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let me hear your voice tonight ([personal profile] alexseanchai) wrote2017-07-24 08:08 pm
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*spends two hours crocheting part of a shawl that is supposed, excluding any row-currently-in-progress, to be rectangular throughout the process*

*puts it down for several hours*

*picks it back up and discovers it's trapezoidal*
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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly 2017-07-25 12:45 am (UTC)(link)
Huh. I was thinking "not much you can do about that but blocking," but while that's true of knitting, I have no idea if it's true of crocheting.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer 2017-07-25 06:05 am (UTC)(link)
Depending upon the item (say, a blanket, all the way down to a washcloth) and the color pattern (solid? Variegated? long repeat? Tonal?) it IS possible to have perfectly lovely items that deliberately use the trapezoid and then add bits in irregular shapes which become a pattern of their own.

That's ONE of the knitted versions (try looking for anything with the word 'vortex' in the title and narrow from there, or look by designer from the link) and it's fairly straightforward to do the same kind of effect in crochet. Note the sample picture worked in a variegated but single colorway, where the paneling/piecing effect is more subtle, which will be much more like crochet results.

IF you've already frogged it, consider holding a wake. Man, that HURTS.

On the other hand, if you just need nearly-mindless crochet to a certain size and color, PM me. It's my go-to pattern for making baby blankets, in particular, as little fingers don't get caught, and I think it looks more interesting than rows of double crochet stitches.
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Re: Noooooooooooo!

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer 2017-07-25 01:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Rav link LOOKS deceptively complex. It's like making the whole item out of single crochets though, which frees your brain to pay attention to the shaping.

Basic, go-to, textured crochet pattern.

Chain any odd number for foundation. Add 3 for the first trc, (since I crochet loosely and the edges look neater without the 'proper' four chain equivalent)then sc. Alternate sc, trc across, ending with the opposite of whatever you start with (yes, that means you can start with an SC if you want a nice, neat corner). I'm having real trouble with spatial things today, so double check the odd number thing with a small swatch of like five chains, then add for the first trc, etc.

So, turn the row, using your favorite 'count' for the chain alternative to the first stitch, which should be opposite the one below it. In the example, it's sc, trc, across, then turn.

Repeat while watching television, LOL.

The sc tugs the TRC down into a bit of a... scrunch, not quite a bubble, and the pattern is ideal for stoles and scarves, as it is completely reversible.

For baby blankets, I like to use a variegated yarn for the body, then pick up a contrasting color solid and work just the same pattern around the edges as a border, but a straight sc border works great and is much faster, especially as I usually have to figure out whether I want to hide the corner gap or emphasize it.

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Re: Noooooooooooo!

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer 2017-07-25 01:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Gah. Any EVEN number. I kept re-reading, thinking there was a typo yelling at me...
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Re: Noooooooooooo!

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer 2017-07-25 11:49 pm (UTC)(link)
The instructions are correct, but the effect is not a zigzag. It's a pebbly, softened texture that is wonderful to feel and blurs the "rows" enough to NOT look like most crochet. try a square smaller than a dishcloth and you'll see!

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[personal profile] wohali 2017-07-25 06:24 am (UTC)(link)
I assume this is a miscount, not something that can be fixed with blocking? :/
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[personal profile] sylvaine 2017-07-25 01:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah, that feel...