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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Zig zag scarf help!!! on: February 01, 2008 05:23:48 AM
2 ways more ways.. (and there are/will be other suggestions.

1--knit in round, in fair isle style.  a style of zig-zags is simple.  you can easliy find one in most stitch dictionaries.

this will result in straight rows of knitting, with a chevron color pattern

2--make stripes and work in a chevron stitch pattern.

basically,
R1-- K6, K3tog (raised center decrease )K6, yo, k1, yo,
(an 18 stitch pattern (+6 more for far edge if knitting flat)

R2 is purl every stitch (if knitting flat) or Round 2 is Knit every stitch.

Change color every 2 or 4 rows

--this mostly stocking knit pattern will need an edging to keep it from curling, if knit flat--don't forget to add it!

pattern 2 will result knitting that is directional, and the direction of the stitches will make the chevron design.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dumb cast-on question on: January 30, 2008 02:41:13 PM
you're on your way to be being a great knitter!

thinking about the detail (and when it comes to a hat--a brim cast on just hangs around your face.. it's become one of the most evident details!)

there are other choices --though german(aka twist, german twist, norwegian) cast on is excellent

a braid (monochrome or multi color) is very attractive ..

basic  long tail but down with 3 strands of yarn..

there are so many choices... and so what that you don't (yet) know long tail.. there are many video's out there with tutorials.. (and many books, and many..)

last year i did a series on cast ons.. (4 part) each part has a link (at the end) to the next..

Part 4 is mostly a set of links.. to on line tutorials, and Video's for cast ons..

start here,
Look at options, (there are over 40 different ways to cast on!) and then find a tutorial or reference on how to learn the cast on you want!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Combining sewing and knitting? on: January 29, 2008 09:22:08 AM
Arlene Mitzter, (designer/knitting professional)has made fair isle vest(s), steeked, and added petite point (needlepoint) button bands, rather than knit ones.. & solved the problem of buttonholes quite nicely!

I've seen vest with Quilted shoulder yokes--on the lower hem, closely sewn on 'blanket stitch' (see any embroider book for instructions) and stitches picked up from blanket stitch and the body of the vest knit.. (jackets done the same way, yoke/collar peiced/quilted cloth, body/sleeves knit.

and in times past all hand knit suits were lined (with woven fabric linings.) as are many knit/felted bags these day.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with double knit! on: January 26, 2008 01:21:33 PM
this simple double knitting

Double knitting is a confusing term, since there are about 7 types of knitting that are called double knitting

to start, you double your stitch count
(1/2 of the stitches become side A--the other half of the stitches become side B)

there is no 'right side" or wrong side.

both sides look like stocking knit (all knits no purls)

to do simple double knitting:Knit 1, the slip 1 (not over a stitch just from left needle to right needle!) BUT you must remember to bring the yarn forward (as if to purl.
so its: *K1, Yarn forward, as if to purl (not to yarn over), slip 1, Yarn back as if to knit, (repeat from *)

What makes the LB pattern a bit tricky is:
1--they are working with an odd number

2 --they make Row 1 the odd numbered row

so Row 1, you start with a slip 1(with yarn in front as if to purl) , *bring yarn to back (as if to knit) K1, Bring yarn to Front (as if to Purl) slip 1 (repeat from *)

Row 1 ends with a slip stitch.

Row 2 is work as i  described simple knitting (in red) ONLY you end with a Knit stitch (half a pattern repeat)

Try simple double knitting with any number of stitches (do a swatch)

cast on X (for swatching make it an even number, and
every row,work as RED directions

you'll end up with a flat tube of knitting, both sides are stocking knit.

(back in April of 07 to may(mid month to mid month) i blogs all about double knitting) you can check my archives and read all about double knitting.

double knitting is (simple double knitting ) is not hard, but it a different rhythm than standard knitting. 

take a deep breath, sit down and try again!  You can do it!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thrift Store Find!!! Fantastic Knitting Book on: January 25, 2008 08:04:25 AM
i own that book, (since 1972 or so) I have a 1970 edition.

it is still one of my favorite books (and its falling apart)

i plan to laminate every page, and to have it spiral bound (i buy packs of laminate when ever i have a 40% off coupon, i have 45 or so pages of laminate, (i still need a lot more!) but its worth every penny.. i plan on keeping the book another 30+ years!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New knitter needs help with selvages. on: January 22, 2008 11:35:23 AM
the slip stitch (chain) edge selvage is the 'cure all' fix.

its a fast and dirty fix. (it fixes nothing!)

is passable for non seamed edges (scarves/stoles shawls)

it's a poor choice for edges that will later be seamed

there are only 1/2 the number of chains as there are rows, and this can result in 1/2 the number of stitches in the seam.. not good for smooth, strong seams!

1--there are other selvage stitches if you want a 'finished edge to a scarf or other item.

I-cord is one, simple double knitting is another, cables even work as an edging!
YO/k2tog is yet another choice!

2--for edges that will be seamed, the fix is not a selvage stitch(any selvage stitch,  but a solution.

and the solution has been presented--(see soozeq's post)

attention to detail (like snugging up the first stitch, and smooth edges ) are what elevate home knit to "hand Knit"

it takes practice! 

(if you'd like to see, i-cord edges (with i cord cast on and i cord bind off) or simple double knitting as a selvage (and a cable selvage) check out my blog, (Jan 19th entry) for a collection of wash clothes with these different selvage/edge treatments.

you can go with the chain stitch (never really solving the problem, just hushing it up) or you can learn to make beautiful edges on your knitting.. by choice. 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for beret/tam patterns... on: January 10, 2008 05:34:45 PM
i love the sunflower tam from Knitting Nature Norah Gaughan,

You should see if you can find it the library if you only want 1 pattern (but really the book is filled with wonderful patterns!)

its both complex (every row is different!) and easy (the pattern 'changes' at a regular rate/process, so you can quickly 'understand it' and only need to refer to it once in a while (and every row has a stitch count, so you can check and find out which row you are on!--great pattern writing!

i haven't made the original, but made to hats 'using' the basic design.. you can see them on my blog (currently in sight, just scroll down) or look for late December 07/or early january 08 entries.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: possibly the dumbest question ever...casting on on: January 03, 2008 03:24:17 PM
and be sure to
1--use a stretch cast on or you'll end up with a (at worst) a barrel (_) (or at least) a \___/ shape to your afghan!

2--if you use a Long tail, use a 2 ball of yarn long tail
--Knot 2 yarns together (into a slip knot, but don't count this as a stitch)
--use 1 ball as 'thumb yarn', the other ball as "index finger" yarn.
--Cast on (standard Long tail
--at the end, cut the "thumb yarn' , and continue to knit with 'index yarn)
--if you are making a fringe, leave the tail as part of fringe, other wise weave in..
--(one extra tail to weave in, but you'll be sure to  have a long enough tail!)

3--(see #1) be sure to use a loose cast off!

4--Plan--if not using a fringe, cast on/cast off..
---do you want a matching one?
--------(cable matches 'standard cast off)
--------there are Picot cast on's and picot cast off's
--------you could do an i-cord cast off
--------If you add a fringe, or knit on edging, no need to match cast on/cast off

have fun--hand knit afghans can be beautiful!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What type of crown decreases? on: January 02, 2008 11:45:48 AM
What is the most important consideration?

YOUR LIKES AND DISLIKES!

there are many options..
decrease in purls, then knits, keeping in a rib as long as possible:
(turning 4X4 ribbing into 4X3, then 4X2, Then 4X1, then 3X1, then 2X1, then 1X1 then stocking knit for a round or two)

or
turn 4X4 into 4X3, then 3X3, then 3X2, then 2X2, then 2X1, then 1X1 (then stocking knit for a round or two

or keep 3 or 4 ribs "intact" and let all the others 'decrease' into those 'main ribs'

or decrease 4 times every round, and having the ribs fall into a 4 armed spiral,

(or 8 decreases every other round, for an 8 armed spiral..

Its your hat!  try something.. if you don't like it, make another.. (and another, and another) eventually you'll find a design you like!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: double knit sweater ??'s on: January 02, 2008 11:39:05 AM
yep,

recently --(creative knitting? knit N Style?(think it was creative knitting) (winter issue/most recent issue)  had a hat/mitten/scarf..

the scarf is mostly garter, with a fair isle star/snowflake motif at the ends (the hat is similar) the fair isle part is done in round (not double knit, but it could be!) and the rest of scarf is single knit.

you could adapt the pattern to double knitting, (the scarf pattern) and 'do a practice piece...

or you could just go for broke and do a double knit section on sweater!

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