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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Finishing/Seaming Paranoia on: October 11, 2006 12:16:15 PM
OK, I FINALLY finished my very first sweater!  It is a very nice scoop neck with slightly belled sleeves in stockinette.  The pattern called for a plain edging of single crochet but I gussied it up with a row of spaced out double crochet/chains.  I used Bertagna Filati Granada yarn and it is really beautiful if I do say so!

However, seaming the darn thing nearly gave me a breakdown!  My mom has Alzheimer's Disease and I have no time in the evenings or weekends to knit (or do anything else for that matter!).  She was at my aunt's house last week so I decided to finally seam this sweater.  I was so nervous, knowing I only had a very limited amount of time, I back stitched the seams instead of mattress.  I have never doen mattress stitch and I haven't had any time to practice on swatches.  Back stitch was easy and fast.

Anyway, yeah, the seams are a bit bulky but you really cannot tell when it is on, it really came out nicely.

My question:  Do any of you back stitch your garments regularly?  I absolutely am determined to learn mattress in the future when I have a life again Smiley 

Just curious as to what you all do.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Backstitch on: August 10, 2006 11:10:06 AM
Curious:  Does anyone here use the back stitch for seaming? 
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Adriafil patterns on: April 29, 2006 05:18:36 AM
Have any of you made anything from Afriafil?  http://www.adriafil.com/index.html?id_pagina=3&id_lingua=2&id_rivista=38&id_rubrica=1

I have printed off several free patterns, I absolutely love their designs and there were a few that seemed fairly easy for a beginner like me.  Everything is metric so I have to wrap my head around that, but ir's easy to convert.

This past week I have been swatching away using yarn similar (same weight) and I consistently am at least 4 or 5 stitches under their gauge and going up to needle sizes to accommodate their gauge makes an unsatisfactory fabric result.

Not to be defeated I am going to use the directions in SNB Nation to adapt the patterns to my yarn and my gauge but I was wondering if anyone here has used their free patterns.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sewing seams on: April 26, 2006 09:52:37 AM
Well, I have started my first sweater.  It is the "Ellen" in "KnitnStyle" magazine.  I may be overestimating my ability but what the heck! 

Anyway, I have made many tops and sweaters in crochet and always use the whipstitch to sew up the seams and it works beautifully.  I have noticed in all my knitting books and magazines the only 2 methods shown are mattress stitch and back stitch.

Is there any reason that whip stitch would not work with knitting?  I ask because it seems like mattress must be done with the work laying flat on a table, no?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I am DOING it! on: March 02, 2006 05:40:16 AM
Hi all.  I have posted a few times as an avid crocheter who wants to knit so badly!  I had the hardest time with it...it just felt weird!  So after a time I got the knit stitch down but purl was making me nuts...but I am determined...sooooooo.....I spent a small fortune on bamboo needles and oh my gosh it is like a miracle!

Just yesterday I started a dishcloth with the 4 stitch check pattern (got it out of Knitters Bible) and I am doing it!  I am 1/3 of the way done and it looks GOOD!  Yay!!!!

Coming here to read all your posts kept me motivated and those bamboo needles are dreamy!  I just ordered more in different sizes, even 2 circulars.

I feel so successful!  Thanks to you all!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I'm getting there on: February 14, 2006 05:21:59 AM
A while back I posted about wanting to learn to knit (I am an avid crocheter) and you all were very encouraging!

I can knit (continental style) a garter stitch like nobody's business now...the purl though, still feels terribly awkward.  So, after I finish up some crochet gifts I am working on I am just gonna sit and purl away until it feels natural.  Then I will make a ribbed scarf.

Then....nothing will be beyond me!  LOL!

Thanks for the encouragement, it's working!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Crocheter wants to knit! on: January 18, 2006 05:19:23 AM
Hi everyone.  I am a crochet addict but really, really want to learn to knit.

Soooooo, I bought a magazine, some yarn and a pair of Boyle 6 mm knitting needles.  After much sweating and cursing I did manage to master a cast on, knit and purl and even did a swatch of rib.  I am waiting for the "Knitters Bible" to learn more.

My question:  When I crochet the hook and yarn fly through my fingers...it feels so natural.  Knitting does not.  No matter how much I practice, it is not a comfortable process for me.  Could it be the metal Boyle needles?  I really dislike Boyle crochet hooks so I am thinking it may be the needles.  I ordered some Bates acrylic needles and I am hoping those feel better.

Any hope for me?HuhHuh??
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