February 7th, 2006

I prey for you.


Thanks so much to everyone who replied to my earlier sock question regarding 2x2 rib and how much I HATE it. Through that, I was linked by smallpettyevil to a video on The Norwegian Purl. While the actual technique didn't help me much, I noticed on that page a video on Combination Knitting. Turns out that I've been twisting my stitches the whole time! So now that I've figured out how to keep that under control, I can untwist my knit stitches and the fabric just looks so much nicer. Not to mention, it means I'm not fighting to get the needle into each stitch. Phew!

Anyway, references:

Annie Modesitt on Combined Knitting
Grumperina's conversion table for combined knitters
Grumperina on combined knitting

Have I mentioned today how much I LOVE this community?!

And now I find out you can't knit combo in the round.

Dangit, I can't purl any other way!

Question Regarding Blocking

I just started my first block of the Great American Aran Afghan and I'm about halfway through. So far it's looking pretty darn good though I've noticed that some of my stitches are a little uneven (every now and then a stitch looks "big" for some reason). Also some of the cables are supposed to make a diamond pattern and though mine look like diamonds their points aren't quite as sharp as the ones in the picture. I know blocking will help smooth things out...but I'm not sure how much blocking will help.

I've never had to actually block anything before so I don't have experiance to pull from. So when do you trust the blocking and when do you just start over? Will I be able to shape the cables a bit when I block? Also can I even out loose stitches when blocking?

I'm using Knitpicks Wool of the Andeas so it's 100% wool.

Thanks for any advice!

The Continental Blues

So I'm *still* struggling with learning to knit continental. Actually, lemme rephrase... Knitting, I can do, purling, I cannot. Right now, I knit continental and purl english cause I just can't get the hang of it. So of course I must ask the wonderful folk of this community for help again.

How do you wrap the yarn around the needle when you're purling?

I've tried using my middle finger like the KnittingHelp.com video shows, but that does not work at ALL. Half the time I end up dropping my needle altogether. Then I tried using my pointer finger. That works for a bit, but is very clumsy and throws my yarn tension off. I've read that some people use their thumb, but I can't, for the life of me, figure out how to do that.

Also, if I'm doing a pattern where there are knits and purls in the same row, I might just as well do it english style (ha, that sounds dirty...) because it takes me forever to readjust my hand holding the yarn for the different stitches.

Please help! Am I just continentally disabled?

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Vegan Fox FOalmost

Vegan Fox from Knitty, knit in pattern specifications. I bought the yarn for this two years ago and knit it up immediately. The only thing keeping it from being a FO was eyes. As it was 17 degrees this morning, I decided eyes were not a priority. Hmmm, maybe a nose, too. Either way, very, very warm.

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p.s. I know foxes don't hang out in trees, I was being artsy and I wasn't about to throw him on the ground to be "accurate"! =^)

Great American Aran Afghan (GAAA) progress

I started on my first block and it's comming out pretty good. I had made a post last night about blocking it and figured I'd show off my handywork so far. :) I'm a little over halfway done and feeling pretty good about the results. Hopefully the blocking advice will work on the few wonky bits...but otherwise I'll just have to try it again.

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Yarn advice & k2tog-ing

I recently started working on my first knitting project that isn't a scarf. I started Hip Knits' "So Simple Hat" on Sunday and I've frogged it like 3 times since because I got confused at what the pattern was trying to say and accidentally added my own little bit. I finally re-casted on yesterday and have been following the pattern all morning. I can knit and purl on the pattern just fine but when it comes to the k2tog part, it's really hard for me to fit my needles within the 2 loops. The pattern is pretty straight forward, but I think I may have dropped a stitch a row back just because between the k2tog being harder than anything else and this yarn being so fuzzy, I'm a bit unsure of myself. I'm really beginning to think that it's the yarn and not me.

Does anyone have advice for working with Patons Divine yarn? It's a yummy fuzzy delight that I can't wait to have on my head but I'm wondering if I just keep going at the rate I'm going if I can felt it later? It's a mix of textures: 76.5% acrylic, 10.5% wool, 10.5% mohair, and 2.5% polyester. I know you can only felt non-acrylic yarn, but there's non-acrylic yarn in it.
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Condo Knitting?

Alright, so I'm glancing through the little piece of paper that came with my Denise needles and saw... "Condo needles" Now I understand the concept, having one needle larger than the other.. But has anyone actually seen feasible patterns with this in it? And if so... How much of a difference is "common" between the needles? Just a size up?

Thanks in advance :)

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I am trying to track down a pattern in a knitting book.  Unfortunately, I can't recall the title of either.

The book is a fairly recent one.  The pattern is for a racing stripe scarf - involves double knitting with two colours, so that you get a racing stripe that inverts colour on the other side.

Any ideas...?

(Appies for the vagueness.  It's been at least two months since I've seen the book, so.)
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Hello lovely knitting mavens. I am in need of some assistance. I have ljsearched for a striped tote pattern or FO, but I haven't seen anything that suits my needs. I am looking for a striped tote-bagish pattern that is appropriate/easy for a newish knitter. Not that it has to be extremely simple, but not too simple as to look boring.

I have some lovely purple and tan yarn, and here are my ideas/future use of this bag:
large enough for my dance shoes and towel
satchel-look, or those neat-looking bags that look like half of a messengers bag with a flap

Thank you so much...I know that I can count on you to help me out!


Pattern mistake?

I'm working on my first lace knitting, and I think I've found a mistake in the pattern, but I want second opinions:

...rep from * to 6 sts from end, k1, yo, p3tog, yo, k2.

Now, I'm fairly sure that last sequence is not six stitches, but eight. I want to be sure before I continue with the pattern (and contact the publisher.)

On the matter of Knitting Tomes(tm):

If you had the money to buy only one knitting book, and you wanted a very comprehensive stitch/pattern encyclopedia, which would you get?

Barbara Walker's 'Treasuries' books are often mentioned in the community, as is a Vogue book of some sort.

Which of the Barbara Walker books would you recommend? Alternately, which Vogue knitting book is it? (Searching for "Vogue Knitting" on Amazon brings up several results, you see.) Is there any other stitch library that you highly recommend? I'd like to stuff some recommended books into my Amazon wishlist, as well as put this gift certificate to a good cause.

Thanks in advance for any feedback. :)
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these are the booties i normally make for freinds, and i've never been 100% happy with them. i'm not a great knitter, but i can do the basics well. these are the only things i've ever done anything fancy in (whew! yarn over! yeah!).

does anyone have a free pattern for a better looking bootie? or conceivabley, can i alter these to have a stitch pattern without ruining how they fit? i HATE garter....


EDIT: Thanks to everyone who replied - you were right! I emailed Ms. Morrison as suggested; in her reply, she said that the "k1" at the end of Row 1 is an error, and it should be k2.

Thanks for all your help - now here's hoping I can get 2 sleeves knitted in 4 days!!!!


So I'm knitting my first sweater ever, after having made perhaps 50+ afghans and too many scarves/hats/mittens to count. I'm using the pattern "Lucky" from Knitty (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTlucky.html)

To start the sleeves, it says:

Using straight needles, CO 35[39, 39, 43, 43] sts.

Row 1 [RS]: K2, work in Mistake Rib to last 2 sts, k1.
Row 2 [WS]: P2, work in Mistake Rib to last 2 sts, p2.
Repeat these 2 rows 7 times more.

Mistake Rib, as defined by the pattern, is:
Row 1: [K2, p2,] to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
Every row is the same.

So for Row 1 of the sleeve, does one knit K2, and then start Mistake Rib with K2, P2? Also, I can't figure out why it says "work to last 2 stitches, and then k1"... what do you do with the other stitch??

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated - it's a Valentine's Day gift for my boyfriend, and so I clearly have to finish it this week!!!!

Thanks very much :)

Math Olympics

I need a little help.

I'm making a sweater, based on the Josephine pattern from Knitty. Only I want to do it in Wool Ease T&Q on size 13 needles.

I'm using the gauge ratio system from SNBN to figure out how many stitches to use and whatnot, and I'm just gonna find a different cable pattern that will work with the different gauge.

The pattern's gauge is 10.5sts = 4", the new gauge is 9sts = 4"
Which puts the ratio for the body at .9
I'll worry about the sleeves and collar later.

I think I have it all figured out, but if someone could double-check my math, I'd appreciate it.
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help with urban necessity, making smaller

okay...so i've never made gloves/mittens before, and i really love urban necessity (http://magknits.com/Sept05/patterns/urban.htm) and i really want to make it out of noro silk garden. the problem? my gage is off. with the recommended yarn they get 21 stitches to 4", and i get about 19.5-20. i tried making the smallest size, and it's still seems like it will be too big. is there some kind soul out there who would be willing to generously help me with figuring out how to make the pattern a size or two smaller so i can make it on the yarn i wanna?
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Merino Style and Pilling

I have searched the tags and had no luck, and the memories and LJ Seek features are giving me errors left and right so I apologise profusely if this has already been posted.

I am going to attempt to make the Katrina Rib and the designer has suggested Merino Style from knitpicks as a suitable alternative to the Jaeger yarn she used. I'd like to go with that, as it's affordable and has several colours I like.

However I am concerned about pilling. Can anybody advise whether the merino style is prone to pilling or not? Any other pitfalls of the yarn I should be aware of?


MTA: Thanks to everyone for the suggestions/info. I'd like to add to my question: Is pilling made better or worse in ribbing, or does it not make a difference?


I've finished a few more projects and thought I'd show them. They're all still rather simple, since I'm still learning. But I'm very proud of my work to date.

I'm still working on a coat, a poncho and a felted purse. Those pics will come later.
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A Couple of Sweater Questions

As I mentioned last week, I'm making a surprise sweater for my husband (well, at this time the project is stalled because I ran out of yarn and my LYS didn't have anymore today when they said they would - sigh). While I'm on a forced hiatus, I thought I would appeal to you for advice.

1) I'm finished the body and next I need to do the sleeves. I'm making it entirely in the round with the guidance of The Sweater Workshop. In the book, she says to cast on with DPNs but that if you have enough stitches you can use circs. I'm still not entirely comfortable with DPNs and I really don't want to screw this up, so how do I know if I have enough stitches to allow using circs? I plan on casting on 44 stitches for the sleeves.

2) I was a good girl and slipped the body on to waste yarn and checked the size, despite the fact that I'm an FO freak and normally pay no attention to detail. I had a bitch of a time getting all the stitches back on to the needles, but I was successful in the end. The problem is that a lot of the stitches now look wrong. I don't know why. I would take a picture but my husband has the camera on another continent. They basically look bigger / bulkier than the others. I read the instructions for tightening up stitches in SNB, but her method never seems to work AND I plan on making the sweater reversable, so I don't want to have any nasty loops showing on the purl side. I also don't find blocking has made that big of a difference in the past, but maybe I just need some tips on that too.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Unraveling Difficulties

I got another sleeve unravled from my 30% cashmere sweater. And since there are only 2 sleeves, I guess that means I got all the sleeves done. Now I have to get the collar off. I tried to unravel it from the top, which I'm assuming is the bound off edge, but it's really not working. I can't detach it from the sweater without losing a bunch of yarn, because it's not a seam, the stitches for the collar were picked up. Now, as mentioned before, this sweater has a significant amount of a costly fiber, and I don't want to waste anymore than is necessary in the taking apart, but I just can't get this collar to unravel. I even already picked apart the edge, so it's open. Just not unraveling. Any suggestions as to why not?

I already know what I'm going to do with some of the yarn. I got the Vogue Knitting On the Go :Scarves book from the library today, and I'm going to make the geometric scarf. I don't know what I'll do with the rest of the yarn, I'll figure that out when I know how much I have left. Matching armwarmers maybe?
Lovely Nick

spreading warmth on Valentine's Day, YO.

i've been working on a few projects as of late, but, as usual, i got sick of stockinette after about seven seconds (a new record), so i started this project. i love the look of lace, but my head refuses to keep count of rows, so i'm usually ripping back and abandoning all hope of completing it. turns out, the lace rib from Knitty's Spring Fling was the perfect answer:

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i love this community, so i'm glad to contribute to some FO goodness :D
keep on keeping on, knitters!!


More fun than a barrel full of...

Ok, I'm scared. I've never posted a picture of a FO before. I'm not scared of ya'll seeing my work or criticizing it, but am scared to death of screwing up the lj-cut thingy. Oh well, here goes.

I have a habit of whenever I'm given something to do at my job that I usually respond, "I'm on it like stink on a monkey!" This past Christmas I decided to make a Secret Santa gift for my boss.

You'll see two things, one you'll recognize and the other is "stink". Forgive me if I've put too many pictures, I'm kinda proud of this one.

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I just got a digital camera so am in the process of documenting the other things I've made.  You can see them here.  I still need to photograph my Bugs Bunny, Penguin and Jester hat.

You'll also see I have a mystery crochet stitch I'm trying to figure out so if you are up to it take a look at it and tell me what you think.

EDIT: The mystery crochet stitch has been solved. Thanks belle_marmotte!

Monkey pattern is from Debbie Bliss' "Toy Knits".

(Flickr hosts my pictures.)

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am i crazy?

i've started working on my cabled baby hat. now, i didn't check my gauge until after starting it because, well, i cast on a few stitches larger than the pattern i modified and figured if it was too big, not a big deal, the baby will grow into it. but it's looking too small. so i checked my gauge. i come up with 7 st=1" in k2p2 rib. theoretical gauge of the yarn (lionbrand microspun. shoot me now) is 24 st=4" (do some math, 6 st=1" in stockinette). now, my gauge is more stitches per inch than the pattern called for. so why is the circumference measuring less than what it should (measures about 11", in theory should be 13" at least)? i only have about 2" knitted. do i need more to get an accurate circumference on a hat? i'm not stretching the rib when i meausre so it shouldn't be pulling in enough to greatly affect the measurement. i was about to frog it because it looked small but then decided to check gauge first. now i don't know what to do. i don't want to finish the hat and find out that it won't fit the baby. so what's wrong here?
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100% alpaca yarn pattern wanted! :)

over the weekend i went to an alpaca farm with my parents. first off i'd just like to say alpaca's are just about the cutest animals ever, but anyway, to the point. my dad bought me four hanks of 100% undyed, hand spun alpaca yarn. two of the hanks are brown and i'm making him gloves, but the other two are natural white, and i get to make whatever i want, but i cant figure out what to make! i measured and i have around 300 yards of yarn, and it seems like worsted weight, but it could be a little thinner. I was hoping someone could reccomend a pattern for me (no socks though, cause i wear holes in them to easily if theres no nylon in them)

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also, the other day there was a post about knitting with two different sized needles (i cant remember what the actual name of it was) and i was bored today so i decided to try it, i think it looks rather nifty
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