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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with finishing/seaming!!! on: December 09, 2007 11:29:34 AM
All the videos and books I've found show mattress stitch for stockinette. How do I stitch garter stitch? Also ribbing?

Yeah, it's the same principle for garter stitch and ribbing. Just take a deep breath, and frequent breaks!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Why Blocking is Good on: December 09, 2007 08:22:16 AM
It's lovely and looks good on you, but... what's the pattern and the yarn?
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with finishing/seaming!!! on: December 09, 2007 07:58:44 AM
    Well, there are ways about going about seaming.

    Here's what I normally do.

    You'll need: a tapestry needle and some oddments of yarn. About six one-inch strips. A tape measure might help too.

  • Fold the edges of the cap over until they meet. You need to line up your ribbing and make sure those edges meet evenly, top and bottom
    When done, take your tapestry needle and an oddment of yarn (running through the tapestry needle), thread through the loose edges and loosely tie both edges together.
  • Eyeball your edges, and using the tape measure, measure two or three inches in length (along the edges) and thread through the loose edges and loosely tie edges together.
Make sure the edges meet, and that they line up evenly.

Try and sew from the bottom ribbing to the top of the hat. Try and keep the stitches even and not puckered (unlike your first efforts) and TAKE YOUR TIME.

Mattress stitch http://www.domiknitrix.com/howtos/mattress_stitch.cfm is lovely, it brings edges together, makes the knitting lay flat and is as easy as pie. For the first couple of times, you have to take your time with mattress stitch to make sure that it's even, but it's lovely. 
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: If the knitting police existed... on: December 09, 2007 06:27:07 AM
I don't like Noro yarns  Shocked, nor am I fan of space dyed anything.  Shocked. I also don't think I'm a sock knitter either, but I've been told its because I haven't knitted with the right yarn, so for the sake of well... giving stuff a chance, I'm either going to splurge on Wollmiese (sp) or posh yarn for socks next year.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you have a favorite yarn? on: December 06, 2007 08:57:54 AM
I am just getting to the point where I feel my knitting skills are good enough that I can start using some REAL fibers.  My only experience with what I would classify as real fiber (I don't count anything I can buy at A.C. Moore) is a few skeins of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino.  I've looked up reviews of different brands on Ravelry, but all have positives and negatives.

Soo.. what's your favorite?  Smiley

Well, it depends.

Personally, I don't like Debbie Bliss Cashmerino be it aran or dk. It was the first designer yarn that I had ever knit with (fetching), and the yarn pilled and looked quite shabby by the time I'd finished the gloves. I'll give it this: it feels like buttah, and that it's warm and squishy against my palms, but I'd never make an entire garment out of it. I think the Debbie Bliss rialto (dk) is the best yarn she's done so far. I rather liked the Cathay (DB) as well.

I do like merino wools, preferably superwash. I'm currently crushing on Lana Grossa cool wool merino big superfine. It's springy and a pleasure to knit with, so far the pilling is minimal, and a decent yardage  -120 meters for 50 g. Lana Grossa Elastico (cotton with a stretch) yarn is nice as well.

For rowan yarns: I like their wool/cotton, love the Calmer yarn which is a stretchable cotton yarn (frightfully expensive). I also like Rowan's Cocoon yarn. So soft and squishy. 

I've heard good things about Malabrigo but I shan't look at that until next year!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: In search of basic interesting patterns on: December 04, 2007 02:32:47 PM
Stitch and Bitch (the first book, not Stitch and Bitch Nation) has some good, basic first patterns.

There are also basic garter stitch gloves from one skien.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Christmas Presents for Girls Ages 17-21 on: December 04, 2007 02:25:50 PM
http://www.knitty.com/issuesummer06/PATTfetching.htmlfetching is always good.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A month's worth of knitting **IMG Heavy** on: December 02, 2007 08:11:01 AM
You're cute. The projects are cute, especially the hat with the cat ears.

Also, may I have that pattern for your gloves, please? Thank you.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with Phildar instructions? on: December 02, 2007 04:02:16 AM
Thank you, ladies  Grin.

Point noted about the tracking changes in stitches and so on. I've finished my sleeves!
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with Phildar instructions? on: December 01, 2007 11:01:10 AM
Dear all,

Halp, I'm having problems with some knitting instructions. They are as follows:

"On each edge of foll alt rows, cast off 3 sts twice and 2 sts once, then 2 sts from each edge of foll alt rows, sgl dec 3 times, on foll 4th rows sgl dec 4 times, on foll alt rows, sgl dec 3 times. Then, on each edge of foll alt rows, cast off 2 sts twice and 3 sts once."

I don't understand the bolded part. Help! Cry
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