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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Free form knitting? on: September 25, 2006 04:22:16 PM
I've heard this term used quite a bit: Free form knitting. What does that encompass? Is it simply knitting without a set pattern? Because in that case, I'm a pro Smiley I

've seen the word free form applied to other arts, such as embrodiary (can't spell to save my life)  and crochet, and usually it describes pieces that are, well, free form. I mean they look as though someone just used which colors and materials and techniques suited their fancy at any given time. So I was wondering (sorry, I come from a film school/film theory background here!) if it applies to a certain school of thought or theory, and if there are "rules."

Also, and perhaps it means the same thing, I've seen bags for sale on places like etsy that are described as "scumbled". It's the best-sounding word ever, but what does that mean? I tried googling/searching craftster it, but they both laughed at me.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Decreasing with Circ needles? on: September 20, 2006 11:52:05 AM
In the past, I've used primarily dpns for circular knitting. Now I'm making my first hat on circular needles, and I'm pulling my hair out. I'm using a 16 inch cord (what the pattern called for) and I'm working the decreases for the shaping of the crown. But of course, as the number of stiches goes from 74 to 50 to even less, I have fewer stiches stretched along a looooong cord. Right now I've jury-rigged a system with the denise interchangables where I'm knitting from one circ to another and back, just to my stitches aren't stretched too badly, and the tension is loose enough to where the needles reach one another.

What do "normal" (ie people who aren't crazy like me!) knitters do when you reach this point? Continually switching cord sizes is so time consuming (and the pattern makes no mention of it) so there must be a better way. It makes me want to use dpns forever....
13  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Razor's Edge:Knit in the Round?? on: September 17, 2006 02:41:46 PM

I started Razor's Edge and I'm so excited....but it's looking funny. So I looked up some forum posts on here and on the snb site (and of course I'm aware of the corrections), and I've read a few people saying that it's not knit in the round - that you just use the circ ndles for the length. Which I understand, but I've read and reread the pattern and I don't get 1) where it tells you NOT to knit in the round, or 2) when you sew up the sides. Even though you knit it from side to side and not the bottom up, if it were knit flat you'd still have to sew it up somewhere, right?

I'm still a sorta newbie - this is the first major "complicated" pattern I've tried, so any advice would be so much appreciated!! Huh
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting with dpn's - how can I improve? on: July 16, 2006 07:57:08 PM
I just started my first circular project using double pointed needles, and I'm having issues with the "corners." I've got about 5 inches knitted already, and I've noticed that as I've proceeded I'm getting loose gaps between the stitches when I switch needles. I've tried tightening the yarn as much as I can but I still seem to get a gap.

Are there any tips to help me out? I know knitting with dpn's is fairly common so I'm sure other people have this problem too.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Incorporating a drawstring into my knitting on: June 19, 2006 09:52:05 PM
Sorry if this is a stupid question but I'm still new to knitting, and I usually like to bite off more than I can chew.  Basically I know how to do two stiches and that's it.

So I'm making a pouch for my mp3 player, and I'd like to make the top a drawstring, using this great thin ribbon I have, but I have no idea how to do a drawstring.  I'm guessing the easiest thing to do would be to figure out how to create small holes in a row (which I can run the ribbon through).  Right now I'm using really tiny (#1 or 2.225 mm) needles (because I've never used anything smaller than #10 and I wanted to see how it'd look).  Anyway, sorry for the newbie question but any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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