Weekly topic #3

OK be honest, how busy were you for the Holidays?
How many gifts did you knit & what were they?


Storing Circulars

My circular needles are getting out of hand. I have the Boye's interchangables, (awesome things) but I still have Addis and Susan Bates, and keeping them bound together with a twist tie in a box with other knitting paraphernalia is neither charming nor neat. How does everyone store their circulars?


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Holidays are here

I have not written much, but my scarf is coming along .  It just takes me a long time to knit, unless is a cable sweater, which I love.  I am looking forward to the new year and have in my goals make  some socks, which Ihave never done before.  I may even try ti knit a cap with the foru needles first before I do the socks.  I got mysel a nice holiday present, a set of Boye's circular needle set with interchangeable  needles.  What can I say I am a good bad boy.





I am in need of some guidance with socks.  I've been an avid sock knitter for two years and am tired of having to patch the holes where the heel meets the instep.  I have this problem whether doing a short row or heel flap-type heel.  Any suggestions?


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custom mittens

this is the first pair of mittens i've made. i made these mittens for myself b/c i have REALLY long fingers and no mittens ever fit me. i had to alter the pattern a bit, but it didn't give me any problems. i'm looking forward to making another pair similar to these, it was loads of fun and kept me entertained for hours at a time.

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A scarf for my dad

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A hat for my son from knitty.com

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Increases - Stupid Mathematical Question

I'm knitting the sleeves to my sweater. Frankly they have been driving me a bit crazy since this is the 1st sweater I'm knitting that is not in the round. I've ripped more times than I care to admit.

The pattern calls for a M1 increase at each edge starting on the RS then every following 7th row. The "Following 7th row" instruction is a bit vague to me. Which option is correct?

Option 1
Row 0 (RS): Increase
* row 1 (WS): P
row 2 (RS): K
row 3 (WS): P
row 4 (RS): K
row 5 (WS): P
row 6 (RS): K
row 7 (WS): Increase *


Option 2
Row 1 (RS): Increase
* row 2 (WS): P
row 3 (RS): K


The final design

Technique should be secondary to the final product. What is your conception? What do you, as knitter, want to produce? If I am working on a school sweater for a young, athletic child -- lots of running, playing, and moving involved -- I use durable yarn, lots of acrylic, machine washable and machine dryable, and a design that allows for movement. Usually a knit-in-the-round design, maybe using cut armholes or cut front for a cardigan. For a young woman's formal wear, I might use a tailored design, done flat on two needles and with seams to retain the shape of the sweater. The yarn is usually a fine yarn in luxurious fiber, perhaps cashmere, alpaca, or mohair. It all depends on the use intended for the end product.


 Hi Guys & ladylurkers

Can anyone tell me why sweaters are designed in 2 pieces? Why are they not made in a circle? My daughter saw the Knit:1 magazine & was amused by the centrefold but spied the sweater with the mega, removable cowl collar of pages 58 & 59. It calls for the front and back to be knit in 2 pieces but the same pattern. Will it make any difference if I make it in one piece? I'm not a designer so not sure if it will affect the look. I do realise that I will have to careful about the armholes but that's what stitch markers arre for surely.
Thank you