That's kind of what I thought... but it seems like when you try and take half of a pair off, the other half just rolls off because it's not really secured to anything. Since that bottom row is live, what would happen if I CO 42, turned, and just never worked the first stitch when I got to the end of that row? Could I just drop it off when I remove the waste yarn, before grafting? Or would something terrible happen?
It calls for 41 stitches using provisional cast on, which is new to me. I've watched a few videos and figured out how to do it, but because you create pairs of stitches with each movement I simply cannot figure out how the heck I get 41. Surely it doesn't mean do 41 movements resulting in 82 stitches. That's way too many and doesn't add up with subsequent rows' instructions.
I'm using the waste yarn method, BTW. Please please nobody suggest a crochet method. I'm away from home for a few days, don't currently have a hook, and will only be frustrated!
I'm pretty sure I'm being a complete ditz here, but I hugely appreciate any help!
Yes, into the back of the loop on knit stitches, but normal on the purl stitches. As per the pattern, I would do, for example:
ROW 1 - k2, *p1, k1back* repeat * to last two, k2 ROW 2 - inc 1 (increases by k1 front & back), knit across to last 3, p2tog, k1 ROW 3 - k2, *k1back, p1* repeat * to last two, K2 ROW 4 - next row as row 2
I've been crocheting a LOT longer than I've been knitting, and am self-taught, which means I get easily lost when Google has no answers for me! xD
I think it is some crazy version of a stockinette (the flat side looks stockinette-ish I think, though it's hard for me to say without COMPARING to something), but I don't know if there's a particular name for it, or if I've just mucked something up (and thus perhaps invented something, whee)!
I've been making this cowl: http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=4871&cps=21191 at a nice leisureley pace on my morning commute. Having never done a shaker rib before, and with a fairly small photo, I wasn't sure how it should look. I also have a bad habit of not reading patterns thoroughly enough before I begin, causing me no end of troubles!
As such, rather then doing a p1, k1BELOW, I enthusiastically embarked on a pattern of p1, k1BACK. This has created a really lovely, raised sort of twist on one side, and a flat plait-like pattern on the other. According to my more recent Google imaging, this is most definiteley NOT a shaker rib. I love the look of the twists for something like a cowl, so that's fine, but I would quite like to know what it IS. Any ideas?
Just a quick (not-very-good) mobile phone snap of the twists:
I also prefer to use foundationless stitches for something like a scarf. I find a normal foundation chain often goes tight. If you can use a foundationless base to get started, it keeps the whole thing looser.
First time posting a project here, and first time doing a bag! The husband and I are off to a gaming event in a few days and I've been working my tail off trying to get this finished in time so I could take it with me. I've finally managed it tonight.
The bag is all crocheted in sc. The top, bottom, back, front, and flap are all one long piece; I worked ws when I got to the "seams" to give the illusion of separate pieces, and also to create a boxy, messenger-bag style. The whole thing, including the strap, is lined with plain black fabric, which has been hand sewn as I don't have a machine. (I'm rubbish at sewing, so the lining is by far the most disappointing part of the whole work, but it was necessary to keep everything from stretching out.) The body has also been interfaced with a medium, iron-on interfacing, so it holds the shape really nicely. ^^ Enjoy!
Maybe something like cotton would be less likely to chafe? I love the idea, but I do agree this could end up being downright painful. I don't know how cotton crochet stretches though. You could also line the finished product, which would probably help with the stretching issue. I'd say line the front and not the back, so you still have some flexibility there. Let me know if you get this sussed; I'd love to try it!