Helpful I Hope

Good morning.  After spending 12 hours in bed with no supper, an upset stomach, and a bitch of a headache I finally feel better today.  I suffered a bloody nose and a feeling that I wanted to upchuck but couldn’t.   The only thing I consumed during those hours were  cups of cold water.  (Talk about want to die.)   But today I have a slight headache and I was well enough to solve one of my problems.  Being an amatuer crocheter I find it difficult to follow a long pattern.  When the instruction say to do the thing twice or more I get really upset about following them.

So when I read that I needed  233 chain stitches I started to panic.  But I had bought the yarn and I (by golly) was going to make it.   One of my major problems was losing my place on a long instruction so this morning I worked on that first.

I cut up a cardboard box to fit the size of the pages I needed.

I don’t know about you but every time I have to check the instructions my yarn gets in the way and I lose my spot trying to straighten things out.

Good old scotch tape affixed the pages to the cardboard.

A small clip holds a marker in place. ( Being an old information operator with the phone company I always used my marker.)

On the back side I taped a set of helpful instruction.s.

Now I am in business.  But then I thought other people have this problem too.  be it inexperience or old age so I thought it was worth sharing.  I hope this helps someone.

Will I’m ready to pick up my I hook and get started. Talk to you later.






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Now 83-years-old on February 22 and I'm still on the right side of the grass.. Mother of two sons and one daughter (Bloggers SEB and Cindyisms are two of them). I'm Grandmother of three. I have lived with my daughter for nine months now and she hasn't kicked me out yet. I stay active with household chores,and feeding my zoo. (3 cats, 1 dog, and 2 birds.) Retired after 29 years+ at Michigan Bell Telephone and ten+ years with The Oakland Press. I was active with the telephone company union and a Dale Carnegie graduate. I work at crocheting, knitting, making ornaments, and other projects. I do a little canning. I trained with the Michigan Bell Clown troupe and then I was a clown doing parades, parties, and picnics for about 15 years. My other passions are music from the 50s through the 80s, reading, birds, flowers, my pets, big cats, and of course blogging!

3 thoughts on “Helpful I Hope

  1. It also helps, when dealing with large numbers of cast-ons/chains/stitches, to use a stitch marker or just a little piece of colored yarn (not the same color as you’re working with – something that stands out) and put those little yarn pieces in between each repeat in the pattern. If the repeats are (like in your pattern) multiples of 11, then every 11 chains, place a yarn marker. (Just another refresher: when the pattern says “Multiples of X number of stitches PLUS X, that means (like in yours: 11 chains + 2) you would figure out how wide you want it, then chain 11 times that amount and then add the last 2 stitches/chains. Believe me, that little ‘tidbit’ took me a LONG time to figure out when first knitting! Now I know that when I’m knitting a baby blanket, for the most part, they will be about 125 + stitches wide to get what I want so then I figure out the “Multiples of” then add on the last + stitches. Hope that makes sense.
    You were very creative in your BOX PATTERN HOLDER! Hope it helps you!!! HUGS!

  2. Ok, here goes “Boy, am I DUMB!” Just got to thinking about the above post/comment…with crocheting there is NO PLACE to put a stitch marker! I’m so used to knitting, all the stitches are ON THE NEEDLE ALL THE TIME so the stitch markers ride along on the needle along with the stitches! Cancel my above suggestion – guess that doesn’t work with crochet! UGH! (I was going to make you a set of stitch markers but that won’t work!)

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