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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / First Time Knitting on: April 02, 2013 12:25:48 PM
I've been crocheting for years, but today is my first time knitting! Can somebody tell me if this is how it's supposed to look?
Also, when casting on, do you count the slip knot? There are 13 loops on this needle, does that mean that there are 13 stitches cast on?
I was using the tutorials at http://community.knitpicks.com/notes; it was kind of a pain because the "knitted cast on" tutorial assumed you already knew how to do a knit stitch, so I had to keep switching back and forth!
Any advice is welcome, and if I'm doing something wrong by all means tell me! Thanks a bunch!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Loofah on: March 27, 2013 06:55:34 PM
Seeing Kcraft49's scrubbie/loofah made me want to try one for myself. I found some On Line Job-Life 302 yarn, which is a heavy and meshy cotton/polyamide blend. I read that a 70/30 cotton/nylon blend is best because it offers a good balance of holding suds and not turning into a soapy lump, but I think this yarn should work as well. I actually ran out a round shy (which works out to about 1000 double-crochets!) of what the pattern called for but since it's so chunky I think it might be big enough. We'll have to see how it performs, but so far I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out. The pattern I followed is here, but mine didn't wind up with as many ruffles 'cause I ran out of yarn. I also used a K hook instead of an I.
The finished product

A piece of the yarn spread apart
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Folding-Brim Hat with Flower on: March 25, 2013 01:15:29 PM
This didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. It's a simple rib-stitch hat, but I decided to add some fpdc/bpdc ribs in one section. I screwed up the count when I tried to switch back to the rib stitches, so it's a little lopsided. The edge is a hdc scallop/shell. I used Milky Whey yarn (which is a 50/50 blend of milk and soy), which is very soft. It isn't really a warm yarn though, so this hat will probably be better for someone with lots of hair. The yarn didn't act as I had expected though, so the hat is a little limp. All in all I wouldn't say this was a successful project, although I'm usually my own worst critic.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Foundation Chain Consistency on: March 24, 2013 04:25:45 PM
I've been crocheting for a few years now, but one thing that's always bothered me is that I have a hard time keeping my foundation chain and first few rows the same tightness as the rest of the project. I tend to keep the chain loose so that it's easier to work with, but then once I get a few rows down my stitches tend to tighten up. Does anyone else have this problem, or have any suggestions on how I can stop this bad habit?
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bumble Bee on: March 24, 2013 11:16:10 AM
Just a simple little bee from a pattern I found on a Red Heart skein. It was pretty quick and easy, but I haven't done any crocheting for a while so it was a good project get the rust out of my fingers!
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