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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Urban Outfitters scarf- deciphering the stitch pattern! on: October 23, 2007 05:58:03 PM
I was at Urban Outfitters today, and saw this scarf.

I stared at awhile, trying to see if I could figure out the pattern just by looking at it, but I just couldn't figure it out.  Anyone have any ideas of what this stitch pattern is?  All I can tell you is that the yarn was worked double, and the back of it looked vaguely like the wrong side of stockinette stitch. Here's a close up of it:

Thanks in advance, guys!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Triangle Bag- yay! on: September 01, 2006 04:51:57 PM
Just finished this one up!

For scale, so you can see how big it is:

Pattern used: Pick Up Sticks Triangle Bag, purchased at Jimmy Beans
Yarn used: Cascade 220, Charcoal and Ballerina Pink, 2 skeins each

I only had a few issues with it, the first being that it took 4 or 5 (I lost count) times through the wash for the pink part to lose its stitch definition.  The grey part was nice and fuzzy by the second cycle, and actually was getting icky and sheddy the more times I ran it through the wash.  You can actually still see some stitch definition in the pink part, but I just lost my patience and thought, "eh, good enough."  I think that it could've taken so long because it was a light color and light colors take longer to felt, or it was because it was knit relatively tightly (2 strands on size 10 needles).

The second issue I had was doing the decorative stitching- running a tapestry needle through thick, felted fabric hurt my fingers after awhile!  I had to take a break inbetween doing the band and straps because I think my fingers developed calluses from all the tugging and pushing.  Tongue

All in all, it was an easy and straightforward pattern, and I'm pleased with how it turned out!

(Edited to fix the weird proportions of the 2nd pic)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / "Hopeful" sweater- cute, and for a good cause too! on: August 06, 2005 06:34:38 PM
Just bought this pattern:
Done by the same designer who did Tempting, Jenna Adorno.  It costs $5, and for every pattern purchased, the designer will donate $6 to breast cancer research.  Just wanted to give the heads-up to you guys!  Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cushy, bright, AND machine-washable yarn? on: May 30, 2005 02:24:53 PM
I'd like to make a squishysoft baby blanket in non-pastel and gender-neutral colors...  Right now, this (in green and white) has tickled my fancy, but the yarn it calls for (Berocco Plush) isn't machine washable.  Does anyone have any suggestions for yarn that's nice and cushy like Plush, and comes in bright, fun colors, and that's machine-washable?  Thanks!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I'm on a felting high! My first felted project- a tote bag on: March 06, 2005 10:26:21 PM
Just finished my very first felting project!   Despite my house smelling like wet wool for awhile, I can definitely see how felting can be addicting!


Pattern is from Hello Knitty and made from Cascade 220.  Stripe pattern courtesy of this nifty random stripe generator.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What to do with scratchy yarn? on: February 24, 2005 08:57:15 PM
I have some handmade yarn that is really pretty, but rather scratchy.  I've got about 200 yards, and it's a variegated bulky, kind of like Rowan's Biggy Print.  Does anyone have any ideas on what to make with it?  Thanks!
7  ASIA / Japan / Cool yarn shops in Tokyo? on: February 22, 2005 09:09:07 PM
I'm going to be visiting Tokyo next month (I'll be staying in Shinjuku) and I want to go to some nice yarn shops... does anyone have any recommendations?  Thank you!
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Hot Head- yarn substitution? on: September 22, 2004 08:43:31 PM
I want to make the Hot Head beanie for my brother in law, but I want to make sure that it can be machine-washed... he's a pretty low maintenance guy and I'm sure he won't bother with anything like hand-washing.  Smiley

Do any of you have suggestions for bulky, machine-washable yarns I can use?  Thanks!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Newbie can't understand pattern! Please help! on: July 20, 2004 12:54:41 PM
Hi everyone!!  I'm working on knitting my first "non scarf, blanket, or simple rectangle shape" project and so I decided I wanted to start off with a simple tank top ("Elderflower" from Rowan's Summer Tweed collection).  I was doing just fine until I got to this part:

Shape Armhole
Next Row (RS): K tog tbl first st and the loop, K1, K2tog, K to last 4 sts, K2tog tbl, K1, pick up loop lying between needles and place loop on right needle, sl last st knitwise.

Next Row: P tog first st and the loop, P to last 4 sts, P2tog, P1, pick up loop lying between needles and place loop on right needle, sl last st purlwise.  16 sts.

Last two rows form slip st edging and set decreases.  Keeping sts correct as set, cont as folls:

Dec 1 st at armhole edge of next 3 rows, then on foll 2 alt rows and at same time dec 1 st at neck edge of next and foll 2 alt rows.  8 sts.


Can someone please help me decipher this?  Once I get to the part in purple, am I just supposed to just do the decreases it tells me to?  But then what does Keeping sts correct as set mean? It makes me think that I'm supposed to follow the stitch pattern established by the Next Row parts and at the same time do the additional decreases it directs me to.  But if I do that, then it decreases too many stitches and I'll end up with less than the 8 it says I should have.

Or am I reading this wrong altogether?!  Please help me!!
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