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Carol asks…

How do you crochet??????????????????

Im trying 2 learn 2 crochet and i dont know how. I typed in how 2 crochet in the computer but the websites were 2 fast or didnt work. How do u crochet? I have yarn and the crochet needle thing. I just need instructions. I cant make a slip knot and i need help.

LoveKnots answers:

I am a crochet instructor for a local store. If you have an AC Moore shop around you they have classes. Also there is a book out, called “I taught myself to crochet.” It is an easy to understand book.

Also the Crochet Guild of America, has a tutorial section you can check out.

Good luck I know you’ll love it when you get the hand of the needle.

Donald asks…

New Born Baby Crochet Patterns?

I just bought Patons Grace Yarn and I’d love to make a hat, booties, and possibly mittens for a new born. Does anyone have a pattern that would work nicely with that yarn?

100% mercerized cotton
50 grams (1-3/4 ounces) 136 yards
4”=24 stitches on size 7 needles

LoveKnots answers:

***Baby Hat (newborn)

GAUGE:

4 sc = 1 in. [2.5 cm] BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
NOTES:

Crown is worked in rnds, do not join. Place marker to indicate beg of rnd. Move marker up each rnd

HAT
Crown
Ch 2.
Rnd 1 (right side): Work 6 (7, 8) sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 12 (14, 16) sc.
Rnd 3: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 18 (21, 24) sc.
Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 24 (28, 32) sc.

Sides
Note: Sides are worked in a spiral, do not use marker.
Pattern: *Sc in back loop only of next sc, sc in front loop only of next 2 sc; repeat from * until piece measures 3½ (4¾, 5¼) in. [9 (12, 13.5) cm] from beg.
Last Rnd: Sc in next 24 (28, 32) sc, slip stitch in next sc. Fasten off.

CORD (for top knot)
Join yarn in top of Hat, ch 11.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, join to Hat with slip stitch – 10 sc. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Weave in ends. Knot cord. Turn up lower edge of Hat to form cuff.

***Booties

GAUGE:

12 sc + 15 rows = 4 in. (10 cm). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
NOTES:

1) Bootie is worked in one piece beginning at back of Sole.
2) Work into both loops on Sole, but into front loops only for remainder of Bootie.

BOOTIE
Sole
Ch 5 (8, 11, 11).
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across – 4 (7, 10, 10) sc.
Rows 2-7 (7, 8, 8): Working into both loops, ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across.
Row 8 (8, 9, 9): Ch 1, turn. Working in both loops, work 2 sc in first sc, sc in each sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc – 6 (9, 12, 12) sc.
Row 9 (9, 10, 10): Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across.
Rep last row until Sole measures 3 3/4 (4 3/4, 5 3/4, 6 3/4) in. (9.5 (12, 14.5, 17) cm) from beginning. Mark last st worked. At end of last row, do not fasten off and do not turn.
Side
Rnd 1: Work 10 (14, 16, 20) evenly spaced down side of Sole; work 4 (7, 10, 10) sc along opposite side of foundation ch for back of heel; work 10 (14, 16, 20) sc evenly spaced along other side of Sole; work 6 (9, 12, 12) sc across to marker – 30 (44, 54, 62) sc.
Rnds 2 and 3: Working in front loops only, sc in each sc around. Do not fasten off.
Instep
Note: Work in front loops only for remainder of Bootie.
Row 1: Sc in first 2 sc past marker, turn, sc in next 7 (10, 13, 13) sc; leave remaining sc unworked.
Rows 2-7 (9, 11, 13): Turn, skip first sc, sc in next 6 (9, 12, 12) sc across instep, sc in next 2 sc along side of Bootie. At end of last row, do not fasten off and do not turn.
Cuff
Rnd 1: Sc in each sc around Bootie opening.
Rep last rnd until Cuff measures 1 1/2 (2, 3, 4) in. (4 (5, 7.5, 10) cm), end at marker (center of heel). Fasten off.

FINISHING
Weave in ends.

Lisa asks…

Making gifts for strangers?

this december, i am doing this thing where you make/buy small gifts and give them to strangers to brighten their day or as a present.

i love doing crafts so i was going to make some bracelets. but if you could give me other ideas of things to make, i’d appreciate it! any gifts for any age range.

LoveKnots answers:

Bracelets are good
Crochet scarfs

Make a laminated (or non-laminated) bookmark: find pictures in magazines that anyone would like or inspirational words – animals, sports, music, hearts, flowers, cars – it can be a few small pics or just one. Get thick stock paper and cut the paper to the size you want and start gluing the pictures on, then take it to Staples/Office Max, Office Depot or a store like that and get it laminated, then cut it. After hole-punch the top and put a ribbon or twine of some kind through the hole and tie it in a knot.

Quick Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

1 Medium Ripe Banana, peeled
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
¼ Cup Chopped Nuts
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (or what feels good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small rectangular or 9×9 square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Chop or mash banana. Combine with flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, oil, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips to this mixture OR save them to add as topping, sprinkling on top of mixture after poured into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Isabellas (Oatmeal Cookies)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
Dash salt, optional
Powdered Sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light. Mix in vanilla, then flour, oats and salt. Chill thoroughly, about ½ hour in the refrigerator. Shape into small balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork, crisscrossing. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes (depending on your oven). Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar

John asks…

I need to redo my question, I need a picture and instructions on a crochet stitch called daisy stitch.?

LoveKnots answers:

I’ve been crocheting for almost 35 years and I’ve never heard of that stitch. There’s a stitch called the Love Knot that sort of looks like a daisy when worked. Could that be it. Sometimes stitches are known by more than one name.
Http://www.anniesattic.com/crochet/content.html?content_id=9

Sandra asks…

i need a hobby. any ideas?

Im a 15 year old girl. I swim competativily and love it but i need something to do at home. anything having to do with the computer and tv arent a hobby for me. I need like a craft thing. but it has to constanly be changing because i get bored easily. if it has a profit potential thats even better. thankyou for taking time to answer.

LoveKnots answers:

So, you want a new hobby, Okay you ask for it:

Try woodworking, scroll sawing, Veerning, Intaria, craving, whittling, gardening, blacksmithing, knife making, rustic furniture making, Boat making, rock climbing, cabinet making. Paper mache, miniature model making Crocheting, Knitting ,Cross stitching, embroidery, sewing,Quilting, Photography, cave climbing. Rock climbing, antique collecting, Tool & die work,Glass blowing. Hand spinning wool & yarn, pewter work, Printing , Stonework, cement & concrete worker, Sculptor, Special Effect man, Geologist or
rock collector, meteor collector, Explosive Man, Flower arranging. Fashion designer, Farmer,Horse Raising and breeding, Veterian.Casino worker, brickworking, masonery, Model train collector. Toy Making. Drafting, Electronic whiz. Robot maker, Silversmith, goldsmith, coppersmith, tool collector, historian, calligrapher. Civil war reinactors, Gun Collecting.stamp collecting. Bird watching. Home interior decorator,conductor,cowboy.party hostess, thrill seeker, Surfer,scienitist, Stunt man,wheelmaker, kitchen &
home collector,fishing collecting,blowtroch collector,bottle collector,comb collector,mining equipment and collectibles,lantern collect, Steam,air, and
electric organ and pianio collecting, vacumm cleaner collecting,quilt collecting,Scrimshaw, toy collecting, carriage Building or coachmaking and repairing as well as collecting,Wheelmaking,sleigh collecting and building, Farm implements, pulleys,locks,steam & air gauge collecting, tinsmithing, brass smithing, ornamental ironwork, clock collecting and making (horology). Coopering, Steam engine and locomotive collecting and making, Steam whistle collecting and making ,musicial instruments collecting, vinyl and Cd record collecting slide rule, surveyor instruments collecting, Thermometer & Meterology Instruments collecting, saw blade collecting, Flag collecting,Autograph collecting,clothes, yarn weaving,String art , Movie poster
collecting, Magazine and book collecting,Paper collecting, garderning, insect collecting, Stamp collecting, cake decorating, Pottery, Microscopery, Telescopes collecting, music box collecting, Armor collecting, Teapot collecting, Teacup collection Painting,art collecting, Picture,postcard
collecting, Orgimai, Tourist items,Plastic tinkets,Perfeme bottles,1900′s cast iron banks, Telephones, TV sets ,Taxis,Cookie Jars,Native American Art, African Art,Americana Art,Movie Reel Collecting, needle collecting, Star wars memobias, Cereal box collecting, pocket knive collecting, Knive collecting, Fence Collecting, Electricial insulator collecting, card collecting, play card collecting, Board game collecting. Doll Collecting. Ad collecting, Sign collecting,clown memorabilia, Escapologist or Magican memorabilia and stuff, Magican Pen collecting, Pencil collecting,music memorabilia Codebreaking memorabilia, crossword Puzzles, word search games or books, kite making, yo-yo,Diadlo, knotting,Hula-hooping, dancing, blogging, toblaning, singing, acting, Learn a foreign language, Beadwork, candlemaking, Scuba diving, Swimming, hiking, backpacking,camping, horseback riding, biking,Latch hooking, Anwering Q. On Yahoo, pole dancing,mountain biking,sky diving,Model training, story writting, paper embrodering, papercrafts, Candlemaking, Beading , Astronomy, You can learn a language, Unicycle, biking, motorcycling, motorcycle collecting , Dirt biking, Police memorabilia, wooden wagons and stagecoach collecting, locks and keys collecting, Blueprint collecting, Homes and building collecting, Model rocketery, clock collecting, calulator collecting skateboarding and skateboard collecting,Rc car aircraft, boats collecting, Pinball machine collecting or Pinball wizard, video game machine collecting. Theme park memorabilia, stain glass working, Space memorabilia, Spoon or fork or silverware collecting ,axe collecting, Sky diving, Black project or ops collecting or a consipacist { Just be care on this one or you might disappear without a trace or worst}, Shot glass collecting,Beer mug Collecting , Christmas ornament collecting ,Seed collecting, rising birds, toothpick or matchstick building, Recipe collecting, cooking, and cookware collecting, Certains or fabric collecting,sewing machine collecting ,tree collecting Bonsai, bird watching, Dog breeding,Dog trainer, Cat trainer, Teacher, snow or ice scuplturing ,sandcasting, fencing, Fatheads Pictures,computer viruses ( just don’t send them),Playboy magazines,gynnastics, Disk Jockey( DJ for short),metal detecting, Home painting,geocaching,water skiing, boating. Jet setting. Airplane piloting, door to door salesman,Tv repairman, chess, checkers and other games, ship in the bottle builting, or put things in a bottle CB- Radio, Orienteering,Tatting, Batik, Metal Punch, Rug Braiding, Decoupage, Beading, Bow making, Patchwork ,Chicken Scratch ,Dough Sculpting, Seed Painting, Face Painting,Silk Stitching,Scherenschnitte,pine cone painting
,Tin punching. Tennis, baseball,Softball,Football,Field and track running.Diamond and jewerly collecting, Ham Radio operator,Stereo player collecting, DIY Projects, Model Rocketry and Rocketry,Boy Scouts,Cub Scouts, Eagle Scouts, Belt buckle collecting,Shoe collecting, Play a musical instrument of some type, leathercrafts, Scrapbooking collecting, Belt buckle collecting,Shoe collecting, collecting a musical instrument, leathercrafts, piggy banks, Bead Making or Work, Abbacus collecting,Plastic work,Fiberglass working,entertainment director, Square dancing,Disco dance,Ballroom Dancing, Video gaming, Opera actor, Ballooning, Recreational Boating, Recreational Flying, airplane collecting.Guitar,collecting, temari, kite collecting.
- Did I forget anything?

Just pick one from the list that you like and you got your new hobby.

Good luck and my best wishes to you on finding your hobby.

Sandy asks…

Crochet Baby Blanket Fix?

After getting about 5 inches into a popcorn stitch baby blanket, I noticed there’s something funky/loose/streched in one area of my very first row (only across about 4 inches). It’s enough to really bother me, since the rest of the blanket looks perfect so far. I don’t have a lot of crochet experience yet, so my question is: Can I snip the beginning corner & unravel the first row to just get rid of it? Then just weave in the loose ends at the end of the row (so the 2nd row just becomes the new edge)? Will this work, or are there problems I’m not seeing? Thanks!
Treece- I’m confused; It’s not like knitting where it’s all attached & weaved together. There’s no ‘chain’ that holds the top finishing edge of a crocheted work together; it all seems to stand alone. I guess I’ll just make a small swatch patch & attempt it to see, before doing my real project.

LoveKnots answers:

NO! Do not try to cut out the first row!… All crochet is started with a foundation of a number of chain stitches…. If you remove the first row and those chain stitches the 2 row will have nothing as a foundation and they will all start to fall apart.

A couple of suggestions
1. Try pull the area that is loose from stitches on either side to try to tighten it up or spread out the “looseness” to a bigger area so it is not as noticeable. If this is possible
2. If it is a large string that has gotten pulled (like if it got caught on something). You can cut just this yarn loop, knot the two ends together and hide the knot and the ends with a yarn needle
3. If it is only noticeable to you and not real noticeable to anyone else… Just leave it alone…

A friend of mine says that its the mistakes that makes something handmade better… If it was made on a machine it would be perfect… Handmade may have mistakes but they are made with love.

Laura asks…

baby headband crochet pattern?

I’m looking for a crochet pattern for this baby headband

http://sacksandsuch.com/1-12-inch-Stretchy-Baby-Crochet/M/B003B9VBCS.htm?traffic_src=froogle&utm_medium=CSE&utm_source=froogle

if no one know where a pattern is
i would at least love to know what kind of yarn/string is used?

thank you

LoveKnots answers:

Nylon does not give stretch to sock yarn; it gives strength. The “memory” or stretchiness comes from the wool. While I have no objections to good quality wool on babies, some parents do. If you want stretchy sock yarn get one with an elastic content.

But that isn’t sock yarn, it is baby yarn. Any baby yarn will work in that design because the yarn isn’t what gives it increased elasticity. You cAn see the actual strands of elastic thread the used top and bottom. You get that among the sewing supplies like Velcro and needles.

— edited to add —
(finger pecking on my iPod was making me crazy–I prefer a real keyboard!)

The pattern itself is an easy one. Here’s how to do it:

Make a gauge swatch. This will vary depending on the size of yarn used. Start with the gauge listed on the yarn label. Round up to a multiple of 4 and add 2 stitches. Now chain that many stitches and join in the round. Yes, this is unusual for a gauge swatch, but bear with me.

Ch 3 (turning chain) and dc in the next ch. (sk 2 ch, ch 2, dc 2) repeat until two ch remain, ch 2 and join to third chain from beginning of round with a sl st.

Now for the pattern stitch:
round 1: sl st in each of next dc. St in ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc) and dc in same ch-2 sp. (ch 2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp) repeat to end of round, ending with ch 2, join to third ch from beginning of round

Simply keep repeating round 1 until the band is as wide as you want or the swatch is at least an inch wide. Now flatten your swatch and measure across it, then multiply by two (to count as measuring the circumference of the band). Count the number of holes (ch-2 sp) in a round and divide that number by the circumference of the swatch to get clusters/inch.

Now measure the baby’s head. Subtract one inch and multiply by clusters/inch. That’s how many clusters you need to make in your foundation round.

Cut a piece of elastic thread the circumference of the baby’s head and knot it with a 1/2 inch tail on each side of the knot. Make 2 and set aside one for laterNow pretend that that strand of elastic is one giant stitch. You’ll use it for your entire foundation row.

All in elastic ring: (dc 2, ch-2) until you have the number of clusters calculated. Join to top of first dc with sl st.

Now all you have to do is repeat round one from your swatch instructions until the band is as wide as you want it.

The final round will be weird. Using your second elastic loop, do the following:
(sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in next ch-2 sp, dc in elastic band, sl st in same ch 2 sp and dc in elastic band) repeat to end, fasten off and weave in end.

The directions make it sound a lot harder than it really is. If I sat next to you and demonstrated it you’d have it down in five minutes. So just be patient with the directions and give it a try. But that’s an exact pattern to make that style of head band.

— edited to add —

I really wish Stargazer would stop violating copyright and posting other people’s designs as her own. She copied and pasted that first pattern from the Lionbrand site and didn’t have the decency to give a reference or give them credit for the design. I don’t have as much of an issue with copying a pattern and pasting it as I do with not giving the person or company that put the time into creating the patter their due credit. What would be better, and actually LEGAL, would be simply to post a link to any useful patterns found in a search.

The pattern I posted is my own design. My words describing the steps I worked out to make the garment. It took me a good hour of work to write it out. I didn’t have to steal someone else’s work because I did my own.

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