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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How can I tell if a Balaclava (face mask) is big enough while on needles? on: November 25, 2008 03:21:00 PM
I am making my DH a balaclava for being outdoors (it's one of those masks that warms over your neck/head but with an opening for your face). I am just finishing with the ribbing around the facial area... unfortunately, I can't tell if the ribbing is adequate enough.
I am using size 0 needles, and would normally just use a needle and piece of yarn to take ALL of the stitches off the needles to try it on- with this, the eye of the needle is wider than the stitch, so I can't even take them off!

Are there any other solutions?? Any ideas?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Any ideas on how to knit this? on: November 08, 2008 06:10:42 PM

I tried on this hat today in the store. It was cheap already, but I would like to knit it.

It looks like the beginning is K1P1 rib, and then k1p1 (with a lot of extra stitched added).

Anyone have an idea of a pattern so that I can knit it? I'm really not good at this! It looks like to me the beginning ribbing of the hat is knit at a tighter gauge than the body of the hat... does that look right to you?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for fingerless (with flaps) gloves for men? on: September 05, 2008 10:09:44 AM
My husband is a hunter, and I would love to make him a pair of gloves/mittens that he can use while it's cold. I would like for it to have a flap so his fingers CAN be covered up as needed.

I have seen dashing, but would like some other ideas as well.

Also, if anyone has a pattern for a "gaitor" (those masks that go over faces with a large hole for the face) I'd be forever grateful.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How to avoid ruffle edge of cabled knits? on: July 03, 2007 07:39:13 PM

I am currently casting on for an afghan for the boyfriend, which is going to be cabled. Having done previous cabled pieces, I know how the edges have an unsightly ruffle from the fabric pulling in on the cables.

In reviewing other patterns for this afghan (and ultimately choosing another one!), one of them had you cast on a fewer numer of stitches and then increase to the desired full number of stitches the next row to avoid this. (Sadly this pattern was in a 20 dollar book, so I don't have it for reference anyore!)

This blanket has 263 stitches and is the SHIVAREE by berroco throw (in case anyone is interested)

How many stitches should I cast on (if anyone has experience in this) if I want to do this method?

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can anyone identify this hat pattern? on: June 29, 2007 10:32:42 AM
I am embarassed... I made this hat in March. I LOVED the pattern, but somehow did not save the pattern on my computer.

I know the link to the project is on here (and I think the person who designed it).
On the original pattern, the top is stockinette (but I stayed in pattern).
The bottom is seed stitch... *sigh*

It was a quick and FUN project and I'd like to make some for a friend going away to school but sadly I don't even remember the stitch pattern.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Maude Louise cardigan! on: June 25, 2007 09:20:36 PM
Wow, I finished! This is a great pattern, so easy to follow.
jejune did a wonderful job of designing this and writing the instructions (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=154869.0), and it was a quick and challenging first sweater for me.

The buttons are on only temporarily, and you can't really tell because of the flash but they are GREAT rose/flower metal buttons. I LOVE them. I will put them on permanently after I get this dry cleaned.

I am still waiting to figure out edging on the neck (I don't crochet).

I encourage EVERYONE to knit this great garment. There is a knitalong on here for it, and everyone there has nothing but praises for jejune's wonderful pattern! I know I will be watching out for other original things she designs for myself to knit Smiley

btw, I know the button band looks like one side is longer, but it's not. It's the (temporary) placing of the buttons!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Plymouth Encore yarn sale? (Or suggestion for substitution) on: June 11, 2007 05:48:11 PM
Hey everyone. I need to pick up about 15 balls of (preferably) heather gray Plymouth Encore worsted weight.

In the yarn store, it'll be about 100 bucks, so I'd like to find somewhere where it's slightly cheaper... I've scoured the internet, but I know those of you on here come across some great deals.

If you don't know of a place that has it for a great price, does anyone have any suggestions for a substitute? It's 75% acrylic, and 25% wool. It's a must that it can just be thrown in the washer/dryer because it's a gift for the BF going away to college.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Buttons for sweater? on: April 10, 2007 06:04:26 PM
Maybe I haven't been looking hard enough, but where in the WORLD can I buy good quality buttons for a sweater I'm making. All I've been able to find online for sale are SUPER cheap buttons.

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Nursing school graduation party! on: March 28, 2007 08:30:24 AM
Hello. On May 4th, I'm having a graduation party (thrown by my parents) for completing nursing school (finally!!).

Anyway, the gist of the party is done. We will be having a ton of food, a pretty cake, putting up a volleyball net for games, etc. BUT does anyone have any crafty idea? (maybe for the cake table etc) I was thinking a possible scrapbook, but I don't know if I'll have time for that!

Any other ideas ??
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Maude Louise by JeJune on: March 10, 2007 09:33:29 AM
I am THRILLED to knit my first sweater type piece and saw a lot of interest on her board to knit it as well.

The directions are SO clear to me (whereas others never have been for this sort of thing!)

I am going to go over to KnitPicks right now and choose/order some yarn.

Anyone else up to joining me?
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