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    Littlebean
    The Knitters Thread
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    • 1st Oct 07, 5:55 AM
    The Knitters Thread 1st Oct 07 at 5:55 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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    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 19th Dec 18, 9:58 PM
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    Savvy_Sue
    I'd second both those suggestions: and if you find a group you will probably also find someone with a stash of yarn they'd be willing to share for small projects.

    I'm another who took up knitting after my mother's death: it helped that I inherited a stash of yarn - and there was a LOT! I have the mohair and the sock wool but as you can see I've done quite a bit more than that. Currently need to update my signature as the hand warmers are now on hold in favour of a chemo hat for someone. :-(
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 3 baby jumpers, 3 shawls, 1 sweat band, 3 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 2 hats, 2 balaclavas for seamen, 1 balaclava for myself, multiple poppies, 3 peony flowers, 4 butterflies ...
    Current projects: ready to decrease / decreasing on all parts of the mohair cardigan pattern! but moved onto wrist warmers for friends at Christmas ...
    • SIRENS
    • By SIRENS 20th Dec 18, 6:31 PM
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    SIRENS
    Well I am pleased ds asked for a Santa hat on his Christmas list and I've managed to order the yarn and finish it in plenty of time for Christmas. Dh Star Wars scarf will not make it though as I have more than half to still finish, my first attempt at double knitting and I am finding it rather tiresome, I keep tangling the 2 colours.
    'You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose' - Dr Suess
    • nursemaggie
    • By nursemaggie 20th Dec 18, 6:58 PM
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    nursemaggie
    When you are doing colour work SIRENS it is much easier if you just do little balls of wool or wrap it round a card. It does not get tangled up so much.
    • SIRENS
    • By SIRENS 20th Dec 18, 9:54 PM
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    SIRENS
    When you are doing colour work SIRENS it is much easier if you just do little balls of wool or wrap it round a card. It does not get tangled up so much.
    Originally posted by nursemaggie
    Thanks for the tip, I'll wind up some yarn and try that x
    'You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose' - Dr Suess
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 21st Dec 18, 11:33 AM
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    PipneyJane
    When you are doing colour work SIRENS it is much easier if you just do little balls of wool or wrap it round a card. It does not get tangled up so much.
    Originally posted by nursemaggie
    Thanks for the tip, I'll wind up some yarn and try that x
    Originally posted by SIRENS
    I just wince at the thought of all those ends to weave in. (When I do colourwork, I carry my unused yarn up the side off my work, until it is needed again.)

    My tip, Sirens, is to alternate the direction in which you turn your work at the end of a row so clockwise at the end of a knit row, counter-clockwise at the end of a purl. That should stop the balls tangling up. I frequently do my sleeves in-the-round, two-at-a-time and place a marker to remind me to turn my knitting the other way when I get to "that end".

    HTH

    Pip (current WIPs need 1 sleeve, 2 collars, a couple of seams and 2 cuffs completed and then there would be 4 new jumpers to wear.)
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    • hiddenshadow
    • By hiddenshadow 21st Dec 18, 2:25 PM
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    hiddenshadow
    If you can do double knitting with 2 hands, it's much easier as you keep each colour on one side of you (colour A on left, colour B on right).

    This shows how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN73tSv_xQs
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 21st Dec 18, 4:20 PM
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    PipneyJane
    If you can do double knitting with 2 hands, it's much easier as you keep each colour on one side of you (colour A on left, colour B on right).

    This shows how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN73tSv_xQs
    Originally posted by hiddenshadow
    Yes, that's true. If you knit with one colour in your left hand and one in your right, it makes your tension far more even. If you can't cope with that, then try tensioning the yarn across your right hand with one colour on your index finger and the other on your middle finger. That statement probably doesn't make a lot of sense, so let me explain how I hold my yarn. On my right hand, I usually wrap my yarn around my little finger, then under the next two and use the index finger to drive it; when working with a second colour in my right hand, I'll use the middle finger to drive the second colour.

    HTH

    Pip
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    • SIRENS
    • By SIRENS 22nd Dec 18, 2:50 PM
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    SIRENS
    Thank you all for the tips, I'm going to try them all to see which suits me best xx
    'You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose' - Dr Suess
    • Seakay
    • By Seakay 26th Dec 18, 2:36 PM
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    Seakay
    I am thinking of taking up Knitting, my Mum showed me how to knit many years ago, but the thought of sitting still and having to concentrate put me off.
    But Knitting seems to be a trendy thing to do now and having looked online at "celebrity" Knitters I have found a couple of beginners kits.
    I know the initial outlay is not really money saving but I have to start somewhere.
    I also want to get Myself sort of hobby and have lost my Mum last month I would like to do something to take my mind off the doom and gloom.
    Any Knitters out there with any advice would be very well received.
    Originally posted by madlyn
    local charity shops often sell needles and ends of yarn, also patterns. Ask at the counter as some keep the needles off the shelves for safety reasons.
    Community newsletters, parish magazines, noticeboard at the local library are all good places to look for local knitting clubs or knit 'n' natter groups
    Look for free beginners patterns online - there are lots out there - check that you look for UK sites as American needle sizes and some knitting terms are different and you don't need that complication when you are starting out.
    You tube videos are great if you want some instruction on your own - seeing a demonstration alongside instructions is easier than instructions alone.
    Good luck with your new hobby!
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 26th Dec 18, 9:43 PM
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    wondercollie
    Anyone have any success with mitred squares done in stocking stitch?

    I've a bag of ends of sock wool and decided to use them up this year for portable projects.

    I've tried the garter stitch version and didn't like the finished square. The variegated colours get lost and stocking stitch shows the colours/patterns better. BUT stocking stitch just doesn't like the square .

    So any ideas or ??? I'm off to do google fooo
    • nursemaggie
    • By nursemaggie 26th Dec 18, 10:14 PM
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    nursemaggie
    This looks quite effective in squares It is less stretchy than than stocking stitch.


    DEWDROP STITCH PATTERN (multiple of 6 +1):

    Rows 1 and 3 (Wrong Side): K2 *P3, K3*, end with P3, K2

    Row 2 (Right Side): P2 *K3, P3*, end with K3, P2

    Row 4: K2 *YO, Sl 1-K2tog-PSSO, YO, K3*, end with YO, Sl 1-K2tog-PSSO, YO, K2

    Rows 5 and 7: P2 *K3, P3*, end with K3, P2

    Row 6: K2 *P3, K3*, end with P3, K2

    Row 8: K2tog *YO, K3, YO, Sl 1-K2tog-PSSO*, end with YO, K3, YO, SSK

    Repeat Rows 1-8 for Dewdrop Stitch pattern


    Looks nice on a blanket or a scarf. I have another one if I can find it.
    • nursemaggie
    • By nursemaggie 26th Dec 18, 10:19 PM
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    nursemaggie
    8 sts and 12 rows = 2 inches in Basketweave pattern

    Make Blanket:

    Cast on 92 sts. Knit 8 rows.

    Begin eyelet section:

    Row 1: K4, *YO, K2tog, repeat from * across, to last 4 sts. YO, K4. (93 stitches on needle)

    Row 2: K4, P across to last 4 sts, k4.

    Row 3: K4, YO, ssk, K across to last 7 sts. K3tog, YO, K4. (92 stitches on needle)

    Begin Basket-Weave Pattern (12 rows)

    Row 1 (Wrong side): K4, P2, *K4, P4, repeat from * across to last 6 sts, P2, K4.

    Row 2: (Right side): K4, YO, ssk, *K4, P4, repeat from * across to last 6 sts, K2tog, YO, K4.

    Rows 3 & 5: Repeat Row 1.

    Rows 4 & 6: Repeat Row 2.

    Row 7: K4, P2, *P4, K4, repeat from * across to last 6 sts, P2, K4.

    Row 8: K4, YO, SSK, *P4, K4, repeat from * across to last 6 sts, K2tog, YO, K4.

    Rows 9 & 11: Repeat row 7.
    • stitching witch
    • By stitching witch 28th Dec 18, 8:34 PM
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    stitching witch
    Anyone have any success with mitred squares done in stocking stitch?

    I've a bag of ends of sock wool and decided to use them up this year for portable projects.

    I've tried the garter stitch version and didn't like the finished square. The variegated colours get lost and stocking stitch shows the colours/patterns better. BUT stocking stitch just doesn't like the square .

    So any ideas or ??? I'm off to do google fooo
    Originally posted by wondercollie
    There is a lovely pattern on Ravelry by Plymouth Yarns but sadly itís not a free pattern. Itís stocking stitch with garter stitch ridges. Perhaps with a bit of experimenting you could try it.
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    • madlyn
    • By madlyn 12th Jan 19, 7:32 PM
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    madlyn
    As suggested I have tried charity shops for needles and odd bits of wool. Now my local town has 5 charity shops, none of which have any needles of wool. May give Ebay a go for needles, what size for a beginner? My plan is to knit 6 inch squares that can be sewn together to make a blanket, that way by doing small bits I wont get bored and I would like a chunky blanket.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 12th Jan 19, 10:00 PM
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    Savvy_Sue
    I'd say 4mm for DK is the default option. A real shame nothing in the local charity shops. Have you found your local wool shop, they may have links to knitting groups?

    Just wondering if you have a local FB group? We have a knitters group for our postcode, I know if I posted on there for spare needles and wool I'd be sorted in no time.

    I found I liked knitting on circular needles once I started doing garments rather than squares, I got a set of bamboo circular needles in a full range of sizes, probably from Ebay or Amazon. They would have been very reasonably priced because I wasn't sure if I was going to persist. I've now upgraded to KnitPro with the interchangeable tips, which is a bit more pricey. Then I'm adding odd sets of double ended needles. Going to have to make myself a better case soon ...
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 3 baby jumpers, 3 shawls, 1 sweat band, 3 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 2 hats, 2 balaclavas for seamen, 1 balaclava for myself, multiple poppies, 3 peony flowers, 4 butterflies ...
    Current projects: ready to decrease / decreasing on all parts of the mohair cardigan pattern! but moved onto wrist warmers for friends at Christmas ...
    • madlyn
    • By madlyn 13th Jan 19, 5:06 PM
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    madlyn
    Found plenty of 4mm bamboo on ebay, just need to source some wool now.
    My local town does not have a wool shop and I have not looked on FB for local knitting groups
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 13th Jan 19, 5:49 PM
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    Savvy_Sue
    Great. Freecycle or similar in your area?
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 3 baby jumpers, 3 shawls, 1 sweat band, 3 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 2 hats, 2 balaclavas for seamen, 1 balaclava for myself, multiple poppies, 3 peony flowers, 4 butterflies ...
    Current projects: ready to decrease / decreasing on all parts of the mohair cardigan pattern! but moved onto wrist warmers for friends at Christmas ...
    • Seakay
    • By Seakay 14th Jan 19, 7:21 PM
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    Seakay
    As suggested I have tried charity shops for needles and odd bits of wool. Now my local town has 5 charity shops, none of which have any needles of wool. May give Ebay a go for needles, what size for a beginner? My plan is to knit 6 inch squares that can be sewn together to make a blanket, that way by doing small bits I wont get bored and I would like a chunky blanket.
    Originally posted by madlyn
    Sorry you've had no luck so far with charity shops.

    Needle size depends on the thickness of the yarn you want to knit with, Chunky yarn usually uses something between 5mm and 6.5mm.
    If you look on the ball band of a ball of wool you will see a crossed needles symbol; the numbers written above the cross are the needle size (you will use half a mm or a mm smaller if you want a ribbed cuff etc)
    a pattern will suggest a needle size but more importantly tell you how many rows and stitches comprise a specific sized piece of knitting.
    It's a good idea do a test swatch to check your tension.
    eg if the example gives a certain number of stitches and rows and you get more then that then you need to loosen your tension by using a larger needle
    conversely, if you get fewer then you'll need a smaller needle

    needle sizes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmHVeH3id5E
    • THIRZAH
    • By THIRZAH 14th Jan 19, 8:21 PM
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    THIRZAH
    Do you have a branch of Hobbycraft nearby? They sell yarn . Wilkos usually have DK for £1 a ball. I don't like their yarn much as find it's a bit floppy but it would be ok to practice with. Poundland and Poundstretcher often have yarn too
    • Happy One
    • By Happy One 14th Jan 19, 9:25 PM
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    Happy One
    Nice wool in Poundland, Seakay.three balls for £2. They have some very nice Rainbow coloured ones which is fun to Knit with
    4mm or the old size 8 as I still call them because I never went metric! Is the best size to learn to Knit on

    You will soon get the hang of it with a bit of practice and itís such a great hobby plus your Mom would have been very pleased to know you have taken up knitting again. My Mom who I lost in 1995 was a wonderful knitter, she taught me to Knit when I was five years old wonít tell you how old I am now! but Iíve never stopped knitting since my Mom first taught me.
    It has got me through many times in my life when times were tough, something to concentrate on, to take my mind off other things.
    Last edited by Happy One; 14-01-2019 at 9:27 PM.
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