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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cashmerino Superchunky Hat for Nanny on: December 18, 2005 02:20:44 PM
This is a Christmas gift for my boyfriend's grandma. I used one ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky and size 11 needles. It is incredibly soft. Only problem is that such thick, straight yarn shows every little thing, so my woven in ends look crappy. I'm sure she'll love it anyway.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Nautilus Hat on: December 13, 2005 09:50:53 PM
For those of you who have made Marnie MacLean's Nautilus hat (free pattern at http://www.mlminspirations.com/patterns/Nautilus/index.html) I have a question.

I am going back and forth about whether to do the bottom of the hat in rib or seed stitch. I am going for comfort, I don't want it to be a hat that slips around (which ss might). But I also don't want it to look bad (which rib might, it isn't the stitch given by the pattern).

I'm almost done, I just have the bottom part to do, and I want to finish up. Any advice?

If it makes any difference I did it in light blue dk weight Debbie Bliss Alpaca and Silk, with size 5 needles. So it is a smaller gauge.

Thanks! Grin
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Best lace hat pattern? on: November 15, 2005 08:25:48 PM
My friend has been waiting a year for me to make her a hat. The problem is that she's one of my best friends and I don't see her very often, so I really want it to be perfect. So every time I am nearly finished I rip it up and start again. She recently specified that she wants a lace hat, her words were "something with holes in it." I love the Nautilus hat on Marnie McLean's website. Are there any lace-ish hats on websites or in books that people love? I want lots to choose from if possible. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Anyone want to make Knitty's Broadstreet Mittens with me? on: October 27, 2005 09:03:26 PM
I am freezing already, even before my first east coast winter has officially begun. I really want these glove/mittens, but I'm a little intimidated. Anyone want to knit them with me?
Here's the pattern:
I'll be using an Italian yarn that I've never heard of before buying it on sale, it's called Baruffa Bolliciana, it's gray 65% cashmere, 35% silk.
Please join me, I could use the moral support! Grin
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Double knitting- decrease on: October 22, 2005 07:33:02 PM
I was so proud of how quickly I picked up double knitting with the help of about.com. I hope to make my super picky boyfriend a hat and scarf using the technique. Since he hates anything even remotely chunky, this will allow me to use thinner yarn and still make a warm finished product.

I'm a little confused about how to decrease. I've looked all over, and found only increase instructions on craftster. Any advice would be much appreciated.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Striped Leg Warmers on: October 18, 2005 07:27:38 PM
This is my first FO post... I finished these about a month ago but just got photoshop. Last year was my senior year of undergrad college, so I stopped knitting completely after knitting a few rows on these, and this summer I finally picked them up again. I also moved from California to Philadelphia, so now I have a good reason to knit! These were a great stash buster, I used white baby alpaca and black manos.

My friend calls them the Beetlejuice leg warmers.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What can I do if my yarn is too big for the pattern? on: October 04, 2005 08:04:26 PM
I'm about to knit my first sweater with yarn that was given to me. Unfortunately, the pattern I've fallen in love with calls for a smaller yarn.

The pattern (Jaeger Verona http://www.theknittinggarden.com/ja-magjb16.htm) calls for 4ply with needles sizes 2 and 3.

I have Jaeger DK which calls for 5 or 6. I tried a swatch with size 3 and it was pretty tight, but the right gauge (7 st. per inch).

So my question for those of you who have dealt with these things is this: what do I do? Use bigger needles and make the sweater in a smaller size? Or give it up and find a new pattern? Has anyone knit this before? Any help is greatly appreciated!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Any suggestions- sweater pattern for Jaeger Extra Fine Merino on: October 02, 2005 09:00:40 AM
So I've been searching for months for a pattern for my 12 "coal dust" skeins of Jaeger Extra Fine Merino. My boyfriend's mom gave it to me as a gift. This is the first time I've had enough yarn to make a sweater, although I've been knitting for years and consider myself to be a decent knitter. I've noticed that Jaeger doesn't have many patterns. Is there anything you've done with this yarn that turned out well? Any great patterns for yarn that is 22 st and 30-32 rows = 10 cm? Suggestions would be VERY appreciated. I'm going crazy with this yarn just sitting here!
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