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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: booga booga bag question... on: January 12, 2006 09:29:45 AM
Size 13 is probably too big for a single strand of Cascade 220. The bigger the needle, the looser the fabric, which means it has to felt even MORE to get a nice, firm finish with invisible (or nearly invisible) stitches. So...if you used size 13's (which are quite a lot bigger than the 10 1/2's the pattern calls for), your bag might get pretty small once it's fully felted.

Double-stranding with the 13's would be fine. Single-stranded on 11's is probably okay, too, but 11's are actually quite a bit bigger than 10 1/2's, too. (1.5mm bigger, to be exact. The US needle sizes make no sense. Heh.)

Good luck, booga bags are fun. Smiley

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Market Squares Bag on: January 12, 2006 08:58:12 AM
fire*rocket: Entrelac is the technique used to make the squares in that bag. They're knit in such a way that they're all connected as you go, rather than knitting a zillion tiny squares and then sewing them together! I've yet to try it, but it's a very cool technique. Smiley

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Market Squares Bag on: January 12, 2006 07:25:23 AM
Oh, that's fantastic! I love how the squares converge at the bottom. Now I want to make one... Smiley

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about shawls and increasing/decreasing. on: January 09, 2006 10:06:39 PM
A lot of shawl patterns I've seen start with casting on 3 stitches, rather than one.

Then, if you plan to do the increases with YOs, you could do something like this, for instance:

Row 1: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1
Row 2: knit (or purl if you'd rather have a stockinette-based shawl instead of garter stitch) all sts
Row 3: k2, yo, k1, yo, k2
Row 4: knit (or purl) all sts
Row 5: k3, yo, k1, yo, k3

This would make a nice, neat line of "holes" down the center of the (triangular) shawl.

There are lots of other options, but that's one possibility. Smiley

5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: DIY craft kit swap round II (SIGNUP CLOSED! ; MAIL BY 1/30/06). on: January 03, 2006 12:20:49 PM
lady4feet(tatting)->handlethis(silk painting) -> shellah(simple quilting)

Oh, cool! I didn't expect to end up doing quilting for someone, but it should be fun. Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: arisaig? on: January 03, 2006 06:46:04 AM
Unless it knits up differently for some reason, it looks more like a fingering weight to me--despite what Yarndex says. The Matchmaker is 200yd/50g. I clicked on at least 2 dozen other DK weight yarns on Yarndex and they were mostly in the 100-150yd/50g range. I didn't find anything as light as the Jaeger.

Then I checked fingering weight yarns, and the first one I clicked on (Rowan 4 ply soft) is much closer at 191 yd/50g. However, a lot of fingering weight yarns are quite a bit lighter...

All this is just to say that you should be looking more at the yardage per weight than at the classification as "dk" or "fingering," because in my experience they aren't that well defined. Anything that is close to the 200yd/50g weight of the Matchmaker should work out well for this pattern. Smiley

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: arisaig? on: January 02, 2006 02:38:06 PM
Ohh, I love that, and would love to make one but...I have no appropriate yarn at the moment and I'm currently on a yarn diet. Maybe in a few months...

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: looking for a pattern similar to this: on: January 02, 2006 02:35:49 PM
That is a beautiful cable! I wish I could get a closer-up look at it--could probably make a chart for the cable for you. The construction of the sweater itself looks pretty easy; the front looks very square (no shoulder/armhole shaping). Drop shoulder design? Or inset sleeve. I forget which is which, but anyway it doesn't look like it'd be too bad. I'd probably use Ann Budd's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns if I were going to tackle that.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone have any idea how to knit this? on: January 02, 2006 04:51:45 AM

The CO method I use when I need to do so, say, at the end of a row, is the cable cast on. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to keep from getting a bit of a hole at the beginning (maybe cast on an extra stitch and k2tog where the two stitches pull apart?), but otherwise it looks very neat. If you've never used it, knittinghelp.com has a video. Smiley

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Binding off a ribbed scarf on: January 01, 2006 10:14:17 PM
I also found, when I made a ribbed scarf a couple of weeks ago, that I needed to go down a couple needle sizes for the bind off. Even binding off in pattern (k2 p2, like yours) made the end flare. I think I went down two sizes, and it looked just fine. Smiley

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