I learned how to cable knit, and it's remarkably easier than I thought it would be...but the work curls up. I wanted to make a nice cable scarf, but when I knit the sides of the work curl over towards eachother. There's one big cable in the middle, but the sides of the work that aren't cable knit curl over...is there anything I can do to fix this, or do I just knit through it and then finish the work and try to "block it"? The only way I know how to block is just wetting the work and flattening it down and leaving it somewhere to dry.
I'm also having the same problem when I knit flat stockinette. The work totally curls up. Is there anything to do to alleviate this whilst knitting or is it just a matter of blocking?
I think is the second project I've attempted on DPNs...the first was the summer of my first year of knitting, and I found super teeny tiny (probably the smallest needle size) DPNs at Walmart and made a pair of literally fingerless "gloves" without a pattern. When I knit those, it was on four DPNs. Now I'm making legwarmers, the first cuff is knit1purl1 ribbing, but the rest is stockinette. I'm making the legwarmer on size 8 Boye DPNs, four of them, and it's just been a super awkward knitting experience. I haven't really had any problems at all with stitches falling off an inactive needle, but just the way I have to hold the needles and how the way the other needles get in the away makes it awkward and sluggish. Plus, with roughly 8-10 inches of the work done, I now notice that there's a longggg ladder. Not only is there a ladder, but it's crooked, too, and it makes my knit stitches look way crooked and sideways. I have a few questions...
1. What are the advantages of knitting with five DPNs as opposed to four? Can you only work bigger projects on five DPNs?
2. Is there anything I can do to prevent the ladder showing up in my next piece of knitting?
3. Is there any way I can make knitting on four DPNs less awkward?
I'm 18. I learned to knit when I was 17 (and crochet too.) I really love it. If fictional teens count, a lot of teens on Degrassi seem to knit, and by a lot I mean Emma and Manny. Hahah. I was taken aback when 14-year old Manny gave her boyfriend a handknitted scarf.
Okay. A new friend of mine has asked if I can knit him a hat. He wants a beanie hat and if it's possible, with earflaps and a pom pom. I'm looking for a really easy pattern for a hat like this, since I've never really knitted a hat before. I have a set of four DPNs and a pair of 16" circular needles. I have several questions...
a. How do I go about attatching a pom pom? Are you supposed to make them yourself? Is it hard to?
b. Are earflaps easy to knit onto the hat? Would it look weird if I crocheted them on?
c. He wants a little pink in the hat [he's not a feminine guy or anything, he just likes pink and wants a bit of it in the hat] I don't know how to go about incorporating it-- bar stripes? Maybe pink in the pom pom? I've done regular fat stripes that alternate with the main color of the hat, but not bar stripes. I don't know how to do intarsia or Fair Isle and I don't want to risk it on the project.
I'm just wicked nervous that I'll end up with a really crap looking, knobly hat with uneven earflaps and a pom-pom that is clearly stitched on and wobbling. I want to knit something nice. Thanks if you take the time to read this and answer all my ~burning questions~.
I finally found a pair of 16" circulars! They're bamboo though, made by Boye. I bought them anyway because they were cheap and the only other sizes of circular needles were 29" and 26", which I regrettably bought a while ago as a new knitter and was stupid enough to waste perfectly good yarn on. Well, my only qualm is--I love to knit fast, and bamboo doesn't let me do that. It's extremely slow and sometimes hard to pull the yarn off the needle... sometimes the stitches on the cable get stuck and I have to manually pull them up, splitting the yarn. Would using a different type of yarn, say cotton or a soft baby yarn make knitting on these needles faster? I'm using acrylic, is that the problem?
(Funny story: Last summer I ended up knitting a whole skein of Red Heart Strata on a 26" circular needle intending for it to be a hat. I didn't know how to decrease [a 26 inch...hat nonetheless] so I pinned up the back of the hat with bobby pins and claimed it was a rasta-style tam [WITHOUT BINDING OFF] and then unpinned it and ended up using a yarn needle I found in my beginners' knitting kit to sew up the unbound loops/end of the work with another color yarn. Yeah, you can imagine how that looks. What a waste of yarn :/)
Why is it when I try out a stitch pattern it just looks like a lot of lumpy garter stitch? I know how to purl, I know how to knit. Am I using the wrong size needles (size 8, aluminum)? Should I try it on bamboo needles?
I started crocheting a hat with no pattern, just by eyeballing and crocheting continuously in the round. The hat has stripes that I make by tying the yarn together. Well, I've frogged the thing about 5 times now because whenever I come to completion, the top of the hat looks like a puffy muffin top and the bottom has turned out too tight. It somehow always ends up looking like a demented chef's hat and I can't figure out how to get it to not take that shape. Am I decreasing too much? Before the hat starts taking form of an actual hat I can put on my head it looks like a huuuuge pancake. Do I just keep crocheting and hope it doesn't turn out too horrible or should I frog the whole thing and attempt to knit it? Crochet patterns confuse me and I only can chain, crochet, and double crochet.
I crochet the hat from the top down. Should I be doing it the opposite way?
I've seen it done, and I was wondering how you can make knitting on flat needles look like icord...I think that's what it's called? Haha...it's the stitch that you get when you knit circular. Call me crazy but I like how that looks instead of how a garter stitch or stockinette stitch looks.
How do I do ribbing on DPNs? I only have size 3 DPNS and they're the first DPNS I ever worked with. I've been making wristwarmers but I want to start ribbing, which I've never done before.
What's magic loop, and can I use it to make a hat on circulars that are ginormous?
Okayokayokay, one more question...you know when do you a dropstitch scarf? Well, is the dropstitch stitch basically a purl stitch, but pulled tight? I've been knitting since January '07 and I still don't know about purling.