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My crochet blanket is kind of leaning to the left as it goes - almost like I somehow drop a stitch on the left and add one on the right?

I'm making a baby blanket and I'm about 110 rows in. It's 5 rows of half double crochet, then 5 rows of single crochet with baubles. It seems like the blanket is kinda leaning off the left - the half ...
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Crochet hook size switch mid project

I lost my crochet hook . Size 3.5 mm . If I switch to a size 3mm will it make a huge different in my afghan ?
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Can someone identify the pattern of these purses?

I would like to identify the pattern of the purse in the image below, and want to know how to begin the chain number of the stitch. Is it a double crochet or single crochet? What type of yarn do I use ...
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Strongest crochet stitch for making a non stretch strap/cord

I have some 3mm dyneema kite line and I'm looking to crochet the line into a strap/cord which can be used to tie things, hoist etc. What is the strongest crochet stitch which would allow me to ...
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What is the result if I use a yarn with smaller TEX than the original pattern?

I've been an amigurumi crocheter for a while, so I've never had to worry about yarn weight/TEX, because we have many yarns that are meant for making amigurumis. But recently I decided to make this ...
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How to avoid gaps between stitches in crocheted clothes

When I crochet something, I always end up with gaps in between my stitches, leading to a sort of open-weave effect. That's fine for baggy cardigans and the like, but for tops, dresses, skirts, etc, I'...
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Crochet A Round Disc [duplicate]

I want to crochet a disc like object. Really, I want to make a lemon slice. However, I can't figure out how to make the disc flat, and not rounded. I'm not sure if I need to make my decreasing/...
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Crochet Half Sphere/Ball

I want to crochet a half sphere. I can crochet a ball, no problem (I'm crocheting in the round, by the way). However, I can't find any (readable) patterns for a half-ball (meaning a ball cut in half). ...
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How can I get a 120 degree angle with crochet chains?

I am trying to make the edge of a diamond with chains in crochet with no stitches in the center of the diamond but I am unsure of the best way to get a 120 degree angle turn with only chains. I am ...
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What measurements should I request from people when crocheting custom made-to-order swimwear?

I am familiar with standard measurements like bust, cup, and hip/waist measurements but are there any other standard measurements that should be taken into account when crocheting custom swimwear? I ...
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Appropriate diagrams for styles of lingerie/swimwear tops and bottoms?

This may be a bit of an odd question but I am a male crocheter who is trying to make lingerie and swimwear. I am wanting a diagram that shows various styles of bottoms and tops along with their ...
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Tips for working with yarn that splits easily?

I just started crocheting with a medium weight Viscose, Polyester, Nylon blend yarn and it likes to split a lot while I'm doing front post and back post double crochets as well as some other stitches. ...
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Is it yarn that makes a product stretchy or the type of stitch?

I am currently working on a project that uses back loop only single crochets and my yarn is 100% acrylic. The project is super stretchy and I am wondering if it is the stitch or the yarn or both that ...
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What types of yarn are best for swimwear?

I'm simply wondering if there are any types of yarn that hold up well in water? Or should crocheted swimwear not be used for actually swimming?
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Pros and cons of classic crochet needles and handled crochet needles

Assuming both are of excellent quality, on what basis do I decide which ones to purchase? I don't have any experience crocheting.
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Can you identify this yarn tool?

I’ve been knitting, crocheting, sewing, weaving, and most other things textile related for decades and have never come across this tool. I inherited a box of yarn and other crafting items that ...
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How to rehab tightly wound yarn?

I used to do a terrible thing, I'd buy beautiful skeins of hand-dyed yarn and rush home and wind them into super tight balls by hand. I now have a ball winder and a lot more sense. I'm rewinding these ...
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What does "100-150rp" mean (yarn)?

I bought a crochet pattern. And it states [...] Recommended materials and tools: • Plush yarn (Yarn Art Dolce / Himalaya Dolphin Baby) 100-150гр.; [...] What does 100-150rp mean? (I've never heard ...
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What does this pattern mean in crochet?

I’m trying to crochet an amigurumi skull but I don’t understand what 2dc-cluster 5 means. The same goes for [sc3inc over Ch.]
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Can a crochet pattern for a blanket that has holes in it be made safe for a baby?

I've recently been asked by a great friend to crochet a baby blanket for them. They would be paying the yarn, so I asked them to find a pattern and buy the yarn. She's sent me a few patterns to check ...
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Embroidery on crochet afghan

I don’t know anything about embroidery, but would really like to start applying embroidery detail onto my crochet afghans. I have some questions as to what would make this most effective. What ...
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How to expand one pattern repeat

I've been reading Leonie Morgan's '100 Colourful ripple stitches'. Some of the patterns are an unusual shape, and have no explanation of how to expand upon the pattern. One pattern repeat is given as, ...
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Blocking Acrylic Yarn

How do you block acrylic yarn? I just finished a beautiful Celtic Cable neck warmer with Lion Brand Heartland Tweed yarn, which is acrylic, and I want to make some for my friends for the holidays, but ...
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Crochet/amigurumi: joining two pieces

I've been crocheting for a while, and I've recently started giving amigurumi (basically crochet stuffed animals/things) a try. I've been able to do balls and variations, but I bought a kit to make a ...
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Evenly spaced increase

I have a knitting project in which I have 94 stitches on my needle, and I’m supposed to do an evenly spaced increase of 50 to get 144 stitches. I know how to increase, but I do not know if I need to ...
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Old crochet terminology: "3 under 3 chain"

I've recently come across a nice library of antique Irish crochet patterns at a site called APL. I'm having some trouble understanding their language (some of it seems to be different from what we use ...
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Where can I find good crocheting patterns?

I'm pretty new to crocheting and am trying to find interesting patterns online. I'm especially interested in crocheting rugs. Sadly, I haven't had too much luck finding patterns for them. Can somebody ...
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Can a wool coffee cozy sustain high temperatures?

I drink coffee after boiling water and mixing it in the mug. The mug stays hot for a while and then I start drinking it. I have been crocheting for a while and I thought I might as well make a coffee ...
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Are there alternatives to starch for stiffening finished yarn hat?

I am going to be making a cowboy hat for my niece out of cotton yarn. The pattern I am using is a simple working in rounds i.e. making a bowl shape. The "cowboy" comes from using starch to make the ...
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Submitting Fabric/Yarn Craft Items to be Judged

What should be done when delivering items to a fair or similar for judging? I have a ~15" doily I want to submit, but I don't know if they want it in an envelope, sack, or nothing. It's sandwiched ...
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How to get the perfect center pull?

Whenever I try to get the center pull of a commercial skein of yarn, it ends up tangling and I just have to untangle the whole ball. Are there any tips for a better center pull?
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How to prevent Tunisian crochet from curling?

When I tried to make a simple Tunisian crochet scarf using the "Tunisian Simple Stitch", the edges of my scarf kept curling. Is there a way to prevent that while crocheting and is there a way to fix ...
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What to use as amigurumi stuffing if you don't have access to poly stuffing?

I, for one, do not have easy access to poly stuffing, so I was wondering, what is the second best choice for amigurumi stuffing?
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Using human hair for amigurumi stuffing

OK, I realize this topic may creep some of you, be it because of hygienic or ethics questions. I trust you will understand it comes out of pure curiosity and of the desire of using more natural ...
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What is the difference between normal single crochet and single crochet into back loop only?

I just came across an amigurumi pattern that specifically asks for a single crochet into back loop only and it made me question what the difference is. So, what is the difference between normal ...
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How Do I Clean My Characters?

I crochet lots of things but they seem to get dirt and stuff on them. I use lots of yarn but mostly the brand Red Heart. I try cleaning it off with water but it doesn't come off. How do I clean yarn ...
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What is this crochet stitch?

Can anyone tell me what type of crochet stitch is being used here in the light green area (above the pink on the wrist). It looks like possibly 3 dc stitches in one hole, but I'm wondering if anyone ...
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How do I resize (smaller) baby bootie crochet pattern?

I am crocheting a set of baby booties for an infant using this pattern: http://lacycrochet.blogspot.ca/2014/01/crochet-baby-booties-size-0-6-months.html I need the booties to be about 3/4 the ...
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Are there any stitches that are specific to knitting/crocheting only?

I wanted to know if there are any stitches that only be achieved through knitting as well as any stitches that can achieve through crocheting only?
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How do you properly use more than 3 colors in a crochet project?

I had to ask this because I have been having problems with this. This there a proper way to use 4 or more colors in a crochet project? Like for example, if you wanted to crochet a portrait or a ...
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How can I cleanly finish and starts rows, using single crochet, in my pokeballs?

In my continued adventures in making pokeballs I have run into another issue that experimenting is not fixing. The balls are made just using single crochet (sc). Typically what I do for sc project row ...
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What can I do to reduce pain while crocheting?

I understand that this will happen regardless with this kind of relative motion. Especially with smaller models where your hands are constantly trying to keep proper tension of the yarn. Still ...
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Crocheting: 'knife' grip vs 'pen' grip

When crocheting, there are 2 grips for holding the hook: like a knife or like a pen. The choice is - of course - a matter of what you've been taught and what you prefer, but can anything in general be ...
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How can I do my Poké Ball decreases so they appear tighter?

A continuation of my Poké Ball woes: I want to improve my decrease technique. Consider the image of the tops of my balls (where the balls are finished and tied off): The very top where the tie-off ...
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What crochet stitch is similar to a garter stitch in knitting?

I was thinking about making a scarf at some point like the scarf from the 4th Doctor in the Doctor Who series. The original scarf was knitted, which I am not capable of. I like the appearance of the ...
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How can I finish the tops of my balls so the stitches are not so open in appearance?

Pokemon Go has been a feature in my family, and the world, as of late. I figured it would be fun to make some pokeballs for the kids. The first time I make something I expect there to be flaws. I make ...
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How can I resize this crocheted hat pattern for an infant?

I want to make an infant-sized version of this hat (PDF). The current pattern (assuming correct gauge) makes a hat with an 18.5" (47cm) circumference. It seems that a common size for a newborn/infant ...
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Why are the corners of my work curling?

This happens frequently. I make something like a scarf, my hook case or more recently my knight's helmet. Any place that I have something like a 90 degree corner my work curls up. Not the end of the ...
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What are the common abbreviations in crochet patterns and more importantly what do they mean?

I almost never see patterns sold with yarn or those online using the long forms of stitch and technique names. Yes, most proper beginner tutorials almost always have a legend for this sort of thing ...
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What are the equivalents between US crochet stitch terms and UK terms?

I have heard that the names of stitches are different between the US and UK. If I have a pattern from the UK, how do I convert it to the US terms or vice versa?
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