July 9th, 2006

question about gauge

this might be a stupid question, but oh well. i've decided to try knitting 'carpathia' from the latest knitty. it says the gauge should be 36 sts/48 rows in stockinette = 4 inches. that seems like waaay too many stitches/rows for me. i'm using 2.5 mm needles (instead of the requested 2.75) and i still get only 31 sts. i am rather known to knit too tight than too loose. and when i tried knitting the three first rows, i see that there is no way this will fit around my arm.

is it me or the pattern? what would you suggest i do? i can't choose a smaller pattern (if that'd somehow be appropriate) since my hands are already xs or s, depending on pattern.

thanks in advance for any help :)
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World Cup

I am apparently insane, and I like to push myself with my knitting. I participated in the Knitting Olympics, and made a cabled hoodie sweater in 16 days. I have just finished the World Cup, in which I made a huge lace shawl in 30 days, from kick-off of the first game of the World Cup to the final game of the tournament.

I win. :D

This is Knitpicks.com's Rona Lace Shawl, in Alpaca Cloud- color Iris. The shawl itself is 52" in diameter. Big.
Um. It's still drying, so I don't have any wearing-of-the shawl pictures.
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To All Knitwear Pattern Designers

Help me please!!!!

I hope the mods sleep in on Sundays if this is not the place to ask this question.

I am a fairly new knitter. Pattern design is above my ability at this point (unless someone is willing to tutor me - I am not unwilling to try).

I want to describe a simple raglan sleeve ankle length coat to somebody and have them design a pattern for me. I have searched and searched for about 2 years for a pattern and cannot find what I want.

If you any of you all would be willing to do this or could refer me to someone who would... Please, I'm begging.
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  • jadis

FO: Rowan's Birch (lace shawl)

A few months back, I decided that I wanted to learn to knit lace, and I decided to start with Rowan's Birch shawl. Unfortunately, I can't link to this, since the pattern that I have was a freebie Rowan pattern book included in an issue of Simply Knitting. I scanned the pic from the pattern, though...you can see it here:

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I'd say that this took me a few weeks total to knit, but I'm not 100% sure since I put it down for a few months and I don't recall exactly when I started it. My version is done in KnitPicks' Shimmer using Deep Woods.

I had a few problems getting the hang of the pattern at first...not that it was difficult, but I apparently kept getting distracted, or dropping stitches and not realizing it until too late. Instead of frogging (which would have been the RIGHT thing to do), I kept adjusting my stitch count by either making or reducing stitches to get back on track. This became evident when I went to block, since the pattern repeats near the cast on edge are clearly not symmetrical. Oh well, live and learn. :D

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Since this pattern was published by Rowan, the recommended yarn was their Kidsilk Haze, but I think the Shimmer did just fine. I used about 1.5 skeins, and the shawl is enormous. It's about 6' wide, and when it's draped around my shoulders, I can feel the bottom point tickling my calf.

Overall, I'd highly recommend this lace project to anyone wanting to get into lace knitting but who's frightened of charts. The instructions for this lace are all text, and very easy to understand. It's only an 8 row pattern repeat, and I had it memorized by the time I got through the first 2 repeats. Another advantage is that you cast on at the long edge (299 stitches...yikes!) and decrease down to the point, so the pattern repeats get shorter and shorter and you really feel like you're making progress!

Baby's first dishcloth

So yesterday I picked up Mason Dixon Knitting at my local Borders. I am in love with this book. I might actually make EVERYTHING in it! I immediately started on the ballband dish cloth. Now, I've made plenty of stuff before (scarves, hats, shrugs, etc.) but never was I more excited about a project. What I love about it is that it looks way hard but isn't actually hard at all. Not only was it way easy but it took me no time at all to complete.

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Of course two ideas were born from this dishcloth. . .

1) I'm going to make tons more and give them away as gifts along with some handmade soap (I love soap making).

2) I'm going to make dishcloths with various graphics in them. My first one will be a baby blue one with a black delta (The Spirit symbol). Charting that should be tons of fun!

knitting Trellis all in one piece?

I've read in a number of places that people wished that they'd knit Trellis all in once piece (instead of doing a back and two front bits).

I know that seamed garments have seam allowances, and while I could probably just fudge it and make it look OK I'm hoping that someone has actually done this and could offer some guidance.

I remember there being a post a little while back about this (I think it was asking some information from ?one of the SnB books? was accurate in saying that you just needed to omit a few stitches) but I'm obviously not using the right search terms to find it.


(any Trellis hints or tips are also welcome!)


So here's how I'm thinking it would work:

The pattern calls for a total number of cast-on stitches to be 119 (for the smallest size: 57 for the back, 31 for each side). The smallest size doesn't really have extra stitches on either side of the charted part, so I think I'd have to eliminate the first stitch at the beginning of the chart. This would take out two stitches on either side where the seams would be.

Using stitch markers would make sure that I had a pretty decent idea of which part of the sweater I was working on. From that point, I'd just have to jump around the directions a little bit to make sure that I was knitting everything in the right order.

I feel like I'm overlooking something. I've drawn myself a little sketch and tried to do the math and it seems like it should work out, but something doesn't feel quite right.

A query, fellow knitters...

Forgive me for asking a question that seems so basic, but I am also looking for some tips and tricks that you all prefer or use.

I am making my first big project, and very excited to try cabling. It is a simple enough project and will finally take me out of the world of scarves and hats.

The pattern starts off by telling me to hold 4 strands of yarn A and one strand of Yarn B together and then cast on 52.

What is the best or easiest and/or neatest way for me to get the four strands? Since I need two skeins of Yarn A, would I just take the outside end of the yarn and the inside of the ball of both skeins?

On that note, I have a really hard time finding the end of the yarn on the inside of a skein. Most particularly with Lion Brand yarns, and that is what this pattern calls for.

I am curious to know some easier ways to find it.

Many thanks and happy knitting!
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Knit picks cabled purse

Knitting fun!

Today I worked on a purse from Knitpicks. One of these days I'll just smarten up and buy the damned yarn that's recommended for the project, but not today!

I used a chunky purple yarn for this project. Don't be fooled by the photos. For some reason, I cannot get purple to photograph properly. It always turns blue in my pics.

The first pic is the finished product from the pattern website, the next pics are how mine turned out. I still have to line it and pick out handles for it. All in all I'm pleased, but it came out bigger then it should have and I don't love quite how chunky it is. I can't decide if it will grow on me or not or if I'll gift/auction it off. It's very cute, don't get me wrong, but I don't know if it's quite my style or not.


Took me 6 hours total, including a lunch break. Not bad! Still deciding between the recommended tote bag liner and lining it myself with a cute matching fabric.

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Just Josie

Knitting for Bigger Girls

This is my first post to the community, though I've been lurking a while, so you'll have to excuse me if I seem a little nervous.

Basically I was hoping someone here could point me towards a resource for knitting for bigger girls. I'm what you might call aerodynamically curvaceous, meaning that most patterns for smaller girls, even when knit in a larger size, don't look right on me. They're either too small on top, don't fit over my shoulders, or the bottom half of my torso is swimming in garment.

I'm looking for either something (book, website, etc) that offers either patterns designed for larger women that takes into account that we're often shaped differently or something that can give me guidance on altering existing patterns to fit my needs.

Twirl by Mora

FOs-- Socks

My knitting "goal" for this year was to learn to knit socks. I'd always heard how much fun socks are to knit from so many people, but they just looked intimidating to me. So for Christmas last year I asked for a sock knitting book, and got started.

Now, half a year later, I have a bag full of sock yarn and a new addiction. There's always a sock in the side pocket of my purse, if I have a spare few minutes of riding in a car or waiting for a meeting or similar. I'm in love with sock knitting.

Behind the cut are my first four pairs of socks: the Infant's Fancy Silk Sock, Broadripple, and Dublin Bay socks.

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Can you help me make my own pattern?

Can someone help me please? I'm confounded.

Where to purl??!! - How do I scale graph paper down so that it translates properly into a knitted garment? Do I have to chart to actual size?? What is the math behind making knitwear patterns?

I saw an episode of Knitty Gritty where the guest designed an adorable blanket made with 3 wide stripes of stockinette with 3 large purled hearts across each stripe. They suggest Goa yarn (9 skeins @ $7!). So I'm improvising and using a Cascade Acrylic Wool blend. I'd like to further improvise and purl stars instead of hearts. I went to the website I've seen mentioned here that turns graphics to needle patterns and I have a grid for my star. How do I translate this into knitting if the website doesn't ask for gauge? My gauge (if done correctly) is 24 stitches by 21 rows for 4 inches. I've made graph paper on one of those websites that make graph paper for knitters and my brain is not able to see where to go next.

So here in order are things I know:

24 x 21 gauge on size 8 circs

I'd like the blanket to be about 28-32" wide by 30-36" long

3 stripes of color with 3 large stars purled across each stripe for texture

I'd like about a 1 to 2 inch gap between the star and the edge of the stripe its on

3 colors of yarn, 2 skeins each at 200 yards

thin garter border to prevent curling (3 rows/stitches on each side)

The baby (my first nephew!!!) this blanket is for is due at the end of September so I'd like to get started soon :)

I appreciate any ideas or advice. I want to design my own stuff but I'm having a hard time thinking the math through.
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