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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What can I use this yarn for? on: February 23, 2010 07:23:17 PM
I just made a couple of these from bulky-ish yarn and I love it:

And look at all of the scarg patterns there at Garnstudio - they have some lovely patterns. You would probably want to look at the ones for Eskimo yarn, which is their bulky, I think.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anthropologie Cardigan? on: February 15, 2010 08:00:44 PM
sorry - no pattern to share - but - it looks like a very simple top-down cardigan done in raglan style, only instead of doing the increases right at the arm (as in a raglan), the increasing is done evenly spaced across. Other than that, very easy, chunky yarn, two colors, and seed stitch. In the round, no seams (unless you WANT to seam the sleeves. To make it, I would just take the basic top-down cardigan and change the increasing from right at the sleeves to evenly spaced. the stripes look like 3-4 rows.

Hope this helps!
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Circular Shrug / Vest - Scale Model - TUTORIAL on: February 15, 2010 07:54:21 PM
Yours turned out SO much nicer than mine!!! It looks great! You have a right to be proud of it! (Mine, I used the wrong yarn or the wrong needles, whatever, and it was way way way too stiff.)
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Super Bulky Yarn Ideas!? on: February 10, 2010 08:30:54 PM
In my humble opinion, very few people look good in garments made with the super chunky wool - so I'd go for a throw to cuddle up under, something big and stripey like you said!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me find this pattern? on: February 10, 2010 08:27:07 PM
You're right, it is knitting. And it looks like a very simple pattern that is used in several of the bags, done with smallish yarn but on giant needles. HEre is one bag that is similar (http://www.violinjodie.com/blog/wp-content//2008/04/saturday-market-bag.pdf), though I believe the stitch used in the picture you linked to is actual the most simple of all - and your sister will understand.

Take huge needles and cast on the number of stitches you need - you would have to do a swatch first - and I would suggest using Judy's Magic Cast on (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html - and there are some YouTube videos too) so you can work up both sides in a circle. Then do the most simple lace stitch of all - yarn over, knit 2 together. I can't really tell, but it does look like they don't do a simple knit row every other row like we usually do with this stitch - it is like it is the same stitch every row.

Anyway, my suggestion is to take a market bag (mesh market bag, lots of other names) and just use giant needles and no strap to get this look!

Hope this helps some!
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stitch pattern for J Crew sweater button band? on: February 04, 2010 07:13:43 PM
I believe the closest a hand knitter can get to that is knitting a hem on - picking up stitches along the edge, st for about an inch, then one purl row on the right side then st for the same amount on the back. Fold and stitch into place. Machines kind of do double knitting to achieve that look, I believe.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with modifying a sock pattern? on: January 26, 2010 05:14:29 PM
Yay for you!!!! I had forgotten when I replied that you had had to revamp the pattern because of the yarn - so I should actually have noted that when you do a heel like this you have to have an odd number of stitches so that you have a real honest-to-goodness center stitch.

And they aren't really what people call short rows, trying to think of the difference and I think it is because in a real short row you are kind of decreasing the number of stitches on your rows as you go whereas here you are increasing the # of stitches, if that makes any sense? So you don't have to wrap and turn, you k2tog and turn ....

Congratulations! Figuring it out is a huge thing ... and no, you should NOT feel like a dummy! You're trying to do two things at once - your first ever socks AND modifying the pattern!
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: controlled drop stitch help on: January 25, 2010 07:12:02 PM
Ah, I see, you have the wrong idea about a stitch marker! It is a simple loop thingy that slides over the needle, not the stitch! Very occasionally you will want to mark an actual stitch, but usually you just put the marker just before the stitch you want to remember (and sometimes I put one on both sides if I will be doing something to that or ahead of that stitch from both directions). There are special markers that are like little safety pins that you can use to mark actual stitches (or some round ones with a gap, but those don't stay on as well).

You won't need to put a marker on your actual M1 stitch - just ahead of the stitch on the needle so you will know when you come to it!

Hope this helps clear matters up a bit!
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with modifying a sock pattern? on: January 25, 2010 07:08:17 PM
You poor thing! I know, I had the same HuhHuhHuh?? all over my face in my first sock adventure. Just do exactly what it says - you will NOT be knitting to the end of each row while you do this. You are turning back and forth and amazingly a little pocket for your heel will just magically appear!

So - what you are doing is picking up a stitch on each side as you go back and forth via knitting two together and voila eventually you will finally end with all the stitches on the needle at the end of the row. Actually if you sit down with your pen and pencil and map it out on some graph paper, you can get a more graphic picture of what you're doing - at first 5 st, then 6, then 7, etc. until you've done them all on both sides.

I don't suppose I'm making any better sense than the instructions, huh. Better wait for soozeq - she's a whole lot better explainer than I am!
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: IS it possible to line a knitted garment on: January 13, 2010 06:04:51 PM
Lining a knitted garment is entirely possible and eminently sensible! The best lining would, in my opinion, not be a stretchy type fabric, however, but one that would help the garment keep its shape - some regular lining material would be good. You would have to hand stitch it in, of course. You probably wouldn't have to line the hood.

Assuming you are a seamstress, I would buy some lining material (a synthetic blend or cotton, whichever you like), then carefully cut it out to fit, first making a paper pattern using the measurements of the sweater, then cut out the material and carefully handstitch it to the sweater.

Hope this helps!
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