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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ravelry lost me! on: October 12, 2007 01:38:51 PM
Oh, that sucks. You should definitely email the founders - I bet caclark4 is exactly right - the invite was probably sorted as junk mail, so you never saw it. Casey will probably be able to fix you right up in no time.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gauge Swatching - Socks on: October 10, 2007 02:09:16 PM
Yeah, I just knit a gauge swatch in the round, and use my flexible tape measure.

There's a way to make a "faux-round" swatch that lays flat, but I haven't had much success with it - my gauge is always really off when I try that method.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ravelry! Extra invites... on: September 20, 2007 08:55:40 AM
Psst, I've come up with a great way to keep up with Ravelry without cutting in to my knitting time - it's called reading at work! Don't tell me boss, though  Wink

College students can read Ravelry instead of going to class! High-schoolers: Try skipping meals for a few extra minutes to surf Ravelry.  Grin
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Dayflowers and Leaves - Lace Scarf on: September 04, 2007 12:20:32 PM
I like the border rows between the motifs! Flipping the motifs might make it a little more visually interesting - with one running "up" and two running "down".

A pattern wouldn't be two hard - it's only two charts, although I suppose it would be messy for knitters who like to have the pattern written out!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Oh, God!, she cried, Help me! Help me God! on: September 04, 2007 11:19:12 AM
Maybe let the knitting lie in your lap as you go so you don't feel like you have to "hold" all the needles.  Remember, you are only using two at a time.

The hardest part of using dpns is the first few rounds, before the knitting is strong enough to support the needles in a round shape. But even on those rows, you don't need to hold all the needles at once. Just use two, like you're knitting flat, and let the other two dangle. If you push the stitches on the two "resting" needles to the center of the needles, they should be fine all by themselves.

It sounds like you're using the "backwards loop" cast-on. Yeah, it has that problem, where the cast-on starts to stretch out as you knit with it. You can either use a more structured cast-on, like the long-tail cast-on, or you can just ignore the tail, push the two needles together, knit the stitches, and move on. At the end, you can go back and tighten up the cast-on edge.

I think the poster of this thread had the same problems as you did. Although her pictures don't show up any more, the advice might help you, too.

Here's another one, with pictures. You're not alone!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: concentric squares afghan on: September 01, 2007 09:01:48 AM
You could also switch to dpns as you get near the center.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: concentric squares afghan on: August 31, 2007 01:45:24 PM
You know, marisal, I've sort of been knocking around with that idea in my head - it's sort of the reverse of the solution I gave above.

A psychedelic square is the same thing as a mitered square, right? So your idea is to cast on all the border stitches, join in the round, and do a double-decrease at each corner, on alternating rounds, until you get down to 4 stitches. I can't see why that wouldn't work, although if I were you I'd try it with a much smaller swatch to see if it looks ok!

It might be less insane to just make 4 giant mitered squares and seam them together.

[the first time I wrote this, I said that it was a "martyr square", not a mitered square! I suppose "martyr" might describe the knitter who attempts to make one huge giant one!]
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: concentric squares afghan on: August 29, 2007 07:30:22 AM
You can knit concentric squares from the inside-out (like a shawl), but you'll need a really long needle for the last few rounds.

In other words, knit the center square in one color (back and forth), then pick up around the edges and knit the next color in the round. You'll probably have to increase two stitches at each corner.  Then switch to the next color, and so on until it's big enough.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with an intarsia chart on: August 29, 2007 05:17:00 AM
The numbers on the top are stitch counts - a bigger skirt requires more stitches, so for a bigger size you use one of the numbers in the parenthesis. The problem is that they only give you one number of cast on stitches - 114. They usually say "Cast on 114 (124, 134) or something like that.

So if it says

  3   5   6   8    3(4,5)  7
  A   C   D   B      C      A

Then you knit 3 stitches of A, 5 of C, and so on. The reason A is next to A is so that there's one big section of A at the back of the skirt, I guess.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: adjusting for gauge with decorative increases on: August 28, 2007 01:57:48 PM
When it comes to invisible increases, I think that "make 1" increase is the most seamless in stockinette stitch. I've read that "make 1" can be interpreted many ways, but here's how I do it:

With the left needle, pick up the bar between two stitches from front to back. Knit this bar through the back loop.

Knittinghelp.com calls this a "Make one left" or "make one front".
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