I see what you are talking about with that magic loop thing. Thanks, I'll try it. I have heard that there are different cord lengths, but when I bought the circular needles at the store, I didn't see anything pertaining to length..just the different needle sizes. I'll look out for that next time, and thanks again.
Look at the package it came in - it should say on the front which length. Of course you could measure it.... <g>
Did the pattern mention a specific length? You may have got a circ that's too long. However, you can use what's called the `magic loop' method. Which I used (sorta, it's the same effect) years before I ever heard of it. You would pinch the cable together about halfway around your stitches and push the stitches to the two ends, thereby being able to join them together. When you get to the empty cable, do the same again. If you're increasing the stitches or do a row or two you shouldn't have to loop the cable anymore. Unless the needle you have is just simply too long for the project.
you know, i've cast on circs and thought i had all the "bumps" facing center, but because I was knitting on big needles, they'd actually twisted without my realizing it (i suppose because the loops of yarn were so big and the circ cord so thin). it was really difficult to tell. so i corrected myself by trying to control as much of the cast-on part as I could with my hand and arm, squishing it and holding it so it couldn't twist until it was time to join, at which point i spread it out carefully along the cord to the needle. does that make sense?
I think so. Before I join on a circular needle, I go around the cable and make sure all the stitches are going the same direction, spreading them out a little so I can see them better. Then when I get to the end, I make the joining stitch quickly so they don't have a chance to get twisted.
I agree with the others that expensive yarns don't necessarily pill or look shabby after some wear. I made a scarf from Debbie Bliss alpaca silk and it's getting fuzzy, though not pilling. And yes acrylic pilss too. I haven't had as much problem I think because I'm always using larger needles than a pattern calls for. Seems to me that a denser knit might pill more than a looser one, but I'm not certain of it.
I'm just starting a couple projects with knitpicks merino style, it's very nice to work with. Also made a scarf from Elegance, KP's alpaca silk and it's not as fuzzy as the DB. Though I haven't worn it as much.
I'd like to get another, longer pair of 7.5mm circulars, 80-90cm long. If anyone has some they want to sell, or live in Canada and could get some from their LYS and mail them to me, I'd like to talk to you! Email me - qiuser at yahoo dot com if you want to talk.
With 75% wool it should block some however it is hard to be sure without knowing where that 25% acrylic is. Sometimes it is all blended together but once in awhile it is actually wrapped around or something.
I would definately not throw it in the washer & dryer with that much wool - unless of course it is "super-wash" treated wool.
Of course not. I was talking about 100% acrylic, replying to Roe --
Quote from: Roe link=topic=25312.msg811484#msg811484 As far as i know acrylic doesn't really stretch much when blocking. but i'm not an expert.
I sorta overlooked the previous post that it was mixed with the wool.
I know this is probably a silly question, but for a minute I got a bit confused.. You write the gauge is 12 sts and 16 rows over 4". Does that mean that you counted 12 sts on the needle, and that 16 rows with this yarn produced 4"? I usually don't have any doubts about gauge, but I guess it's just one of those days...
Also, I'm guessing that the needle you used is 7 mm.?
That's right, the gauge can also be read as 3sts and 4 rows per inch.
Make four rectangles, two for the front and back (these might be square, depending on your size ), two for the sleeves and join them together.
Did you just seam them together? Or did you pick up stitches?
I just started it, but you can assemble it either way. Several people have made the sleeves first, then picked up stitches around and did the back and front seamless. I may try it that way, we'll see how it goes.