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Re: knitting

Post by BilyTweed » Sun Apr 13, 2008 02:48

Hello. Here's a question from an inexperienced knitter! A couple of years ago I learned how to knit scarves, but I did it a little too compulsively, so I quit. Recently I've picked it up again and currently, knitting and I have a much healthier relationship. I finally feel like I can upgrade to knitting something other than scarves, and I was wondering what is easiest. Eventually I want to make a cardigan, but I'm afraid scarves to cardigans is too big of a jump for me. What do you all recommend? Thank you!

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Re: knitting

Post by alongwalkhome » Sun Apr 13, 2008 03:59

It's not as much of a jump(er) as you'd think, esp. if you make a boxy sweater w/out a lot of shaping. To learn to decrease (the basic one is super easy--just knit two stitches together) start making hats. They're the second-easiest thing next to your basic squares/rectangles like scarves and blankets. You can make a really simple hat by knitting (garter or stockinette) the length of the circumference of yer chosen head and just knitting a rectangle the width of the brow to the hairline, then start decreasing in regular intervals til you've got, like, eight stitches left. Pull the yarn through the remaining stitches, leaving a long tail, and sew up the seam.

Follow a real pattern for the amount of stitches for the gauge of your wool and the amount to decrease, but that's basically it. Next stop circular needles! Good luck.

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Re: knitting

Post by obo-bobolina » Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:11

The great big snugglesome cardigan is coming on nicely. Just need to pick up stitches down the front to add the button and button hole bands plus add the collar. It's so cosy. I don't care that it looks scruffy and home made. I loves it already.

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Re: knitting

Post by Nicole Diver » Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:44

obo-bobolina, am I right in thinking you live in Nottingham? If so, where do you buy your wool from? The only place I know of is John Lewis and it's quite annoyingly pricey in there.

I can't see your cardigan as the picture seems to have been blocked by my work internet rules, but I shall make sure I have a look when I get home.

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Re: knitting

Post by caramarydaisy » Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:53

i finished knitting some socks.. now i think i need something new to knit.

my friend gave me a birthday card the other year that was actually a pattern for this 80s jumper with roses on the bottom, i might try and knit that. theres an awesome knitting shop here in sheffield that i know theyll be able to help me get started.. woo!
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Re: knitting

Post by Gordon » Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:18

My girlfriend started me out on knitting. To me it's like doing a sudoku where you get a scarf out at the end.
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Re: knitting

Post by obo-bobolina » Fri Apr 25, 2008 13:22

Nicole Diver wrote:obo-bobolina, am I right in thinking you live in Nottingham? If so, where do you buy your wool from? The only place I know of is John Lewis and it's quite annoyingly pricey in there.
I almost always buy my yarn when it is in the sales either from Jown Lewis (they tend to reduce quite a lot of stuff to half price at the start of a new season when different colours are launched) or online. The wool for this cardigan was all bought half price from a big department store in Edinburgh Xmas 2006 but I dithered a lot about what to knit with it. I've used up almost my entire stash now, though, so will have to invest in a fresh supply from somewhere. Apparently there's a lovely yarn shop in Beeston but I've not been to check it out yet. I fear I would be tempted by something lovely and scarily full priced. Heh.
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Re: knitting

Post by Nicole Diver » Fri Apr 25, 2008 13:45

obo-bobolina wrote:
Nicole Diver wrote:obo-bobolina, am I right in thinking you live in Nottingham? If so, where do you buy your wool from? The only place I know of is John Lewis and it's quite annoyingly pricey in there.
I almost always buy my yarn when it is in the sales either from Jown Lewis (they tend to reduce quite a lot of stuff to half price at the start of a new season when different colours are launched) or online. The wool for this cardigan was all bought half price from a big department store in Edinburgh Xmas 2006 but I dithered a lot about what to knit with it. I've used up almost my entire stash now, though, so will have to invest in a fresh supply from somewhere. Apparently there's a lovely yarn shop in Beeston but I've not been to check it out yet. I fear I would be tempted by something lovely and scarily full priced. Heh.

I never think to look in sales as I'm always looking for something in particular, but I shall give it a go. Ordering online is a bit of a lottery for me unfortunately due to the inability of courier services to successfully deliver to my flat. A trip to Beeston might be in order though...

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Re: knitting

Post by BilyTweed » Thu Jun 05, 2008 05:16

I have finally bought lots of new nice yarn and begun to progress in my knitting abilities. Today I taught myself how to purl (yes, I really am a beginner) and tomorrow I'm starting on a hat. I'm excited.

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Re: knitting

Post by Stoof » Thu Jun 26, 2008 05:04

I just found out that my littlest sister is pregnant! I foresee much knitting in my future. I am trying to find a pattern for a knitted onesie with like a kimono cross-over sash thing. I don't know how to describe it. And I have to find really soft, washable yarn that comes in bright colours. Baby yarn is all boring pastels.

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Re: knitting

Post by Carys » Thu Jun 26, 2008 13:11

Why can't I knit yet? I feel like I've been trying for years, and everything still looks really rubbish.

I've given up and am now just knitting squares so I can make a blanket.

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Re: knitting

Post by alongwalkhome » Thu Jun 26, 2008 14:56

You can do a lot with squares! Modular knitting is usually made up of squares and there's lots of things that can be made into dif. shapes by joinging squares--just like quilting.

But don't give up! Once you've got the basics, you can do anything. C., are you going to indietracks? If so, bring some wool and needles. There'll be lots of knitters there. We can have a mini knitting clinic (unless that makes the festival way too hippie...)

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Re: knitting

Post by Carys » Fri Jun 27, 2008 20:05

I sure am going to Indietracks and will happily bring my knitting along! I think hippies are more into tie-dye, aren't they?

I'm going to go along to the next Learn to Crochet night at the I-Knit store, I think. And my parents are bringing my sewing machine down, so hopefully I can up my overall craft quotient this summer.

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Re: knitting

Post by alongwalkhome » Fri Jun 27, 2008 21:08

Well, squibooty can help you with crocheting!

It'll be a right-on fucking craft love in.

I may have to punch a few people and throw up on a few others just to protect my hard-ass image, though. I'm sure you understand.

Until then--squares are good!!

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Re: knitting

Post by obo-bobolina » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:49

I'm up for knitting at indie-tracks. Hee. Not sure what my next project will be though. Right now I'm making a couple of pixie type hats to take to Latitude festival next week (I am stewarding for Oxfam and have to dress as a pixie for at least one of my 3 shifts). I think it's time I tackled my mum's lace knit scarf request in fluffy annoying yarn next. I fear it will make me angry though. I also need to decide on a suitable pattern.
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Re: knitting

Post by My Melody » Mon Sep 08, 2008 19:38

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Re: knitting

Post by alongwalkhome » Sun Sep 28, 2008 15:06

You fabulous knitters have probably been doing this already forever, but I just read about this alternative cast on for socks and mittens/gloves that is more elastic. Poor jamiec is one of the many victims of my too-tight-for-socks cast on. (Jamie, I hope that surgery to shave half an inch off your left calf just to fit my socks went well and you are living a relatively pain-free existence. Wasn't it worth it in the end?)

Here (US) the cast on is called the "Maine cast on" but it's also known as the "German twisted" cast on. I'm totally trying it. It's the long-tail cast on w/an extra twist. It apparently keeps stockinette edges from rolling up if you don't want to rib. Here's a video:


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Re: knitting

Post by yubo » Thu Oct 02, 2008 20:24

alongwalkhome wrote: It apparently keeps stockinette edges from rolling up if you don't want to rib.
oh, cool! I'm going to try that next time. I hate the curling up.
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Re: knitting

Post by soft revolution » Tue Oct 07, 2008 22:55

How to knit a megaman hat! - http://trinknitty.blogspot.com/2008/09/ ... -know.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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And then you can do this.

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How ace is that! I want to learn how to knit now!
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Re: knitting

Post by yubo » Mon Nov 10, 2008 23:24

alongwalkhome took me to this giant-ass yarn store this weekend. It was really kind of overwhelming. Now I have $150 sack of yarn and will be eating nothing by kraft dinner for the next 6 months. It's the price you have to pay, I guess.
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