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lovelylethargy
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I don't know everything there is to know about knitting - yet. But I can share what I do know. So, here goes!

( knitting wisdom from the unwise )

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toodlepipsky
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When's the best time to try your hand at pullovers of your very own design for the very first time, when it's the very first time you're knitting a pullover for an adult?
A month before someone's birthday, of course, because you're making those pullovers as a present!
That sounds logical, right?

This is what happens when you have absolutely NO idea what to get to your parents' birthdays (last year's gifts were awesome so there's some topping off to do...) and at the same time you're getting the serious knitting bug and sitting with Vogue Knitting and practicing every pattern and trick for three months until YOU JUST HAVE TO KNIT SOMETHING.

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hakkai_duo
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Hello. 

I am hoping to embark on a project for a scarf that has a lot of intricate colour work and such. (Mainly... I want have a Damask (I think that is what it is called) pattern amoungst other things going throughout the scarf) 

Unfortunately, I have no yarn store anywhere near me? So all my yarn purchases have to be made through the internet, which means I don't get to actually feel the yarn until after I buy it. The only yarn I am familiar with is the Lion's Brand Vanna's Choice acrylic and the Red Heart Supersaver. However, for this project I am looking for a bit of a nicer feel and such. And I am still really not that knowledgeable about the yarn types and what. 

I heard Wool is good for colour work? However, I live in Florida... so a pure wool scarf might be a bit too heavy? 

Does anyone have any good recommendations for a decently priced yarn that might be good for colour work? 

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I'm a newbie at knitting. I've knitted a couple of things, following patterns, but not a chart. I'm a cross-stitcher at heart, and so I automatically want to follow a knitting chart as I would a cross-stitch one. But I'm confused. Questions and chart pictureCollapse )

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Hi. I'm a new member of this community, and a new knitter. I've almost finished my first project, a scarf, and I'm trying to decide what to make next so I can be ready to jump right into it when the scarf is done. I've been looking at patterns for baby afghans (because I'd like to do something that's different from a scarf but still flat--I'm not ready to take on anything that involves shaping or working in the round just yet). I want to use a circular needle, because it just seems to make sense for a larger object like that (and everything I've read recommends going that route). My problem is that I can't figure out how the length measurements work or what length to buy.Read more...Collapse )

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fantomatiquevie
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I'm knitting the cute little guy for a friend:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elefante

And it's all pretty simple knitting, except for the ears. The ears are crocheted, which I don't know how to do. I was wondering if someone could either convert the pattern to a similar knit pattern, or look at the picture and figure out something close to me (I'm a beginner).

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Thanks in advance for any help!!

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I'd like to knit my first pair of socks...and I'd like an easy pattern. I've never done socks before, but I am familiar with the basics of knitting. I can k, p, m1, psso, k2tog, etc. So if you have any tried and trusted patterns, I'd be really grateful! Hopefully something in the dpns category...I've never worked magic loop ^^;;

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So, I'm pretty much a beginner knitter, I'm only knitting for a year. Still working out kinks and watching knitting instruction videos on youtube in awe. So far I've Mostly I've been making up my own stuff accept for my two first knitting projects. Looking at this community, I'm amazed at the great things you can do with a pairs of hands and a pair (or more) needles.

Scarves, hats and more. Pictures are a bit bigCollapse )

So far, like I said.

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Hello! I'm going to be starting a shawl soon, and have figured everything out about the pattern except this;

Row 67: K3, YO, K2, (YO, K3, PASS 1ST knit ST
over last 2 knitted STs
) 55 times, to 5 STs from end,
YO, K2, YO, K3

What does it mean to pass 1ST knit ST over last 2 knitted STs? Is this psso or something more elaborate? I'd google it...but I'm not even sure what to call it. So I'm turning to you! Links to videos/picture would be awesome, thanks so much ^_^

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hakkai_duo
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HI. It's me again. 

I am looking for an opinion on the best way to go about doing colour work on a hat. I put it all under the cut. 


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Thanks in advance!

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hakkai_duo
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Okay... I have looked through the previous yarn questions and I am still a bit lost. Sorry if this seems like a repeat question. 

A friend of mine just got married, and moved up North. I am gonna knit her a Doctor Who scarf as a wedding gift (because we are cool like that. I am going to be using this pattern: http://www.doctorwhoscarf.com/season12.php ) 

Now. The recommended yarns on the website are either extremely hard to find, or really expensive. It's a huge scarf, so I know it'll be a lot of yarn. But... I am a poor college student, so I am trying to avoid spending more that $80 on yarn. 

Plus, she asked for something warm and cozy, but not itchy. I live in hot Florida, so I tend to stay away from any type of wool, or something warm like it... or scarves for that matter, since it is waaay too hot for that nonsense. 

I have looked into the Lion's Brand Wool-Ease yarn, and it would meet my budget, but does anyone know if it would feel nice? I am doing this all online (I don't have a car, so getting to a store to feel the yarn is a bit difficult) 

Excepting that, does anyone know where I might be able to get a good 15 or so skeins (uh.. about 3000 yds of various colours..) of nice scarf yarn (worsted or sport, I can work with both) that won't break my bank? Or is this impossible?


EDIT: WOW THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP!  I think I found the yarn I can use that will fit my budget. Thanks. 

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I just learned how to knit this past March, so I've been doing a lot of knitting, partly because it's a cost-effective Christmas present, and partly because it has helped me keep my sanity during my first semester of grad school.

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I'm majorly procrastinating, mostly because I didn't knit at all the month of September and the last two weeks of the semester (I was too busy ripping my hair out) and now I have one hat that is halfway finished and a scarf to do before Friday. With a massive winter storm coming in tomorrow, I have full confidence that I'll make it.

Also, feel free to friend me on Ravelry.

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fantomatiquevie
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Here be knitting!Collapse )

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I've actually had this dude finished for awhile, but have been lazy with posting pictures of it.

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Well, I've finished my first official project!

Super simple shawl!Collapse )

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Hey all. I just finished a projeect I've been working on since March - a Gryffindor scarf, using this pattern. (Yes, I am very slow at knitting. I am also still a rank beginner, so I try not to get upset about being slow.)

My question is this - with the pattern and yarn I used, the scarf ended up fairly wide, and somewhat short for a scarf. Which was perfect for my daughter, but not so great for the next person I want to make one for. I was thinking I could cast on with a smaller amount of stitches (maybe forty five instead of fifty five?) to make it less wide, and maybe add a few more stripe repetitions to it to make it longer. Am I right in thinking this, or is there another way I should be going about it?

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omnomnomsammich
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Hey guys!
I have started knitting my ~*First Garment*~ : this cape. (or clicky here if Ravelry isn't being nice to you).


It's a very basic and easy design so I don't have to worry much about fit, sleeves and seaming. Basically it's just a giant rectangle. You'd think I couldn't go wrong with that, right?


Buuut leave it to me to make things difficult. I bought the Galapagos yarn from Phildar online for this vest. (again, unhappy Ravelry? Clicky here). Super bulky, 50% Wool, 30% Acrylic, 20% Alpaca. Colourway: saffron. It's soft, hairy and warm. Perfect for a cosy vest. However, I have knitted a fair bit right now and I'm wondering whether it could get too warm. Like my own personal mobile sauna hot. Or a seventh circle of hell scorching hot. Or like boiling magma hot.


So what do you think - would a super bulky cape bring a smile to your face? What should I do? Just keep going, or combine it in some way with some cooler yarn?


Thanks in advance(:
Also I just wanted to say I love love love your FOs!


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fantomatiquevie
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Sorry, I've been posting a lot ^^;; I need help with a little bit of pattern-reading. I've got most of the abbreviations down, I just need a little help putting it together. Also, this is the full pattern, so I'm also contributing! ^_^

I'm about to start knitting a triangle shawl. I know the technique. But here's where I'm having problems.

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I'm looking for a chunky brushed mohair yarn...but I can't seem to find any! The closest specialty store is four hours away from me. I've been looking online, but I can't seem to find what I'm looking for there either! Anyone have any websites that might be able to help me? I am not adverse to buying online, but I can't find anything the right size (basically the pattern calls for chunky mohair and size 15 needles and I'm pretty new to this). Thanks so much!

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I started trying to deconstruct these mittens so I can make them myself, because they use the thick lopi wool and that's what I want to work with (and I can't seem to find free patterns that use this wool). All I was doing is counting the stitches in the mittens and then using Photoshop and Notepad to make a chart and keep track of how many rows there are and such. Is there a better way to do this?

Here's the two mitten images:
White and red
Black and grey
Originally from here on ravelry.

My second question is, I have Álafoss Lopi wool. I don't know what ply this is. This is a photo.
This is all the information on the wrapper:
Net weight at standard conditions: 10g / 3.5ox ca. 100m / 109yd
Pure new wool
Needles size 5.5 to 6.5

When I look at patterns I keep seeing stuff like "this brand of yarn" and "sport-yarn", but I don't want to use any yarn but this, so I don't know what types of patterns I can use with this (or how to change patterns so the size will be the same if I use this yarn).

(Just as a side-note, if anyone here wants some of this "special Icelandic wool" just tell me and I can get it from the store and mail it to you for around half of what they seem to charge online for it - about $4 per skein, it would be.)

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omnomnomsammich
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Hi! I'm still a ~total noob when it comes to knitting so here's a ~total noob question for ya:

I haven't really knit a lot of stuff yet and usually when I start on a new project I just cast on a bunch of stitches and see where the pattern takes me. I completely disregard anything that has to do with preparations - no swatches, no gauges, no yardage, no needle size, just plain knitting.

However, the time has come for a change! I've recently (that means: today) bought two skeins of supercute two-toned sport yarn (blue-grey) and some 3.5 mm dpn to go with it. There's not a lot of info on yarn weight. The label just says '50g/1.75oz=100m/110yd'. Okay, so maybe that *is* plenty of info.

I really want to make a triangle shawl using this yarn but I'm getting cold feet so to speak. What if I come up short on yarn? What if the pattern doesn't quite come out the way I want it to? Oh, the dilemma. 

I have my eye on this pattern: Clicky linky! but since my needle size and yarn weight deviate so much from what is recommended in the post, I'm very hesitant.

So my question is: Do I have what it takes to start this shawl? And if not, are there any other shawl patterns you could direct me to? If it's ab-so-lu-te-ly obvious I need more skeins to finish the shawl I could perhaps instigate another visit to the store but I'd rather not.
Anyway, thanks in advance!

EDIT: Wow, thanks so much for your input! You've really given me something I can work with. This insight is just what I needed(: I have bought different fingering weight yarn and my 4mm dpns are at the ready - using the sports weight with 3.5mm would've been a total disaster of epic proportions... Off I go!

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So I'm looking to get some better quality needles, I currently have Boye straight needles in size 6US and 8US (which is really all I need for what I do, I'm still a beginner, having knitted only dishcloths and currently working on a scarf, but I plan on expanding my comfort zone rather quickly) My 6's are fine but my 8's are terrible, I don't know what's happened to them, they're super dull and the pain has chipped and scratched off, and from what I read they're super low quality. I plan on visiting the local yarn store and stocking up on a few pairs of needles. So what I need to know is what would be my best option for needles out of the following:

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I am trying to re-learn knitting, as well as getting more adventurous. The first time I learned knitting I did everything in solids because color changes scared me. Anyway, I got out some yarn that I won't use in a project again [didn't care for the end result] and practice color changes. I was able to watch some videos and such and I think I have the gist of it, but I wanted to check with y'all to see if I'm doing it correctly, as I could not seem to find a picture or video of the wrong side of the stitches.

I am just working in garter stitch right now to practice the color changes. The first attempt is behind the cut:

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So, fellow knitters, does this look correct on the back? If not, what causes this particular outcome and how do I fix it?

ETA: I'm just doing horizontal stripes for now. :)

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 Foxdiva9 back again. I finished the other pull over and it didn't fit. I'm re-seaming it and giving it to my sister-in-law.
But now my mother's day gift is off track. 
Aurora Bulky Round Neck Sweater
I finished(?) the back and it's on a stitch holder as explained.
It says to Cast on again. Do I cast on from where my stitches are held or start other end of yarn or another ball?
Thanks!
Alexis/Foxdiva9
 

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