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I posted one FREE crochet book for Kindle for today...grab it before it's gone!  (Note: you do not need to have an actual Kindle.  If you have a smartphone, you can download a Kindle reader app for FREE...if all you have is a PC, you can download to your PC...and I believe there may also be a way now of completely bypassing any kind of reader app to read directly online - though please don't quote me on that, as I'm not sure.  I find the PC reader to be quite decent for pattern content...since I don't own a Kindle, I can't say how well it works...but I would think a smaller screen would make patterns kind of difficult to read.)

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I posted one FREE crochet book for Kindle for today...grab it before it's gone!  (Note: you do not need to have an actual Kindle.  If you have a smartphone, you can download a Kindle reader app for FREE...if all you have is a PC, you can download to your PC...and I believe there may also be a way now of completely bypassing any kind of reader app to read directly online - though please don't quote me on that, as I'm not sure.  I find the PC reader to be quite decent for pattern content...since I don't own a Kindle, I can't say how well it works...but I would think a smaller screen would make patterns kind of difficult to read.)

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This is a quick pic I did of the Tardis blanket.

The blue is worked in TKS on a P hook, and the white is TSS with a K hook.
At the moment we are thinking of finishing it with a shell edge in white.

Cindy,

Ugh, this is the never ending winter, isn't it?!  Frown

How neat...I also taught myself to crochet years ago.  Smile  No YouTube videos (LOL, because there was no YouTube!), just books and magazines.  Things have sure changed, huh?!  Laughing

What a cool idea that your 5th grade teacher had, to teach you to knit with pencils!  It would definitely work, without an added expense of buying needles.  Smile

Wow, so are you getting paid to make the afghans for your family and friends, or do you make them for enjoyment?

Making afghans is a great way to pass the time productively, and especially on cold days.  Smile  And then you have an afghan in your lap to keep you warm as you work!  Smile  At least one advantage of the cold, cold winter is being able to work with warm yarns...  Wink

I'm sure the beneficiaries of your group's wonderful work are soooo thankful!  Kiss  What a lovely thing to do!  Kiss

Melanie,
Ok, things have been a bit crazy around here so I'm just going to throw my initial findings up here, and decide later if I need to take pics and do a polished piece elsewhere.

I've been working with RH Super Saver worsted acrylic yarn.

The label says that the gauge for knit should be 17st x 24r to get a 4"x4" swatch with 5mm needles.
That's 4.25 st per inch and 6 rows per inch.

Crochet is 12sc x 15r for 4"x 4" with an I or 5.5mm hook
That's 3 st x 3.75 r per inch

Here's what I got with the different size afghan hooks:

I hook 5.5mm- 16.5 st x 22 r = 4" x4"   or 4.13 st x 5.5r per inch
This works out very close to the knit gauge, but as we've discussed, is extremely tight with no drape. Suitable for toys, bags, etc.

J hook 6mm- 16st x 21 r = 4"x 4"  or 4st x 5.25 r per inch
Still very tight with no drape, see above

K hook 6.5mm- 15.5st x 19 r= 4"x4" or 3.88st x 4.75r per inch.
See above

L hook 8mm- 14.5st x 16r= 4"x4" or 3.63st x 4r per inch
Now it's starting to have a little drape, suitable for scarves, afghans, etc.

N hook 9mm- 14st x 17r = 4"x4" or 3.5st x 4.25 r per inch
Better, but the hook is not widely available

P hook 10mm- 13st x 14r = 4"x4" or 3.25st x 3.5r per inch
This is closer to the crochet gauge, but off enough to be a problem with garments.
The fabric is thick, but soft and supple.

I think I'd like to compare the recommended gauge on some of the bulky yarns to see how different they are.Laughing
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