August 1st, 2006

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Does anyone know if it's possible to knit a top-down raglan with a scoop neck? I've never actually seen a good pattern for a scoop neck (and certainly not one knit in the round, or raglan-style) so I'm trying it out myself, but I'm not sure how it's going to work. I'm only about 22 rows in, and obviously here's what it looks like so far:

front | sleeve | back | sleeve | front

At each | I knit through the back loop twice (once before, once after). I also do this on the first and last stitches, making the front pieces wider. I'm just worried that all these increases will give me a small v-neck. I can stop increasing the first and last stitches, but I know I can't stop increasing between the sleeves and front pieces -- so those front pieces will keep getting wider, rather than going down in a straight line like I'll need for a scoop neck. (Unless I make decreases on the first and last stitches ... would that work?)

Any ideas/tips/patterns would be very much appreciated. Thanks for all your help!

sock cuff increases

So, I am making a pair of ribbed socks, from Wendy's Toe-Up Sock Pattern. I've used it three times before, always with good results.

This time, I'm finding that I need a number of increases in the cuff. Apparently I have larger ankles than I knew, or this yarn isn't as stretchy, or something.

Anyway - my question is this. Right now I have my increase points on both sides of the sock - the right side and the left side. (I've only done one increase row so far, and naturally, I followed it with a regular row.) Should I keep using only those two points, or alternate with increases in the front and back? My goal is for my sock to not look lumpy. If it makes more sense to increase more than twice per row, I can do that. Again, trying to avoid lumpiness.

Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks.

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date started: 26 july, 2006
date finished: 29 july, 2006
time elapsed: three days
yarn used: Rowan Big Wool
needles: bamboo, size 11

notes: This Knit the Classics entry is for Passage to India. The object of this project was to knit an item that looked like it might belong in the novel. The pattern for the cable is called Braided Branches, and was taken from Just Scarves. The novel takes place in the 1920s, and the eclectic mixture of wool cables, antique buttons, and fringe creates a unique bag. The inside of the bag was lined in a gold coloured silk, and measures 5 1/2 inches by 7 inches.

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Bamboo Clapotis...?

Okay, so I have about 4 skeins of SWTC Bamboo yarn that I am contemplating frogging from a disaster project (overambitious birthday gift) and transforming into a lovely Clapotis.  I just wanted to know if 4 skeins would be enough, and if Bamboo would work with this pattern.  If not, any other suggestions for using up this Bamboo yarn would be great, too!  I'm getting so depressed from looking at my beautiful Bamboo yarn, sitting there all naked, waiting to be made into something cute... HELP!  Oh, and THANKS!

August MagKnits

The August Magknits is in the process of going up now. You can access the patterns (or all but one of them) through this link, but the front page hasn't been put up yet.


I don't think there's anything I want to knit really. I don't buy too much handspun yarn, and if I did, I think I'd get more than one that rules out what these projects were designed for.

ETA: The corsage pattern loads if you fix the link. (Just add a period between corsage and htm)
But four simples and 2 intermediates? It just seems lacking to me.
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FO: Rosedale United

Backstory: When I first learned to purl, back in 2004, I started to look around for a first sweater project. I decided on Rosedale, a cardigan knit in self-striping kureyon with an intarsia panel and seamless raglan sleeves. [see: my icon] I finished it and loved it, but I very rarely wore it. [Pictures of the original Rosedale are over at my old knitting blog - Original post here in knitting]

About a year later, I thought maybe if I knit it into a pullover, I'd wear it more. So I ripped it out. Because the base of Rosedale United is basically the same, I didn't have to rip out the raglan sleeves.

And then it sat in my closet for a year.

I finally picked the pile of yarn back up, and started knitting Rosedale United earlier in the summer, and finished it a few weeks back.

So I present:

Pattern: Rosedale United
Yarn: Noro Kureyon #88 (greens/oranges/purple) - I think I purchased 13-15 skeins, but I really don't remember now. I had some bits left over, but it was mostly in getting the stripes to match up [which I didn't always do when I did Rosedale originally].
Size: XL
Needles: US8 Clover Bamboo circ (I think it was 32") and US8 Bamboo DPNS
Changes: I had tried to put in a ribbed collar instead of the rolled brim, but it just didn't look right, so I ripped it out and went back to the rolled brim. I hate the intarsia square that is on the back of the sweater - the color that happened to come up with the yarn is ugly, my tension is bad, and I wish I had just left it out. I'm hoping some blocking will even it out.
Notes: Careful mattress stitching of the broken intarsia triangle really looks the same as my mediocre intarsia (which has gotten a lot better since the last time I knit the sweater). I love Kureyon, and I have a feeling this is going to be a well-worn, warm sweater this winter. I love this pattern - it's easy, but has some details that make it interesting (like waist shaping, intarsia, etc), and I love how it knits up in the Kureyon.

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I'm in loooooooooove! Oh, and a FO too. :)

Cross-posted to my personal journal and to knitting.

Okay, first the loooooooove part. A few days ago I posted about my extreme dislike (okay, hate) in regards to working witn double-pointed needles (DPNs). Someone suggested I learn the two-circular method. Now, I'm a visual person, I have to see it, not read about it. Luckily I was able to get a demonstration of how to do small circular knitting using two circular needles instead of DPNs, and it's going soooooo fast now! Best of all I'm not gritting my teeth and tensing up trying to handle all those little pointed needles and not lose stitches. YAY! It's love, I tell you, love! Gloves for everyone, dahlink!

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I actually finished this in time for 4th of July but kept forgetting to take a photo of it. I finally got around to it. What I like about this tank is that it's cool, despite using the chunky mercerized cotton. Very breezy, good air flow for those hot summer days. Combining it with shorts or capris and tossing on some strappy sandals completes a truly casual look that is fun!

Anyway. That's the story of the looooooove, and the FO. I love finishing things, even if they don't turn out exactly as planned. :)
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Yarn for Kiddie hats?

Hello Everybody,

I would like to make a hat and scarf (and maybe mittens, but that may be too hard for me) for my 4 years-old twin nephews.

What yarn do you suggest? I was thinking of using something from KnitPicks yarn, but I don't mind using another brand.

Also, do you have any advice on scarf length for 4 years-old kids?

I plan to use a pattern, but I haven't found one yet. I'm not confident enough to alter any pattern, even a hat pattern for a kiddie. I do like the umbilical cord hat (I think that's what it's called, but I need it for a 4 years-old size.)

Obviously, I want something that won't itch their little foreheads or necks.

Thanks so much for your advice.

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patterns for pregnant women

I am looking for some maternity patterns. I currently own "Knitting for Two" but besides that I havent had much luck. I googled several phrases, but havent come up with much. Can anyone direct me to a site where i can find some free patterns or maybe another book? Thanks!

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This may be a very silly question, but.... it okay to knit with mercerized crochet cotton? On, say, a US size 3 needle?

I've been wanting to knit Orangina, but am unenthused with any of the colors I can find in Rowan 4 Ply or Rowan Cotton Glace. Offerings for cotton yarn that fine aren't really plentiful, and it's been a pretty frustrating search so far.

In the process of Googling for "fingering weight mercerized cotton yarn", crochet cottons started to come up. Size 3 looks like it might be a comparable weight (it seems to fall between the 4 Ply and the Cotton Glace).

I thought I'd ask anyone out there who might have experience working with crochet cotton -- does it compare to regular "for knitting" cotton yarns?

Thanks for any help!

Liesel scarf

Today I finished my Liesel scarf, which I started quite enthusiastically last winter before getting enthusiastic about other projects only a few inches from the end.

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This was my first endeavor with lace; it was fun to knit and (had I any follow-through whatsoever) would have been pretty quick too. I think I may be a teeny bit sensitive to alpaca; while it's heavenly soft in my fingers, there's a slight tingle when I wear it on my neck that isn't present with, say, merino wool. Nothing I can't force myself to get used to, though. :)
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Knitting with handspun/ handdyed/ artisan yarn

So, the latest issue of Magknits, which deals exclusively with small amounts of handspun and/or handdyed yarn, got me thinking that it would be interesting to hear other people's approaches to special yarn. In my mind, the main challenges are:

1) You probably don't have much of it, and even with unlimited resources, you probably couldn't get any more.

Which is the most obvious problem. All the patterns in Magknits dealt with this by doing a small project that only used single skein of their chosen yarn, but you can use what you have to make some stripes, do colorwork, or add a fancy edging.

2) It was probably expensive in time and/or money.

So you don't want to waste an inch. The hat and oven mitts I have below the cut used all but a few yards of the yarn I had at the time. This worked fine with the oven mitts, but the hat was a little too short the first time around. Fortunately I had a bit more of that roving and was able to spin enough to lengthen the bottom, but if I hadn't I would have bought or spun a similar-weight yarn in a coordinating color to do the same thing. Unfortunately,

3) If it's handspun, you might have a hard time finding a yarn that matches.

It's likely that a spinner has worked to create a yarn that is utterly unlike what can be found in a store, whether that's a slubby thick hand-dyed yarn specially done up in your favorite colors, or a tweedy laceweight silk with a color so subtle you can't quite decide just what color it is. Can you find something the same gauge, which coordinates in color while making the more valuable yarn pop? It may involve some searching, special ordering, or more spinning time to find what you like, and will definitely involve swatching.

4) The yarn may look better in the skein than it will in the project you imagine.

Which totally sucks. If the finished piece really makes you unhappy, it's always worthwhile to unknit it and turn it into something you actually *do* like. I look for ideas on blogs of spinners, from online magazines, or flip through a copy of Spin-Off at my LYS. The ideas are absolutely out there. There was a really amazing series of articles on working with space-dyed yarns on the blog run by Rosie's Yarn Cellar which could be useful.

5) You may love the yarn too much to put it in a closet.

Because it's special to you, and the usual hat/scarf/sock/hairband ideas for small amounts of yarn don't quite seem worthy. At this point I look around the house: If the yarn is buttery soft, maybe a small pillow would be nice. Not to get too great aunt Gertrude, but I'm coming around to the idea of doilies--not everywhere, but one on the dining room table looks lovely.

Under the cut are two projects I've done with special yarn.

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What approaches have you taken with small bits of well-loved yarn? I'd love to see links to pictures if you've got 'em.
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Branching out vs. Liesel

Quackkwak's recent post about the Liesel she made inspired me. The only question I have is which would be easier to knit for a first time foray into the world of lace? Lisel or Knitty's branching out.

It seems like they are similar along the lines of difficulty and such, but just wondering if anyone has any strong feelings one way or another!

Thanks! =O)