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111  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Projects from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" on: October 25, 2005 10:32:53 AM
How many rows past that are you? You could undo it just to that point, or you could drop the stitches above that boo boo and pick them up with a crochet hook. I usually just drop the stiches and pick them up again when I make a small boo boo like that.
112  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why can't I figure out stripes? on: October 24, 2005 12:01:26 PM
You can knit 2 stitches with the new color, then knit one stitch with the short tail of the new color, then loosely tie the old color and new color short tail together. Then when you are ready to weave in the ends, duplicate at least one stitch with your tail yarn before weaving in like normal.
113  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Survey: Continental vs. English on: October 21, 2005 10:38:58 AM
Since you wrap the yarn by moving your hand I think you knit English style (or throw)

Do you start with an empty needle in your left hand and then fill it up? Or an empty needle in your right hand?

If you start with an empty needle in your left hand and wrap your yarn overs you knit Backwards or Lefthanded English. If you start with an empty needle in your right hand and wrap your yarn overs you knit Righthanded English, you just hold your yarn in your left hand.

Norwegians actually have their own style of knitting but it is related to continental.
114  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Circular Shrug- created by keridana, julsey723, guessica, and others... on: October 20, 2005 02:47:20 PM
I am making one with Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Grass. It is super chunky. I did a 1x1 ribbing and the body in stockinette. It is so un drapey that I did some short and long rows to shape it a little bit. I should be finishing it tonight so hopefully can post some pictures tomorrow.
115  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Pirate scarf and hat on: October 18, 2005 04:26:30 PM
Almost everything I make comes out of my crazy brain, to make the chart for this I used Excel. I just shrank the width of the cells and shaded them in using fill color to make the shape of the skull and cross bones. If you want to use the same chart to make a double knit scarf or a hat or whatever you want, you can find the chart on my blog.

It is not a very bloggy blog, I am not much for journaling as I go, but if you have any questions you can either leave a comment on my blog or PM me.
116  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pirate scarf and hat on: October 17, 2005 11:59:22 AM
This was my first adventure into double knitting. I watched the video on knittinghelp.com a couple of times and then I went for it. The trickiest part is castng on which is not on the video, and I actually made a smal boo boo and twisted my strands while doing it. But oh well, this is a gift for a guy friend and he wouldn't recognize that as a boo boo even if he saw it. Then I tried using the same jolly roger chart to make a hat, with  limited success. I was doing it round instead of flat so my tension on the white part is all wonky. If I were to do it again I would knit the hat flat.

117  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Circular Shrug / Vest - Scale Model - TUTORIAL on: October 17, 2005 09:45:05 AM
I made the other one, the T shaped one. I like it , but I am going to do something about the armhole shaping if I do it again.

118  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Survey: Continental vs. English on: October 16, 2005 12:41:11 PM
1.Where do you live?California, USA
2.What style do you prefer?Continental
3.Who taught you how to knit? (do you know their lineage?)I just watched people and figured it out. I figured it out wrong at first, but I am ok now. I started knitting English because that is the way my mom knits, and I switched to continental after watching my BF's Mom knit.
4. Have you tried, successfully or not, to change styles throughout your knitting life? If yes, why?It seemed faster to knit continental so I tried it. Now I want to learn to knit forward and backwards (left/right) so I can work without turning.
119  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Am I knitting the wrong way? on: October 13, 2005 02:01:53 PM
It sounds like you learned to knit more or less the same way I did, only I did it with looking at two needles, some yarn, and a peice of knitted fabric.  If you're  knitting into the back of the loop, you might have taught yourself "combined knitting" which knits into the back of the loop, and purls into the front, untwisting the stitches.  Look at the knit side of the fabric you produce.  If the bottom of the v's isn't crossed, that's probably what your doing. 
The most important question to ask yourself is do you like the fabric you end up with.  If not, look into knitting techniques until you get something you do like.  If you do, and you're comfortable with the knitting style, why bother changing it?  The one sort of tricky thing about combination knitting is that decreases slant the opposite direction that they do for traditional style knitters, but it just means that you'll need to learn what decreases do what and how to read patterns for what they mean, rather than blindly following them to the finished peice, which I think everyone would agree is a useful skill that you'll have to learn eventually if you want to be a good knitter.


I was doing combined knitting with no problems until I wanted to do lace work. I didn't even know I was knitting wrong until I tried a pattern and my slip-knit pass and my knit 2 together didn't look like the picture. Then I had to figure out how to make my stitches lean the other way. Eventually I figured out how to knit properly and I am a knitting fiend now. Even if you could just go to one class to learn how to do the basic stitches you could practice your tension on your own. It is much easier to just learn the right way than trying to unlearn the wrong way.
So now I knit the proper way most of the time unless I am doing something that is straight stockinette.
120  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: puppy slippers anyone? on: October 13, 2005 10:42:18 AM
Take the bunny looking ones and make square ears instead of pointy. And a pink tongue. That should be pretty puppy looking.
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