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    The Knitters Thread
    • #1
    • 1st Oct 07, 4:55 AM
    The Knitters Thread 1st Oct 07 at 4:55 AM
    Following on from the recent thread about handknitting it is apparent that many of us OS'ers are also keen knitters. The idea of this thread is to give us a place to post comments/suggestions, to be able to chat about our current work in progress (WIP), share patterns/tips/tricks, and post pictures of our completed work (I'm nosy and love seeing piccies ).

    I'll get the ball rolling: I've now finished knitting the sweater that sparked the original post. Now I've remembered just how much I disliked making up the finished garment -definately the worst part of knitting. I've managed to pick up and knit around the neck and I've done the collar, but now I have to work out how to set in the sleeves - hmmmmmm. Any suggestions/tips would be gratefully received. I've never knitted a sweater with shaped armholes before - having stuck to straight seams - but having splurged on the yarn I really want the finished product to look nice.
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    • Ishtar
    • By Ishtar 1st Oct 07, 7:08 AM
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    Yes, I hate the sewing part - I'm not very good at it really and sometimes have to undo and start again. Mum's the same, she's always after someone to make up her jumpers!

    What I usually do to set the sleeves in is to fold in half to find the middle, then pin the fold to the shoulder seam. In my case there's always (quite) a bit of easing to do to make it fit so I pin the whole lot together before sewing.

    I've got loads on the go at the moment. Scarf for MIL xmas pressie, Thomas the Tank Engine jumper for DD, toy pirate for DD xmas pressie, and the innocent smoothie hats. I'm making some headway with all of them, but I'm a bit bored with the scarf's a patterned one with all sorts of things, bobbles, lacework, etc, etc, and I've only got about 90 rows to go. I almost can't bear to pick it up at the moment. (MIL had better be gratefu l).

    At least the smoothie hats take hardly any time...mum's doing some too and apparently she can make one from start to finish in 9 minutes...!!! Wish I could knit that fast.

    • MrsTinks
    • By MrsTinks 1st Oct 07, 7:14 AM
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    Having knitted a jumper ONCE never again lol - saying that then i am in possession of the pattern and cotton for a top that I intend to crochet... we'll see if I do any better with that lol!!!
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  • Peem
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    • 1st Oct 07, 7:16 AM
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    Just popped on to say thanks for starting this.

    I've just finished two hats for the kids over the weekend (well, I say finished. I rather rashly promised pompoms on the top. Still have those to do. I might try to show DS what to do and at least he can make his own.)

    Then it's on with my tank top for myself.

    Went to the wool shop last week and stocked up on wool for jumpers for DS and DD. Hopefully they'll be ready for christmas.
    Last edited by Peem; 01-10-2007 at 7:35 AM. Reason: spelling (sigh!)
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  • Olliebeak
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    • 1st Oct 07, 7:26 AM
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    Working on baby stuff at the moment for DD - baby due 4th Nov but we're now taking bets........... .

    I didn't think that knitted baby things were still 'au fait' with today's bright young things until about a month ago I was told that I couldn't be looking forward to THIS one as I hadn't knitted/crocheted anything for it . That meant digging out the needles/hooks that had been lurking somewhere since moving here (STILL can't find the box of knitting patterns that stretches back to early 70's with my precious Paton's silver label patterns in it). Anyway she now has an assortment of cardis, matinee jackets, bonnets and a gorgeous shawl - and she has had the nerve to ask for dangly spirals on the back of the bonnets! I've got a pattern for a beautiful pram rug and went to make a start on it - oh dear it uses DK DOUBLED and a No.8 hook. My set of hooks only goes up to No.6 - so need to get to the wool shop QUICK! Don't think I've bought needles/hooks for about 30 years! - probably need a stiff drink before hearing the price .

    I don't mind sewing up anything that I've made but my Mother has often done things for my children/grandchildren and then passed them to me to make up for her - that drives me mad! I find that she knits quite tight and measures to the exact inch on the pattern - so no leeway at all in the sewing up!!

    Oh well - off to experiment with dangly spiral thingys - that long since I did them that I've quite forgotten how I worked them out. Think it was a long chain stitch with LOADS of crocheted 'cockleshells' along the length .

    If DD puts any of this lot in the tumbledryer - I'll spank her backside for her .
    • bertha
    • By bertha 1st Oct 07, 7:43 AM
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    Don't know what to knit?
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    • 1st Oct 07, 7:43 AM
    If you're a frustrated knitter and don't know what to knit, please consider knitting for your local premature baby unit.
    There are lots of ideas here
    including patterns for wraps for babies that sadly don't make it.

    Once knitted, it seems best to give the items directly to staff in the Labour Ward, not just leave them at the Maternity Unit reception.
    • chalky 75
    • By chalky 75 1st Oct 07, 7:58 AM
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    • 1st Oct 07, 7:58 AM
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    Ishtar could you possibly post a picture of a smoothie hat- My DD is nagging me for a hat and I would love a speedy one Thanks
  • Lillibet
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    • 1st Oct 07, 9:27 AM
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    great thread, thanks Littlebean

    Chalky, I think the Smoothie hats are mini ones to fit on top of a bottle of Innocent Smoothie which is a charity thing. Wouldn't fit a persons head!

    OK, I have 3 handbags, the knitting part is finished but I need to sort out the lining & sew in the handles then they are all set for Xmas pressies. I am in the middle of a 2 cornered hat (yes, it is a pattern of my own divising!) to match a scarf for my cousions Xmas pressie then I need to do another one in rib to match her partners scarf, unless lasts months prototype hat can be streached to fit an adults head (My 2YO was my reluctant model at the time). Then it's just a tank top for Spuds Xmas stocking and I am finsihed on the Xmas pressies & I can start on my big knitted patchwork blanket....yippee That will be at least next month before I get around to that though. Oh, and 2 other, completely different handbags for birthdays early in the new year to do, and my Mum wants me to do some knitted hair clips I have a pattern for, for her to sell at the Women's much knitting, so little time!:rolleyes:
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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 1st Oct 07, 9:38 AM
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    Ishtar could you possibly post a picture of a smoothie hat- My DD is nagging me for a hat and I would love a speedy one Thanks
    Originally posted by chalky 75
    Yep, Lillibet's right - here's some pics: Innocent.

    I'm finishing a red sweater (that I started last year ). I'm also teaching DD to knit - she's doing squares for a Charity Knit for the Co-op. I'll find details and post them.

    Lillibet - great to see you back. Can you post some pics of what you've done recently - really loved the last ones you showed us

    Penny. x
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    • meanmarie
    • By meanmarie 1st Oct 07, 9:59 AM
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    Debating whether to take my current shawl for a I'm not sure how Ryanair view knitting needles....wonder if I have a size 8 circular one...they are much less dangerous

    See you all next week...this thread is wonderful!

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    • whatatwit
    • By whatatwit 1st Oct 07, 10:18 AM
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    It's ages since I did any knitting, but having read about the Innocent Smoothie ones on the other knitting thread, I feel that those will ease me back into some knitting and use up some of the bits and bobs.

    Lillibet, please could you post a picture..or a link to the knitted bags..they sound really great.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 1st Oct 07, 10:26 AM
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    I am making socks and fingerless gloves for christmas presents and am well on the way. I did a practise pair of socks for me first and `ironed` out my mistakes. The next pair is going really well, using drops fabel yarn via garnstudio. Fantastic yarn and each pair will cost only £4.50

    I also hate sewing together so will explore using circular needles to cut down on edges. I have made 5 baby tops but sewn them together quickly, the type of sewing that just will not do for better garments. I used to have 2 knitting machines and explored sewing together on a sewing machine. It can be done but requires feeder feet top and bottom and copious use of pins. The best way in the old days was via the hague linker but I gave that away when I downsized. I might possibly investigate sewing together with a crochet hook as that should give a very neat finish

    I have also done bands with crochet. Very easy and gives a lovely finish

    a recommended book for finishing is `finishing techniques for hand knitters` by jane crowfoot
    Last edited by kittie; 01-10-2007 at 10:31 AM.
    • conradmum
    • By conradmum 1st Oct 07, 11:17 AM
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    I quite like the sewing up part! It's the endless lengths of stocking stitch that make me reluctant to take up the needles again.
    Inspired by this board, I've started a hat as a small project to use up some wool that must be 5 years old!
    Only managed tension square, casting on and 12 rows last night. Must watch more TV!
  • 1sttimer
    Can't believe this site! I've just this weekend decided to knit myself a shrug for my hols after not knitting for absolutely ages and now I'm reading on my favourite site of others starting off again (spooky or what!)

    In our town there used to be loads of wool/sewing shops and one by one they closed down. It must be a popular pastime again as we now have 2 wool shops in our smallish market place, and both seem to be quite busy.

    I saw this chunky 200g ball of wool for 3, loved the colour of it but wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it (definately not another scarf). My DD recently bought herself a shrug (about 28 from M&S) and I thought I could knit one just as well as the one she bought - no pattern necessary - so I bought the wool Saturday and am already about 1/3 done! If it turns out ok, I will have saved 25 and got an original garmet!
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  • moanymoany
    Great idea for a thread.

    For making up a knitted item there are some things that make it much easier. Blocking the pieces and the way you decide to sew the seam are important. I always block and then pin and I find this way the result is always reasonable to good.

    I've a couple of sites that help.

    If you want free patterns, google 'free knitting patterns' and you will have the choice of thousands of patterns for anything you could ever want to knit. The internet is all you need to learn to do everything to do with knitting, but there are usually lots of books in the library.

    I also hate stocking stitch. I'm knitting a cardi at the minute, I am using a lovely feather and cable pattern, so far it's looking good. I bought the yarn in France. They have a better selection than us and the yarns are often cheaper.

    If you decide to knit from a pattern, but use a different yarn the thing to check is the same number of metres in the 50 grams or 100 gram balls. It doesn't work out to use the same number of balls of yarn. The number of metres should be on the label.
    Last edited by moanymoany; 01-10-2007 at 12:45 PM.
  • miserly_mum
    Really glad to see a new knitting thread. I've started knitting again after a few years.

    So far have done about 6 beanie hats over last 2 weeks. Try to get a few rows done whenever I get the chance.

    Mostly knit in the evening when OH is home. During the day my youngest boy(21 months)just won't give me peace

    Right now i'm about 2/3 of the way through a patch work blanket for my grandaughter. My daughter got a new pram in brown and pink (actually looks better than it sounds).She couldn't get a blanket in those colours so I volunteered to knit one.

    Done in brown,light pink,cream and cerise and i'm going to edge it in a brown border. Its looking pretty good so far if I do say so myself
    • twink
    • By twink 1st Oct 07, 5:20 PM
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    i am going to be knitting a bolero for a little girl to wear with a summer dress, got the wool but still looking at patterns
    • libra10
    • By libra10 1st Oct 07, 6:01 PM
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    I agree that sewing up and finishing the garment can be really boring. What I generally do is sew up as I finish a side, and sew in each sleeve as it is finished. I always pin to ensure a good even finish and sew each piece inside out, using back stitch.

    When I have finished the back and front of a garment, I then (if possible) pick up the neck stitches and and knit the neckband. Obviously this isn't possible if doing a garment which has raglan sleeves.

    When knitting a cardigan it can be boring knitting separate left and right front bands. What I do is add the required number of stitches to those stated in the pattern, slipping the first stitch instead of working it. This ensures an even tight finish at the fronts. If buttonholes are needed these have to be counted in.

    I used to knit for a local shop which sold wonderful mohair yarns and could manage almost a couple of garments a week. I think I did too much and put away my needles, although my granddaughter is insisting on me dragging them out again. We are currently knitting a doll's scarf in some old mohair wool stashed away in the wardrobe.

    My knitting fingers are getting itchy again, especially reading this thread.
    Watching with interest.
  • moanymoany
    libra10, when you add the stitches to the fronts for the bands, do you knit on the rib band and then leave the band stitches on a holder while you knit the body of the front, or, do you knit the band into the front all the way up to the neck. For example, knit one purl one 4 times, then the pattern, all the way up the front.

    Hope that's clear!!!!!!!
    • plumduff55
    • By plumduff55 1st Oct 07, 6:34 PM
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    Thanks Littlebean - great thread.

    I have to agree with you, I hate sewing up. I finished knitting a cardigan for myself last week and have still not sewn it up. But this thread is motivating me and when I switch off the computer I will go and start tonight. It will probably take me a couple of nights, so will aim to start my next project at the weekend.

    Hopefully, next time I post here the cardigan will be finished - it is purple with narrow black stripes and is knitted in Crepe double knitting that I bought from Ebay.

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