July 22nd, 2006


Anthropologie Inspired Capelet

I finished, in about half a day, the Anthropologie inspired capelet by julsey723 (on Craftster)! I knit mine on size 10.5 circular needles and less than 1 skein of Caron Simply Soft in black. I am so proud of myself!!!1 This is the first major knitting project I've tackled, as I usually stick to things like scarves and hats. This thing has SLEEVES! And this is the first time I actually had to use stitch markers! I LOVE STITCH MARKERS!

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non-winter pattern ideas for a boy

Hi I am going to visit my cousins in la in a month. I wanted to knit them all something small, 1-2 skeins that I can finish in a day but not a garment. I just wanted to know if anyone had any ideas what to possibly knit for an 18 year old BOY in LA. I wanted to make some hats but I don't think they will get any use. Please let me know if you have any ideas/free patterns!!TIA.

my very first knitted FO

I'm so proud.

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What I learned-a very cool stitch pattern that is like a twisted stockinette. And that a twisted stockinette curls up on the edges just like a standard stockinette.
What I'd do differently-I'd do the first three and last three rows with a smaller needle to minimize the flaring effect. I'd also do a three stitch on either side garter stitch or seed stitch border to minimize the curling.
But all in all, i'm very pleased with it.

Maths problem - need help - bag bottom

Help! I'm having a maths problem!

I'm trying to make a felted bag from the bottom up, similar to Knitty's French Market Bag, but instead of having an equal number of stitches for the sides, my stitch breakdown is as follows: 24, 46, 24, 46.

I started off with casting on 12, split across 4 DPNs as 2, 6, 2, 6 but a few rows into it and I've realized that won't get me to the right number of stitches. I realize I'll probably have to mattress stitch a seam on the bottom because it is felting and on size 11 needles, but I'm absolutely stuck on how my maths should work to get the right number when I start working on the bag body. My thought is this:
140 - 4=136 (because I want to start with a 2, x, 2, x split on the DPNs)
136/8=17 (because each increase round creates 8 stitches)

Is that right? Would I start with 38 stitches on the needle, and have a split of 2, 17, 2, 17? Or am I going about this all wrong?

Edit: The 136/8=17 would be the number of increase rounds, wouldn't it? Since it's an unremaindered divide, would the DPN split be 2, 8, 2, 8?
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a FO and a question

I just finished the Rose of Sharon hat from Magknits. I think it's the most fun I've had knitting something - it went so quickly, and it was my first lace pattern, too. I only had to start over once (well - twice - because I almost made a mobius hat, which would have been difficult to wear)
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if I did it again, I'd make it a bit longer, but considering I didn't bother to check my gauge or measure my head (I did use the same yarn, though) and it still fits, I'm pretty lucky :) Now that I'm reviewing the pattern I notice I screwed up the decreases a bit, but...oh well.

So now I have a big crush on knitting lace, and i have a question for anyone who's made Lelah. how opaque, exactly, is the lace bit on the bottom? I hunted down some pictures on Flickr and it seems to vary a bit, but I can't tell if it's the yarn or the angle of the photo.

so i guess my question is whether there's anything I can do to make it more opaque? I guess I could always pick another lace pattern...which reminds me that my copy of vogue knitting stitchionary is due at the library today, boo...and of course the obvious solution would be not to knit lace at all, but that's the fun part.

Caps to the Capital--New Charity Program

Hi all,

I just received information about a new charity knitting program in a Bernat newsletter and I thought I'd share it here.

As quoted from the newsletter:

"After Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers 2006 report highlighted simple, low-cost practices that could save newborn lives — like warming their heads with a knit or crochet cap — Save the Children received numerous calls and e-mails from Americans around the country wanting to organize their friends and family to knit and crochet caps for newborns in developing countries."

There's more information at this link. It also connects you to the Action Kit, which is a .pdf file with patterns and even more information.

I think this would be a great way to use up leftovers--any washable yarn can be used. It's a great way for knitters (and crocheters) to show the government what we can do. =D

knitting for babies

I knit a baby blanket for my friend's son. A dishcloth pattern, enlarged, in yellow Lion Brand Cotton Ease (from the dollar store!) and a stripe of Sugar 'n Cream in blue-green-white. I'm not superclose to this friend - I just knit her something quick 'n easy when they found out they were having a son.
She had her baby on Thursday, and I went to see them in the hospital. Andrew Harrison (7 lbs even, 19 inches) was swaddled in the simple blanket I had knit. I know that blankets are popular gifts for newborns, and I didn't expect the one I made to become his preferred blanket. But Karen was touched by the gesture of a unique, handmade object.
We, as knitters, do something pretty profound for people. and for that, we're darned lucky.
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emily the strange

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I was at Target today and looking at a bunch of Clearance items. Well, they had a few of those "Knit This!" kits for $3 (they are all inclusive kits with yarn, needles, a pattern...everything you need to make one project).

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<lj user="alivicwil"> wild rumpus

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i'm currently working on Swell from the Summer 2006 issue of Knitty. I've just finished swatching the Cascade 220 that I plan to use for it, and I have what I'm afraid is a stupid question. The hat has earflaps, which are worked first on dpns. The pattern says that the earflaps are worked back and forth (which I take to mean that I will knit a row, turn my work around, and then purl a row), but according to the chart, I should be knitting every row. On the other hand, the pattern itself reads that the RS, then the WS should be facing as I work the earflaps. Does the chart just mean that the earflaps will LOOK as if each row contains only knit stitches (i.e., stockinette)? If not, what does it mean?

The beginning of the pattern:
"The earflaps are worked first, back and forth on double-point needles. When the second earflap is complete, additional stitches are cast on for the front and back of the hat, and the body and crown of the hat are worked in the round."

Thanks for the anticipated help.
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I always have trouble making sweaters from knitting patterns, because even the XS size is always too large for me. I'm 5'5", weigh 105, and have about a 32 inch bust. The XS sizes at stores usually fit, but I can never find knitting patterns that I don't have to alter. Some alteration is fine, but if I want to use a different gauge the math easily becomes overwhelming. I was wondering if anyone would know of a website or knitting magazine that posted patterns in smaller sizes, something that I would be able to use.

Thanks for any help!
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Roundabout Leaf Tank help?

I just started the Roundabout Leaf Tank from Knitting Nature.

I'm at the first leaf and am having a bit of an issue. The instructions say:
K1 (k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1) in next st to increase 6 stitches, k1, yo, ssk, k15, yo, ssk, k2 - 30 sts.

I'm having an issue with the parentheses. How does one K1, yo without knitting the other 24 stitches?

Aran Skirt

This was posted on a Cable tutoral knitalong as well as here I believe it falls with your rules.

I just finished the kick off KAL the irish hiking scarf. My next projects were to be a fall sweater, and a few lacey scarves to get a jump on Christmas, but my yarn hasn't yet arrived. So I decided to work on my next fall/winter piece that had cables as I am on a roll. Enter the Aran skirt. Ok I first saw this pattern after I had only knit for 3 Months and I fell in love with it. It was white (it makes me look tall), it was a sweater style (so 80's but one of the few good fashions that came from the 80's), An Aran (the pinnacle of one colour knitting, in my opinion) and it was freaking HARD. Experienced level in vogue magazine. I put the magazine down and backed away slowly.

Time passed and I have been knitting for about 10 months. I pretty much suck at anything with more than one colour (except simple stripes) but I have pretty much decided that nothing in knitting is that dangerous. It may frustrate me for a while but the odds of it actually doing me in are pretty minimal, although I am pretty sure this project was trying to convince me to do myself in. When approaching something with a chart that looks like this ones, don't look at it all at once. You get vertigo and nausea, instead break it down. Knit? Purl? You can do those. Cable left or cable right? You can do those too. You may also notice bobbles. I don't know how but I missed those before. I think the skirt was using cover-up or something, I discovered that I had to do them while waiting in the dr's office, it was to be about a half hour wait and I hadn't brought back-up knitting. Bobbles for the record are dead easy just kinda annoying.

This is the progress I made today after "the night of a thousand cast-ons". It's actually very basic, like all knitting is, once you break the bits up small enough. I say this now that I have a good start. I was using circulars but I find them uncomfortable, plus with straight I poke the person beside me a lot so I get the loveseat to myself. My guage is way off but that's ok. I wanted the skirt to be at the knee and I was going to have to add a bunch of extra pattern repeats into it anyways. I don't want to discuss it any farther (or Ill turn into a raving loon) but thier sizing was a bit on the ... delusional side. (for full rant please see my blog, www.jinxsa.blogspot.com).

I am working this in short rows to make a wedge. This will alow the skirt to be wider on the bottom. Because I can't leave well enough alone I may add a ruffle to the hem after it's done.

It's being worked in acryllic. It's tragedy to some but wool and cotton stretch out and I would like to avoid the Butt Pooch of Doom (as it was called in a comment about the Dove commercial sweater dress) . My bum is puffy enough thanks. Other natural fibers like silk and bamboo may not stretch but they are too expensive to experiment with in this project. I'm going to keep updating flickr as I progress but if you want to see what I have so far just go here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jinxsa/sets/72157594208254385/
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LibraryThing knitters - online knitting library resource?

For those who currently use LibraryThing (or can be tempted into signing up), there's an offer of a free group account (new feature!) going if we can get enough users interested in joining it on day 1.

The idea is that those who already have knitting books listed within their library can join the group, add any titles to the group library that they wish to virtually 'share' (as in "I have a copy of this, I can give you a review/look up the yarn on page 64 if you've lent your copy out/bitch agree with you about the fugly therein", not "I will lend you this book" or any kind of copyright infringement!), and there will be scope for discussion of individual titles, adding links to errata pages, that kind of thing. Does that sound like something any of you would be interested in doing?

I'm BoPeep on LT if anyone wants to message me there, and I can keep track of interested parties through comments here if you give me your LT name - we don't yet know when Tim plans to implement this or how many members he wants to try it out with, but there was mention of 'reaching critical mass' so there's probably some kind of minimum.

Edit: Message from LibraryThing
Okay, Bopeep, you're on. I was looking first for groups that would use the forum capability, which you guys probably don't need if you have here, but the number of people coming from this group to LibraryThing is REALLY impressive. You guys are a pilot group.

Here's the deal:

Free year's membership to any member who hits 50 books cataloged
[these don't have to all be knitting books AFAIK]. Members should email me their LJ and LT user names.

I'll send you the group URL as soon as it's ready (Monday?). I think you'll have groups for a day before they go live--maybe more. Anyway, when I announce groups I will point to you.

Looking forward to seeing your books!


timspalding at librarything dot com
He's on LJ as librarythingtim incidentally. Can I also point you to librarything, library_thing, and thingology if you don't already know about it?