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Forum: How-to Questions 07-07-2012, 07:49 PM
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I'm a bit surprised that some people are implying...

I'm a bit surprised that some people are implying you're being stupid by not knowing this - I've read many knitting books and have never seen anything about this, but this is probably because in...
Forum: How-to Questions 07-07-2012, 07:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,339
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Me too!

Just had exactly the same thing happen to me - on a plane!

I live in the UK and the only twisted hanks / skeins I've ever seen are tapestry wool where you cut bits off anyway.

My husband took me to...
Forum: How-to Questions 12-16-2011, 09:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 604
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Hold on - brainwave! The ladders all seem to...

Hold on - brainwave! The ladders all seem to correspond to
M1 stitches, so I guess these can't unravel. Is that right? Amazing what happens when you take a quick break and look again. Of course if...
Forum: How-to Questions 12-16-2011, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 604
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Help! Ladder Scarf - really stuck

I'm working on a ladder scarf as a Christmas gift (at this rate, for next Christmas!). I thought I got the idea but when I came to do it realised it wasn't what I thought.

I'm on the 8th row of the...
Forum: How-to Questions 11-23-2011, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 513
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Thanks so much for replying - I'll look into the...

Thanks so much for replying - I'll look into the video. Do you have to knot the yarn or fasten in some other way at the end of the mattress stitch before weaving in, so it doesn't start to unravel?
Forum: How-to Questions 11-23-2011, 12:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,279
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
I've been wondering about this too - I'm not used...

I've been wondering about this too - I'm not used to adding new strands of yarn unless it's at the end of a ball. What's the best way to add new yarn here? Thanks :) (good luck with your garment!)
Forum: Pattern Central 11-22-2011, 08:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,506
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Forgot to add, the bag also uses the same weight...

Forgot to add, the bag also uses the same weight (chunky for 8mm needles), but I need a total of 1200g for both items, hence the need to find something a bit cheaper!
Forum: Pattern Central 11-22-2011, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,506
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Yarn recommendation please - chunky alpaca (UK)

Recently bought the pattern book from Toft Alpaca shop and have fallen in love with their moss stitch snood and felted handbag patterns.

Unfortunately I can't afford to buy their yarn to make one at...
Forum: How-to Questions 11-22-2011, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 513
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Construction help - mattress stitchhi

Hi all

I've had a prolific few weeks of knitting and now have a Cardigan and some wrist warmers to make up. I've watched the video for mattress stitch which looks fine but I have a few...
Forum: Pattern Central 10-30-2011, 07:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 939
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Thanks so much - the fishermans rib looks fab, I...

Thanks so much - the fishermans rib looks fab, I will definitely use that.

Would love a yarn recommendation - I still haven't worked with too many and have to buy them online. I prefer chunky yarns...
Forum: Pattern Central 10-30-2011, 06:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 939
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Help with scarf & hat set - yarn & pattern

Hi all

I'm fairly new to knitting and have recently made my first scarf, my first jacket (still to assemble as I need a yarn needle!) and an 'extreme knitting' scarf with big needles and 4 balls of...
Forum: How-to Questions 10-26-2011, 02:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,564
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Ooh, great - thank you so much! Just tried out...

Ooh, great - thank you so much! Just tried out the kit - think I either need a lot more strand of thin yarn or a few balls of super chunky. I'll experiment and check out the info you've given me....
Forum: How-to Questions 10-26-2011, 01:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,564
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Thanks for your reply - it seems to be a te...

Thanks for your reply - it seems to be a te coined by a knitter called Rachel John where you use multiple balls of yarn at the same time (from 2 to 1000!) and very large needles (I have 19mm to...
Forum: How-to Questions 10-25-2011, 05:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,611
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Starting /finishing mattress stitch

When I start/finish a seam in mattress stitch, do I knot the yarn? If not, how do I secure it?

I've checked the video but it doesn't show this.

Thanks :)
Forum: How-to Questions 10-25-2011, 05:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 912
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Brilliant - thanks to you both for your help....

Brilliant - thanks to you both for your help. It's my first ever knitted it that isn't a scarf, and has involved increases, short rows and all kinds of other things I had no idea how to do a week or...
Forum: How-to Questions 10-24-2011, 01:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 912
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Constructing a cardigan (Sirdar 9316)

I've almost finished knitting my first garment - an open Cardigan/jacket in Sirdar Indir but have no idea how to construct it!

Do I need to overlap the seams as in sewing? What thread should I use...
Forum: How-to Questions 10-24-2011, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,564
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Extreme knitting tutorial?

I'm looking for an article explaining the basics of extreme knitting - what type and thickness of yarn I need, how to start of with multiple strands etc.

Can anyone recommend something?

Thanks :)
Forum: Pattern Central 10-01-2011, 04:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,102
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Shawl collar cardigan pattern?

I'd like to knit a chunky cardigan with a shawl collar for my next project - can anyone recommend a good pattern that's not too tricky? Still quite new!

Thanks :)
Forum: Pattern Central 10-01-2011, 01:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,150
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Thanks so much Jan - so far the back is done, and...

Thanks so much Jan - so far the back is done, and unbelievably it's the first time I've done shaping and binding off, so I'm on a roll. Might try out the wrapping on a scrap bit of wool - I'm sure it...
Forum: Pattern Central 10-01-2011, 12:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,150
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
More confusion! Wrap 1 and more

Hi ladies

With the help of the kind ladies here and the bids, I've managed to complete the back of my sirdar Indie jacket. Woohoo!

However, I'm about to start on the front and sleeves and there are...
Forum: Pattern Central 09-30-2011, 07:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 882
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Not to worry - I've looked into it and it should...

Not to worry - I've looked into it and it should be 36 stitches cast on -my copy was quite smudged and I misread it, but it all makes sense now. Phew!

Thanks again - no doubt I'll be stick again...
Forum: How-to Questions 09-30-2011, 05:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 629
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Which bind off stitch?

I'm making my first Cardigan, in fact it's my first bit if knitting that's not a scarf or something else straight!

For the shoulder shaping, I need to cast off the first 2 stitches on each row for...
Forum: Pattern Central 09-30-2011, 01:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 882
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Thanks so much - I thought that might be it, but...

Thanks so much - I thought that might be it, but the weird total confused me!

It's a Sirdar pattern for their Indie wool and the pattern no is 9316. The wool is so lovely so I'm hoping I can figure...
Forum: Pattern Central 09-30-2011, 12:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 882
Posted By LetsMakeCupcakes
Newbie pattern confusion - please help translate!

Hi there

I've recently learnt to knit and am now trying my first pattern - it's a loose fitting Cardigan in chunky wool that is apparently 'easy knit' (ha!)

Most of it makes sense to me with the...
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