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61  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A silly question, perhaps on: December 06, 2004 07:56:03 AM
I've a question that may be foolish and I am probably overthinking things.
I am a fairly new knitter but have been crocheting for years so have a basic idea of how to read and understand a pattern. Currently I decided to try my hand at making a pair of socks.

The pattern I am using is listed here: http://knitting.about.com/library/blthreesock.htm
I am making a pair of socks for myself. I chose to use size 5 needles instead of 6 because I tend to knit a bit loose and size 9 socks are too large for me. Anyway, my question, I have finished the 2 inches of ribbing (k2, p2) and am now moving onto the body of the sock. The problem I am having is that it states to do it in stokinette stitch. Which I know stockentte is to knit one row and purl the next. However the socks are worked in the round so doesnt that mean I need to just knit each row? If I knit one row and purl the next I wont end up with that smooth look, right? So that means I should knit every row to get the right effect? Am I correct in thinking this, or am I overthinking things again?

Thanks in advance for the help Smiley
62  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Smittens on: November 28, 2004 07:24:12 AM
Its a cute gag gift for a couple of cuddly sorts.

I have a link to directions for making a pair of knitted smittens. Smiley


Hope you like them. I think they would be a wonderful gift for the newlyweds or those who have just gotten engaged. Tho, I personally dont recommend giving them to teenagers. They seem to have enough skin to skin contact going on now adays. lol Anyway, they are cute and not 'super' complicated.
63  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Illusion "happy face" cap on: November 26, 2004 06:06:08 PM
I did not check (read: lazy) but you should be able to check http://www.diynetwork.com for the pattern. Just find the show and do a search, I have done that a few times and have had good luck on finding what it was i needed to locate.

I hope that helps.
64  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitty Heart Scarf - pictures and questions on: November 18, 2004 10:40:00 AM
I have been crocheting for years which means I use quite a bit of acrylic or synthetic blend yarns.
Normally I do not have problems with curling, but you still need to do a form of blocking when making blankets.
What I usually do is wash it on gentle cycle in cold water and then dry it on the kitchen table between colorfast towels (i usually use cheap white towels just in case for some odd reason the color bleeds, call me paranoid) I just stretch it and move it to the position I want and let it dry that way. It takes a while but the effort is worth it, I feel. You should also be able to block it like you do with knitting wools, meaning using a towel underneath and pinning it into position. It should dry faster that way. I just have a toddler at home so do not use the pin method simply for his safety.

I dont know if that is the right way of doing things but it has always worked for me.
I hope it helps. Smiley
65  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your Christmas knitted Gift Ideas? on: November 17, 2004 07:49:50 AM
You all have such lovely ideas and craftiness. Smiley I am just making simple things for christmas, scarves, mittens, hat. I am also making some illusion necklaces and a few crocheted things. This year Christmas will be tight so everyone gets homemade presents, they are a bit cheaper.

I love the DNA scarf but cables scare me. I haven't gotten up enough skill yet since I just started knitting. One of these days I will need to just suck it up and try cables but I think I will wait till after Christmas, otherwise I will never get things done.
66  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Zodiac Swap on: November 15, 2004 06:14:51 PM
This sounds like quite a bit of fun. I would be in for it Smiley
67  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: New Knitter Knitalong?? on: November 08, 2004 10:22:47 AM
Hello everyone, I am a little late, I think, but I would like to get in on tihs knitalong. I have been crocheting for years and just a month or so back decided to teach myself to knit. Which, I must say, has been an entertaining if not frustrating challenge. I am proficent in the long tailed cast on, and knitting and last week figured out, finally, how to purl correctly, which was cause for celebration since I was having a terrible time figuring it out. I am left handed which means I prefer the continental style of holding the yarn (in the left hand) which is probably much of the reason why purling was such a pill for me to master.

I have been following this thread for a few days now after someone from a recipe site forum I frequent suggested the site. I had started a scarf in a bit of old scrap synthetic yarn I had lying around....blaze orange... how i managed to acquire blaze orange yarn I will never know, and was just doing a real plain ribbed style. I decided after a foot of doing that to rip it out back to the beginning and do what someone suggested which is to SS for 10 rows then do a pattern for 20 then SS again and repeat. That is a simpy fabulous idea! Cheesy I can't bring myself to do squares, I hate doing squares in crocheting so already have a biased opinion of them. Smiley

Anyway now that I am babbling mindlessly, I would like to join in, I love seeing what everyone has done so far, once I get this next section done, I will take a pic and attempt to post it for all to snicker at. Tongue Thus far I have done a real basic but nice divided boxes stitch and now I am trying to do a small fountain stitch. I tried to do a vertical weave but apparently I did not learn how to count in Kindergarten and I changed my mind and went to a diferent pattern. Once I have figured out that 2 comes after 1 and not 3 I will try it again.   Grin

Wow, long first post.

Anyway, good luck everyone and I have loved what I have seen so far. They all look lovely.
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