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Knitting basics. And I mean basics!!
Wed 17-Oct-12
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Here is the pattern that Jean has found for you from Bad Amy Knits blog.  

I'll try that again!

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It looks very quick but you will need 9mm needles.

I'll try that again!

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It looks very quick but you will need 9mm needles.

I'll try that again!

Wed 17-Oct-12
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Well thank you all very much indeed. wave big_hug  I'm going to do some reading of the sites and see what else the shop has in their needle collection tomorrow on the way back from the latest docs appointment.  They had a big box of them and I think  there were some bigger ones in there so I'll have a delve and see what comes up.  Reassuring to hear that the tension thing is a bit more forgiving for a hat!  I'll let you know how it goes, wish me luck! brightsparklystuff

Wed 17-Oct-12
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Good luck indeed Ruth!  I'm sure you'll do well, just don't try to rush things, take your time to understand instructions before you dive in.

Jean, what are you knitting currently?

I'll try that again!

Wed 17-Oct-12
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Right - not understanding at all now. cry   As that pattern knits on circular needles then double ended ones - how do I translate it to regular straight ones?  Or can't you?

I see it says cast on 52, knit 8/10 rows then bind off 7.  Is that for the band bit?  If I didn't want the band bit can I lose that section entirely and just cast on 45?  Then follow the instructions but on single ended straight needles and sew it up at the end?  Also - am I missing something but I don't see it saying purl anywhere?  Eeek!!!  aarghsteamdoheeek

Wed 17-Oct-12
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Just reading the pattern, will come back soon.

I'll try that again!

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As I understand it, you knit eight or ten rows which is the garter stitch band, cast off seven stitches then join into a round using circular needles and knit plain until you get to the decreasing part.  You then change to double pointed needles for the decreases as the circular needle would make that part difficult.  The cast off stitches are for the button flap, but you don't have to have a flap if you don't want one.  I think you could do it on two needles and sew the seam but you might need to do purl on alternate rows to make the plain fabric above the band.  I wonder if you could carry on in garter stitch – as long as you have enough yarn for the depth of the hat body it shouldn''t be a big deal.  Have a go, it knits so quickly that you'd not really have a problem if you had to undo most of the rows.  Bear in mind that the decreases are all done in plain knit stitch if knitting in the round.  I bet if you take the pattern to the shop with the needles, you'd find someone to help you.

I'll try that again!

Wed 17-Oct-12
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Thanks TA for picking up the points while I was doing something about the cake famine. Go away for a couple of days and you would think the starving peasant horde had been through the larder!

I hadn't picked up that it was knitted in the round - that is a challenge too far at this stage, but it should be perfectly possible to to it flat and sew it up, and if you would like me to convert the pattern, I will. I agree it would work perfectly well all in knit stitch - just might need to do some extra rows since that stitch comes out shorter.

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Wed 17-Oct-12
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Glad to be able to help Jean, it has helped me too - I realise that I haven't forgotten how to read a pattern and I should start working on the yarn that I found in my garage last year.  Sirdar Country Style Tweed DK - black ground and lots of lovely colour 'chips' in the yarn.

I'll try that again!

Wed 17-Oct-12
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Oooh, Country Style is so good to knit with. I am not actually doing anything at the moment, but with a bit of luck I should get another tank top for a six month old cast on tonight - just like the one I finished yesterday, but have not photographed for Ravelry yet.

I scored some lovely sock yarn in Oxford. Helen and Douglas House charity shop in the covered market keeps quite  lot of new yarn and I found some TrekkingXXL. Which is one of my favourites.

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Wed 17-Oct-12
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Aha - all is becoming clearer!!  big_hug to you both.

Jean - if you have the time to spare between restocking the larder i_am_hungry to convert this I'd really appreciate it.  No rush as I still have to go and find some bigger needles.

I don't suppose there's any easy rule for how much shorter a piece in just knit stitch comes out compared to K and Purl is there?....runaway

Just to confirm as I'm starting to wonder - garter stitch is knit stitch yes?  what_the_heck

Wed 17-Oct-12
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Yes, garter stitch is all knit, so don't panic.  big_hug

Jean, my Country Style is a bit splitty, I'll post a picture shortly so that you can see it.  I bought it in the early 1980s so I think it might have changed since then!

I'll try that again!

Wed 17-Oct-12
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Image Enlarger Here it is, not a brilliant shot but you get the idea.

I'll try that again!

Wed 17-Oct-12
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Ok here goes.

If you want the button flap - and it seems like a good idea to me, Cast on 52 stitches.

Knit 8 or 10 rows. Your choice - whatever looks about right to you.

Cast off the first seven stitches of the row and work to the end.

Carry on kntting every row until it looks long enough to hold your head comfortably toasty.

Decrease the stitches for the top like this:

1 row decreasing then 1 row plain, turn and turn about.

knit 7 knit 2 together - repeat this to the end of the row

knit 1 row

knit6 knit 2 together  -repeat to end

knit 1 row

knit 5 knit 2 together repeat to end

knit one row

Do you see where this is going ? every decrease row has 1 stitch less between the decreases. When you get to the row where it is just knit 2 together all the way across, that is your last row.  Cut off the yarn with a long length for sewing up, thread it through a big fat bodkin, and use the bodkin to hook each stitch off the needle, and pull the yarn through the stitches then pull it up tight. Then you can use the threaded bodkin to sew up the seam, as far as where you cast off for the button tab. fasten off you wool ends, and add a button - or a pompom, or an artificial flower or whatever.

It is always helpful to have a bit of paper and a pencil so you can write down where you have got to so keeping track is easier.

Garter stitch is knit every time - where on earth did that name come from?

Difference in length between the two kinds of knitting is no big deal since garter stitch tends to stretch in length when you put it on. And I don't know the ratio anyway - contrary to popular belief, I don't actually know everything!!!!!!!!!!!!

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