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  1. Hello Deja; I have made your destiny shawl several times and I love it! It was my first real crochet project when I started crocheting a year and a half ago. I am thinking of making it with a lace weight yarn and am wondering if I need to change anything with regards to hook size or stitch count?

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    • Hi there, to get the same size you will probably have to use a larger hook to get gauge with a lace weight. That will make it much more lofty. You would need to try a swatch to see if you like the look (it won’t be as dense). But I think it would look very pretty. 🙂

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  2. Hi, I just finished the messy bun beanie and it came out way too big around my head.mim not sure what happened I counted my stitches every row and ideas or suggestions
    Thanks,
    Debbie

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  3. Hello,
    I purchased your owl basket pattern and I’m looking forward to making it. My local stores don’t sell cascade ecological yarn and I’d like to substitute. The pattern said any bulky yarn will do but I couldn’t find any yard labeled as bulky. I bought yarn bee’s yarn which takes 10mm hook but having 4 strands of that is too bulky to crochet. I tried 2 strands but it didn’t work either. This yarn is acrylic and it may be the problem? Any input would be appreciated. Thank you!!

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    • Hi there, the yarn you would want would take a 8mm hook. The bulky uses a smaller hook, so when you put the strands together it will work with the 10mm hook. 🙂 I have a video on working with 4 strands (it shows the first couple rounds of the owl pattern. Let me know if you would like the link. 🙂

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  4. Hi. After looking at your tutorials which are quite helpful I still can’t find what I’m looking for. I am trying to figure out how to join 4 color spiral granny squares.I have already crocheted all the squares but am unable to find how to join them. I think the main reason I’m having difficulty is because I used 4 colors in one square. Thank you for your help.

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    • Hi there, unfortunately I don’t have a video that covers that specific topic. But you will either have to use a different color on each side, if you want the join hidden (but you will also have to match up the other square colors and you might not be able to do that throughout the blanket.

      The other choice is to pick a contrasting color and use that for all four colors. Hope that helps. 🙂

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  5. I see many questions re the Owl Basket Pattern and was wondering if you had or could make a separate link which had the tutorials/links listed for all the stitches required. I have been spending an inordinate amount of time trying to find these links and then try to remember them for when I will need them. I think I am not alone in feeling overwhelmed. I so want to make this beautiful basket as a gift! Thanks for any help you can offer.

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  6. How come you don’t have a tutorial for the Owl pattern. I’ve been all thru your questions and it seems that there are alot of questions on the owl pattern. I haven’t started mine yet because it is a little intimidating for a beginner, but I loved the pattern and have been watching a learning on your videos for stitches. But I still haven’t started it. I think even if you made a partial video and especially included one on the eyes would be really really helpful.

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  7. I saw your tutorial for the wise guys owl basket in Make It Yourself magazine fall/winter 2015. It’s so cute and I’d love to make it, but have trouble following written patterns. Do you have a video tutorial?

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  8. I love your website, your tutorials are amazing. So easily understood, better than others could explain to me on some crochet techniques. I look forward for more amazing things to come. Have a good one!

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  9. I grew up trying to learn crocheting from right handed women, and could do only minimal sc and dc projects. Mostly blankets. I am so excited to discover your website. I will be an avid supporter. Thank you!
    Bijou21

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  10. I bought the Fall/Winter Make it Youself magazine purely for the Wise Guy owl. He is so cute!! I am an experienced crocheter but I feel a little …curious I guess. I have crocheted the owl once and it was way taller than the 8″ listed. I just re-did it, it is again taller than 8″. I crochet tight. Is that 8″ correct? Thanks!

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  11. Hi,

    so excited about starting your owl basket. I do have stupid question 1. What does ST mean? And 2. Do you have any tutorials on crocheting from picture graphs? Don’t know if that’s what you call them, but I’ve been running across A LOT like that and am completely confused on how to do them.

    Thank you for your help

    Patti

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  12. Hi Deja,
    I’m working on the owl basket for a friend & I know she’ll just love it – so thank you!
    My question is: I’m almost at the end of my 23 row and one of my skeins has run out. One is close to running out, and the other two still have plenty (I have no idea how this happened!). Can I add in two skeins to the existing 2 that have plenty, or should I cut the other two and start with a fresh 4 strands? Does that make sense?
    Thank you for your help!

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  13. Hi I hope you can help me. I’m crocheting a Kangaroo and I’m stuck in the leg, I’m in the Row11 Ch2,TW, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each of next 18 sts, 2 hdc in next st-22 sts.Beg working in rnds. I don’t understand this rnd. Rdn1 Ch 14,sl st last ch to hdc at opposite end of Row 11 to make a rnd-36 sts. Could you please help me, I’ll appreciate you. Thank you.

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    • Hi there, It sounds like you are making the split for the legs. That is the only thing I can picture happening by putting a long chain in between the current round. Does that sound like that could be it?

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  14. Thank you for this splendid pattern. I’m so proud of my handsome owl basket. Thank you so much for the excellent tutorials which have raised my crochet skills several notches.

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  15. I am making the owl basket, I have purchased the yarn suggested, but I am on row 14 and it appears I will not have enough yarn. Could it be that I maybe not pulling my stitches tight enough? The basket is taking shape and the bottom is about 10-12 inches across.

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  16. Hi Deja, I purchased your owl basket pattern and was wondering if you have a video tutorial to show how to do the owl horns. I’m reading the pattern as doing the 3 steps as one stitch. Is that correct? If you have a video I can watch that would be a great help. Thanks

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      • Thank you! My best friend loves owls so I thought this would be a perfect birthday gift. I love your style of crocheting. So professional looking!

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  17. I am working on the Richmond lace infinity scarf, prior to row two it says for next row all DC’s and CH 1 Sts referred to work into are in the row below, please explain as I have looked for explanations of Row below and I’m not really understanding what I need to do thank you

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      • Hmm, ok, I have worked in front, and in back before, but the row below is the chain, or the row I just worked? I did watch one tutorial on a different site, that wouldn’t make sense here.

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      • It’s nothing special. 🙂 just the row you just worked. It is a way of reminding people that the CH 1s count as stitches that will be worked into.

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  18. I just purchased the owl basket pattern and just want to verify what to do at the end of each round. I have completed the half double crochet magic circle and am ready to begin round 2. Do I chain 2 at the end of each round before starting with the HDC stitches? Thank you!

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      • Sorry to ask again, but this is the first project in the round I have done without joining so I just want to make sure I understand! So, to start round 2 I just do two HDC in the first stitch of my round, NO chain 1,2, etc before I start that? I didn’t join, so Im good there!

        Thank you!

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      • Hi there, all of the tutorials are for right handed crocheters. The left handed tutorials are marked as such. 🙂 If you click on the free pattern workshops in the menu above you’ll find free video pattern tutorials.

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  19. I purchased the Owl 2 basket as a kit. Rnd 3 is supposed to end with 24 st(s). I stopped at Rnd 3 because I keep thinking it should have the st count of Rnd 4.or 32. It seems like the count is off starting at row 3.

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  20. I downloaded the blossom and broom pattern for the infinity scarf and it says there is a tutorial to show me how to do the stitches step-by-step with I have not been able to get it to work in the tutorial section, or able to find it . Could you please help me with this?

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  21. I downloaded the “eight in one cowls” a couple days ago and opened it today to peruse the cowls and there are no instructions to any of the cowls. What should I do?

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  22. Hi Deja, I also purchased the owl basket. Just for my understanding: I always use four strands at the same time? Or do I use one and using three of them to “guide” the first one?

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  23. I have just purchased the pattern for the owl basket and i was just wondering if at the end of each round do i sl st and ch 1 or 2? Or just keep going?

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  24. http://schoenstricken.de/2013/11/crochet-along-regenbogen-babydecke-teil-10/

    🙂 spike stitch – no, though interesting. I just found some pictures from another cal (link above) that will explain it better than my poor english 🙂
    That’s why videos are so awesome…
    When you look at:
    pic. 8 you see the pink float in-between the orange,
    pic. 9 where she stitches through, underneath the pink float and
    pic. 10 the “result” (extra covering of the float)
    I think I’m crocheting to tight, that’s why I struggle with this – need more practice 😉 so I’ll skip this for my CAL. When I’m finished, I will send you a picture of my mystery bag 🙂
    Thank you so much for taking time!
    Have a nice day!

    God nat her fra Danmark!

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  25. Hi Deja,
    the Fair Isle Tutorials did help a lot for my Tapestry CAL 🙂 And I don’t tangle up so badly with my yarn now. My next crochet project will be in this technique (I also don’t like the difference between one-coloured rounds and the rounds with the floats in between, with the Tapestry.)
    Is there any way to hide the floats even better, so they don’t show through? Did find some about how to stitch deeper and catch the in-between float, in the rounds above (hope you understand this 🙂 but I find it very difficult!
    Now I just have to work on to get my stitches more even and how to grab/hold/twist the yarn on my left hand ;-), when working in tapestry.

    Have a nice day!
    Mange hilsner fra Danmark!

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  26. Hi Deja,

    love your tutorials!
    Thank you so much, this really helps me a lot 😃 I’m ‘new’ into crochet (my Ma showed me how to crochet as I was a child, but never “got hooked”, but I’ve been knitting for over 30 years).
    Now I joined in for a mystery CAL from a german website, so lovely, I just had to try this out! I struggle with tapestry crochet in spirals, do you have any tutorial for that?
    I’ve already learned so much – for just 1 week ago, I didn’t even know the terms/words in english 😄 (sitting in Denmark, making a german CAL und looking for help here, so awesome!!)

    Once again, thank you!
    Deja, du er en dejlig pige og så god til at forklare!

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    • Thank you so much. I don’t have a tutorial on working intarsia in spirals unfortunately. You can use the Fair Isle tutorial interchangeable though. Instead of having floats you will be putting the tails within the stitches. Let me know what specifically you are looking for if the Fair Isle videos don’t work for you and I will work up a video and put you in the viewer queue. 🙂

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  27. hola que tal, recientemente compre uno de tus patrones en ETSY ( MIX TAPE BEANIE) pero no he podido localizar los tutoriales para poder tejer la parte donde haces la figura con otro estambre, si fueras tan amable de decirme como lo encuentro.
    por tu atencion gracias

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  28. I love your tutorials ! You make it so easy. I would love to see one for a womans hat or beanie with ponytail hole. I’ve been watching you on you tube, just found your channel on roku yesterday. Yeah!!! Ive been watching practically non-stop . Thanks do much. You make it so much easier for us newbies.

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  29. Hello! I have a question on the Owl Pattern. On the first owl eye, round 4, my question is after the CH 5, what do you mean by BACK IN THE BOTTOM OF THE DTR? Do I go behind the DTR and at the bottom base of it to do my SL ST? Hope I’m making sence:)

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  30. i follow your tutorials on roku… i learned about spiral single crochet today and i just continued from where you left off and made an egg named Eggwina… i crochet her a little skirt to sit on and stitched it to her… you gave me the confidence to try amigurumi… thanks a million… i also learned how to crochet a hexagon from you… thanks

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  31. Great tutorials! I learning the basics over 10 years ago and I’m reteaching myself now and have been fretting about correctly working a round. Watched your hdc in a round and it turned out great on the first try! Thank you so much! 🙂

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  32. Hiiii…I love the Owl pattern!!! My only issue is that the 4 strands of super bulky and crochet hook size P is killing my hands…the 4 strands barely fit the P. AM I doing something wrong? Thank you.

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    • Hi there 🙂 The four strands and the smaller hook are correct. It is made that way so the basket will be super tight and stand on its own. It takes a little extra effort to work the four strands but it will pay off in the end. 🙂

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      • Well I am having trouble with the tension. First off, I still am not sure if I am working the stitches tight enough, and second, I am worried I worry about changing the technique that when I go back to regular yarn I will be too tight. I am not sure where to start with how to adjust this. I watched your video about the Golden Loop and I don’t want to be a yanker.

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      • Lol, If your hook is small enough your stitches should be tight without yanking. So when you make the stitch, don’t pull on the tail and you should be fine. 🙂

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      • Okay, I thought there was supposed to be no “give” or “stretchiness” of the crocheted piece that’s why I was worried about crocheting tighter.

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      • Thank you for such a quick response! I look forward to future videos from you!

        I started on a purse type project because I tried to crochet in the round and got frustrated working with such tiny stitches. I am hoping that after working something straight that I can try the round stuff later.

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      • Was going to comment on the Pom Pom maker
        but can’t find the section to talk about it.

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  33. Hi, I bought the owl basket pattern, I am a little confused as to what yarn to use as you do say that you can use super bulky in stead of the cascade ecological wool, do I work with 4 strands of the super bulky or does that just apply to the cascade ecological wool also what weight is cascade ecological wool, Being in the UK everything is different to the US..
    Thank you
    regards
    Jan

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    • The cascade is classified as a super bulky yarn, so any super bulky you substitute with you still want to use four strands. That is what gives it thickness and size and the ability to stand on its own. 🙂

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      • Im still trying to figure out how to start the owl basket!!! If I have to start with four strands isnt that 4 skeins??? if so why does it only say in the patter directions you only need 2 skeins? I really want to make these baskets but being a self taaught beginner, i do have trouble reading the patterns sometimes.

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      • Hi there, in the special instructions for the basket on the first page of the pattern is an excerpt on how to turn the two skeins into four. Here is what it says in case you don’t have the pattern in front of you: An easy way to do this
        with only two skeins of yarn is to make a center pull ball and use both ends on both balls to get the four strands. I have a video on how to make center pull balls in my misc. tips and tricks section. 🙂

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  34. So I made 2 center pull yarn balls and every time I pull from the center it breaks. I am also confused on how I am to use both the center string and ending string for the 4 yarn owl pattern. Any suggestions? Do I need to unravel the balls of yarn again to have it stop breaking?

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      • I had to use a different yarn (Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool) than what you suggested as it wasn’t available at the stores I went to. I remade the yarn balls and it seems to be working now. Do you close the round of the magical adjustable loop or just keep going? I tried closing it (I think) and have been following the patter thus far and it looks as if it is okay…we shall see how it comes out. Since this is the first time going through the pattern I am not too worried if I have to make a second one 🙂 Thank you for your reply.

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      • One last quick question: I woke myself up thinking that all my rows were only spirals and not actual level rows. Is that how it is supposed to be or do I loop twp as my HDC for the next row so the rows are level? I was on round 8 when I realized that everything was spiraling and I wasn’t sure how to make my rows level so of course I took it back to square one and am starting with the MAL again – maybe it is the loop I am having a problem with…I don’t know. I was doing well for a while then worried that I would never level out. So to recap: do my rows level or spiral- meaning at the end of the row do I loop twice to make a new row? I am so sorry, I must be a pain but I wanted to make this for a gift and want to do it well. Thank you for your time.

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    • One last quick question: I woke myself up thinking that all my rows were only spirals and not actual level rows. Is that how it is supposed to be or do I loop twp as my HDC for the next row so the rows are level? I was on round 8 when I realized that everything was spiraling and I wasn’t sure how to make my rows level so of course I took it back to square one and am starting with the MAL again – maybe it is the loop I am having a problem with…I don’t know. I was doing well for a while then worried that I would never level out. So to recap: do my rows level or spiral- meaning at the end of the row do I loop twice to make a new row? I am so sorry, I must be a pain but I wanted to make this for a gift and want to do it well. Thank you for your time.

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      • Not a pain at all. 🙂 The rounds will spiral. At the very end you will do a couple shortening stitches that will help level the edge off. It’s very difficult to get a straight seam with HDC if you join rounds so that is why I have them spiral instead. :)

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  35. I just bought your owl basket pattern and ordered some wool. I had a question about the hook size – your pattern calls for a 10mm (US-P) hook but at my Hobby Lobby they had a 10mm-N15 or a 11.5mm-P. I’m not sure if I need to use the P (which is actually a size 11.5mm) or the 10mm (which is a N15). Thanks 🙂

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    • Hi there, you want to start with the 10mm. I had changed the pattern to just the mm reading because for some reason different manufacturers use different letter for that size. Sorry I thought that I had replaced the pattern on all the websites I sell on. The letter designation was causing a lot of confusion. I’ll be sure to make sure all the Etsy listing have the updated info. Thanks for pointing it out. 🙂

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  36. Hi Deja,
    I make hats and use the continuous round (spiral) for most of them in hdc. If I’m doin earflaps and then a row of hdc or sc around the entire edge I don’t have any issues, however, if I’m doing a plain beanie with no earflaps then I trouble getting an even final edge. I’ve tried moving down to sc and then slip stitch after my last round of hdc – 2 or 3 stiches of each to gradually taper it down, but it always ends up with a noticable ‘slant’. Is some special trick to being able to even out the edge? I appreciate any advise you can give and hope I’ve explained my issue clearly.
    Thanks,
    Darcy

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    • Unfortunately the downfall of working in a spiral is the ending slant. There is no real great way to get rid of it. One way to help mask it is to perform the taper down (with the SC and SL ST) then work one more round of single crochet where you join the round. That can help cover up the slant.

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      • Thanks. I’ve got the colour changes down to a fine art working in the sprial and i’ve been playing with the taper down. Here is what i’m finding works best. I generall work in HDC for my hats, so once I have the length I need, I then do 2 or 3 sc and then 2or 3 loose slip stitches. Then I my finishing round either in sc or hdc – depending on the hat. It’s actually pretty good. Yes you can still see the taper down if you are looking for it, but it’s at the back so it really doesn’t jump out at you at all.
        Thanks again

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  37. Hello just purchased the Destiny shawl and not sure about special stitch DC3TOG. DC3TOG: [YO, insert hook into next ST, YO, Pull up loop, YO, pull loop through first two loops on hook] 3 times, YO, pull loop through all remaining loops on hook.

    My question is 3 times. Is this all in the same ST? Or are you moving to next ST?

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  38. what is half double crochet two together.. thank you … I bought your owl basket pattern.. am going through on a practice run with some scrap bulky… just to work out the kinks before I do the good one..I’ve never worked in a spiral before so it kind of took a hard look to make sense of it… but so far so good except for the hdc2tog…
    thank you

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  39. Thanks so much for your prompt answer. I am still confused on the 4 strands. If only 2 skeins are required, how can I use 4 stands? Would I need to unwind the skeins and use both ends of each skein?

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    • You’re welcome. There is a special tip in the pattern about making a center pull ball (I do have a video for that one under Misc. Tips and Tricks) and then using both ends of both balls to get your four strands. 🙂

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  40. Hi, I have purchased the owl basket pattern and I am confused on the use of 4 strands of yarn. I am very new to crochet and am trying to learn but I have never seen or heard of 4 strands at a time before. I cannot find a video to watch and I need help. Please send me a video link or more details on that.

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    • Hi Sarah, the four strands of yarn will be held together while working all stitches of the basket. You can tie the ends before beginning to get it started. Using four strands is not common (two is the most common when using more than one strand). The reason for the four strands is to get the large size basket with a dense thick structure. Using the hook recommended will give you very tight stitches that will enable your basket to stand on its own when it is not holding anything. 🙂 I unfortunately don’t have a video on how to work with more than one strand, but you have given me a great idea to make one now. So I will work on that as soon as I can and have that available soon. Thanks!

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  41. I purchased the owl basket pattern and am confused w/round 4 of the eyes. I’m not familiar with picot and can’t find the tutorial on the website. Any help would be appreciated.

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      • I am actually having trouble with the [ch 5, picot, DTR, TR] on the 2nd eye (round 4) of the owl basket. I keep ending up with a big gap (between the chain 5 and DTR) that doesn’t work itself out right when I finish out the rest of the round. Maybe I’m connecting a stitch wrong somewhere? Any help is appreciated. Thanks! BTW I love this pattern!

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      • Hi there, sometimes you can get a pretty big gap from a CH and then a regular stitch. There are two things you can try. One pull your chains out slightly after you make each one, it will give you a wider ch 5 that can help fill in the gaps. Or you can try my “how to eliminate gaps in your turning chain video” recommendation by making one really long chain (as tall as a DTR, then make a DTR where the CH 5 would go and then another DTR where it is called for in the pattern). You can check out this tutorial under the “Misc Tips and Tricks” link above.

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    • I’m working on the owl and am finished! I used a super chunky yarn and used 2 strands. It came out nice and stiff. I am now looking for the tutorial on the eyes and can’t find it. I was sure I saw one, can you please direct me to the link?

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      • Hi there, I unfortunately don’t have a specific tutorial for the eyes, but I do have tutorials for all the stitches used in the eyes. Just put the needed stitch in the search box and the video will pop up. 🙂

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