I'm sure it is apparent now that I'm not a monogamous knitter. It seems that I've finished a whole slew of projects and am now casting on for the next bunch. So one more question for you fabulous-fiber-freaks: I'm starting the Highland Triangle Shawl in Folk Shawls and am substituting yarn. While I am aware of the fact that gauge doesn't entirely matter I am confusing myself to exactly what it will do if it is off. Now for details: the gauge specified in the pattern is 14 sts and 26 rows= 4" in garter stitch. In my yarn I am getting (after blocking) 20 sts and 26 rows = 4". This will make a slightly smaller shawl, correct? Or am I backwards? Also, when substituting yarn for something like a shawl, do I keep the yardage amount the same if I am going to follow the pattern exact. If not, how do I estimate the amount. I've read a few contratidictory blurbs on the latter question and just want to make sure. Thanks again everyone!
Edit I wanted to add a bit about the yarns involved. The pattern calls for Woolpak N.Z. 8 ply with 1050 yards worth. 100% wool. It is labeled as a double knit yarn receiving 20 stitches x 29 rows on #5 needles.
The yarn that I would like to substitute is Karabella's Boise 50% cashmere, 50% superfine merino wool. It is labeled as receiving 22 sts x 24 r on #5 needles.
Hiya I found this community the other day and i've only recently gotten intoknitting and I want to go further. Has anyone here got any real good books that they can recommend to be? I want one that describes everything in detail and/or one(or more) hat have really cool patterns in them. I want to make cool things! Thanks :)
I'm sewing together the pieces of Norberta, and the spike part is waaaaaaaaay longer than the back piece it's supposed to be sewn to.
Has anyone else encountered this, and could possibly suggest a solution? I used Simply Soft with one strand worked instead of two strands of Crayon, on size 7 needles.
So I'm desperately trying to finish the giant knitted squid that's been so popular-- I have to have it done by Christmas and I still have a lot to do.
I'm working on the body and am a little bit confused. On basically every other row the pattern has some variation of this:
Knit to first marker, K17, knit in stitch below stitch just knitted, K1, knit in stitch below next stitch. Knit to next marker. K17, knit in stitch below stitch just knitted, K1, knit in stitch below next stitch, knit across.
The bolded part is what's confusing me. Does this make a decrease? Or an increase? What does it do, and why is it there? And what exactly is it saying to do? I've been doing what I think its saying, and it doesn't seem to be doing much, and if it's just to add texture I'm going to skip it and just knit the rounds so that I can finish this thing before Monday morning, but if it's supposed to change the stitch count I don't want to have to frog--
Anyone who's knitted this have any suggestions? Maybe the wording is just what's confusing me, but I'd love some advice!
Thanks again for any help!
EDITED: Thanks everyone! I figured it out-- just one of those knitting moments when you make something ten thousand times more complicated then it actually is. FO pictures to follow--hopefully by the 25th!
Thanks to everyone for the advice on the suede yarn. I gave up on using it for now and have since made a few scarves have a hat in progress.
I'm knitting my mom a scarf in a bulky yarn that is 80% acrylic and 20% wool. I chose this because I chose a cream color, and I want it to be easy care in case of dirt or stains. It doesn't really get that cold here anyway, and wool might be too much for our weather.
Anyway, I've knit a good chunk of it, but I've decided that it's too narrow. I really don't want to start again since I'm running out of time, but I was wondering if I did try to get it wet and then pin it stretched out a bit to dry, if it would actually dry stretched and stay that way. Again, the yarn is only 20% wool. I don't need to stretch it a ton, just a bit to make it slightly less skinny.
I am absolutely in love with knitting with Babylash/eyelash. I'm almost done my scarf--my first project. You can't see any mistakes or anything. I tried knitting a scarf in garter stitch with Bernat's Softee Chunky and I can barely get past 5 rows, also I don't like how thick it comes out. Can anyone recommend something easy to knit with softee chunky yarn, and the stitch to go with it? I have black and white.
And I'm super excited because I found out Dollarama sells yarn/wool/various textures of yarn. Its 50g each and a dollar a piece. It's probably not the best quality but I'm new to knitting so that's ok.
I left my copy of SNB at work! Ack! I want to knit hot head but in one solid color in the largest size. I can't remember how many stitches I cast on. I have the decreases written down (long story), but I want to say 64 stitches? Can anyone verify this?