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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 70 yds of handspun = beanie! on: December 11, 2006 08:50:31 PM
where do you find size 13 dpns?? I have 10.5s, but I guess I need bigger ones for a hat like that.
10.5s might work just fine - this hat is really floppy, which is comfortable but not the warmest fabric ever.  I just wanted something done quickly!  I bought my dpns at an LYS, but Elann.com carries the larger sizes too.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 70 yds of handspun = beanie! (tute included) on: December 11, 2006 08:06:31 PM

One small skein of handdyed, handspun, thick-and-thin yarn (from Lime & Violet), US 13 dpns, and a movie.  Because I wasn't sure how much yarn I needed, I started this from the top down, increased until it was big enough, and then stopped increasing and just worked around until it was long enough.  It's on the big, soft, floppy side.  The rosettes were crocheted with leftover bits of more handdyed/handspun yarn and then sewn on.

Top-down ribbed beanie recipe:
The idea here is to knit a square by using double increases and staggering the placement every other round.  When the square is big enough, you just knit around and wind up with a circular hat!  
Use any yarn you like with appropriate sized needles.  I prefer using a set of 5 dpns, although you could modify this pattern with stitch markers if you prefer one circ or two circs (in round 1, *k2, pm* should do it).
With dpns, CO 8 sts (2 sts on each dpn)
round 1) knit into the back of each st
round 2) work 1 double increase at the beginning of each dpn (I used m1, k1, m1), k to end of needle, repeat on each dpn.
round 3) *k1, p1*
round 4) *k1, p1* to last st on needle and work 1 double increase.  Repeat on each dpn.
round 5) *k1, p1*
Repeat rounds 2 - 5 until the top will fit the size you want.  
A rough way to figure this out is to measure across the center (side to side, not diagonally) and multiply that by 4 to get the perimeter (which will become the circumference of the finished beanie).  For a ribbed beanie, if you want a snug fit, go for something about an inch less than the circumference of the head.  If you want a more exact fit, slip all stitches to a long piece of scrap yarn, placing markers to separate the stitches from each needle, and try it on.  To be really sure, wash and dry it before trying it on, just in case the yarn will shrink or expand a lot.  

Once it is big enough to fit around, work *k1, p1* around until it's the length you want, and bind off.  I try to bind off a little loosely; you could use a bind-off specifically for ribbings, like tubular bind-off.

*edited to correct an error in taking the measurement*
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Neckwarmer made with handspun/handdyed yarn on: December 11, 2006 07:16:43 PM

What to do with 70 yards of one-of-a-kind thick-and-thin handspun wool?  In this case, I used a circular US 11 needle, cast on about 50 stitches, and started knitting.  I did alternating rows with SWTC Karaoke (soysilk/wool, color lavender rose) because I wasn't sure I'd have enough, and knit until it was 4.5 inches wide (it's about 25 inches long).  I did simple buttonholes at one end, throwing them in randomly (there are 8 total).  I had enough left over to crochet up 8 rosettes, four of which are on the neckwarmer here, and I used a little leftover Cascade 220 for the leaves.  The big one is just decoration, and the small ones are buttons.  With the 8 buttonholes to choose from, this will fit most adults.
24  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: neckwarmer fast and easy on: November 08, 2006 01:37:35 PM
The original pattern used crocheted flowers - I'm so tickled that you came up with your own!  Looks great.
25  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Ladylike Lace Gloves- help please! on: November 05, 2006 08:53:07 PM
I used 4ply wool and a slightl smaller hoolk ( 3.50mm)
I have to ask.  Did you do a gauge swatch?  Even if you are just half a stitch per inch/4 cms off, that can throw your size way, way off.  You can read more about gauge in the book.

In the US, wools are no longer sized by plys because of the huge variance.  The Craft Yarn Council of America has the US Standard Weight System as a guideline.  Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock is a #1 superfine yarn.  Comparable yarns you may be able to find in the UK:
Rowan 4-ply Soft, Lucy Neatby sock yarn, Opal sock yarn, Regia sock yarn, and Lang Jawoll sock yarn. 

Keep in mind that the hook size is a *recommendation* and what matters is which hook gets you the proper gauge.  Don't forget to wash and dry the gauge swatch before measuring! 
26  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Ladylike Lace Gloves- help please! on: November 03, 2006 10:15:52 AM
I may be speaking too soon, but you know what?  It looks like you just follow the book instructions for Row 47 - 50.  Keep in mind that with the corrections, a missing row has been added, so if you are going row by row in the revised pattern, it is not going to match the old pattern.

Also, I'd like to get a copy of the errata you are using, because it's not matching the errata downloaded from knithappens.com.  There is no correction to row 51 in the errata sheet that I have or the errata posted on my blog.  There is a link to my email address on my blog.  Thanks!
27  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Ladylike Lace Gloves- help please! on: November 02, 2006 05:21:57 PM
I have the second print of the Happy Hooker, so some of the corrections made it in, others not so much.
I have not seen the second print version, unfortunately, so I'm not sure if you need the errata page or not.  I don't understand where you are getting "strike out row 47 - 50" - in my copy of the errata, which I downloaded from the site, I have "Rows 46-49: replace with: Rep rows 42-45" [row 46 done as 42, row 47 done as 43, row 48 done as 44, row 49 done as 45], and rows 50 and 51 should be done as in the pattern printed in the book. 

I'll see if I can find the second print in a bookstore.
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: fingerless gloves!!! on: October 12, 2006 01:03:42 PM
so cute!  Grin and sounds simple. ill have to try now. i made one ladylike lace glove and it came out all wrong. then realized the pattern has tons of errors.  Angry

Yes, that sucked - the corrections are available on the website for the books (knithappens.com) and on my blog, along with a photo that shows the parts of the glove.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Basic Beanie for Blythe and Pullip dolls on: October 09, 2006 10:11:37 PM

Tools & Materials
1 set double-pointed knitting needles, size US#5 or size to get gauge
1 set double-pointed knitting needles, size US#4 or one size smaller than size to get gauge
tapestry needle
A few yards of light worsted weight yarn (beanie in photo knit with Karabella Aurora Melange, color 006)
5.5 sts/8rows = 1" stockinette stitch in the round

This beanie is knit from the top down on double-pointed needles.  A variation done flat is on my blog.
For inc 1 (increase one stitch), I prefer to knit one into the row below.  Use what you prefer - make 1, yarn forward, and knit front and back are all good choices.  The pattern of increases will give straight spoke increases.

With larger needles, CO 8 sts.
1) k all (8 sts)
2) *k1, inc 1* (16 sts)
3) k all
4) *inc 1, k2* (24 sts)
5) k all
6) *k3, inc 1* (32)
7) k all
8] *inc 1, k4* (40)
9) k all
10) *k5, inc 1* (48)
11) k all
12) *inc 1, k6* (56)
13) k all
Blythe: skip to round 15
14) *k7, inc 1* (64)
15 - 26) k all
begin brim: use ribbing or other stitch pattern which will not roll.
Switch to smaller needles.
27 - 32) *k1, p1*
Blythe: BO
Pullip: if you would like a shorter beanie as shown in the photo, BO
33 - 37) continue working in pattern *k1, p1* for longer beanie

Weave in ends. 
30  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: pig cozy on: October 03, 2006 07:08:02 PM
Curly tails!  Love it!
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