam/sauna shower in my next home. Just for those times.

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Words my husband thought he'd never hear me say - "I'm tired of Mt. Dew" LOL

When I get this gunk, hot tea and Mt. Dew are the only 2 things I want to drink. The Carbonation cuts the stuff in my throat.

Mine is fall allergies that always go into a head/chest cold. Some people deal with spring pollen... for me, it's the dry leaves. And I so want to be out working in the yard right now. Our high today was 61 degrees and the leaves are begging to be bagged and mulched. ::: sigh :::

Guess I"ll just sit in the bubble tub with a book.
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Thanks everyone on the fringe answer. I'm almost done with the first one and think I'll see how a picot or shell looks on it. Its a granny square version so that might go well.
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Hi Ladies- I am relatively new to crochet-only started last year. A friend of mine taught me some of the basics. I have only mad scarfs, hats, simple afghans and a few prayer shawls. I have only used simple stitches and am happy to have found this forum to ask questions and get ideas. Thanks for sharing.
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Any ideas for ladder ribbon yarn? I've made some necklaces with it, but thought maybe a skinny scarf would be neat with it.
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I'm going to backread and then I'll be back but first I wanted to put out a very important warning.

Many of us shop on-line. This means our stuff is shipped UPS or USPS. Over the last couple of weeks I've received emails supposedly from these companies telling me I need to download something.

USPS told me that a package had been returned and I needed to download and fill out the new shipping label.
Ha! The day USPS becomes that conciencious about my mail will be the day I quit soap-boxing about them raising prices.

The one from UPS told me my package had been shipped and to download the attached form with my tracking number. Duh! the company I order from provides me with a tracking number.

Obviously I've not opened either of these but I do know sometimes when we're rushed, or expecting a package it might be second-nature to do what we're told. The one from USPS even had the official-looking letterhead. Nice try!

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What about bookmarks. Maybe do a picot edging on the long outside edges
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Here I am! I'm lucky to get computer time these days - or crochet time for that matter! You're bragging on my flowers? Thank you...

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I don't do fringe for just that reason - everything goes in the mouth. I loke to make a border more like a scallop edging. Makes it look finished, but nothing loose.

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THANK YOU for sharing this with us! Also, hope you are feeling much better!

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Many of us shop on-line. This means our stuff is shipped UPS or USPS. Over the last couple of weeks I've received emails supposedly from these companies telling me I need to download something.

USPS told me that a package had been returned and I needed to download and fill out the new shipping label.
Ha! The day USPS becomes that conciencious about my mail will be the day I quit soap-boxing about them raising prices.

The one from UPS told me my package had been shipped and to download the attached form with my tracking number. Duh! the company I order from provides me with a tracking number.

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Hi and welcome! Sounds like you are well on your way! There are lots of wonderfully talented ladies here, enjoy!

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What about bookmarks. Maybe do a picot edging on the long outside edges
I'm really not visioning what you mean here. Help a beginner out, please?
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My favorite edging for afghans is very simple:

Round 1: Join yarn in any non-corner stitch. Sc, ch1, skip next stitch. Repeat until you reach the corner. In corner, sc, ch2, sc. Continue around, joining with a slip stitch or finishing off to change color.

Round 2. Join in any non-corner ch1 space if changing color. In ch1 space, do (sc, ch2, sc). Repeat in each ch 1 space to corner. In corner ch2 space, do (sc, ch2, sc, ch2, sc). Continue around, then finish off.

This makes a simple edge that looks kind of like a picot edge, but is much simpler. (I dislike doing picots because it's a pain (i.e. slows me down) to stitch into the chain each time.)
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Think VERY SHORT scarves LOL Like only about 6-8" long and maybe 2" wide. Might not even need to do an edging. But you could put a tassle on one end.
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My favorite edging for afghans is very simple:

Round 1: Join yarn in any non-corner stitch. Sc, ch1, skip next stitch. Repeat until you reach the corner. In corner, sc, ch2, sc. Continue around, joining with a slip stitch or finishing off to change color.

Round 2. Join in any non-corner ch1 space if changing color. In ch1 space, do (sc, ch2, sc). Repeat in each ch 1 space to corner. In corner ch2 space, do (sc, ch2, sc, ch2, sc). Continue around, then finish off.

This makes a simple edge that looks kind of like a picot edge, but is much simpler. (I dislike doing picots because it's a pain (i.e. slows me down) to stitch into the chain each time.)
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:04 AM   #992
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Well, tried doing the picot and/or similar by Chris but because its Homespun yarn and a loose stitch which is already kind of fluffy and variegated colors, didn't show well really so I'm going with just several rows of a single crochet stitch I think to sort of give it that solid finished edge look. I just love how soft and warm Homespun feels.
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Not so much Christmas presents as just the items for the Mitten Tree. I've completed 3 of the 8 black scarves I need. Still debating if I want to fringe them or not. These scarves are 150 stitches long and about 5" wide. They're geared towards elementary school kids. Opinions on whether to fringe or not? And if I don't fringe, how do you suggest I give those ends a finished look? The pattern (and I have always) fringed them.
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Well, tried doing the picot and/or similar by Chris but because its Homespun yarn and a loose stitch which is already kind of fluffy and variegated colors, didn't show well really so I'm going with just several rows of a single crochet stitch I think to sort of give it that solid finished edge look. I just love how soft and warm Homespun feels.
Goodness, you get my respect for even trying to do picots with Homespun! Definitely stick with a very simple edging in this case. Some single crochets will give it that solid edge feeling, just like you suggested.
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All I know is that my two 12 yr old twins love scarves or all sorts, especially anything fluffy or fringy.
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Well, I tried the picot with that Homespun but could barely see where the stitch was much less the picot piece (And that's even with my glasses on!) hehe I've added several rows so far of single crochet to give it a solid finish, may do about 3 more as I like the look of the wide band around it!
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hey all... new here... but am a crocheter now for over 20 years and have trouble bypassing a yarn sale! Currently I just completed chemo caps and now on to a Scoodie for one of my daughters.
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The one I am making now is like a long scarf with a hood and pockets. I have some patterns for long and short versions of it. Let me know if you would a peek.... the short one is in a book but I could scan it for you next week when I am back at work.... ANYWHO... more than happy to share
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