September 20th, 2006


Patons SWS

I love seeing everyone's WIPs and FOs - I've added a ton of projects on my to-do list by reading through this community!

I've been wanting to make one of the Patons SWS drop stitch scarves that have been popular on here recently, but when I felt the yarn at the store I was a little disappointed. It's too scratchy for my neck, unfortunately. Has anyone found that SWS softens after washing? Or, does anyone know of a yarn that has a similar look but a softer feel? Thanks!

Hugs and Kisses Aran Stocking Complete

Last evening I completed the Christmas stocking I have been knitting for my husband in Berroco's Ultra Alpaca Winter White and Cardinal. I am very happy with the results, and would like to share with anyone here who is interested.

Today's blog shows photos and gives details of the completed piece, plus within that blog I link to a previous blog in which I share detail photos and some tips on working particular piece. It is a yummy and scrumptious pattern featuring stitches such as OXOX cables, twisted ribs, and a beautiful pattern stitch called "lattice spindles".

I am more than willing to share tips on this or similar projects with anyone needing help.

Best wishes,

[Note: Being new to this community, I see that I have caused a bit of a stir by not posting more here, and referring people to my blog which is elsewhere. I appreciate very much the trouble some in the community have gone to in order to point out my error to me and to give suggestions on how to avoid such an offense in the future. Thank you, each of you. I will take your advice to heart. My sincere apologies.]

Knit It

I just picked up the Fall 2006 Knit It magazine at the grocery store the other day. There's a bunch of baby stuff in there that is TOOOO CUTE. Especially the baby booties (on page 109). I was looking over the pattern this morning on the bus on my way into work and noticed that halfway through the pattern it says to switch to larger needles, but it only lists one in the items needed. I want to make these! : ( Anyone happen to make these and know of which size needles I should be using?

In other news, I'm working on a basketweave blanket for my boss and his wife (expecting child #3 in december) and it is taking FOREVER, but it's so cute. Pictures to come.. hopefully soon! I'm about halfway done with it.

Have a great day!
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First Human X-Ray

FO: Father and Son Socks Interweave Knits Fall '06

Pattern: Father and Son Socks by Mona Schmidt, Interweave Knits Magazine Fall '06 (mens size)
Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull, 2 balls with none to spare in charcoal grey
Needles: US 2's (dpn's)
Gauge: 16 sts x 22 rounds = 2" stocking st in the round
Notes: A fun pattern, written for 3 sizes (5 1/2T, 2K, and 9 1/2 mens). It calls for Reynolds Whiskey yarn but I had some Baby Ull around and that worked out great for these socks. I'd still like to try out Whiskey at some point. The mens size was for shoe size 9 1/2, but the recipient of the socks wears an 8 1/2 so I did away with one pattern repeat before the toe. I am very pleased with these socks, they are soft and comfortable and look just dressy enough for a distinguished guy.

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souls heart

Pattern mod help for a n00b?

Everyone gave me fantastic suggestions for projects with cotton, and so now here I come again with another question, so bear with me.

I really like the look of the Liesel scarf, and hear that it's a good project for a first attempt at lace. However, the scarf has two repeats of the leaf panel in the center, and I'd like to make it narrower... Just one row of leaves.

The pattern reads:

Note: [...] 2 times indicates that you must knit
the sequence within the brackets twice.

Row 1 (RS): k2 edge sts, [k1, yo, k1, ssk, p1,
k2tog, k1, yo, p1, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo] 2
times, k1, k2 edge sts.

So, if I wanted to make it a single panel width, I just knit the bracketed part once, with no additional changes, right? Do I keep the k1 before the final two edge stitches?

Thanks in advance!
silly avatar

Is Interweave Just Slow?

So I'm an Interweave Knits subscriber. I moved to a new home at the beginning of July, though, and in the shuffle I never got my fall issue. So I called them up. I figured something weird probably happened with the mail forwarding, but I called Interweave and said, "Hey, here's my new address, and by the way, I never got fall 06." I made that call maybe a month ago. And they happy changed my address and told me that they were having a new copy of the fall issue sent to my new address just in case the one that should have been coming via mail forwarding never reached me. I thought that was great.

Except... I still have no magazine. No forwarded mag... no new mag... How long do I keep waiting? Should I call them back? I don't want to pester them if it really just takes that long to get me a new copy (I know their startup time for a subscription can be pretty long). But if I'm sitting here waiting for something that's apparently not coming, I'd like to know so that I can do something about it. I mean, these are nice socks! I'm tired of waiting for the fall goodies!

Thoughts? Thanks!

Decreasing Question

I'm currently working on the Gatsby Girl Pullover from the fall interweave. I've not had any problems thus far, but I do have a question. The back (and front) is worked in 1x1 rib, with 4 cables spread evenly across. The next part of the pattern says: "On next row, adjust stitch count as follows: (for my size) dec. 1 stitch." My question is...where should I do the decrease? Should I do it at the edge? In the middle? I want it to be the most visually appealing, so my thought is along the edge, I just want to make sure it won't affect the shaping at all if I don't do it in the middle.

Dress Question

Hi. I am trying to make this fun lacy dress from Miu Miu. I have gotten suggestions to knit or crochet it, but I really do not know what kind of stitch to use! Does anyone have any insights on this?

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The Crow

Problems deciphering pattern.

I'm having trouble deciphering a knitting pattern, and would really appreciate it if someone could help me with where I'm going wrong. (This is only the second thing I've knit that hasn't been square, so I'm assuming it's me rather than the pattern...)

I'm knitting Pattern 703 from here - I've done the checking the gauge and practising the chart pattern with scrap yarn to make sure I can get it to look even, but I'm flummoxed with the actual method description. It says to cast on 75 stitches (87 for larger size), purl a WS row, then "cont in basic patt = edge st, motif of 12 sts 6(7) times, end with the last st of chart, edge st". I freely admit I'm crap at maths, but I really can't figure this out. Surely 1 edge stitch plus 6 lots of 12 plus another edge stitch is 74. I thought they might mean to put an edge stich after every repeat of the motif, but there aren't enough for that. I've tried knitting it either way to see what happens, but either way I always end up with either spare stitches or not enough.

I'd be very grateful if someone could explain quite where I'm screwing up. Thanks very much.

EDIT - Sorted already. Many thanks to emmacrew for speedy explanation. :)
[Brit&Justin] let you down

knucks problems!

i'm working on my first (of 2) pair of knucks. these are the pair for my dear boyfriend. now i've knit up all of the fingers, and i'm about 1/4 way through the joining round (1/2 through the first needle). now, i'm using bamboo DPN's and i'm just TERRIFIED i'm going to break one. maybe i'm just not understanding correctly, but on the joining round, you're using a total of 3 DPN's, right? 1 needle for half the finger stitches, then another needle for the other half, then one working needle? because i'm smack in the middle and i can't finagle it. is there a trick to this that i'm missing, or should i just take a deep breath and hope it works out?