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151  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Zaftig Dilemma on: April 10, 2005 10:47:31 PM
Yeah, I thought of making it into a tank already; I suppose it's the obvious way to extend that pattern.  I'm trying to think of something really creative I can do with that pattern, like adding sleeves to make a ballet wrap or something.   Too bad there's just no way I can work a knitted bra into my lifestyle.
152  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Zaftig Dilemma on: April 09, 2005 05:09:53 PM
I wanted to try the Zaftig pattern from the Summer 2004 Knitty but as soon as I was done with those marvelous short-row shaped cups I realized I'm nowhere near daring or skinny enough to show off a handmade bikini top.  I though about making it into a full-length tank top but I'm concerned it would be too warm to be practical.  Any suggestions?

BTW, the yarn is Lion's Microspun (100% acrylic).  Also, I used a provisional cast-on for the straps because I wasn't sure how long I wanted to make them.  I was thinking about making them cross in the back.
153  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Spidery Hobo Gloves on: April 09, 2005 04:55:30 PM
I think it's in Charted Knitting Designs.  I got the book at the library a while ago and xeroxed it.  I'm pretty sure you don't have to use #2 needles to knit the spiders.  The charts should work with any needle size and gauge, though they might be a little skinnier or fatter depending on your stitch:row ratio.
154  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Spidery Hobo Gloves on: April 09, 2005 08:38:15 AM
I used size 2 needles and, as for swatching, I just knit a few rows to make sure it would be about the right size.  I was enlarging the pattern by changing the yarn weight and gauge so I basically winged it.  I was  locked into having a certain number of stitches in a round because I wanted the spider panel to be the entire top half of the glove.  The panel is 29 stitches wide which meant the glove had to be 58 stitches around (I guess it could have been a few stitches more or less without anyone noticing, but that's the way I thought of it). 
When not being worn the gloves look absurdly long and narrow but when my boyfriend puts them on they stretch into shape.  I suppose this means they have two gauges, depending on whether or not they're being worn.
As for the legs lining up with the ribbing, that's just the accidental consequence of the spider design, which has an odd number of stitches between the legs.  Center it on a rib and there you go.
155  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Spidery Hobo Gloves on: April 05, 2005 07:24:40 PM
The yarn was a hand-me-off from a friend of mine from New Zealand.  It's called Perendale by a company called Viscount.  It's 100% wool and I think it's DK weight.  It's as warm as anything but I'm worried it'll felt so much that you can't see the pattern anymore.  Has anyone had this happen with twist stich designs in wool?
156  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spidery Hobo Gloves on: April 04, 2005 11:34:26 PM
I made these for my BF to keep his hands warm while biking.

The spider pattern is from Barbara Walker's Charted Knitting Designs and the glove pattern is very loosely based on Marnie Maclean's Hooray for Me gloves, adapted for some gi-normous hands.

This is me trying to adjust the contrast so you can actually see the design:
157  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Long tail cast OFF? on: March 02, 2005 02:43:29 PM
Does anyone know of a cast off method that matches the long tail cast on?  I'm starting a top-down sweater and I want the collar to match the sleeves and waistband.  I know I could use the tubular cast on/off, but I really like the neatness and the stretchiness of the long tail method.
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