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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern suggestions for Small Women? on: September 28, 2005 05:15:56 PM
Vintage Knits by Sarah Dallas has fairly small sizing. And I've heard the Teva Durham book, Loop-d-loop, does as well.

What about Rowan patterns? I don't have any Rowan mags to verify this, but don't they tend to include fairly small sizes?

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: kimono sweater question on: September 26, 2005 02:11:24 PM
I think I've found a picture of it:
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2005/08/25/fashion/thursdaystyles/20050825_BUZZ_SLIDESHOW_3.html

It would be pretty easy to figure out a pattern, since fit isn't really important in the body part. I don't think you'd need a pattern to base it on. You could just use your hip measurement as a starting point, since that's the spot where it fits snugly.

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I've lost yet another needle! on: September 25, 2005 09:15:25 AM
if you switch to circulars this will NEVER happen.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: For those of you who've knit lace scarves.... on: September 22, 2005 05:24:15 PM
It only bothers me if it means that the scarf has a tendancy to curl. Most really open stitch patterns will stay flat.

There are reversible lace patterns - look for garter-stitch based ones. Or you can convert a RS knit/WS purl pattern into a reversible one by knitting the wrong side rows. I recently did this with a n eyelet pattern and it turned out really nicely. Garter-stitch lace patterns look especially nice in variegated yarns.

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to fancy up a basic poncho? on: September 19, 2005 02:57:08 PM
Oooh great ideas! When using the special edges can I just pick up stitches and carry on from there?  I'd like to start the poncho now and then look for that book (c'mon library please have it!). 

And the great thing about garter stitch is that you just pick up a stitch for every ridge (every two rows). It's really easy.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: decreasing methods on: September 16, 2005 09:55:32 PM
p2tog tbl:
insert the right needle into the back loop of the second stitch on the left needle, from left to right, then similarly through the first stitch. Purl these stitches together.

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: decreasing methods on: September 16, 2005 07:18:20 AM
If you mean a decrease that is worked on the purl side but slants to the right on the knit side, I know of two:

P2tog (insert needle through the next to stitches on the left hand needle as if to purl and...purl)

and then there's slip 1, purl 1, psso (pass slipped stitch over purled stitch)
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ball or skein?? on: September 16, 2005 05:01:02 AM
Winding crimpy fibres like wool  into a ball does in fact stretch the yarn. I saw the difference demonstrated the other day at a lecture on different types of fibre.

Why this is important: If you knit a garment with the stretched out wool, once it is washed or exposed to the humidity in the air, it will crimp up again and the item may end up a bit smaller.

There was about a 10% difference in yardage between the 2 skeins (of blue faced leicester) used in the demo.

Centre-pull balls make all the difference. And they're as easy to make as regular solid balls.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: help w/ yarn substitution on: September 15, 2005 05:41:20 AM
I don't have SnBN, so I'm not familiar with the instructions your referring to, but I know the technique. Basically, you'll find your row and stitch gauge, then multiply the row and stitch counts in the pattern to suit your gauge. Am I right?

Because you're using a finer yarn, it will by its very nature probably have a bit more drape, because it will produce a thinner fabric.

Your gauge swatch  should have all of the characteristics that you want the fabric of the finished garment to have. So knit it on needles that work well for that yarn and do the calculations based on that.

As for the smaller needles, just use needles a couple of sizes down from the ones you decide you want to use for te rest of the project.. That's how it usually goes.

See if you find this page more helpful than the book:
http://64.70.135.231/cara_free/convert.htm

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Copying patterns from library books? on: September 13, 2005 08:41:39 PM
There are two great  web-based guides to copyright for North American crafters:
this one is American

this one is Canadian

Sorry to any craftsters from other parts of the globe, I'm not familiar with any covering other territories.
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