September 1st, 2006


Question about sweater pattern

So I'm having a teensy problem with a sweater pattern, know how I'm going to fix it, but just wanted to make sure I'm not overlooking something and there actually is a problem.

So I'm knitting a top down raglan from's sweater calculator, and the pattern tells me that I should start with 4 sections: 14 stitches for one arm, 31 for the back, 14 for the other arm, 31 for the front. Got it. These sections are all separated by markers. For the next few inches, you increase on each side of the marker every other round, thereby increasing 2 stitches per section (or 8 stitches total) every increase round. Kay. You continue doing this until there are 93 stitches in each sleeve section, and 110 for the front and the back. Okay, 14 stitches for the sleeves.. I want 93.. +2 stitches on each increase round. I need.. 39.5 increase rounds?? Same with the back/front.. start out with an odd number, add 2 every other round, and am supposed to end up with an even number? So that's an error, right?

I'll just knit until I have 94, 111, 94, & 111. Unless I'm missing something. Am I?
Knitting - Perfect Day

(Half of a) FO! KnitPicks Simple Stripes Fair Isle sock

I have a fairly triumphant (almost) FO picture to post about! I say "triumphant" because I got half-finished it, realized it wouldn't fit, then had to start over. When you see the picture you'll understand why this almost reduced me to tears. Heh. And I say "almost" because it's only one sock - I still have to do the 2nd one! ;)

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The pattern is this one, from KnitPicks.

Overall, I wouldn't say this pattern is necessarily "difficult", but that's only because i've done fair isle work before. Had I been learning fair isle technique at the same time, this might be a different story. And I did this while using DPNs (it's my sock method of choice), and didn't have an issue managing 2-stranded work on DPNs, either. But it is definitely going to take a fair amount of resolve to get through the 2nd one.

I have more comments on this project in |my knitting blog| if anyone is interested :)

Happy knitting!
Worst case Ontario

circular needle circumference question

I didn't realize my LYS was closing at 4 and had to make a quick decision. I snagged a set of Addi Turbo circs in a size 10 1/2, 24 inches long. Now, I just realized that the pattern says 16 inches for the circumference of the needle. Can I still knit the hat on this or will it be impossibly difficult? I remember that there was some sort of rule for circ needle circumference and round objects in S&B, but my copy remains missing. I wouldn't see why it would make a huge difference, but thought I would ask before opening the package since once it's opened, it can't be returned.

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Alrighty...I've had a few requests for sock classes in various venues so I figure I'll put one together and see how many responses I get, then decide where to have it based on that number. I can't see charging for something I do regularly anyway, so it's not a commercial venture. Just me offering some instruction that people have said they would like to have.

What I would teach in this class is a basic sock on 5 dpns. I don't do circular sock knitting as it completely does not appeal to me.

I would instruct on:

Cuff down with heel flap
Toe up with short row toe and heel
Toe up with turkish toe and afterthought heel
Creating your own sock

This should offer the student the ability to mix and match parts to create their own styles for the final sock.

Either leave a comment or email me privately if you would like to be part of this class.

x-posted to my personal blog and the LSSK knitting list.
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need help from anyone who wears women's US/6.5/UK4/Euro 37 size shoe


I'm making a pair of socks as a gift for a friend who wears US 6.5 (women's) shoe. However, the sock pattern I'm using bases all the measurements on the circumfrence of the foot at its widest point.

The pattern comes with a chart to showing how to adjust based on different foot circumfrence and yarn guage, but the sizes are just listed as Small, Medium, Large.

If you wear this shoe size, could you measure the circumfrence of your foot for me? That way I can make sure the socks are the right length for my friend.

These are going to be a surprise gift so I can't really ask her "oh, by the way, do you know the circumfrence of your foot? Why? Oh, no reason. Just curious. (starts whistling innocently...)"

Thank you!!
Happy kitty

Sock gussets - decrease before or after marker?

I'm making a pair of socks and I am confused about the gusset's been a while since I've made socks so I can't exactly remember how I got this to work previously...

The gusset part of the pattern (KathrynT's Universal Sock pattern modified for 2 circs) reads:

Round 1: K17, PM, K2tog, K to end of needle. On needle 2, K10, PM, k1, SSK, Knit to end. (I get this part)
Round 2: Knit plain ( I also get this part)
Round 3: K to marker, K2tog, K to marker, K1, SSK, K to end

So, when it says "K to marker, K2 tog" I am actually supposed to be knitting as far as the marker, moving the marker over, and THEN doing the k2tog after the marker? Or am I really supposed to be knitting to 2 stitches BEFORE the marker, and doing the k2tog before moving the marker over? And what about on the other side? Is it K1, SSK before the marker, or after it?

Because I did all the gusset decreases by doing the k2tog AFTER the marker, and then also doing the K1, SSK AFTER the marker on the other side and then continued onto the foot when I noticed that my gusset decreases looked totally different on one side than on the other. The SSK side appeared to look more correct, gusset-wise, but on the k2tog side the gusset was super wide? I don't know which gusset was more correct, but either way they weren't even close to matching so I had to rip it out...

The yarn, she speaks!

The green and purple merino from this post has finally spoken. It's turning into a very simple half-circle shawl, top-down, with 5 sections. It came to me a couple of days ago, I cast on tonight, and it's looking great so far.

This is some of the first yarn I ever bought just because I had to have it, with no idea what I'd do with it or when. I've seen people write about letting the yarn speak to you, so I tried to be patient, secretly wondering if I'd just pile up yarn that never spoke. Thankfully, now I know that eventually it does. :)