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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I knit a hat? on: February 13, 2007 03:05:02 PM
I'm not using a pattern. When I find something good I'd like to knit that looks relatively simple, I get confused by words like "increases" and "decreases" and "weave in", ect. I just cast on a lot of stitches and began to knit in the round. Everything I knit is impromptu. I also can't watch videos on this computer Sad I've tried so many purling guides with different illustations.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How do I knit a hat? on: February 13, 2007 02:41:29 PM
I have just bought a pair of circular needles (I love themmmm) and I've started knitting a hat. The only thing I don't get is how to knit the hat together at the top. Do I sew it? I only know how to cast on, knit, and I think cast off. I have followed all the purl steps, but whenever I purl it looks exactly like knitting. My knit stitch is flawless, but it is my inability to purl that renders me kind of useless when it comes to making stuff.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone try Red Heart Strata yarn that apparently creates Fair Isle designs? on: February 11, 2007 12:08:18 PM
I don't want to waste my money, so I was wondering if anyone had tried Red Heart Strata yarn. It is described like this:

http://www.coatsandclark.com/Products/Knitting/Medium+Yarns/Red+Heart+Strata.htm

"Engineered print" yarn automatically creates Fair-Isle type designs when knitted and unique pattern stripes when crocheted. Strata looks great alone or can be accented with solids in Red Heart Super Saver.
24  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Octopode Pandemonium! (Now with Tutorial!) on: February 10, 2007 07:20:02 AM
I really want to make this, but what does it mean to *1 Single Crochet in one, 2 Single Crochet in *1 around? What is *1? And why does it say 12 total at the end?
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Super Ghetto Wristwarmers for the Novice Knitter (no DPNs or circulars required) on: January 28, 2007 08:53:47 AM
Are you tired of knitting seemingly endless scarves that you don't finish due to a lack of inspiration? Do you open up "beginner" patterns but does your brain nearly implode from all of the knitting terms you haven't even heard of yet? Have no fear, this tutorial for super ghetto but really cool looking wristwarmers is here. No DPNs, no circular needles.

If you aren't a super ghetto knitter, here's a really really cool pattern for wristwarmers that I tried but failed at, thus landing me with making this tutorial: http://punkrockpatterns.blogspot.com/2006/12/easy-wristwarmers.html

For my wristwarmers, you will need to know how to...

-Cast on
-Knit (using regular flat needles)
-Use a needle and thread (or you can use a sewing machine, doesn't matter)
-Use scissors to cut a thumbhole
-Increase (really easy, just cast on another stitch when done with a row)

And you will need these materials...

-Knitting needles, not DPNs or circulars but the flat ones. I used Boye Size 8 knitting needles for my wristwarmers.
-A needle and thread. If you get scared by sewing, do not back off. It's really simple and easy. You can also use a sewing machine, I think.
-Scissors
-Yarn (for my wristwarmers I used Red Heart Supersaver 100% Acryllic yarn in Pinata, but you can use anything you want)

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1. Cast on. This part is wicked important. I have bony wrists so I cast on about 30. Make sure you cast on enough that the wristwarmer will fit.
2. Begin to knit. You can hold up your knitting to your wrist to see how much you have left to do before you get to the thumb.
3. When you knit enough to where the thumb starts extending, increase by one stitch (cast on when you have finished a row of knitting, everyone can do this) and keep knitting.
4. When you feel that it covers enough of your hand, take the work off the needle and wrap it or pin it around your hand to see if you're comfortable with it. Be sure not to pull any cast on loops out in case you want to put your work back on the needle and knit a little more.
5. Thread your needle and fold over the armwarmer so the edges meet. Sew them together. If you feel this isn't secure enough, sew over it again until you feel comfortable. Snip off the needle with your trusty scissors.
6. Slip the wristwarmer on. It's going to feel snug because you haven't cut the thumbhole. Carefully, put your thumb where you want the thumbhole to go in the wristwarmer and take your scissors, then snip a comfortable sized slit. Your thumb will pop through.
7. Voila, you have made a wristwarmer.

In true ghetto fashion, I have no pictures because I have no camera, but I hope to have some up soon.

If your wristwarmers are really loose, wear them over some boring gloves or resize them with scissors or a needle and thread.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any Suggestions for a Beginning Knitter? on: January 21, 2007 01:52:34 PM
How do I use Double Pointed Needles? Are there any tutorials or pictures online?
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any Suggestions for a Beginning Knitter? on: January 21, 2007 01:09:01 PM
I just made myself some double pointed needles. What can I use them for?
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting terms, welcome for the non-knitters on: January 21, 2007 08:12:27 AM
How do I make a scarf with two colors in it? For instance, I have a green ball of yarn and a black ball of yarn. I want the scarf to be striped black and green. How do I do this?

I only know how to cast on and knit. (I think I have an idea of how to purl but it comes out really weird so I don't do it.) I'm currently making a scarf and it's going pretty well. I made a scarf before, but I didn't finish it because it was really messed up. It's supposed to be 14 stitches, but I would accidentally increase or decrease without noticing and there are little nooses sticking out of it.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How can I make a circle skirt? on: January 08, 2007 05:30:52 PM
Kind of like the skirt on the recon "sundress" in the recon section...it's not pleated, but flowy and wavy. I don't know how to describe it.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Gimp/lanyard/boondoggle/colored plastic string fans...anyone with me?! on: January 07, 2007 12:23:22 PM
Is anyone else on here totally adept at this? I started with the Chinese Staircase stitch at age 13 and then I became obsessed. I've tried sewing and knitting, but I've always been the best at making gimp. Hopefully I can get a camera soon and share what I've made. I once created a blue-and-glow in the dark heart, but I left it on a table when I went to go get something and somebody at my school stole it. I've also made huge stitches that combine six circle or square/box stitches in one. I think this craft is way underappreciated.
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