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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help? Not sure how to start a neckwarmer! on: November 23, 2010 11:48:20 PM
Hi knitter friends!  Smiley

I'm in need of some help. I want to make a neckwarmer for my father (think turtleneck sweater without the sweater part) but I have no idea where to start.

I know I want to make it in 2x2 ribbing ( I hear it's the stretchiest), I want it to be a tube (so probably will need to knit in the round), and his neck circumference is 18.5".

What I don't know is how many stitches to cast on (and how long the "tail" of my cast on should be), or how to calculate said magic numbers.

I'm going to be using a nice wool/cashmere blend. I was planning on using size 7 needles, but will adjust for gauge accordingly. Also, I'm a beginner knitter but I'm fairly confident that I can pick up a possible suggested technique or two with help from a book, the internet, etc.

Any advice/ideas on how to get started would be greatly appreciated! Smiley

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The scarf that started life as a bag... on: January 11, 2010 11:21:07 PM

A story of crochet reincarnation:

I started making a bag (Priscilla Hewitt's Summer Sling Tote) for a friend of mine. It looked like this

when I realized that there was no way it would hold up as a bag. The sides were lopsided, floppy, and just all around un-bag-like. Dismayed, I frogged the two sides and decided to make something more suitable for the yarn I was using (Wool-Ease Chunky). I decided on a zig-zag scarf and, not happy with any of the zig-zag scarf patterns I found, ended up modifying a zig-zag afghan pattern (Susan B's Easy Ripple Afghan, found here: http://home.att.net/~susanBinKC/patterns/ripple.html). My first shot at it looked like this:

(notice all the loose ends to weave in?)

At this length, the scarf began looking way too wide. It was from an afghan pattern, after all...so once again I frogged hours of dc stitches. I had cut the yarn at each color change, and ended up with many short pieces of the balls of yarn I had started with. I modified the already-modified pattern to half the width, added a fringe, and ended up with this:

(me showing off my work)

(close-up of stitches)


Third time's the charm, I guess  Wink

Thanks for looking!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bath bag turned camera bag on: August 19, 2009 06:07:06 PM
I found the pattern for this from the Klutz Crochet book. It was in the book as a bath bag/soap saver, but I made it a little bigger and added a flower (which also had a pattern in the Klutz book) to give to my little sister as a camera case.

Close up of flower:

Thanks for looking!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pink bag on: August 19, 2009 05:55:23 PM
I made this for my best friend. It's the first bag I've ever crocheted, and almost the first crochet project I've ever completed (another project managed to squeeze its way in, and I started and finished that while in the middle of this one  Smiley). I found the pattern for the bag on Priscilla Hewitt's website (http://web.archive.org/web/20011226082632/members.aol.com/lffunt/tote.htm). I added 2 rows and did the handle a little differently (I attached it to the top instead of around the bag like in the pattern). The pattern for the flower is from the Klutz Crochet book  Grin

Lining (looks like it's white, but it's really pale pink):

Bag turned inside-out to get a better view of the lining:

Thanks for looking!

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