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27/02/2012 at 18:42

My first thoughts:

Rose Tyler's mitts: Nice pattern! I might queue this for one of my Christmas knitted gifts. Practice the cabling before you go out and buy wool at £15 a ball. Gloves are often done on dpns, again, it might be worthwhile to have a practice with some cheaper wool as you can sometimes get looser stitches where you change needles. It's made with double knitting wool, so widely available in the UK

Amy Pond scarf: Tension's less important on a scarf than something that has to "fit". The cables and lace would make it a challenge if you've not done them before. The chart is clear to read and I like the option of following written instructions. Sport weight wool, personally I'd sub DK or aran depending on what I could buy.

I'd use a solid or semi solid yarn for either project rather than multi colour as the cables will show better. Hope that helps, and doesn't sound too patronising (some patronisinhg is good, just not too much )

27/02/2012 at 18:55

Not patronising at all Kwilts as I have no idea of the expertise needed to complete these tasks.

I realised the dpns when I looked at another pair of mitts on Ravelry so have carried on searching.

Now I have found this which I am seriosuly considering as there are plenty of youtube clips to help me

Only thing is, I have now made two scarves so dont really want a third but as one scarf was Rio Can Can and the other has been fisherman's rib, I suppose I could justify another one on the grounds of learning

27/02/2012 at 22:30

No idea about how to do cable but love first scarf.Have learnt short rows,which sound scary but are pimps

This latest link is gorgeous!

05/03/2012 at 22:50

So, I went to Hobbycraft at the weekend and bought this book together with a ball of 3-ply and 3.25mm needles.

I am doing eyelets and forming a diamond.  I am doing the ones that slope from left to right ok, but not the ones sloping from right to left.  I think its something to do with my 'skpo' in that I am not passing the correct stitch over.

I can see that the yarn forward creates an increase which the pass over then cancels out but which stitch is actually passed over.  The slipped stitch should be the second stitch on the right hand needle, but with the yarn forward it becomes the third stitch.  So is it the second or third stitch which is passed over

Any help and advise is wecome and I don't mind being patronised

Oh, and would I be better off doing it on bigger needles with DK wool until I am happy I can do the pattern?

iron fraggle    pirate
06/03/2012 at 15:23

it's always the slipped stitch that is passed over (ie the one not knitted), so if there's slip1, knit1, psso, then it would be the 2nd stitch on the right needle; but if it was slip1, yo, knit1,psso the it would indeed be the 3rd stitch on the right needle that you pass over.

you were correct, and I hope that wasn't remotely patronising

iron fraggle    pirate
06/03/2012 at 15:24
oh, and your second point, it may help having a practise with dk and bigger needles, i don't as I'm a bit mmore 'jump  in and see how it goes' kind of knitter lol
11/03/2012 at 21:08

Thanks Fraggle et al

I realised my tension was slightly too tight making the 'pass slipped stitch' difficult.  Have loosened tension and now all is clear.

Below is my attempt at just getting familiar with the pattern.  I have also added beads to see how that works


I have now cast on again with a border each side of reverse stocking stitch and am going to turn it into a scarf until I am really comfortable with the pattern

I do have to say that is nicer doing more than K1 P1, but I find I lose my way in the pattern quite a lot.  I have lost count of the number of times I have unpicked it all and started again.  I am afriad I dont have the knowledge or experience to work out exactly where I have gone wrong and how to correct it.  It seems far  easier at this stage to undo it all and start again

11/03/2012 at 21:17

That's very pretty Schmunks

The knowing how you've gone wrong bit comes with time and confidence.  In no time you'll find yourself 'knowing' what comes next just by looking.

I have just finished a lacey patterned scarf in very thin wool.  I'd a real struggle at first remembering how the holes worked out but I soon got the hang of it.  Just need to wash it and pin it out now to get it into shape.  Then start another one as my mum saw it and wants one too

11/03/2012 at 21:31

Here it is as I am working it now.  3-ply wool on 3.25mm needles.  I have never done anything so fine before


11/03/2012 at 21:35
That is about the same thickness as my sock wool.  The mohair mix the scarf is done is like hairy thread.  Took me ages to get used to it and I caught it with my nail .... that'll be an unscheduled hole in the scarf then
11/03/2012 at 22:08
Erm, hello?
can any running knitter join this thread?
I've just finished a rather large blanket for my son that had lots of scary terms in it.thank heavens my mum knits. I'm doing fairly basic squares to make one for my daughter cos apparently she doesn't remember all the ones I made for her as a baby. (wonder why!)
11/03/2012 at 22:27
Safe to say all knitters from novice to expert welcome

I am somewhere in the middle. Used to be better, rediscovering old skills.

Scarf is washed and pinned out on the livingroom floor like a hairy green assault course.
11/03/2012 at 22:35
I'm on the 'improving' side of things. I can do more than just knit and purl but don't tend to do garments cos the kids have grown by the time I get them finished. Perhaps I should start knitting for any future grandkids?
11/03/2012 at 22:48
That sounfs like a plan 'by eck

I have mainly been doing socks and scarves. I dont need any more jumpers. And socks are good to do on trains and planes.
12/03/2012 at 10:06

I've been knitting little jackets and bootees for a friend's twins.


I am now on my third attempt at knitting from an old pattern book that was my grandma's. I am failing at the piquot edge. It says to knit the cast on edge with the stitches on the needle but it keeps looking twisted. I've done it before with a different pattern and that says to sew it up afterwards - so that's what I'm going to do. G'ah, I will not be beaten by this pattern!

12/03/2012 at 16:54

hi By 'eck, I'm a novice but love oohing at other people's brilliant works.

Small those are beautiful. 

Looking good Schmunks and I know just what you mean about getting muddled and ripping back. 

12/03/2012 at 21:17

I can't work out how to post a pic of the finished scarf  but I have put a photo on FB for those who frequent that place.

Mauve version now on the needles.

12/03/2012 at 21:18
Gawjuss ickle garments small  I haven't had a baby to knit for for ages but as beebs is about to become a granny I might have the excuse.
12/03/2012 at 21:18

What beautiful presents small. Well done



12/03/2012 at 21:19
How did you do that?
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