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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Magknits Rainbow Socks KAL on: March 12, 2008 02:07:46 PM
Go for it! It's a fun pattern and a nice way to do something a little different with self-striping yarn. My advice: follow the designer's directions for the short rows--don't overthink them, just do what she says!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Circs 1" too long.. problem? on: February 02, 2008 11:43:01 AM
As much as I love my Denise needles, I've noticed they work better with some yarns than others. Some yarn/cord combinations are not very slippery and are difficult to work. I've been wondering if there is a way to improve this? Maybe increase/decrease static electricity??? I don't know but I hope someone has a suggestion.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting Magazines on: December 17, 2007 09:06:44 PM
Another vote for Creative Knitting.
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Magknits Rainbow Socks KAL on: December 02, 2007 09:52:58 PM
Talk about ancient history! These have been done for awhile but I guess knitting is more fun than posting!
I used Lion Brand Magic Stripes in Regatta Blue. This pattern was well-written and fun to knit.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Toe up socks or not?? on: November 07, 2007 09:47:01 PM
I really really like knitting socks toe up, especially if I am uncertain about how much yarn I have. The hardest part is getting started. It's awkward and fiddly. But it's only for a few stitches and for a round or 2 and then it's over and you can go on your merry way. So, don't be discouraged if the casting on is difficult. It won't last long.

Double pointed needles were awkward for me at first and I was more comfortable with the magic loop. Now, to my surprise, I prefer double points! I can't believe it, but I do.

You might try first knitting a baby sock from worsted weight. That way you could practice all the parts without the added pressure of trying to produce something that will fit you. Make it in Christmas colors and hang it on the tree!

Have fun! I bet you'll be in love with sock knitting in no time!
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) on: October 29, 2007 09:32:52 AM
Remember: your arms don't necessarily need as many increases as your chest requires. On those last few increase rounds you can increase on the fronts and backs only.  Measure your own upper arm, count the sleeve stitches and use your gauge to calculate how wide the sleeves will be.

There's no rule that says your sleeves and sweater must increase at the same rate.
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Magknits Rainbow Socks KAL on: October 25, 2007 02:30:45 PM
Progress, at last! These are Lion Brand Magic Stripes in Regatta Blue Stripe. They are a bit skewed which I presume is because my knit gauge is different than my purl gauge. I'm hoping a soak, some time on a sock blocker and maybe some steam will even them out. I'm going to attempt the heel today.
The pattern is fun and well written, however if you like knitting socks because there are few purl stitches, this pattern is not for you. Half of the rows are purl rows!

8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Magknits Rainbow Socks KAL on: October 24, 2007 04:30:03 PM
How do I avoid a hole inbetween the two unworked sts?

Amazingly, the next plain round of knitting closes the gap. Also, I'm hoping that a good blocking will smooth the sock. I blasted mine with my steam iron and it looks a lot better.
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Magknits Rainbow Socks KAL on: October 24, 2007 01:33:32 PM
From the pattern:
Continue in this manner, working 4 more sts before turning on every row, until there are only 4 sts left unworked at end of row (RS). K3, turn work, work turn st, purl to turned st, purl tog both loops of turned st, p3, turn, work turn st. Now work 2 rounds over all sts, knitting together both loops of the last turned sts. Note that the beginning of the round has shifted from needle 1 to needle 3.

Remember on the last 2 rows you knit or purl only 3 stitches past the turned stitch. Then those 2 plain rounds you knit those last 2 turn stitches.

Do you think you forgot to knit 4 past the turn stitch on one row? I was off by one stitch on one of my triangles. I figured it was just a counting error somewhere.
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Magknits Rainbow Socks KAL on: October 23, 2007 09:19:06 PM
I'm approaching the heel (working toe up w/dpns) and I'm confused about the numbering of the needles. I'm going to try the short row heel as written in the pattern. It's worked over needles 1 and 2. Wouldn't that be one instep needle and one heel needle? Can anyone help me wrap my mind around this? Has anyone successfully completed this heel? I'm willing to trust the instructions if someone can convince me they are correct.

Never mind. After a good night's sleep I realized I was confused about how to number the needles. I'm ready to tackle a heel later today.
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