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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Searching for a hat! on: September 13, 2005 05:54:46 PM
Right! Sorry, I forgot you were just starting out. With that in mind, the NotMartha pattern may not be the best first project. The cast-on technique is fairly advanced. The kittyville hat is probably a better way to go.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Copying patterns from library books? on: September 13, 2005 05:52:09 PM
There is a special provision in US copyright law under title 17 for this kind of use. For details regarding the limits of the provision, you should probably speak to someone in the reference section of your library (or ask a librarian on craftster!   
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Blocking - before or after? on: September 13, 2005 03:20:30 PM
Blocking does more than just straighten the shape. It also allows the yarn to "bloom" (plump up) and your stitches to even out. It's always worth doing to natural fibres.

Block first, then sew up and line. The blocked shape will give you a better template for the lining, anyway.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: maternity knitting??? on: September 13, 2005 06:30:59 AM
If you go to the Knitting For Two page on Amazon.com, and choose "look inside", you'll find a free pattern for a maternity t-shirt - basically a shirt with a longer front than back and side vents to accomodate a growing belly.

25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Searching for a hat! on: September 13, 2005 06:18:45 AM
I have one suggestion: if you do go with the NotMartha hat, you might want to skip the tubular cast-on and go for a conventional one. I've never tried it, but I think picking up stitches from a tubular edge may be a bit funny.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Searching for a hat! on: September 11, 2005 01:09:17 PM
This looks like a chullo to me. It's a traditional  Andean hat. You'll also find patterns for these if you google "ear flap hat". To get the long tubey top, after you'd done most of the decreases for the top, you'd just knit plain rounds until the tube was the length you wanted. This is assuming you're knitting it from the bottom up. If you did it from the top down, you'd start with the tube and then increase for the top shaping.

27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: bebe super sexy sweater on: September 11, 2005 08:36:18 AM
I think you could work the lower part of the sweater body like a mutated raglan sweater, doing the raglan decreases at what is essentially the waist.

the sleeves just look like they're sewn as large flat pieces, shaped at either side to match the raglan at the waist, then folded in half at the shoulders. The cast on row is probably the side seam. Hard to know what's going on behind. Both sleeves may be knitted as one piece which also forms the back, or they may be grafted together there.

It's hard to get a real idea of what this sweater looks like, though, I think it's probably much more loose fitting than it looks. I think there's a lot of slack tucked behind the model (notice how it looks as though the sleeves are coming out of the back).
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidering on knitting ? on: September 11, 2005 08:20:47 AM
I think embroidering after stuffing toys is a good idea. By catching some of the fibrefill, you'll end up with a quilted effect that better defines the arms and legs. Try this:

Insert the needle into the fibrefill through a gap in the knitted fabric, without splitting the plies of the yarn, about an inch away from where you are going to begin your stitching. Manipulate the needle so that it passes through the stuffing. Bring the needle back out of the fabric at the point where your stitching line begins. Pull the yarn until the end of it just slips in and disappears below the fabric, leaving a tail inside the toy. When working your first stitches, be careful not to pull to tightly. When your last stitch is complete, push the needle through the fibrefill again and bring back up an inch or so away from your end point. Pull on it gently, cut it and work the area around it so that the end disappears inside the toy.

29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Detergent question for Handknits on: September 09, 2005 05:11:18 PM
I think regular laundry detergent is fine for cotton. You may want to consider a gentle machine wash for cotton. The spin cycle helps to get as much water out as possible which is good, because cotton can take a long time to dry.
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Detergent question for Handknits on: September 09, 2005 03:12:10 PM
Shampoo is fine, since it IS a detergent for animal hair!
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