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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Les Doudous

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

I've gotten a fun start to the year so far, crochet-wise:

My friend Jean just got back from a trip to Austria and brought me back a beautiful crochet book in German.  It's by a French crocheter Cendrine Armani, and it's got the cutest crocheted animals ("les doudous" in French, which basically means a child's stuffed animal or security blanket) traveling on an adventure around the world together.  Now, I don't know a lick of German, but once you figure out the German abbreviations for single crochet, double crochet, etc. (and the book has plenty of pictures), then it's not so hard to figure out the pattern instructions (plus I can always ask Jean to translate for me :-)

And, last night, I was in Barnes & Noble looking for Inside Crochet magazine when I came across the premiere issue of Love of Crochet magazine, which has been launched by the Love of Knitting publishers.  I haven't really had a chance to go through it, but with a flip-through, there's a real variety of patterns in there, though I also felt that I had seen some of them before in other places.


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Anonymous said...

Wow! I bet that book in German is GREAT! Here is the terminology translated into US English:
Tr crochet is actually DC
Dc is actually sc
They don't use sl st. They join with a ch1 at beginning of round for instance you are starting a ch of 30. It will say (usually in notes above pattern) *ch1 at beginning of row counts as a dc, ch2 as a tr crochet
Then round 1: ch1 in first stitch tr crochet across ch1 turn.
Translated ch1 in first stitch counts as 1st dc . Tr crochet across actually means dc. Ch1 at end and turn counts as 1st stitch dc in 2nd row (just remember that their st. Are one stitch up from ours.

Most important go to they have a needle or hook conversion to US from European. Very helpful 8mm stands for a L hook in crochet here. They seem to use that size a lot.

Enjoy the book. Those would be good donations to local police, fire, and Emergency Rooms for small children that need some comfort. ((((HUGS)))))