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Does anyone have any ideas or advice about perfecting the necessary gauge size in crocheting? It is messing me up big time, maybe I am just not understanding it well enough?
Originally Posted by CurlyHairedFarmer
I assume it's similar to what you would do with knitting. I knit on the looser size, so I use a smaller needle. Conversely, if you knit tightly, you would go with a larger size. If you're making clothing that is fitted, you need to do a swatch--switching the needle until you get the gauge that you need. If it's a scarf, afghan, etc., you want to be close--but it's not as important. Being consistent is what matters.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Oooh, why didn't I think of that?! I tend to go a little tight so maybe I will head to the craft store later and get a larger hook.
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Does anyone have any ideas or advice about perfecting the necessary gauge size in crocheting? It is messing me up big time, maybe I am just not understanding it well enough?
Originally Posted by CurlyHairedFarmer
I assume it's similar to what you would do with knitting. I knit on the looser size, so I use a smaller needle. Conversely, if you knit tightly, you would go with a larger size. If you're making clothing that is fitted, you need to do a swatch--switching the needle until you get the gauge that you need. If it's a scarf, afghan, etc., you want to be close--but it's not as important. Being consistent is what matters.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Oooh, why didn't I think of that?! I tend to go a little tight so maybe I will head to the craft store later and get a larger hook.
Originally Posted by CurlyHairedFarmer
I just did a quick search for a crochet hook set--if you're going to try to crochet a bit, it may be a nice thing to have. They are inexpensive and will allow you to "play." Boye 6279 Aluminum Crochet Hook Set
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That is really cheap, thanks! I have a size H and F right now, but I think having all the sizes will benefit me in the long run. I am going to keep up with this crocheting until I can master an afghan. Then it's on to knitting...
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I just checked out your blog, M2LR. You make your own yarn?! That's too cool! Are you still making any?

eta: And yes I spend hours drooling over patterns too.. I have about 36 items in my queue to work on. Right now I'm only working on one project, but I want to start a few more.
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo

I haven't been spinning too much recently, but I've been buying the "bare" skeins from Knit Picks and dyeing them. Some of the colors come out terrible when I try and hand paint, so doing monochromatic
works better for me.

works better for me.
Originally Posted by M2LR
Have you tried kettle dying? That is my next project. I like hand painting; but it is so messy and time consuming, kettle dying is supposed to be quicker and less messy. I am going to use my old crock pot with one of the liners you can get.

I stated dying yarn about 18 months ago and finally got the hang of knitting about a year ago. I tried for years but it eventually just clicked. I really like knittinghelp.com.

So far I have not done a lot. For dd- a hat, capris, mitts. a top. For ds2 a blanket (which took a lot if time) and a hat. I need to make ds1 a hat, even though I haven't had time to knit since the babe was born in august...that should be a quick knit. My goal for 2012 is 12 projects...about one a month. I am also on rav. Deezee02 there too!
Originally Posted by deezee02
Pretty much all I do is kettle dying now. I use a pot on the stove, and it's totally less messy and I can leave it on the stove at low heat, walk away for a few, come back and see if the dye has been absorbed, etc.
I just realized almost all the wool I have is worsted weight and/or bulky weight. Anyone know where to get finer weight yarns and thread, but in large size skeins? I usually only see the finer weight yarns in smallish skeins..
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I'll be making a cowl scarf or two in the next few weeks. It's 77 here today so I don't really feel I need to start wearing winter clothing just yet.

I wish I still lived in WI; a chunky hooded cowl would be so cute.
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Last edited by Po; 11-14-2011 at 10:38 AM.
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I just realized almost all the wool I have is worsted weight and/or bulky weight. Anyone know where to get finer weight yarns and thread, but in large size skeins? I usually only see the finer weight yarns in smallish skeins..
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
What weight are you looking for?


Originally Posted by scrills
This is really nice! I'm digging the color combination.

I just realized almost all the wool I have is worsted weight and/or bulky weight. Anyone know where to get finer weight yarns and thread, but in large size skeins? I usually only see the finer weight yarns in smallish skeins..
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
What weight are you looking for?
Originally Posted by scrills
I'm not sure.. I guess anything from lace weight yarns to bedspread weight thread. I'm not even that good crocheting with worsted weight yet, but I always wind up buying those since they come in giant sizes (thing Lb of Love type yarn).
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
The only places that I have found truly decent lace/fingering/sock yarns are at local yarn shops. They do come in larger skeins, but they also cost a bit more than what you'd find at a JoAnn's or Michaels. You can find some smaller weight yarn at thos stores, but it will be the smaller skeins/balls.

You might also want to try etsy, as there are a TON of yarns out there, again, might be more $$ because of the fiber, or because they are handspun, etc.

I am going to assume you've checked out the Lion Brand site? They have a bunch of different yarns/weights, along with patterns. Ravelry might also have some great suggestions if you do a "stash" or yarn search.
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Originally Posted by scrills
I LOVE that! So pretty.

Scrills I have the same kind of display and I have found (for me) that our stuff started looking better when the display had a shirt on. But I have bad lighting in my house so that might be why. I think your shots of that scarf look great. I'm jealous that I can't quite seem to capture our stuff like that
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Here is the only pattern I ever followed (although I used bigger needles). It was super easy and I love how the cowl turned out.
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I have 4 balls of Lion Brand Landscapes (super bulky) and am looking for a quick, easy beret pattern to knit or crochet.

I came across this, it looks easy but I hope I don't get confused by the directions. I also hope I have both sizes of needles (sigh)
the lighting isn't great on these, but here are some more pictures....





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Last edited by scrills; 11-14-2011 at 10:53 PM.
Love them Scrills!

Do you know of a good place to get patterns for winter hats?
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What shaped hat are you looking for? I know there are a couple of good ones on etsy and on the bernat site

http://bernat.com/search.php?P=1&adv...&LGC=&cps=&ecm=

Last edited by scrills; 11-15-2011 at 08:22 AM.
What shaped hat are you looking for? I know there are a couple of good ones on etsy and on the bernat site
Originally Posted by scrills
I want jsut a simple men's style winter hat and for myself I am looking for the beanie style type with a visor maybe.
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What shaped hat are you looking for? I know there are a couple of good ones on etsy and on the bernat site
Originally Posted by scrills
I want jsut a simple men's style winter hat and for myself I am looking for the beanie style type with a visor maybe.
Originally Posted by CurlyHairedFarmer
I've never tried these, but here are a couple

Free Crochet Visor Beanie Pattern

suzanne steiger homespun

How to Make Your Own Beanie Visor | eHow.com

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