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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ribbed Legwarmer HELP please! on: December 04, 2007 05:46:31 PM
Ok, here it is. I thought I'd give this board a whirl.

I'm knitting a ribbed legwarmer and the pattern states to cast on 27 and (k2,p1) for all rows. So obv it's 3x9 = 27 to come to that cast on, but here's the thing...I cast on 30 b/c the person I'm making them for has large calves and thicker ankles than I do...and I've now knit 3 rows and it doesn't look right, the stitches aren't matching up. I am exhausted which is why I can't tap into this BASIC idiotic question, but can someone please offer me help??? Shouldn't it work out correctly? I am so frustrated that I can't figure out this BASIC MATH!

THANKS! OH...I should mention that I want to do a mattress stitch seaming to join edges so I need a stitch at the edge that will have the inner "bar".
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How can I make this??? on: November 17, 2007 10:14:27 PM

My mother would LOVE this, she wears these tie front shrugs ALL the time over tanks b/c she doesn't like her upper arms showing. I know if I made her one she'd wear it (though unfortunately, she'd probably only like it in boring black)...but anyway, it's probably easy enough or there is likely a similar pattern online somewhere (free please)...but I can't find it if so.

HELP! Thanks so much, in advance.

(and while I'm at it...how about this? possible to make or find a similar pattern?):
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Anyone make LB's Elegant Shell top??? on: November 17, 2007 09:53:23 PM
Hi All...

I want to make Lion Brand's "Elegant Shell" top for my mother as a Xmas present, pattern here: http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/60579.html.  She said she is a size Medium, but I'm not sure for this top. I know the lace pattern will stretch, but she's a 36D boobage and has a bit of a tummy and hips. THOUGHTS???

Also, b/c I SUCK at gauge, please help me out if possible. I'm using LB Cotton Ease and for some aggravating reason I can't get the gauge swatch right...it keeps going into a circle. The gauge is based on the V-stitch Pattern (dc, ch1, dc + 3dc in next st) and when I start it off of my foundation chain for a gauge swatch, it just forms a circle. I am not a novice crocheter so maybe I'm just too tired to start a project this late at night, but I'm frustrated and would appreciate any help.

I know gauge depends mostly on my personal crochet tension as well as hook size and yarn used, of course, but should an H hook and the LB Cotton Ease do the trick for the medium? 

Thanks in advance!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ALLOY catalog - cute knits! on: October 27, 2007 05:22:15 PM
I subscribe to the Alloy catalog online and this was my email today. It's mostly a teen clothing catalog, but I think these hats are way cute:

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Interweave Press Back Issue SALE on: October 25, 2007 12:39:53 PM
Just wanted to pass this on!

Interweave Press is having a Back Issue sale:

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / All the rage - for $100 bucks?!! I don't THINK so. on: October 18, 2007 03:47:38 PM
I just saw this and my jaw dropped. Check it out:  http://www.outblush.com/women/fashion/accessories/nolita-hat/

A HUNDRED BUCKS?!  With that bulky yarn, this thing would knit up in like 15 minutes!  What a rip!

And then there's this, for $187!

PS) I came across that while looking for a knit brim hat pattern (free) for my friend in San Fran who wants me to make her this:
Head-on photo:


7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / CAST ON question - HELP! on: October 17, 2007 06:22:49 PM
Hi all!  Hope someone can help me, I think my question is fairly simple but I am gauge-and-math challenged so I'm copping out and asking you guys! :-)

I've decided to make up a VERY BASIC tank design, using Caron Simply Soft and size 7 circs.  Here is "my idea" (in quotes b/c it's so NOT a new pattern I'm making up):

- 2x2 rib at the bottom
- stockinette until the boobs, switch to seed stitch, add straps.

So yeah, BASIC BASIC BASIC.  Basically, I want to do something like this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=59314.0

And now here is my question:

I am a size small, and a 34B bra size (which I'll be wearing with this). I just knit the Razor Cami in LB BabySoft yarn (which is obv much thinner than Caron SS) and size 5 circs. I did a 156 cast on sts for that with the same 2x2 rib at the bottom...and it fits me PERFECTLY!  Now, I know that is a lace pattern and therefore has a lot more give than stockinette, but I did some half-assed mathematical (read: wrong) thinking and thought a 144 cast on for this one I want to make now would be right.  Clearly, I should not 'wing it' so...PLEASE HELP!

THANKS in advance!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone make julsey723's Anthropologie-Inspired Capelet in Homespun yarn? on: October 16, 2007 03:38:30 PM
I have a gorgeous skein of LB Homespun in a deep grape color that I love, and I want to knit this capelet with it: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=62184.0

Did anyone in the KAL (or otherwise) knit that in Homespun? If so, please HELP me figure out gauge and sizing! THANKS!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sand in the Sky HAT - with link to FREE PATTERN on: October 14, 2007 09:12:17 PM
I wanted to make this hat: http://hometown.aol.com/tepperleen/page2.html b/c I think it's super cute, but after finishing it, it was not only WAY too long on me (covered my nose) but it looked ridiculous. SO, I frogged it back to Row 17 of the pattern and left it like that. I used a K hook just like the pattern said.

I LOVE this yarn so much! It's Bernat Softee Chunky in the Nature's Way colorway and it's shinier and softer than the solid Softee Chunky. SO nice to work with! I used New Denim Heather color for the brim, starting at Row 16 (the dc's), which matches the blue in the other one perfectly. I am loving this hat (if not the pics of me with a shiny forehead). 

Anyway, here are some pics:

I don't know why I'm making hats when I live in Miami and only spend 4 days a year in winter weather. They're quick and fun, I guess!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blue RAZOR CAMI on: October 13, 2007 02:43:18 PM
Well...here it is, 165 years after I started it. UGH, it took me forever b/c my interest waned with the repetitive (yet easy to remember) lace pattern and then a yarn tangle in the skein got the best of me...so I left this project alone for months. I finally decided I HAD TO finish it, so here it is.  I TOTALLY messed up the dividing at the armpit and I haven't woven in ends yet, but I'm psyched the straps look good...I crocheted around the top edge, adding straps as I went. 

Anyway, here it is:

I used Lion Brand Baby Soft yarn in "Bluebell" and size 5 circs.
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