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1  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
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Soft superwash woolen yarn on: November 04, 2007 07:42:10 AM
Hey peeps.

I'm on the lookout for a relatively soft superwash woolen yarn. Preferably aran weight/worsted weight, so I can knit Central Park Hoodie. I thought of knitting it in Cascade superwash, but I hear its not really soft. I'm still open to it though, does it get softer in the wash?

I'm not interested in Debbie Bliss anything- the Cashmerino is soft but pills easily, and the Rialto aran is just too expensive for the yardage (about 1300y/1200m) I need.

The yarn I originally bought for CPH (Rowan's all seasons cotton) is telling me it wants to be a military jacket, so I need another yarn.

Any suggestions? Also, some good online shops would be nice, too!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Finally, Kim Hargreaves has a pattern book out! on: October 29, 2007 03:38:13 PM
Go see http://www.kimhargreaves.co.uk/acatalog/Heartfelt.html  Grin Shocked

21 designs for 16.75.

I'm already dying to knit at least half!

Wow, this has been a bumper year for knit design.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / For all the UK knitters: knitpicks options is in the UK on: August 10, 2007 11:55:07 AM
They are at get knitted.  Shocked

Let me show you it!  Shocked

Here's the link:


5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Best books on knitting design? on: May 05, 2007 01:19:03 PM

I'm perusing through Amazon as I speak. I think the time has come for me to knit top down and take a shot at doing my own designs. I already have Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears. I do like inset sleeves, and wish to use that type of sleeve in my topdown jumpers.

So, quick, while I still have the hubby's permission (and credit card) can you recommend solid design books?

I prefer them being easy (or relatively) straightforward when it comes to explaining the various principles.

*edit - I think I've found some links. Thank you*

Can anyone help me?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / site and pattern question? on: January 31, 2007 12:36:18 PM

I'm trying to find a site called elan.com (my friend is unsure of the name) - but I've had no luck. I've been told that there is a lace pattern for a summer shawl that uses 600 yards of lace weight yarn, and I haven't had any luck.

Also, can anyone tell me the name of the Noro  yarn that has been discontinued ? It was a silk/cotton mix and I'm trying to find it on e-bay.

I've already done a board search, but no joy.

Thank you.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / a request: pattern for mini lace shawl - and another favour. on: January 28, 2007 11:11:29 AM
Dear all,

I got a hank of knit picks shimmer, 440 yards of it.

I'm girding my loins for lace-knitting and i think 440 yards will make a decent triangular shawl (smallish, but enough to wade into the lace knitting without being too overwhelmed). Can anyone direct me to an online pattern using this amount of yarn? I don't want to do a lace scarf, the triangular shape is much more appealing.

Another thing, is anyone willing to trade with me? I would love to attempt the Swallowtail shawl by Evelyn Clark but I can't get the Interweave Knits in the UK. I'm willing to trade with Rowan Yarn (like a new ball of KSH) of comparative value comparable to the cost of the magazine and shipping.

Thanks for reading.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / new to circular knitting - best starter lengths and sizes on: October 27, 2006 12:20:54 PM
Dear all,

I've decided to attempt to knit on circulars. I've never done so before, and need your input before I buy.

A bit of knitting background: I've been knitting for about two years. I consider myself an intermediate knitter (competent in fair isle, intarsia and dpns).

I've learnt to knit on straights, but I want to take a thwack at circulars. From what I've gathered, 5.5mm seems to be the best needle size for clothing, due to the fact that circular needle stitches tend to knit up smaller than straights.

What are the best sizes to get lengthwise in terms of cms (inches)?

Also, some bloggers tend to praise the sharp points of circulars? I'm only au fait with bamboo needles and their points aren't too sharp, but I'm not afraid to experiment.

I don't think my pocket can manage the aldi turbos that people salviate over, so can you give me any decent mid priced ranges to look for?

Thank you very much for your insights. They will be given scones and tea.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A question on shortrow shaping on: September 08, 2006 04:04:03 AM
With shortrow shaping, what side do you work the garment on to get the 'slope' the right way?

For instance, I'm knitting a slip over and I wish to short row shape the shoulders (both front and back). How do I know which direction of the knit to do this? In terms of front and back and left and right?

Also, what is the *exact* science of the short row stitch? Like, if I have sixteen stitches on a needle, do I knit to the last six stitches? Or three?

Sorry if these questions seem repetitive, but I haven't come across anything that answers these questions thoroughly, not even knitty.

Thanks for any insight
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