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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What does this direction mean? on: July 11, 2008 09:11:57 PM
Okay, I'm making a pattern from a Katia magazine and I'm very confused about what this direction means:

I'm supposed to be increasing in the following way:

* Every 2 rows:  1st st 4 times; every 4 rows:  1 st 1 time * rep from * to * 3 more times.

So how do I increase one stitch 4 times?  I know how to do a KFB, but can I do that four times in one stitch?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How to split a ball in half? on: March 12, 2008 08:15:57 AM
So I want to try and make 2 socks at once on two circulars, but I really misjudged the center of the ball of yarn and now have one small ball and one large ball.   Cry

Short of buying one of these ridiculously expensive doodads, how can I figure out where the middle of a ball (or skein) of yarn is so I can make it into two smaller balls?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Favorite method for making socks? on: February 27, 2008 02:11:14 PM
I'm curious how many people are doing each technique.  I've gone through DPNs (slow), Magic Loop (fiddly enough to drive me insane) and now 2 circulars (genius!)  I only just cast on my practice sock last night (using the instructions in "Sensational Knitted Socks") but I'm really loving it so far.  Plus now I never have to worry about losing one of my DPNs in the middle of a restaurant like I did with my Jaywalkers (grr!)

So what methods have you tried and which one is your favorite?

(edited slightly since I think the original subject line was confusing)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Flower-like hat decreases? on: January 31, 2008 02:07:19 PM
Okay, this is a stab in the dark, but I'm at work, so I can't search as well as I'd like.   Sad

I'm making a hat for my niece and I'd like to have a cool decrease at the top.  Has anyone seen one that ends up looking like flower petals?  Not added-on pieces of knitting, but just the decreases themselves.  I can do a simple spiral, but it's for her birthday and I'm hoping to do something a little more decorative.


UPDATE:  I e-mailed Vogue Knitting about this yesterday and a nice lady got back to me today despite the scary-sounding warning on their website that it can take up to 4 weeks to hear from them.  She gave me some good advice on how to chart the pattern so I can do it in the round, so that was handy as well. 

I guess that if you catch them between publication dates, they have time to answer e-mails!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pattern error in Stitchionary! on: January 28, 2008 10:41:08 AM
I tried to use a stitch pattern in the Vogue Stitchionary Vol. 1, but I think there's an error in it, because the stitch count seems to mysteriously grow despite a lack of increases.  I've e-mailed them, but it sounds like it can take weeks to hear back, if I even hear back at all.

Anyone want to take a stab at figuring it out?

It's Stitch #133 (Pointelle) on p. 90.

(multiple of 14 + 5)
R1 (RS):  *K5, YO, SKP, K2, P1, K2, K2tog, YO, rep from *, end with K5
R2 and R4:  P9, *K1, P13, rep from *, end K1, P9 (notice how there suddenly seems to be as many as 33 stitches when you're supposed to be able to start with 19!)
R3:  K6, *YO, SKP, K1, P1, K1, K2tog, YO, K7, rep from *, K6
R5:  K7, *YO, SKP, P1, K2TOG, YO, K9, rep from *, end last repeat K7

If I'm just confused, let me know -- I'm not very experienced with lace.  Thanks!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / "Wicked" fans -- any knits? on: January 17, 2008 11:54:33 AM
I was searching around on the boards to see if anyone had some good knits from the musical "Wicked."  My niece is absolutely obsessed with the show.  She requested a scarf and I was thinking of making it in green and black stripes.  There's also apparently a beanie that Elphaba wears in college, so I may try to make a version of that since it seems relatively simple.

Any other ideas?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is there a knit version of Gatsby? on: January 07, 2008 11:54:34 AM
I also posted this on the SnB completed projects board, with no luck yet, so I'm RPing over here.

I had my husband look through Son of SnB and his absolute favorite was the Gatsby sweater.  Problem is I don't crochet.  Has anyone seen a similar knitted sweater pattern?  I'd prefer free, but I'm willing to pay.

8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Is there a knit version of Gatsby? on: January 05, 2008 08:12:17 PM
I had my husband look through Son of SnB and his absolute favorite was the Gatsby sweater.  Problem is I don't crochet.  Has anyone seen a similar knitted sweater pattern?  I'd prefer free, but I'm willing to pay.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Doing it upside down and backwards on: December 12, 2007 11:18:04 PM
I'm making a hat for my dad for Christmas out of very expensive buffalo yarn with slightly skimpy yardage (about 120 yards) so, out of paranoia, I'm making it from the top down so I don't run out.  I want to use the Chevron Rib pattern from my Vogue Stitchionary vol. 1, so I have to adapt that to the round somehow.

So my two questions are:

1)  How do I adapt a stitch pattern to being in the round?  Unfortunately, it's not one of those where you just purl back on the wrong side.
2)  If I'm doing the stitch pattern on a top-down hat, do I need to flip it around (do the last row first and work backwards) so it turns out right when it's done?

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cool hat for 13-year-old girl? on: November 24, 2007 10:49:45 PM
Okay, here's my dilemma:  I live in Los Angeles, and I'm doing some charity knitting for a local family with several kids.  I figured out patterns to make for the teenage boy and 'tween girl, but I have no idea what to make for a fashionable 11-year-old hip-hop fan.  Can anybody help out an old fuddy-duddy?  I'm thinking something slouchy -- is that still in?  I am SO behind the times with this stuff!   Undecided
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