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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pattern help needed: "Cherry" sweater on: July 04, 2007 08:29:00 PM
Hi everyone, I was hoping that I could once again appeal to the Craftster wisdom for help.  I think I start overthinking things every time I start a pattern!

I currently working on Anna Bell (Amelia Raitte)'s "Cherry" cardigan.  I know a lot of you guys have made beautiful Cherries, so hopefully someone can help.

First question:  The pattern for waist shaping says:  Dec 1 st at eache end of next and each foll 6th row to 86 sts . . .

Does this mean I decrease *on* the following 6th row, or do I do 6 more rows and then decrease on the 7th row?  I'm pretty sure it's the first case, but I starting thinking way too hard about it.

Second question:  After the decreasing is done, it says "end with row 6 or 12 of the cable pattern."  But according to my calculations, once I've finished the decreases, I'll be on row 9 of the pattern.  Am I just supposed to do three more rows working straight?

Thanks so much for the help.  I know that there was a KAL for this a while ago, but I don't think it's still active, so I thought I would ask here.

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help me, I have gauge angst. on: June 16, 2007 07:18:32 AM
Seriously.  I know I can knit, and my knitting turns out nice and even.  But when I did my Starsky, I needed needles that were 4 sizes smaller than the recommended to get the proper gauge.

Now I was just swatching for another sweater.  The recommended needles are 4.5 mm (US size 7).  To get gauge I need 2.5 mm (between a US 2 and 3).

Is this just ridiculous?  Am I the world's loosest knitter??  Am I doing something wrong?

I had been going by the philosophy that "size doesn't matter", as long as I get gauge.  But I wanted to try knitting some socks eventually, and I'm really worried that I would need teeny-tiny micro needles to get the proper gauge.

Should I worry about this?  Do you guys think I should practice knitting tighter?  Am I really doing it "wrong"?

I appreciate any words of wisdom.  This has been eating away at me for days now -- I know that sounds silly, but it's true.  I may even cross-post this to Knitty to get further advice.

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first entrelac! Another SWS scarf. on: June 11, 2007 08:06:32 AM
Hi everyone,

This is my first entrelac project.  I've always wanted to try it, and it seemed on paper to be a difficult technique -- but it really wasn't once I actually started knitting.  The SWS yarn was perfect for making different-coloured blocks appear like magic.  Thanks to the Craftsters that inspired this post!

I know there have been a million of these already, but I was proud of my entrelac-ing and wanted to share.


14  KNITTING / Knitalongs / "Salvia" cardigan -- Knitter's magazine on: May 26, 2007 09:08:25 AM
Is anyone else interested in knitting the "Salvia" cardigan from the Spring issue of Knitter's?  I'm just about to order the yarn.  It looks like a good summer knit!

The link is here:  http://www.knittinguniverse.com/flash/knitters/GalleryDetail.php?IssueNum=86&ID=649

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cranberry Starsky Cardigan on: May 24, 2007 06:36:01 PM
Just in time for summer  Wink . . . a nice wooly Starsky.  I know many Craftsters have made this cardigan, but I loved the design and wanted to share my results.  This is the most complicated design I have knit so far.  I used KnitPicks Sierra in Cranberry and needles that were 4 sizes smaller than recommended to get the right gauge!   Shocked

Here are the pics:

What do you guys think?  It fits great and is really warm.  Too bad I have to wait for winter to wear it!

With this project I learned:  short-row shaping, double knitting and mattress stitch seaming.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Starsky question (again): collar on: May 17, 2007 10:07:14 AM
Hi guys, (this is cross-posted to Knitty as well, but no answers there yet)

I was hoping that you could help with my Starsky yet again. I'm now working on the collar. About the short row shaping:

Okay, for the first two rows you work to 8 st past the markers and then w&t.

Then for the next two rows you work to 16 st past the markers and then w&t.

Got it. But what do you do when you come across one of the previously wrapped stitiches? In other words, when knitting to 16 st past the marker, you will come across the wrapped stitch 8 stitches past the marker. The pattern doesn't specify that I should pick up the wrapped stitch anad work it together with the stitch it wrapped. Should I do this anyway? Even if I do knit them together, it hides the stitch -- but on the WRONG side of the work, forming an unsightly loop on what will end up to be the right side. But if I don't do it, you can see the wrap.

Also, do you do anything different for short row shaping while ribbing? How do I do it if the stitch to be wrapped is a knit right after a purl, or vise versa? Do I wrap as if I was on the "knit side" of stocking stitch, or as if I'm on the "purl side"?

I'm not sure if any of the above makes sense at all, but I would appreciate any help.

Thanks! I'm trying not to feel overwhelmed!
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Please help with Starsky -- belt question [UPDATED: more help plz!!!- PICS] on: May 11, 2007 08:43:40 PM
Hi everyone,

I know a lot of people here have knitted fabulous Starsky-s, so I was hoping for some help.  I've tried searching the past KALs, but I can't find my answer.  The part I'm stuck on, of all things, is the belt.  The pattern says:

Pattern row:  [K1, sl 1 with yarn held to front of work] to end
Repeat pattern row until work measures 63 inches.

Question 1:  Is this really supposed to be K1, sl 1 with yarn held to *front* of work?  Or is it a regular sl st knitwise, where the yarn is held to the *back* of the work?  What does the belt end up looking like?  In the pictures it looks like a nice stocking stitch, but if I try knitting it this way, will it look like that?

Question 2:  So with the way the pattern is written, do I start row 2 with K1?  Or do I just keep alternating knits and slips around and around?

I hope my questions make sense and I appreciate any help.  I hope to have my nice warm wooly sweater done in time for the heat of summer!   Tongue


So, I thought I had figured the belt out, but the more of it I knit, the more I'm starting to think I'm doing something wrong.  What I'm getting is basically a thick tube that is closed at the top end and involutes inward at the bottom.  The top edge and the bottom edge seem to be attatched.  I keep knitting and knitting and I seem to only make very slow, slow progress.

Here are some pics (ignore the colours, the lighting is bad -- it's really a nice cranberry):

Bottom view:

Top view:

Does this look right to all of you guys?  Does this belt just take forever to knit?   Huh
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Little Nautie . . . on: May 06, 2007 08:18:38 AM
From Knitty!

19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit Anatomical Heart on: May 06, 2007 08:16:53 AM
Here's my knit anatomical heart, from a pattern in Knit.1.  It has been modified to be more anatomically correct than the original pattern.  I hope you guys like it!  It was fun to make, but the finishing instructions in the magazine were very confusing.

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled Cardigan on: May 04, 2007 10:36:03 PM
A recent FO of mine.  It looks blue in real life, the colours are really strange here!  The real colour is somewhere between the first and second pics.

This is my first picture post on Craftster, so I hope it works!

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