November 8th, 2006

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Mini Rogue?

Has anyone attempted to convert's Rogue pattern into a child's size? Making the little hoodie itself is no problem, but my concern is how to properly reduce the cabling so it doesn't swallow the sides, sleeves, and hood whole.

I owe my co-worker's toddler a birthday gift, and a Mini Rogue would be perfect (and fast, and seasonally appropriate).

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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Good morning!

I have a quick question that I'm hoping you will all be able to help me with!

I'm making a simple roll brim baby hat on straight needles. I'm basically following the pattern for this hat (without the leaf and stem) until I get to the decreases, then I do *knit 5, k2tog* across and then purl the next row, *knit 4, k2tog* across... etc. After decreasing as much as I can I just seam down the back. I don't mind the stockinette seaming (I actually think it's kinda cool!), but when I get to the roll brim part I have to reverse the seaming and do it on the other side (seaming garter stitch). THIS is where I get frustrated.

Now it's only about an inch of seaming, but it's DRIVING ME NUTS. Everytime I do it, it's way too thick and I want it to lay a little flatter. Any tips or tricks?!?!

And no I do not like working with circ needles. The thought gives me a headache!

Thanks so much!!!!!
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FO: Striped Sweater

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If you click on the image behind the cut, it'll take you to my Flickr page. I'm mainly rehashing what I said in the description there.

I made this for one of my good friends. I suppose it's an early birthday present, though I vaguely recall actually volunteering to make her a sweater. I think I was a little drunk at the time of the offer, haha.

Pattern: Vogue Knitting Fall 2006 Striped Sweater (Pattern #36)
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Grey Mix and Black
Needles: Takumi Clover US6

I modified the neck from a horrible high boatneck to a lower v-neck, and added the ribbing around the neck. I also did ribbing on the cuffs and hem, but I blocked it out so it didn't scrunch up too much on the wearer.

Two things I'm less than pleased with is there's a little gap near the front of the neckline that got stretched out when I went to pick up the stitches around there. And secondly, the sleeve caps are bizarre, and they didn't line up perfectly with the stripes on the body. The armholes were also gigantic, which I was unaware of until I sewed it together. When I was making it, I was actually afraid they'd be too small. Ha, shows what I know. Yeah, I wrote a few more details on that on my Flickr...

Overall though, I'm satisfied with it.

I made the third size, which had a bust measurement of 40". But it called for size 7 needles, and I used 6, because I wanted something in the middle of the 36" and the 40". I have no idea if that actually worked, but it fits my friend, so that's all that really matters, I guess.
light, buddha

hat finish, i-cord wonky-ness and hat top technique...

I always have finished the tops of my hats as follows...

I cast on say 70 stitches (for example)... then knit or use whatever stitch until it reaches the desired height... then at the beg. of the next row, I knit 2 tog...knit 5, knit 2 tog....knit 5 and so on... then I knit the next row... for the next row, I knit 2 tog. and knit 4 and on and on... until I'm left with a few stitches etc.

Now, to me, this doesn't look as polished as I'd like... I guess I'm looking for a smoother finish? I tried to slip st, knit, psso in place of the knit 2 togs but for some reason it came out all wonky and not uniform like I had anticipated...

I *really* wanted to show you a picture of the top of a hat I just finished, but for the love of God, I can't find the cord that I attach to my camera... but I'm sure you know what I mean...


Also, for some reason, my "I" cords look wonky... does anyone have problems with their I cord looking loose on the ends even though they're pulling the yarn tightly? kwim?

And finally...

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knit wit coral bikini

Has anyone knit the coral bikini from the knit wit book?
I am thinking of it as a gift for somone but I honestly can't tell if it is cute from the pictures in the book.
When I knit bamf it did not turn out looking quite as I imagined.
Feedback from anyone who has tried this pattern would be awesome.
Also, how long did it take you if you did knit it?
I have to figure that into my pattern choice as I am on a deadline. All very last minute!
Thanks a bunch!

AntiCraft book news

We just wanted to let all of you know that the deadline for submissions to the AntiCraft book have been extended to November 15th, so there is still plenty of time to get your projects in.

To submit, please send sketches and swatches or photos of projects. You do not have to be finished with the project at this time, we just need to have an idea of where you are going with it.

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Destash and a question

I'll start with the destash. I'm trying to clear out some of the stuff I haven't, or cannot use. Please take a look at my lj and let me know if you are interested. I will be updating it over the course of the next few days. All items should be payed by paypal, unless you contact me personally. 

I'm trying to hold to the rules by it not just being a sale announcement. 
OH! I remember what I wanted to pick brains about. 
I have been attempting the victorian lace shawl from Elann, but I am having trouble remembering what row I'm on. I have never done a big lace project and am just learning to do charts. I'm getting kind of tired of trying to figure out what I did last, how do you keep track of what row you are on?
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