I finished the skully sweater, and i am wondering if I can block it. Because I'm a poor college student, the yarn I used is only 20% wool and 80% acrylic. Is it possible to block a sweater with this type of yarn? For some reason I have the impression that you can only block 100% wool things. If its possible to block, can someone please explain to me *in english* how to block? I'm really confused about it, and can't understand the instructions in the book.
I just finished my skully sweater today! Hooray! The worst part was weaving in the damn ends and sewing seams together, bleh I hate finishing. Anyway, I am pretty small, and I made the smallest size in the book, and it fits fine. It is loose enough to be comfortable, but its not too big. Luckily, the sleeves fit me fine, though I could see how they would be tight on anyone who has any sort of arm muscle (which I don't, i'm such a weakling). I want to post a picture, but i haven't gotten around to getting a site to host pictures and all that stuff. Knitting rules!
My boyfriend has dreadlocks and has a hard time finding tams that his hair will fit in. If you don't know what I'm talking about, tams are those beret looking hats that, if big enough, can be used to put your dreadlocks in to get them out of your face. I really want to be able to make a few for him, but the only patterns I've been able to find online are for horrible scottish tams with big poofy pom poms on the top. Please let me know if any of you know where to find a good pattern.
To change the measurements, figure out the gauge of the yarn you are using with whatever needles you want, and calculate how many stitches it will take for the width and heigth to work out. I am not sure how to explain it. Anyway, the intarsia is not too hard. I was really scared about doing it, but I just did a practice intarsia swatch before i started the sleeve to get the hang of it, and it is easy! I think it would be a lot harder if it involved more than 2 colors though! Anyway, just follow the instructions in the book and practice before you start on the sleeves, and it should work out fine! Good luck
I am in the process of making the skully sweater from Stitch n' Bitch. I have finished the front and back and joined them together at the shoulders. Now I am pretty much stuck because I don't know how to pick up stitches and the book doesn't help me much. The pattern says to pick up a certain number of stitches to start the sleeve, so do I space them out so that half of the stitches are picked up on the front arm hole and half on the back? I'm really confused because I've never done a sweater before, and I was so proud of myself getting the front and back done! If anyone can offer any help, it would be really appreciated, and if the instructions are long, you can e-mail me at email@example.com
all of your rave reviews have inspired me to go out and get this book... my mom must be lonely knitting all by herself and she probably gets frustrated with me fumbling all over the place when she tries to teach me (trying to learn how to crochet a flower with her must have been a nightmare)
so this book is good for learning how to knit?
The first knitting book I bought was really easy to understand, and it explains the patterns better than Stitch n' Bitch, but the patterns aren't nearly as cool. Anyways, i used it to learn how to knit, and it is called, "The Yarn Girls' Guide to Simple Knits". I have found that buying (or borrowing from the library) a lot of books is helpful for me because there are a whole lot of techniques to knit, and that way you can find the best way that works for you. Also, I have to just do what feels right to me, even though i never read it in any directions. For example, when I do stockinette stitch, I never turn the work over, I just knit with my right needle then my left then my right, etc. Anyways, i don't know if that makes any sense but maybe you understand.
I am knitting the skully sweater and have just finished the front. The instructions say to leave the stitches either on the needle or on a holder, but what do you do with the two skeins of yarn that are attatched on either shoulder? Do you just cut the yarn off, leaving a tail hanging down or what? I want to keep going on the sweater, but i'm at a stand-still now because I don't know if I can cut the yarn or not. Help!!