My best friend is starting a new teaching job next month and I want to knit her something quick but comforting that she could use, because this is her dream school/dream job so she's very nervous.
Any ideas of what I could knit for a Teacher? I'm still in the beginner stages...doing beginner's lace projects, etc.
I bought some Malabrigo last week. It is brown and light blue varigated. I want to make a scarf or hat out of it, but I don't know what stitch to use. I don't want stockinette, and I tried herringbone (RS: p2tog, purl through first loop again; WS: sl1, k1, k through back loop for slipped stitch)and wasn't really liking the way it was turning out, so I frogged that. I was wondering if anyone has any other stitches that are interesting and wouldn't take too much away from the colors?
I swear I searched on LJ Seek and couldn't find this -- wasn't there a knitting community for New Yorkers?... I thought I'd joined it but did not, and would like to.
I'm about to leave for a weekend, and I thought this would be a good time to block Rambling Rose. I have to admit to not having blocked before (shame on me!), mainly due to lack of space, not lack of desire. My roommate happened to move out, since she finished early, and so right now, I do have space... but maybe not materials. I don't have a blocking board, and while Google did bring up some pretty cool ideas for things to buy and use as a blocking board, I don't have time to go buy something right now... and I haven't run across anything yet that mentions materials from the home. Here is what I have in my dorm room: a desk with limited space, a bed with bedding on it, a bed without bedding (but the mattress is covered with a plastic, it's a school mattress), towels, two really big Rubbermaid bins, and obviously, the floor. Where is the best place to wet block my sweater? I thought the bed might be, because I can pin it to the bedding, but then I worried that it might mildew... it is probably going to take a long time due to humidity. Since I'll be gone for a couple of days, is this even the right time to do it?
EDIT: I don't know if it matters, but I forgot to mention that the yarn is Brown Sheep Cotton Fine, 80% cotton and 20% wool.
I'm Melissa - first time poster, long time lurker.
Anyway, I just reformatted my compuer & lost all of my bookmarks. Among them was a knitting pattern for a mug cosy with lid, which I can't find for the life of me.
It's not a knitty pattern, nor on knittingpatterncentral.com
In the picture, it was felted with purple & blue yarn.
Does anyone know of this pattern & have a link for it? I've been going out of my mind the last few days.
Just looking for some empathy, as now that I think of it...I'm still kind of incensed over what happened.
I'm working at a summer camp, it's about the 4th week in, working with young girls in our cabin. The girls love making those plastic lanyard keychains/bracelets. The other councelors in my cabin like doing the lanyard things too whenever we have a spare moment. I tried that for a bit, but found I couldn't stray from my knitting. For me, knitting is just so much more relaxing.
During training week, I'd suggested to one of the councelors in my cabin to try knitting, I offered to teach it; and she had said she might like to try it. I mentioned it again yesterday (as she was on her way to the art room that has buckets of acrylic yarn), she hesitated, then wrinkled her nose- and her roomie piped in that "she's too girly to do that stuff, we stick to the lanyard".
Since when is a girl too girly just because she knits?, and what is wrong with being a little girly and trying somethign new? I know knitting is not for everyone, and not everyone can share in the joy of knitting we have, but to appear positive about it at the beginning and then shoot me down with a comment like that really hurt. I can't stand that kind of so called "feminism". If it is by definition a craft, in some people's eyes, a "woman's work"...there is no valid reason why it should be rejected so quickly by some women (and men alike). The variety of things you can make with those two needles and a bit of string never ceases to amaze me.
I know this kind of post is done every once in a while...but share your stories too, if you'd like. (If this post is not alright, I'll take it down, just let me know.)
Okay, I've tried to do the shoulders for this tank pattern 4 times now in 4 different ways and its still not coming out right. Help me LJ Knitters!!!
Here's the problem:
You cast on "14 stitches and do 4 rows of stockinette." Then you have to do the lace pattern and the increases at the same time for 28 rows. You are supposed to do the increases every other row. Fine, I can understand that.
According to the pattern, you "increase 1 stitch (k-f&b) into the second stitch in from the edge on each side of the neckline". Since you are using 2 balls to knit the 2 shoulders of the pattern simultaneously, does this mean that you do an increase on either side of each shoulder you are working on? Or does it mean that you do one increase on each shoulder? I've tried doing it both ways and its still coming out wrong.
Part of the reason that it seems to be coming out wrong has to do with the lace pattern. The pattern works as follows:
Rows 1-4: k
Rows 5, 7, 9, 11: k1, *(k2tog)x2, (yo, k1)x3, yo, (k2tog-tbl)x2, k3, rep from * to end of row.
Rows 6, 8, 10, 12: Purl"
So if I combine this with the increase should it be the following?
Rows 1-4: k increase by doing a kf&b on the second stitch and second-to-last stitch of every other row.
Rows 5, 7, 9, 11: k1, *k2tog-f&b, k2tog, (yo, k) x3, yo, (k2tog-tbl) x2, k3 repeat from * to end of row.
Rows 6, 8, 10, 12: Purl
The other problem I have is that if I cast on 14 stitches, when I do my first row of lace pattern, I am one stitch short of completing the full cycle of the pattern (which is 15 stitches.) Should that be happening?
I want to try and make a knitted dragonfly to put on top of a baby hat... the only problem is, that I seem to not know where to start... I tried google to see if I could find a pattern, or something that I could kind of modify with no luck... all I could find was a dragonfly dishcloth pattern.
Can anyone help me create a pattern for this? I figured I could do the middle of the dragonfly as an I cord, but I really have no idea how to work the wings... I thought I might crochet them, but a) I'm not a very experienced crochet-er and b) I'd rather knit them.
I would like the dragonfly to be about 2 inches long maybe?
I have a specific question and a general question....
I am making my second pair of Fetching and I am not liking the way that the cast on edge looks. My first pair was in a much stiffer yarn and the edge stayed in place. This time, I am using the Cashmerino and the edge is flaring out. I tried a knitted cast on and that was waaay too loose, so I switched to a long-tail cast on. Does anyone have any recommendations for an alternative cast on?
Now, for future reference, is there a guide or something that tells you what kinds of cast on techniques work for what? I am always frustrated when a pattern doesn't specify what kind of cast on to use because they all produce such different results. I have a general idea of which ones are looser than others, but beyond that, I am lost.
I made Yorick on Knitty for my boyfriend in Knitpick's Wool of the Andes in Cloud, and at first he said it was fine, but now he is hinting a little about wanting to know if it could be bleached. So would soaking the scarf in bleach do anything? Or is there a way to dye it whiter? Peroxide, maybe?
Also, it has been felted already several times, but there is a tiny bit of stitch definition still visible. Should I continue felting before I make it whiter? And it is a little short... so after felting, should I pin it streched out?
Sorry for so many questions, and thanks in advance for any help!
Pop Culture Knitting. I am a victim of it Big Time. I have a myriad, plethera and ecetera of patterns I want to do that are based on books, movies or tv. If I don't want it someone around me does. I have only made 1 of the Harry Potter scarves, a yarn pirate tank for the PotCDMC Premiere and a Marvin the Paranoid Android (from Hitchhikker's Guide to the Galaxy). I still have a Jayne hat (from Firefly/Serenity), A pirate Hat also for the premiere (oops), 2 more harry Potter scarves, I need to finish my Darth Vader doll, a Cthulhu doll, and I have plans for a Dr who scarf complete with burn mark from a Dilak's laser.
I guess my question is this am I the only one this enchanted with the celluloid worlds or even the written ones? Or am I simply unimaginative?
Please note there is no questioning my geekiness,
Has anyone knit "Your Basic Black Bag" from Vicki Square's book Folk Bags? I'm about to knit a small bag with a skein of pretty variagated blue Magallanes wool (yay walking into LYS for needles and discovering a 40%-off sale!), and I want to base the strap off of this pattern. (It's basically a longish loop of knitted fabric, fed through two smaller loops that are attached to the top of the bag. This makes the strap adjustable - let part of it lie flat against the top of the bag for a long strap, or double it up for a shorter strap. I might not be explaining this well...)
I'm worried that, because of the way it's constructed, the loops that the strap is fed through might make the bag hard to open very widely. If I'm reading the pattern correctly, the loops are extensions of the front of the bag that are doubled over and "caught" in between the back of the bag and the flap. This seems to me like it would make it hard to pull the flap back fully and open the bag enough to get, say, a hand in there to rummage around. I'm afriad it will make the top of the bag too...closed.
So - if you've knit this bag, have you had this problem? Or is it a relatively easy bag to get into?