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blanket curse and other ideas Dec. 14th, 2005 @ 09:06 pm
My boyfriend wants a blanket. However, I definately know about the blanket curse. I won't be making him a blanket no matter how hard he whines about being cold.

Are there other suitable ideas out there for him instead?

Dec. 14th, 2005 @ 09:56 pm
Yes call me lame. I can not figure this out because I do not understand patterns at all. I've never used them. I am trying so hard to make something so dumb and simple.

I am following this pattern. I can't even get past the first round section. I get up to this point:

"working along opposite side of starting chain single crochet in next chain and in each of remaining 36 chain
stitches; do not join round. Place a contrasting color thread between last single crochet and next single crochet and carry thread up
on each round to indicate beginning of each round. There are 39 single crochet between marked stitches."

I do not end up with 36 stiches on the second row. how is this possible when I added 6 stiches to the already 40? It doesn't make sense to my non-pattern reading brain? Please help or offer an easier pattern for me to follow. I promise I've crocheted for 12+ plus years but I've never read patterns. This will be my first time trying and it's not going so well. I thought I would start with some "easy" and this is where I end up.

Laugh away at this silly question, but please help! The lives of pot holders depend on YOU!
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Hey everyone I am selling some yarn Dec. 14th, 2005 @ 08:53 pm
I haven't posted anything like this is a while so if it isn't allowed I will delete it. Just let me know.

Okay so this is the mother load of acrylic yarn sale!!!!!
I am selling this as one huge lot I am going to put it on ebay. The starting bid is going to be $20 because it will cost at least that to ship this sucker.
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take a look at my selling journal for photos or click here for the auction link, http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8243491237&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1

Dec. 14th, 2005 @ 04:26 pm
I'm looking for a yarn that feels and looks a bit like Homespun but has the bright primary colors of my beloved Red Heart Mexicana (I just love the rainbow colors in it so much).

Preferably somthing that is washable.


Boas for Christmas Dec. 14th, 2005 @ 01:01 pm
I'm probably the last person on the list to find how much
fun it is to make these and how fast they go. Anyway,
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list. They are made of fun fur and disco yarn.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

Winter Stuff Dec. 14th, 2005 @ 02:55 pm
Hi all! I just thought I'd post a hat, scarf, and mittens that I made for my sister for Christmas. I've posted the mittens before (I've had them done since like September). I had a catastrophe with the pom pom...I had cut yarn to make it and started winding the wrong end...I was winding the yarn that was coming from each of the skeins! I didnt realize until I had more than half of it pulled out and I had one big lump of a mess :(...it took me like 1 1/2 hours to get it out, but it is all better and I'm happy with the hat.

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fashion question Dec. 14th, 2005 @ 01:48 pm
just curious, but are legwarmers back in again?
i'be been seeing them for sale in stores like target, but wasn't sure if the kids/young adults are actually buying/wearing them??
also, i saw a model the other day sporting a pair of handwarmers.
now THERE is an idea!!
anyone seen a pattern for the handwarmers that includes the thumbhole?

I'm new. Dec. 14th, 2005 @ 10:11 am
My name is Shellee. I just got fired from my cushy, corporate job about six weeks ago, so in an effort to keep myself sane and still survive Christmas, I've been crocheting and knitting like a mad woman. I used to crochet when I was younger and I was amazed at how quickly I picked it up again. The knitting isn't going so well. I'm trying to teach myself to knit, but being dyslexic proves to be challenging with two opposing needles. So crochet it is!

I've mostly been doing scarves because they are quick and painless gifts. After Christmas I hope to move on to more elaborate projects. I thought I would share a photo of a set I'm working on for my little brother's girlfriend. It will soon have matching leg warmers with furry trim and pom poms. I'm hoping she will love it.

Current Mood: busybusy

Crochet I-Cord? Dec. 14th, 2005 @ 10:38 am
I've googled this but have only come up with a few unsatisfactory results. Is there a crochet substitute for the knit i-cord? Or are we reduced to a single crochet chain?

Teaching Little Ones Dec. 14th, 2005 @ 08:51 am
Hello everyone!

I just found out that my 7 yr old little boy wants to learn to crochet. Since I have one more present to buy for him (from Santa, of course), I'm thinking I'd like to help get him started but have no idea where to do so.

I've already gotten his sister one of those kid's granny square kits as a present, and I'm betting he'll be really ticked if he doesn't get something like it too. But she already knows the basics!

Any ideas of what is best to do/get for a little one who has no idea how to do it as of yet? And more importantly: is he too young?

Homespun Drama Turns Heads Dec. 14th, 2005 @ 08:05 am
Well, I didn't realize there was such a wide range of pros and cons about Homespun. Anyway, after bitching yesterday, I worked about 10 rows and finally got the hang of it, now I will probably be happy. It is really soft and i love the color mixture. Now I won't need any valium and my nerves are getting much better. I bought a K Hook, because that is what the wrapper suggests, and I'm use to working with a G or H, so that is a little different also. Anyway, I will be finished before Christmas and if my husband's bosslady doesn't like it, she is crazy.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Sweater pattern help Dec. 13th, 2005 @ 10:30 pm
So after finish all the xmas gifts I just have this sweater. I just don't understand this instruction.

So it says
-Work a further 23(25-25-27) rows even in the pat omitting turning ch at end of last row. Fasten off.

So does that mean I just omit the turning chain at the very last row or in all the rows? Also, does "even" mean I keep repeating the even row since there is only two rows to the pattern?

Thank you for your help. I really think my brain has become a ball of yarn

Dec. 13th, 2005 @ 07:31 pm
i only joined recently and just got approved, but i can tell already i'm gonna LOVE this community!
i'm sure many of you, like myself, are using your talents to make christmas gifts.
i can't tell you how surprised i was when i walked into walmart a few years ago and saw crocheted items for sale in the store! the prices are a bit much, but i love examining them. my oldest daughter gives me the eye-roll thing b/c i always end up saying "i could make that!" and then looking the stuff over and taking notes on my palm as to how i think they did it. i actually went IN the store with a pad and pencil once just for that reason... to write down what i thought the pattern might be to make something. amazingly, though the workers give me strange looks, no one's ever said anything, hehe...

i'm a HUGE fan of the HP books (and movies, of course) and have been using them for inspiration for gifts this year. i just finished my first peruvian-style cap, inspired by the one Rupert wore in the latest movie. i made this one solid black but am thinking of making a maroon and gold striped one as well. i'll probably make matching scarves to go with them (after all, we can't give the hat w/o the matching scarf now can we?). i'd really like to try my hand at a crocheted version of the Weasley sweater (you HP fans will know exactly what i'm talking about) but all i can find are KNIT patterns, and my knitting isn't all that great (took me nearly a week to knit a hat - bah!). anyone have a relatively easy crochet pattern that might work or who could possibly transcribe the pattern i found from knit to crochet?

btw, i'm LOVING the picture posts of your finished projects. i'll post some when i get a few more done. :)

many thanks!

Dec. 13th, 2005 @ 05:00 pm

Crocheted my first shawl, and it is ridiculously warm. I did it with Homespun, which I love for making fringe and tassels, so I figured it woudl be okay to crochet with. I didn't really have any trouble, but I don't like other acrylic yarns so I never buy them.


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OMG Dec. 13th, 2005 @ 04:44 pm
I have always been a plain jane type of crocheter. You know, Red Heart, Caron, anything Acrylic and smooth. Well I decided to make my husband's bosses wife a scarf for Christmas. Trying to impress, I didn't want to use RH, Caron, etc.....so I bought 2 skeins of Homespun
SOMEONE SHOOT ME....they don't make enough valium in the world to work with this stuff.
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated

JoAnns.com Yarn Story Dec. 13th, 2005 @ 12:38 pm
So I placed an order on JoAnns.com for 4 skeins of Paton's Katrina yarn in Dusky Pink in order to make a tank-top.
Then I get an email from them -- it's out of stock.
So, I figured I'd get a credit and that'd be that.

Well... I got a package today, with one skein in it.
And a bill for 3 skeins plus shipping!
So it was a total charge of about $29 for one skein of yarn. Paton's yarn, at that. OUCH!!!
So of course I'm fuming and freaking out, b/c that's what I do.
(I seriously need to learn to chill, but that's a different story...)

So I called up Joanns.com and said "I have a serious problem with my order."
I read her the order number, and she said, "We shipped you 3 skeins..."
I said, "No, actually, there's only one."
"Hmmm...." She replied.
Then I went on to explain that, I would figure that joanns.com of all places would understand that if I couldn't get the whole order, I wouldn't want any of the yarn, b/c the project calls for 4 skeins, and I need all the skeins to be of the same dye lot. So, even if they HAD shipped me 3 skeins, I wouldn't want it.
Anyway, she agreed! She credited me the price of the yarn, and the shipping, and then when I asked her how I should ship the 1 skein back to her, she said, "Don't worry about it. It would actually cost us more in handling, so enjoy the yarn!"

Rock on! A $9 skein of yarn, for free! (actually, I found it at Knitting Warehouse for $7 + $6 flat rate shipping, but they're out of it, too, and Weird Mirror Yarn Club has it for even less, like $5.60 a skein + shipping, but you have to buy 10 skeins.)
(However, now I've got a skein to swatch with, and I if i luv the yarn, maybe i'll decide to make a matching skirt and go for the yarn club! Woot! Let's hope I get some holiday cash to play with, lol...)

So... who else asked for "YARN!!!" when asked what gift they wanted for the holidays?
Both my mom & my bf refuse to get me any more until I use up what I have.
Seriously, they just don't understand, do they? :P

OK, end of yarn story, back to work. :/
Current Mood: workingI really should be working....

Where is everyone? Dec. 13th, 2005 @ 03:22 pm
This used to be such an active community. It really seems to have slowed down. Did everyone leave and go somewhere else?

I know it's Christmas, but still there used to be so many posts every day on this community and I don't see the same regulars posting here much anymore.

Current Mood: busybusy

YAY! Dec. 13th, 2005 @ 10:02 am
I just went to go get the mail, and i had a package from mary maxim! i got my Disco Yarn! LOL!
its aqua velvet! now to think of what to make with one ball!

100 Grams Of Colinette Mohair Dec. 13th, 2005 @ 12:21 pm
I was given a lovely hank of Colinette Mohair, and I'm eager to get working with it.*

Anyone have a great 1-hank pattern they love for this, or similar, mohair yarns? It'll be my first mohair experience.

* yes, yes...AFTER Christmas presents are done...

My Zen Scarf Dec. 13th, 2005 @ 08:17 am
I just finished up a "Zen scarf" from Crochet Me--the pattern really was easy to remember, and looked good even in a plain yarn (Plymouth Encore). I added a little bit of fringe on the end at the recipients request, and she loved the result. I might make another one for myself..as soon as I'm done with all the Christmas presents I have left, of course.
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Current Mood: chipperchipper

10 good reasons Dec. 12th, 2005 @ 09:43 pm
I got this from surfing the net..........sounds good to me.
10 Good Reasons To Buy Yarn

  1. It insulates the cupboard where it is kept.

  2. It keeps the economy moving. It is my duty to support wool farmers, textile mills and yarn shops.

  3. It is less expensive and more fun than psychiatric care.

  4. I'm participating in a contest - the one who dies with the most yarn wins!

  5. It keeps without refrigeration, you don't have to cook it to enjoy it, you never have to feed it, change it, wipe its nose or walk it.

  6. Because I'm worth it.

  7. Like dust, it's good for protecting previously empty spaces in the house, like the ironing board, the laundry basket, the dining room table.......

  8. It's not immoral, illegal or fattening. It calms the nerves, ratifies the soul and makes me feel good.

  9. Because it is on sale.

  10. Buy it now, before your husband retires and goes with you on all your shopping expeditions

Dec. 12th, 2005 @ 11:58 pm
i have a couple of fancy-dress occaisions coming up and, since all of my dresses are sleeveless and it's getting colder, i was thinking of making a shawl, but i can't find any patterns i like. i've been searching everywhere i can think of. i'd like something not too casual, maybe a little lacy, but not too old looking, as i am 23. i was thinking thread crochet, or i have some patton's brilliant. maybe i am just too picky and such a pattern does not exist. do any of you have anything that might be fitting?

thanks in advance!

Dec. 12th, 2005 @ 06:20 pm
does anyone know if there is a method of crocheting that would make a "ruffled" edge, like in the picture below? i'm sure there has got to be some way to do that, but i not very familiar with anything but straight-forward single &double crocheting.

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♥ nm.

mini shoe pattern? Dec. 11th, 2005 @ 09:41 pm
For Christmas this year I am crocheting everyone an ornament to go as a decoration on their package. My sister, Marcia, is crazy about shoes and pink ... her blog, in fact, is The Pink Shoe. She's obsessed man, obsessed! Anyway - I want to make her a shoe, and I was hoping to find a pattern, but this is not normal so I'm not surprised I haven't found anything yet. Before I give up and free form it, does anyone know of any patterns for 2d style shoes that could easily be modified into a shoe?

Thank you!

spiral blanket Dec. 11th, 2005 @ 06:15 pm
I finished the blanket I've been working on for a few weeks now.

My goal was to take this pattern and turn it into a lap blanket using six colors instead of three. I was successful!

If you wanted to do the same thing, you can change colors twice as often as the pattern calls for in the second row, but keep the same number of stitches, and then do twelve increases per round instead of six. I wish I had started that from the beginning, but if you can't, the rows with 24 stitches and 26 stitches are good places to switch over, because they're divisible by many numbers.

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Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
Current Music: "Tangled Up in Blue" - Indigo Girls

FO's! Dec. 11th, 2005 @ 01:21 pm
It's been quite a while since I've posted FO's here in crochet.
After completely freaking out over at punk_knitters about having one million gifts to make for the holidays, I decided that quick crochet scarves and such were the way to go! Here's what I came up with between 12:30AM Friday night and about an hour ago...
**The pictures are sort of big b/c I;m not on my own computer...which means I cant really fix them, sorry!

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Dec. 10th, 2005 @ 07:54 pm
Just thought I'd post this picture of a gifty I made for my mother's birthday on the 19th. I purchased a small round of brie for my mother for her birthday & since I know that she also loves poinsettias, I crocheted this one from a potholder pattern. Worked it up in sport weight yarn & improvised on the last five rows or so, wove in some green elastic... et voila! Cover for the brie that converts to a Christmas Doily ^_^

Current Mood: chipperchipper

I hate ponchos! Dec. 10th, 2005 @ 04:57 pm
Ok, I hate ponchos. BUT, I can't deny that they are quick and easy. My daughter has a classmate with a birthday party today so this week I made her this little poncho with fuzzy like pink trim and a little cloche hat. It's a little big on my daughter who is modeling it, but should fit the classmate well.


X-posted to my craft blog and all the usual internet suspects.

FO - A scarf with amalgamated stitches :P Dec. 10th, 2005 @ 04:44 pm
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Words cannot describe... Dec. 10th, 2005 @ 08:15 am
I''m so mad at myself. I was making a v-stitch wrap for my grandmother for Christmas, simple enough, right? Unfortunately, About 2.5 feet from the end, I added in an extra V. Do you think I noticed this until I'd cut and wove the end then fringed it? No, no I didn't.

Now, I'm removing the fringe, cutting the end, and ripping back to the error, the re-chaining it all up because I cannot live with giving a gift that flawed. This is what I get for taking gift to work on in waiting rooms.
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I've finished the sweater my dh is getting for christmas.
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» Bazaar went well...VERY well
I wanted to say thank you for everyone in this community who help me with the rainbow potholders and ideas for my bazaar. me and my mother both crocheted items, she made granny square potholders and I made pillow sets, a teddy bear, rainbow potholders, a teacup teabag holder (that sold out really fast), a mouse to hang in your car. Plus we made banana bread and brownies to sell.
all in all we both made a 119.23$
I'm glad I did it maybe I'll do it again next year but for now I'm tired. I'm takin the weekend off then I'll start making the couple pillow orders I got on monday.
and ooh ooh! I made a teddy bear (sorry I never took a picture of him) but I got another order for him as well cuz I made a little vest and bowtie for him.
Thanks you guyz and merry christmas to all.
» Ewe Hat

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this hat is soooo warm, and i've made it for a friend that is only going to be in chicago for a couple more weeks, then she's moving to AZ.... hmmm...
» Moving Right Along...
Soon as I find the answer I'mm looking for, I'm goin' back to bed and finish Corlin's poncho. I think I shared that I'm making it out of that yummy Red Heart "Symphony" yarn I love so much. MMMM....soft as as cloud. Problem is, I have to google for directi9ons of how to sew together the asymetrical poncho. I don't get it. I know that I'm "sposed to sew up the lenghth of the piece almost as far as the neckline, when folded in half, but do I sew up the side, or leave it open? That is my question.

As soon as this is complete, I'm back on Guav and Bea'safgan. The poncho was a nice divertissment.
» Holiday FO's
Xmas Gifts for my Three Suitemates.

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Handmade Soap and 100% cotton washcloths.

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» Slippers, anyone?
I didn't know if anyone else was planning on making slippers for Christmas gifts, but I found quite a few very good links of slipper/sock patterns, and I thought I would share:

Lots of links to patterns.

Moccasin Style

Antique Ballet Slippers, cute but not incredibly functional.

I looooove these.

Anyway, I just got these doing a google search, which anyone could have done, but I thought I'd save you the time of thinking of the idea of googling it and then actually typing in the words "crochet slippers"....Merry Christmas!
» my first scarf!! :]
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» Doggie Sweater
Hi all...

I was wondering if anyone had a cute easy dog sweater pattern for lil doggies. The one I'm "trying" to work on says easy, but proves to be a little confusing for lil ole me.

This is the one that I'm working on (not sure if you can see it though because you might have to be a member - fyi this website is GREAT for free patterns, but you have to sign up - it's free):


Any help would be great! Thanks!

I haven't posted here for a while...
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» "Rupert" The Christmas Elf

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» Crochet Letters
Hi - I'm new to this community. My friend's 12 year old son has asked me to crochet him a hat for winter with a four letter word on it (which isn't as bad as that sounds!)

He wants a black hat with the word 'ROCK' in red letters (I have no idea why!) I was thinking of doing it in (what you call in the US) Single Crochet (and what I call double crochet in the UK) but I can't find any letter templates. I've bought some double knitting wool but have got a bit stuck.

Has anyone got any ideas of where I could find some letter guides - I've been googling for a few days now. The only ones I found have been too ornate.

(Also when I work out how to post pictures I will post a picture of the first thing I have ever completed in crochet!)

nice to meet you all

» Project Suggestions?
I've never used 'crochet cotton' thread, but I picked up a skein of 75g Baroque super mercerized cotton thread, size 10. I also picked up a small hook (size D, I think). Any suggestions for an easy project I can do for someone just starting to work with this sort of thread? Like an easy doily or something that could use the thread and size hook that I have. Thanks!
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My Uncle gave me an afghan to repair. My Great Grandmother crocheted this afghan a gazillion years ago and since I'm the only one in the family that knows how to crochet it was given to me to try to fix. The yarn has been determined to be wool and it has a couple moth holes in it. The one I have pictured is rather large, perhaps about 2 inches square, I'm trying to come up with the best and most asthetically pleasing way to repair this and all I can think of is to single crochet a border around the hole to keep it from unraveling. The ultimate fix would obviously be a matching patch but I'm finding it difficult to imagine that i'll be able to match 50 year old wool at a guage that I don't know if I can hit in an afghan that's also slightly felted.

anyway here's the pictues if any of you have any advice I'd be most grateful.

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» Crocheting stripes?
I'm trying to make the Americana scarf from Lion Brand's website for my grandmother for Christmas. I haven't done much crocheting, and this one requires crocheting long stripes of red and white, working right side and wrong side. I started with a red stripe, joined the white at the end and dropped the red like the pattern says, and started to double crochet, but I've been getting what I guess is the "back" of the double crochet stitches on the right side of my work... I am not sure if that's very clear. The stitches on the new white row don't look right; they look like pretty double crochets, but on the wrong side, where there are "backs" of the red stitches. On the right side, there is a row of pretty red double crochets, and "backs" of the white stitches. Am I doing this right? Do I just do a plain double crochet every row (which is what I've been doing)? Or do I have to do something differently? I crochet left-handed; does that have anything to do with it? Thanks!
» identifying yarn composition
Hi there,

As I have been on an op-shop yarn hunting spree lately, I was wondeirng if there was any way, aside from experience, of identifying what an unlabelled yarn might be.

For the most part I can tell what is wool and what is acrylic. But a few times I have buggered that up, and not known until I washed the item. I have a couple of partially felted afghans now :D

I know that nylon can just about cut your hand in two if you try to break it, but that isn't always an option.

One find last week I thought was wool, but (after finding it in a little local yarn store) turned out to be 70% acrylic and 30% cotton :s (its gorgeous stuff though, might have to go back and get some of the new stuff)

x-posting to Crochetville
» Single point chevron

I was wondering . . about the zig zag stitches, is it possible to just have one point? The scarf would look like this >>>>>>>>>> on its side.

With the zig zag, usually there are more points and 3 stitches are taken off or added on each row. With one point, I would just be adding. How do I compensate?

» Non-fuzzy yarn?
I suspect I already know the answer to this question, but maybe I'll get lucky, right? :)

My winter coat has velcro closures down the front of it, which means that anything fuzzy that goes anywhere near the front of the coat gets attacked, and attached. I know I'm going to need a scarf to go with it this winter, and I'd like to make a scarf. But I'm afraid that just about any yarn I can think of to use is gonna stick to the velcro and get mangled over the course of a few days, let alone the whole winter.

Can anyone recommend a yarn that is sufficiently non-fuzzy non-mangle-able that the velcro would leave it alone? Bonus points if it comes in black, light gray, and/or a slightly muted red.

Failing that, I'll just get a non-fuzzy fleece scarf. But my friends were teasing me the other night because half of them were wearing hats I've made, and I was wearing a store-bought one. So I want to make a scarf and hat set, if I can.
» hedgehog hat

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it turned out rather cute. it was such an overwhelming undertaking.
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I have a question on how to alter a shawl pattern. This pattern:

I'm using black red heart light and lofty yarn, and I switched from using the half double crochets in the pattern to just double crochets, since it's easier and faster. Now, I already did this for my white shawl, and it's really nice and long, but it isn't wide enough. I was thinking about putting a chain after 6 double crochets in each side of each row to help add width. The pattern for this will read something like:

Skip ch-1 space, 2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into each of next 4 dc, ch 1, repeat 1 dc in each dc until 5 from end, ch 1, 1 dc into next 4 dc, 2 dc into next dc, ch 1, dc into ch-4 space, ch 4, turn

I don't know how well it will work. Will it fall right? Will it add enough width? I want my shawl to completely cover my arms so the top three feet need to be pretty wide, but I don't want it to end up 7 feet tall to do that. Will simply adding 2 chains to each row be enough to balance out switching the half double crochets for double crochets? Does this even make sense?

Thanks for any help you have for me.
» new things
fat 2 faced kittyclick for larger
Fat 2 faced kitty, he was a custom order

tasmanian monkey 2click for larger
Tasmanian Monkey 2
he's for sale on my etsy shop
more pics of him can be seen there.
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