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jds87 01-23-2013 06:01 PM

BabyDrops 14-28
Has anyone done this pattern?
I'm trying to make it for my son, who's one and I'm using a US4 3.5mm circ needle and 2 rolls of Lionbrand fishermans wool. The gauge swatch came out about 2.5" smaller than it should be, but I suppose that's okay, I can just make him a bigger size.

Joining the CO was difficult for me and I messed up the first try so not I'm working on it again. Are there any tips to joining so that I don't twist it again. I can't find anything on it online so I'd appreciate any help or advice on it.

I've been knitting for about 4 years but I'm not that good at all, I'm better at crocheting...

I'd add the link to it, but I don't have enough posts yet :(

suzeeq 01-23-2013 06:27 PM

It would be better to use a larger needle because the yarn is a worsted and you'd normally use a size 7 or 8 with that yarn. That may get your swatch larger - if you were aiming for a 4" one and it's 1" instead, that's way way way too small. Even if you make a bigger size, the item will be too stiff and densely knit. Using a larger needle, CO about 6 sts more than the gauge says for 4" and then don't include the edge stitches when you measure it.

I found this link to the pattern, it even says to use a size 7. Cute hat!

jds87 01-23-2013 06:37 PM

The circ needles I have are the US4, US10 and another larger one that I can't find. I've been trying to knit loose so that it's not so stiff, which was helping. I don't know why I put 2.5" smaller of a gauge swatch, it's only .5" smaller... I wish I could get a whole assortment of needles in different sizes but I can only work with what I have now....

salmonmac 01-23-2013 06:39 PM

I do the same thing that Shandeh does on this video. Make sure the cast on edge in pointed toward the center of the circle all the way around the circular needle. That helps avoid the dread mobius twist.

suzeeq 01-23-2013 06:43 PM

Check some thrift stores in your area, they have yarn and sometimes needles. If you have a Joanns or Hobby Lobby, there are coupons you can get online for 40% off items that aren't on sale. Probably Michaels or AC Moore, too. An inexpensive circular needle might only run about $6-7 and less with a coupon or sale. Even WalMart has circulars for about that.

So that's not too much smaller, but you'll find it's very difficult to try and knit looser for more than a few stitches, or a row at best.

As for joining, you can do the first couple rows flat, then join, but to join from the cast on, spread the sts out as much as you can and look at them to make sure they're all hanging the same way and not twisted on the needle. Then join to knit the first round and check them again because they can twist on the first round but can still be straightened out before you start the next one. They're only connected by a single strand and you can put the twist into it.

jds87 01-23-2013 10:04 PM

Would reversing the P's and K's make a difference in the pattern? I'm not a big fan of purling, but if it makes a big difference I won't change it.

suzeeq 01-23-2013 10:30 PM

The purl sts make the rib, but you can try it in all stockinette instead, I often do that to pattern, but it will look somewhat different. It's just that you need a little bit larger gauge, though knitting a bigger size can work too.

salmonmac 01-24-2013 06:00 AM

Reversing the knits and purls will change the look of the collar but it should be fine after blocking it. If you go to stockinette you may run into problems with the edge curling. Perhaps 4-6 rows of garter stitch on the edge would solve that.

jds87 01-25-2013 07:14 PM

I did the collar (?), with the 8 rounds of garter stitch, flat and just joined for the ribbing. I went K7,P2 instead of P7,K2. When I'm finished with it and sew together the garter stitches, it won't be any different than the original pattern, will it?

salmonmac 01-25-2013 07:20 PM

Size won't be significantly different, just the look of the ribbing pattern and that sounds perfectly fine to me. You can look at either side and choose the one you like best for the outside.

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