November 27th, 2006


My first posted FO- Rogue

Ok, this is it. My first and best sweater. I used Peace Fleece and have no complaints. It took many months (I started in July) but lots of other stuff happened too, so I am not disappointed with the time it took to knit. I feel like I learned alot and I am excited to start my next project! Hopefully I got faster too. :)

Link to the photo!

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I'm a pretty new knitter and am going to try to make a hat....I have the FIberTrends pattern AC-1 for the felted hat with brim variations (

1. has anyone here used this pattern? any tips? it seems pretty straight forward just in my initial read through...
2. yarn suggestions? 

this hat is going to a friend who is going to be going through chemo so I want it as pretty and girly as possible, minimum fuzz and maximum soft and warm (chemo in Jan will SUCK)

right now, I'm thinking the cascade 220 quatro stuff in a soft heathery blue or green or maybe even the pink one but that's a pretty light weight yarn, and may not be big enough for the pattern?

input appreciated :). I want this to turn out really nice :)
sheep brown

Chart symbol question

Hey, all. I am working on my first chart using the font available from Knitter's Magazine, and I am trying to figure out whether there is a standard symbol for knitting into the back of the stitch (KB1).

I know that symbols vary considerably from source to source, and I'll have a Key on my chart, but if there's a typical symbol I'd like to use it (and if not, I need to try to avoid using any that _are_ somewhat standard in a non-standard way!). :)

Thanks in advance for any help.

Knitting the classics?

We talked about this last week -- has anyone actually started this group? If not, I'll give it a go -- and I'll track down those of you who offered to moderate to help... Probably won't start reading the first novel til after Christmas, though -- it'll take me that long to choose one, and I've got tons of other stuff to get done (not to mention 3 kids hyped up on the holidays to chase around...)
Much ado about Emma.

Urban Trekker

I finished it AND mailed it. I even took a picture of it before I put it in the box. Go me:)

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Well, it's a bit large, but I am hoping that her head is bigger than mine. The yarn sheds 3" white fibers, which kinda sucks if you happen to be wearing a black polar fleece pullover. I think/hope/pray that these issues will be solved with a good washing.

As per her specs, it sure is warm...and kinda funky looking...and in a color she likes.
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Lithuanian patterns?

I got my aunt a magazine subscription to Lithuanian Heritage Magazine for Christmas. The subscription doesn't start until January, so I wanted her to have something under the tree to open. I was thinking of making a pair of Lithuanian mittens or even something as simple as a bookmark or a doily. I've googled and yahoo'd and searched ebay and I'm coming up empty. Do any of you have a favorite source for Lithuanian patterns / knitted items?
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House Slippers

I finished a pair of slippers for myself! *Yeah!*

My DH took a look at them and asked for a pair. . .

Any suggestions for a pattern for men's house shoes/slippers. As it is I had to modify the ones I did for myself, because my feet are large.

Just in need of a clarification.

When a sock pattern says this:

Cast 60 stitches onto a single needle. Distribute stitches evenly across 3 needles. Join, being careful not to twist.

What is the best way to join? Would knitting a round be okay or is there something special that should be done?

Thank you for any advice.

FO - Wine Cozy!

This is a gift for my aunt and uncle for christmas. I usually get them something small and I figured just a plain bottle of wine, while yummy, is boring. So! I had my eye on this the wine cozy from Knitty (, but I was hesitant to try it since I heard a lot of things about the pattern coming out too small. Of course that hesitation didn't last too long : ) I read a post that someone knitted this up with size 6 needles, but I only had 7's... so I tried it. It worked!!!

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Red (some extra I had in my stash)
Needles: Size 7 straights (they call for size 4)

By the way.. in the picture, the bottle is a little on the tall side. This is because I didn't have any smaller wine bottles in the house, so I had to use a bottle of Limoncello (YUM!)

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Now a question for you all! I read somewhere that this pattern can be adapted into working in the round. Has anyone done this? The seaming on the bottom and the top of this aren't perfect and it bothers me...... a LOT. : )

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pattern frustration!

OK guys, I'm about to pull my hair out here.

I'm trying to knit a scarf using the "roman arches" stitch pattern in the Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns (p. 190 in the paperback edition). All goes well until the 4th row, when all of a sudden I have the wrong number of stitches. I've frogged and started over about five times now and it keeps turning out the same.

Question 1: The pattern says, "Work with a multiple of 10 stitches, plus 1." So 31 stitches would be a correct number to use...right?

Question 2: If I'm not a moron and the pattern CAN be worked on 31 sts, does anyone know of any published corrections to this book? The edition I have was published in 2005. Has anyone encountered a similar problem with this pattern? ...Bueller? I'm sorry I don't have more specifics on how many sts I have on my needle at each step, I got mad and ripped it out without counting the last time and, frankly, don't want to try it again right now.

I just want to make my scarf! :(

EDIT: Wow, thanks for all the responses! I won't be able to try out any of your suggestions until after work tonight, but I'll definitely let you all know what happens.

Here are the first 4 rows in question...

row 1: K1 *yo, slip 1, k1, psso, k5, k2tog, yo, k1* repeat to end
row 2: p2 *yo, p2tog, p3, p2togtbl, yo, p3* end with p2
row 3: p3 *yo, slip 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k5* end last repeat with k3
row 4: p4 *yo, slip 1, p2tog, psso, yo, p7* end with k4

There are 2 more rows after that...but I know that's a no-no to post a published pattern in its entirety.
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