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91  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help Widening Shirt Pattern (alternations) on: May 14, 2004 05:52:06 PM
I'm making a tunic for my SO (for his Faire guild). I'm using a t-shirt pattern I already have, and it fits him. However, the tunic needs to be looser, so I'm adding 2" to the width of both the front and back.

I know I can't just add 2" to the Center Front/Back seam or under the arms...so can someone tell me how I widen the pattern by 2"? I think I split the pattern 3/4 up the middle and spread, but I'm not sure.

92  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ChicKnits.com patterns on: May 10, 2004 06:42:46 PM
I was about to post this under the "Horror Stories" thread. I'm making the Bottoms Up! bucket hat. Let's just say when Bonnie Marie reccomends knitting the hat one size smaller than your measurements, she means that even the next size down WILL BE TOO FREAKING HUGE and make your SO laugh. It also means you will be frogging the hat because you decided to go ahead and do the crown even though a test-fit where she reccomends was too big, but you thought it would look better....

Nice patterns, but I think my knitting is way off on this one. I'm gonna re-try it this week (it knit up in about 4 hours, not bad).

Oh, and I wanted to order her BucketOChic but had a question, and when I emailed her I never received a response. So I didn't order it.

93  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Brazilian Bikini HELP on: May 06, 2004 05:39:54 PM
I have this great thin-yet-slubby yarn in a brite blue-green-purple that I would *love* to make a bikini top out of (for my b/f...no one else will see me in it, guaranteed!). I'm using this pattern: http://crochetpartners.org/Patterns/CPpat120.html
And I keep getting stuck. I can understand the directions (it's a basic granny square), but I think the dimensions are wrong. During Round 3:

3rd rnd: Work 4 dcs in joining. *Skip 1 dc, 1 sc in next st, ch 3, skip 3 st, 1 sc in next st. Skip 1 st, 7 dc in the next stitch. Repeat from * two more times. Skip 1 dc, make 1 sc in next st. ch 3 , skip 3 st, 1 sc in next st. skip 1 st. Make 3 dcs in the same stitch where you made the first double crochets in the beginning of the rnd. Join with sc in first dc.

When I "Repeat from * two more times..." the 7 DC that I assume are supposed to be the corners don't end up at the corner; by the time I finish this round, I'm about 7 sts short of where I began. So I can't "Make 3 dcs in the same stitch where you made the first double crochets".

I've done a search for a similar granny square but can't find anything that's not too holey (hello, nipples!), or even similar. Has anyone used this pattern before, or know what I could be doing wrong?

94  California / California: South / Re:spinning yarn in so cal? on: April 28, 2004 10:08:25 AM
Coastline College used to offer a night class in weaving and loomwork; the instructor either knows of or is a member of a local spinning guild (sorry I can't remember more clearly, this was 10 years ago). If you check out their class schedule, you can get her name, then contact her through the school, I'm sure she'll hook you up.

I also have some info on local spinning/weaving/lacemaking guilds in our area at home. If I remember, I'll post the info (the guild was at the OC Fair last year).

Good luck!
95  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Knitting horror stories on: April 28, 2004 09:58:17 AM
gloriana, I am *so* sad at your boyfriend's sweater! Can I relate...!

I will say that my obsessive frogging is part of my nature; it has to be *perfect* or So-and-So won't appreciate it.

The hat and scarves I made for my SO (who drives an opentop jeep, mostly at night on the freeway) he has shown off to ALL his friends, and made a huge point that I MADE those for him.

Now when I'm working on things (his mother's socks, for example), he cruises by and says, "Ripping it out again?" It's just a fact of life with me.

BTW, I've got one of the socks done (in a gorgeous Cashmerino moss and forest green), and asked him in a panic: "Will your mom even WEAR stripey socks?!?" ((He told me "yes", because he knew I was about to frog it...))

96  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re:boyshort panties??? on: April 27, 2004 01:32:48 PM
Burda has a pattern in the Spring/Summer pattern book for boyshorts (in the teen section). They look like they're made out of something slinky, but you could adapt them to cotton or whatever.

ETA: my (17-yr-old) sister saw the picture and proclaimed it "hootchie", so I guess the pattern is supposed to be outerwear, not underwear.

And I guess the models *do* make it look kinda hootchie.

Also, if you can find the old www.getcrafty.com site, they had a couple threads about making undies out of t-shirts, and people adapted that into boyshorts as well....

97  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Any Noro Kureyon lovers out there? on: April 27, 2004 01:01:59 PM
I think the new issue at http://www.knitty.com uses that yarn for the LiteBrite sweater (which I want to make). I think it's 8 balls for the arms? The body is in black...

98  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Knitting horror stories on: April 27, 2004 12:59:23 PM
I learned to knit when I was 13. When I was a senior in HS, "Seventeen" had a free pattern send-away for a "My Boyfriend Sweater", an oversized crewneck in st st/reverse st st. Very simple. Done in a Red Heart rainbow ombre yarn. I ordered the pattern, ordered the yarn thru the manu (which was an ordeal, being 17 with no checking account), and knitted that sweater.

Man, I hated it. I wasted the last half of my senior year and most of that summer on the damn sweater. I remember sitting on my dad's couch, damned and determined to finish the LAST FRICKING SLEEVE. I sewed it up, picked up the neckline, finished it off, then tried it on.

I swear three of us could have fit into it (and I'm not a 'small' girl). And that was straight off my measurements!!!

I'm sure someone scored a major coup from my local Salvay from all that yarn. I didn't knit a thing again until last year (over a decade). The memory of that thing haunts me to this day; I'm finishing up a crocheted shell top and I'm **terrified** it won't fit.

Oh, and I frog pretty much everything I knit at least once. Knit cap: frogged twice. Ribbed scarf: frogged 1/2 of it. Striped scarf: frogged once, then partly once more. Fuzzyfeet: foot #1 was perfect, foot #2 frogged a massive 4 times, gave up and knit it to the end. Socks: frogged 1/2 twice, but mostly because the SO was interrupting me.

99  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Knitting lingo help! on: April 26, 2004 05:36:28 PM
Sweet...I'll see if that works when I get home! Thanks a lot!
100  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Knitting lingo help! on: April 26, 2004 05:31:29 PM
Like when you bind off?
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