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Forum: How-to Questions 10-14-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 188
Posted By Becky Morgan
Also, until you learn to read the bumps and v's,...

Also, until you learn to read the bumps and v's, mark the "right" side (as in the outside of a garment, or what a pattern says is the RS) with a safety pin or anything else you have handy. It'll save...
Forum: How-to Questions 10-04-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 218
Posted By Becky Morgan
Gramma is right, of course. I'd add that you...

Gramma is right, of course. I'd add that you probably have a pattern with some different stitch patterns in it, or ribbing, and they'd measure differently. The stockinette part is the easiest to...
Forum: How-to Questions 10-02-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 149
Posted By Becky Morgan
Which kind of poncho--the more traditional square...

Which kind of poncho--the more traditional square type with the points hanging down front and back, or the ones that look like a sweater or large vest where you didn't join the sides?

The easiest...
Forum: How-to Questions 09-30-2014, 12:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 248
Posted By Becky Morgan
Are you confused by the 1(0, 0, 0, 0...) parts?...

Are you confused by the 1(0, 0, 0, 0...) parts?
This pattern gives directions for several sizes. The first number is usually for the smallest size, so you would follow those to make the smallest. If...
Forum: General Knitting 09-19-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 467
Posted By Becky Morgan
You might do well to learn a couple of different...

You might do well to learn a couple of different styles of knitting so that you're not always repeating the same motion. In particular, there are styles where you hold a long needle under one arm and...
Forum: How-to Questions 08-29-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 305
Posted By Becky Morgan
There's a way to fake this, but only you can...

There's a way to fake this, but only you can decide whether it looks OK to you.
Take some leftover yarn and cut a strand at least four times longer than the row you need to fix.
Thread it into a...
Forum: How-to Questions 08-14-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By Becky Morgan
If I were you, I might use chunks of polarfleece...

If I were you, I might use chunks of polarfleece and knit edgings onto them. It's quicker, the blankets are warmer and you'll be able to produce more for less money, especially if you use fleece...
Forum: How-to Questions 08-12-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 439
Posted By Becky Morgan
I would rather imagine there are parentheses...

I would rather imagine there are parentheses missing and it's really (k6, k2 tog) across, so you have a series of evenly spaced decreases.
Forum: How-to Questions 07-10-2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 289
Posted By Becky Morgan
This might not work for everyone, but it does for...

This might not work for everyone, but it does for me: I warm up a white candle (so the wax is clear) and rub melted wax into the wood, then warm the needle above (way above) the flame until most of...
Forum: How-to Questions 06-30-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 279
Posted By Becky Morgan
Exactly! You gather the stitches on the yarn and...

Exactly! You gather the stitches on the yarn and tie them off. I know some people don't tie knots even then, but I do.

That really is a cute pattern and a cute little one modeling it :)
Forum: General Knitting 06-22-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,216
Posted By Becky Morgan
You're probably getting turned around because...

You're probably getting turned around because you're not used to recognizing the front and back of stockinette stitch. I still mark the front of pieces I'm working on if there's the slightest doubt,...
Forum: Pattern Central 06-13-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 750
Posted By Becky Morgan
I've seen trigger mittens made that way. You...

I've seen trigger mittens made that way. You could always just bind off before the finger/thumb tip.
Forum: General Knitting 06-13-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,277
Posted By Becky Morgan
It's not the coordination or intelligence, it's...

It's not the coordination or intelligence, it's the emotional maturity. When you deal with toddlers, you learn to watch literally every move they make, because they can go from happy and interested...
Forum: General Knitting 06-13-2014, 12:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,277
Posted By Becky Morgan
About 4 is the youngest I've managed to teach so...

About 4 is the youngest I've managed to teach so far. Younger than that, they'll sit and watch, sometimes grab at the needles and make flailing attempts, but the patience to listen isn't there yet....
Forum: General Knitting 05-25-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 948
Posted By Becky Morgan
Try a little sample first if you have enough,...

Try a little sample first if you have enough, then use your imagination--heavy felted mittens, a messenger bag, all but indestructible cell phone or tablet cover...if you're signed up on Ravelry try...
Forum: General Knitting 05-17-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,387
Posted By Becky Morgan
Sometimes it really isn't you--it's the yarn! Or...

Sometimes it really isn't you--it's the yarn! Or the needles, or the pattern :)

The usual advice for beginners is to buy a light- and solid-colored, smooth-textured acrylic worsted and size 8 or 10...
Forum: General Knitting 04-17-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 887
Posted By Becky Morgan
Between 72 and 84 in worsted weight works for me,...

Between 72 and 84 in worsted weight works for me, depending on how much ribbing there is and what the pattern stitch is.

I have a big head, but even so, many worsted hat patterns are far too big...
Forum: General Knitting 04-16-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,334
Posted By Becky Morgan
However it feels best! Some people try...

However it feels best!

Some people try different methods just for fun and some learn a couple of the many different ways to knit so they even out the strain on their hands during big projects...
Forum: How-to Questions 04-15-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 854
Posted By Becky Morgan
Oh, my. No wonder you're stressed out! Do...

Oh, my. No wonder you're stressed out!

Do yourself a favor. Make your new yarn light-colored (so you can see your stitches), fairly smooth and sturdy enough that it won't fall apart if you need to...
Forum: General Knitting 04-15-2014, 11:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,566
Posted By Becky Morgan
I couldn't believe this works, because the...

I couldn't believe this works, because the technique was part of a TV commercial for microfiber towels when they were new, but it does...
Wash just as you describe, then roll up in a microfiber towel...
Forum: Crochet! 04-14-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 467
Posted By Becky Morgan
Count your increases and decreases. There should...

Count your increases and decreases. There should be the same number of each. It's not a complicated pattern once you get it going and it's obvious where the increases and decreases go, but it's hard...
Forum: How-to Questions 04-14-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 854
Posted By Becky Morgan
If you're wrapping the yarn around your finger/s...

If you're wrapping the yarn around your finger/s to control tension, try not doing that. I don't, and I knit continental. Some people need to, some don't. If I do, it gets everything way too...
Forum: The Lounge 04-04-2014, 01:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 696
Posted By Becky Morgan
This is one of my favorite things to do with...

This is one of my favorite things to do with those neat buttons where you only have one or two left on a card. I use the shank ones, but you *can* use the ones with holes.
Pick out about 25 of them....
Forum: Pattern Central 03-18-2014, 12:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 560
Posted By Becky Morgan
That's incredible (and your patterns are...

That's incredible (and your patterns are beautiful.) Thank you and congratulations!
Forum: How-to Questions 03-15-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 290
Posted By Becky Morgan
It's the second. Knit to end (or whatever pattern...

It's the second. Knit to end (or whatever pattern to the end of the row or round) is one row. When you turn, or pass the marker if you're working in the round, you're working another row/round.

It...
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