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« on: June 05, 2008 05:06:51 PM »

But how do you check you gauge?  Huh  I know that you knit a swatch X inches long, and you are supposed to get X amount of stitches per inch, but what stitch do you do?  Just a plain old knit stitch back and forth, or knit one way and purl back?  (Can you tell this is the 3rd day I've been knitting?)  If it helps this is the pattern I want to try:  http://www.modadea.com/patterns/LM0167.htm  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2008 05:09:19 PM »

All knitting questions are good questions, cause we all have to learn somehow Wink
And you would do a swatch in stockinette stitch, or knitting one way and purling back. Then you count how many Vs fit in the measurement you need. Hope that helps! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2008 05:18:00 PM »

Thank you so much!  That's what I thought, but I don't know ANYONE in my area that knits (or crochets or sews...) to ask.  I'll have to see how this comes out.
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2008 06:39:43 PM »

I use what ever stitch is used in the pattern I'm knitting for my swatches
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2008 06:58:58 PM »

I use what ever stitch is used in the pattern I'm knitting for my swatches

I do this too. Different stitch patterns will usually have a different gauge than stockinette; especially lace and ribbing patterns. If a knitting pattern uses a specific stitch motif/pattern throughout, the pattern will tell you whether or not you should use the gauge for that stitch.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2008 07:26:24 PM »

Another question:  Is this a good pattern?  Is there any mistakes/confusing parts (that will frustrate me and cause me to put it away for a very, very long time)?
http://www.modadea.com/patterns/LM0167.htm
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2008 07:59:37 PM »

Pattern will usually say to do the swatch in stockinette, the stitch pattern or something else. When they don't, it should be in stockinette (knit a row, purl a row).

The pattern you posted a link to is fairly easy, I would suggest using a smooth yarn though. A fluffy yarn like that shown is not easy for a beginner to use. The only part that may take some help with is making the neckline, but you can always post your questions here.

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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2008 08:04:30 PM »

Another question:  Is this a good pattern?  Is there any mistakes/confusing parts (that will frustrate me and cause me to put it away for a very, very long time)?
http://www.modadea.com/patterns/LM0167.htm

With just a cursory glance, it looks simple enough for a beginner. I do suggest using a smoother yarn (it will make seaming easier). It does bother me that they don't provide a simple diagram (major pet peeve of mine) but since you're basically knitting squares and sewing them together, the picture they provide should be good enough.

I think the most important thing about choosing a pattern is whether or not it seems confusing to you. When reading it, can you see it knitting up in your head? Are there parts you don't understand even after researching? In the end, only you can decide if something is going to be workable for you.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2008 05:32:48 AM »

Please don't ever feel dumb asking questions.  That's one of the reasons this board exists.

If you have a question, you can bet there are other folks that have the same question but are too afraid to ask. 

By asking, you not only help yourself but other folks.
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2008 07:37:02 AM »

Very true, please post questions. I've been knitting almost since the dawn of time and have learned a thing or six by reading posts on this forum and others. There's always something for everyone to learn.
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