October 16th, 2006

Inside out knitting in the round?


I have a question for the group. I've mostly knit scarves, hats, and a few gift bags. All of those were on straight needles. I've knit in the round three times, one pair of baby booties, a booga bag and now I'm 1/4 done with the childs sweater from' Last Minute Knitted Gifts'.

My question is when you knit in the round are you supposed to be knitting inside out? This sweater, and the Booga bag before it (both on circs) have the right side facing in towards the middle of the circs. Is this normal? I would have thought that the outside of the seater (the side that people see when it is worn) would be on the outside of the circs.

Can someone let me know if this is OK that the sweater is being knit like this? The booga bag was just a bag so I only had to turn it inside out to get the right side to face outwards. But as the sweater is more complicated I'm worried that I'm screwing it up.

If it turns out that the way mine is is wrong, can anyone provide a suggestion as to why this happens to me with circs? And can I just keep going with this sweater and turn it inside out at the end?

I hope my question makes sense. Thanks for any answers.

Holy Fetching Batman

Happily I completed my first Fetching from this past summer's Knitty but with poor results of the thumb. Insert quite the sad face here because everything else was perfect. So I'm wondering if I could basically insert another type of thumb gusset?

I know a lot of the ones I've seen involve M1 for a few rows and then putting stitches on a holder, binding off some stitches, and then reworking the thumb by knitting the ones on the holder and picking up from the cast off edge. However, M1 for the several rows is perhaps too much.

Might it be better to form a buttonhole and to pick up stitches from that and knitting around? I don't think the way the thumb is done by the pattern is bad per se but I do know for me specifically some techniques just don't work.

I'm making these for a co worker who just tried them on and they look beautiful- amazing really- except for the thumb. The great thing is, I don't mind doing this pattern again and buying more yarn. I think I might be addicted to Cashmerino Aran...
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FO - Odessa hat

Pattern: Odessa from MagKnits

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, 1 ball, color # 6 (wine)

Needles: US#4 Addi Turbo circ on ribbing, US#6 Denise circ on body (40″ cord, magic looped it to avoid DPNs on the decreases)

Beads: Size 6 purpley-gray beads from Beadworks in Boston.

Thoughts: This took me about 2 weeks to make, but that is because I am a slow knitter. It could probably be knit in 2 evenings by anyone else. This was my first time knitting with beads and it was easier and more fun than I thought it would be! This is a nice, easy pattern to follow. The pattern calls for Rowan Cashsoft, but the store I went to didn’t have any in the color I wanted. The Debbie Bliss Cashmerino has an identical gauge and nearly identical fiber content, so I got that instead. It was my first time working with Cashmerino and I can see why everyone loves it. It’s gorgeous to knit with! So soft! But I can also see why people don’t like how it holds up…I’ve only worn it once and it’s already pretty fuzzy. As much as I’d love to knit a whole sweater from this stuff, I don’t think I would. I think it would end up pretty ratty after only a few wearings. I’m not sure if Cashsoft has the same problem or not.

Also, as I mentioned above, I used a 40″ Denise circ so I could magic loop it and not have to switch to DPNs for the decreasing…That is the LAST time I am doing this with the Denise circs. The cords are just WAY too thick for magic loop...it really slowed me down and was extremely aggravating. I ended up with terrible laddering on each side of the joins, a problem I never have with Addis. I think I am going to invest in the KnitPicks interchangeables for this reason.

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Holiday IK overlap

Anyone else a little let down by the Holiday Gifts issue of IK? I liked some of the patterns, but I can't help but feel a little put out at the recycling. The crochet slippers and floral felted bag jumped out at me immediately; I knew I'd seen those in the Fall/Winter 2005 Knitscene and Fall 2004 IK, respectively. Backyard Leaves came from Scarf Style.

I mean... they're generally nice patterns, but I picked up [you know, with my hands, because buying something I didn't like would be inherently silly, hrm?] the issue to look for newer projects, not stuff that I'd already taken a pass on for one reason or another.

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I'm getting ready to teach a friend to knit and figured it be nice to pick up some yarn to start her out with. Some of the stuff I work with is a little hard for the beginner as it splits pretty easily, and I wasn't the biggest fan of the stuff I learned to knit with, so I thought I'd ask here:

What do y'all think is the easiest yarn to work with for a beginner?
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Knitting - Cyberman All Your Knit

KnitPicks Options

I've finally come to the conclusion that there is just no way I can afford to keep buying bamboo needles. The little buggers add up. So, I've started considering other options, one of which is the Options set by Knit Picks.

Anyone have any experience with these? There are a few initial (very positive) reviews from when they first came out, but nothing mentioned about them recently. I was wondering if anyone's opinion had changed in the intrim? Also, how difficult is it to go from knitting on bamboo to aluminum? Is there anything I should expect?

FO: earflap helmet hat

my hubby lost the last hat i made him, but he never liked how thick that one was, anyway (the fabric was doubled up where the colorwork was). so i bought some merino style (just a bit thinner than worsted) and made him an earflap hat. it will be perfect for his winter climbing adventures as it's thin enough to fit under a climbing helmet. i got the pattern from and online generator. for the most part, the pattern generated turned out great. i'll probably make him another one & incorporate some colorwork into it.

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yarn used: knitpicks merino style in moss
needle size: size 5's (though i think i accidentally switched needles at some point, either starting with a 4 and ending with a 5).
pattern: this one found online using a pattern generator

Can people be allergic to silk?

I know this really nice lady who is a close friend of my family. She’s really someone special and I would love to knit something special for her, especially since she used to be able to knit before her arthritis got too bad. I would like to make her a lace scarf; I’ve been leaning towards the Dayflower pattern. The only problem is that she’s allergic to wool. I know she can wear cotton but I’m pretty sure that cotton doesn’t have enough memory for lace. So I was thinking about using silk, specifically Debbie Bliss Pure Silk. Before I start dive into this project I wanted to check to see if people can be allergic to silk. I would really like this scarf to be a surprise so I don’t want to ask her.
And while I’m asking questions, has anyone used DB Pure Silk for lace and liked the end result?

Scarflette width or do I have a short neck?

I recently made a scarlette/neckwarmer (those collars that wrap around your neck and button) but it seems too wide. I made it 5 inches wide because that was the width I had seen on the ones listed on etsy but it was too wide for me. Do I just have a short neck? What width do people make their neckwarmers? I want to make some for other people but can't measure them so I am looking to you for help.


Yarn questions

I'm planning a cabled wool hat for a four-year old.

1. Would a dk or sport yarn be appropriate for this? I want it warm for a New York winter, and I knit loosely. Will that be warm enough, if I knit on US 4 needles, or should I get a bulkier yarn? I've knit worsted on US5 needles and it came out drafty, but that was a very first project. I can swatch with some DK I happen to have, but a swatch won't tell me warmth, so personal experience will help. It's my only knitted gift project, so I can take my time with it.

2. Since I definitely want a cable (I'm looking at xoxo cables at the moment), would it be better to get whatever wool I pick in a solid color? Child's favorite color is pretty much universally available, so that's not a problem. I'd *like* variegated, but not at the price of too-busy hat.

3. Any one have any yarn recommendations? I'd like good stitch definition, warmth and something that would hold up to an active child. I'm open to anything under $20/skein. Also, superwash would be a plus, not a necessity. I've googled around and found a lot of possibilities, ranging from Lorna's Laces to Knitpick's Telemark, so I'd like some personal experiences to narrow things down.
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Circular Set

Since I am determined (or stubborn) to master circular's now I realized I really needed a set of 16 inch (or even 11 inch). I've found that while I like the knitting options circular's I prefer holding bamboo needles. I've got DPN's down, but for some reason circular's are stumping me...

I stumbled across this: 16 inch bamboo circular sale today

Not sure if anyone else needs them but I thought I would pass it on.

FO and a WIP

Finished Object:
Jaywalker, by the lovely and talented Grumperina
Yarn: Lisa Souza sock yarn in "Mardi Gras"
Needles: #2 Brittany Birch DPN's
For: Mom's Birthday on December 23rd
Pattern and Notes:
I LOVE THIS PATTERN! I literally have to FORCE myself to knit other socks. Actually, that hasn't even worked yet...as I am casting on tonight for yet ANOTHER pair of Jaywalkers. I have to say that this is my favorite color combo thusfar. These warm colors scream "FALL!" to me and they make me want to wrap up next to a fire, drink some spiced cider and read a good book. There is magenta, chocolate brown, purply-blues and bright oranges with the occasional sky blue thrown in for contrast. The colors are literally "yummy." And yes, before you ask, my legs really are that white. Embarassing, I know....but they aren't that fat. So there.
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Work in Progress:
Liesel, by Mary Jo Gumayagay (link opens a PDF)
Yarn: Knit Picks, Wool of the Andes
Needles: #6 Addi Turbo
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Cross posted to my knitting blog.
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Clapotis yarn requirements

Hi there,

Right, I'm finally giving in to the clapotis craze, so at the big Knitting and Stitching Show here in London yesterday I treated myself to the Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb silken goodness that's recommended for the pattern. I didn't have the pattern with me, but the woman selling the yarn said 2 would be enough to make the quite large one on display. Then I see today that the pattern requires 4!

Thing is...the skeins look like they'd go a pretty long way. Anyone out there know if the pattern really requires 4 skeins of L&L?

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Men's Gift Ideas

I hate to enforce gender roles, but I want to give good X-mas gifts. I'm looking for quick men's gifts to knit. Last year I did scarves, hats and mittens. I'm thinking about socks or slippers, but I'm looking for something a bit quicker. I'm also considering giving funny novelty stuffed animals, but I would like to give the "adults" on my list something morw useful. Any ideas?
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Hallowe'en Fun!

I just whipped up a little stuffed pumpkin with some leftover orange wool and a bit of green. I'm thinking it'll be a little gift for a friend's baby at their Hallowe'en party, and I'm hoping to have time to make a larger version as well - I have the yarn, might as well use it!

Pattern: Curly Purly's Pumpkin
Yarn: Cascade 220 in orange, Plymouth Galway Highland Heather in a moss/light green.
Needles: Sz 5 DPNs, Brittany Birch
Time: approx one hour
Modifications: cast on 28 stitches - *k3, kf&b* for one row then start the *k4, p1* pattern. The last row I worked *k3, k2tog*. I also knit the stem directly on to the pumpkin rather than working the i-cord separately and sewing it on. I did 5-stitch i-cord.
On my second one (not pictured), I cast on 21 stitches, worked *k1, kf&b, k1* for one row then *k3, kf&b* before starting the k4,p1 pattern for a total of 23 rows. Then I did *k3, p2tog* for a row and then *K1, k2tog, p1* for a row before pulling the yarn through.
Comments: Incredibly easy, versatile pattern! Would make adorable table decorations and could be hung up for decoration, too. I'm still trying to decide if it needs a face or not. There's more info on my blog - I'm always looking for more readers!

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