January 22nd, 2006


Yarn help

I just found out that friends of mine are getting married in May and I'd like to make them a wedding present. I think I'd like to make his and hers wine cozies using the pattern from knitty. I'll put their initials on it in duplicating stitch and include two bottles of wine. The pattern calls for Patons Canadiana, 100% Acrylic, but I'm not fond of acrylic yarns; I've been spoiled by natural fibers. Would there be a problem knitting this with 100% wool? I guess I would go with superwash so they wouldn't need to worry about spilling.

Also, has anyone made these before and has some idea of how much yardage it takes?

Thanks so much.
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FO: Clapotis and a Buyer Beware about Lion Brand Magic Stripe

I splurged a couple of months ago and bought myself enough Lion & Lamb (in the Vera colorway) to make a Clapotis:
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Now, on to the buyer beware. I picked up some Lion Brand Magic Stripe on a whim, and when I found myself unable to get gauge with some Cherry Tree Hill Merino for the Jaywalker pattern, I picked up the Magic Stripes and decided to see how it worked up.
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Blocking Question

This is so looking ahead of myself since I've only done one pattern repeat of Knitty's Branching Out scarf, but I picked a maroon Paton's Lacette yarn for it, which is working out really nicely, but it's a nylon/acrylic/mohair blend, which feels wonderful, but I'm a little nervous that I'm not going to be able to block out the scarf because of the inorganic fibers. I'm really going to need to just straighten the edges more than anything, but will I be able to do this? Has anyone had experienc with this Lacette yarn before, or any sort of nylon/acrylic/mohair blends?

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Paired Increases

I have, at long last, completed the collar of my Eris cardigan, and am trying to figure out what sort of paired increases to use for the sleeve and body increases. I have a few questions:

-Has anyone made eris using the suggested increase method? It's a cabled increase and if you had a close up picture I would love to see it. :D

-What are your favorite paired increases? At the moment, I'm considering the M1L, M1R pair as described at knittinghelp.com, mostly because it is nicely paired and I'm familiar with it.

Thanks in advance. I've made a bunch of garments that I've not been entirely happy with, and I really want this one to turn out, well, better.

(and because I can, here's the collar that brought me to my questions)
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Encourage me with your knitting story!

Okay, I've only been knitting for a couple of months & I think I've come a long way-- I'm about 3/4 finished with the Knitty breast cancer supplement heart scarf-- first half is complet & second half is almost half complete-- I will be joining the two halves with kitchener stitch for the first time soon!

While I'm proud of my accomplishments so far (I've knit a garter stitch scarf, a simple ribbed scarf, a feather & fan scarf & now this heart scarf-- oh, and a handful of patterned dishcloths!), my head spins when I try to read/decipher more complex patterns for sweaters or cabled hats or socks, or any of the other things I want to knit! My head spins & then I start to doubt that I will ever be that good! Sometimes it seems like an impossibly steep learning curve from scarves to those other items, you know?

So, what I want to know is--

How long have you been knitting & how far have you come in that time?

What do you feel like you've mastered & what knitting skills still elude you?

What percentage of your projects have been great successes & what percentage have been disasters?

Finally, any helpful tips that you wish you had known when you first started knitting?

Thank you SO much! I am just in awe of your talent & knowledge!
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Marcel's Sweater Arrowhead Pattern

Has anyone here knit Marcel's Sweater from the Winter 2003 issue of Interweave Knits?

I found the errata page here but am having one heck of a time figuring out the Arrowhead A pattern. I'm just trying to swatch for it, and well, it's looking nothing like it should. This is really the first time a stitch pattern has me stumped and am hoping someone could help me out a little. Basically, I'm not getting the arrowhead look at all...just a mess of bumpy stitches!!

Any advice?
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i-cord ties OK on baby hat?

I am finishing up a baby sized kitty hat for a friend's baby. I'm using the l'il devil baby hat pattern, and just subbing kitty ears for devil horns. There are i-cord ties which dangle from the earflaps to be able to tie the hat under the chin...the pattern just says to make them as long as you want....so should I make them long enough to tie under the chin so the baby can't pull the hat off? Or does that present some sort of possible strangulation risk?? Or should I just make the cords short, like falling to the bottom of the cheeks, for decoration only? This is for a 6-12 month old if that makes a difference.

Sorry if this is a lame question; I don't have kids yet and I am not sure what's best for them!

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My boyfriend was flipping through Knit.1 the other day and asked me to make him the sweater, pattern #12 in the magazine - since he asked for it and is going to pay for the yarn, I hope the 'curse' spares us! Anyway, it says it uses Lion Brand Landscapes in #540 - but when I went to the Lion Brand site, all of the Landscapes yarn is 540- with 3 numbers after it. Does anyone with the magazine know the name of the one the pattern uses?! Thanks in advance.

First Pair of Socks

Herewith are my first pair of socks, mistakes and all. ;)

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I made them from yarn that used to belong to my grandmother and used a pattern from 1952. (I have a bunch of old pattern books).

And now I've fallen in love with making socks. Instead of using up my old yarn, I've bought enough yarn in the last few weeks to make seven more pairs of socks. Happy sigh.


So I have been trying to make this scarf. It calls for size 11 needles. Now, maybe it's just me but the yarn seems too thin for such large needles, so I went down to 10's but still. I keep looking at it and wondering if it's my gauging that's wrong or what...but it just looks nothing like the picture. The holes are huge. *sigh* This was supposed to be a Valentine's Day present but I'm so frustrated with it right now, I've been ignoring it for over a week.

I don't know what my question is exactly but...am I right here? These needles just seem to big to work for the gauging.
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copyright questions

there seem to have been a lot of questions about copy right and the use of patterns for profit, what changes a pattern enough to make it yours, etc.

there is a great article in the vogue knitting winter 2005/06 that covers these issues. it might be a good thing to have a look at as it seems to answer many of the questions raised here.

and now on to a knitting observation.

i knit funny. and it wasn't until i started purling in the round did i realize just how oddly i knit. i think i have it worked out- finally- and none of my stitches are coming out backwards. thank goodness. because lace is one of those things that is a pain to tear out and i would have hated to tear out all of the body of this skirt to have to re-knit!

that's all.

FO: Camelot Sock!

I don't usually post FOs here, but I'm so proud of this one, I thought I'd share it. It's actually only half finished.

I've long admired Lucy Neatby's Camelot Socks pattern, so I mail-ordered a copy last year just before I moved to England, just in case I one day decided it was time to knit it. Just after the New Year, it was time to take the plunge.

A bad second-guess wool choice (Wildfoote) and two false starts later, the first sock is finished and the second sideways cuff has been started. The sock is knit with a sideways garter-stitch cuff that you join once it's long enough to round the ankle. Then, stitches are picked up and you knit the sock down in the stranded pattern to the heel flap. Aside from the multicoloured heel flap, it's a fairly typical cuff-down construction, which is a departure for me since I usually knit toe-up socks. Anyway, I'm really happy with the finished product, and I wanted to share.

The sock is knit in Yorkshire Tweed 4-ply (fingering weight) wool.

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Knitting this sock has taught me a lot about stranded knitting. I've done stranded bits of other projects before, and I'm working on a fair isle cardigan for my husband, but this is the first stranded project I've completed. Working with the 4-ply (fingering weight) wool was really liberating-- it is very forgiving of stranding and handles float weaving beautifully.

The finished product is very strong and stretches enough to wear but feels like it will keep its shape as well. Stranded knitting with aran/worsted weight wools for me has always been a bit bumpy, and I worried I just wasn't doing it right-- but it seems that for me anyway very fine wools just take stranding better!

I knit continental style, with the wool carried in my left hand, so I got much smoother at yarn-throwing, carrying the secondary colour in my right hand.

This project was a lot of fun to knit, particularly on the Tube on my commute to and from work, and now I can't wait to finish the second one. I think I can do it in under two weeks. I hope I can, anyway.
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Afghan Pattern

My mom wants to knit me an afghan to take to college with me, perhaps one we could do in panels so both of us can work on it? Can someone recommend me a pattern for worsted weight? Would it be just as easy to swatch and write my own?

Question about Knitty's Kate

For those who have made this, how much yarn did you use. Of course it doesn't specify if one whole skein is necessary for this project. I have about 100 yards of each of the three colors I want to use, but I don't want to bother if I'll run out partway through - I'll get more yarn if necessary.

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Looking for pattern

Hi everybody:

I'd like to knit a baby blanket that looks like a cabin/lodge design. I'd swear I recently saw an afghan knitting pattern (with this look) in a magazine or book or somewhere. It large motifs of a moose, snowflake and tree on the border. The one I'm thinking of is rather gaudy looking, I remember. I just think it would be cute done in better yarns as a baby blanket. Can anybody help me??

Thank you ahead!!

Cable Cast-On Trouble

I've been making the Apres-Ski Kerchief from Handknit Holidays for the past couple hours. I'm completely done with the body of it, but I've gotten to the ties. And therein lies the problem:

cable cast-on.

I've checked the video on knittinghelp.com and I completely understand it, but when I do it, it looks really jumbled up and not at all like the picture.

Has anyone made this and is willing to offer some help?

I think the problem is that you're casting on in the middle of the project and not just to start. ahh this is really frustrating and I want to finish this tonight!!

Help Help Help

thank you in advance!

Hooray for Knitting!

Hello Everyone!
I took a 2 day knitting class a few weeks ago and I have been knitting up some scarves.
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I am, perhaps, a little overly pleased with myself for learning how to do cables, but I should probably have used a pattern instead of just looking at instructions on a stitch library and cobbling something together - I am not happy with how the edges are turning out. They always seem pretty loose, but they look extra bad on the cable piece.

I bought some pretty Brittany needles and was 2/3rds of the way through my first scarf, I broke both of my pretty needles. I went to Joann's and replaced them with metal needles, thinking they'd be harder to break, but they were really hard on my hands and very heavy.
What brands of needles does everyone like? I am strictly single pointed for now - I'm not ready to break into circs or double pointed or anything just yet.

Also - I would like to knit something that isn't a scarf, probably a baby blanket, since that seems like an easy thing to branch into. I'd like to do something with blocks, and I got "100 afghan squares to knit" out of the library, but they are all on such tiny needles, I'm afraid they'd all take forever. I am going to try using a bulky yarn and bigger needles than the reccomended US 5.

Sorry everyone, I am super babbly. Any newbie advice about needles and blanket squares and types of yarn for bulky baby blankets would be appreciated. Thanks!
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