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Help! I am almost finished with the owl basket and I have run out of yarn. I am on row 26 of 27 and one more eye to make. My gauge is correct, all of my stitch counts have come out correctly the height is correct but the diameter is much larger than listed in the pattern. I cannot figure out why.
Hi there, I'm sorry if you are having any trouble. Are you sure the gauge is right on? With such large stitches if you are just slightly off it could result in a huge difference in size and yarn used. The two skeins will only have about 20 yards leftover (tried to use as much as possible since they are so expensive). I would like to help you further. Craftsy only sends me a weekly update of comments left. You can contact me on my website (it's at the bottom of the pattern) and I can get back to you much faster.
The basket is super cute, but if I had realized the yarn needed to be wound by hand and the pattern was hold-4 then I wouldn't have purchased the kit. Also, the eyes turn out to be asymmetrical when I followed the pattern.
Hi! I purchased the kit with this pattern and yarn and there was not enough yarn to complete the pattern. How can I get more yarn so I can finish it? I followed the pattern, so I'm not sure why I ran out.
Hi there, how was your gauge reading? There should be enough to complete the project with some leftover. :)
I do tend to crochet a bit tight, but it looks like I'm pretty close. My gauge is correct on the rows but maybe a 1/4 inch short on the HDCs depending where I measure.
That might be causing it. There is maybe 20 yards or so leftover after the project so it's a pretty close guage. I have a video on my website that shows working the first round of the basket so you can see how tightly I crochet the stitches. If you need further help, please feel free to contact me through my website. Unfortunately, Craftsy doesn't have an automatic notification system when a comment is left here, so I miss them for a couple of days and I would like to get back to you much sooner than that. :)
Thanks! I will check that out and contact you through the website if I have more questions. I really appreciate you help and look forward to making this basket work!
What is a "Magic Adjustable Hoop" and where can I get one?The only crochet hooks I have are letters so what hook should I use for this pattern?
She is saying"magic adjustable LOOP" and is is a way to start your projects instead of crocheting into the "second loop" she has a tutorial on how to work this stitch.
Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I unfortunately only get a weekly notice of comments left. I have a few tutorials that will show you how to make a magic adjustable loop on my website. :)
Hi Deja,I just ordered the kit, and received the yarn today. The pattern says to use a 10mm hook and I have an N hook that is 10mm (http://www.amazon.com/Rosewood-Crochet-Hook-Size-10mm/dp/B003D7MC1M), but I see P referenced in an earlier comment. Do I have the right sized hook or should I get a different one?Thanks in advance!
Hi there, different manufacturers state different letters for their 10mm hook. You want to stick with the 10mm and not go with the letter (not sure why they are different for different companies). :)
I kind of thought that might be the case, but wasn't sure. Thanks for the confirmation! :)
Hi Deja, I fell in love with your basket at first glance, so I just ordered the kit. I am so excited to get started on this project when the yarn arrives!
Thanks so much!!
Hi Deja, I just finished the base and am loving this pattern. It's quite a workout for the hands and arms, with all that thick yarn and big hook! Anyway, over on Ravelry I see a couple of people are saying they just made two of the first eye and flipped the second one, since the two different eye patterns made slightly asymmetric eyes. Do you see a problem with doing that little trick? Thanks for a fun great pattern!
You can definitely flip the eye; however, you will get a "right side" eye and a "wrong side" eye so they will look a little different. I went with the lesser of two evils and made the second eye facing the "right side" but had to adjust the pattern slightly to make that happen. So if you look closely at the left eye in the picture you can see the asymmetry, but I thought it was less noticeable than flipping the eye. :) You can try both and see which one you like better.
I'm a beginner. What is the difficulty level for this project? Wondering if could do it?
I ordered it . . . will give it a try!
Sorry I didn't reply back. I don't get an email every time someone comments, just kind of a weekly recap and it doesn't include all the comments. I will have to see if I can get this changed somehow. Sorry about that. :(
I fell in love with this owl at first sight - and love the pattern. My first try, I used a "natural' worsted weight (2 strands) and a G hook. I plan on making many variations of this - thank you!
I'm wanting to make this and wondering if you double or triple strand the yarn while working it? I see it says 900 yards which seems like an awful lot, lol.
You actually quadruple the yarn. :)As you can see from the picture it takes very few rounds to finish it and those are full sized bath towels rolled up in it.
I just purchased the pattern and can't seam to find it can some one please help
You should find it under "My Patterns" in your profile section. Hope that helps.
Love your pattern! I found the tip of the second eye a little tricky but it turned out wonderful. Thank you! Oh and I used Bernat Handicrafter off white cotton.
That eye is a little tricky, I'm glad you got it!
Please can you tell me what a good alternative to Cascade Yarns would be as I can't get it in England. Thank you.
Do you have Lion Brand thick and quick? That is a good alternative and you can use less strands to get gauge.
I haven't been able to find Lion Brand. I've got Rowan purelife which is a chunky. Would two strands sufficient? I tried three and it was really difficult.
You can definitely use that. Also if the two strands is enough to make gauge then that's perfect. :)
I'm having a problem with this project. I cannot find the preferred brand of yarn at any of my local stores and really don't want to order online. I bought some bulky weight wool as sugguested, but had a really hard time starting the project with a P hook and four strands of the yarn, so I used a Q hook instead. I'm only on the 7th round and the base of the basket is getting really big. I'm afraid this is turning into an epic failure. Any suggestions?
The stitches are going to be very tight when using the P hook. That gives it the ability to stand on its own without being filled. It's almost like working amigurumi on a really large scale. You want super tight stitches.
what is a majic adjustable loop? does that mean after I've done 8 hdc that I join the ends together then do 16 hdc (2 sts in each stc?)?
You might google it and find a tutorial for it or even a youtube video, but you first make a chain of four and then join it, and then do the 8 hdcs into it. Hope that helps :)
I have a video tutorial on my website that shows how to do a magic adjustable loop. :)
Thanks - I was able to find it and replicate it. Loving the pattern - it's going to be the perfect gift for my daughter who's a teacher!thanks
I love this pattern, it is so easy to work and although I didn't use the required yarn amounts my basket turned out quite well and my daughter loved it! Thanks you for the pattern.
That's fantastic! I'm so glad you like it. Thanks so much!
you are most welcome.
When I receive a message that says this pattern has been updated, do I need to download it again? Thanks
I usually do, sometimes it might be just a little change like a ch3 instead of ch2 or it could be something major, but I usually download the update and check out the updates, hope that helps.
Hi there, the update was just a fixing of the material list. No change to the actual pattern. :)
This pattern has been easy, but I have one question. I think there is a mistake in Eye #1. Eye #2 ends with HDC, SC. It seems that #1 should start that way to eliminate the drop-off. My daughter saw this before the eyes were on and thought that it would make a great tote or, if bigger, a beach bag.
Hey there, The pattern is correct. :) The ending for eye 2 is to keep from having the offset when finishing the eye. There is no offset on the first eye since it ends with the eye point.
Hello Deja, greetings from Brazil :) I absolutely LOVED your Owl Basket and I wanna make it !!! It's so cute. The eyes are amazing. Great idea :D Never saw one like them before. Congrats for the design. I'd like to get this pattern but I have some questions about it. Do you have a facebook page to talk to me about it?Thank you so much and happy hooking !!!
Hi there, I have a website where you can contact me. crocheteverafter.com :)
Going there :) Muahhh
I love your Owl Basket, I have made mine and it does not compare to your product sample picture. I used the Thick and Quick Wool-Ease as you suggested for the substitute. I used two strands to make the correct gauge It is very flimsy not sturdy and I do not like the shape. Any suggestions? I don't know of anything further I can do to fix it. MG_8685.jpg
Hi there, so sorry to hear you are having trouble. Make sure that you use a hook that will produce the stiffest stitches possible. You might need to go smaller than the 10mm with the substituted yarn. It should be like a large version of amigurumi.
I made this project but could not "hold-4" so I used two strands instead with an 8mm hook and then purchased an inexpensive wicker basket to insert inside and give the owl shape.
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