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nickelbarapasaurus Mon 06-Aug-12 12:24:29

I'll link this in the latest Blanket thread smile

Post your Woolly Hugs here smile

Primrose123 Tue 07-Aug-12 08:36:14

Thank you, Neithershredded, I'll give it a try!

Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 08:47:10

I'm going to give the MN Star a bash today maybe, I'm just going to need clarification on a few of those abbreviations!

Is sk a typo and should be sl? Or is sk something I don't know about yet?

What is extc?

And I might know what picot is from my last star but I could do with a brief explanation just so I know I'm doing it right!

Don't worry if these are too hard to explain online! I might just have to make a trip out somewhere one day to meet and learn!

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 08:55:07

Sk = skip. So you crochet in every other stitch of the previous round

Extc = extended treble crochet. Yarn over twice, through st, yo, back through st - 4 loops on hook - yo, through 2 loops, yo, through 2 loops, yo, through remaining 2 loops


I'm having a housework and recovery day after a frantic week away with work, so will be around for questions if needed

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 08:56:05

Picot = dc, ch2, sl st into dc.

MrsShrek3 Tue 07-Aug-12 09:14:21

(even tho you are all talking crochetspeak and I don't understand word wink )

Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 09:33:35

Thanks Pidjin, I'm going to try that today smile

Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 10:06:06

Ok update:

First try somehow I ended up with six loop spaces and six points in my star so I've unravelled and will try again after DD has gone down for her nap. I'll get there! Everything else I've crocheted so far has been unravelled at least three times before I've figured it out. Every new attempt is new learning!

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 10:44:49

You can have as many points as you like as long as the look even smile

nickelbarapasaurus Tue 07-Aug-12 10:51:59

Somersaults - i've been at it for years, but have only ever been any good at the granny squares (3 trebles then a gap, into the previous row's gap).

Because of the blankets, I learned how to change colours correctly (at the end of each row)
(i still don't know if i'm doing it correctly, but it works better than the massive knot i used to do!)
and also I learned how to start a new row properly too - I used to just make a mess by trying to carry on without extending into the new row - it was always obvious where I'd done it!

Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 11:56:28

So in my desperation at trying to get DD to nap we walked all the wy to the library and I borrowed a book called The Happy Hooker so I shall be a pro in no time! But she's still not napping so I can't really get on with trying it all!

I'm not sure enough of everything to be daring enough to try changing colours yet I don't think.

nickelbarapasaurus Tue 07-Aug-12 12:23:06

check out youtube videos wherever you can.

there are some excellent tutorials, and you can rewind them

NeitherShreddedNorSmug Tue 07-Aug-12 14:48:20

pidj - thank you for the star instructions and the translation. I will have a go later.

These were the fruits of my labour last night. I particularly like the squishy flower, which was easier than I expected.

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 15:03:53

You can make a flower from the star pattern.

Ignore the last row.
At end of penultimate row, sl st to the post of the st from round 2. Ch 3, dc in post of next round 2 st. Carry on to make 5 new loops, then repeat penultimate row.

I'd have to try it but you might get a 3rd and possibly 4th set of petals this way for a really squishy flower grin

LackaDAISYcal Tue 07-Aug-12 15:06:02

Excellent granny square tutorial

NeitherShreddedNorSmug Tue 07-Aug-12 15:08:31

Pidjin, apologies for my denseness, but does that mean you make new loops within the same circle and carry on going around on top of the previous petals (I think I know what I mean)?

The squishy one I made was based a long chain, which rolled itself up as you went along.

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 15:26:24

Yes. You use the sticky out bits below the first set of petals to make a new set of petals on top. I'll attempt a photo tutorial later on here if you like?

NeitherShreddedNorSmug Tue 07-Aug-12 15:30:40

I think I know what you mean. I was hoping to have a go this morning since it is raining and not beach weather, but DH and DCs are developing cabin fever so we are going out for a walk.

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 17:15:57

So send them and enjoy the peace grin

NeitherShreddedNorSmug Tue 07-Aug-12 17:47:21


PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 20:20:10

How's everyone doing?

DancesWithWoolsEnPointe Tue 07-Aug-12 20:54:13

Evening all - is this where you hide? I wrote a long introductory ramble in the team hooker thread last night, but no one was there... So this time all you are getting is: Evening, I'm dances, I've been knitting for the blankets until now, this is my first go ever a crochet.

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 21:14:25

You can post pictures on this thread, Dances...

PurplePidjin Tue 07-Aug-12 21:15:15


Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 21:22:18

I've managed a two layered flower (sort of) this afternoon. Somehow the top layer ended up with six petals and the bottom layer only five...

I seem to struggle counting stitches I think and always end up with too few or too many and then I have to wing it and hope it turns out okay! It usually turns out with either too much or too little of something like petals or points!

I've also knitted a little pink heart to stitch onto a square and begun a star stitch square tonight. Thankfully DD went down quickly and easily tonight so I've had some time.

DancesWithWoolsEnPointe Tue 07-Aug-12 21:22:28

I see that! How exciting!

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