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« on: January 20, 2010 04:42:07 PM »

Hey guys,

I'm a beginning spinner, but a fairly advanced knitter/crocheter. I'm running into an interesting problem: I love knitting complicated little pieces with dk or worsted weight yarns that have lots of cables and lace patterns. However, what I can spin is totally different: I'm making fairly chunky yarns, with slubs and thick thins and everything that beginning spinners aren't supposed to panic about.

BUT, being a strictly boring yarn - interesting pattern type person, I have no idea what to do with my handspun. Other than "give it to ME!" which is what all my friends are saying, what should I do with it?

Anyone willing to share favorite patterns for beginning handspun yarns that you like?

Any help would be really appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2010 04:50:57 PM »

With thick/thin yarns, the simple patterns show it off the most!  I love making hats and mitts with newbie thick/thin using a spiral pattern.  For mitts, cast on 29 (or more fo hats  in repeats of 10 MINUS 1)  K7, P3 around and around.  You'll get a nice spiral around your FO since you will be knitting your first purl and purling your first knit.  Spice it up with a few rounds of purl only...
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2010 10:43:50 PM »

I agree - I'm all about the gorgeous hats.
drop-stitch scarves are lovely too.
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2010 04:38:51 PM »

Thanks for posting this, I'm not the one who originally asked the question, but I have a first ball of yarn I spun during this winter storm, and this was exactly what I needed!  I've got it underway and it's looking great, I'll post a picture when I finish.
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