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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How would you best fix your gauge? on: March 31, 2015 11:16:42 PM
Hey it's me again, I knitted a nice cardy last year after I got everyone's great gauge advice (I really should make a post for it.)

I'm going to knit Kate Davies' Deco pattern http://katedaviesdesigns.com/2010/10/06/deco/ and this time I'm doing the proper thing and making a swatch, so I don't have the headache I had last time.
She recommends a heavy 4 ply, a sport weight, or a light DK. I'm doing the pattern in what I consider to be a light DK - not really that much heavier than sport. For gauge I'm supposed to have 26 stitches and 40 rows per 4 inches. I knitted a swatch in the pattern on 3mm needles as suggested.
However, I've got 33 st per 4 inches and 23 rows? Apparently row gauge is important for this - is my yarn too chunky? Going up a needle size will probably fix my stitches per 4 inches (last time I went up a whole needle size and got the right stitch gauge - I think I'll probably try knitting a swatch with 4mm needles to see how I go.) However, if I go up a needle size, I'm going to have even less rows per 4 inches won't I? Should I just not worry about the row gauge?

Also, I think the pattern looks a bit short. It's knitted bottom up, and you knit 2 inches before doing any shaping. Would it be easy enough to just knit 4 or 5 inches (instead of 2) before doing waist shaping, or is my totally whacky row gauge going to make the garment longer anyway?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Having trouble blocking a shawl - did I knit it wrongly? on: August 17, 2014 04:41:33 PM
I knitted this pattern recently http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ginkgo-crescent and I'm positive I worked all the increases right, but instead of being a smooth crescent, it's more like this big dome shape thing, with the cast-on centre being really humped. However, to block it, I need to bend it the other way. The pattern suggests using blocking wire, but I don't have any. I simply can't get it to sit the way I want with pins, it's as if there's too much excess fabric in the centre. My mother is convinced I knitted it wrongly. 
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How would you best fix your gauge? on: August 17, 2014 04:37:03 PM
I managed to get the right gauge by going up a needle size. Thanks everyone!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How would you best fix your gauge? on: April 28, 2014 05:16:04 PM
Thanks so much for the response. I think I'll try a swatch at a slightly larger needle size - an increase of .5 mm should hopefully do it. Not sure if I have the needles lying around though, I'd have to see.
I'm assuming knitting using a slightly larger needle would match the gauge/work better than simply knitting the cardigan in the next size up? That seems to be what posts about gauge have indicated.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How would you best fix your gauge? on: April 26, 2014 04:52:02 AM
Hello knitters!
I have a horrible problem - I, for whatever reason, neglected to do a gauge swatch for !three! separate cardigans (separate patterns and yarn weights) that I'm knitting, and I'm now halfway through all of them and I think they're all too small (using recommended needle and yarn size of course.) I've looked at my knitting, and it seems...my gauge is off. With all of them, I have more stitches and rows per square inch than I should. With one of the cardies it's only about three or four stitches and rows off, so I think if I switch needles to a slightly larger size, I might be able to salvage it. One of the other cardies might be Ok, it seems a bit small but I could maybe just make the button band wider(?) (the gauge given in the pattern is specified as "After blocking", which isn't very useful), but I'm most worried about the third cardigan, which is Knitty's Kittiwake. http://knitty.com/ISSUEw12/PATTkittiwake.php
Granted, I seem to be getting 20 stitches by four inches, instead of 16, which doesn't seem TOO horrible, but the pieces I've knitted so far really do seem very small. Has anyone knitted the pattern before? It specifies positive ease, and the half-finished sleeve, for instance, does seem to stretch around my wrist, but I have a sneaking feeling that blocking won't do much, and I really should just unravel the piece before I make an even bigger mess of it.

How does one change one's gauge? I didn't think I was a tight knitter, and indeed for several things I bothered to measure gauge for, I got exactly the right gauge, so this is a new one. Do I just go up a size of needles? If you want to, say, get 16 stitches per 4 inches rather than 20, would going up, to, say, a 5.5 mm needle (from a 5mm) work?

In case you're wondering, I'm an...ok knitter - I can do stranded colourwork and cables and lace and in the round just fine, but I've probably got nothing on most of the knitters on the board and lurking about on Ravelry. I really should post some of my knits to give you an idea.

Thanks so much for all your help!
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: The Masque of the White Death on: September 06, 2012 01:56:47 PM
This is absolutely fantastic, and I'm surprised that you managed to find something like that dress in a *thrift store*! Did you have to do much to it?

Where did you get a plain wool hat? I've been wanting to make a tricorn - just black, with a white edge - and I tried a pattern where you knit the tricorn and felt it, but it seems that I used a wool that doesn't felt. I have no idea where I *can* get wool that felts, and so if I could buy a plain black felt hat like your tan one, it would make the whole thing a lot easier, because the only reasonably priced tricorns I can find online are costumey and rubbishy looking.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about in the round sweaters/jumpers with DK/8 PLY on: June 18, 2012 06:37:47 PM
Ok...after seeing the fantastic sweater/jumper knitted on this board by..erm..someone (it had words of a Dorothy Parker poem in it), I wanted to knit a fair isle sweater/jumper in the round, with dk wool. (The reason for DK is because I already have random bits of DK which I need to use up.) The thing is, almost every single pattern for sweaters/jumpers, in the round OR flat that I find is either worsted weight (10 ply) or sport weight (5 ply.) Is 8 ply really unpopular or something? Whyyyy.

Anyway, I found this pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dances-with-yellow-dk145 but the needle size sounds REALLY tiny for 8 ply. Like...3.25? Seriously? Every single 8 ply thing I've knitted has been at least 3.75 to 4.5. So...can I change the needle size? If I change the needle size to something that isn't so teeny weeny, should I go down several sizes so that I get the gauge right? I'm a pretty Ok knitter (lace shawls, cable jumpers etc), but I've never really gotten to the stage of fiddling massively with patterns or writing my own, so I've been trying to look for just a simple jumper/sweater pattern, in the round, with 8 ply. (Barely anything seems to be in 8 ply. I think it's popular in Australia, but not in America and most of the patterns seem to come from America.) Preferably not using tiny weeny needles. If you can tell me how I would change THIS pattern so that the gauge will still work with bigger needles that'd be great.

If not, I have a pattern, but it's flat knitted. I want to change it to in the round because the fair isle will be easier (i.e. I won't have to remember exactly how I knitted the front so that I can make the back match up at the side seams.) How do I change an in the flat pattern to be in the round? Do I just minus a couple of stitches and then knit the front and the back together in the round and then change to in the flat once I get to the armhole shaping?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with Knitty "Aeolian Shawl" on: May 21, 2012 04:35:34 PM
Thank you very much! Now I understand what I'm doing, I hope Cheesy
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with Knitty "Aeolian Shawl" on: May 21, 2012 05:32:16 AM
Oh dear, I don't think I'm destined for Estonian lace. I should probably stay away from lace in general, actually!

So, this is just a thing which I can't quite work out. The pattern says to work the starter chart, which I did, and didn't seem to have any problems. Then it says to work the yucca chart, and there's a section with the pattern repeat highlighted. Do I just knit that pattern repeat section over and over again for the row, or do I do the whole row, including those extra y/os on the end, which means that I'll have like..two yarn overs in a row and..oh help, my brain. For the first row of the chart I knitted it all the way through and did the repeat, and then knitted it all the way through again and then just the repeated section, but now on the third row of the chart I can't work out how to do it. I started just doing the highlighted pattern repeat section, but it doesn't seem to divide evenly into the number of stitches I have.

With the starter chart, you worked the chart twice on each row, and there's a marker in the middle. With the yucca chart, how many times do you work the chart on each row? Does it increase? What's happening!

I can't see anything terrible happening with my knitting at the moment, but as it's a lace pattern it's not too easy to see until I've knitted myself into a hole. I tried to knit Laminaria and came up with a similar problem - after working all the increases I must have done something wrong because I had no idea why I didn't have enough stitches.
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Redcoat/late 1700s English army uniform help? on: May 02, 2012 05:06:21 AM
Thanks very much for all the assistance! I know it sounds like I'm a horribly lazy person, but I did do some googling myself and turned up some redcoat patterns. I was just wondering if there was anyone out there who had made one (since there seem to be several in progress blogs for things like..civil war gowns, regency dresses etc.) Maybe no one is interested in making mens' stuff, or it's easier to purchase? (I found some fantastic made-to-measure examples, but they'd probably only be for museums, really serious reenactors, or film productions, since they are...rather expensive, as they should be for the level of detail and craftsmanship that goes into them.)
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