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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Celtic Icon from "Inspired Cable Knits" on: August 25, 2006 11:46:34 AM
Hey, what yarn are you using? I have this book and looooooove this pattern.  I will see if I have something appropriate in my stash and let you know!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: twisted stockinette help (rogue pattern) on: August 25, 2006 11:32:10 AM
Stockinette means all your stitches on the front of the work are knit stitches.  it's smooth and flat. 

Are you knitting your rogue in the round?  I knit this pattern twice, both times in the round.  For the hem, you cast on, and then yes, knit into the back of each stitch.  Keep your yarn in the back as for regular knit stitch, and put your needle into the back of the stitch, rather than through the front of the loop.  You just stick the needle into the loop, so that your right hand needle goes behind the left hand needle, and knit your stitch.

 It's not purling backwards, because this will actually twist the stitch that comes off the left needle, and create the twisted stockinette, which is a tighter stitch with less give than regular stockinette.  You shouldn't be getting garter stitch if you're knitting in the round - because at no time on the hem would you be switching to purl.

Try it on a swatch first, and do a few rows of regular stockinette, and a few rows of twisted, and you'll be able to see how the stitches are different.  Twisted stockinette also has a tendency to bias, so when you sew the hem up, don't panic when your rows don't match up perfectly.  Let it bias, and the them will lay flat.  hope this helps!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing pieces together? on: August 25, 2006 11:06:36 AM
Mattress stitch is actually very easy.  There's good pics of how to do it here:

http://www.yarn-store.com/technique-seaming-row-to-row.html

and a tutorial here:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/mattress.html

one good thing in the knitty tute that will save your neck is the way to start your seam.  Trust me, going back through that first piece will make them line up, and if you don't, you'll definitely have a little jog there.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need to know what yarns you want... on: August 07, 2006 12:17:55 PM
I'd love to see someone in the US or Canada who carries Diekeito yarns!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mystery Yarn on: August 07, 2006 12:06:14 PM
Try the burn test first, on each strand, to see what the fiber content is:

http://www.dwconline.com/DWC/nov02/designs.html

and the bleach test helps too:

http://www.interknitmk.org/newsletter/jun06nwsltr/jun06nwsltr.htm

take notes with your tests until you figure out what it most likely is.

Then I would swatch it and see what gauge you get with different needles, and take note of that.    Then when you find a pattern you want to knit it with, you'll know if this yarn will work for it.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: running out of yarn... on: August 07, 2006 11:56:50 AM
I would contact knitpicks to see if they have more in the same dyelot.  The general rule is that if you must knit with yarns from two different dyelots, you knit with both balls at ones, alternating two rows or each, in order to blend them together and hide any inconsistencies. 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Woe is me!!!!! on: August 07, 2006 11:52:43 AM
webs has grab bags and sales galore (www.yarn.com)

elann has good yarn and really really good prices (www.elann.com)

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lefty Knitting?? on: August 07, 2006 11:47:33 AM
Before i say this, please know that I'm left handed.  But for knitting, I teach all my students to knit right handed first.  That is, knitting the stitches from the left needle to the right needle.  I encourage knitters to learn both english and continental, and find lefties often pick up continental easier. 

go here to see the difference:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/knit.php

but, the reason I encourage you to learn to knit the stitches from the left needle to the right is this - patterns, almost without exception, are written that way.  And if you ever want to make something other than a scarf or a potholder, you'll probably want a pattern.  This is especially true with lace.  In addition, I agree with the previous response that knitting is a dual handed activity - it's not really a right or left handed activity - they are both working together to do this little dance that makes fabric.  So, I would encourage you to try knitting 20 rows english, and 20 continental, and see which one feels better to you.   I use both depending on how my hands feel, what the yarn is, etc.  The more ways you know, the more versatile you will be!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone have a knitting machine? on: August 07, 2006 11:41:09 AM
I have a brother home knitter I got off eba yfor around 90 bucks.  There is definitely a learning curve - get one with an instruction video.  Also do some research into knitting machine gauge - they all have limitations based on gauge - this is because the needles are spaced a set distance apart, and if you hand knit you know you can only effect gauge just so much with tension - same with the machine.  i have a midgauge machine that will knit dk and worsted and lighter bulky, and can do most of what I want.  I did have to replace the sponge bar - and didn't know what that was until I joined the yahoo user group for knitting machines and got some of my questions answered there.  for simple projects, it's definitely worth it.  You do still have to do a gauge swatch - just speaking from experience.  ;-)
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: pattern question on: August 07, 2006 11:36:16 AM
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1.  I have a pattern that says Knit5, Purl, last 5 stiches knit.

There are 127 cast on sts.  Does this mean knit 5 sts, purl everything else except the last 5 sts which are knit?


2.  Also, another line says: Knit 5, *k1, yo, k2 together*

Does this mean: knit 5, then in the repeat section, knit 1, yarn over 1, then knit your yarn over loop with the next loop?

In my answers, I am assuming you are knitting right handed, that is knitting the stitches from your left needle over to your right needle.

1.  Yep, knit the first 5, purl everything until you get to the last 5, then knit the last 5 - you got it!

2.  Whenever you see the asterisks, you're going to repeat what's between them over and over.  In this case, you will knit 5, then

knit 1 as usual. 
take the yarn around the right hand needle to make a yarn over
then knit the next two stitches on your left hand needle together.  (not the yarn over, which should be just hanging out on your right hand needle.)  To knit two together, just put your needle through both of them and knit them as one.  This is a decrease, and can be seen here:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/decrease.php

What you're doing here is this.  You knit one, you add one with the yarn over, and take one away with the knit two together.  this allows you to make a pattern without having more stitches at the end of your row than you had when you started.  So even though you're doing Knit 2 togethers on that row, all of those yarn overs will make the stitch count come out even at the end. 

hope that helps!
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