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3721  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Clapotis from Knitty on: March 22, 2006 11:17:27 AM
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've never blocked acrylic - just throw it in the washer and dryer and it fluffs up.

3722  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: FOs: Butterfly + Klaralund on: March 21, 2006 12:03:00 PM
Shocked WOW! Both are amazing! I would love to get my hands on the pattern for the sweater Wink

Great job!

The sweater's easy... Make four rectangles, two for the front and back (these might be square, depending on your size Wink), two for the sleeves and join them together. I'm going to shape the sleeves a little, I don't care for them quite so floppy on the lower end.

3723  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: dropped stitch twist shawl on knit picks on: March 21, 2006 11:52:47 AM
Well, not wrong, I guess. I hardly ever use them. <g> And you can sorta do without in this pattern, they're used to mark the increase on the 6th stitch. I haven't made it, but tried it out with some lightweight yarn to see what it looked like.

3724  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: FOs: Butterfly + Klaralund on: March 21, 2006 10:00:47 AM
Yeah, klaralund is very easy to knit. It consists of 4 rectangles, 2 for the body and 2 for the sleeves. Each one is made up of st sts and gt sts. Too bad you have to buy the book to get the pattern. However, someone posted on craftster sometimes back that they come up with the pattern by studying the various pics of klaralund.

Thanks, I think I've figured it out pretty much the same way. Also ran across the pattern corrections and yahoo knitalong which should be enough to get me started on it. Now to figure out which yarn -- can't afford Silk Garden, so it may be from some solid color I already have. Hmmmm....

3725  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: FOs: Butterfly + Klaralund on: March 21, 2006 04:55:00 AM
Ooooooooh! Love the Klaralund. Is there a way to buy just the pattern itself, not the whole book? Though I bet I could figure out something close. It's done in garter stitch, right?

3726  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Don't understand "dec 1 st." Help! Thanks! on: March 19, 2006 04:17:36 AM
I agree, you only decrease at each end of those rows. Looking at the diagram, they're there for shaping. Or you could skip the decreases and make the sides straight.

3727  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Good ideas for fingering-weight yarn scraps? on: March 16, 2006 01:12:41 PM
I just discovered an online magazine the other day which has a pattern for a capelet made from yarn leftovers. Check it out here...

3728  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! I have no idea what DK means on: March 16, 2006 08:41:33 AM
DK means double knitted, which came about because if you take 2 strands of fingering/sock yarn it comes out the same weight. Two strands of DK is equivalent to heavy worsted or aran weight yarn. I believe DK is actually about the same as sport yarn, and there are lots of patterns that would use it. Knit up some swatches in different sized needles to check the gauge (as well as with it doubled) and find a pattern that has close to the same gauge. Figuring out how many yards there are is better than going by number of skeins as different yarns, even of the same thickness, may have different yardages. Knitpicks.com has a pattern finder where you choose by type of yarn and it'll come up with both free patterns and some from books.

3729  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Clapotis from Knitty on: March 12, 2006 08:16:03 AM
After reading all 47 pages  Shocked I'm finally ready to join in the fun - albeit over a year after this KAL started!!

All your beautiful Clapoti (? whats the plural of Clapotis?!) had spurred me on and I wanted to create an equally beautiful one, but when I went to my LYS yesterday the selection was rather limited. I live in Sweden and most yarns seemed to be thick wool or cheapy arcylic. I eventually bought a wool/acrylic mix in purples, blues and pinks which I thought was quite pretty, but it is a lot heavier weight than the ones everyone else has created.

IIt is not as pretty as the yarn looked when it was in a ball and I'm wondered if it'll be too thick and wooly for me to drop the stitches...

Its 75% wool 25% acrylic - has anyone blocked anything similar? Does it give it a bit more drape when blocked.

I'm not sure if I should carry on and end up having a bit thick wooly Clapotis, or admit defeat and buy some nice expensive yarn off the internet as the LYs stores here are a bit rubbish! Any suggestions...

You could use larger needles than the pattern calls for, with less repeats. That will make it more drapey when the stitches are dropped, and about the right size without it being too heavy.

3730  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Joining on a circular needle on: March 10, 2006 06:37:44 AM
It depends how you look at the needle. When casting on, they'll go all the way around to the other end, but.... then you turn the needle around, so the first stitch is on the left tip and the last one you just cast on is on the right side, with the yarn trailing off there. Then you take the yarn and start your first stitch in the left side, as if you were knitting flat, only with that first stitch, you've joined them together.

Make sense? Ask more questions if it doesn't....

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