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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I learned how to cable, but the work is curling... on: December 30, 2008 01:16:42 PM
I learned how to cable knit, and it's remarkably easier than I thought it would be...but the work curls up. I wanted to make a nice cable scarf, but when I knit the sides of the work curl over towards eachother. There's one big cable in the middle, but the sides of the work that aren't cable knit curl over...is there anything I can do to fix this, or do I just knit through it and then finish the work and try to "block it"? The only way I know how to block is just wetting the work and flattening it down and leaving it somewhere to dry.

I'm also having the same problem when I knit flat stockinette. The work totally curls up. Is there anything to do to alleviate this whilst knitting or is it just a matter of blocking?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The awkwardness of knitting with DPNs, and that damn ladder. on: December 28, 2008 12:11:08 PM
I think is the second project I've attempted on DPNs...the first was the summer of my first year of knitting, and I found super teeny tiny (probably the smallest needle size) DPNs at Walmart and made a pair of literally fingerless "gloves" without a pattern. When I knit those, it was on four DPNs. Now I'm making legwarmers, the first cuff is knit1purl1 ribbing, but the rest is stockinette. I'm making the legwarmer on size 8 Boye DPNs, four of them, and it's just been a super awkward knitting experience. I haven't really had any problems at all with stitches falling off an inactive needle, but just the way I have to hold the needles and how the way the other needles get in the away makes it awkward and sluggish. Plus, with roughly 8-10 inches of the work done, I now notice that there's a longggg ladder. Not only is there a ladder, but it's crooked, too, and it makes my knit stitches look way crooked and sideways. I have a few questions...

1. What are the advantages of knitting with five DPNs as opposed to four? Can you only work bigger projects on five DPNs?

2. Is there anything I can do to prevent the ladder showing up in my next piece of knitting?

3. Is there any way I can make knitting on four DPNs less awkward?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Really easy mens' hat with earflaps pattern?/Pom Pom/Hat Knitting question!! on: October 07, 2008 09:39:56 AM
Okay. A new friend of mine has asked if I can knit him a hat. He wants a beanie hat and if it's possible, with earflaps and a pom pom. I'm looking for a really easy pattern for a hat like this, since I've never really knitted a hat before. I have a set of four DPNs and a pair of 16" circular needles. I have several questions...

a. How do I go about attatching a pom pom? Are you supposed to make them yourself? Is it hard to?

b. Are earflaps easy to knit onto the hat? Would it look weird if I crocheted them on?

c. He wants a little pink in the hat [he's not a feminine guy or anything, he just likes pink and wants a bit of it in the hat] I don't know how to go about incorporating it-- bar stripes? Maybe pink in the pom pom? I've done regular fat stripes that alternate with the main color of the hat, but not bar stripes. I don't know how to do intarsia or Fair Isle Sad and I don't want to risk it on the project.

I'm just wicked nervous that I'll end up with a really crap looking, knobly hat with uneven earflaps and a pom-pom that is clearly stitched on and wobbling. I want to knit something nice. Thanks if you take the time to read this and answer all my ~burning questions~. Smiley Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is there any way I can make knitting with bamboo needles...quicker? on: August 08, 2008 12:11:33 PM
I finally found a pair of 16" circulars! They're bamboo though, made by Boye. I bought them anyway because they were cheap and the only other sizes of circular needles were 29" and 26", which I regrettably bought a while ago as a new knitter and was stupid enough to waste perfectly good yarn on. Well, my only qualm is--I love to knit fast, and bamboo doesn't let me do that. It's extremely slow and sometimes hard to pull the yarn off the needle... sometimes the stitches on the cable get stuck and I have to manually pull them up, splitting the yarn. Would using a different type of yarn, say cotton or a soft baby yarn make knitting on these needles faster? I'm using acrylic, is that the problem?

(Funny story: Last summer I ended up knitting a whole skein of Red Heart Strata on a 26" circular needle intending for it to be a hat. I didn't know how to decrease [a 26 inch...hat nonetheless] so I pinned up the back of the hat with bobby pins and claimed it was a rasta-style tam [WITHOUT BINDING OFF] and then unpinned it and ended up using a yarn needle I found in my beginners' knitting kit to sew up the unbound loops/end of the work with another color yarn. Yeah, you can imagine how that looks. What a waste of yarn :/)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stitch patterns have never worked for me. on: July 20, 2008 11:13:54 AM
Why is it when I try out a stitch pattern it just looks like a lot of lumpy garter stitch? I know how to purl, I know how to knit. Am I using the wrong size needles (size 8, aluminum)? Should I try it on bamboo needles?

Multiple of 10

Row 1: p4, k1, p1, k4
Row 2: p3, k2, p2, k3
Row 3: p2, k2, p1, k1, p2, k2
Row 4: p1, k2, p2, k2, p2, k1
Row 5: k2, p3, k3, p2
Row 6: k1, p4, k4, p1

Rep Rows 1-6.

^ Just doesn't work for me. I got the stitch pattern from http://www.knittingonthenet.com/stitches/mockcable.htm
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Hat frustration on: October 28, 2007 08:22:12 AM
I started crocheting a hat with no pattern, just by eyeballing and crocheting continuously in the round. The hat has stripes that I make by tying the yarn together. Well, I've frogged the thing about 5 times now because whenever I come to completion, the top of the hat looks like a puffy muffin top and the bottom has turned out too tight. It somehow always ends up looking like a demented chef's hat and I can't figure out how to get it to not take that shape. Am I decreasing too much? Before the hat starts taking form of an actual hat I can put on my head it looks like a huuuuge pancake. Do I just keep crocheting and hope it doesn't turn out too horrible or should I frog the whole thing and attempt to knit it? Crochet patterns confuse me and I only can chain, crochet, and double crochet.

I crochet the hat from the top down. Should I be doing it the opposite way?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting icord on flat needles/how to do ribbing/magic loop? on: July 25, 2007 10:21:17 AM
I've seen it done, and I was wondering how you can make knitting on flat needles look like icord...I think that's what it's called? Haha...it's the stitch that you get when you knit circular. Call me crazy but I like how that looks instead of how a garter stitch or stockinette stitch looks.

How do I do ribbing on DPNs? I only have size 3 DPNS and they're the first DPNS I ever worked with. I've been making wristwarmers but I want to start ribbing, which I've never done before.

What's magic loop, and can I use it to make a hat on circulars that are ginormous?

Okayokayokay, one more question...you know when do you a dropstitch scarf? Well, is the dropstitch stitch basically a purl stitch, but pulled tight? I've been knitting since January '07 and I still don't know about purling.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Why can't I crochet question. Bwaha. on: July 24, 2007 08:14:36 AM
I started knitting in January and I'm in love with it. In February, I picked up a crochet hook. I tried and tried and tried to crochet, but everything I crochet is very tight and looks like big messy knit stitches for some reason. I want to make my crochet look like...crochet. Am I using the wrong type of yarn or something? I practice crocheting my ASS off (I bought four new hooks that are better than the one I had before, Susan Bates Crystallites, now I have regular Boye hooks) with Red Heart acryllic yarn. It's so hard to chain and crochet that i have to manually lift the loop over the hook. I know how to chain properly, but it's hard to do so and when I do it still looks all close and bunched together. Siiiigh. I want to one day be able to crochet as well as I can knit. I want to make hats and amigurumis. Everyone's all like, "Crochet is so easy!" Yeah, then why does everything I make look like crap?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What to do with thin string hemp? on: July 17, 2007 03:47:20 PM
I have a full ball of thin string hemp and I have no idea what to do with it. I tried knitting with it and could only do a few rows, it's hell on my hands. I could make bracelets and necklaces but I only know the butterfly stitch...I don't want to waste the hemp. I don't know what to do with it.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Can you put pictures on drawstring cinch backpacks? on: March 28, 2007 01:04:10 PM
Can you do iron-on tranfers for drawstring cinch backpacks? Think of the ones you can buy at FootLocker or any shoe store. Most of them are made by Nike. My friend is looking to make a lot of backpacks with her friend's picture on them and she's going to hand them out to friends.
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