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181  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Teeny tiny circs? on: March 18, 2007 09:08:14 PM
Magic Loop is my favorite.

I just came back from Camp Stitch-A-Lot in Davison, MI which is a cross-stitcher's get together.  Having just learned how to knit, I was more interested in practicing my knitting.  A lady at camp (who also knits) saw me fighting with my sock recommended the Magic Loop.  I was soooo frustrated fumbling with dpn's and two circs that I almost gave up on socks entirely.  When she recommended Magic Loop, I left immediately to the nearest yarn store and bought the book and a set of Addi Turbo circular needles.  I spent the next day and a half doing nothing but practicing my rib stitch in the round for my first pair of socks.  I am in heaven!!!

Basically the magic loop is knitting in the round using one circular needle.  Half the project is on the points and is the part being worked on.  The other half is in the middle of the loop of the circ.  There's enough slack in the loop on either side to allow for movement of the points, so it kind of looks like the knitted project has Mickey Mouse ears.  The book I bought recommends a minimum of a 32" cord but 40" or above is ideal.

Edited to add the YouTube tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtBSmxGomPk
182  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Teeny tiny circs? on: March 18, 2007 07:53:46 PM
Magic Loop is my favorite.
I just came back from Camp Stitch-A-Lot in Davison, MI which is a cross-stitcher's get together.  Having just learned how to knit, I was more interested in practicing my knitting.  A lady at camp (who also knits) saw me fighting with my sock recommended the Magic Loop.  I was soooo frustrated fumbling with dpn's and two circs that I almost gave up on socks entirely.  When she recommended Magic Loop, I left immediately to the nearest yarn store and bought the book and a set of Addi Turbo circular needles.  I spent the next day and a half doing nothing but practicing my rib stitch in the round for my first pair of socks.  I am in heaven!!!

Basically the magic loop is knitting in the round using one circular needle.  Half the project is on the points and is the part being worked on.  The other half is in the middle of the loop of the circ.  There's enough slack in the loop on either side to allow for movement of the points, so it kind of looks like the knitted project has Mickey Mouse ears.  The book I bought recommends a minimum of a 32" cord but 40" or above is ideal.
183  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New knitter w/ pattern question on: February 23, 2007 06:55:01 PM
clicksticks, I think they had to specify ws and rs on this one because the pattern can go either way.  One side has a nubby appearance and the other has a ribbed appearance and the sweater was designed to be made with either side out. 

Thank you both for your help!!
184  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New knitter w/ pattern question on: February 23, 2007 06:15:23 AM
Row 1 (worng side of the garment) is k1, p1.  Row 2 (right side) is all knit stitches. 
185  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New knitter w/ pattern question on: February 22, 2007 08:56:08 PM
I'm knitting a sweater in panels and from the bottom up.  The first part I'm knitting is the back panel and I've gotten up to where the rows decrease at the armholes.  The instructions read:

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Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 14" from cast-on edge, end by working a wrong side row. This is the length of the sweater to the armholes.

Note: Now you will begin decreasing to shape the armholes, the shoulders and the back of the neck.  As you work the rest of the sweater, on the wrong side rows be sure to keep the stitches in the pattern as it has been established.

What is meant by "working a wrong side row"?  I have knit the pattern of row 1 and row 2 until I have 14", but I don't know if there's anything special I need to do before starting the armholes.  The next instructions is where it's decereasing the rows by 2 stitches to begin the armholes.
186  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: anyone with patterns to knit flat? on: February 11, 2007 08:43:54 PM
I started knitting a sweater from The Learn to Knit a Sweater book I found at my local JoAnn's. 

http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Knit-Sweater-Book-1258/dp/0881958506/ref=pd_ybh_a_2/002-5326196-7840031

All the sweaters are knitted in panels and assembled later. Plus it also has instructions on how to check your gauge and even going to the basics of casting on, knit, and purl for those who need that level of help.  All the yarns recommended are the Lion Brand yarns and the one I'm working on is with Wool Ease Thick & Quick.
187  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Basic sweaters in plus sizes? on: February 01, 2007 10:34:09 PM
The two local libraries don't carry it.  I'll have to look for it at a bookstore or LYS.
188  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Basic sweaters in plus sizes? on: February 01, 2007 10:15:50 PM
I'm looking to make fairly simple cardigans and pull over sweaters that are fairly easy enough for a beginner.  I've been to a couple craft stores in hopes of finding a pattern book, but at best I find one so-so pattern for every 10 books with sweaters.  Is there a place online I might be able to purchase and download patterns in a 2X size?

Edited to add: I'd be interested in both knit and crochet sweaters een though this is in the knitting forum.
189  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What tools can't you live without? on: February 01, 2007 10:03:09 PM
Something my aunt made for my mom several decades ago was a quilted hook holder and a quilted knitting needle holder.  Basically the inside had a flap go halfway up with vertical stitching to keep the needles/hooks seperated and organized.  The back portion was much taller than the needles so it flips over the top.  Then the holder is rolled left to right and there's ribbons sewn on one end to tie the holder closed.  If I see one of them this weekend I will take a pic to post.
190  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting Mushroom? on: January 31, 2007 07:40:11 PM
The cords could be used as purse/bag handles.  Or if the cord is knit as a flat piece instead of circular, maybe it could make a curled edge for a sweater or scarf?
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