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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / AG doll sweater on: September 07, 2012 01:43:00 PM
so i'm getting much better at knitting ...but just realized that it's waaay easier to size a doll rather than a human. made an AG sweater for my niece's beloved Samantha and it turned out the best of any project i've done so far. i even learned how to do a picot bind off on the cuffs and waistband and now want to try it on a real sweater. Grin i can find the pattern if anyone's interested. it was one-piece (not in the round) then sewn up. if i can do it, it's easy
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / changing a pttern for larger needles -i made a swatch! on: July 23, 2012 05:05:12 PM
i'd like to use size 10.5 needles for a pattern I've made before that calls for size 8.
the pattern gauge is 18 stitches per 4". my swatch is 15 stitches per 4 "
how can i alter the pattern instructions (cast on number etc) for my larger stitches? I thought i could use a ratio (if say pattern is "cast on 93') :  15/18  = 93/x  Would that work? does anyone know any better??
thanks a lot  Cheesy
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knit elephant toy on: June 26, 2012 09:15:43 AM
my daughter's school mascot is an elephant (Tufts Jumbos!) -- and i've been wanting to attempt a knitted toy.... so it turned out OK. the good thing is i put some rice in the body so he sits up nicely, the bad thing is i didn't follow the pattern for the arms and legs.. it was too hard for me and i didn't feel like doing the color/yarn changes. the pattern was: http://www.etsy.com/listing/60839293/pears-the-elephant-pdf-knit-pattern  i just knit tubes for the arms and legs, and i had to add a little brain surgery patch at the back of the head to make it meet. but she's in the mail to my daughter... Grin  (the top photo i used a flash, so that's the truer color)

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / fUGGS on: April 24, 2012 12:54:00 PM
I've made a few of these (fake)UGGS as baby gifts, finally getting around to posting. I broke down and bought a skein of fake fur/white acrylic to do the trim --and it looks sooo much better than regular yarn. The brown is leftover sock wool --and I made a pink pair for a baby girl! if you google baby knit UGGS the pattern will come up for free... it's quick and easy (but now it's summer) Cheesy

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / first top down sweater! on: February 09, 2012 01:09:30 PM
this is my first top down sweater--it's from Knitting Pure and Simple. the yarn is "ella rae classic heather" in a nice lilac/purple (much better than my camera phone shows) i liked top down because the shaping/sizing worked well and you don't have to sew anything (badly) together. I would like to do this pattern again in a worsted/bulky thicker yarn, that it is a little more forgiving, eg so you can't see every twisted/slightl;y messed stitch. and my ribbing on the bottom is not as tight as i would like, and the whole sweater could be longer....
can any experts recommend  a yarn I should try? I think I know about guage and could adjust... i have problems with brands/types other than the number (4) designations.
thanks! Cheesy

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my first ear flap hat! on: November 06, 2011 02:04:01 PM
it's blurry b/c my son took the pic with his phone for me ... but i successfully learned how to do earflaps! (from youtube i think it was "knit pink or "verypink"") I have lots of problems with gauge and adapting patterns to what i have in my stash.. so any advice re; that is appreciated. also, if anyone has a good adult size ear flap hat pattern that they can post/share; that might help me out...meanwhile; i'm going to give this to the 4 month old next door and tell him to start growing  Cheesy
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / ugliest sweater ever --critiques please! on: February 27, 2011 10:50:44 AM
so I'm pretty new to knitting. i did a nice blue heather wool sweater for my daughter that turned out OK, but i now think was beginner's luck!

 i think after this i've convinced my (cheap) self that i have to use nice yarn/wool. This is Lion Brand Wool Ease, thick and chunky.
 i wanted to do this to see if i could follow a basketweave pattern (i pretty much could) but the sleeves are toooo long and the body (although i followed the pattern) is too short. the armpit is too tight. this is the pattern: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/30306AD.html?noImages=
also, i'm terrible at setting in sleeves... any advice there? I start sewing at the shoulder, fold the sleeve in half to line it up, then sew from the cuff half way up, then sweater body and armpit last. but i do end up fudging in the armpit. I think some patterns are just better than others.
any advice will be warmly welcomed!!  Undecided

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / pattern translation/help please... on: January 30, 2011 08:53:23 AM
working on my second ever sweater... and i'm up to the part where you bind off the head-hole and do the shoulders separate. could someone (much better than I) please explain in plain english --what the pattern means (what does "work across" mean??):

"bind off 5 sts at the beg next row. work across the next 10 sts --(11 sts on needle, attach a new ball of yarn and bind off center 23 sts, then work remaining sts. Working both sides at the same time, bind off 5 sts at beg of next row, then bind off 5 sts each shoulder edge, 2 more times, then 0sts 1 time; AT THE SAME TIME decrease 1 sts each neck edge on the RS row."

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / pattern translation into regular talk ----help please! on: September 09, 2010 02:56:31 PM
Hi-hoping an experienced knitter can explain what this means to do --it's the shoulder of a sweater i'm trying....

"bind off 2 sts at the beg of next RS row 4 times.
at same edge, dec 1 st every other row 4 times"

Thanks in advance!! Lips sealed
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / pattern for an elephant scarf?? on: September 07, 2010 04:48:50 PM
Hi --
i'm looking for the pattern for an elephant scarf that someone on craftster made ---there are pics but i can't find the tutorial. it was garter stitch/looked easy, but had ears flapping off it and a trunk added on....i'm a beginning knitter, but my daughter's school mascot is an elephant (specifically, Jumbo from the circus..they're the Tufts Univ Jumbos...) and she would love the scarf if i could do it..... Wink
thanks in advance!
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