August 29th, 2006

First Human X-Ray

Pattern Help, IK Fall '06 Father and Son Socks

I am reading through and working on the Father and Son Socks page 92 from the Fall 2006 Interweave Knits magazine, and I am a bit puzzled on the wording of the preparation for the heel flap. I checked the website's corrections page for this issue, and came up with nothing for it. I am making the man's sized sock, and in preparation for the heel flap, I am to work the chevron chart to row 25 (from the pattern repeat row) on needles 1 and 2, continue with next pattern repeat on last 2 needles.

Here's where I am stumped: the only thing that makes sense to me is to work rows 17 (pattern repeat beginning) to 25 (row 25 is about half of the pattern repeat) on all 4 needles in the round, including the cable pattern on the side. In the photo, I count 12 cable twists and this would be the only way to make 12 total twists, then keep the last 2 needles waiting for the heel to be turned and pick back up with chevron pattern row 26.

So, does "work to Row 25 of Chevron chart on first 2 needles; cont with next patt rep on last 2 needles" mean what I described above, or something else? I can't see starting the pattern repeat over on the top of the foot after only working half of it, or working the heel preparation back and forth on only the first 2 needles.

Interweave Knits Flower-basket shawl question

I'm coming close to finishing the seventh (and last) repeat of IK's flower-basket shawl. At the moment, my shawl seems a little small, even though my gauge was spot-on. I know that it should get bigger with blocking, but how much bigger does it actually get through the blocking process? Should I work an extra repeat, or will blocking take care of all that?
KH bats

I just received a rather sad email...

Hi there.

Sorry that it's been a while since there was any news about the booklet. I've been getting emails from many of you asking about the status, so I thought it would be a good idea to send out an email to the group.

I've decided not to print the Unusual Toys for You to Knit and Enjoy booklet anymore. I sold many times more copies than I ever thought possible, and although the response was wonderful, I have realized that I want to use my time to pursue other projects.

I appreciate all the suggestions people have sent (sell as a pdf, find a publisher, etc) and I have given each of these options a lot of thought, but have ultimately decided that I would rather focus on other creative pursuits.

I thank you for your interest, and I hope that you understand!


I think I may have to go find a corner and cry my eyes out.

how much yarn do i need for a shawl?

Hi, I'm new to this community and I was hoping someone here could help me out:

A few months ago, I was paging through my friend's copy of "A Gathering of Lace" and I fell in love with the spiral shawl pattern. I knew I couldn't afford to buy a large quantity of laceweight yarn for it, so I copied down the basics of the pattern on a notebook somewhere and resolved to do it if I ever found enough yarn at a good price. Well, yesterday, I found some really awesome giant balls of yarn (600 yards) in a good color marked down to $3 each, so I bought 2. Is 1200 yards of yarn going to be enough for the shawl in the book? It's pretty lacy, after all. The yarn is brown polyester sort of woven with copper-colored "sparkle", and I guess it's sport-weight. (It gives the gauge as 6 stitches to the inch on size 5 needles.) I'll probably knit it on 8s. I won't be able to look at the book until I'm 3 states away and can't go back to the store and buy more, so if anyone who has the book could take a look and tell me whether I should buy some now, that would be awesome.

More specifically, the yarn is from something called "The Yarn Ball", which looked really large but turned out to be wrapped around a big styrofoam ball, so I really can't tell by looking if it's enough for a lace shawl.

Thanks in advance!
madagascar penguin

Quilted Lattice Stitch help

Yes, I have googleed and googled (to spare anyone asking) but all I have found is the instruction I have already found.

Quilted Lattice:
co 45 stitches
row1: (ws) purl
row2: K2, *sl5 wyif, k1; rep from *, end k1
row3: purl
row4: K4, *insert needle under loose strand and knit next st, bringing out under strand; k5; rep from *, end last repeat k4
row 5: purl
row 6: K1, sl 3 wyif, *k1, slip 5 wyif; rep from *, end k1, sl3 wyif, k1
row 7: purl
row 8: K1, *k next st under loose strand, k5; rep from *, end last repeat k1

repeat row1-8 here is the question. After I do row 2, how the heck do I purl without going under the loose strand? I have frogged this stupid thing three times so far, and I pretend to purl normally then when I get to the row4 instructions I cannot seem to get it to knit up properly.

Anyone have any tips? I think I am missing a simple concept. 

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