Yes, when you get to round 8 on the foot section, you will need to bind off 9 stitches. This will create the open top of the ballet slipper--if you didn't bind off there, you would keep knitting in a tube and therefore create a full sock instead of the ballet slipper style. Just bind off those 9 stitches and keep going with the 21 remaining stitches. From there, the slipper will be worked flat, not in the round, so as to create the bottom sole part of the slipper.
Well, I hadn't thought of knitting resolutions until I saw this post, but you've inspired me!
I resolve to finish a sweater that I worked on last year (as in 2008) but put aside and ignored for over a year. All it needs is trim added around the sleeves and neckline, but somehow I never got around to it. Also, my schedule was super busy this fall, so I regretably haven't really been knitting for the last few months. So I am trying to set aside some knitting time a few times a week--I'm hoping that it may help lessen my stress level as well!
Oh, and by the way, knitting in the round sounds scary, but it's really not hard at all, and you'll be so glad once you've learned it! It will make your life SO much easier! Best of luck!
I learned to knit with the English throw style. I have tried to learn Continental, but couldn't ever get the tension right, so it was really slow going. I also tend to keep a bit of a death grip around my needles, and in my experience, Continental requires a lot looser hold of the needles and more grip onto the yarn itself.
Check out the video for Continental on knittinghelp.com and give it a shot if you want. Just play around and figure out the easiest way for you to knit and go with it!
A friend taught me how to knit on a bus trip my sophomore year in high school. Her grandmother had taught her the knit stitch, and she didn't really know anything other than that. My first project was a horrific fun fur scarf that I now affectionately refer to as Gonzo due to the crazy amounts of blue fur. And it's about a foot wide in some places, because I kept adding stitches. Strangely enough, that friend stopped knitting as far as I know soon after she taught me, but I joke that she created a monster in me. I used knittinghelp.com to learn to purl, increase, decrease, etc. and have now completed all sorts of projects. Recently, college got in the way and I stopped knitting for several months, but I'm really trying to spend more time on it with some manageable projects like scarves and socks. Even though intricate sweaters end up looking really great, they would take me months to complete with my current schedule! I just taught one of my best friends to knit, and I'm really hoping she latches onto it like I have
I have the Boye set and LOVE them. I was a little bit wary at first because they have a bit of a reputation as cheaper quality than the others. The set comes with tips sizes 2-15 and cables to make 20, 24, 29, and 36 inches. You can also buy additional cables in the smaller sizes. I have never had a problem with any of the joins as long as they are tightened properly. These have saved me so much money and frustration, and it's so nice to have all of the sizes I need right there in one spot. I would especially recommend them if you are on a budget--mine came from my local Michael's with a 40% off coupon, so I got a great deal. I've never used any other interchangeable needle set, but I've never needed to because these have been absolutely perfect.
YO is only the movement of the yarn--it doesn't involve any knitting or purling at all. So whenever you see YO, just move the yarn from the back of the needle to the front, and continue with whatever comes next in the pattern. So, the YO doesn't use or mess with any of the stitches that you have on your left hand needle. I had this same problem when I started too...I always felt like the real YO was just too simple!
Thans for the suggestions! After a little browsing online, I think I've decided to do a "magic scarf"....you know, the ones that are tube and can be stretched and worn as a cowl or a hood? I think I'll do it in this lace pattern: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/mar06_openwork.html because I know it stretches really well. Musiclady, good luck with whatever you decide to knit with yours!!
I guess I didn't describe that all that well...I'm not really looking for a defined stitch pattern, but I just don't want it to look like one of those dense fun far scarves that (I think) are very tacky. So I thought a lace pattern of some sort might make it drape a little better...does that make any sense at all??
OK, so I've been knitting for over 4 years now and have mostly distanced myself from the novelty yarn category. But Michaels had a crazy sale, and I got 3 skeins of Patons Allure (http://www.patonsyarns.com/product.php?LGC=allure) for $2 a skein (regularly $6!). I really want to make a scarf out of it, but don't know what kind of pattern to use with the fun-fur-like texture of yarn. Maybe something kind of lacy? I just know I don't want plain, boring garter stitch.