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3661  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: cable cast on on: May 11, 2006 08:57:58 AM
I love the cable cast on, although I had trouble with it in the beginning too.  A crochet hook instead of the right hand needle works well, but I don't normally bother with it.  I discovered a technique that makes the cable cast on easy to do with two needles.  When I snug up the newly cast on stitch on the left hand needle, I hold my right hand needle underneath the left as I snug the stitch.  The right hand needle is between the previously cast on stitch and the newly cast on stitch.  Doing this ensures that the newly cast on stitch isn't too tight, and my right hand needle is already in the correct place to knit on the next stitch.  It's a little difficult to describe.  I can post some photos if necessary.

Another way to do it would be to use a size or two larger for the cast on, then knit the first row with the right size needle. The cast on stitches will be a little looser and much easier to work with.

3662  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: quick gauge question. sigh. on: May 11, 2006 07:31:31 AM
You did say 6/inch in your first post. So yeah, try the smaller size. Work out how many stitches yout want the finished size to be, then find the pattern size that's closest to using that number of stitches. Measure the whole piece as you go along to make sure it's coming out right. That should get you the right size.

3663  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Clapotis from Knitty on: May 11, 2006 03:12:32 AM
PimpernelSmith, I joined the Clapotis KAL yahoogroup, but haven't really taken advantage of it yet, so I hear there's a database but don't know exactly what data is in it. I might check that out, since I want to make another clap. (I'm not at home, or I'd give you the link--should be easy to find with google though--sorry!)

Here's the link - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Clapotisknitalong2005/
The databases have yarn, amount used, needle size and finished size plus any comments. Plus many members have used all sorts of yarn so can help with any questions about yarn requirements as well as about the pattern.

3664  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: twenty-something bloggers? on: May 09, 2006 05:52:40 PM
See, I knew it!!! I'm in my 50s and I knew most of the blogs are put up by 20somethings. Especially the knitting ones...  Wink

No, I don't have one and don't plan on doing one.

3665  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Very Easy Ripple Shawl...not so easy for me. on: May 09, 2006 04:24:31 AM
Okay, so....let me make sure I've got this correct. 

On Row 3, I'm reading it as follows...

Row 3 K3, *[k2tog] 3 times, [yo, k1] 6 times, [k2tog] 3 times; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.

So...knit three, knit two together three times so that's condensing 6 stitches into three....

then then following is YO K1, so there will be 6 YO and 6 K1, then you repeat, right?  I'm coming up with a number that is way off and I'm using stitch markers when I finish each repeat.

After you [yo, k1] 6 times, don't forget to [k2tog] 3 times again, *then* repeat the whole thing. If you're only doing one [k2tog] 3x between the [yo,k1] 6times, you'll be off with too many stitches. Maybe that's the problem.

3666  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Very Easy Ripple Shawl...not so easy for me. on: May 08, 2006 06:59:31 PM
You're either skipping one or more yo's, adding extras, or forgetting a k2tog. Count the stitches when you finish row 2, then again when you end row 3. You should have the same number. It can be very easy to lose track...

3667  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Winding my yarn..."How To" Question on: May 08, 2006 06:57:05 PM
First, wind the yarn around a chair back and fasten off the end by looping it around the skein. Then take it off the chair, one hand each side and twist it around. It will tend to coil around itself. Put one end in the loop of the other and you should have a skein resembling one in the pictures.

3668  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Fishermans shrug KAL anyone? - free pattern on: May 08, 2006 06:23:54 PM
Did anyone have problems with the front triangle piece? Mine doesn't seem to fit the diagram. Shouldn't the triangle front piece end up even with the lower portion of the back, so you can pick up the stiches for the ribbed collar?

I also think that I did the back piece too large for my size. I don't know if there is a way to fix that without redoing the entire back side.

Any help appreciated!!

Are you following the pattern from the magazine, or the revised one on the Lion website? There were lots of errors in the original printed one.

3669  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrunchies on: May 08, 2006 07:20:56 AM
You could probably make a wide I cord - 8-12 stitches depending on your needle size -  put the elastic in and seam up.

3670  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a stitch... on: May 07, 2006 03:42:01 PM
Try the old standby -- yo, k2tog - repeat. Next row, purl or knit. Repeat.

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