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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Recommend a pattern to take my sweater virginity! on: November 05, 2006 09:15:33 AM
I haven't personally worked on Grace, but I do remember reading on LJ knitting that there were some problems with it.  If you decide to go with that pattern I recommend going to LJseek and looking up those past threads in knitting for tips.

My first sweater was Mariah (also from knitty).  I recommend it if you're looking for something w/ cables.  It wasn't a hard knit, and it got me used to reading charts early in my knitting career. Besides the sleeves, most of the rest of the sweater is stockinette, so you have a nice mix of "paying attention" knitting and mindless knitting.

Edit: oops, I just saw that you wanted something simple to start with.  Well, I still think Mariah is a good pattern if you change your mind.  But I think a good simple knit is Viveka from the latest knitty issue.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: extreme newbie question - be gentle with me on: September 16, 2006 07:11:27 PM
The dec probably refers to a k2tog or ssk decrease.  A good rule of thumb for full fashioned decreases on RS rows is to use k2tog at the beginning of the row and ssk at the end.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Mariah knotwork blues. on: September 10, 2006 09:50:11 PM
Are you doing the cabling on a background of reverse stockinette stitch? That's one reason I can think of for not seeing a raised knotwork pattern.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: yarn subs for shedir? on: March 04, 2006 04:35:27 PM
You could do this hat in a yarn that gets a larger guage if you are willing to mess with the pattern a bit.  I did this pattern last year in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece.  All I did was eliminate one repeat of the cable pattern.
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cabled Riding Jacket Anyone?? on: February 27, 2006 08:07:33 PM
I've done one side of the collar -- two times!  I accidentally did the right collar twice.  I do like the look of the collar.  To me, the collar is a major part of what makes it look like a riding jacket, and not just a long cabled jacket.

I didn't run into any problems, but when I was googling and looking for finished products, I saw that some people had had problems.

The only mod I made was to make the sleeves longer.  I usually have to lengthen sleeves as much as 4 inches because my arm measures 22 inches from armpit to elbow.  On this pattern, I only had to lenghen them 2 or so inches, so you might want to make sure your sleeves don't turn out too long if your arms are more average sized.

I actually finished the knitting on this (except for redoing the left side of the collar) about a month and a half ago, but I have yet to block or sew any seams.  I should get cracking on that!

Good luck with it and post pics when you finish!
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cabled Riding Jacket Anyone?? on: February 27, 2006 09:25:33 AM
I've actually almost finished this one.  I really like it.  What yarn are you using?  I used Wool of the Andes in Evergreen.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: felting duplicate stitch? on: January 27, 2006 09:23:02 AM
I have personally never tried this before, but I would advise making a small swatch and felting it.  That way you could see exactly what your FO would look like.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help - tweed yarn on a cone...in oil?? on: January 26, 2006 11:12:02 AM
I think that yarns sold on the cone are meant to be used for weaving or machine knitting, and the oil is necessary in that context.  For hand knitting, it just becomes an annoyance.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help - tweed yarn on a cone...in oil?? on: January 26, 2006 10:33:13 AM
I love knitting with coned yarn.  I personally don't wash the yarn before I knit with it, but I have heard of other people doing so.  The yarn will be kinda rough right off the cone, so I assume that is why they want it pre-washed.  (To me, that's just a lot of unnecessary extra work!) 

Whether you decide to pre-wash or not, be sure to use the gauge of a WASHED swatch, cause the yarn will almost certainly bloom quite a lot.  You might even want to wash it a couple or three times, just to make sure you get all the gunk out.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felted Hat pattern Question on: January 23, 2006 06:57:47 PM
If you have a simple pattern, I think that that should work.  You want to be sure that the place that you are jumping into the pattern at has enough stitches so that it fits around your head.  I am planning to make a felted cloche hat, one of these patterns:

Before I start, I am going to make a swatch and felt it, because I am not using the recommended yarn, and I want to make sure the hat will fit.

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