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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / converting raglan pattern to top down? on: September 09, 2007 06:32:52 PM
I really like Kaleidoscope, from the new MagKnits, and I have some stash yarn that ought to work.
But reading through the pattern, the construction makes my head spin a bit. it looks like a simple raglan cardigan to me. (see photo here: http://www.magknits.com/Sept07/patterns/kaleidoscope.htm
Is there any reason not to knit this top down?
Could it be as simple as to work the pattern backwards?
(ie., cast on the number of stitched that your supposed to be left with at the top, work the ribbed neck, do sleeve/body increases 'til it fits, follow shaping directions reading from bottom to top?)
What do you think? Anybody done this before?
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting JOODITO style collars? on: September 07, 2007 09:40:50 AM
Teva Durham does a few huge, totally out-there collars in Loop-d-Loop. If you don't have/want the book, she does sell individual patterns on her site. (I think.)
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: using worsted instead of bulky on: September 07, 2007 09:30:03 AM
I feel ya. The bulky, she is not so pretty on me.

This is doable--if you can get your hands on Stitch and Bitch Nation, there are good instructions for modifying patterns for different gauges.

Essentially, you are correct--knit a swatch and figure out how many stitches you get to the inch. Then multiply your gauge x the finished dimensions to figure out how many stitches to cast on.

Dealing with increases/decreases/shaping is more complicated, and frankly, possibly not worth it. But if you love the sweater, a little math might sort it for you. Good luck!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: A very bad dog. on: September 07, 2007 09:25:10 AM
It WILL get better as she gets older.
Miss Lucy (see avatar) is some sort of pit mix, and was a HUGE chewer as a pup. In her first two years she ate:

two tv clickers
a cel phone
a chair
countless pairs of shoes
the windowsill (!)
important work papers (my bad for leaving them on the coffee table)
Thankfully, I took up the knitting after she had passed through that horrible stage. She's seven now, and good as gold. But we really, really weren't sure if it would ever stop, for a while.

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to learn to knit socks ,where to start? on: August 29, 2007 09:37:54 AM
Knitty's Thuja http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter05/PATTthuja.html
is a really great first sock pattern. I'm a bit of an evangelist for this pattern (sorry) but it is plain-ish, easy, knit in heavier weight yarn than normal (so quick), and makes a sock that will still fit into a shoe or a boot (not a slipper). Love 'em for cold-weather socks.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: markers? on: August 26, 2007 11:10:58 AM
I second the dollar store hair-elastic thing for markers. You can spend a bunch on money on pretty ones, if it makes you feel good, but I lose them, drop them behind the couch, throw them to the bottom of various bags, etc., so spending a buck for 100 or more works for me.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern for Christina Aguilera's Sweater? on: August 23, 2007 12:49:51 PM
It looks felted to me too.
You could go and buy a thin, 100% wool (or wool and animal fiber) thrift store sweater that's a bit too big for you (or two , or three--for practice), wash it in hot, hot water to felt it, then just start hacking it up until you get a look you like.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Socks- great patterns? Easy patterns? Quick patterns? on: August 21, 2007 01:20:36 PM
Thuja on Knitty is knit in a heavier weight yarn on 4mm needles, so it knits FAST.
I knit my dad a pair in some random wool/silk/acrylic blend that I got on sale, and he wears them EVERY DAY. (rinses 'em out in the sink at night, puts them back on in the morning--best. present. ever.)
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My Vogue Bell Sleeve Jacket on: August 19, 2007 11:25:51 AM
Holy moly. That's AWESOME. And I second the poster who loves everything you knit. Nice blog!
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: It's a sock! on: August 19, 2007 11:24:37 AM
Beeyoootiful sock. Way to go.
When budgeting for sock yarn, don't think of it as a very expensive pair of socks... Think of it as cheap entertainment!
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