November 19th, 2006


Neanderthal Head

I'm going to be making this FairIsle hat. (My first FairIsle venture! Huzzah!)
However, I'm nervous of the pattern as it says that it can fit a female head from age 8 to adult. I have a hard time believing this though as I have a super huge Neanderthal head, so without question, I'm going to add more stitches just in case. If anything, it will be a little bit big, and that's not a problem for me (it will be a welcome change as a matter of fact).

Anyway! Since this is my first FairIsle endeavor, I'm not quite sure how increasing the number of stitches is going to effect the FairIsle. Should I add stitches of increments of 10 or 12? This is what makes sense in my mind at least. (I appologize if this is a really dumb question too, heh...)

Any added/needed advice for a FairIsle newbie?
kirsty maccoll

Irish Hiking Scarf - Yarn Suggestions

ETA: Thank you for your yarn suggestions; I've ordered Cashsoft DK as it has the shade I want and fits all my criteria.

Hi all. My friend has a birthday coming up and I'd really like to make her an Irish Hiking Scarf, after seeing some lovely FOs here. I'm completely stumped on what yarn to use, though, and I'm wondering if anybody had any recommendations? The pattern says worsted weight, but I'm not seeing any of that on the (British) websites I'm looking at - is it the same as "Aran" in the UK? Said friend has quite sensitive skin so something soft and un-scratchy is a must. I would also prefer natural fibres that can be blocked. Price isn't toooo much of an issue because it's a gift and I want it to be special, but I couldn't afford something outrageously expensive. I'm in the UK, so it would need to be available over here. Any ideas?

Oh, one more question: this may be my imagination, but I'm sure I remember somebody posting about how to stop the ends of the hiking scarf flaring out. Darned if I can find the post though. If anybody knows where it is, could they possibly point me in its direction?

Thanks in advance. :)
bee me - default

seaming in ribbing - selvedge?

This feels like something super-easy, but it's just going right over my head. Maybe I'm over-thinking it or something. Here's the situation:

I just started working on the Hot Head had from Stich 'n Bitch - a bulky ribbed hat worked flat and then seamed up. I've never made a hat flat before and the only reason I'm doing so now is that I don't have short (or long) enough circs OR DPNs in the right size. So the hat is worked flat in K2P2 rib where every row starts K2 and ends P2. I've read through the pattern and at the end it says to sew the seam using mattress stitch. My question: is it possible to work the mattress stitch where one side is knit & the other is purl? Would it be wiser for me to add an extra knit stitch on each end for selvedge? Or should I just add one knit stitch after the last purl? I want the seam to be invisible and the ribs to match up perfectly on the right side. I haven't seamed anything in a while so I don't really trust my judgement because I can't remember the exact way that stitches get used up during seaming.

Yeah, I really feel like I'm over-thinking this, but it's a Christmas present and I want it to be perfect.

Linen love

Gidday knitters :)

No questions here (well, one tiny one), just sharing my UFO. When it mutates into a FO I will share it again, if it works :)

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I'm hoping to finish this in a couple of weeks so hopefully you'll see it then
cat spy

Knit monsters

Isn't there a book on knitting monsters and other creepy toys? I thought I saw it in the bookstore months ago, but I'm having trouble finding it on

If anyone could point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.
Happy kitty

Distributing stitches for foot after short-row heel on 2 circs?

I'm knitting the mini Christmas stocking ornaments from Last Minute Knitted GIfts, but I'm knitting them on 2 circs instead of DPNs. The pattern specifies a short-row heel, which I had never worked before, but I followed the instructions and I guess it worked since it does look like a heel. But after you complete the heel, the instructions for the foot read:

"Redistribute the 10 sts on the heel needle onto 2 needles with 5 sts each, then transfer the remaining 10 sts to one needle for the instep. Join A (the first yarn color - the heel is worked in a different color from the leg and foot) at the back of the heel, between the 2 needles with 5 sts each, and place marker for new beginning of round. Knit 9 rnds."

So, I am not really getting how I should distribute the heel stitches in this situation. I have the 10 instep stitches on 1 circ and the 10 heel stitches on the other. But I need to re-join the yarn in between each half of the heel stitches and I can't envision how to do that. 

Normally after knitting a heel on 2 circs, I would pick up the stitches for the gusset, but I guess you don't do that on short-row heels?? I looked in my copy of "Socks Soar on 2 circular needles" to see if there were any short-row heel patterns in there that showed how to do it, but all of them use a heel-flap except one, but it's toe-up so that doesn't help me with the distribution part. 

Can anyone explain to me how to do it, or point me to a pattern that is top down, short-row heel, on 2 circs that explains how I'm supposed to proceed? I tried googling for such a pattern but couldn't find exactly what I needed. Any help is appreciated!

Christmas Stockings FO and review

PatternThe Chubby Sock from Christmas Stockings
DesignerLynn Gates
Needles16" size 5 plastic circular and bamboo dpns
YarnPlymouth Encore in White, Dark Green, and Dark Red
Pattern ModificationsThe pattern called for two shades of green (medium and dark), but I hadn't noticed from the picture since they're so close in shade, and I just bought one color of green, so I just used it for both shades. After finishing the first one in the recommended colors, I swapped out the green and red with each other to get a coordinating stocking.
New-to-Me TechniquesCorrugated Ribbing. I've never tried it before, and though I find it a tiny bit awkward, I love the look of it! I think I'll use it more in the future for sure. I also got to see how to compensate for purling in the round as a combination knitter. I usually don't do that, so it took a bit to get used to purling through the back loop to compensate.
Thoughts on the Book as a wholeThe book took almost 2 months to arrive from Amazon. It was OK for me since I had ordered with time to spare, but might not work since it's nearly Thanksgiving already. However, if you can get ahold of it, there are a lot of really cute stockings. I plan to make several others. The book includes patterns for many different skill levels. There are Austrian traveling stitches (can anyone explain why they recommend only very tightly spun yarn?), a traditional-style Argyle stocking, Fair Isle, Aran cables, Scandinavian stranded, and many others. There's also an adorable stocking for a dog or a dog-lover with intarsia paw prints and bones. I can see myself using this book to try out new techniques on something I only need make one of. Construction is almost exclusively heel-flap and gusset, top-down style.

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