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Dec. 2nd, 2009

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lizzieblue

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I do the backward loop, but i didn't know that until i just looked at alisha's link, haha. I agree with Carm, i think it's really confusing seeing all of the ways to knit, and i don't know what i do. I've tried to look up how to do fancier stuff, and i get super confused because apparently i've developed my own way of knitting, haha.

I learned how to crochet when i was about 8, on a 2 day drive from CT to Orlando (yay disney world!), i didn't think it was hard at all... i liked that if i made a mistake it was ok. Knitting i still find difficult, because although it goes fast with big needles, i can't figure out how to fix anything, and i can't stand all the counting required to make anything nice. Crocheting is easier for me to makeup as i go. My very first project was a single crocheted booty that i never finished (boring, but with pretty multicolor yarn) and my second project was a small blanket, working from the center out. It turned out to be an orange triangle (missed a corner early on...) but i loved it!

ETA: maybe i lied, i think i do a cross between the long tail and the backward loop? Whatever, it works!

Oct. 5th, 2009

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lizzieblue

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Did you use cable needles, or are they part a deceiving pattern?  I bought a cable kit about 5 years ago... I have no idea where they are... think i can crochet the cables and sew them on? haha
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lizzieblue

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Alisha - your mittens are AWESOME!!  Were they difficult?
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lizzieblue

I'm learning!

Ok, so I think I got it!  It took me a few tries, I switched to some giant needles (size 12 i think) and held two contrasting colors of yarn together, so that the stitches stood out clearer and were easier for my eyes to follow.  What I've discovered is this:

If you want the side facing you to be bumpy: Perl
If you want the side facing you to lie flat: Knit


You could also think of it in the opposite way, such as if you want the opposite side to be flat: Perl, opposite side bumpy: knit.  If you're good at thinking about "right side" vs "wrong side" this might be a better approach, but i am definitely finding it easier to focus on whatever side is facing me while i'm knitting.

I even made my first little pattern!  I didn't take a photo, which is good since it was really really ugly (i mixed together a light green rainbowish yarn with a maroon) but i did it! Hooray!  I made a garter stitch border, and the inside was a knit (smooth v's) rectangle with a perled (continuous bumps) rectangle in the center, kind of like a frame.  It was interesting to me the way the perls popped when in the row above or below a knit, but sunk when next to the knit in the same row... (maybe i'd better take a photo when i get home afterall).

Oct. 2nd, 2009

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lizzieblue

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The problem posed was this:
I'd like to get better at knitting, but i have a really hard time reading the stitches I've already done... deciding whether I'm supposed to knit or perl i get so confused!  Any suggestions?  Is there a certain type of yarn/needles that make that easier to learn?

Alisha's answer was:
The stitches look VERY different and also can be confusing depending on if you are looking at the "right side" or the "wrong side" Everything you make has one and a patternw ill normall dictate whether the odd or even rows are the right side. Pretty much just pick a side and stick to it!

Looking at the "right side" the knit stitches will look like V's. Take a look at a sweater or any knit garment, if the fabric is smooth and looks like a bunch of V's lined up that would be knit stitches. Now if you look at the back of the fabric "the wrong side" those same stitches will look like a bunch of horizontal waves, or bumps.

Stay with me now, on the right side, the Purl stitches will look like the horizontal waves, or bumbs. BUT if you turn the garment around to the wrong side, those Purl Stiches look like V's! I know it can be very confusing so I started thinking about where my yarn was when I made my stitches.

When you knit, the yarn is held in the back of the needles so when you wrap around your needle- this makes the "bump" in the back. When you purl, the yarn is held in front of the needles and therefore the bump is in the front.

If you want to make a smooth fabric so that all the v's are on one side and all the bumps are on the back you knit one row, then purl the next, we call this stockinette stitch. If you knit on all rows, the bumps are going to be in both the front and back of the fabric and you will have what we call garter stitch!

This of course is assuming that you are working flat and not in the round...

Let me know if I've completely lost you...


So I'm going to try to pay more attention to how my yarn is on the needle... and see how it goes!

Apr. 21st, 2009

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lizzieblue

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maybe there's some inside story, like they call themselves the rag ladies or something? haha, who knows!
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lizzieblue

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Leesh - Those look great!  Funny though, alen said malabrigo actually means poor coat, as in a really ragged shawl, haha

Apr. 8th, 2009

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lizzieblue

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ok, good to know.  Up until now, i've been calling them "knit all the time" and "alternate rows" :)
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lizzieblue

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So i'd like to clear something up that i've been wondering about for a long time... from the pics that alisha posted, is it safe to assume that a stockinette stitch is when you knit one row, purl the next, repeat, and a garter stitch is when you knit every row, or if it's easier for you, purl every row?

Apr. 3rd, 2009


carmacarmeleon

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Ooh Alisha! I like that grape juice/wine stain color! That's really pretty.

I dreamed knitting all night. I am getting close on Audie's blanket and ready to start Ryann's so I guess I'm feeling a little pressure.

Are the BSJs easy to make? Like a beginner or easy project? I have a friend having twins and I don't think I have the time or energy to make two blankets at once...maybe I do, but I want to be prepared for the idea that I might not. So is that a quick-knit project? I wouldn't alternate colors or anything...just pick a yarn that is mottled already.

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