Pattern Help & Support

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Questions regarding my pay patterns (or any of my patterns really!) can be posted here in the comments.

As of right now I am online and available almost every day, and if I can’t answer your question immediately I will make it my top priority to do so. Thank you so much for supporting me by buying my patterns!

-MF

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164 thoughts on “Pattern Help & Support

  1. is there any chance of any video of the lotus mandala circle vest – sleeves – and the Stevie being made??? I cannot make heads or tails of the instructions at all – confusing to me. Video instructions would be most helpful and I can stop frogging my attempts to make the vest. I would love to have a finished product. I love the way the center of yours is – it is not as bulky as all the others I have watched, and yours hangs better.

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    • Hi Sandra! I have given permission for one or two other crocheters to make a video tutorial for the Mandala vest – I assume you’ve seen the one linked in the post, but I’ll throw the link in here anyway:

      I don’t give permission for the lotus duster pattern, though the central mandala is the same until Rnd 16 so the video for the vest would help for the duster as well. I’d like to do a video for the duster myself, but I can’t say yet whether I will for sure.

      One tip I can give for how the duster and the vest “hang” is yarn choice – I usually use thin, natural fiber yarns for these. Acrylics or thicker wools are not usually good at getting the drape right.

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  2. Hey there! I’m absolutely in love with the mandala pattern, and it’s my first big project (Boy, was it ever a task to take on, but I’m enjoying it.) But, I have myself to round 14, and every time I do it, I suddenly wind up with a very tight round that sort of makes a jellyfish shape. I know it’s an easy enough round, I’m just not sure what I’ve got going on, or how to fix it. I’ve even given the video a good watch, and even though I copy it, I seem to still have the same problem. It’s almost like I don’t have enough chains to make it the right diametre.

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      • I am using a 5.75 hook as it seemed to be all that I could find in the 5 region. My yarn, and I realized after I bought my pretty colours that it was the wrong weight, is Red Hearts Soft yarn, weight 4. That all might be my problem, but up until this point it hasn’t given me any troubles. I really appreciate you getting back to me. It, makes working through the pattern seem so much more worth it to know there is someone who cares to help with their work.

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      • No problem at all! 🙂 Probably good that your hook is just a little bigger than the recommended because that yarn will likely gauge differently, but since it hasn’t caused any problems so far my suggestion is to double check all of your stitch counts in the last few rounds if you haven’t already. Also, have you worked any “extra” rounds? Those are the ones specifically marked as extra rounds for sizing up in the pattern, so if you haven’t encountered any so far then don’t worry about that. If your stitch counts are on target, is it possible to send me a photo through e-mail or my Facebook page? I can take a look and try to find the problem visually (often pretty helpful when someone is stuck on a round like this)

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      • I’ve been on target so far, in terms of stitch counts, but with some adamant stubbornness, I may have managed to fix it. It’s not curling in so hard on itself, but I also loosened my stitches up, and tried chaining one extra on the areas I’d be adding scallops in on the next round. I assume that that wouldn’t make too much trouble for me, in the long run? I can definitely send some pictures along though.

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      • As far as pattern repeats go, you should be fine to go ahead and add the scallops to the widened chain spaces for the next round and not have any problems, hopefully that works well for your gauge! If you want I can take a look at pictures of that round just to see if there is anything more I can suggest that might be helpful just in case- you can send them to moralefiber(at)yahoo.com or to my messenger on my business FB page:
        http://www.facebook.com/MoraleFiber
        🙂

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  3. Hello! I’m trying to make your scrappy granny shawl and I feel like I must be doing something wrong but I can’t figure it out. I’ve only done 6 rows but the top of it is curving up a lot. It’s not straight or even near straight (which I could live with). I tried re-doing it twice making sure to crochet looser but it’s still curving up. Is this normal? Will it straighten out as I get further and the shawl gets heavier? Thanks so much!

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    • Hi there! The Granny Shawl should have a gentle “bow” curve to the widest or top edge of the piece that will look more severe in the first few rows before more weight is added. This curve should have the apex higher that the edge corners of the same side when allowed to lay naturally – in other words the top should be a loose curve not a “tight” one – I hope that makes sense! If this curve is too severe, the cure would be to crochet your chains tighter.

      If your curve is the opposite – too tight compared to the bottom – you should crochet your chains looser. Does that make sense? If not, you can send me a picture of your piece via e-mail (moralefiber(at)yahoo.com) or through my Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/MoraleFiber
      and I can definitely help you figure out what’s going on! 🙂

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  4. Hello Regina,
    I’ve purchased your wonderful pattern for the Lotus Mandala Duster. I am making sort of a combo of different stitches from 2 other patterns for the circle section and going to finish with the rest of your duster pattern. My question for you is could you please tell me how many inches across is your circle section? I’m also on Ravelry if you would like to check my project page…
    Thanx so much!
    Tina

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    • Hi Tina! If you mean how many inches is the entire body of the duster (which is a big circle) those measurements (in radius & diameter) can be found in the notes at the beginning of the pattern. If you meant how many inches is the central mandala motif (which I usually make a different color than the rest of the duster), it is approximately 19-20″ in diameter 🙂 Sounds like an interesting project – I’d love to check it out on ravelry!

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      • Hi Regina,
        Thanx for the fast reply! ahhaha, I should’ve asked about the central motif! Silly me! Yes that is what I was asking about. That helps me immensely!!
        Yes, feel free to check it out. You can find me by using the first part of my e-mail address. Have yourself a great one! 😉

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  5. Hi Regina! I love your patterns and I purchased the mandala top but I can not understand the way to put both sides together. Do you have video instructions for this top and for the sleeves? I’m tyring to do it but I got stuck in round 10. Let me know. Thank you!

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    • Hi Paula! Unfortunately you do need a Tunisian hook for the fantasy hat pattern because you will be keeping multiple stitches on the hook so you’ll need the long hook shaft and the stopper on the end that is featured in Tunisian hooks. I have used a regular hook with a cork on the end to make smaller projects, such as washcloths, but the hood is too big for that method.

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      • Just ran across these comments and want to mention using double ended crochet hooks for Tunisian work. You have to use two strands of yarn for it to work but I love it, not being physically able to work a long hook full of fabric. There are YouTube videos easily searchable. The very best hooks ever for this are addi doubled ended hooks. A bit of work to find them but they are available and relatively inexpensive. The engineering on them is great. Happy hooking!

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  6. i need help in understanding this pattern it says purl in the first vertical bar (holding the yarn in back of work pull up 2 lps ? in the afghan st . purl next 2 st across huh i know how to do purl stitch and i no how to do afghan st but it says pull up 2 lps

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