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Thursday, February 03, 2005

crochet help needed

I'm working on this spider as a birthday gift. I couldn't figure out how to knit a sort of a circular ball so I decided to crochet it instead. I figured I could do it easier.

But, the thing is, it turns out that I pretty much suck at crocheting in the round. I crocheted the body in a fuzzy yarn but I think I must have increased too many stitches because it got kind of puckery. Ok, I guess the best way to explain the way it looked is to say it resembled a shower cap with its puckeriness. Um, ok, you can stop laughing now.

I don't really care that its this way on the body because it will sort of look lumpy after its stuffed and I think that's fine. Now I want to do the head in a regular non fuzzy yarn but its coming out all shower cap looking too, which I do not want for the head.

Ok, let me explain what I'm tring to do so you can advise me. I would like to crochet two pieces in the round then sew them together and stuff them for the spider head. How do I do this? What is the stitch ratio? Do I increase in every stitch on the round and then crochet one even or what? I'd actually rather crochet one big piece to simulate a round ball instead of the two pieces because I hate sewing things together. But if its more complicated this way then forget it. That is how I crocheted the body though.

Thank you, thank you to anyone who can help.


Blogger High Energy Jenny said...

Hi Ginger:

To make a ball in crochet, I usually single crochet several stitches into a ring, 6 or 8 or 12 or whatever to be a flat disk. the next row, I do two sc in each stitch. The next row I do the same. Then I will often do sc, 2sc in next stitch, sc, 2 sc in next stitch etc. When I am ready for the sphere to become vertical sc around until you are ready to decrease.

When ready to decrease do the opposite: pull up a loop in next stitch and the following stitch, then pull a loop through both to crochet them together. then do it again, or every other time, depending on how fast you want it to get smaller. Usually I mirror the bottom part. When you get near the end, stuff it, then finish it up.

I hope this helps. It's hard to type it out...

11:44 PM  
Blogger General Ginger said...

Awesome Jenny. Thanks for the tips!

6:40 AM  

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