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11  Dartmoor Scarf - Now With Grid on Page 2 in Knitting: Completed Projects by milksmom on: May 05, 2009 07:31:19 PM
Made this a while ago and never got around to posting it. (Where does the time go?)This scarf came out of a contest to pick a literary figure and what they would knit. I picked Sherlock Holmes and thus was born the Dartmoor Scarf using (what else?) a hounds-tooth pattern. The scarf is 5" wide and roughly 60" long.

This is double knitted so both sides are done at the same time. The idea of double knitting was easy to understand, it was harder wrapping my head around the execution of said double knitting. It's definitely not for the faint of heart or anyone who wants instant gratification. The scarf is wonderfully warm, because the double knitting creates pockets that hold air and the yarn is an absolutely yummy alpaca/silk blend.

Link to post with chart here.
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12  Potholders you can use! Now with link! in Crochet: Completed Projects by milksmom on: May 05, 2009 06:47:57 PM
Been making potholders using Helena's Potholder Stitch. This stitch works up in half-rows and so the resulting fabric is very thick. My family won't use any other potholders now. These are machine washable & dryable since they're crocheted using Sugar 'n Cream/Peaches 'n Cream yarns. Sadly, the website for Helena's Potholder Stitch is defunct, and virus infected the last time I did manage to find it. Anyways, enjoy!

EDIT: I was able to find a working link with pictures for how do do Helena's Potholder Stitch.

I use a size 6/G hook and chain 24 stitches to start, leaving a long yarn tail. Later use a smaller hook to make the loop for the potholder from the yarn tail. The finished potholder is roughly the size of a sandwich baggie. (Before washing) I can write up some more explicit instructions, if that would help. ^_^

By using 2 different yarns and the 3 color theory, you can get a different number of stripes on each side of the potholder.

I usually go with 3 on one side and 2 stripes on the other, although I did experiment with 4 and 2 stripes.

Here's a closeup of the hanging loop. Not that I really use them, they're just not potholders without 'em.

Here's a closeup of the stitches. They look like the Pi symbol, or little men.

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13  Re: Knitty's Space Invader Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by milksmom on: September 16, 2007 06:40:45 PM
Thanks everyone for your nice comments. It did take a long while to make these, but I found that color knitting has its own rhythm that's quite different from knitting round and round in stockinet. Once I quit fighting with the knitting [like most knitters/crafters I want to finish a project yesterday], it was a relief. I would definitely recommend getting one of these gadgets:

I had learned to tension both yarns with my hands, but this made it infinitely easier, and I still had control of the yarns.

Keep on knitting!!
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14  Knitty's Space Invader Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by milksmom on: September 09, 2007 04:56:40 PM
Greetings all!! Here's my take on Knitty's Space Invader Socks. Original pattern here: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring07/PATTbmp.html

These are my second colorwork socks, knitted from the toe up. I started them like three times to get what I wanted, but it was worth it. I used Patons Kroy and Socka sock yarns. I usually increase the needle size for the leg portion, but found that with patterns like this, it was too noticeable. Instead I added more stitches and barely increased the needle size. They're very comfortable and make me smile when I wear them.

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