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Do you think this will work? [Oct. 30th, 2005|09:47 am]

[mood |creative]

I know, I need to just Do It and see, but I thought I would run this by and see what suggestions you might have....

My son wants a hat. He's 19, his head measures 22". So, I bought 3 skeins of mission falls superwash. I kind of combined 3 patterns and here is what I am thinking:

I gauged a swatch on size five circs, 18 stitches = 4.5" Which is 1" = 4.5 stitches. Which would be 90 stitches for the 22" circumfrence, after decreasing by 10% as one pattern suggested. I don't have smaller circs (16" circs, that is)than size 5 so for the ribbing, I thought I would decrease the number of casted on stitches to 81, then do ribbing for 10 - 12 rounds, then on the next stockinette (0r just k row since it is on circs) I would increase one stitch every 9 stitches, to get 90 stitches. Knit for about 4 more inches? and then start the decreases, (here I borrowed from the Kittyville hat), place markers every 10 stitches, decrease at each marker, every other row 4x, then every row until I have 9 stitches left, then do the finishing. Of course I will go to dpn's when I need to. (I lost one the dpns, so I will be working with 4 not five, but oh well.) (I will be putting an occasional stripe in, but I am not worried about that at all)

Does anyone see any bizarreness about this?

Thanks in advance for any input!
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My first sock [Aug. 20th, 2005|05:18 pm]

I'm using the sock calculator to make my frist sock. I'm about at the point of turning the heel and I'm confused as to which stitches the pattern wants.


Put 20 stitches, centered on the marker, on a needle 1 size smaller than your regular needles Put the other 21 on a scrap of yarn on aholder

Work the heel back and forth in stockinette stitch on the smaller needles, slipping the first stitch on each row, for 14 rows. The rectangle should be about 2.2 inches long. End with a knit row.

Which 20 stitches. The first 20 in a row, the back 20, front twenty?
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(no subject) [Aug. 19th, 2005|09:31 pm]

[mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[music |Belle & Sebastian - I'm a Cuckoo]

hi all! i'm new to the community, but not to knitting. like a lot of people here, i think, i've been knitting for a while but i only became serious about it / starting doing moderately trickier things, in the past handful of months.
in that time, i've knitting a handful of scarves, a handful of cabled hats, a pair of fingerless gloves, and two sweaters. i've been having a great time with it, especially the sweaters, they're my favourite to do, i think because you put so much of yourself into them.
aaanyway, now that i've waxed philosophical, a bit, i have a question.
i have an idea for a sweater i'd like to make, and unlike the previous two sweaters i made, which were sort of oversized drop shoulder sweaters, i'd like this one i'm sort of designing in my head to be more fitted. not...constricting, exactly, but only 2-3 inches of ease. so my question is this: if i do this with drop shoulder sleeves, will they pull funny? i read somewhere that drop sleeves on a more fitted sweater pulls oddly and i was just wondering if that's true. if it is, does anyone have any advice for a way i could do the shoulders that doesn't involve too much complications, but still looks nice? i'm mostly afraid that i'll knit it in raglan or set in sleeves and the sleeves won't match the body.
anyway, i'm sorry if this is too un-intermediate, and thanks for the help in advance!
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a question about felting [Jun. 27th, 2005|10:17 am]

so, in theory, anything over 80% wool blend will felt, correct? does anyone have experience with felting wool-ease? i have a ton of it in my stash and i would love to use it up, but i also know that you can wash it, so i don't know if it will felt. thanks for your help.
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(no subject) [Jun. 23rd, 2005|09:22 am]

I'd like to know how to stitch letters onto my knitting? I've googled, but I can't really word it right to get the answer I'm after. Any suggestions?
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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2005|10:21 pm]

I made my first ever real thing last Sunday - a beanie type hat. Since then, heaps of my friends have asked me to make them one, each a little different. I've had a request for one with kitty ears. I bought a pattern, but I can't really understand it, so I decided to try something myself. I'd like to add little pink triangles inside, but I don't want the pink showing through on the back. I'm guessing that I'll have to double knit that part, but I don't really understand any of the "How-to's" that I've found online. I would really appreciate any help that anyone could offer.

This is what I've come up with on my own. I've knitted the larger triange and then two smaller for the inside part - one in matching grey and one pink. I sewed the grey one to the ear and the pink one to the small grey one so that the pink doesn't show through on the back.

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(no subject) [Apr. 22nd, 2005|03:04 pm]

i. hate. casting. on.

i hate casting on 110 stitches and realizing there's not enough tail left for the remaining 94.

anyone have a way to tell how much room to leave yourself when casting on long tail?
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here's a question for you.. [Apr. 22nd, 2005|06:38 pm]

[mood |frustratedfrustrated]

..sometime in june, it is my father-in-law's birthday. he is difficult to get something for as he has everything he wants, and doesn't really want for much at all. he can often be a grumpy and particular so-and-so and yet i have still got it set in my mind i am going to knit him something as his present.

however - it's edging towards summer, so don't want to do a scarf or hat - i could probably get his wife to get his measurements for me but the realms of jumpers might not go down too well as he is -so- particular. also, home stuff like cushions/blankets he leaves upto his wife too - he's a very clokey bloke and doesn't care much about furnishings or anything that might vaguely be considered to be the realm of the woman. he is a painter & decorator by trade and so i thought maybe something related to that? if the worst comes to the worst i will go for socks (and expect him to not wear them as he places no importance in socks and is the kind of bloke to wear them until the heels no longer exist and not notice anything!)

i was wondering if any of you had any suggestions for anything fun and possibly useful i could knit for him bearing in mind all of the above?

x-posted to brit_knits, 20sknitters, novice_knitters & lj user="middle_knitters">
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(no subject) [Apr. 6th, 2005|01:25 pm]

[mood |creative]

Ok, so I'm attempting my first pair of socks.

I'm a little confused about one direction...

6th row: K7. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.

what is Sl1K? slip 1, knit...maybe? I don't know....help!

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(no subject) [Mar. 14th, 2005|12:22 pm]

[mood |creative]
[music |Eric Heatherly - Flowers On The Wall]

Alright, I found this great wool sweater at goodwill that I'm going to be reclaiming shortly.One problem is that I don't like the color as much as I originaly thought. Would it harm the yarn if I bleached it? And maybe colored it a different color? Could I even do that? lol Thanks.
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