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#1 Charm

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 04:00 AM

Im 110% stepping out of my crochet comfort zone attempting to make this blanket, but i have a few good reasons why i want to give this a try.
but i will get into that later lol

i want to make a solid color afghan with a bichon frise head in the center (maybe legs to)
but i dont know how to go about it.

i was thinking about making the blanket then weaving/crochet the head into the blanket, but i think that will make it too stiff??? but on the other hand if i just crochet the head into the center it would be like a big weak spot b/c of the yarn i chose.

Also, what do you think is the best way to pattern out the head?

here are some pics i found to give you an idea of what im thinking about.
just picture it on a sage blanket lol
http://www.woodrufff...n_frise_d38.jpg

http://www.bichon.de/frise/cacstg1.jpg

http://www.dog-secre....com/bichon.jpg

I already bought Patons Divine icicle white for the head..
but no other yarn yet...

so those are my thoughts.. i just need a kick start lol

my moms b-day is coming up and this is what i wanted to give her.. she loves her Bichon like another child and hes 16 yrs old.. hes our little old man..and i know this blanket of "him" would really touch her heart..
so i want to try my best to do it :yes

does anyone have any advise for me?
do you even think this is do-able?

thanks a bunch :manyheart

#2 sail149

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 04:43 AM

What a gorgeous dog! I think the easiest way to make your afghan would be to first crochet it in tunisian stitch, and then cross stitch the dog afterwards. If you take your picture to one of those places that will graph the cross-stitch for you, you can easily do it that way - and you can use whatever fluffly yarn you want to. In Tunsian stitch, each stitch represents one square in the cross-stitch grid.

If you prefer a softer, drapier afghan, you can still achive the design in cross stitch, just crochet the body of the rug in sc and stitch over that.Or you could use the intarsia method and have lots of little bobbins to change colour. That wouldn't be too bad, actually, would it - since the dog is mostly white!

I know there are computer programs you can buy to graph the design yourself, but I think they are quite expensive - and I know that there are places that will do it for you.

Good luck! - your mother will be thrilled.

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 08:30 AM

I'm doing the Disney TIGGER. The main panel is done in SC, then TIGGER is cross-stitched on after. Yours would make more sense to do it that way (sc or Tunisian).

OR you can try this....I haven't used it yet, but it might help you to graph it out. http://www.pcstitch.com/ At the bottom you will see the free download. Good Luck!!
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Posted 02 January 2007 - 11:28 AM

If you have a clear picture to work from, this micro revolt site will create a graph for you. You can choose what size you want -> from 3 sizes


It works for SC/Tunisian afghans

http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro/

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#5 Charm

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 10:52 PM

thank you!
i didnt know i had so many options avail"


i hope i can make this work.. i got about a month to do it
and also working on another afghan for a friend, t his should be interesting LOL:lol

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 08:13 PM

Another option would be to combine crocheting with fabric. Get the doggie photo printed on fabric, then crochet around it. It sounded like a good idea until I started typing but maybe someone can expand upon this thought.:P

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 07:53 AM

Another option would be to combine crocheting with fabric. Get the doggie photo printed on fabric, then crochet around it. It sounded like a good idea until I started typing but maybe someone can expand upon this thought.:P


I like this idea a whole lot because the coloring of the photo would be maintained. I think the idea would be to get the photo onto a thicker fabric or to kind of stitch the photo fabric onto a blanket backing like they use for quilts. With this, stitching could even be done to kind of make the photo more 3-D.