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This is what happens when you make you own designs!
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bitgirl196264 message #1
This is what happens when you make you own designs!
May 3, 2015 at 9:29:29 AM
 
I am making a 2 sided blanket. Both sides have their own pattern.  As I am starting them, I discover that I am going to end up with a very large bag. ( I am crocheting in continuous circle) I need to somehow connect the 2 sides together.  Any advise?


 
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Re: This is what happens when you make you own designs!
May 4, 2015 at 12:53:03 AM  (in response to bitgirl196264 message #1)
 
Believe it or not...I've done a similar thing!  Surprised

I didn't have to worry about a different pattern on both sides, though, which means I'm not sure if what I did will help you, sorry to say.  Cry  What I did was to go around all of the sides with a sc for a border through both thicknesses, as if they hadn't been crocheted in the round.  That gave the shaping a start by defining the sides.

For the inside of the blanket, since it wasn't a different pattern on both, my next solution was to crochet "quilt" it.  You can make a simple crochet stitch by pulling chains through from one side to the other.  The problem is that with a defined pattern on both sides, if you use a different color of yarn for one side and a "quilting" chain stitch, you can detract from your pattern.  Frown  Is the pattern so defined on both sides that a chain pulled through one side would detract from one or both?

If so, maybe a better idea would be to "tie" it off in regularly defined spots.  One side would have what for all intents and purposes is a loop, the other side would have knotted yarn.  It doesn't look as bad as it sounds...I have a small blanket which was made that way.  It isn't crocheted, it's sewn.  It's a flannel blanket, and the person who made it held it together by using yarn to loop through one side and knotted it on the other, e.g., they "tied" it off.  (If we hadn't moved somewhat recently, I'd take a picture of the blanket for you, but I'm not sure where it landed.)

One other thing of which you should be aware...working in the round, unless you're stepping up on each round, will spiral.  So you may have to fudge your top end!  Luckily, the sc border can even it out.  Smile

Hope that helps...I feel your pain!


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bitgirl196264 message #3
This is what happens when you make you own designs!
May 4, 2015 at 10:59:48 AM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #2)
 
Thank you for your advice.  I think I will try some of it with these.  The patterns on both sides are very different. Will try to post pics soon.  Won't let me paste them here. One more question: What is the best way to "tie" in the new yarn colors?


 
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May 4, 2015 at 11:19:01 PM  (in response to bitgirl196264 message #3)
 
If you're on a mobile device, you won't be able to paste a pic here...if you're on a computer, you can paste a pic by clicking on the "tree" on the top line of tools...two tools to the left of the smiley.

The way it was done on the blanket I mentioned was that it was just yarn tied off through one side and knotted on the other!  It doesn't sound like it would last without getting ratty in the wash, but it's not ratty; however, your results may be different, depending on your yarn.  I guess I'd have to say be sure it's a good yarn that won't fall apart when laundered.  You could also experiment with scraps of different yarns until you get a result you like.  Smile


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BetwixtTheStitch message #5
Re: This is what happens when you make you own designs!
May 16, 2015 at 8:32:48 AM  (in response to bitgirl196264 message #1)
 
Sorry I didn't see this sooner, I've been a bit distracted lately. You may have already solved the issue of making a bag. But I'll throw my two cents worth in there anyway. Wink

As to the issue of crocheting in a flat circle, you need to increase the number of stitches in each round.
For sc, I like the number 6 for an easy formula. So that round one would be 6 sc.
Round 2 it would be 2 sc in each st. for a total of 12.
Round 3 would be sc 1, 2 sc in next, repeat around. 18
Round 4- sc in next 2, 2 sc in next, repeat around.  24
Round 5- sc in next 3, 2 sc in next. etc

So you end up increasing by 6 stitches every round

If I'm working in dc, them my "magic number" is 12

Hope that makes sense. Smile


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May 17, 2015 at 2:04:10 AM  (in response to BetwixtTheStitch message #5)
 
Sherry,

Ooh, thanks...sage advice!  Kiss  I always struggle with the math for things like circles, but this makes it nice and simple!  Kiss  Hoping this helps bitgirl196264, the OP, as well!


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