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Sunday, September 28th, 2014 03:31 pm
Firstly, thanks for the answers to my questions about how big a skein was. I'm really pleased with the scrap afghan project which is almost finished - I hope to post a picture of the finished blanket later this week (or more likely next weekend) - I'm at the sewing together stage and then all that remains is the final border. It's been a challenge but fun.

I needed something to keep me occupied during an evening away from home and so I tried a cowl - my first ever. I've used Wendy Celtic Tweed effect Chunky yarn (shade 2767) which is like marroons and browns, crocheted with a 10mm hook. It was quick and easy bar one slight problem - hence my question. I'm intending making at least one more cowl and I'd like to see how to get it 'right'.

crocheted cowl


Clicking on the picture links to a larger picture of the same. The pattern starts with a large number of chains which are then slip stitched together and then continues in circles with no turning. Now my problem arose because I ended up with a twist in the initial change, that despite undoing and starting over, I didn't seem to be able to join up without getting another one in there.

Is there something obvious that I'm missing in joining without ending up with a twist? My other thought was to maybe turn at the end of the chains and go back along making my first row (which would make it easier to avoid the twist I think) and then joining and continuing in circles and when I've finished weaving the end of the chains in to close the lower gap, but I'm not sure that will work either.

The Pattern came from the Crochet in Color blog and was called Accidental Cowl.
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Thursday, July 17th, 2014 02:17 pm
Do any of y'all sell your crochet projects on Etsy or the like? Because I'm nearly finished a purse that I want to sell on Etsy, and I'm trying to figure out how to price it. I've heard 'twice the cost of materials' which would put this purse at $36, and I've heard '120% the sum of cost of materials and cost of labor' which, assuming labor at US federal minimum wage (and assuming it takes approximately an hour to sew the lining), would put this purse at $75. (Amazing how fast a project goes when it's a smallish project using a 16mm hook.) But I'm seeing comparable purses on Etsy for $15-$20, and I don't want to price the purse so high that it never sells. So I'm seeking opinions.
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