It’s Gone All Shark Week Up In Here!

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Moogly has this awesomeness to share with the world and I’m totally gonna try it. The biggest reason I’m taking on this one (Eventually. I’m still fighting with my current project) is the zipper. How do you put a zipper in a knitted/crocheted purse or pouch or whatever?! Especially when you don’t have a sewing machine! I need to know!

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It’s IMPOSSIBLE! IT CAN’T BE DONE!

No. Wait. There’s YouTube.

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Seams Baaaaaaad!

One of the things I love most about crochet is working in the round with only one hook. That noise is awesome! It’s like sculpting with yarn. It all comes to together and its easier for me see where the project is headed. The down fall? The, what I like to call, Frankenstein seam as shown below in the chicken hat I did.

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See? It’s this diagonal line that gives away where you join your rounds. I thought this was due to some fault of mine in reading patterns but no…its supposed to be there. WHY?! It completely takes away from the beauty of your work!

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I tried masking it better on my first attempt with the shark hat I’m working on and it’s still pretty obvious. Not to mention kind of bunchy. Not going well.

But then I watched this video from Crochet Ever After and I was like “Whaaaat?”

Why is this just not a standard way of joining rounds? The nearly invisible straight seam is amazing! It’s easy and I used it on my second hat attempt with far better results!¬†Look!

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No bunching, more uniform, less sloppy looking. I’m sold! I cant wait to try it on other things and get it perfected.

The Aussies Have it In Spades!

For the last week I have been struggling to get this to work…

Rnd 1: 8 sc into 2 ch from hk, sl st into 1st sc to join. (8 sts)

Cause If I could just get that then it opens a plethora of hat patterns I can tackle. FINALLY! It’s all clear thanks to Paula Daniele – the Crochet Designer, Teacher and Video Producer of the Crochet Hooks You Youtube Channel and Website. She’s the most amazing teacher! Not too quick, soothing voice, and great patterns she designed herself.

Remember that baby hat I crocheted a few posts ago? That was hers. And I’m learning some new moves with an octagonal coaster from this installment. If you’re learning and need some help, this is your gal!