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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Headband on: May 24, 2011 07:53:43 PM
I've got a draft that I'm happy with...the problem I encountered was gauge.  In order to get the amount of detail in the picture provided, you would need a really large number of stitches per inch.  If you were to knit the draft I'm posting you'll need around 12 stitches per inch to make the entire width of "TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA" to be 6.5-7 inches or 6-7 (6.3 to be more precise) stitches per inch for the word "TURTLES" to be in the right range.  If you're willing to increase the stitches per inch (smaller needles...ick), I can do a more detailed chart.  It's a fun challenge.

Other notes: I make my graph paper in Excel which limits the width...end result is a two page chart.  Print them out, tape them together, and play make believe that's it's one wide-enough chart.  My laziness prohibited me from filling in all of the blue background.  You'll need to mentally change the white square to blue ones.  Finally, I didn't know if you would need a full pattern or just a chart.  I've only done a chart, but a pattern shouldn't be too hard.  Let me know...I'll need a little more info on the original item.  I couldn't find it on the site you referenced and I still don't have a complete enough mental image of what you want to make to do a full pattern.

Alright, enough with the small talk, here's the chart draft.

Added after previewing: I can't work out how to get the pictures to be bigger on the Craftster Photo Hosting site...PM me with an e-mail address and I'll e-mail you full sized images if you'd like.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern changing on: May 22, 2011 09:47:05 PM
It looks like it should be pretty straight forward to switch it to flat knitting.  Up until the decreasing, knit as described in the pattern, but as a rectangle and switching knits and purls as appropriate on WS.  

When you get to the decreases, follow the odd rows in the section one decreases as described and purl the even rows.  For the section two decreases, knit the odd rows as described; purl on the even rows and p2tog after the markers (the pattern says before, but you'll need to switch it to afterwards to compensate for the back and forth).  Finish it up with the four k2tog, weave the end through the stitches, and then seam it up and you should be good to go.

The biggest difference between what you'll make and the hat in the pattern is that yours will have a seam.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Name of a particular increase? on: May 22, 2011 01:09:37 PM
My preferred way to increase is to slide my right needle through a loop on the left needle as if to knit or purl and wrap the working yarn around the right needle twice before pulling the stitch of left needle.  This leaves two stitches on the right needle where there would normally be one.  I don't know where I picked this increase up, nor do I know its name.  Can anyone help?
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Headband on: May 18, 2011 07:00:28 PM
How big do you want the headband to be circumference wise?  I think I could chart this for you.
25  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday-May 13 2011 on: May 13, 2011 10:05:24 AM
I'm still a very new spinner, so it seems queer to me to be starting this week's Fiber Friday thread.  That being said, it's Friday and I'm excited about what I've been spinning.

First up is a finished batch of white roving from SSS.  It's two hundred ten yards of uneven loveliness that I finally finished this week.  I have some Kool-Aid set aside waiting to dye it with.  My hope is that it'll grow up to be a blue-purple entrelac scarf for my mother.  She was totally jealous of a similar scarf I made for myself, so I figured she'd like one made from her daughter's homespun in her favorite colors even more.

I was so excited to finish that batch of yarn because I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last weekend and came home with scrummy new fiber to play with.  I started with this absolutely lovely blue/green/yellow BFL roving. 

I'm in love with color now.  I started spinning with undyed roving because I was told it was easier.  This batch of BFL is my very first dyed roving and it's amazing.  Even drafting is more fun.  This could cause issues.  I'm far too poor to consistently provide myself with dyed roving, which means that dying the yarn for my mother's scarf may be the start of another new hobby, not what I necessarily need right now.

What has come from your spindles and wheels this week?
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gothic lolita bible knitting pattern help on: April 30, 2011 02:44:29 PM
I can't give too much help without seeing the pattern first, but I did find a blogger who has made that same scarf.

Here's a link to the blog post.  The blog hasn't been updated since November 2010, but the author's webpage (linked from her blogger profile) has contact info listed on it.  You could try e-mailing her and letting her know your conundrum.  In my experience, if you're polite with your request for help people love, love, love discussing their creations.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: interesting/hilarious vintage knitting patterns... on: April 30, 2011 02:09:21 PM
okay, maybe not 80's Cheesy ...
but the others, for sure! i actually want to make stuff from the 50's book!

I don't know, if it was a women's sweater book, the 50's patterns might work.  During NY Fashion Week a lot of the fall lines had cuts that appeared to be inspired by the late fifties, early sixties.

The men's sweaters might be neat for an androgynous hipster look on a twenty-something female if they were made so that they were a bit fitted.

Besides, who doesn't want to utilize something called the "Choose-O-Matic".  I'm a fan of any O-Matic.  : )
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Changing the guage size? Confuseeeeddd on: April 18, 2011 07:08:30 AM
Have you started?  How's it going?
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Changing the guage size? Confuseeeeddd on: April 12, 2011 06:02:18 AM
Knitting and dominant hands is a kind of interesting subject.  There are two main styles of knitting, Continental and English.  Both of them end up with the same results.  The difference is which hand you hold the yarn in.  Continental knitters hold their yarn with their left hand and, I'm guessing, is probably easier for lefties to do than English.  That being said, I'm right handed, knit Continental, and think that Continental would be easier for everybody with a little practice.  When you're looking at knitting help online, look for Continental videos and instructions.  They may prove more useful to you.

Primarily, swatching is how you figure out gauge.  It has some other useful purposes, but gauge is the big one.  All you do is knit a square in whatever stitch the pattern suggests and count how many stitches it takes to make four inches (or however many inches are designated in the pattern).  It's good practice to make your test square bigger than four inches and count at a couple different places then take an average.  The pattern you're looking at presumes that it will take 25 stitches in stockinette to make four inches. 

The easiest way to adjust your pattern based on gauge would be to look at the thigh measurements, which is what the sizes are based off of.  For the sake of explanation, lets say that your gauge is 20 stitches=4 inches (or 5 stitches = 1 inch) and your thigh measurement is 18 inches in circumference (a medium in the pattern).  That means that you need 90 stitches (5 stitch per inch times 18 inches) around your thigh to make those 18 inches.

Looking at the end of the pattern, when the counts for stitches at thigh level are, the closest is the small size at 92 stitches, so with the example base and size, I would follow the number of stitches for the small size to create a medium sized thigh high.  Provided there is a number relatively close to the number of stitches you need, I would use that as my base for size.  If you're totally off with your gauge, say 12 stitches = 4 inches, then this may not be the best pattern for your materials.

If need help with your math, let me know.  My time as a math teacher ought to count for something.  This definitely feels like one very useful word problem and may come up as such if I'm ever in a position teaching ratios again.
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Changing the guage size? Confuseeeeddd on: April 11, 2011 03:47:16 PM
I would just swatch and rearrange things based on that.  Without the ankle-bit, their basically a tube.  So long as their tight enough to stay up you'll be okay.

I was going to link you to the knit-a-long thread, but I saw that you posted over there about not knowing how to purl.  I would suggest learning to purl for this project.  The single ribbing formed by k1p1 acts like elastic to keep the them up, which might be particularly important if you're messing around with gauge.

Good luck!  If you need any extra help with purling, just ask.  There are lots of awesome resources out there on the interwebs.
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