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  • Catherine

    I just downloaded the owl basket pattern. I am self taught Croshere and I am confused on how to crochet with four strands I’ve never worked off of a pattern before I’ve always watched YouTube tutorials. My sister fell in love with this and I wanted to make it for her and now I feel I might have bitten off more than I understand. could you explain to me how to arrange my yarn in order to work with four strands any advice be greatly appreciated.

  • Dani Crista

    Hi Deja,
    I’m a beginner (self-taught) crocheter and have just completed the owl basket. It came out great and I received many compliments on it. I just ordered your Petite Basketweave patterns for the beanie and the cowl from Craftsy. When I ordered the items a couple of weeks ago, they were both listed under “beginner”. When I downloaded the pattern yesterday, it said “intermediate”. I went back to Craftsy today, and now they are listed under “intermediate”. I fell in love with the look of the petite basketweave… but I’m pretty lost with your Tall CH… I really don’t understand it. I’ve scoured the internet to see if I could find some kind of video tutorial, but I could not. Is there anywhere you can point me for more directions and visuals?

  • Amanda O'Bryan

    I’m making the owl basket. Thank you for the pattern. I love it! My question is … now I have hit row 18 and I don’t quite understand the instructions. (HDC2TOG, HDC in next 6 sts) Does this mean to do 2 HDC in the same stich and then one HDC in the next 6 stiches? Thanks for your help. Amanda O’Bryan

    • Deja Jetmir

      Hi there, the HDC2TOG is a decreasing stitch. You will YO, insert your hook in the next ST, then YO, insert your hook in the next ST and then YO and pull that loop through all loops on your hook. That will turn two HDC stitches into 1. πŸ™‚ Then make an HDC in each of the next 6 STS.

  • kathy

    I just finished my first picture afghan I am fairly satisfied with it made with small motifs sewed together not as professional as I like have you ever done any?

    • Deja Jetmir

      I haven’t tried a picture afghan with sewed together motifs, usually just tapestry crochet. I would love to see a picture. You can leave on on my facebook page if you would like to share. πŸ™‚

  • Rose

    Hello, I saw the tutorial on how to switch colors for fair isle crochet and loved it. Where can I find crochet patterns for sweaters on this technique?

    • Deja Jetmir

      Hi there, I have never really seen this technique before I started making the patterns so it’s kind of limited to what I make and a few other designers who have begun making some. However, I haven’t seen any sweaters made out of it yet. πŸ™‚

  • Shawnna

    I am just a little confused on making the second eye for the owl basket. . Thanks for any help you can provide.

  • pat

    I am soooooo happy that I found your web site. I have been trying to learn to crochet for such a long time and what I know is self taught, your tutorials are great and so easy to follow. Even though I am a newbie I have chosen to make the Broomstick Lace Shawl as my first project. I am on row 4 now, and so far it looks good….wish me luck…lol

  • Betsy

    I am so glad I found your website. I have been looking for something like this for a while now. Someone to teach me to crochet. I’m so excited, I’m starting tonight while everyone else is watching television. Thanks so much.

  • Kim scales

    Love you!!! Love how you do things helped me to learn crochet, I can’t wait for more washcloths,dishcloths, give me more !!!!

  • Cindy

    Hi,I just wanted to say thank you.I wanted to learn crochet & without video tutorials like yours I wouldn’t have been able to. An explanation & pictorial are just not the same. Your videos are well done & easy to follow. Thanks for all the help. Sincerely Cindy.

  • Anne

    Hi I just finished row 20 of the owl basket and I used lion brand 6ply hometown yarn because I fell in love with the color it is aspen tweed. The problem is I have used 16 skeins of yarn and have to go back for more. The basket is huge ….I used four strands and it’s very thick but I feel I’ve done something wrong. The skeins are 64 yards each so that would make 1024 yards so far . Any ideas on what I’ve done wrong?

    • Deja Jetmir

      How is your gauge? For the Hometown, I would only use 2 strands because it is so thick. I would change to a 9mm hook as well. This is the combo I used in the Owl Basket Two pattern. It will come out closer to finished size. πŸ™‚

      • Anne

        My gauge seems fine I checked it in the beginning.,i will check it again though. I just think somehow I’ve used way to much yarn you called for 900 yards total and I’ve surpassed that and I’m only 3/4 of the way. It looks great just big so I’m going to pull the whole thing out and start again. Ugh! I will try a 9mm hook and the two strands, that’s a lot more doable too. I will let you know how it works out. My fingers were numb with the four strands I was keeping my loops tight. Two will be so much easier. Thank you for answering my question.oops another question if I use only two strands of yarn for the body I would assume only one for the eyes??? Thank you again πŸ˜ƒ

    • Deja Jetmir

      Correct. Just one strand for the eye. I can believe the numb fingers with the four strands of super bulky. πŸ™‚ It’s tough enough using the four strands of bulky. The two strands will be much easier.

      • Anne

        So much easier thank you. It’s looking good got there in the half the time it took me to do the four strands. But I gotta say the four strand one makes a beautiful basket. Pulled half of it put and its a great way to store your yarn. Thank you for all the help. I love that we can ask you questions. Oh by the way the owl basket is taking so much less yarn I’m back to where I was when I asked you what was wrong. I had used 24 balls of yarn at this point and now I’ve only used 2 and a half. Big difference! Thank you again

  • Suzanne

    I Just watched your tutorial of a infinity scarf that had a lace flower pattern. It had graduated colors of teal, purple, and green. It was a tutorial of how to block using blocking wires. I would love to buy the pattern. Where might I find it?

  • Sandy

    2 skeins of yarn got me to 13 1/2 rows on the owl basket. Maybe it’s because I only used 2 strands of super bulky yarn. But at least I finally got started. I have a pic of where I’m at so far bit it wouldn’t let me paste or copy it to this.

    • crocheteverafter

      You just cut your ends. You will finish the basket portion long before you run out of yarn. Once you cut the strands. You will again have a center pull strand and an outside strand for each of the two balls. Then you can use one strand from each (either inny or outty) ball to make the two strand eyes. πŸ™‚

    • crocheteverafter

      I just made the “working with multiple strand video” and will edit it. It’s much faster to put together than the amigurumi tutorial, so I will upload that in the next day or so.

  • Sandy

    I’m having trouble understanding how to start with 4 strands! I watched the video on MAGIC LOOP AND CENTER PULL YARN BALL but it’s not clicking. I’m assuming that by using the center pull yarn ball you would use both ends of skein and that would be your 2 strands? So you would have to use both skeins simutaneously to come up with 4 strands to start? But then your going to end up with 2 loops unable to add onto unless you cut it. Seams like 2 skeins isn’t enough yarn. Sometimes I just have to see someone doing it for it to click! Maybe by reading the comments and determining the key areas that people are having the most problems with you could do a mini tutorial on those areas

    • crocheteverafter

      You are correct with the four strands. If you are using the recommended yarn, you only need two hanks. You will pull from both sides as you work. You can also substitute with other bulky yarn. Some such as Lion Brand Thick and Quick or Hometown USA is so thick that you can use just two strands of it to make gauge. I do have a video coming up with how to work with multiple strands of yarn at once. It is next in the queue line (you can see the queue on the right hand side of all the pages) after an amigurumi tutorial. Other than the four strands, all of the other stitches and techniques have tutorials already. πŸ™‚

  • Sandy

    I am having trouble as well. Patern looked very simple and I’m sure once I get started it will be but the problem is getting started! I was hoping to get at least 2 baskets done for my daughter for Christmas. Being a self taught beginner, trying to understand the pattern and different ways to implement the types of stitches and techniques is frustrating

  • Elizabeth Mason

    Oh, I so wish you had the owl basket on tutorial. I have been crocheting for years, but have only done very simple blankets and a lot of improvising. I bought the owl basket and yarn. I do not know what you are talking about with the center pull ball. I am really trying to step out of my comfort zone and learn how to do this right!

    • crocheteverafter

      Hi there, there is no specific tutorial for the actual basket, just all the stitches and techniques used in the pattern (ie. magic adjustable loop in HDC, working in spirals in HDC, etc…) Let me know if you need me to help link you to those. πŸ™‚

      • sandy

        I watched the tutorial for the magic loop to start the owl basket as well. but the pattern says to start with 4 strings and Im not sure what that means cause the tutorial doesnt show 4 strings. could you please explain this to me or do a tutorial for the basket at key points please email me thank you

      • crocheteverafter

        Hi there, I will be making a video on working with multiple strands of yarn very soon (it’s on the Viewer Request Queue). In the mean time, using four strands is basically making your own really thick yarn. You hold it all together and work the stitches as normal.

      • crocheteverafter

        With Super bulky you will probably only need two strands held together to make gauge. If you don’t mind the basket being a different size, don’t worry about gauge, Just make you stitches really tight so the basket will be stiff.

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