July 2nd, 2006

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July MagKnits is up

The patterns: several summery tops (Delft doesn't seem to be up yet, though), a general pattern for sideways socks, a cardigan, a very ruffly "shawlette"... and "Pixie," a really neat idea that involves unravelling a recycled sweater partway so that the unraveled part becomes the skirt to a girl's sundress (or whatever else) and the raveled part becomes the bodice/trim.
Luna Lovegood - specs

Pattern for Curtains?

In my apartment, there are two windows and a back door in the kitchen, all completely bare. I'd like to make some little curtains for them, but a search of my local shop yielded nothing.

Does anyone know any patterns for curtains, either for free or in a book? I'd be terribly grateful. Knitting or crochet is fine.

[cross-posted to crochets]

crafty vintage nerdy.

Hi all,
As per the knitting rules - This is my introduction post and behind the cut are 8 images of my latest knitting projects!
I'm an Australian vintage crafty-girl. I love making things with my hands and have recently had my passing interest in knitting ignited into passion for it!

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Changing patterns, seamed to seamless

Has anyone ever tried, or does anyone know if it's possible to alter a pattern for a garment, sweater, for example, from one worked in pieces and then seamed to something seamless? It seems like it should be possible. I don't mind sewing up sides, but I am very bad at setting in sleeves. I know I could practice and get better, but I'd probably have to knit 10 sweaters before I'd be good, and I'd much rather just change around a pattern a little bit. I was thinking maybe that you could knit all the pieces except for the sleeves, and sew everything together. Then however many stitches it says to cast on for the sleeve, just pick that number up evenly from the sleeve hole/armpit area. Then work the sleeve in the round, changing the pattern to compensate for that. Does that seem like it would work?
Angels in America

Half-twisted knitting?

So about two-and-a-half years ago, I decided to teach myself how to knit. I bought SnB, a pair of too-long size 10 needles and a big old ball of red Red Heart, and sat down to the task. A few months later, after throwing the needles under the bed in digust several times, it finally clicked, and from there, I never looked back. In these past two years, I've knit mittens, hats, scarves, bags, blankets, a Clapotis, iPod cozies, you name it -- even a giant lace shawl for my great aunt (the Lotus Blossom Shawl from Fiddlesticks -- I'll post pictures once I've blocked it, but I highly rec them and that pattern).

Fast forward to today. My friend J from college has decided that he wants to learn how to knit. Unfortunately, we're apart for the summer, so I send him to his local Michael's with instructions to return with his own giant ball of Red Heart and size 8s. (A good thing he called me from the store confused, because he almost bought 8.0mm/US11s, thinking they were "eights.") I point him in the direction of the old favorite www.knittinghelp.com, and set to the task of helping him learn how to knit from 2000 miles away.

He's confused, of course, like we all are as beginners, so I open up her video on how to do the knit stitch to see if I can clarify -- and come across the shock of my life.

I apparently don't knit correctly?

It's entirely possible -- I taught myself, after all -- but I was nearly convinced there was no way, thinking of my giant pile of not-too-shabby FOs. I check all my books -- having never before looked at their knitting instructions -- and find that yes, I knit a little twisted. Rather then wrapping the yarn from back to front, I wrap from front to back.

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I never caught that my stitches were twisted, because I still purl the correct way, so stockinette never looked twisted to me. So, am I correct in my diagnosis? I tried knitting "the right way," and it felt natural as well, but would obviously take a reprogramming of muscle memory to learn. Is it imperative that I swtich? Will there come a time where my knit stitch won't hold up? (I'm starting the Pint O' The Wave stole as soon as my yarn comes in -- will the provisional cast on not work, for example?) Or should I not care, knit however the heck I want to knit, and chalk it up to me being having a slightly twisted personality? ;D

pattern/design help requested

Hello! I am making a hat, following the same pattern, which I sort of made up, from elements of four different patterns. Please see hat behind cut.
My question is: do you have any ideas on how to modify the top of the hat so that it has two tassles at the top? I haven't seen a pattern for it, I searched, but have seen that kind of hat. It is very cute, and fun looking. (I am sure I am not being clear!). I think it would have a straight edge at the top, kind of, and then two tassled off areas. I found a baby pattern: http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/iceland_babyhat.html that somewhat addresses what look I am going for.
Any advice/suggestions/pointers would be appreciated!
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Really quick question --
What would you think to be one of the least stretchy stitches out there? I'm making a handle for a purse, and while how much it stretches doesn't bother me that much, and I might just sew fabric to the back of it anyhow...I'm still wondering. I'm using cheapo acrylic, so felting isn't an option.

I was thinking seed stitch, or maybe double moss stitch? *shrugs*

Fruits Basket

Ribbed socks

I've knit socks before, but just ordinary plain ones with a bit of ribbing at the top, but when I started a pair for the bf yesterday I thought I'd like to have them ribbed on the whole "leg-part" (or it would be too boring :P The bf isn't one to appreciate self-striping yarn, so I had to get him some darkgrey -_-). Which made me wonder: Do I need to add some more stitches, or can I just go ahead? He doesn't have fat calves or anything like that.

Thanks in advance. :)

Toe-up sock construction question

I was inspired by a recent post to try sock knitting, which I've been meaning to try for a while. I'm using that same pattern (Pom Squad on MagKnits), but now I have a question.

For background, I have very difficult feet. Very wide, ramp up to the ankle very steeply, very blunt at the toes. For width I added 2 extra increase rounds, and for the thickness I'm making the top of the sock in 2x2 rib so it will be stretchy. So far so good.

Now for the tricky part. In the instructions it says to continue the foot until it reaches the ankle, then start the heel. Trying on the sock, I noticed for the first time that the front of my ankle starts about halfway down my foot, which is still a good inch or so before my actual heel starts on the bottom. It seems like on "normal" feet the ankle starts further back.

Is the heel of the sock going to be long enough if I start it when the pattern says, or should I try to make up for my ankle oddity? I'm imagining I could knit the bottom straight until it came to my heel, but would that cause problems when I joing it all back together?

Yardage Question: Seaman's Cap; Pooling; Technique blogs

I'm a huge fan of the hat pattern at Needle Beetle and have made about a half dozen or so of these hats. The pattern calls for 220 yards of worsted weight wool, but from previous experience I know it does not require the full 220 yards. I've always used Cascade 220 (220 yards) and have had extra yarn left, but I don't know how much extra. I've used the leftovers in other projects, so I don't have a leftover ball of yarn to weigh/measure.

My One Skein pal sent me a beautiful skein of a wool called Andes (more details at my blog), a gorgeous variegated 100% wool which has 165 yards. I'd like to make this hat with it, but I'm pretty confident it won't be enough - I can't imagine I've had 65 yards left from a skein of C220 - so I'd like to stripe it with a solid yarn (good old Cascade 220 again). I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with similar patterns and has a more accurate yardage measurement? I have seen the method by which one weighs a portion of yarn, measures it, and then weighs the entire bit of yarn and multiplies to find out the total yardage that you have but unfortunately I don't have a scale sensitive enough to do this (side question: any recommendations for one? I need a good kitchen scale and I'd like to be able to use it to weigh yarn, also).

I'd like to do a Fibonacci sequence, so I would have 20 rounds in the contrast color (out of a total of 60 rounds before decreases start). I know I can just knit the hat and frog if I run out of yarn but I am hoping others will have some experience that might help me figure out in advance if this is feasible. I've finished 24 rounds already and have used less than 1/3 of the yarn, which leads me to believe that I might actually have enough but I really don't see how that could be.

Also, the yarn is pooling to create a spiral effect. I'm not sure if I like it. Is this the type of pooling I can prevent by alternating rounds from different ends of the ball or two different balls? Does variegated yarn always have a stitch count/gauge combination which causes it to pool or do some yarns never pool?

Finally, I'm interested in finding some technique-oriented knitting blogs to read. I've tried googling and I have come up with some interesting blogs, and I've checked out the blog/rss feed memoried posts in this community. However, I am hoping there may be a few more options out there - can anyone recommend their favourite technique-oriented knitting blogs?