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mel_redcap
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mel_redcap
Hey all, I posted here once (long, loooong ago) about possibly using a knitting board/loom to help with my arthritis and asking for pattern suggestions. Well, arthritis sucks, the knitting board didn't turn out to be any easier, the medication I was hopeful about turned out to cause depression, and what with one thing and another knitting didn't happen. Until now!

The new new arthritis medication I've been on for a while has improved matters quite a lot! I'm back to knitting, crocheting, and quilting - carefully, I've overdone things a couple of times and really hurt myself - and here are some things appropriate to this comm. :D

Lots of BIG pics!Collapse )

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skudge
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skudge
Pictures first...Collapse )


I used Knitpicks Palette in conch and golden heather (a little more than half a ball of each), and the pattern is my own. Ravelry project page - feel free to friend me! :)

I'm pretty proud of myself. It's definitely my favorite thing I've knitted where I had to use my left hand. I suck at knitting continental; I can usually only go about half as fast as the way I normally knit (lever knitting - English), and it's really hard for me to keep the stitches all the same tension. But I definitely got a lot better as I went on. At the beginning the fabric was really rumpled on the pink side (since the pink yarn was the one in my left hand), but towards the end it was almost as smooth as the other side. Also, surprisingly, I got pretty fast at it after a while—not as fast as normal, of course, but not so slow that I felt bothered by it.

Really want to make another one, but I don't have any other colors of this yarn with me here. Left them all at school, so I'll have to wait until the end of August to start another one of these.

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bunny_pwns_you
My partner purchased Son of Stitch 'n Bitch for me and has asked me to make one of the Uncle Argyle scarves (Ravelry link) before it starts getting colder. This is my first time making a double knit project, and thankfully I have been able to pick up the technique itself without any problems. I'm wondering how other people hold the two yarns when double knitting. I've seen them held pretty much together, as if holding only one strand of yarn, in most of the tutorials I've found online, but I can't quite get my hand to move the proper way to catch the right strand when I make a stitch. I'm sure if I keep working on it, it will become a more natural movement, but it was taking so long that now I'm not holding the yarn at all - I simply move them both and pick up whichever one I need. Do any of you hold your yarn differently for double knitting than I've been? Suggestions for either knitting style are very welcome, though I use the English method due to a loss of some fine motor skills in my left hand.

Thanks!

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sea_of_tethys
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sea_of_tethys
I'm working on the Hooray for Me gloves.  It's my first time using double knitting, I'm working on the first finger and seem to have got the hang of the technique but am wondering about binding the fingers off.  Wouldn't binding the stitches off a single needle make the finger closed off at the top?  Do I have to put them back onto multiple needles before I bind off?

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vixenofflames
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vixenofflames

All right. I have been all over google, my knitting books, and this community, and I have NOT been able to figure out AT ALL how to do this.

I'm knitting my first pair of gloves. I figured out the thumb "gore" all right, and now I'm supposed to start the fingers. I followed the "hooray for me" glove pattern, except I used 34 stitches instead of 58. I read her instructions for double-knitting like a hundred times, and even started trying it, but it makes no sense at all to me. And in the tags when people talk about it, they say the same things she does.  I'm even confused as to when to turn the work to create the actual fingers, because no one anywhere comments on when to do that, because apparently this is all common sense.

Well, haha, for me, it's not. I would be willing to fiddle with the DPNs as this double-knitting sounds like hell, but I don't understand her instructions at all. Are they given for double-knit or DPNs, or both? At this point, I don't care at all what I follow to finish the fingers; the only reason I even used her pattern was because it was the only decent tipless glove pattern I could find that I could understand up until the fingers. Currently my fingerless glove is sitting on two DPNs wanting desperately to be finished and have its mate done by Monday, because it's cold in North Dakota and my hands want to be warm!

So, here's my question: How do I make fingers? Help would be much appreciated!!

Edit: I figured out after a couple tries how to work the double-knit stitch, and everything went (mostly) swimmingly. Thanks so much for your help - when I actually get around to making the other glove, I'll post them!

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cimorenegal
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cimorenegal
I don't remember if I posted these, but last fall I started knitting the 2-in-1 Socks from Knitty. I was really chugging along on them, too, until I made one of the mistakes they talked about, I had crossed the yarn. Then I started ripping because I thought that I hadn't just crossed the yarn, but actually SWITCHED the yarns in the 2 socks, so the fix they show in the article was not possible.

I was wrong. I was so heartbroken at the setback that I didn't work on them for months.. until now.

The Saga of the 2-in-1 Socks in photo formCollapse )

Now I'm not going to post the photo itself behind the cut, but while my fiance and I were outside taking the FO photos of the socks, we ran into the cutest kitty that stopped for a petting session and to roll around at our feet.

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Pattern: 2-in-1 Socks from Knitty
Yarn: Superwash Merino Sock from Lazy Perry Ranch- note on this yarn: it is a bit THIN. Compared to Koigu or the Knitpicks Sock yarn or even like Opal or similar it's quite thin. I wouldn't even call it sock yarn, but.. it made a pair of socks so it was fine.
Needles: US 00 (because double-knitting tends to knit up looser than normal)
Notes: The pattern was modified to be toe-up, which means that I had to knit the toes separately. This may be considered "cheating" but I didn't feel the need to make this any more 'difficult' than it already was! On the technique of double knitting.. I don't really find it that difficult, but I probably will not knit another pair of socks like this because doing it on small needles in a small round is a total pain in the butt. You get into a rhythm, but it's still a pain and you have to constantly check to make sure you haven't crossed the yarn. In short, doable, something I'm proud to have done, but something I probably won't do again. Also, I wish the rainbow "stripes" on the yarn were more gradually color-changed (it's just an abrupt switch) or maybe in shorter repeats. I still like the socks, however.

Anyway, as a word of encouragement to anyone wanting to do double knitting (I'm an expert now, what with these socks and this headband and the number of other things I've double knit just for the fun of it)- It really is not that hard. Not something you want to try when you're just learning to knit and purl but if you have those two things pretty much grasped and you can hold the yarn in front and in back of your work as you go- just follow the instructions and I promise it'll work. Great beginner project would be the hoover baby blanket. Double knitting DOES NOT have to be done with 2 different colors, or even 2 yarns, so don't let that deter you. It really is super easy- just a bit tedious at times.

edit: as an add-on, I did indeed have to use the fix detailed in the 2-in-1 Socks pattern/article. It basically involves dropping back rows of knitting and then knitting them back up uncrossed. There was also a false start when I crossed the yarn in the toes. But I consider myself an expert in fixing mistakes several rows back so I was OK. Should you take on these socks, just follow the instructions in the article and make sure you haven't actually SWITCHED the two yarns (inside sock and outside sock). If you switched the yarns no amount of tinking back will help. You'll have to rip.

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melyanna
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melyanna
A while back my brother and I were out shopping somewhere, and he picked up a simple stocking cap in his team's colors. It was black on the outside, orange on the inside, and had some very simple striping. He loved it, and predictably it did not fit his size 8 head. (When it comes to hats, one-size-fits-all is one of the cruelest lies ever. For those who don't know about specific hat sizing, a size 8 corresponds to a 25-inch circumference.)

So the solution was for me to make him a hat, double-knit to be reversible and obviously big enough for him. And so far, so good. I'm doing this in the round and without a pattern. But this morning it occurred to me that I'm going to have to decrease eventually, and I'm having trouble even imagining how that's supposed to work.

Anyone have any pointers on shaping with double knitting? Now that I'm done with all the projects for babies due before Christmas, I really want to get this done before it's cold enough for my brother to want it.

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kightp
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kightp
It all started with an off-hand response to a question in knitting about felting and color work; the poster, if I recall correctly, was distressed that her lovely Fair Isle pattern bag had felted unevenly, the floats on the back pulling the work in to the point where what she'd planned as a cylindrical bag looked more like an hour glass.

I wondered (aloud, so to speak) if double knitting might be a good solution, since it's an easy way to produce tidy, two-color patterns without floats or gazillions of loose ends - and with the added feature of being reversible. Having had the thought, I decided to try it and see what would happen.

One month and six skeins of Cascade 220 later, I give you: The Pirate Booty Bag. Details and photos followCollapse )

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shewillbetray
Hi folks...

I'm going to spend a good chunk of April working on knitting hats for the Dulaan Project and figure it would be a grand time to learn how to do double knitting. I've googled the technique, have read articles on it and watched the knittinghelp vid, but have seen two seemingly different ways to do this. It seems like I can either do it where I knit one stitch and purl the following, or I can knit one stitch, slip the following purl-wise and then catch it on the other time around? Is the difference due to knitting flat vs. knitting in the round? Perhaps I am completely misreading the technique...

I admit, I am very confused and would love some help as to which technique is easier to grasp for an English knitter. Thanks in advance!

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