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1  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery April 2008 in The Swap Gallery by Just_A_Girl on: April 14, 2008 02:30:00 PM

I recently took part in my first swap with kitschbitch. It was a great experience and she made me such cool stuff! A wonderful purse with a matching pouch and the cutest thing ever - a kleenex cozy! She also made a needle roll for me with wooden needles in it and some pot holders!  Thanks kitschbitch!  Consider me hooked on swapping....Hmmm.. wonder how the boyfriend is going to feel about that...  Cheesy

Thanks again!
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2  My newest creation in stashbusting. *Instructions added* in Knitting: Completed Projects by Just_A_Girl on: February 28, 2008 04:12:28 PM
Made on size 4 1/2 needles using sirdar snuggly from a frogged razor cami.  I didnt know what this was going to be, I just kinda cast on, and let it become what it wanted. It is my new favorite among my knitted items. Maybe its crappy,  Roll Eyes  but Im pleased  Cheesy

With hair down:

Hair up (Would make a decent dread hat, or at least good for bad hair days  Grin

Being modeled my my cooking pot (I didnt feel I could get the right angle of the back while on me)

And a close up of the stitch definition:   Not sure if its called anything in particular ; Rnd 1 Knit 1, yo, knit 2og
                                                                                                                 Rnd 2 yo, knit 2 tog, knit 1

Sorry for the abundance of pics 

I havnt finished the second hat yet, but I figured Id forget that I said Id post the pattern, so I'll give you my half asses attempt and make changes if the proper notes actually ever get finished in this century  Roll Eyes   Thats what happens when life catches up to you, anyhoo,

I cast on 102 st. using sirdar snuggly and size 4 1/2 needles
Worked in 1X1 rib for 2 1/2 almost 3 inches
The next row I increased, and this is where Im lost, I started to inc. every 10th st. and then a quarter way in the round I realized it wouldnt be enough, so I switched to inc. every 5 stitch. (As long as at the end you have enough to work in pattern.)
I knit 3 rounds of stockinette and then started to work in pattern.
Pattern: Round 1 *Knit 1, YO, knit 2tog*  Repeat for the round
            Round 2  Knit
            Round 3  *YO, Knit 2tog, Knit 1* Repeat for round
            Round 4 Knit
Repeat these 4 rounds until desired length is reached, I knit these 4 rounds 16 times, then I decreased.

Round 1  knit 1, knit 2 tog,
Round 2    knit
Round 3   knit 2 tog, knit 1
Round 4    knit

And that was that. Any questions or criticisms of my pathetic attempt at explaining my self let me know  Grin

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3  Slouchy Goodness.... Pattern added in Knitting: Completed Projects by Just_A_Girl on: February 18, 2008 04:56:28 PM
Got bored and wanted a new hat. I have an addiction. Undecided    I saw a girl a few days ago with a really cute hat and thought I could replicate it. And I think I damn near succeeded. Without further ado......

Mayhap a bit pic heavy, but its not every day I just make up a pattern.  Grin  Thanks for looking!

Hi all,
thanks for all the comments, I didnt have much time, so I did my best pattern-wise
Good luck to anyone who attempts to read my pattern notes  Tongue  Any questions I'd be happy to answer.

Using a US 8 circular needle, cast on 84 st. (Use smaller needles is you want)
For approx. 10 rnds (or longer if you prefer) work in 2x2 rib.
When ribbing is complete, onto the inc. rnd.
There needs to be 102 st. In which case you will knit 4 then inc. the next stitch (the 5th) But to get the 102 st. you will knit into the very first st. in the round, but when you count the 4 before the inc. include the first stitch in your count. Also, you will have to inc. into the very last stitch in the round, and you should have 102 stitches (I hope that bit makes sense, if you have any questions let me know)

Rnd 1:
*Knit 11, purl 2, knit 11, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2* (Cont)    Knit this for 6 rnds (incl. rnd 1)
7th Rnd: Knit 11, purl 2, knit 11, purl 2, first 3 st. to cable needle, hold to the front, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle then continue in pattern until desired length. (I knit rnds 1-7 six times then started decreasing)
After the last cable (rnd 7) I knit 2 more rnds, on the
3rd round I knit the first 2 st. tog. Knit 7, then knit the next 2 tog. Purl 2, and continue shortening the 11 stitch sections all the way around.
4th rnd. Knit the 11 st. section but when you come across the 2 purl stitches, purl them tog.
5th rnd. Dec the first 2 st. knit 5, knit the last 2 st. tog, purl 1, (CONT)
6th rnd (knit)
7th rnd dec. 1st 2 stitches, knit 3, knit last 2 stitches in section tog, cont (reminder to also keep up with the cable rnds)
1st rnd. (knit)
2nd rnd. Decrease (knit first 2 stitches tog. Knit 1, knit 2 st. tog, purl 2) CONT
3rd rnd. (Knit)
4th rnd. Decrease (knit 1st 2 stitches tog. Purl 2)
5th rnd. (Knit)
6th rnd (Knit)
7th rnd. Cable
 [This is where my notes get kinda hazy (haha like all of it till now makes sooo much           sense)]
Im pretty sure I knit 1, purl 1, knit 2 tog, knit 1, knit 2 tog, CONT
Next rnd. Knit 1 rnd,
Next rnd. Knit 2 tog all the way around
Next rnd. Knit 2 tog all the way around
Cut yarn and run through remaining stitches.
My instructions suck, but its a very basic pattern, so anyone should be able to pick up on it right away. Let me know if theres anything that needs clearing up.
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4  Just a small FO to interupt the drudgery of X-Mas knitting...and stash bust too! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Just_A_Girl on: September 02, 2007 03:07:15 PM
Inspired by tragicheroine's starlet hat, I cast on some stitches and knitted a hat. First time doing popcorn stitch and its much easier than I had originally thought. Without further ado....

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5  Re: Knitty's Danica in Knitalongs by Just_A_Girl on: August 15, 2007 01:15:54 PM

Im going to drive everyone crazy with my incessant questions  Roll Eyes Sorry!

I was working on the RIGHT EDGE TRIANGLE bit, but where?  I started doing it where the blue square is, but as it tapered to a triangle i figured it was the wrong spot and then ripped back. Am I supposed to do that triangle part on the bottom right? It doesnt look like there enough room.  Grrr... I find this pattern is frustrating the bejesus outta me. Sigh. I will push forward.. with help from all the great Craftsters who keep answering all my questions  Grin

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6  Re: Knitty's Danica in Knitalongs by Just_A_Girl on: August 15, 2007 11:03:13 AM
Thanks for all the feedback girls. I figured it all out after a long while of going over it.
But now (god Im such a spazz! This was supposed to be an easy pattern Undecided)   Im having other issues  Roll Eyes Hah.
Im supposed to start this center square business. pick up 10 stitches along the square adjacent to right needle... For one, there is this one stitch, by the red arrow, im not sure where that belongs (and I KNOW I did the last section properly and step by step) and Im not exactly sure which square needs stitches. Im sure this has the easiest answer... I just seem to be having difficulty grasping it  Smiley
Thanks for any help! And BTW Puppybreath, The colour combo is fantastic!

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7  'Im just a girl'.....wearing Gwennabe! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Just_A_Girl on: July 23, 2007 06:04:17 PM
Finally an FO to post. Think its been a while.
And without further ado........may I present Gwennabe! Been working on it for what seems like forever and now its is done. Thank god.

And a close up the neck line which I changed, instead of two straps, which doesnt make sense and which will probably lead to a wardrobe malfunction for me and the girls, but meh. I'll deal with it when the time comes.

Only mods I made were extra decreases for the waist (and its still too loose) and instead of 2 inches of the boob part as suggested in patter.... I knit about 10 inch or more *shrugs* Comes with having gi-normous breasts-ses

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8  Beta testing patterns is awesome! (Image heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Just_A_Girl on: April 17, 2007 08:00:06 AM
Thanks to Twilight for this awesome pattern!  I used Bernat Natural cotton with size 8 circs for the stockinette and then changed to size 10 for the lace. Really easy pattern and Im pretty pleased with how it turned out, though Im contemplating picking up stitches around the top to make it longer. Haven't decided. On to the pics.

I love the ruffle, but binding off was sooooo time consuming. I think it must have been over 500 stitches.

Hahah, ewww.. my mirror is so dirty.

Oh, and just because, thought I would add my attempt at ohmystars buttony sweater. I loved the pattern and it was easy - I started on a Sunday night and finished by Thurs. My only issue is I have to learn how to short row for boob shaping. The sweater is awfully tight and the girls are much too big  Roll Eyes  Story of my life. I will definitely try again though.

Thanks for taking a gander.
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9  Name of the game is cheap.... in Knitting: Completed Projects by Just_A_Girl on: March 28, 2007 04:23:41 PM
This month's challenge is knitting el cheapo, and as a student... thats how I knit ALL the time  Smiley  I knit this sweater in about a week, and it cost approx. $6 or $7 CAD. I bought the yarn, one skein each of each colour. I don't have my receipt, but you can see the cost here, http://www.joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=82240&PRODID=47172&source=search

Onto the pictures:
Here you can see it with the leftover yarn, which is a good bit considering I knit a long sleeve sweater

My boyfriend took this being funny, but it actually shows some of the side shaping, plus I was just most impressed that it actually fit the girls.

This one shows how wonderfully long the sleeves are....

I had fun knitting this, my first real garment, I learned alot (thanks goes out to all the girls in the KAL who were oh, so helpful) and throughly enjoyed making something so pretty for so cheap  Grin

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10  Poor student approved! A tad pic heavy perhaps. (Pattern-ish added!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Just_A_Girl on: March 28, 2007 04:12:31 PM
I am a student, that usually means poor. So my first sweater was of course on a budget. Made with one skein each of Bernat Super Saver with new and improved softness! Here goes.

Yeah! It only took my about a week or so off and on and total cost, $9 or so CAD and the yarn leftover it technically cost less.  Grin


Ok, here is the best attempt I got at a pattern-thing. If it sucks, let me know i'll do my best to explain better:

I used 2 Skeins of Bernat super saver, worsted weight.
You can use any worsted weight wool. And I used size 8, 24inch circs.
18 stitches/4 in stockinette stitch

I changed colour every 10 rows, and important* Change colour on a non-increase round.
This might not make sense now, but it will make sense later. With ten rounds, I ended one round on an increase (as in that round I increased), and the next round which will be just a knit round is when I changed colours.
 I cast on 92 stitches for the neckband to get the boat neck look and before I began the yoke, I decreased back to 84 (which is for size small) stitches. I knit in 3x2 rib for however long I wanted the neck to be (all personal preference)
For my sweater I actually knit for 9 rounds
Row 1: k 30 then placed a marker, k 12 placed a marker, k30 placed a marker, k 12 then placed the last marker. (This is going to separate the front body and back body from the sleeves.)
Row 2: Knit across

Row 3:  You will increase the first stich of the round (however you increase, typically you knit into the front and back-with help on doing this knitting help.com is a great site for instructions)
then *knit to 1 stitch before pm, increase, slide marker over to next needle, increase again.* knit to 1 stitch before end of round, Kf&b in that stitch.  
Basically, you are knitting to each marker, increasing, slipping the marker then increasing. (Before and after each marker) This will give you the raglan increasing for your arms. (I know it might seem confusing and trust me I was confused, but trust in the pattern, it actually just works out)

Round 4: Knit across

*Repeat rows 3 & 4 * approx. 21 times total. (I didnt actually do this, I just tried it on every now and then and it took me more than 21 times to get the two sleeve markers to meet under my arm)

Try on your work in progress by slipping the stitches to scarp yarn.
The sleeve markers have to meet under your arms, so you can add a few more increase rows if you need to, or if its too loose, then pull out a round or two.

Now, you knit to the first marker, slip the stitches between the two markers onto scrap yarn or stitch holders. These are your sleeve stitches well come back to those later.
      --cast on 2 (3, 4, 5) stitches to the right-hand needle, knit to next marker, slip stitches between marker to scrap yarn, cast on 2, (3, 4, 5) stitches to right-hand needle, knit to end of row.

I knit until it was almost as long as I wanted it, then knit in 3x2 rib for about 2 inches or so, or until I felt it looked right.
***Side shaping***
When I did the side shaping I didnt take off the two place markers left after I put the sleeve stitches on scrap yarn. I left the two stitch markers that showed the sides of the sweater.

about 2 or 3 inches down from the armpit I started the waist shaping. All I did was knit to three stitches before the marker, K2tog, K1, slipped the marker, knit 1 then ssk.
I did that every 5 rows 4 or 5 times (Keep trying the sweater on- one of the most important things I learned) and it should be fine.

SLEEVES:  (Make Two)
I slipped the sleeve stitches onto DPNs. Im sure you could use circs, but I found that there werent enough stitches and it made it difficult, so DPNs worked for me.  I picked up 3 stitches (you can pick up less if there isnt a huge gap in between) (I didnt use place markers for the sleeves but you can) place a marker after the stitches picked up and knit in the round.
I decreased for the sleeves every 5th or so row, 9 or ten times, until I felt the sleeves were a good fit to my pathetic and limpy arms, if youre more muscular than me, keep trying it on and you may have to decease less.  Knit to 3 stitches before marker, K2tog, knit1, slip marker, knit1 and ssk. (This method worked for me, but Im not sure if there is a better way, that doesnt leave little lines in the knitting-if anyone knows of a better way, you can use it-and if you do, tell everyone else!)
*As I continued with the stripes I made sure to decrease on a knit round- I found it good to decrease on row 5, then again on row 10, then change colour)
I kept knitting until I was a little past my wrist, but thats only because I wanted long sleeves, then I began knitting in 3x2 rib for 20+ rounds for the cuff.
*Note*  this sweater looks great with sleeves I had to force myself to keep knitting the sleeves  : )

Not much else to it. You can weave in the loose threads which I still havnt done. Oops. Any questions, let me know.

P.S. Huge thanks to Knittyknitter, who posted the original pattern in the Beginner Raglan Knitalong! Shes awesome and so is her blog! Check it out!  Also for other sizes and other possible help, check out the KAL for the beginner raglan started by the wonderful knittyknitter herself.

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