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Hetman vest by Olga Casey

I am attempting this vest (, but being a relatively new knitter, I have questions.

First, I need to up-size this a bit, any clues as to how o do this?
Second, there are instructions to "add a stitch" for the back of the vest. Does this mean I should make a stitch, or is there another technique I need to learn?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


What's a VKAL?

I haven't been on here in a while - so I'd like to say hello first! Hello!
About a month ago I had the thought of combining a class with a Knit-A-Long. As a result, I came up with a VKAL, or VIDEO Knit-A-Long. It's a Knit-A-Long with video support, so even beginners feel comfortable enough with learning a new technique.


Gauge Sanity Check

My niece has asked me to do her a sweater, and I have tons of Bolivian alpaca in my stash. The yarn was supposed to be for a different project, but my friend in La Paz got the wrong weight. Now I am left with 900g of 2-3 fingering/sport weight yarn. Pattern calls for a US 8 needle and a gauge of 17 sts & 22 rows = 4" x 4". My gauge swatch worked up to 3" x 3" with 2 yarns stranded. I really can't go higher in needle size as fabric becomes too loose. If I add a third strand, I'm not sure I'll have enough yarn (pattern calls for 425g).


Lacework Shawl

My first (and probably last for a good while) lacework project. Will be Christmas gift for partner's mother.

Pattern: Bare Branches by DROPS Design (
Needles: US7
Yarn: Bolivian Alpaca (given to me from a friend who lives there).
Weight: Sock, Fingering, Baby TO Sport, Baby (Label indicates a US 4 needle)


Knitting caps an easy way?

I just finished knitting a Beret for a friend of mine, the first for me. Anyway, I used two 16" circulars, a size 1 & 2. Well, before I finished I was needing to switch to a set of dpn's and I hated it so tried two 24" circular's. When I got down to a smaller number of stitches, I then had to use the dpn's. My question is this: has anyone knit a hat doing "magic loop" and if so, how did it go for you? Or, has anyone a super-kniffty way of knitting same?