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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / "cables" + shrinking and stretching stitches. HELP!!! on: June 22, 2011 10:40:04 AM
I have this idea of a beanie, that I'm trying to create and I have trouble making even looking stitches...

I have searched, but I don't seem to find the right phrases to do so.
Here it goes:

I have one stitch "chains" running on top of purls from left to right. When the knit stitch jumps one to the left, the chain of knits looks even... But when it jumps to the right one stitch stretches (no 1) and other shrinks (no 2) and THAT LOOKS REALLY BAD!

How can I correct this?
I've tried to knit without a cable needle, since I find it very annoying that my pattern requires changing twisting directions all the time.
I already realised that knitting all the knitted stitches twisted refines the lines a lot, but I still need to make all the stitches look even...

My explanation is a mess, so I hope this pic helps Cheesy

By the way, I was thinking of sharing this pattern for free (I've had so much help and cool free patterns from the net, that it would be nice if I could contribute something too!), IF I can make it presentable.

Thanks beforehand!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby vests on: June 11, 2011 03:30:16 AM

It's hot hot hot outside and I'm totally stuck on knitting woollen baby cardigans/vests/tunics.  Roll Eyes

I'm trying to find enough courage to put them on sale somewhere.

The patterns aren't really original in style, but I haven't used anybody elses patterns. I'm a bit nervous about the fit, since I've used "standard pattern measurements" (Is that the right phrase?!  Huh) and I haven't been able to try them on a real baby! They are all made for size 74 cm or smaller. They all have a bit different measurements compared to one another on purpose.

Well, here they are Smiley

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cable pillow with four needle bind off on: May 09, 2011 04:21:48 AM

It's been a while since I've posted my projects here, but that is because I've been so busy knitting, that I haven't had the energy to write Cheesy

I've had this knitted cotton tube for months waiting to become something nice to decorate my home with. It became a large pillow with pretty simple cables.

The reason why I'm so overwhelmingly excited is not the pillow itself (which I like very much), but the four needle bind off I accidentally discovered/learnt during process. Cheesy

Well, here are some pics!

The pillows measurements are approximately 50cmx50cm

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Preemie beanie on: February 11, 2011 02:31:39 PM
Hi. It's me again  Smiley

I've been working on this preemie beanie for couple of days (2-3 hour job... But enormous amount of frogging  Roll Eyes). I tried to do this pattern http://yarn.no/blogg/2010/10/03/enkelt-babysett-simple-baby-set/ first, but I dont know what went wrong, I just could't figure that pattern out.

Well after loads of googling I found a page where was a picture of what the beanie should look like before piecing. I decided to go with trial and error method and voila... No frogging after that  Grin

Only thing that bothers me is the seam in the back. I'm worried it's too bulky for a baby to wear (Good friends 3 week old girl  Smiley).

The beanie looks blotchy in one picture, because I just had humidified it. I was in too much hurry to take the pictures Smiley

Here is the shape before piecing:

Thanks for looking!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / How I found a way to twist my decision... on: January 31, 2011 12:18:29 PM
... not to make anymore scarfs or beanies this winter  Grin

Hi there!
I made a promise to myself to cut down on making accessories and should proceed to clothing. Apparently not going to happen  Roll Eyes

I'm not keen on following patterns that someone else has made (Been trying that for a while). I just rather try to create something through trial and error, and if all goes well,
end up with something wearable (Not brave enough to try making clothes though!)

Anyways, I made a decision that I can make accessories only if I learn something new in every piece I make.

This one was about cables. A neckwarmer and a beanie:

What did I learn Smiley
-The twisting part
-How the twisting effects the gauge
-Hiding increases and decreases under the twists

What would I do differently:
-I would use thinner needles in the middle part of the neckwarmer to make it more neck hugging
-The beanies ribbing could be few rows taller so it would work better when you fold it

Here's a couple more pics

Thanks for reading (Sorry 'bout the long text  Smiley)
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Solomons knot bolero on: January 16, 2011 11:50:03 AM
Well, I finally got round to learn solomons knot. It was a whole lot easier than I thought, allthough those tutorial pictures seamed to always overwhelm me. Anyway the knot was easy, but understanding, how the surface builds up was another thing.  Tongue

Finding pattern was also bit troublesome, since I didn't want to make a scarf (I think the solomons knot is mostly used to scarfs and shawls  Undecided). Finally I found this https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=161436.0 .... But no pattern! So I decided to try to wing it. Before I started, I had already decided, I'd make a short sleeved version.

And this is what happenned:

When I pieced all the segments together I realised that the whole thing was so large (Not too large to wear), that ribbing wouldn't look good at all. So I'm keeping this one as it is, and maybe try to develop the pattern a bit further and make another one.  Cheesy I'd love to also loose some seams from the pattern, because I really don't like how the seams look after piecing.

What I still need to learn, is if there is a good way to make increases to the solomons knot pattern.

Thanks for looking  Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Moms cap beanie on: January 14, 2011 07:20:18 AM
Hi everybody!

Let me begin with the fact that this piece isn't something I created, but my mom did.  But I'm posting this with my moms permission, because I LOVE IT and she doesnt have a craftster account. Smiley

My mom saw this cap beanie in store, but the price was staggering 35 (47 bucks) Shocked, so she decided to make one herself (Well shes made five so far, all a bit different than the other, and more beanies just keep on coming  Cheesy)

This particular beanie is lined with fleece and she uses old caps "inside cap or flap or what-ya-call-em" to stiffen the cap...

Well here go the photos.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Beginning a hdc row without chain stitches? on: January 06, 2011 03:40:38 PM
Hi there!

I found this awesome tutorial how to begin rows without chain stitches when doing double crochet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LxYpo-tyi8
I love how it works in circular pieces not leaving such noticeable holes.
But now Im doing stuff with half double crochet and having troubles starting rows (making circles) with chain stitches... I've tried googling alternative methods but have come up with nothing...

So. Does anybody know any other stitches or good links I could use?

Thanks beforehand Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Beanie seeking for a scarf on: December 11, 2010 10:56:44 AM
Hi there!

I was going to do my next crochet post when I had more new things than one... But I ran in to trouble. My indecision has paralysed me  Huh

I made this beanie, which I like very much and would like to make a circular scarf to accompany it.

The trouble is the crochet is a bit too stiff for a scarf (I used the thickest hook I have). Would it be funny looking if the scarf was knitted or totally different crochet? Is there a crochet pattern which would be softer looking and feeling?

Comments would be really appreciated!  Grin
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cap beanie on: December 10, 2010 02:27:19 AM
It started up as an earflap beanie for me and ended up as a cap beanie for my hubby... Go figure!  Grin

Well, I'm really happy I had the energy to try out a good beanie shape and even more happy that I figured out how to make the cap... I just have no enthusiasm to translate crochet patterns to Finnish.

The beanie itself was superfast to crochet, if you don't count the three or four times I unraveled it because I didn't like the shape  Smiley Well now that I have a pattern I like, maybe the santa's got a beanie or two to deliver at Christmas  Grin

Thanks for looking!
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