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3651  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: One Skein Wonder Cast On on: May 19, 2006 03:59:16 AM
I feel quite silly asking this, as I have searched and searched the OSW threads and found nothing, but...

How the heck does this thing come together?! I have no idea what I'm even working on. I see people who have the whole thing (sleeves, body) lined in ribbing, and I look at the picture included on the pattern (i.e. purl edged sleeves, ribbed body) and I'm left confused... I thought what I started (the very beginning, cast on 32 stitches etc.) with the purled top WAS the top neck part, but... I guess it's a sleeve?? If it is, how does one size (cast on 32 stitches) fit all? I've never knitted an article of clothing before, so I guess I'm a bit confused as to how this thing comes together (considering I've only seen pictures of completed OSWs) and I don't want to do all this work and find out its too small...
I guess I'm more of a visual learner, I have to see how it comes together rather than reading it....

Picture of mine so far, excuse the bunching (yea, I'm working on 15" 8 US circulars because I can't afford to go out and buy 24" 8s Sad  but at least I have the right size/guage for the second part)

Yes, it's knit from the neck edge down, the number of increases determines the size, and the sleeves will be separated out towards the end. When you have them done, and bind off for the bottom, then you pick up stitches all around the edge and do either seed st or ribbing for the neck band and edges; that will keep the edges from rolling. Just follow the pattern and it will make sense as you go along.

Looks like yours is doing just fine.

3652  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: One Skein Wonder Cast On on: May 18, 2006 03:04:15 PM
Nuno- I agree, Long tail turns out looking the best, and its so easy; but, I have a question... since it knits the first row, sometimes it cant be used if the pattern (like this one) calls for all the purling to be on the same side.... or is it just me?

The Long tail CO sorta knits the first row, it has a little bit of a bump, but not as much as a real knit row has. Just cast on with it, then purl the next row and it will look fine. You may have to adjust the number of rows you do; I don't have the pattern so I don't know if you knit or purl the first one. Or just knit the first row, it won't be that noticeable anyway.

3653  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wool of the Andes: softness on: May 18, 2006 08:40:25 AM
I haven't used it, but ordered some. I've heard it softens up while handling it, but I sent it back for Merino Style. That's a lot softer and only 50 cents more per skein.

Wool of the Andes is worsted weight and Merino Style is dk.

I know, but I didn't see a lot of difference in thickness between them. I'm using the merino style for a couple of sweaters and they're working out well on larger needles than recommended for the yarn. But I like a looser fabric anyway.

3654  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: basic little girl shrug on: May 17, 2006 06:29:52 PM
That is so cute.  What pattern did you use to make it?  ~Tricia

She posted it:

"I knit it flat in stockinette with 10 rows of ribbing on each end.  Then seamed it up from ribbing to underarm."

That's a pattern... Wink

3655  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! k1p1 nightmare!!! on: May 17, 2006 01:26:59 PM
For the ribbing to work, you are knitting your purls from the previous row and purling your knits from the previous row.

Only you'll see it as knitting what looks like knit stitches, and purling what looks like purl stitches.

3656  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New knitter needs help picking up stitches on: May 17, 2006 12:58:12 PM
Think of picking up stitches like your cast on stitches, only they're your first row as well.

3657  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wool of the Andes: softness on: May 17, 2006 05:50:57 AM
I haven't used it, but ordered some. I've heard it softens up while handling it, but I sent it back for Merino Style. That's a lot softer and only 50 cents more per skein.

3658  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: measurement request/ poll/ thingy on: May 15, 2006 11:10:10 AM
So first take your underbust measurement. Mine's 30". After that, you take the full bust, mine's 36". WIth these two numbers, you should be able to get the correct size for you. To the underbust measurement, add 5". That's right, +5". I don't really know why it's 5, but both lingerie stores I worked at used this same method. So for me, I'd add 5" to 30, to get 35". That's your band size, I go back & forth between a 34 & 36 (depends on the maker.) To find your cup size just subtract the two, so 36"-35" = 1". One inch difference is an A cup, 2 is a B, 3 is a C, and 4 is a D. Yeppers, this formula makes me a 34 (or36) A cup.  You can aslo go for your "sister" size, which another bra specialist at VS told me about. Step up one cup size, and down one band size. It really didn't seem like it was going to work for me, as I"ve never filled out a B cup in my life, but she was right! (and I should have bought that 34B cup! LOL)

How does that work if the number you end up with after subtracting is negative?

You get a AA...

3659  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Anthropologie-inspired capelet + Tutorial! on: May 13, 2006 06:35:26 AM
Okay, I'm making one for my daughter with lion brand woolease, double stranded.  I was thinking of trying to do the sleeves with DPN to eliminate any sewing.  I'm a fairly novice knitter, and cannot figure out how to join in the round if I'm having to add in the yarn.  Is this possible?  Or do I have to suck it up and sew??? 

Yes you can do it, and it's not difficult. Work that first row of the sleeve, when you get to the end, don't turn, keep going (in pattern). When you add the yarn leave a 3-6 inch tail and use it later to stitch up any holes there might be.

3660  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Guage & Self-striping/patterning yarn on: May 11, 2006 11:53:30 AM
What would happen to the stripe/pattern if I worked a yarn intended for size 1-3 needles on size 5 or 6 needles?  The yarn is too expensive to buy just to do a guage swatch and figure out it won't look right for the pattern I want to use it for.  Am I better off sticking to a "varigated" yarn instead? 

If you look at some patterns, many of them use needles a size or two larger than those on the label. It may depend on which pattern you're using.

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