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« on: March 19, 2006 09:59:01 AM »

In the instructions for the Windy City scarf, it says to "Divide in half" for the keyhole....I'm not an experienced knitter because if I was, maybe I'd understand what it meant!

Divide WHAT in half? The knitting is on the needle, do I slide half of it off the needle?

Any help would be great, thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2006 03:14:22 PM »

If you look at the scarf it has a slit in it right down the middle to put the other scarf end in.  Well, what you are going to do is put half of the stitches on a stitch holder (or whatever else would work) and you just work one side for however long they say.  Then, when you have that side done, you take the stitches of the holder and knit that side until it matches the other.  Then you just put all the stitches back on one needle and continue knitting like you were before (all in one piece).  Does that make sense?
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2006 03:42:24 PM »

THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHA NKYOU!!!!!

Mystery solved!!!!

So, just so I have this straight.....you could just use a knitting needle as a stitch holder, couldn't you? If you had a point protector to keep the stitches from falling off? Seems like it would make things easier when it comes time to knitting those set-aside stitches, as it says to knit both sides.....does this sound right?
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2006 07:12:18 AM »

You could use a needle as a stitch holder, but that might weigh it down a lot and stretch out the stitches.  I'd just thread some yarn through a yarn needle and slip the stitches off the knitting needle (slip them purlwise) and onto the yarn.  That's always what I do for a stitch holder, because it's free and won't stretch out stitches.
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2006 07:41:45 AM »

Wait... really?  That's not what I did when I made this scarf.  Let me see if I can explain this well... I'm not very good at explinations.   Roll Eyes  Ok, so what I did was I wound a little, second ball of yarn using the end I wasn't knitting with, then... uh.  Maybe I should draw a picture.



Does that make any sense?  So I was knitting both halves at the same time, but they stayed seperate because I had two balls of yarn.
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2006 08:47:03 AM »

You can do it either way.  Sometimes people don't want to roll up a little ball of yarn, so they do one side at a time.
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2006 11:29:36 PM »

Lelila, yours makes more sense to me because the instructions *say* to knit both sides at once. If there are stitches on a stitch holder, how can you knit them?

I'm going to try this as an experiment and see if it works for me. Thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2006 11:34:06 AM »

Basically, there are two ways to do it.  The instructions tell you one way--to introduce a new ball of yarn and work 10sts with one ball, drop the slack of yarn from that ball and pick up the new one, and to knit the remaining 10 sts with the new ball. 

If you choose, you can knit each half separately by putting half of your sitches onto a stitchholder and then knitting the other half until it's the right length.  then, you'd put the stitches on the stitch holder back onto your needle and knit those until everything's the right length. 

Personally, I think it's easier to knit both at once (the first option).  There's no need to count rows so you don't need to worry about having one side longer than the other.  And really, it is just for a few rows.

So, to answer your question abotu the stitch holder, you don't knit those stitches while they're on it.  You put them on it to get them out of the way for a little while.

I made this scarf for my sister a couple of years ago and it's seriously cute!
Good luck & hope we haven't confused you too much!
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