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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! No gauge listed- need to adjust for needle size... on: February 25, 2011 09:59:55 AM
Okay, I have found a pretty basic but very nice purse pattern that I am going to try out as a "beginner" project...
I know basics but need to get comfortable with adding techniques in gradually so I can feel confident to move towards more patterns, dpn's, and circular needles...

Now, the pattern I found is at Midnight Knitter-
It calls for a size 9 needle which I don't have- I have 8's and 10's- (I will buy size 9 eventually now but would rather start this project today than wait)
The pattern calls for casting on 26 stitches and is worked in a pattern of K & P...
I figured if I counted stitches from center out and then added a knit to each side of center in the pattern I could use my size 8 needles to obtain the size of the finished product...
Any advice on how many stitches to add or how to find a gauge where a gauge is not given so I can calculate this better?

i.e.- one line in the pattern after casting on 26

k4, p1, k1, p1, k5, p2, k5, p1, k1, p1, k4

If I do a k5, p1, k1, p1, k7, p2, k7, p1, k1, p1, k5  .... and keep the extra knits added consistent through the pattern I could still possibly come out with the pattern on the purse being intact but also get the approxiamate dimensions?...

It doesn't have to be exact measurements although I don't want it too small but I definitely would like to keep the pattern that makes up the purse intact...

Thoughts, advice suggestions?
I don't know if I am allowed to link the pattern here so it is at MidnightKnitter.com and at the top click on "older Free Patterns" it is the pic of the purse that appears to be a lime green color (Via mala rectangle purse)-
Thx for any help...
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Learning to Knit from the "Beginning"- Advice, Suggestions needed on: February 20, 2011 09:54:58 AM
So, I saw another thread discussing the importance of beginners learning to cast on and I totally agree-
I needed to start a new post for my specific issues with being a beginner...
I mentioned in that thread I taught my daughter the basics and she now knits better than I do.(She is also at a stand still now though because I can't teach her anything more than I know how to do and the few things we find on the internet assume that beginners know how to read patterns)
 I still consider myself a beginner. I can cast on, I can knit, I can purl... that's it!
I CAN'T read a pattern, understanding the abbreviations is okay when I find a legend that tells me what each means... Even finding what the execution of each instruction means on it's own... (I can find for some not all)-
I can't understand when all of it is put together and how to do what the abbreviations are asking!!
So, I have played around with making up my own combinations of knit/purl and I have knit scarves, small blankets, belts, basically anything that is straight- but nothing that I have had to follow a pattern for- even a basic pattern... I have never attempted increases or decreases although I have read tutorials and watched videos on how to do them...
I have scoured the internet, the used bookstores, and even blogs trying to find directions on "How to read a pattern" - Does anyone have any suggestions, advice, sites, etc that can get us going from here? I am feeling overwhelmed and as bad as I'd like to pick this back up, I can't afford to pay for lessons or buy $30+ books that have basics in it that will only frustrate me further when I can't find all that I need.
Any help would be great!
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