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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Union Square Market Pullover (Interweave fall '05) on: October 10, 2005 05:29:25 AM
That pattern looked really challenging to me----congratulations on making a super beautiful garment!! Grin
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New knitter... silly question! on: October 06, 2005 10:02:21 AM
Maybe the LYS was thinking you'd use the "magic loop" technique with your 40cm needles---here's a quick description, but it'd probably help to go back to the LYS for a 3-d example.

start magic loop:
after you finish casting on, pull your cast-on stitches to the middle of the cord.  Fold the row of cast-on stitches in half and then pull the cord out between the stitches at the end of the fold.  Now you have half your cast on stitches on each half of the needle.  The end of the cast-on stitches that is the "beginning" you should pull to the end of one needle, then pull the other needle out enough so that you'll have a loop of cord sticking out both ends of your knitting.

and here's a link to a video instruction:

under: Small Diameter Circular Knitting

personally, I find magic loop the best ever---I'll never lose most of a set of dpns ever & I only need one pair of needles in a given size since magic loop is do-able down to 4 stitches or less!

hope that helps
23  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Post here, if u made or altered a skully sweater from Stitch n Bitch on: September 28, 2005 06:45:38 PM
I started the skully sweater & finished the front, the back and a sleeve before froggin the whole thing.  I frogged it because of the sleeve shaping in the pattern---there isn't any.  I fiddled with the math to make it oversized for a friend, but when I got to the end of the first sleeve, it was just a big long tube that looked really gross.  So just bear that in mind when you do it---you can probably crib decrease instructions for a sleeve from another sweater pattern if you care about that.  When I start over with this project that's what I'll do!   Grin
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: IK Spring 2005 Bi-Color Brioche yarn help?? on: August 26, 2005 04:47:48 AM
Hmmmm....here's my best stab at how to proceed....

In the pattern for the sweater, there should be a gauge listing---stitch counts across and stitch counts up/down for 4".  Divide this number by 4 to get stitches per inch.  Read the pattern also for a description of the yarn weight---worsted, DK, etc---and recommended needle size.  Those 3 pieces of info you need when you go to your LYS:  stitches per inch, yarn weight, needle size.

Then go to your LYS, pick out some yarns of the right weight and a similar # of stitches per inch and needle size---that info is on all yarn labels. Then ask the a nice LYS person's opinion of the yarn you selected, based on the pattern requirements.

Then, start knitting gauge swatches.  If you can't match the gauge of the pattern, then you can't accurately predict the size and shaping of your garment.  If you use the recommended needle size & your swatch comes out with too many stitches per inch, then knit another gauge swatch with a larger needle size.

In my opinion, it's more important to meet gauge across the garment than up & down the garment---if you need to adjust the math for # of rows, that's easier than adjusting the math for # of stitches.

BTW, in order to really know how the yarn is going to wear when you're finished with the sweater, you should wash your swatch to see if washing & drying alters how the stitches relate to one another---it could loosen or tighten, or do something wacky 'cuz it's got lots of personality!

Hope that helps  Smiley
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Dreamcatcher Medallion Cardigan (Loop D Loop) on: August 16, 2005 06:36:07 PM
that's stunning!  congratulations on some beautiful work!   Grin
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first toe-up socks on: August 12, 2005 11:27:58 AM
I like those socks a lot!  And I like your suggestions for improving the sock on your blog.  You've inspired me to return to the sock yarn that's been waiting for a pattern!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Oh, how I love my toesies on: August 07, 2005 07:01:09 AM
I love it!  I've made slippers that way, too----I tell people it's so you can easily tell your left foot from your right! Roll Eyes
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baseball + Yarn = Stitch N Pitch on: August 04, 2005 10:27:30 AM
Yes, Kimbabwe!  There's nothing better than an evening with my knitting & the Red Sox!   Grin
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Patriotic hat on: August 03, 2005 04:28:35 AM
Very nice!  I think your colorwork looks great!  Cheesy
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: fibonacci for fangirls on: August 02, 2005 04:38:54 AM
that is totally rockin'.  Tongue
viva el fibonnaci!
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