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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Koala - bred in captivity in Sweden! on: June 20, 2006 03:27:21 AM
In the pattern for the body, what does it mean by "With right side of work facing K across the 20 sts on knitting needle, then across the 20 ss on the spare needle - 40 sts"?

I don't have the pattern to hand, but going from memory, each leg is 20 stitches and are knitted separately, then knitted together. So you knit the 20 stitches of the first leg and then put the 2nd leg onto the needle (from the scrap yarn/spare needle) and knit across onto the next leg. You then end up with 40 stitches on the needle, ready to knit the rst of the body.

Hope this helps!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Koala - bred in captivity in Sweden! on: June 15, 2006 01:24:05 AM
i'm a beginner knitter so we'll see how this goes!

He was super easy to knit - its all in stocking stitch, and then a few yarn overs on the ears so when you fold them over they have that wavy edge. The only hard bit was sewing him up neatly!

Post a pic here if any of you try the pattern - I'd love to see his brothers and sisters!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Koala - bred in captivity in Sweden! on: June 14, 2006 09:38:52 AM
Thanks for all the compliments - hope his new owner will like him just as much!

What kind of yarn did you use for the ears?  They look really fluffy.

I used a mohair/acrylic mix for the ears and tummy. It was a bit thin so I just doubled the yarn. The rest of him was made from acrylic yarn left over from a beanie hat. And then he was stuffed with polyester toy stuffing.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Koala - bred in captivity in Sweden! on: June 14, 2006 02:48:35 AM

Bred in captivity in Sweden and soon to be released into the wild!!

Here is a koala I have made for friends in Australia who's baby is due any second! I thought I should just take a quick photo before he is packed off in a box to the other side of the world!

He is the first toy I have ever knitted but was soooo quick I think there will be plenty more to come. I made him from this pattern http://www.rnib.org.uk/xpedio/groups/public/documents/Visugate/public_acnapr92.hcsp?printPage=1#P157_17183 which I found on a random Google search. There were no finished photos in the pattern so I was pleasantly suprised when he ended up looking like a koala!

5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: KnitPicks Tie Cropped Cardi on: May 16, 2006 07:11:47 AM
oooh nice! Got a few things on my to-do list but will be back soon! Helen
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Fishermans shrug KAL anyone? - free pattern on: May 10, 2006 01:49:40 AM
All my pieces seem to be coming out in different sizes too!  Huh

I'll take a photo of it when I get home later so you can see what you think!!
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: DROPS cardigan 88-4 on: April 25, 2006 05:47:42 AM
Oooh pretty!! Can I join in too? I'm in the middle of another cardi right now but should be be able to get the yarn this weekend and join you ASAP.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: knitted johnny depp!! on: April 25, 2006 05:36:27 AM
Brilliant!! How about a knitted Orlando Bloom to match!
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Fishermans shrug KAL anyone? - free pattern on: April 21, 2006 08:23:47 AM
OK - this might be a dumb question, but what is the larger size that is on the online pattern? Everyone seemed to say that the shrug was too tight and small so I decided to knit the larger size, even though normally I'm a small/medium. Now that I'm halfway through the back, I'm worried that it is going to be too big!!!

Helenmay, what size are you knitting?

I could frog it and start over, but I  have done that at least 4 times already, trying to knit with the new gauge of my smaller yarn.

Help!! thanks!!

I'm knitting the larger size too for exactly the same reasons, even though I'm usually s/m. The back section seems to be OK, but when I knitted one of the triangle front sections it was half the size that it should be!? I'm not sure whether to just double the no of stitches so that it is the right size or just wait and see what the sleeves look like, and whether the front section matches up...

Hmmm...it's not proving as easy as we thought!
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Fishermans shrug KAL anyone? - free pattern on: April 20, 2006 01:49:37 PM
Hi again! I have revised the pattern to fit my smaller gauge. Lots of math - who knew knitting would require so much use of a calculator!! I'll post a pic as soon as I have made more progress.

Good luck everyone!

Glad you managed to figure it out!! I'm knitting mine on larger needles and so far the gauge seems to be working!

Good luck too!
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