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searching for straight knitted child's hat pattern for a beginner [Jul. 26th, 2010|09:44 am]
UK knitters ahoy

Good morning brit_knits.

I am a rather new knitter. Or shall I say I made myself relearn all that I could remember from knitting as a child (knit/garter stitch, cast on and cast off) to make baby blankets when I fell pregnant. I cheated because for the life of me I had not been able to learn to purl. So I made a textured blanket simply by knitting five rows on 3.25 mm needles, then 5 rows on 9mm needles, rinse and repeat till I was done:

said blanket on the larger needlesCollapse )

I ended up knitting three and to my pride I used them for my son and they were brilliant, if nothing on the fancy crocheted ones other family members made for him. But I'd made them for him which is where the pride came from. Since then I have been getting interested in knitting, but didn't know where to start. Then a couple of weeks ago my grandmother and I were at a local craft village and she is a knitter and crocheter of many, many years, and she wanted a look in the yarn shop. Little did I know what it would spawn. Then we discovered Rico Pom Pon. The owner of the shop showed us how simple it was to knit with, and one 200g ball makes a scarf really quite quickly. I am close to finishing my fifth scarf with this stuff. (2 as presents, 2 for me, and 1 as a craft trade with a friend) I have even messed around with the cast on/cast off to get different finishes without any guidance, just figured it out myself and am still stupidly pleased with myself.

the scarves in questionCollapse )

Next project, now that my little boy is 15 months old is scarves for the winter, and will be doing smaller versions of the above scarves with Lana Grossa's Gnocchi yarn.

Now here is the thing. I want him to have a hat too. Thankfully my mother sat me down yesterday and taught me to purl! I finally got it, I successfully knitted rib under her watchful eye, and now I wonder why on earth I struggled with it because its a doddle. Silly really. But I cannot for the life of me find the pattern I want to work with.

What I am looking for:

    a pattern knitted on straight needles rather than circular (trying not to run before I can walk)
    a pattern sized for a toddler
    a hat ideally with ear flaps
    bonus points for a pointed hat! Or multiple points!

Anyone able to help? More than willing to pay for the right pattern. Its trying to find one I can work with that I like. And I am banging my head against a brick wall.
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(no subject) [May. 3rd, 2010|07:14 am]
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[mood |busybusy]
[music |Crazy Love - Michael Bublé]

I usually lurk but am struggling with a question so found some courage to post. I have a customer who wants me to knit a Pure Merino baby coat, but wants the crochet edging to be in cotton (it's to do with the colours). My question is would you happily combine Pure Merino with cotton and will it wash well. The lady will eventually be ordering about a hundred coats so want to get it right. Any advise will be appreciated.
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Website recommendations? [Mar. 19th, 2010|11:34 pm]
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For International Women's Day (yes it's a bit late but the Community Centre was booked) my very small town in Somerset has an event where people come and share skills and last year and this I am responsible for knitting. Last year I took lots of pattern books along, together with some recent projects, some spare wool and lots of needles and sat at a table knitting breasts. I attracted lots of attention from women aged from 16 to 80, many of whom said "oh yes, my mum taught me to knit but I can't remember how, oooh look, I'd like to be able to knit that..." Some of them sat down and had a go at knitting a couple of rows.

This year's event is on Sunday and I thought of putting together a list of websites that people could take away with them if they want to take it a bit further once they get home. Does anyone have any suggestions for sites that would inspire or teach new/returning knitters? Ravelry, of course, and Knitty, and I've looked at the ones in the community user info - anything else you can think of that might help people find out what's out there now if they haven't picked up a pair of needles in twenty years? Anything that's particularly useful for beginners?

Thanks in advance for any ideas and sorry it's such short notice but I'll probably be doing it next year as well so all suggestions are welcome.
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F O Brag [Mar. 12th, 2010|07:09 pm]
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This was a UFO, but was resurrected. And is now finally finished - the Alphabet Blanket.

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Unravel - pics! [Mar. 1st, 2010|09:03 am]
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hi, thought people might be interested - pictures from unravel in Farnham yesterday!
Pics of knitted tree covers and other silly things (I didn't take pics of any stalls, demos etc as we were there a bit late and I didn't want to miss anything).
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"unravel" - knitting event this weekend in Farnham, UK [Feb. 26th, 2010|10:17 am]
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hi all,

I've been directed here via knitting
A quick shout out for UK knitters in the South East of England - there's an all-weekend event called unravel going on in Farnham.
Lots of stuff on by the look of it - stuff for sale but also workshops, and a "surgery" to help you correct problems with projects.

I can't make it Saturday as I will be art a 1-day scifi convention in London, but I really hope to be there on Sunday, have a look round, possibly to "accidentally" accumulate more yarn. Sounds like it will be a great day out!
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Yarn recommendation [Feb. 25th, 2010|01:42 pm]
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[mood |busybusy]

Oh please help me, wonderful community. I'm looking for recommendations for a yarn to make a cardigan. The recipient has specified the following: Not scratchy, chunky knit and a wine or burnt orange colour.

I had thought to avoid wool yarns completely, but the recipient did mention wool, so I'm fairly confident that, as long as its not scratchy, he's not actively allergic. But I'm not sure whether or not to trust to that and give a potentially unsuitable garment. So I'm left, really, with cotton, acrylic or more esoteric yarns. I've had a scout at some of the brush cottons available at iKnit and Buntys in Ealing, but none seem to be soft enough. The same goes for various acrylics. However, I've not actually felt a finished (and washed) garment in any of these.

For the style of cardigan, I'm thinking long, fairly plain, drop shouldered, pocketses and a big collar. There may be cabling involved, but if there is, it will be more of an accent, rather than the main thing. So, really, the yarn will be the star in this piece.

I would be very grateful if anyone could recommend a soft chunky knit yarn, preferably without any wool content, that would knit up well into a man's chunky cardigan.

Many thanks in advance.
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Pattern search help please [Jan. 27th, 2010|05:39 pm]
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I want to knit a garment for my friend's baby shower which is next Tuesday. I am going round in circles trying to find a pattern which I like, have the right needles for and the right yarn.

My yarn options are: Manos Del Uruguay which is DK and I have 200g of or British Merino which is aran and I have 100g of.

I am sick or searching on Ravelry, I even bought patterns only to discover I didn't have the correct needles.
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Matress Stitch - Invisible Seams Tutorial [Jan. 7th, 2010|01:06 am]
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Someone asked me the other day how I sew my toys and toy limbs or hats and various other projects together. I learnt from this tutorial by *** Anna from Mochimochiland.com *** Its very good and covers just about everything you need to know about seaming invisible seams using the mattress stitch.

x posted to my own lj and loom_knitters group

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A little help? [Jan. 5th, 2010|03:27 pm]
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I recently bought some XL vacuum storage bags for my yarn. As I was sorting through my stash I didn't realise how much I had :o\ This picture shows just 1/5 of it and I have absolutely no clue on what to use it for!!!?? I don't actually have more then one ball of the same colour or weight or texture/material. I've done my fair share of blankets, now what? Any ideas or inspiration? How would you use it?

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