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Volume XII, Issue No. 7
April 15, 2009

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RE: Dallas Cowboy crochet afghan pattern

Hi Im looking for an Dallas Cowboy NFL crochet pattern for an afghan.



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I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:12-13

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(A different crochet stitch and/or tip featured in each issue...
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I have had numerous requests over the years regarding advice on keeping the ends of a project straight.
The following tutorial by Kim Werker explains this very well:



I am not familiar with the term fpdc..can you tell me what it is..thanks


This is a front post 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)

in other words... each double crochet looks like a little fence post. You put the hook through the work on the right side of the post and bring it around behind and back through the work toward the front, on the left side of the post. Then yarn over and pull up a loop and finish the double crochet stitch.





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:



Clear zippered bags (like ziplock) work great for your crochet projects and they come in a variety of sizes.
I also love the heavier vinyl zippered bags that blankets and comforters come in. They are great for storing alot of yarn.





Scrap Yarn Ideas ...

67. With scrap yarn I made a towel topper from one of your patterns but did not have a button for closing. I found a one inch rubber washer that is used in a garden hose and crocheted around it for a button also using scrap yarn. I really liked the results. Ginger in Ohio

do you have number 68?





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RE: Gauge for Filet

I was wondering if you know how I can figure out the size of a Filet square if I did it in yarn instead of thread. Is there a way to figure out what size it would be in different yarns or threads? Thank-you for any help you could give me. I just love your Newsletters and all the beautiful patterns you share with us.
Thanks so much Marie

<< reply >>

Thank you so much for signing my Guestbook.
The only way to figure a size difference between materials is to make a swatch with the materials you intend to use for your project. Measure the gauge and calculate from there. Be sure to make your swatch using the same stitches as the pattern you want to make.
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Subject: Ashley's_Baby_Afghan

I am making the Ashley's Baby Afghan. I have completed it to the final round of the border. It is in a stitch that I don't know how to do. It is a reverse single crochet. Can you send me a simple instruction on how to make this stitch. I have never seen it before and I'm sure it is very simple but after the many hours I have put in to making the afghan, I want to finish it properly. I never thought that after the many, many years I have been crocheting that I would run into a stitch that was new to me. I thought I had seen them all. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
Thanking you in advance. Carol Zintz

<< Lisa's reply >>

The Reverse Single Crochet is simple. It's the same as a regular single crochet stitch... except... you work in the opposite direction on the row. If you normally work your stitches from right to left... the reverse singles go from left to right. This will make the edges of the stitches have a rolled look. Does that make sense?

<< Carol's Reply >>

Thank you, Lisa, for the info on the reverse stitch. It makes such good sense that I figured it out myself before I got your reply. I finished the afghan and it looks lovely. I am sending it off to Seattle to my nephew for his new baby boy.

I find crocheting a very relaxing and inexpensive hobby. And you can make great gifts that have that personal touch. The internet has given me many more patterns to choose from so I think I will be at it for another 55 years.
Thank you and blessings to you also. Carol Zintz

RE: Laundry Codes on Yarn Labels

I love the newsletter and tips.
Is there a section that gives you the explaination of the laundry codes on all yarn labels?
I found this one on the Lion Brand Yarn site and now I know what each symbol means.

I'm making a large granny square baby blanket for my great niece who will join us in July. I'm trying to find a shell or scallop border. Any suggestions? Thanx. - Nan

<< reply >>

I've used the scalloped/shell edging and it works really well.
You just need to repeat the following:
     5 double crochet stitches in the next stitch
     skip two stitches
     one single crochet in the next stitch
     skip two stitches
Work this evenly around your afghan.

Placing one single crochet stitch between all of the 5 double crochet sets is what helps the edge scallop really well. Skipping stitches between the double crochet sets and the single crochet is what helps the edge lay flat.

I like ruffles too.
I work 2 or 3 dcs (or trebles) in each stitch around placing extra in the corners.
Then work one double (or treble) in each stitch for a second round to make it wider.
I made an afghan once where I did a double ruffle.
Work the first in the back loops and then a second ruffle in the front loops
making the front ruffle one round shorter in a different color.

You can find various other edging ideas here:

Subject: ReadAPattern

I am new at this and selected a pattern that is confusing me crazy, here it is if you could help that would be great: Work beginning decrease, (dc in next ch-1 sp and in next dc) 3 times, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in next ch-3 sp, (dc in next dc and in next ch-1 sp) 3 times, *decrease, (dc in next ch-1 sp and in next dc) 3 times, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp, (dc in next dc and in next ch-1 sp) 3 times; repeat from * across to last 2 dc, work ending decrease: 137 dc

The part that is really getting me is the "in next ch-3 sp" and the "ch-1 sp" what is that?

Shelley Dedmon

<< reply >>

Work beginning decrease, (instructions for a beginning decrease should be in your pattern)
double crochet in the next chain 1 space (into the hole beneath the chain), double crochet in the next double crochet
double crochet in the next chain 1 space (into the hole beneath the chain), double crochet in the next double crochet
double crochet in the next chain 1 space (into the hole beneath the chain), double crochet in the next double crochet

work two double crochets, 3 chains and two more double crochets in the next chain 3 space (into the hole beneath the 3 chains)

double crochet in the next double crochet, double crochet in the next chain 1 space (into the hole beneath the chain)
double crochet in the next double crochet, double crochet in the next chain 1 space (into the hole beneath the chain)
double crochet in the next double crochet, double crochet in the next chain 1 space (into the hole beneath the chain)


decrease (instructions for a decrease should be in your pattern)

double crochet in the next chain 1 space (into the hole beneath the chain), double crochet in the next double crochet
double crochet in the next chain 1 space (into the hole beneath the chain), double crochet in the next double crochet
double crochet in the next chain 1 space (into the hole beneath the chain), double crochet in the next double crochet

work two double crochets, 3 chains and two more double crochets in the next chain 3 space (into the hole beneath the 3 chains)

double crochet in the next double crochet, double crochet in the next chain 1 space (into the hole beneath the chain)
double crochet in the next double crochet, double crochet in the next chain 1 space (into the hole beneath the chain)
double crochet in the next double crochet, double crochet in the next chain 1 space (into the hole beneath the chain)

Now repeat the instructions from the asterisk * across to the last two double crochets.
Work an ending decrease.
You should have 137 double crochets when this row is finished.

>>>The part that is really getting me is the "in next ch-3 sp" and the "ch-1 sp" what is that?
That just means you work into the hole beneath the chain or chains.

Re: Row Count Afghan Dove Square

I have a question on the row count dove afghan square. I haven't tried it yet but how do you maneuver the contrast color meaning when you get to the dove part, do you have to be cutting the yarn every time or is there an easier way to handle. Please let me know.

<< reply >>

I don't cut the yarn.
Take a look at this page:
let me know if this helps.

I admit defeat on this one.

Could you explain the following?
*{sk 1 ch, (4 dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch, sk 3 ch}, dc in next 5 ch,
Many Thanks! Janie4

<< reply >>

This means....
skip one chain
Work 4 double crochets, two chains and another double crochet all in the next chain
skip the next 3 chains
Double crochet in each of the next 5 chains.

Now your instructions should mention repeating some of the instructions.

Re: lost afghan pattern

hi lisa, i'm new to this online pattern stuff, hoping you can help me locate a pattern for a friend who's making an afghan for her first grandchild. i originally llearned it from my mother-in-law who now seems to be too busy to teach me it again. it's been a while since i've done it and i don't want to let my friend down. it starts in the corner of the afghan, probably w/seven chain st, going back to the third ch from hook, 3 dbl cr,ch 3, turn. this afghan gets wider w/each row because you are adding a block of stiches on each end as you go. when it reaches desired width you start eliminating blocks of stiches on each end. can you help, or can you direct me to someone who can? thank you so much for your time. sincerely, marie pecore, brookfield,mass

<< reply >>

I believe the Corner to Corner Afghan pattern is what you want:

I can do the stitches but I am having problems reading the instructions.
What does 1 sc in next ch 2 sp mean? Thanks, Lynne

<< reply >>

That means you work one single crochet stitch into the next chain 2 space.
Work the stitch into the hole beneath the next two chains.. not into either chain.


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