August 22nd, 2006

Sock success

So I finally got over my fear of dpn's and managed to create a sock

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It's the basic toe up pattern and then the yarn is the lion-brand wool-ease.
Now I just need the patience to create another one!
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Hi all,

I'm looking for a pattern and hope some of you can point me in the right direction. I'm looking for a pattern for very delicate lace fingerless gloves. I'd prefer knit, but crochet would be ok too in a pinch.

Any suggestions? Thanks!!

i require all of your amazing expertise!

i don't know if it's because of the end of summer slump/school starts soon brain-drain or what, but i am having trouble comprehending my pattern. let me just say for the record that it's the first time i've purchased a moda dea pattern and it will be the last!

currently i am shaping the shoulders and neck of the back of the sweater (ballet wrap sweater) and the directions are as follow:

"bind off 7 sts. k until there are 12 sts on right needle; turn and put rem sts on a holder. bind off 4 sts at beg of next row. bind off rem 8 sts.

with right side facing, bind off center 24 sts, work to end. complete to correspond to first side, reversing shapings."

so i've got 12 sts on my right needle and the rest of the unworked row on my left needle. what does 'turn' mean? could someone walk me through these directions? i'm seriously having comprehension issues (sleep deprivation, biological clock ticking loudly in my ear) which is somewhat new to me, but i know that the members here will help!

thank you kindly in advance, i really, really appreciate it!

Bead Sizing Help Needed

Hi Everyone,


I made a felted buttonhole bag using 2 strands of Cascade and knitted
in glass beads which were given to me. I want to make another one,
but for the life of me, cannot figure out this bead size thingy!!!
Very confusing!! They obviously need to be able to fit on a stitch
with the two strands of Cascade.

I believe they are large pony beads, or 6 or 8mm seed beeds, or crow
beads. So many different names for the same thing. My local bead
store doesn't carry them, and the craft stores don't have a good
selection of glass ones.

I just posted a picture here    I hope I did this right.

Can someone chime in here and help? Any specific online stores that
are helpful? I have googled until I am cross-eyed, and there are lots
of suppliers, but ordering online is difficult if you can't actually
compare my bead with one being offered on the web. My first online order came yesterday and the beads were way too small for what I need.

Cindy M. in Northern VA

laptop cozy?

hi all! need help.

i want to knit a laptop cozy. i'm thinking of using Lion BIG, if i can track some down, on US size 17 needles. probably just a rectangle with paired decreases at one end, so that i can fold in half to stitch sides together and use the end with decreases as a flap (like on an envelope) with some kind of giant button or something. i'll probably line it with plain ol cotton.

but. what weight yarn should I use to stitch the sides and to sew the lining? I'm not so concerned with beauty as much as with needing functionality. so i need it to not fall apart. although pretty would be okay too.

and I'm sure there are some other things I haven't thought about. first time creating a pattern.

thoughts? advice?


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I finished my first hat worked in the round, this Baby Cable Ribbed Hat

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Materials - Some old cream coloured 100% acrylic DK yarn I had in my stash. I think it was Patons, and 4 4mm dpns.

Changes - I worked the whole thing on dpns because I don't like circular needles. As I only have small dpns, I did it on 4mm needles. This required some gauge maths that I cannot now re-create. I casted on 120 stitches instead of 88, but I think the effect is nice and delicate and the hat is a good fit, so for once maths has proven to be my friend.

I also didn't want a rolled brim, so I only knitted for 7 and a half inches before beginning the decreases instead of the suggested 12 inches. It covers my ears nicely without needing to be rolled, so I'm very happy with the size. I think if I had knitted a full 12 inches it would have been far too big, but wanting to decrease sooner than recommended seems to be a reoccuring thing for me when knitting hats - perhaps I just have a small / shallow head.

Thoughts on pattern - This was a nice and simple pattern that was easy without being mind-numbingly repetitive. With all my extra stitches however it was a reasonably slow knit, and I found I kept putting it down for other projects.

If I did it again I'd do it on the larger needles suggested, and probably try using 5 rather than 4 needles. 120 stitches on 3 8 inch dpns was a little crowded! I might also do the baby cable every 5th round instead of every fourth, as I think this would have matched the decreases better, and also would have helped make it a faster knit.

All in all though, I enjoyed knitting it and and I'm really happy with the finished result.

New skills I learnt - Baby cables, and, er, gauge maths. Which I have already forgotten, apparently. Maths was never my thing.

Another sock and yarn lootage

Ok, so I never post yarn p0rn pictures, but this time I just couldn't resist.

See, I just had a birthday, and my in-laws gave me a gift certificate to Joann's, and my husband told me to go crazy on Knitpicks. So I did, and it all came in today :)

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And also, just so this isn't ALL yarn, I finished yet another sock (yes, more socks):

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Pattern notes and yarn review:

Just a toe-up sock following directions from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch, in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Irving Park colorway. I used the same sort of ribbing pattern seen on Thujas. This was my first toe-up sock and first time working a short-row heel. I like tow-up socks, although I'm not ready to give up top-down socks, either. However, short-row heels may not be for me. First, this one is all holey, and secondly, I have high arches so flap-and-gusset heels work a bit better and reduce the stress on the heel when I wear the sock.

The top was a bit loose -- I bound off using Eunny Jang's yarnover method from the last issue of Interweave Knits. I did a YO after every stitch, because I have big calves and needed alot of stretch, but it turned out a bit too loose. So I'm going to go back and do YOs every other stitch, or something like that. Oh, and ignore the green yarn hanging out -- it's a marker so I know where to do the calf shaping when I make the second sock.

Anyway, I'm pretty impressed with how long these turned out -- this is all just one skein. If I were shorter and/or thinner, these really would go up to my knees. As is, they're a couple of inches shorter than knee socks ought to be. But since I'd never wear them in knee-sock capacity -- with a skirt or something -- it really doesn't matter. They will, however, keep me warm in the winter by closing the gap between my long coat and my boots. Hooray.

By the way, let me just tell you how great Lorna's Laces sock yarn is. It is so great! It just feels so...silky. Yeah. Silky. I love how sturdily spun it is -- it's not nearly as loose as Essential, and softer, despite having the same fiber composition. And the colors -- so rich. I'll definitely be buying some of this yarn...once our finances recover from my little yarny shopping spree.

Anyway, I've rambled for too long.

First FO in a long time

My summer has been ridiculously boring so I spent a lot of time knitting silly little items, and also the baby's first tattoo sweater from SNB Nation, which turned out great, but I forgot to take a picture of it before I gave it to my friend for her baby.
Then I decided to work on a real project! A little while ago a girl posted a cute pattern for cloud and stars intarsia, so I was inspired to do something using that. The pattern I used was basically knitty's bad penny with the intarsia chart that the girl posted (sorry I forgot your name!!!!)
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Also, I was wondering if anyone had any unicorn fair-isle patterns out there. I've seen a few sweaters on ebay featuring unicorn fair-isle, and I guess I could come up with my own pattern based on those, but I figured I would ask here first!

FO: Felted knitting accessory bag

A friend of mine and I are putting together a knitting kit for another friend of ours who's just learning to knit, and I decided to whip up a little felted drawstring bag to put some knitting accoutrements in as a gift (stitch markers, snips, measuring tape, gauge ruler, etc.). It turned out pretty cute, so I thought I'd post a pic here.

Yarn: Leftover Shetland wool from a previous felted purse project in a heathered blue and cranberry, probably about a worsted weight.
Needles: Size US13 bamboo 16" circulars for the bag, size 6 DPNs for the I-cord
Pattern: My own - it's just a basic garter stitch rectangle bottom, with stitches picked up around the edge to knit the body in the round. Since I had leftover yarn in 2 different colors, I elected to do a quick Fibonacci series pattern, starting with 13 rows in the first color and alternating up to the end of the sequence, then finishing up with about half a dozen rows of the alternate color as a band to put the drawstring holes in. The I-cord is 3 stitches done on smaller needles so it wasn't too bulky, knitted long enough to not pull free when the bag is fully open.
Felting: This yarn felts beautifully...2 runs through a very hot wash with some jeans for agitation and it was felted and fuzzed very nicely.
Finishing: I pushed the edges in from each long side and punched 8 holes for the drawstring with my sharp yarn snips. The final felted size wound up about 4" wide by 7" high or so. Big enough for all of your small, loose knitting accessories, but small enough to tuck into your WIP bag.

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Question on Shedir

I'm working on Shedir from Knitty's breast cancer issue and have a question on row 53 regarding the centered decrease. It says, "insert right needle into fronts of next 2 stitches and slip onto right needles, as if to k2tog, but without knitting; knit next stitch from left needle, pass the 2 slipped stitches over the st just knit and off needles."

The part that is throwing me is the slipping. I'm slipping both as if to knit and doing it as K2tog so the stitches twist then I slip the two back in the order they sit on the right needle. But it doesn't look right so I want to make sure I'm doing it right.

How would you knit centered decrease if it were you?