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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Italian Knitting Terms on: September 25, 2013 07:35:38 AM
How is it used? It could mean first or it could indicate the needle size, just depends where it appears.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best Yarns for Projects? on: September 18, 2013 07:08:04 AM
There's no one best yarn for knitting, they all have different uses for different projects. Who say acrylic is not the best to use, and why? I use it for almost all my knitting. They don't behave any different from the wool I've used, and you just block it with a wash and dry. Which is all I do with the wool things too.

The trick with Lion Homespun is not to use it on needles smaller than 11s, or hooks less than L. RHSS is much softer than it was 30 and 40 years ago and they've recently switched mills so you don't even have to wash it for it to feel soft. Caron SS is very nice, some people say it pills, but all softer yarns will; a lot complain about it splitting, but again, use a larger needle/hook to get a looser gauge and it doesn't. As far as knots, I don't come across many, some do, but ALL yarns have knots, even expensive ones. You don't have to rewind yarn to find them, just deal with the knots as you come to them - it's not true you have to join yarn at the edge of a piece, you can do it in the middle of a row.

Bernat Satin is similar to Caron SS in look and feel, Lion Cottonease is very nice to work with, as is Caron Country and Spa, though here again, they're very loosely spun and you need to work with a little looser gauge. I haven't used other brands except older acrylic I find at the thrift store. Even when it's 'scratchy', they soften up a lot with washing, repeated washing, and they last forever.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help with the start of this pattern on: September 12, 2013 05:06:28 PM
You only repeat the p2, k2 not the k3. That way you end up with 3 sts at the beginning and end of the row which when you seam up the item will result in another k2 p2 rib. The repeat is a multiple of 4 sts - 4x9 = 36 +3+3 = 42 sts.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to change the size of a knitting pattern on: September 01, 2013 07:16:27 AM
At 4 sts per inch, 96 sts is going to make it 24" around which is quite large. You can use thinner yarn and smaller needles to downsize, or you can use less sts. Take your sts per inch and multiply it by the head size less an inch or so and that's approximately the number of sts you need. You can use less stitches in the 'k24' sections, taking them down to 16 or 18 or something to reduce to the number that you need. For an approximate head size based on age, here's a chart - http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/headsize.html - though children's heads come in all sizes. My 4 yo grand daughter measures 20", while other kids her age may be 18". This chart - http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/size-chart.html - may be a little more precise.
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about knitting pattern on: August 15, 2013 06:25:56 PM
Yep, that would be what you do.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ordering Yarn Online? on: July 16, 2013 07:57:45 AM
Knitpicks.com has a good variety of yarn, decent quality and great prices right now with their semiannual yarn sale until the beginning of August or so. Another site is elann.com; you have to sign in but they offer great discounts on brand name middle to high quality yarn as well as good pricing on their house brand. Both these sites offer similar yarns that you'd find in your local yarn store.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rolling Stones on: June 17, 2013 03:45:26 PM
Things like the RS logo and any artwork from their covers would be covered under trademark or copyright laws and not available to be reproduced. So unless you design your own version, you might not be able to find anything.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitting term on: June 10, 2013 03:23:02 PM
It's the side that's toward you.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting directions on: May 28, 2013 08:26:48 PM
I can't load the link, it's 'forbidden'. However, my guess is you're to do it on every following row 3 times. It's okay to write a couple of lines of the pattern to get help on it. That helps give us more context.
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: help! gauge issue! on: May 11, 2013 07:37:01 AM
Yay! Glad it worked out.
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