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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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levi_civita
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Dear All,

I started to work on this cardigan: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aeneas by Norah Gaughan, but after 9 rows of the back part I got stuck and I need help. Can you please explain me how should I proceed with the pattern. Here is the part of the pattern:

Cast on 82 sts

est pats (rs)- work 24 sts in moss st, p2 and keep in rev st st, work chart A over 30 sts, p2 and keep in rev stst, work 24 sts in moss st. Keeping to pat, work 9 rows straight.

Next (dec) row (rs)-k1, k2tog, work to last 3sts, ssk, k1. Rep dec row ecery 10th row once, then every 8th row twice. Now work dec as follows:

rep dec row (every 4th row once, every 2nd row once) 7 times, then every 2nd row once-34sts.


Here are my questions:

After cast on I did rs first according to the pattern. At what row should I start decrease (10 or 11)? On right side or on wrong side? 

every 4th row once, every 2nd row once: will it be in the end equal to every 2nd row? Or it will be dec on 4th row, then after that dec on 2nd row (total 6th row) and then dec on the 4th row (total 10th row) etc?

Thank you very much in advance!

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athelyna
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What's the proper way to slip edge stitches in garter stitch so you get nice, neat edges to pick up stitches from? I'm knitting standard English western style. I want a garter rectangle that I can pick stitches up from the sides and undo a provisional cast on to have as base of a little purse. Are there guidelines on slipping stitches in general? I know for most patterns where you're slipping stitches in the middle of the row you slip purl-wise to maintain stitch orientation, but edge stitches always seem to confuse me.

While I'm at it, does anyone know of a good resource that shows the provisional cast on where you just wrap your working yarn around the needle and a piece of scrap yarn. Not the provisional cast on where you crochet a chain and pick up from there, but the one that's sort of like a standard long tail. I know I saw a blog posting somewhere about it, but google didn't bring me any really clear results.

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vivonelcarmelo
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I started knitting in January, and now with two pairs of socks under belt, I'm feeling adventurous.  What's your favorite top-down cast-on for socks?  What do you like about it?

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mayakda
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I finished the hat*. Thanks for the bind off help!
My new question-- I was looking at a book of hat patterns (Hip Knit Hats by Cathy Carron) and she knits them all top down, increase, then bind off at the brim.
I was wondering, for those who have tried either way of making a hat (or a sock), what's the pro's & cons of both methods (top down vs bottom up)? Which way do you prefer?

(*It was a bit laddery at the decreases; I guess I need to be more careful with keeping it yarn tight.)

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I hate cast-ons that make you measure/guess how much long tail you need. I inevitably wind up with at least 50% extra left over when I'm done, or I run out after casting on 95% of the necessary stitches. Is there a method (that isn't backwards loop or provisional crochet) to cast on stitches that ONLY uses main yarn and does not involve a tail of any sort?

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I've been wanting to knit for some time, so today I went out to the craft store and bought size 8 needles (#8? what's the terminology??) and a couple balls of yarn. I found a video on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uw-nUvGrBY) and I'm trying to follow the directions but after casting on, I can't get the first row to work. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong.

I searched the community for beginners entries and I was even directed to entries about 2 or 3 years back but I didn't find anything to help.

Is the video wrong? Is there something I'm missing? I really really want to be one of those cool people who knits. :(

Thanks everyone.

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Hello! I've been a long time lurker here, and am just now getting around to posting. ;)

A little about myself... I'm 22. My mom first taught me the basics of knitting when I was 11, but it didn't click. I took it up again about five years ago, when I decided to knit a Harry Potter scarf (of all things to knit!). Since then I have been in love with all things knitting! I don't have very many finished objects yet (I'm horrible about starting things and not finishing them!).

Now, my problem is this. I want to knit some socks from the toe up. Specifically the ones in Interweave Knits summer 2007 magazine. However, I am having a problem with the "eastern cast-on". The instructions are not very clear and I have a feeling I am not getting it right. I am also having trouble finding better directions for it online (Yes, I already looked in the memories and such here :/). Can anyone point me to a site that has good instructions? Or might there be someone who can explain it clearly?

And, if not, then is there another way to cast on for toe up socks, that would be easier?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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loopybunny
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I'm currently trying to start on Knitty's Coronet for a friend of mine.  I started practicing the provisional cast on from Eunny's site.  While it actually seems simple, when I start knitting from it, it looks really sloppy.  Is this normal until I join the ends of the cabled band?  The pictures I've seen of the provisional cast on don't look so messy so it convinces me that I'm doing something wrong.  Is there another method that looks nicer or is easier to work with?

I'm also having a hard time getting the gauge correct.  My swatch is 17 sts/3 in.  I'm using Cascade 220 and the label has the exact gauge that this pattern calls for.  My stitches don't look tight and I don't feel like I'm knitting tightly but I can't manage to get 17 sts/4 in if my life depended on it.  Is there some trick to knitting the correct gauge with the correct size needles?  Currently I don't have any needles a size up and I'd rather not have to buy more since money is tight right now, but I will if I have to.

Is it possible it's the yarn?  If I remember correctly, the pillow I did a couple of months ago was spot on when it came to the gauge and it was Cascade 220 as well (I remember because I was excited that my gauge was correct).  Can the gauge vary that much between different hanks and colors of basically the same yarn?

(And yes, these are very basic questions, but I'm still a fairly new knitter.  Since this is a gift for someone, I want to make sure it turns out nicely.)

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baronsamdi
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When a pattern doesn't specify a technique to use, which do you prefer?

...for casting on
...for casting off
...for increasing
...for decreasing

I'm working a pattern now that doesn't specify almost any of these! (Kim Hargreaves' Trinket, a scarf with alternating bands of garter and stockinette.)

I think I'm going to stick with a long-tail cast-on, but I might also try a provisional cast-on because I'll be adding a ruffle to the end later. What would you do?

I have no idea on the cast-off yet. Probably EZ's sewn cast-off.

Each even-numbered row has a k2tog tbl decrease at the end, so I'm following the instructions there. Every odd-numbered row has an unspecified increase at the end; my M1s are kind of holey so I think I'll do a kfb there but I'm not very happy about it.

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This is really minor, but I'm ridiculously pleased with it. I'm slow sometimes. I miss the obvious. So, despite knowing that the long tail cast-on I use so frequently is performed knitwise, it never occurred to me until a day or two ago to try it out purlwise. I swatched a bit in 1x1 ribbing and it worked fine, so when I decided to start a beanie today, I decided to use it for the 2x2 ribbing.

I really like how it's turning outCollapse )

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alien_sunset
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I love this cast on; it creates a lovely braided effect that is stunning on mittens or hats. It's perfect for two colour knitting, no need to fumble to add the second colour, it's already there! And it sets up your stitches perfectly for corrugated ribbing!

The site where I originally learned this technique did a terrible job at explaining it, and it took me forever to figure it out. I decided to make a better set of instructions after several people on another list asked me how I did it.

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If you have any questions or if anything is unclear, let me know and I'll try to explain better.
Enjoy!
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I know there are a lot of ways to cast on, but I don't know when it is proper to use each method, or if it is personal preference. For instance, my default is the knit cast on, but I have done a provisional cast on when I worked on socks, and occasionally do the long tail cast on if I am bored with the knit cast on.

Questions: Is the cable cast on only used when adding stitches in the middle of a project? When do you use the chain cast on, loop cast on, and the other COs that I have been using mostly interchangably?

Thanks guys :)

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littlelottie
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I've seen a bunch of patterns that mention a long tail cast on, so I wondered what it was and if it was difficult/weird or whatever. So I looked it up and it turns out that the only cast on method I know is actually the long tail cast on. (smacks head) It's the only method my mom ever taught me, so I thought everyone cast on like that for every piece.

Have I been wrong using a long tail cast on for all my pieces? Should I learn some other method or does it really matter?

Anyone else have any knitting "discoveries" that made you feel like an idiot?

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linettasky
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I was looking at the latest Vogue Knitting during my lunch break today (I work at a bookstore) and trying to commit to memory the provisional cast-on technique Annie Modesitt wrote about in her column. Now, this is the first time I've ever actually read Vogue Knitting, and I was bewildered by Modesitt's comment that she has pretty much abolished slip-knots from her knitting. Having been taught that all cast-ons begin with a slip-knot, unavoidably, I was wondering two things. First, why someone would want to eliminate slip-knots and second, how one would go about avoiding them.
Anyone have any ideas?

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i'm having big issues starting a sock from the "Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles" book by Cat Bordi. it's the last pattern, the Leaf and Tendril Sock. i learned and got the hang of the necessary provisional cast on, but beyond the first row after that, i'm utterly baffled.

so confused, that i can't productively form a question. if you happen to have this book, can you check out that pattern, specifically the beginning (in the Turning the Toe section, especially the second paragraph)? if it makes sense to you, and you have even the slightest desire to attempt an explanation, please feel free.

for the rest of you, how appropriate is it to take this project into my LYS (that i've spent a fair amount of money at, just not for this particular project) and say "help, please?" if it's not too busy? i can't decide. and i'm on a budget, so i'd be practicing restraint from buying more things...it'd really just be a "i have a problem" visit.

what do you think?

thankyou muchly.

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i decided to try to learn some new cast-on methods. i tried the knitted cast-on...it seems to work well, *EXCEPT* that my stitches after the cast-on row seem to be tighter than the cast-on. it's almost as if the cast-on row has holes between the stitches and the rest of the swatch doesn't...is that the intent? (i like the way it looks, actually. i'm just not sure how to create the same look when i bind off)

this seems like a pretty straightforward question. did i ask it in the wrong way? am i making sense at all?

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