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DadnLex
03-12-2010, 02:02 PM
Okay, I have learned how to cast on, do both a knit and purl stitch, slip a stitch, and bind off....... So now I want to try to make something other than a square or rectangle and that has some purpose for being.

Being as I am a guy, there seems to be very limited options in the pattern department for beginning projects. I neither want nor desire a scarf, shaw, or afgan. Sooooo, it looks like I may have to make a dish towel; which in and of itself isn't too exciting but as I said I have no need for a scarf. As slow as I, what you ladies tend to call knit and which I have decided to refer to as Marlin Spike Seamanship, this may take me six months to finish.

Now I need to find a store that carries cotton yarn instead of this acrylic stuff I bought at Micheals, and a pattern that only uses the things I know so far.

Tom

Jan in CA
03-12-2010, 02:29 PM
You're funny! :roflhard:

Dishcloths and dishtowels are useful. If you got very energetic you use your new Marlin Spike Seamanship skills and make placemats.. :lol:

Anyway, cotton yarn can be found at Michaels, Joanns, etc.. Sugar and Cream cotton abounds at places like that... I will warn you now that knitting with cotton is a little harder. It's doesn't have any stretch so it's sometimes harder on the hands. Suzeeq says bigger needles help.

Do you want to attempt a pattern or are you going to wing it?

N0obKnitter
03-12-2010, 02:59 PM
I concur. My mother mostly only ever knits dish cloths and gives them away as xmas gifts etc. I never had to buy a dishcloth we have so many. Now I've made my first one and given it to my boyfriend lol.

DadnLex
03-12-2010, 04:10 PM
Do you want to attempt a pattern or are you going to wing it?

Wing it?...... Are you kidding me :poke: I'd like to be able to recognize what ever it is that I finish. Me winging it would be akin to looking at modern art. While I'm sure somebody would say they understand it, the majority (me included) would be saying "What the hell is it?"

etoilechaude
03-12-2010, 05:34 PM
I love to knit hats... mostly because I'm not a fan of purling, they're fast, fun and easy. Just a thought :o)

I've only made one dishcloth, and it's never been used... I have this weirdness in my mind about intentionally getting something I've made dirty. It's the main reason I will never EVER knit a soaker - I'm not going to knit something just for a kid to pee on.

Jan in CA
03-12-2010, 06:10 PM
Wing it?...... Are you kidding me :poke: I'd like to be able to recognize what ever it is that I finish. Me winging it would be akin to looking at modern art. While I'm sure somebody would say they understand it, the majority (me included) would be saying "What the hell is it?"

:roflhard:

Okay, you didn't ask, but here's a few dishtowel patterns that are pretty easy.

http://knittingkninja.com/2007/02/21/ripple-hand-towel/
http://traciknits.blogspot.com/2008/05/basket-rib-hand-towel-free-pattern.html
http://3sleeves.blogspot.com/2008/09/knit-gridded-towel-pattern.html

suzeeq
03-12-2010, 07:20 PM
Here's a whole load (http://www.groupepp.com/dishbout/kpatterns/javaindex.html) of dishcloth patterns, you might want to start with them. There's a lot of different stitch patterns that will get you used to pattern reading and making 'fancy' stitches or pictures with the knit and purl sts. You can make them twice as wide and 3 times the length for towels.

Peacheas and Cream can be found at walmart and there's several kinds of cotton yarn at Joann's and Michaels too. You can usually get 2 dishclothes out of one ball, so for a towel you'd need only 2.

You can also knit mesh grocery bags too, if you get bored with towels and want to try something in the round. They only take a ball of the dishcloth cotton.

N0obKnitter
03-12-2010, 08:13 PM
Knitting in the round confuses the heck out of me, plus all the "jargon" on patterns is like Chinese for me. :/ I fear I'll never do anything past garter stitch lol.

suzeeq
03-12-2010, 08:53 PM
Sure you will. What you can do is take left over yarn and just play with it. You've got garter stitch down, so do a few rows of it, then purl a row. Knit the next row, purl the one after that and keep alternating a knit and a purl row. Now you have stockinette. You can look at the decreases and Increases pages and practice some of them like the sampler that's shown on them.

N0obKnitter
03-12-2010, 09:10 PM
Thanks S :)

DadnLex
03-13-2010, 11:32 AM
I love to knit hats... mostly because I'm not a fan of purling, they're fast, fun and easy. Just a thought :o)



http://knittingkninja.com/2007/02/21/ripple-hand-towel/
http://traciknits.blogspot.com/2008/05/basket-rib-hand-towel-free-pattern.html
http://3sleeves.blogspot.com/2008/09/knit-gridded-towel-pattern.html

Here's a whole load (http://www.groupepp.com/dishbout/kpatterns/javaindex.html) of dishcloth patterns, you might want to start with them.

Hi All,

Well I honestly did think about a hat, but I don't know if I'm ready for that just yet; and uhmmm, I don't think I want to know what a soaker is...... I'll just skip over that.

Now who would of ever thought that a dishcloth would rate it's own webpage let alone five pages?!? Wow! you learn something new everyday. I think I may have a pattern picked out so I need to study it and see if I can do this.....Let's see it's March which is roughly eight months to the year end, if I start now...... we will see, I'll try to have a finished towel before 2011.

Tom

AngelaR
03-13-2010, 11:32 AM
OR... you could knit squares for an afghan! http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/mini/diablo_mini.gif

DadnLex
03-13-2010, 11:44 AM
OR... you could knit squares for an afghan! http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/mini/diablo_mini.gif

Yes..... but what need does does the average person from Afganistan need with a square?? :clink:

Tom

Jan in CA
03-13-2010, 12:16 PM
Yes..... but what need does does the average person from Afganistan need with a square?? :clink:

Tom

:roflhard::roflhard::roflhard:

Debbie
03-13-2010, 12:35 PM
Thanks for the smiles this morning! Don't be afraid of trying something new. I learned everything I know about knitting from Amy's videos and the wonderful knitters on this site. Now that I also have my knitting guild ladies, I can knit anything!

cacunn
03-13-2010, 01:14 PM
Yes..... but what need does does the average person from Afganistan need with a square?? :clink:

Tom

How will the person from Afghanistan know they are in the center of town if there is no square? :??

Abby123
03-13-2010, 01:22 PM
I fear I'll never do anything past garter stitch lol.

I've seen your photos. Your tension is good. Just take the leap & learn to purl. Lotsa good videos to help you along. You can do it.

Abby123
03-13-2010, 01:43 PM
Dadnlex, dishcloths are a good starter project. Before you know it you'll be ready to tackle that hat.

N0obKnitter
03-13-2010, 04:39 PM
I've seen your photos. Your tension is good. Just take the leap & learn to purl. Lotsa good videos to help you along. You can do it.

I will, real soon. :)

DadnLex
03-14-2010, 08:00 PM
:hair: :hair: :grrr: :wall: AAAAAAHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRGGGGGGGG.......

It's a stupid dish towel.......... This is the fourth time I have had to start over..........

Jan in CA
03-14-2010, 08:18 PM
Use a lifeline. There are directions in the video section under tips. Move it up every 10 rows or so as you get perfect rows. It's a pain, but worth it when you don't have to frog!

luvmykid28
03-14-2010, 11:44 PM
Knitting in the round confuses the heck out of me, plus all the "jargon" on patterns is like Chinese for me. :/ I fear I'll never do anything past garter stitch lol.

Go to Ravelry and look up the group FLOG (for the love of garter st). They have a thread that lists of patterns that are all garter. It's amazing what you can do with just the knit st. I love garter st.

AngelaR
03-15-2010, 08:12 AM
I did an entire shawl in garter stitch. I started it to have something to do with my hands while I watched TV after I stopped smoking years and years ago. I've been known to do dishcloths while raiding and playing MMOs, because I don't have to think and knit.

There is no shame in garter stitch. Purling only came about about 600 or so years ago.

Jan in CA
03-15-2010, 12:20 PM
He said he could purl so he doesn't need to stick to garter only..especially for a dishtowel. ;)

DadnLex
03-15-2010, 04:14 PM
It's beginning not to matter as it appears I can't do any of it......... Just one more row then I'll put a lifeline in...........*&^&#@%^&*(&(*&(*&^$#^#@$$^&())(&##^^%!!!!

I can't believe anyone finds this relaxing....... so far all I am finding is a deep seated hatred for all things knit.

Tom

lissaplus2
03-15-2010, 04:22 PM
What are you finding thats going wrong? What are you hating about it?

Once you "get it" you wont hate it anymore....LOL
Someone once told me...(cuz i felt the same way about knitting) "You hated riding your bike before you could actually stay on it didnt you?" I pass that wisdom on to you now.
Your Welcome:)

I actually think your moving along quite nicely. :thumbsup:

:knitting:
Melissa

N0obKnitter
03-15-2010, 04:27 PM
I did an entire shawl in garter stitch. I started it to have something to do with my hands while I watched TV after I stopped smoking years and years ago. I've been known to do dishcloths while raiding and playing MMOs, because I don't have to think and knit.

There is no shame in garter stitch. Purling only came about about 600 or so years ago.

I'm very interested to hear more about this garter stitch shawl of which you speak. :knitting:

cacunn
03-15-2010, 05:50 PM
Some Garter Stitch Shawls

www.kraemeryarns.com/patterns/ (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/www.kraemeryarns.com/patterns/%20ViewPdf.aspx?PatternIdnt=32)

http://treadlightlyherbals.com/EasyGarterStitchShawl.pdf

http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/ashley.asp

http://www.knittinggeek.com/howto/shawlworkshop.htm

Jan in CA
03-15-2010, 05:56 PM
I'm very interested to hear more about this garter stitch shawl of which you speak. :knitting:

There are lots of garter stitch shawls around. Some of them do have a little bit of stockinette for texture and detail though so you probably should try to learn to purl. ;)
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search?craft=knitting&query=garter+stitch+shawl#r=&craft=knitting&query=garter%20stitch%20shawl&sort=best&view=thumblist&add_id=25&add_0=yes&apply=1&history=1

N0obKnitter
03-15-2010, 06:00 PM
Stupid question time. If you knit a shawl, doesn't seem like any needles are long enough to accomodate it as you knit it, like the shawl is twice as wide as needles?

N0obKnitter
03-15-2010, 06:02 PM
I did an entire shawl in garter stitch. I started it to have something to do with my hands while I watched TV after I stopped smoking years and years ago. I've been known to do dishcloths while raiding and playing MMOs, because I don't have to think and knit.

There is no shame in garter stitch. Purling only came about about 600 or so years ago.

There are lots of garter stitch shawls around. Some of them do have a little bit of stockinette for texture and detail though so you probably should try to learn to purl. ;)
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search?craft=knitting&query=garter+stitch+shawl#r=&craft=knitting&query=garter%20stitch%20shawl&sort=best&view=thumblist&add_id=25&add_0=yes&apply=1&history=1

http://www.knittinggeek.com/howto/shawlworkshop.htm

Do want the first one. Don't see any purling...but how does the project fit on the needles at it's widest point???

lissaplus2
03-15-2010, 07:20 PM
Stupid question time. If you knit a shawl, doesn't seem like any needles are long enough to accomodate it as you knit it, like the shawl is twice as wide as needles?

Circular needle.

N0obKnitter
03-15-2010, 07:23 PM
Circular needle.

But flipped at the end of each row, a la straights, correct?

sgtpam
03-15-2010, 09:18 PM
But flipped at the end of each row, a la straights, correct?

Yes...one of the knitter's BEST friends!:knitting:

suzeeq
03-15-2010, 10:04 PM
Use a circular needle, they hold about 3 times their length in sts and you can knit flat with them.

N0obKnitter
03-15-2010, 10:23 PM
uugghhh gotta wait 43 more days for my Options.

DadnLex
03-16-2010, 09:10 AM
What are you finding thats going wrong? What are you hating about it?

Once you "get it" you wont hate it anymore....LOL
Someone once told me...(cuz i felt the same way about knitting) "You hated riding your bike before you could actually stay on it didnt you?" I pass that wisdom on to you now.
Your Welcome:)

I actually think your moving along quite nicely. :thumbsup:

:knitting:
Melissa

What am I hating........ ripping it out and starting OVER...... repeat that about a million times. The cotton yarn is getting so kinky it is starting to look velcro. I also haven't got the casting on loosely thing down yet so the first row is a real female dog.

However, I now was smart enough to put in a life line after the boarder BEFORE I start on the seed stich pattern so if I have to play spring peeper it won't be AS bad.

suzeeq
03-16-2010, 09:38 AM
But the cotton will soften up the more you rip and reknit.... ;)

cacunn
03-16-2010, 11:00 AM
I also haven't got the casting on loosely thing down yet so the first row is a real female dog.

One reason I like interchangeable needles is I can cast on using a needle head a size or two larger. One all the stitches are cast on I change the needle head to the correct size. Instant loose cast on.

DadnLex
03-16-2010, 09:40 PM
One reason I like interchangeable needles is I can cast on using a needle head a size or two larger. One all the stitches are cast on I change the needle head to the correct size. Instant loose cast on.

Well, interchangeable needles are not an option here.....so that idea is out.

N0obKnitter
03-16-2010, 09:45 PM
Well, interchangeable needles are not an option here.....so that idea is out.

Why for?

knittingincarolina
03-16-2010, 10:03 PM
uugghhh gotta wait 43 more days for my Options.

You're gonna love them.

DadnLex
03-16-2010, 10:07 PM
Why for?

Well I assume he is refering to having a set such as these: http://www.knitpicks.com/needles/Knitting_Needle_Sets__L300301.html

And since I am unemployed I don't think it would be a wise purchase at the present time.

N0obKnitter
03-16-2010, 10:16 PM
Yeah, I got a set of the metal ones with my tax refund...

etoilechaude
03-16-2010, 11:17 PM
I got my first set of needles from ebay... $20 for the whole set of bamboo circs. I will NEVER say they're quality ... but... didn't people who first came up with knitting like whittle their own needles?? I mean... a pointy thing is needed and that's about all I know... they worked, and I learned.