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Volume XII, Issue No. 15
August 15, 2009

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FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE:

GENERAL NEWS
QUESTIONS FROM THE CNM MESSAGE BOARD
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
BIBLE TRIVIA
PAGES UPDATED
NEW LINKS
MEMBER PATTERNS
CROCHET STITCH or TECHNIQUE
CROCHET TIP
VIEWER FEEDBACK
CONTEST/GIVE-AWAY INFORMATION
CLASSIFIED SECTION
HUMOR


GENERAL NEWS

Dear Subscriber:

 

How observant are you?
Power of Observation

 

 

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QUESTIONS FROM
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QUESTION:

I'M LOOKING FOR A granny square xmas boot pattern.
It is has about 12 granny squares and you cut bottom part
of a plastic coke bottle to set inside of the boot.

Mary Ann

 

ANSWER:

http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/paid/christmas/p115026bootcenterpiece.shtml

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WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT


"You cannot add to the peace and good will of the world
if you fail to create an atmosphere of harmony
and love right where you live and work." -- Thomas Dreier

 

SHMILEY

A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 13:34-35

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13:3-8

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

Matthew 5:16

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has beheld God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have beheld and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

1 John 4:7-15

We love, because He first loved us.

1 John 4:19

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."

John 3:16

And He said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."

Matthew 22:37

 

"GOD'S LOVE DOES NOT KEEP US FROM TRIALS,
IT HELPS US GET THROUGH THEM."

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Row Count H Coaster Crochet Pattern
ROW COUNT
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ROW COUNT
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MEMBER PATTERNS


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CROCHET STITCH or TECHNIQUE

(A different crochet stitch and/or tip featured in each issue...
to be added later to the Crochet Basics page)


POST STITCHES VS. REGULAR STITCHES

VIEWER QUESTION

what is the differance between Front post Stich and , Dc or hdc in each st around and how to chrochet it, I have pattern and it says for one round ch3, dc in each st around, join with sl st. After few line is done, the new line is for Front post Stich, (fpdc). I know how to front post stitch, but confuse for when pattern says dc or hdc in each stitch around, Please help me and write to me. I have a retro stripes hat pattern by Linda Permann. Thanks, Pallavi

 

ANSWER

The difference in post stitches and regular stitches is where the stitch is placed.
Regular stitches are worked into the top of the indicated stitch.
Post stitches are worked around the actual post of the indicated stitch from either the front or the back side of the work. Listed below are instructions for the double crochet, half double and treble crochet stitches, along with front and back post variations.

DC DOUBLE CROCHET

Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated.
Yarn over and pull up a loop. (3 loops on hook.)
Yarn over and draw through 2 of the loops. (2 loops on hook.)
Yarn over and draw through the last 2 of the loops.

Click here for youtube video
courtesy of knitwitch.com

FPDC

FRONT POST DOUBLE CROCHET

(a/k/a
Front Raised
Double Crochet)

Yarn over, insert hook from the front side of the work right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;
yo and pull up a loop (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (2 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (1 lp on hk)

Illustrations


BPDC BACK POST DOUBLE CROCHET Yarn over, insert hook from the back side of the work right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;
yo and pull up a loop (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (2 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (1 lp on hk)

Illustrations


HDC HALF DOUBLE CROCHET Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated,
yarn over and pull up a loop. (You should have 3 loops on your hook.) Yarn over again and draw through all three of the loops on the hook.

Click here for youtube video
courtesy of knitwitch.com

FPHDC

FRONT POST HALF DOUBLE CROCHET

(a/k/a
Front Raised Half
Double Crochet)

Yarn over, insert hook from the front side of the work right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;
yo and pull up a loop (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through all three lps

BPHDC

BACK POST HALF DOUBLE CROCHET

 

Yarn over, insert hook from the back side of the work right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;
yo and pull up a loop (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through all three lps

 

TR
or
TC
TREBLE CROCHET
(Also known as Triple Crochet)

Yarn over twice, then insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated.

Yarn over and pull up a loop. (4 loops on hook.)
Yarn over and draw through 2 loops. (3 loops on hook.)
Yarn over and draw through 2 loops. (2 loops on hook.)
Yarn over and draw through two loops.

Click here for youtube video
courtesy of knitwitch.com

 

FPTR FRONT POST TREBLE

Yarn over twice, insert hook from the front side of the work right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;

yo and draw up a lp (4 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (2 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (1 lp on hk)

BPTR BACK POST TREBLE

Yarn over twice, insert hook from the back side of the work right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;
yo and draw up a lp (4 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (2 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (1 lp on hk)

 

 

 

 

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ILLUSTRATED BASIC CROCHET INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BEGINNER:

HOW TO DO A STARTING CHAIN

SINGLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

DOUBLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

TRIPLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

This file is very informative when learning to crochet:
http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/learnToCrochet.pdf

 


CROCHET TIP


Classrooms and Scout Troops need craft materials.
Consider donating any yarn or other craft materials you don't plan on using.
This helps the kids as well as helping you free up space for you to purchase supplies you can use.


 

 

 

 

 

Scrap Yarn Ideas ...

do you have number 70?

 

 

The following page is compilation of uses for scrap yarns:
SCRAP YARN IDEAS

If you have a use that's not listed email me!

 


VIEWER FEEDBACK

NOTE: Any comments left on the CNM website or sent via email may be posted here.

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I love your newsletter, patterns, and adding a Christian component. I wanted to ask if you knew of a place where I can could patterns for the alphabet- not crocheted into the block-although thank you for those patterns. But, crocheted and then sewn onto....whatever. A pillow or something. Thank you so much for your ministry.

Christine Indiana


Re: read your testimony

Wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed and was blessed by your testimony. I have enjoyed reading and using the info on your site for some time and recommend it to all my students (I teach at Joanne's near Dallas). We have a Shotzy - we rescued her. She's a bit of a mix, but just as precious. Keep up the Good Work. God knew what he was doing. Gael Golden


Re: Dog Sweater (Linda's version)

Hi Lisa, I am a beginner at crochet and I just tried making a sweater from the pattern you gave and i did something wrong. Is there anyway you can make a video of making that sweater? Someone just gave me a teacup puppy, she is maybe 1lb and thought this would be good to make for her..since nothing fits. I just don't know what I did wrong. I am attaching a picture of her and what I attempted to do...lol Thanks! maybe you can tell me what I did wrong..lol P.S. I had contacted Linda first because I need a much smaller pattern then your original. Thanks again! Lisa Herlein

<< reply >>

From the photo of the sweater

    

it looks like you have the general shape of the sweater.
Did you follow the alteration instructions listed on the main pattern page?
http://www.crochetnmore.com/dogsweater.htm

These instructions help adapt the pattern for any breed.
I'm sorry to say... I haven't made any crochet videos as of yet.


Re: Suggestion/Question

Just wanted to say.....I love this site. Lot's of useful information. Very easy to find stuff. Very easy to read and understand. I love the font style and use of color.. Definetely a favorite. angie


HI, I HAVE A QUESTION CONCERNING CROCHETING AROUND AN ARTICLE. IS THERE A SPECIAL PART OF THE STITCH THAT I SHOULD BE WORKING IN. IN OTHER WORDS, HOW DO I DO THIS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE SIDE I AM EVENLY CROCHETING AROUND IS DOUBLE CROCHETS???? THANKS. LUCY

<< reply >>

When I crochet around a project I work stitches along the working row as usual (in both top loops of each stitch). I add extra stitches in each corner to help the piece lay flat.

For the sides I work one stitch into each single crochet... two into each double crochet.
You are actually working either around the posts of each stitch or into the top of each stitch along the sides. Along the bottom I work stitches into the unworked loops of my foundation chain.

You can find more information on this on our Crochet Basics page:
http://www.crochetnmore.com/123basics.htm
in the section called "Working in Row Ends" toward the bottom of the page.


Dear Lisa, Whenever I make a afghan in the afghan stitch the ends always roll up. I have tried pinning the ends the opposite direction but nothing I try works. Do you have any suggestions I have been a subscriber of yours for more than 10 years and really enjoy it Thanks Kathi from Pueblo West, Co.

<< reply >>

First of all, Thank You for being a loyal visitor! I don't think you can completely prevent the curling problem when using the afghan stitch but purling the first row should help according to this page:
http://www.crochetcabana.com/specialty/ltc-tunisian.htm
You might also try blocking your project after you finish.


Subject: DOLL CAPE

I AM A NEW CROCHETER, AND WANT TO MAKE THIS FOR MY FIRST PROJECT AT MY CLASS MY GRANDAUGHTER HAS AN 11" ANTIQUE DOLL WITH A HEAD CIRCUMFERENCE OF 6". BARBIES HEAD IS ABOUT 3" HOW TO I ADAPT THIS LOVELY PATTERN. THANKS SO MUCH LORIES

<< reply >>

Adjusting the size of any pattern can be tricky.
For this pattern:
http://www.crochetnmore.com/barbiecloak.htm
To make it larger you will definitely need to do a bit of trial and error crocheting.
To get the hood the right size you will need to add more stitches to your foundation chain... then probably a few more rows to the hood as well. Once you get the hood to fit your doll then you can make the skirt ... of course you will need to add additional stitches to begin that part of the pattern also. Good luck!


Subject: ReadAPattern

Iím interested in how to edit a pattern. For example a crocheted tote bag (rated easy)Öitís bit larger than I needed. How do I reduce the pattern? Thanks!

<< reply >>

One of the easiest ways to get a slight difference in pattern size is to change the hook and/or yarn size. For example, if the tote bag pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn and a "G" hook you can substitute a sport weight yarn and a "E" hook to get a smaller version.


RE: Row_Count_Checkered_Afghan_Square

I was looking at this pattern, and I was wondering if you work over the previous yarn color, and alternate, or do you use separate bobbins of yarn? The instructions weren't clear as to what to do. Thank you for such a great pattern, and I look forward to making it. Please let me know if I am to work over the pervious yarn. Thanks. ~Rebecca Peters


RE: help?

I have a tablecloth my mother crocheted for my 16th birthday. I have used it sparingly throughout the years, and it is still beautiful. I want to present it to a daughter to be used as a bedspread. I have recently seen a bedspread that has a lined backing. Can you possibly point me in the right direction to learn how to do this? I am nearing my 85th birthday and would like to do this sooner than later if at all possible. There are no holes, no stains, etc. It is a very large cloth, probably double bed size, I.ve not really measured it. Donít want to take it out until I know there is a possibility of doing something with it. Thank you for any information you may be able to give me. Marjorie L Morrow

<< reply >>

I've seen alot of crocheted bedspreads but never any that were "backed". I have a cousin who has a gorgeous crocheted lacy bedspread in an ivory color. She puts sheets on the bed that are darker colors and the pattern of the bedspread shows up wonderfully. She can change her sheets color and get a totally different look. I didn't have any luck finding information on "backing" a bespread, but the following page discusses backing an afghan:
http://www.charlescraft.com/afghaninstructions.html
The same method could be used with a bedspread. If you decide to back your project, I do recommend washing and drying the backing material first just in case there might be any shrinkage. Also, I would hand-stitch this project with invisible thread. I believe that sewing crocheted fabric with a machine distorts the stitches.

 


Subject: Sasha's_Friendhsip_Bracelet

hi i really want to make your bracelet, but i do not understand the directions. It would b great if u could help, thanks! Olivia

<< reply >>

For this bracelet you hold two strands of embroidery floss together as you work.

For Row 1:
Chain 4,
Work a single crochet in the second chain from the hook.
Single crochet in each remaining chain.

For Row 2:
Chain 1 and turn.
Work one single crochet in each single crochet across.

Now you repeat Row 2 until the bracelet is the length you want.
Fasten off.

Now add fringe evenly to each short end.
Separate the strands evenly and braid them.
Tie a knot at the ends and trim the uneven edges.
Use the braided portion on each end to tie the bracelet to your wrist.


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I was really happy with the large colorful project photos.
There's something for everyone!
The aspect of Fabulous and Flirty Crochet that stood out to me was the section on the yarns used in the patterns.
One page shows "actual size" photos of the yarns which makes it super easy to substitute other yarns if you want to.
For those who stay strictly to the recommended yarn in a pattern Katherine has included a yarn resource list.
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HUMOR


Crotoon - Smile


I was talking on the phone with my son, who was stationed in Hawaii with the Air Force. He was explaining how the troops were learning to scuba-dive. They used the buddy system, he said, and occasionally dived into shark-infested waters.

Listening on the extension, my daughter asked,
"What do you do when you see a shark?"

My son said, "Swim faster than my buddy."


As the plane was flying low over some hills near Athens, a goober asked the flight attendant,
"What's that stuff all over the hills?"

"Just snow."

"That's what I thought. But the guy in front of me said it was grease."


"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home." -Bill Cosby


I am five feet, three inches tall and pleasingly plump.

Recently, after I had a minor accident, my mother accompanied me to the emergency room.

The ER nurse asked for my height and weight, and I responded in a serious tone, "Five-foot-eight, 125 pounds."

While the nurse pondered this information, my mother leaned over to me and said,
"Sweetheart," she gently chided, "this is not the Internet."


One evening after dinner, my five-year-old son Eli noticed that his mother had gone out. In answer to his questions, I told him, "Mommy is at a Tupperware party." This explanation satisfied him for only a moment.

Puzzled, he asked, "What's a Tupperware party, Dad?"

I've always given my son honest answers, so I figured a simple explanation would be the best approach. "Well, Eli, " I said, "at a Tupperware party, a bunch of ladies sit around and sell plastic bowls to each other." Eli nodded, indicating that he understood this curious pastime. Then he burst into laughter.

"Come on, Dad," he said. "What is it really?"


During basic training for the Army Nurse Corps, we were required to spend one week in the field roughing it. It rained the entire week. We arose daily in our swampy tent, took a cold-water beauty bath from our helmets, donned our pistol belts and ponchos, and trudged through the mud to set up field hospitals. Obviously, our personal appearance frequently left much to be desired.

The final blow to our feminine pride occurred while we waited in the mess line in the mud and rain. A young private came by with a camera and asked to take our picture. "It will prove to my girl," he said, "that she has NO reason to be jealous!"


Sarah, my teenage granddaughter was nervous as she took the wheel for her first driving lesson.

As she was pulling out of the parking lot, the instructor said, "Turn left here and don't forget to let the people behind you know what you're doing."

She turned to the students sitting in the back seat and announced, "I'm turning left!"


A husband, the owner of a new car, was somewhat reluctant to allow his wife to drive his prize possession, even to the grocery store, which was a few blocks from the house.

After she insisted, he finally relented, cautioning her as she departed, "Remember, if you have an accident, the newspaper will print your age."


It was a Saturday afternoon, and Ray had rushed down to the local supermarket to hurriedly pick up some hamburger rolls, chips and a few condiments. The big college game was going to be on, so he was having a few friends over to watch it.

The store was loaded with shoppers and as he headed for the six item express lane, the only one that didn't have a long line, a woman completely ignoring the overhead sign slipped into the check-out line just in front of him pushing a cart piled high with groceries.

Ray was quietly fuming at the anticipated delay. But the elderly cashier beckoned the woman to come forward, looked into the cart and asked ever so sweetly, "So Dearie, which six items would you like to buy?"


An English teacher at Michigan State University spent a lot of time marking grammatical errors on her students' written work. She wasn't sure how much impact she was having until one overly busy day when she sat at her desk rubbing her temples.

A student asked, "What's the matter, Mrs. Sheridan?"

"Tense," she replied, describing her emotional state.

After a slight pause the student tried again ...
"What was the matter? What has been the matter? What might have been the matter? ... ???"


As a high school football coach, I'm aware that student athletes tend to focus too much on sports.

A fellow coach, Bob, was talking about one such player, who called him at home one night. When his wife informed the kid that Bob wasn't home, he became frantic and said he had to speak to the coach right away.

"Just calm down, and I'll have him call you as soon as he gets home," the coach's wife told him. "What's your number?"

The flustered kid replied, "Three."


 

 

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