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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern help please! on: October 25, 2013 06:33:49 AM
Repeat both rows. On the RS row do the sl 1, k1 across, on the WS rows slip the first stitch and purl the rest of them. The sl and k sts on the RS form a cushiony faux rib st that's often used on sock heels.
42  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting for Cats on: October 23, 2013 05:15:35 PM
Good luck them allowing you to put them on them...
43  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stuck on a pattern I don't understand! Help please! on: October 13, 2013 11:02:32 AM
The increase will be knit or purl depending on where you are in the pattern on the row, or you can do either and it won't matter, because it's how you work the new stitch on the next row. You have to stay in pattern and work the sts so you keep to the ribbing. You can just knit the first and last stitches and keep them that way rather than in pattern; they'll be hidden in the seam so they won't be noticeable.

So the first row, you can kfb, k1, p2, k2 etc to the end of the row and end with k2, pfb, p1. Then the WS row would be p3, k2, p2, and will end with p2, k2, p3. And so on.
44  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! Attaching LARGE hood to a regular neck? on: October 02, 2013 06:56:39 AM
Yes, I think you'll decrease in the bottom row or two, but keep in mind you would probably make it longer too - more like a hood on a monk's cowl - for the extra room. This may be one of those things you may have to experiment with as you go to get what you want.
45  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pondering a Sweater...Any thoughts? on: October 01, 2013 06:14:03 AM
Have you done a sample yet? Not just to check gauge, but see how it'll look. Mohair is usually knit on larger needles for its weight than the merino silk, so that may be a factor. I don't think it'll be all that heavy - I've used a similar blend and it's pretty light.
46  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Italian Knitting Terms on: September 27, 2013 06:43:06 AM
I have a translation cheat sheet - 'm' is stitch, 'rov' is purl, the 'f' is probably for 'ferro' or row. So yeah, looks like 1st to 5th row.... Whatever it says for row 2 is probably what you do on al WS/even number rows.

Here's some links to knitting dictionaries in different languages, not sure which ones have Italian...

http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/LanguageDictionary.guest.cfm?alpha=a&CFID=12678501&CFTOKEN=75380783
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/dictionary.php?list=enfidenl
http://www.tricotin.com/dico.htm

And this thread at craftster from way back - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=129918.0 - which I copied all the posts with terms into a text file.
47  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Italian Knitting Terms on: September 25, 2013 07:35:38 AM
How is it used? It could mean first or it could indicate the needle size, just depends where it appears.
48  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best Yarns for Projects? on: September 18, 2013 07:08:04 AM
There's no one best yarn for knitting, they all have different uses for different projects. Who say acrylic is not the best to use, and why? I use it for almost all my knitting. They don't behave any different from the wool I've used, and you just block it with a wash and dry. Which is all I do with the wool things too.

The trick with Lion Homespun is not to use it on needles smaller than 11s, or hooks less than L. RHSS is much softer than it was 30 and 40 years ago and they've recently switched mills so you don't even have to wash it for it to feel soft. Caron SS is very nice, some people say it pills, but all softer yarns will; a lot complain about it splitting, but again, use a larger needle/hook to get a looser gauge and it doesn't. As far as knots, I don't come across many, some do, but ALL yarns have knots, even expensive ones. You don't have to rewind yarn to find them, just deal with the knots as you come to them - it's not true you have to join yarn at the edge of a piece, you can do it in the middle of a row.

Bernat Satin is similar to Caron SS in look and feel, Lion Cottonease is very nice to work with, as is Caron Country and Spa, though here again, they're very loosely spun and you need to work with a little looser gauge. I haven't used other brands except older acrylic I find at the thrift store. Even when it's 'scratchy', they soften up a lot with washing, repeated washing, and they last forever.
49  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help with the start of this pattern on: September 12, 2013 05:06:28 PM
You only repeat the p2, k2 not the k3. That way you end up with 3 sts at the beginning and end of the row which when you seam up the item will result in another k2 p2 rib. The repeat is a multiple of 4 sts - 4x9 = 36 +3+3 = 42 sts.
50  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to change the size of a knitting pattern on: September 01, 2013 07:16:27 AM
At 4 sts per inch, 96 sts is going to make it 24" around which is quite large. You can use thinner yarn and smaller needles to downsize, or you can use less sts. Take your sts per inch and multiply it by the head size less an inch or so and that's approximately the number of sts you need. You can use less stitches in the 'k24' sections, taking them down to 16 or 18 or something to reduce to the number that you need. For an approximate head size based on age, here's a chart - http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/headsize.html - though children's heads come in all sizes. My 4 yo grand daughter measures 20", while other kids her age may be 18". This chart - http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/size-chart.html - may be a little more precise.
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