February 10th, 2006


Fair isle socks complete

Thanks for the fair isle tips from a few days ago.  I will take those into account when I try my next pair of socks.  I do think a large part is just that I need practice.  I did notice a difference from the first sock to the second.  The second looks better. 

I  really think that these fair isle socks were the fastest for me to make, despite having color changes.  The color changes kept my interest and I could knit for longer periods of time without stopping out of boredom.  These are comfortable and I think this yarn is okay for socks so far.  We'll see how they wear.  I still don't like that they're handwash.  I'll have to buy some solid superwash wool now.  ;-)  Just another reason to buy yarn.

Details again:

Date started: Feb. 5, 2006
Date completed: Feb. 9, 2006

Pattern: Fair Isle #5 in Sensational Knitted Socks
Needles: 5 #0 dpns for the first sock, 2-16 inch #0 addi turbos for the second sock
Yarn: 1 skein each of Knitpicks Palette--ash, orange, and lemon
Changes to pattern: toe up(figure 8 cast on) instead of cuff down
Heel:  short row with double wraps
FI method: holding both colors in left hand--knitting continental
Gauge: Solid parts 12 spi, fair isle 10.5 spi
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Gauge issues

Uh oh, Houston, we have a problem! I bought several skeins of Noro's Kochoran on sale (long story), with the intent that it would make a wonderful use of my Lady Eleanor stole for knit olympics. The tag reads that I should use between 5.7 to 6.6 mm needles, which is about a nine to ten, correct? I started with an eight, since the yarn does run thick to thin. No dice. Then I tried a ten. STILL too tight! In a moment of weakness, I have been secretly knitting a different swatch of Noro (not silk garden, but the wool one), which I really like using, but not the colorway so much (I have three skeins currently). Now I'm pressed with returning a great deal of sale Noro+ good yardage for less yardage, more expensive Noro. Grr. Plus, I already balled up one, so I can't return that one. *insert cuss word of your choice here*
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Kitten problems

Well, I am sure all of us with cats have had a point where we were knitting, and the cat tried to eat the tail, or tried to play with the yarn ball. Well, My cats have taken it up and beyond that. If Ella finds a knitted object lying around, she will take it and run away with it, and usually chew a hole in it. It gets worse, though. Recently she has taken to going into my closet, jumping up and grabbing a hold of a knit sweater with her teeth, and pulling it off the hanger.
Has anyone found a good way to keep the little clawed ones OFF the knitting, or am I doomed to hide my FO's from her forever?

Question about Knitty's Daisy

I'm knitting Daisy right now and I'm almost finished with the body of the sweater and I have a question.

The instructions say:

Work neck shaping to match right front, reversing all shapings

Here's the instruction for the right front neck shaping:

Row 1:BO 6 sts, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Row 2 [and all wrong side rows]: Purl.
Row 3: BO 2 sts, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Row 5: BO 1 st, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Continue purling WS rows, and repeat Row 5 1[ 2, 3] times-- 4 sts remain [all sizes].
Next row: K1, k2tog, k1.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: Sl 1, k2tog, psso, fasten off

So, how do I reverse this?  I was originally thinking that in the first row I would k1, ssk, k to last 6 stitches and bind off, but you can't bind off at the end of row, right?  I mean, that wouldn't work.  Do I start the shaping on a RS or WS row?  Are the bind offs and decreases done on the WS row instead of the RS?  I was flying through this pattern until I hit this.



SnB Pinup Queen - Short Row question

Hello~ I'm sure that a lot of people have made this so I am hoping that someone can help me. I finished the bottom ribbing of the front of Pinup Queen from SnB. Then I did the Short Rows that form the empire waist but I think that I did the Wrap and Turn wrong. Should the wraps have been making an increase? I started with 90 stitches and now that I am done with the short rows I still have 90 stitches. Is that right?

Thanks so much to anyone that can help me.

Lost Sock Page

Well I finished my second project, a scarf for my aunt. I hope she likes it. She gave me a knitted scarf for X-mas which inspired me to make one for her. Anyways the reason I am writing is because I would like to move on to project number three and I am having issues finding the web page I need for it. (gggrowl)

Actually at the moment I am thinking I have “issues” in general! It seems I am spending Wwwhhay more time at the computer trying to find stuff then actually knitting or anything else. Talk about frustrating. Anyways what I am searching for is a beginning sock web page that I came across last month or so. It was so great giving directions on sock anatomy with great photos. It started out with making little socks, like little baby socks, just to get the hang of what you have to do to make socks. Why the he** I didn’t print this out is beyond me at the moment, but I suppose I will be kicking myself in the butt all day instead of knitting socks. My friend will be having a baby in a month or so, so little baby socks will be just perfect, and I will be able to give a go at learning the basics of making socks. After doing a google search on knitting, the web, and other communities in LJ, I am socked out. I have to say knitting communities ROCK! Holding no more than a zillion million sock recipes, but with my luck, I don’t find the one I am searching for.

Hopefully one of you might recognize this sock web page and save me from ripping out all my hair…all though maybe I would look ok with a Sinead O’Connor style.

Lil Miz Cheezcake
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Beginner Sweater Pattern Recommendations?


I am in search of a sweater pattern for a sweater n00b. I have decided to break the sock and scarf barrier and knit up a nice wooly for my father's birthday.

The yarn I have for the project is a gorgeous McTaggart Tweed from Beaverslide Dry Goods knitting up in 4sts per inch. Fancy patterning just disappear with this yarn as it is so complex - cables are right out, unfortunately.

isn't this supposed to be a relaxing hobby?

Long-time lurker and knitter, first time poster.

I need some help with a pattern - it an Interweave pattern from Fall 2000, that was later re-run in an advertisement. It is now on their website. It is Kathy Zimmerman's Welcome Back. It is a lovely oversized cabled sweater that I am trying to knit in one of Cascade 220's shades of gray. I just started last night and am all ready flumoxed by the charts. This is not my first experience with charts or cabling, so I know it is not just me being stupid. I hope.

I started on the sleeve - I am making the largest size. I CO 50 stitches - the first two and last two stitches are reverse stockinette and the remaining 46 stitches are working in a double twist rib. Fine, except that the double twist rib is shown being knit over 10 stitches which leaves an extra 6 stitches. How does that work? If I just blindly follow the pattern won't I end up with crazy ribbing? Second question, the sleeve increases, how do I work those into the double twist rib pattern? And, finally, I just noticed this particular wrinkle this morning - in all three charts, there are portions outlines in red which the key says are the pattern repeats. Does that mean once I finish the first run through, I only knit the areas encircled by the red?

I am really making the first post count.

The pattern I am working on/cursing is here.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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mrs woolf

Rowan substitutes?

So I've taken it into my head to make Cargo or/and Blu for my cousin's 6-month-old. Unfortunately, neither of my LYS's carry Rowan yarns. Can any of y'all suggest an alternative? I'm leaning toward making Cargo, which needs Rowan's all-season's cotton (aran weight). I'm used to working with wool, so I'm not up to snuff on other fibres.

Thanks so much...


Ok. I can only do the long tail cast on. Now I've decided to try this pattern: http://web.archive.org/web/20020624070248/www.balart.com/CANDLE.HTM and as you can see, it says right there:

Row 9: K4. (K, YO, K), K4, CO 3 sts
and then:
Row 10: P1, K2, P11, CO 3 sts

I have tried the backward loop, but I can't figure out how to purl into the last stitch I've just made. it always unravels. Clearly I'm doing something wrong, but I can't figure out what, and I can't knit on stitches either, because I apparently need a loop on the left needle to knit into, but if I follow row 9 there's no more stitch on the left needle before casting on three more.


I want to knit a cardigan for myself. Ive never knitted an adult sweater (im working on a baby sweater right now) and Id like to know what you guys would think would be a nice, easy sweater for my first try. Thanks in advance! :)
kermit seizure

Healthy Knitting

Hi, I'm Mary - 98% lurker, 2% poster.
question: It seems that I have inherited weak(er) tendons in my right forearm from my father. Quoth the physical therapist: "You must keep your wrist neutral when you knit". I'm looking for practical applications of this - I'm not sure how to keep my wrist neutral. And I've been bending the wrist while I knit for about 4-5 years at least. Any specific advice from you lovely knitters out there? Any tips on breaking the habit? Help!

ps - I heard about a Knitty article on healthy knitting. Could anyone send me a link?

Your help is much appreciated. Have a nice day! :)


Interweave Knits Fall 2004 and question about cables

Mods, hope this post is OK.

Does anyone have a copy of IK Fall 2004 he/she'd be willing to sell me? I really want the entire issue, but I think the $30 and over prices they are going for on ebay are just insane... I can't afford that. I understand supply and demand and all, but... geez. I've tried a couple of other forums with no luck, so I figured I'd try here. Out of ~5,000 members, there's got to be SOMEONE who doesn't plan on using the issue, or who has made everything from it he/she wanted. I don't mind paying a little above regular price, and of course shipping... just not an arm and a leg. So please let me know, thanks!

Also, I have a question about cables. I want to make a cable curve across a work... is there a way to make a standard cable go diagonally without working it as a band and picking up stitches? Maybe by rearranging stitches around it or something? I'd really appreciate any resources or explanations. Thanks!

Evil Gnome Hat II

So, I took the pattern I wrote for the original Funky Kiss Hat and modified it slightly (and renamed it) to make an Evil Gnome Hat.

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I've been emailed up the wazoo for this pattern and am thinking of submitting it somewhere. But I need pattern testers. If you're interested in trying this pattern out, have the time to do so before Feb 25th, and can share any wisdom you may have regarding the written pattern, please email me. I'm going to get three individuals to try the patterns, and go from there. :) My email is telizas@gmail.com.

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cable charting

I want to use the cable pattern for the luckenbooth medallion to make a scarf for myself:
But, even though I am a pretty experienced knitter, I have never done charts before and I dont know how to approach reading it. Is there any way anyone can either tell me how to read it or translate the chart into words for me? I would really appreciate it, thanks!
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Holy FO, Batman! (Mittens)

These are my mittens with first-time attempts on both fair isle AND double pointed needles. I might have bit off more than I could chew.

I started these in mid-December, hoping that I would finish these for a Giftmas present for my boyfriend. I just finished them today. I've been so swamped with everything else. He goes to school in Savannah so I don't think he would really NEED them during the daytime, but at night it gets cold.

The pattern is Easy Mittens designed by Claudia Kritniski from http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/kidsmittens.htm. I used bamboo needles (love them!). 5.0mm instead of #4 and 6.0m instead of #6 (btw, what's the conversion between the numbers on the needles and the millimeters)?I used black Red Heart Soft Yarn (Medium weight) which is sooooo nice. Very good price too at Ben Franklin. For the yellow, I used Caron Wintuk Worsted Weight yarn. It's good and cheap if you don't need a lot. I got a skein of 150 yards for like $2.

Is there an easier and maybe prettier way of doing fair isle in the round? Could someone explain what is a duplicate stitch?

I had to add more stitches in the beginning (4 to be exact) because my boyfriend has BIG hands!. I also had to add like 2 stitches to the thumb gusset. Overall, I feel I could've done better (working with an accurate chart of the Batman symbol) and getting a very precise measurement of my boyfriend's hands (when they are about 1/3 larger than mine, that's hard to measure by guess) but pretty good for a first try. Certainly a learning experience.

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I'm knitting Blackberry and I've come to a section of the pattern that I'm confused about.

The pattern says:
Next Row [RS]: P11[12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17], place marker, work Row 1 of Cable Panel, p11[12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17] sts.
Work 3 rows in patt as set.

My question is, when it says "Work 3 rows in patt as set." does that mean I don't knit a WS row (i.e. knit the knits and purl the purls)? Do I just repeat that exact pattern three times?

Thanks in advance!
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Pixie Purls

Current Birch KAL?

I just ordered the pattern book and yarn last night. Anyone knit this recently? I would love to see pics and also curious if there is a KAL still up and running. Spring is just around the corner.. er.. sort of.

I searched Google and Google blog search but only found stuff from 2004 etc.

What kind of yarn is this?

I used some yarn from a friend's stash to make a scarf recently, and I'm hoping to find something similar in a different color. It's a cotton/rayon blend and has an unusual, chain-like construction, like some kind of cord rather than the usual twisted yarn. Knitted up on large needles, it's stiff, shiny, springy and flexible, almost like mesh.

I found the same yarn (Italana No. 35) on eBay in a color I don't like, presented here for descriptive purposes: http://tinyurl.com/d8n92

I also took one skein of Tiber "Rayon de Soleil" from the same friend; again, in a color that wasn't my favorite. It's the only other yarn she had that had a similar feel to it.

Can anyone tell me a name for this style of yarn, or recommend any other similar yarns? I love this stuff!

ladies! and gentlemen, for that matter!!!

i need your assistance!!

i'm a beginning knitter, and so far i've completed quite a few scarves (in both garter and stockinette) as well as a couple of kitschy kerchiefs from SnB and a couple of freestyle headbands.

right now, i've got a big old skein of brown sheep burly spun in strawberry fields (it's a gorgeous variegated red and purple yarn) and i want to do something with it. something interesting, not just a plain old scarf and not a kerchief!

i need your suggestions! the only needles i really have to work with that would work with this yarn at all are straight needles... 15s and 11s are the sizes i can imagine might work.

SO... help a girl out! i'm sick of normal projects, but i can knit and purl and increase and decrease my little heart out. WHAT SHOULD I DO?!?!

thanks so much in advance, i love this community.

xo maya
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Double-Knit Cast On

I'm trying to find some good instructions online for how to start a double-knitted scarf. I found the vague instructions on this post, but I don't quite understand the concept. I also found the video on knittinghelp.com that shows how to work the double knitting technique, but it doesn't show how to start the project. If anyone could help me out here (explanations, links, etc.), I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!
kurt vonnegut, skipped


I finished up my first soaker today. It's a LTK ribby wrap made with LTK superfine merino in a custom colorway that I've been thinking of as "Rose Garden". I'm happy with how it turned out. I'll probably make some more of them, since all of a sudden everyone I know is having a baby. It's got a matching hat on the way, so I'll probably have more pictures when I finish that!

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