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3711  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Green Gables on: April 02, 2006 06:39:36 AM

I really like the idea of a slightly finer knit that I'd get with the Shine Sport but not sure how much I'd have to adjust the pattern - surely it can be that difficult.

You could knit a larger size than you normally would. Figure out how many stitches per inch with the SS and your needles, then how big around you need it for you. Multiply your inches times your stitches/inch and check the pattern for the size that's closest. If the pattern says do x number of rows in some places, then do it for however many inches that translates to. Knitting by tape measure is actually pretty easy.

3712  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Green Gables on: April 01, 2006 08:10:27 PM
I feel so dumb, but when it says to continue in st sts I know it means stockinette. But am I purling all of them as started or are they all knitted? Like I said, I feel lame. Tongue Roll Eyes

If you're working in the round, you knit every round (or purl every one - depends which side is the outside of the piece). If you're working flat, you knit one row and purl the next - repeat. Wink

3713  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: anyone streaking? on: March 30, 2006 06:04:08 PM
Have you seen the pattern correction for this? It seems to be the sleeves. http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/corrections/spring06.asp

3714  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sweater with 7mm needles on: March 29, 2006 04:52:15 PM
That's about the smallest size I'd ever knit a sweater with, but that's me - I don't like small needles.

What I do is find a pattern I like, then see how many stitches per inch and per row I get with the yarn and needles. Look at the pattern and the finished size that fits you (32, 34, 36,38, etc). Then cast on the stitches you get when you multiply sts/inch x inches you want (add 1 or 2 inches if you want a looser fitting sweater).  Unless you're making the smallest size, you can usually use the numbers from one of the smaller sizes. Then knit by measurements, though sleeve and neckline shaping can be done by the pattern.


3715  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help w/ learning to use circular knitting needles on: March 27, 2006 06:30:08 AM
What brand do you have? The lengths are printed on the cardboard packaging somewhere. Take a look next time you're at a yarn store.

3716  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: klaralund- copycat? on: March 26, 2006 04:09:37 PM
check your craftster messages.

3717  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help w/ learning to use circular knitting needles on: March 26, 2006 04:04:51 PM
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>

3718  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help w/ learning to use circular knitting needles on: March 26, 2006 07:37:37 AM
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.

3719  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ARGH! What am I doing wrong? RE: Knitting on circular needles on: March 24, 2006 08:27:41 PM
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.  Cheesy

3720  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Results with discount yarns over time? on: March 24, 2006 08:52:25 AM
Thanks Emms, for that list.

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.

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