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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / M1R Increase *Tutorial* on: October 01, 2011 03:32:17 PM
The Make 1 Right increase is the most widely used M1 increase. It has a slight right slant and is easy to use.
This is what it looks like before you make the increase. You're going to insert your right needle under the running yarn (indicated with the arrow) from front to back and place it on your left needle:

It will now look like this:

Treat this loop like a normal stitch and knit like you normally would.

You'll see a slight hole (as indicated by the arrow):

But not to worry! Just finish your row in pattern and it will be ok. See, no holes!

Ta Da! You've completed a M1R.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WIP Wednesday - Sept. 28 on: September 28, 2011 12:28:44 PM
Since no one posted I figured it could be my turn. I just finished my cowl and only have 2 things on my needles right now so here they are:
My loch ness monster just needs her back flipper finished and tail stuffed and sewn.

Any my first pair of socks. They're the twilight pattern from the two-at-a-time socks book. They're top down:

I plan to do a gauge swatch for my Burnside Tunic tonight.
What's everyone else got on the go?
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finished my first wearable! on: September 28, 2011 10:02:16 AM
I started this cowl in March and finished it in about a month. I just had the cast off to do but it looked complicated and it got hot out so I let it sit. Well it's finally starting to cool off so I got around to finish it. It also gave me my first blocking experience. Anyways here's the pattern I used: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boscage-cowl

And the colours are closer in this pre-blocking one.

I'm in love with it and since I didn't do a gauge swatch it turned out a bit smaller than the pattern called for so I have enough yarn to make one for my future mother-in-law. I know she'll love it!
Thanks for reading Smiley
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / M1L Increase *Tutorial* on: September 26, 2011 02:03:18 PM
The Make one left increase is a left slanting decrease that is nearly invisible. The slant is very subtle but this version make a difference when knitting smaller items, like stuffed toys.

This is what it looks like before we start the increase. You can see the running yarn marked by the arrow. You're going to insert your left needle into it from front to back.

It will look like this after you do this: The arrow is pointing to the loop you just picked up with your left needle.

Now you are going to knit into the back loop of the yarn you just picked up with your left needle.

And you're done. Voila!

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The things no one tells you before you become a knitter. on: September 25, 2011 10:38:26 PM
1. No one tells you you'll need a bunch of different needle sizes as well as types (Straight, circular, interchangeable, double pointed) but you can save money by getting interchangeable's with a bunch of different cords.
2. No one tells you you'll need a billion notions. Like stitch counters, special scissors, stitch markers (different kinds) yarn needle, cable needle, stitch holder, plus something to hold them all in.
3. No one tells you you will become addicted to yarn and need storage.
4. No one tells you you'll need different types of yarn for different projects
5. No one tells you to get a yarn winder to save hours.
6. No one tells you to get a swift the same time you get a yarn winder to save time, money, and effort and you from using your feet as a swift and trying to wind with the winder at the same time.
7. No one tells you to get a yardage counter to go with the swift and ball winder so you don't spend hours knitting something from an unmarked ball and have to frog it because there wasn't enough yarn.
8. No one tells you all the books and websites you'll have to visit to learn new skills.
9. No one tells you how many books you'll buy for patterns.
10. No one tells you how much money you'll spend on knitting as a hobby.
11. No one tells you how much you'll fall in love knitting and not have anyone to talk about it with.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I blocked for the first time! on: September 25, 2011 09:56:48 PM
I splurged and bought some malabrigo yarn and knitted myself up a cowl. It was amazing to knit, so fun and soft. It's been on the needles forever waiting to be cast off. Well tonight I finally did it and then came the blocking. What?? You want me to put this expensive yarn and time intensive WOOL project on a bath tub full of WARM water. You've gotta be   f***ing with me!! But I cleaned and filled the tub. Took a last picture of my fuzzy creation and dunked it into the tub being careful not to shake it up too much and then I sat on the couch and had a panic attack for 5 minutes. "What have I done?" "Will it ever forgive me?" "Is blocking all that necessary?" Then I went and rescued my cowl from it's watery grave and surprisingly, it was ok! Then I put it on a towel and rolled it up and squished it out and stabbed it to my ironing board. I can still hear its screams from my dining room. But I know by tomorrow when it's stitches have had some time to calm down, it will forgive me and we'll have a glorious winter together Smiley
The End Smiley
17  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Sweater/Burnished Tunic KAL on: September 24, 2011 03:49:04 PM

This is going to be my first knitted garment. I have the yarn and pattern but won't be starting for a few weeks since I have to finish up some of my other projects. Just thought I'd post it here to see if anyone wanted to join me. You don't have to knit this particular tunic but any knitted sweater. Just thought that support and encouragement while knitting a sweater would be appreciated.

Here's the link to the burnside tunic I'll be knitting:

I look forward to knitting with you Smiley
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Washing wool socks. on: September 15, 2011 12:06:49 PM
I really want to make a pair of socks out of knitpicks chroma but it isn't super wash. It says hand wash. Would I wash it in warm water in the sink with some regular detergent or do I have to buy something special to wash it with? How do I avoid felting, besides not shaking it around a lot while washing?
Thanks for the help.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Christmas knitting on: September 07, 2011 06:19:19 PM
Has anyone started or does anyone actually do this? I know knitting is really time consuming and a lot of people don't really appreciate it so I usually stick to knitting Ami's for my sister and niece and nephew. I was thinking about knitting socks for some of my family but I don't know if they'll really appreciate them and the time it takes to make them. Any thoughts?

I'd love to know what everyone else is knitting for others for Christmas. I may have to borrow some of your ideas.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with my first pair of socks (charts) on: July 13, 2011 05:17:10 PM
I decided to knit a pair of socks to master dpns. I've been wanting to/avoiding this for over a year now. I finally got a book, some yarn and mastered the twisted rib cuff of the pattern but now I'm stuck on the chart.

The book is the sock knitter's workshop and the pattern is ribs and cables. I totally know how to cable and read charts but this confuses me! I don't have a pic of the socks orthe chart but I'll try to explain it.

So the chart only gives me the odd numbered rows with 4 stitches per row. The first seven rows are knit, purl, purl, knit. And I know that I'm working in rounds so the even number rows will be the same.

Now the tricky part: Row nine is cable one front, C1B. But with knit and purl stitches. Row 11 is purl, C1B with knit stitches, purl and row 13 is C1B,C1F. I totally understand how to do these cables but my issue is what to do for the even rows. Since this is in rounds I know I don't just reverse it, making the knits into purls, and I shouldn't read it from left to right because I'm doing rounds, not rows. Or is that what I do?

Any advice would be awesome because I was really pumped about finally knitting these damned socks!
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