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How big will my project be?

That will depend on the hook size that you are using. Again, the bigger the hook, the bigger the project. Each pattern indicates how many stitches wide and tall it is, so you can use those numbers along with a gauge from your desired hook size to determine how big your finished product will be.

How much yarn will I need?

The amount of yarn that you will require depends on what hook size you are using, and also which color changing method you are using.  A bigger hook will require more yarn. I also think that the cut and tie method of color changing will require more yarn than the color carrying method.

Each pattern that you purchase from me indicates the number of stitches per color, so you can use that to gauge how much yarn you may need for each color.

What size hook do I need to use?

That all depends on how big you want your project to be. The bigger the hook, the bigger the finished product will be. I typically use a size I hook.

Do these patterns work for knitting as well?

My patterns are currently for crochet only. I think knitting has different requirements for their pattern dimensions. However, if you want to use the charts for cross stitching, that is definitely something that you could do.

What if I want a pattern that’s not on your site yet?

I do take custom requests. If it’s something that I think others may want to also purchase, I will create the pattern and notify you when I add it to the site.

If it’s something that I believe only you would want (like a photo of your child), that will cost a little more and will not go on the website.

Contact me with any custom requests!

How do I do my color changes?

On the last sc before your color change, remember to complete the sc until you get to the last yarn over. You will be completing the yarn over with your new color.

If the process isn’t familiar to you, please see this video (it’s less than a minute) on changing colors while carrying yarn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny6WdInSOG0

You can also use the cut and tie method shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SzCpLnbEA4

I use both methods…it just depends on my mood at the time. I cannot say that one is better than the other. If you want to be able to have your project be reversible, you will have to use the carrying colors method. With the cut and tie method, you can add a sewn or crocheted backing to your project to cover up all of the noise happening on the back.

There are plenty of videos on color changes on YouTube, so be sure to check out as many as you need in order to get comfortable with the concept!

I’ve never made a graphghan before. How is it done?

BASIC INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Chain the required number of chains in your Row 1 color. Should equal to the number of stitches on Row 1 + 1 extra chain.
  • Crochet each row in sc, following the written directions for color changes.
  • At the end of each row, chain 1 and then turn (chain 1 does NOT count as a stitch).
  • Work your first sc of the new row into the last sc of the previous row. Do not skip a stitch at the beginning, and do not work into the turning chain at the end.
  • If you are completely unfamiliar with the single crochet, please refer to this video (not my video, but it’s very helpful!): http://www.anniescatalog.com/knit/content.html?content_id=68

 

How are your patterns different from other patterns that I see online?

Most of the other patterns that you see come with a graph/chart only. That requires you to count squares in order to complete your project.

My patterns come with written row-by-row directions. What this means is that you NEVER have to look at a graph! It tells you exactly which color is next, and how many stitches you are required to single crochet for that color.  For example:  “Row 1 – Red:  sc15, White: sc18, Blue: sc3, Red: sc15”.

How much easier is that than counting squares?  They’ve already been counted and written out for you! Patterns that you purchase from me come with the graph AND the written instructions.

What is a graphghan?

A graphghan is an afghan that is made using a graph or chart, usually in order to create work resembling an image or photograph.

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