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Knitting basics. And I mean basics!!
Wed 17-Oct-12
6:21 pm
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Ruthdigs
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Gottaknit said:

 And I don't know the ratio anyway - contrary to popular belief, I don't actually know everything!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Now I don't believe that for a second!!!  big_laugh 

This sounds fairly straightforward and do-able - I'm wishing I'd dragged myself to the shop today for the needles now.  Tomorrow I shall do so though and hope they have the right ones in.  Then I shall no doubt get myself in a terrible mess and be back on here pleading for help.  Thank you all my friends!!!  smooch

Thu 18-Oct-12
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Right - shopping done and none of the 6 local charity shops had a 9mm or even 8mm pair of needles.  I have however got 6.5mm then I found a size 2 = 7mm. 

Will these work perhaps with some extra stitches / rows or do I need to get a 9mm set from further afield / ebay to make the pattern work  do you think my dear expert friends? 

Good job they're dead cheap in the charity shops!  big_laugh

Thu 18-Oct-12
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I think this is a case for knitting a tension square. Try doing the numbers as quoted on the ball band and see how it matches to the original, it depends, as well, on how tight or loose you knit.

I'll try that again!

Thu 18-Oct-12
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Right! I want to say this very carefully, so I don't lose you in a blizzard of b**ls**t. Your needles, and I mean the 7mm ones, are smaller than the yarn makers suggest. This means that you will need more stitches and rows to make the same size piece of knitted fabric. It will also be a bit stiffer than what they envisage, due to cuddling the strands of yarn up very close together. Not an altogether bad thing in a hat.

So you can go ahead with the needles you have got, but you will need extra stitches. To find out roughly how many, I suggest you cast on 10, knit for a bit and see how close to 10cm wide it is. If it is near enough - within a centimetre or so, then I will recalculate the number of stitches needed. The length is not so important - you wing that one as you go along, just by saying that is long enough, I will stop now.

I'll be watching this thread ready for the next report from the front.

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Thu 18-Oct-12
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Righto - thank you both.  I will do this though it will have to be tomorrow now, and report back my findings. Sah!!  wave

Thu 18-Oct-12
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Fingers crossed Ruth and thanks for making things clearer for her, Jean.

I'll try that again!

Fri 19-Oct-12
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I belong to Ravelry, too – and I do know Ruth, that one of your original questions about rows and stitches, the reason stitches are shown as 'M', is because in German, stitch means masche, (and in French, maille), and judging by the name of the wool, it is probably German-based.

(This is what TA mentioned, re continental patterns, the needle sizes will be in mm.)

Also, just to illustrate – you asked about garter stitch versus stocking stitch – here is a blog/article which shows that with different stitches – including a swatch with cable stitches – the result can be a different final size.

As Jean said, using 7mm needles will make the result tighter/stiffer, but it may be what you'd like better – only you can find out what suits you.

You can of course, knit the hat sideways:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/confetti-3

 

Confetti

By Amanda Sadler

This hat is knit side to side, then seamed. Because the needles are large and the yarn is

chunky, this hat knits up in just a few hours.

Yarn:

Any super chunky yarn.I used Sidar Sprinkles.

Gauge:

10 sts to 4 inches.

Cast on 15 sts. Knit flat.

Section (make 4):

Row 1: Kfb, k to end.

Row 2: Knit.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 till you have 20 sts on your needle.

Row 3: K1, k2tog, k to end.

Row 4: Knit.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 till you have 15 sts on your needle.

Finishing:

Sew side seam and each ridge on top, leaving a 24 inch end.

Twist two ends clockwise, and repeat with the other two ends.

Twist the two twists counterclockwise, and knot the end.

Trim the ends, leaving an inch or two for fringe.

Weave in the ends on the wrong side.

 

Best of Luck, Ruth - hope I haven't confused you here.

ok  brightsparklystuff

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Tue 4-Dec-12
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So, what happened next? You can't just shoot off and leave us all in suspense, Ruth!

Is there a tale (and pics) of a dramatic success, or is there a very amusing (probably) story of abject failure, misery and broken knitting needles? big_laugh

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Tue 4-Dec-12
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Crikey, I had forgotten about this thread.  Ruth is back at work now so I don't know how knitting fits in with everyday things.

I'll try that again!

Tue 4-Dec-12
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In this house it a couple of rows each evening as the puppy allows. He likes the look of the wool and the needles! Am trying to make cardigans for grandsons!

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