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Volume XVIII, Issue No. 4
February 28, 2015

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#10 crochet thread help

Good morning All! I would like to ask how do you keep work from turning when working with this thread? I had a chain of about 200 then I had to chain 2 skip chains and sc in 3rd. That thing was like a spiral. FIANALLY I just taped it down and worked thru the tape! Any suggestions?

Valerie (Happy FINALLY!!!!!)



Many "first rows" of crochet will curl or spiral.
It's nothing to worry about as long as you can tell where your stitches go.
If you have a problem keeping track of the working row, try placing markers in increments along the row to help you reference where subsequent stitches go.

Lisa Hamblin CNM/MBA






“I think that if God forgives us
we must forgive ourselves.
Otherwise, it is almost like
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~~ C.S. Lewis ~~

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How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit! When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long, for day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to Thee, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord"; and Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found; surely in a flood of great waters they shall not reach him. Thou art my hiding place; Thou dost preserved me from trouble; Thou dost surround me with songs of deliverance. I will instruct you to teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, otherwise they will not come near to you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones, and shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.

Psalm 32


What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.

Romans 6:1-14

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart. You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your strivign against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, "MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM; FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES."

Hebrews 12:1-6




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Gauge refers to the measurement of stitches and rows contained in a stitch pattern sample.
Always begin your gauge swatch with the recommended hook size and yarn then adjust the
hook size as needed. Be sure to make your swatch large enough to get a proper measurement.

To measure the stitch gauge... lay the ruler horizontally across the work.
Row gauge... lay the ruler vertically across the work.

The measurements of your gauge swatch lets you know if your gauge meets what
is recommended for your pattern. If it doesn't measure up like the pattern says
then you should adjust your hook size accordingly...
too many stitches in your measurement... switch to a larger hook
too few stitches... switch to a smaller hook

Keep in mind... if your project isn't for a garment or an item that needs to be the approximate suggested size in the pattern instructions... then checking the gauge isn't as critical.




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Re: ReadAPattern

I need some help understanding this pattern.

Base ring: 5 ch, join with sl st

Rnd 1: 5 ch (count as 1 dc and 2ch), [3dc into ring, 2 ch] 3 times, 2 dc into ring, sl st to 3rd of ch-5 - 3dc each side.

What does it mean about 3 dc each side? I understand it up to that part.
Then I have another question. Why the two different parenthesis? And see below:

Pattern says : rnd 2: sl st into corner sp, [1dc into each dc across side of square, 2dc into next corner sp, 4ch, 2dc into same corner] 3 times, 1dc into each dc across side, 1dc into same corner sp as 7dc, sl st to 3rd ch of ch-7 - 7dc each side.

Rep rnd 2 until yarn runs out, end beg of rnd set aside.

I made this same afghan a few years ago, but haven't crocheted since then and don't remember these parts. It looks right until I start doing 7 dc each side. Then it looks weird but I have only done about 4-5 rows(rounds).

Thanks for your help.


Beth Berkowitz

<< Reply >>

Parentheses and Brackets are both used to set off instructions. So for Round 1, the 5 chains you begin with count as one double crochet and 2 chains. Then you work the instructions inside the brackets

3 double crochets into the ring, chain 2
3 double crochets into the ring, chain 2
3 double crochets into the ring, chain 2

that makes a total of 3 times,

Now work two more double crochets into the ring. Slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the beginning chain 5.

The part of the pattern that says "3dc each side" is only for reference.
That means once you finish round 1 you should have 3 double crochets on each side.

For Round 2,
The pattern itself is a bit confusing here... this is my interpretation of what you need to do:

do not turn
slip stitch in the corner space
chain 3
work one double crochet, 4 chains and two double crochets in the corner space

double crochet in each double crochet on the side of the square
work 2 double crochets in the next corner space
chain 4
work 2 double crochets into the same corner

double crochet in each double crochet on the side of the square
work 2 double crochets in the next corner space
chain 4
work 2 double crochets into the same corner

double crochet in each double crochet on the side of the square
work 2 double crochets in the next corner space
chain 4
work 2 double crochets into the same corner

double crochet in each double crochet on the side of the square
join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain 3.

For each additional round, to begin...
do not turn
slip stitch in each stitch until you get to the corner space.
slip stitch into that corner space... then repeat Round 2.


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Re: Row Count Heart in a Heart Afghan Square

Row Count Heart in a Heart Afghan Square Free Crochet Pattern


<< Comments >>

I love your holiday granny squares. Do you fasten off every time you change colors, though?
I don't see how else to do it, but that would take so much time, it makes me think I'm
missing something when I try your patterns...

Joanie Marie


Thank you Joanie. I do not fasten off at all when making the row count patterns. I carry the unused color along as I go, dropping it at the point where I will need it on the way back.



Re:Toilet paper roll with flower on top

We are really struggling with the 2nd row. None of it is working right. We only end up with 5 chain 3 spaces. Any way you could help us out please?

Thank you :)

<< Reply >>

For Round 1 you make 4 chains. Work a double crochet in the fourth chain from the hook.
chain 1, work 2 double crochet stitches in the same space.
Now repeat the instructions from the asterisk four more times.
Chain 1 and join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain 4.

For Round 2, do not turn... slip stitch in the next double crochet.
Slip stitch in the next chain 1 space.
Chain 3, slip stitch in the next chain 1 space.
Repeat from the asterisk around.
The last slip stitch is made in the same chain space as the very first 3 chains were.
This will give you a total of 6 chain 3 spaces.


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I have been working on the alphabet pattern and got as far as the ' I ' and the chart is wrong. The bottom row of the I is one row up making the bobbles worked on the right side and the top row is 1 row down.

Stephanie Duffy

<< Comments >>

That's the way the chart was originally printed... I adjust that letter also when I make these. I also include extra stitches on either end to add a border as I go along so i don't have to later.


Re: Crochet Instructions

Thank you so much for the explanation of crochet stitches!

I am 72 and just learned to crochet in November... what a time!

The young lady who taught me was VERY patient and wrote out

VERY simple instructions for single crocheting a coaster... It took

me almost 20 minutes to chain 5... we laughed sooo hard! But

now I am making hats for the homeless and what I call snuggle
buddies for young toddlers... I've tried other items but the instructions
were too complicated for me. THEN I came across your page of

explanations. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you!

God bless!

Sharon A. Maxwell



Very nice Lisa. Thank you. God bless. Emmy



Hi there! I have a relatively new great grandaughter whose Mother has submitted a request for said ggd for a pink and white afghan. So far,so good. I recall that in my dim and distant youth I made several of the above referenced afghans for my own babies, then grandbabies....alas, the pattern is no where to be found. Spent a good part of this day on the 'net.....found the pattern pictured and followed many links to a tutorial/pattern, etc. However, I never got to ANY that gave me the pattern itself. Is this still available? I found it on the website and wish to thank you and Caron International for making this available to us (I truly do use your yarns for just about it!). Anyway, Is there any where I might fine this pattern? There is a photo of the blanket but not defined clearly enough for me to determine stitches, spacing, etc. I will have to make some adjustment in the size of the letters as my precious ggd's name is PATIENCE!!!! (obviously not named after her doting great grandma.

Hope this makes some sense to you and that you might be able to point me in the right direction. Many thanks in advance!!!

<< Reply >>

The pattern for the Baby’s ABCs Afghan is only in graph form as that
is how Caron International listed it on their yarn label. You can find
another version of the graph on this page:
Hope this helps.


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RE: How to Crochet - Join Granny Squares using Double Crochet Stitches


<< Comments >>

Nice video. Can you also join them doing 3 dc in each hole?
cheryl grier

<< Reply >>

You can use any combination of stitches you want as long as the squares lay flat when joined.

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Re: How to Crochet - Baby's ABCs Afghan in Multiple Colors



<< Comments >>

He visto su vídeo de como se hace el punto puff. Pero quisiera saber como se hace en las uniones de las pastillas.
Un saludo,
... translated ...
I saw your video as the puff point is made. But I wonder how it's done at the junctions of the pills.
A greeting,

<< Reply >>

For the dividing row of puff stitches in between color changes I alternated the color of the puff stitches using the color of the block just completed and the color of the next block.


In the directions for the ribbed baby booties, what does " cor" mean ?
Thanks and I'm very happy for your father in law that he was able to preach on Sunday !! God is good !

Wilda Lagrosa

<< Reply >>

Cor stands for corresponding.
James is a true miracle of God.... and yes He is!






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