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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / a Too-Tough Top? or Perfect Pullover? on: January 04, 2010 10:37:33 PM
I'm a relatively new knitter (okay, okay, so I've been at a few years but always seem to get sidetracked with other things... Roll Eyes ) and have completed several scarves and hats but want to move on to something a little more advanced.  I found this pattern I like, because of the scoop-neck and lighter weight (since it will probably be summer time by the time I finish it), but I was wondering if it's too tough for someone who hasn't attempted a sweater before.  I'm not familiar with all the terms or techniques and was hoping you lovely knitting gurus could let me know if I'm setting myself up for disaster!

http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/WebLetter/99/Issue99.php

Thank you all!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Octopode Pandemonium! (Now with Tutorial!) on: August 14, 2006 04:15:24 PM
My first crochet FO.  Inspired/Modeled after the softies of mpatrizio.  I had no pattern and VERY little experience with crochet prior to making these, but I was set on making an octopus after seeing some of the adorable amigurumi animals out there. 

My grandmother taught me crochet when I was a kid so my prior efforts consisted of a very long chain and a rectangle which were completed several years ago, but using a few webpages for a little bit of needed info (and memory jogging) I somehow pulled it off!  I surprised my friends and myself when they turned out looking so darn cuddly!


All 3 of my cephalopods.  All acrylic. Large are 5.5" high and small is 5" high.


The one I made for my cousin.  Features a little removable purple bow pin I made from some scrap.

*****TUTORIAL*****


*MATERIALS*
--Worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver for the two green ones and Caron Simply Soft for the orange one) One skein is plenty to make one octopus and might even make two...
--Size G or H hook (Simply soft was a bit finer yarn so I used a smaller hook, it doesn't really matter)
--Yarn Needle
--Stuffing
--Eyes (I used the snap on kind but they can be buttons or can be sewn on)

*DIRECTIONS*(written without abbrev. for my own state of mind!!!)

TOP

Chain 2

Round 1: Single Crochet 8 into second chain from the hook (probably could magic loop it, just make sure there's eight!!!) (8 total stitches around)

Round 2: *1 Single Crochet in one, 2 Single Crochet in 1* around (12 total)

Round 3: *1 Single Crochet in one, 2 Single Crochet in 1* around (18 total)

Round 4: *1 Single Crochet in two, 2 Single Crochet in 1* around (24 total)

Round 5: *1 Single Crochet in two, 2 Single Crochet in 1* around (32 total)

Round 6: *1 Single Crochet in three, 2 Single Crochet in 1* around (40 total)

Rounds 7-18: Single Crochet around

Fasten off leaving a long tail (this will be used to join the top and bottom)

BOTTOM

Repeat top but stop when ROUND 9 is completed (40)

Fasten off leaving a sort of long tail (this will be used to close stuffing hole)

LEGS

Repeat top directions until ROUND 2 is completed (12)

Round 3-12: Single Crochet around (add more rounds for longer legs, take away for shorter)

STUFF LEG NOW!!! Make sure it's stuffed so it's firm.

Round 13: Single Crochet Decrease (Crochet 2 together) around

Fasten off leaving a long tail (will be used to attach legs to body)

MAKE 8 (or don't and have a UNIPUS, I don't care  Roll Eyes)

FINISHING!

Line up edges of both TOP and BOTTOM sections with their RIGHT SIDES facing IN.  Using either the yarn needle or hook, join sections using the tail from the top portion, but LEAVE A 2 INCH GAP.  Turn right side out. 

Pinch the top of each LEG flat and, using needle, stitch closed, then attach them to the body underneath the seam the TOP and BOTTOM have made.  **HINT** Attach them diagonally (e.x. "twelve o'clock", then "six o'clock", then "three o'clock", then "nine o'clock", etc.) to get them spaced evenly.  When the LEG is attached, fasten off and draw the tail into the inside of the BODY.

Now is a good time to attach the eyes.  Pick a spot where the legs are about the same size and put them centered above a place where the legs meet in a "V," not centered above one singular leg (look at my pics to get what the heck I'm talking about) otherwise it will look like your Octy has a trunk.

You can weave in the ends if you'd like but I kept them all inside so I just stuffed them in there.  Wink

Stuff the BODY until it's firm (if you don't the head will feel squishy and get "dented" when you handle it).

Use the tail on the BOTTOM to close the gap, with a needle or with a hook.

TA DA! You've got an octopus friend!



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Enjoy!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I think I have unnatural tension.... on: November 23, 2005 02:40:21 PM
This isn't a terribly huge problem but I'm hoping for a little insight from some more experienced knitters.

I'm a relativley new knitter.  I've been knitting for about a year, I've knit a few fun fur scarves, a 6-ft drop stitch scarf, a 7ft(or longer! Cheesy) Harry potter scarf, a little freaky looking teddy bear, and the Pixie Hat, so I do have a little bit of experience.  I've really been enjoying making things and my projects turn out pretty well, I think, even if they have a few "charming" beginner mistakes design additions Wink.  But my problem is that whenever I knit a swatch to find my gauge I'm terribly off.  My last few projects are supposed to be knit on size 8 needles but when I find my gauge I have too few stiches per inch, so one by one I go down a needle size to either a 4 or 5.  I know that it is common to go down a size to get the right gauge, but is 4 normal?  My knitting is not extemely loose either, it holds its own, it's not falling off the needles or anything.  I also hold my yarn in my left hand wrapped around my pinky and over my fingers, held up by my pointer finger.

So, am I actually doing anything wrong or am I just naive to the ways of knitting? Huh

Thank you for reading!

--PK

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