May 18th, 2006

Knitters Anonymous (by hookers__)

Jaywalker problems

Did anyone have any issues putting on their Jaywalkers? I was making some for my mother for mother's day but I ended up abandoning the project and giving her the Mason Dixon Knitting book instead when I realized that I could barely pull them up over my heel. They have absolutely NO stretch to them and my mom has bigger feet then me so I knew if I had to practically force them over my heel they wouldn't fit her. I made the larger size and my gauge was correct. Anyone else have this issue?

Edited to add: I just finished Sock numero uno, and it fits me so I guess it's my sock now. Poor mom will have to wait until her birthday to get some socks or she'll have to knit them herself.
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What percentage of other fiber does cotton need to not sag?

Is there a general rule about how much of another substance cotton yarn needs to have in it to not get all saggy/stretchy-out-of-shapey? I've been wanting to find some yarn for more springy/summery knits but have avoided cotton because I *hate* it when I wear cotton sweaters and they get all saggy...

I was looking at this yarn from elann, which is 98.3% cotton & 1.7% elastic. Do you think that only having 1.7% elastic is enough to keep it from sagging out of shape? Also, does the modal content of KnitPicks Shine help to keep it from sagging or is it still pretty heavy?

souls heart

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1. Can anyone recommend a tutorial for intarsia (or whatever method works best for knitting a graphic) knitted in the round? Everything I have is for knitting flat, and I'm a little confused about getting the yarn where it needs to be. I've never done it either way...

2. Almost finished with my second FO ever (a kittyville hat), and I'm already hatching a plot for a felted bag, which I think I'm actually going to do in a "wingin' it" manner... I do want it to have some sort of graphic on it, though, to make it interesting. I like the skull and crossbones tote I've seen around, but it's too small for what I want to do, and the pattern confuses me a lot (especially around the handles!). Any ideas?

Farmers Market yarn

Reminder to Chicago area knitters: The Green City Market has started back up. On saturdays there is a yarn booth (it's the nicest yarn I've ever worked with). Anyone interested in meeting up for yarn/knitting talk/brunch and perhaps a "LYS crawl" go to my LJ blog for info. I truly do love this yarn. If you are "into" felting, you'll love it too.
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Should I or shouldn't I?

I want to do this pattern. In cyclamen--bright fushia/pinkish color.

I'm still a relatively new knitter, though I've been crocheting for a long time and do all kinds of sewing/patternmaking etc. I've made a few scarves, done a few swatches to practice other skills, aka washclothes. Working on a shrug now.

Would this just be too much and make me crazy?

Wobbly Circles is driving me all wobbly...

Hi! New to LJ!

Is anyone else doing the Wobbly Circles felted bag from the Spring Interweave Knits? I really prefer texture knitting, but I thought this bag looked so fun and would be perfect for my sister-in-law. I'm okay at intarsia, but as a bonus, I thought the felting would hide my loose stitches at the color changes on the purl side. Anyway, it is now driving me crazy! I've gone round and round trying to figure out the problem, but I think the chart is just hard to read. Very hard to read. I can't keep up with the stitches because it is so hard to count across and know how many I'm knitting in each color. Typically I can keep track by just reference points - one less here, add one there, but it is still very difficult to confirm that I'm on track.

And speaking of knitting curses, I think it has put some sort of voodoo on me, because when I tried to put it down and just pick up something else for a little while, I kept making silly mistakes - not counting properly, cabling the wrong number of stitches, not leaving a long enough tail for a long tail cast-on. Aaaargh! I'm considering striping the other side of the bag using the same colors rather than suffering through this chart again. I think it would still look nice.

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Test Knitters?

Hello all.
I'm working on a tank top pattern and I think I'm at the point where I need some test knitters. The pattern should be completely edited and ready to go tomorrow.
Here's the specks:

Uses Plymouth Eros & Wildflower DK but you can sub based on gauge. (I think it would look great in SWTC Phoenix but haven't had a chance to work it up)
Eros: 2 (3, 3, 4) balls Wildflower DK: 1 (1, 2, 2) Balls
Gauge: 5 st/in in Eros on US 8
Tank has 2-4 in negative ease, depending on how you want it to fit. Sized to fit: 29-33, 31-35, 36-39, 40-44. I'm fairly short, so I'm not sure the lengths in the larger sizes will be correct as written, so I'd love 1 or 2 test knitters in the larger sizes. I can size up another size also, if needed.

Skills used:
Provisional cast on, knitting in the round, decreases, increases, I-cord bind off and attached I-cord edging, basic I-cords.

It is a basic straight cut tank top with I-cord straps, side shaping and a folded hem. Unfortunately, I can't post pictures at this time but will try to include pictures with the pattern when I email it out.

If you would like to test knit, please leave a message with your email address and I will send you a note confirming your interest and getting your size so I can make sure to have each size tested. I will email out the pattern tomorrow afternoon. If you would like me to delete your comment with the email address in it after sending the email, just let me know.

Have a great day all!

Edit: So, I finished the pattern faster than I thought I would, didn't have much editing left. I'll email it out tonight to those who reply.

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Kay....since my Hancock fabrics is going out of business (tear), I decided to take fair advantage of the 50-60% off yarn. I bought 2 skeins of Lion Wool in Black and Magenta. I plan on making a bag since my two favorite colors are black and pink together. Anyhoo, I'm looking for some kind of pattern or even idea I can base my bag on. I will be felting it, so I need a pattern that will make the best use of all the yarn (I want the bag as big as humanly possible.) I'd prefer something with just knit, purl, and yo, seeing as I dont like this big fancy patterns. If anyone has anything good, please feel free to send it my way! Photo examples would be tres fabulous!

pattern help with knitty's Petrol !

Hi all,
i'm making Petrol from Knitty for my boyfriends birthday (on march 21, i'm a little late) and i've run into piece i can't wrap my head around... could someone help me please !

the vest is knit in a k2 p5 rib with alternating rows of all purl, and now i'm supposed to shape the armholes...

the pattern says Cont in patt as set, CO 4 [4, 4, 5, 6] sts at beginning of next 2 rows. 80 [83, 86, 89, 93] sts
Dec 1 st at each end of every RS row a total of 7 [8, 8, 8, 9] times. 66[67, 70, 73, 75] sts

SO... if i'm casting on stitches, how do i continue in pattern, the pattern is a multiple of 7 stitches, and i'm not sure how to do it.

thanks everyone : )

Pattern Dilemma

I recently bought 5 skeins of Knitpick's Alpaca Cloud in a lovely blue colour called 'Stream'. This is what I had in mind when I bought the yarn:

The Grannie Smith Cardigan

I made the silly mistake of not really paying much attention to the pattern, and just went ahead and bought the yarn. I figured I could learn as I went along (I would say I'm an intermediate knitter, but relatively inexperienced). So, I got the yarn and set about figuring out the pattern. I dunno, I think it's just a little too advanced for me - so...

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I could do with my 5 skeins? I would still love to make something I can wear, but I think it just has to be much easier. I haven't had much luck with finding patterns for the kind of yarn I have, so I'm pretty much stumped right now.

If anyone has any suggestions, I would be very glad to hear them... Thanks. :)