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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / scarf for fashion-victim eurotrash boyfriend? on: November 15, 2006 05:03:03 AM
I've got a slightly different gifting problem from tamagochi's posted at "Manly knitting gifts".    I WISH my boyfriend was of the britprof sweatervest type, but instead he's a Dolce&Gabbana-wearing fiend.  Yes, more fashionable than me, I can assure you.  It's a new boyfriend, and I'm still getting used to that idea.

I want to knit him a scarf for christmas, though.  I'm thinking to splurge on some cashmere, and knit something grey and neutral, but that you might still see on a runway in Milan perhaps.  Cables are out.  Moss stitch is too rugged-looking, i think.  Has anybody seen a pattern lately that fits that description?  Lurking fashionistas, I beg your advice!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / shaped ribbon tee (Now with Tutorial) on: April 22, 2006 09:03:36 AM
so i bought this odd cotton yarn, knit in a tube but i suppose it qualifies as a ribbon, and i thought it would be a raglan pullover.  which it was, for about 10 seconds, when i then realized that it weighed 1000 pounds, and frogged it and turned it into this:

i didn't follow a pattern, just started the plain old raglan again, but with a larger neck, shaped the bust, and added yarn-overs at the top and bottom to make it interesting but still leave it bra-able. (inspired by that steek vest i saw here, tho i haven't seen the book it came from yet).  and it actually turned out well!   shocker!  my math worked!  yea math!

OK, here's my first attempt at writing a pattern for what I did.  Please be patient if it's hard to understand, and let me know how to make it clearer!

Gauge: 3.25 stitches to the inch, on Size 10 (6.5 mm) circular needles.

SECTION ONE: sleeves and the top V (where you do all those Yarn Overs).

CO 13, PM, CO 23, PM, CO 13, PM, CO 10, YO 3, CO 10, PM.
Row 1: Join and knit round.  Where you find the YOs, drop them off the left needle and make 3 new YOs on the right, then continue knitting (i.e. wrap the yarn around the needle three times).
Row 2: This is an increase row, so knit into the front and back of the last stitch before the stitch marker, slip the marker, knit one, knit into the front and back of the next one, and continue knitting.  Or use any other increase method you like (YO, M1, etc).  Treat YOs as above.
Row 3: Knit round. Treat YOs as above.
Rows 4-9: Repeat as for rows 2 and 3.
Rows 10-18: Repeat as for rows 2 and 3, but do 2 YOs instead of  3.
Rows 19-21: repeat as for rows 2 and 3, but do 1 YO instead of  3.
Row 22: BO Sleeves.  I bound my sleeves off purl-wise because it looked better. Treat YO as above.  Remove the stitch markers.
Row 23: CO 3 where each sleeve was as you knit round.  Treat YO as above.
Row 24: Knit round, but place a stitch marker instead of doing a YO in the middle.

SECTION TWO: The bust shaping (where you increase a few for the bust, and then decrease for the stomach)

Row 25: Knit round, at one stitch before the marker M1, K1, slip marker, K1, M1, and continue knitting round.   
Row 26: Repeat row 25.
Rows 27-43: Knit round.
Row 44: K2T one stitch before marker, K1, slip marker, K1, SSK, and continue knitting the round.
Row 45: Knit round.
Row 46: K2T one stitch before marker, K1, slip marker, K1, SSK, and continue knitting the round.
Row 47: Knit round.
Row 48: K2T two stitches before marker, K2, slip marker, K2, SSK, and continue knitting in the round.
Row 49: Knit round.
Row 50: K2T two stitches before marker, K2, slip marker, K2, SSK, and continue knitting in the round.
(If youve got nice summer-time abs, Id suggest you do more decreases than I did.  You could also put decreases on the sides.)
Rows 51-54: Either knit round, or do more decreases.

SECTION THREE: The bottom upside-down V.
Row 55: Knit round, YO after marker, continue knitting round.
For the next 5 rows knit as above using one YO in the center.
For the next 8 rows knit as above using 2 YOs.
For the next 12 rows knit as above using 3 YOs.
Continue knitting now with 4 YOs until the top is the length you desire.  End with 4 rows of garter stitch to keep it from rolling, continuing the YOs, and bind off.  Weave in ends.  You rock!

Notes:  Youre never knitting those YOs, youre just letting the old ones drop off the needle and making new ones at every row.  
Sizing: I have a 34 bust.  This top is knitted with several inches of negative ease.  To make it bigger or smaller, just add or subtract to the cast-on row.  Also, you could do more raglan increases (which are rows 2-21) to make it bigger.  I just kept putting it on scrap yarn to try it on as I went definitely do that before you bind off the sleeves, but remember to stretch it a little as youre trying it on to mimic a snug fit.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ambidextrous knitting? on: April 19, 2006 02:36:51 AM
Is anybody out there an ambidextrous knitter?  I'm curious.  I've heard of people who, because they can knit both-handed, just knit back and forth on their needles without ever having the wrong side of the work facing them (i.e.  in stockinette they never purl).

I'm a lefty in general but I learned knitting years and years ago right-handedly, and so I've always knitted right-handed.  I'm thinking about investing the time to learn to knit left-handedly too, so that I can go back and forth, but I'm wondering if it's really worth it.  (I imagine it's going to take a LOT of time and practice to get the "new" hand to knit at the same tension as the "experienced" hand.)  I know that lots of lefties end up doing many tasks right-handedly just because tools and instructions kind of force them into it (scissors, etc), so I'm assuming that lefties knitting righty is probably a common phenomenon. 

Anyway, does anybody knit using both hands?  Do you have any advice?  Is it worth the time commitment to learn?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Bunny Hat + Toy on: April 11, 2006 11:29:14 AM
With all the easter toy madness, I thought I'd post this one, because of the whole two-great-patterns-that-taste-great-together thing.  The bunny hat is from Stitch & Bitch nation, and the bunny toy is from Jess Hutch's free pattern: http://www.jesshutch.com/bunny.html

I mini'd the bunny a bit, because it was for my tiny, tiny niece.  She was obviously so overwhelmed with her own cuteness that she passed out.  Made them both with the same yarn, Mouzelis Butterfly, a merc cotton.

With all the toy ideas showing up around here, I think my new baby shower gift standard is going to become hat *plus* matching toy.... taking it to the next level, baby.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Froggy Hat and Slippers Mod on: March 26, 2006 12:45:56 PM
So, I really like the idea of the froggy hat and socks from the free pattern that a few people have posted here, but i'm not so crazy about the pattern.  so i did a mash up of a few other free patterns, and this is what came out:

For my niece.  At the moment I'm rather entertained by the idea of turning baby's heads into animal heads through the magical application of hats.  Luckily i have multiple sisters with multiple babies to run my experiments on....

The details for the mods are on my site -- if anyone wants to replicate and my instructions aren't clear there, let me know.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / butterfly lace that really looks like butterflies? on: March 23, 2006 06:11:50 AM
I'm planning a lace stole for someone who is a huge butterfly fan, and I'd like to put a big border on each end with a lace pattern that looks like butterflies.  I've googled and searched and such for butterfly lace, but the only reference I've found is for the lace stitch that includes just 4-6 yo's in little clusters and kind of looks like a butterfly but not really.  I was thinking of something much larger and more of a "hey, that's obviously a butterfly!" sort of a thing. 

has anybody ever seen a lace pattern that looks like this?  if i could find a picture i bet i could experiment and work from that (and post the pattern i come up with here, promise, once it's a stole!) but so far no luck.  argh.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / DIY blocking board? on: January 23, 2006 10:19:35 AM
Hey Crafties,

Has anybody made their own blocking board?  I keep seeing little snippity partial pictures of blocking boards on knitting blogs, and they've piqued my curiosity, but I don't live in the US and the little old Greek man at my LYS looked at me like I was crazy when I asked him if he had ever seen one. 

(I was also trying to translate "blocking board" into Greek for them, and perhaps I just did a bad job. "When you put water on the wool, and you put it on the table, and you make it a good shape, and it's a board, but no not wood, and and and...."  It's not my native language, to put it lightly.)

If you've made one, or have one and feel like imagining how it might have been made, I'd love to hear/see about it!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / wanna felt more slippers! on: December 11, 2003 04:23:22 PM
i just finished the fuzzyfeet felted slippers pattern at www.knitty.com, was easier than i thought it would be, though they did turn out a little big.  a very satisfying project, perfect for this wintery week... i wanna felt some more!

has anybody done felted clogs or slippers that they were happy with?  could you share the pattern with soon-to-be-addicted-to-felting knitters?

thanks guys!
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