I want to try my hand at felting something and I need some guidelines. Is there a rule of thumb for how to calculate how big to originally knit the item to achieve a certain smaller size after blocking? I want to knit a doll's jumper and felt it. I know the final size I want to achieve with the felted garment but I have no idea how large to make it first. Help will be most gratefully accepted!
It’s now been 2 ½ months since I took the Craftsy class on Portuguese knitting. For those who are interested, I thought I’d give a progress report.
Thanks to Bill’s recommendation some years ago, I switched to HiyaHiya interchangeable needles and have enjoyed them since. However, not long ago a cable broke at the join and I had to purchase new cables. Sadly, all 6 new cables failed at the join within hours of using them which made me wonder what was going on with HiyaHiya. I knew that I had to upgrade and so I recently asked others here about their choice of knitting needles. Once again, Bill came to my rescue, pointing me towards the ChiaoGoo needles. I did my internet research, looking at a variety of interchangeable needles.
Not long ago, I took on some projects which required me to knit flat, something I'd not really done for a number of years. I wasn't too keen to give up the circular knitting but needs must and I began my projects. However, it didn't take long for me to notice the rowing-out which drove me mad. I started to use combination knitting which did make a big improvement but didn't eliminate the problem totally. I've never considered myself to be a sloppy knitter and I seem to alway be able to obtain a consistent gauge.
Hello All. Not long ago I discovered the Craftsy website. Maybe this is well-known to many of you, but I had never heard of it before. If you haven't seen it, I recommend you have a look. They have a fair number of knitting classes with a wide range of topics. I've purchased about 10 of them in areas which I wanted to improve, such as seaming, button bands and a general programme of different ways to knit. I found that each course has an experienced knitting instructor who knows what they are talking about. And, best of all, some of the instructors are blokes!
When I began knitting, I used solely Addi Turbo circulars. It didn't take long until I grew annoyed with the horrible stiff cable (the company actually recommended holding them in the steam over boiling water to soften and straighten them) and I looked around for an alternative. I bought the Addi Clicks but the needle sizes are too large as I often knit with a 3.25 mm size. On the recommendation of Bill on this site, I switched to Hiya-Hiya interchangeable. I really appreciate the swivel at the join. I've been happy with these until just recently.
I've just begun to try to learn this method. Can anyone offer any comments about this type of knitting? Do you think it eliminates rowing out? I wonder if it has any benefits over combination knitting which I like.
Yesterday, I was sorting through old knitting patterns and etc and I found some articles from "Menknit - the world's first 'zine for men who knit". The last issue I have is dated 2006. I suppose I had forgotten all about them over the years as I've moved away from spending so much time at the computer. I did try their web address (www.menknit.net) but it only comes up as a resource page.
So, does anyone know what's become of this e-zine or the man who created it?
I just finished this garment this week and thought I'd share it. It is called 'Dakota Dreams' from the book "Fearless Fair Isle Knitting". As you can see from the design, it really isn't a Fair Isle pattern but rather it is a modern design done in stranded knitting. There are two offerings of the garment: this colourway for men and a softer one in blues for women.
Back in the day before YouTube instructional videos, I wanted to learn stranded knitting and steeking. As strange as it might sound today, almost no one knew what steeking was and Fairisle knitting was definitely out of fashion. I can remember numerous discussions here on MWK about these two subjects. At that time there were only two available videos (VHS, of course!): one from Philosopher's Wool and the other from Meg Swanson. I bought both and through them began my colour kntting history.