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Forum: General Knitting 12-15-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By Becky Morgan
The really pretty Harmony sets might be nice. If...

The really pretty Harmony sets might be nice. If you click on the Knit Picks link on this page, I think Knitting Help gets credit for the referral :) That said, there's a Harmony and a Caspian set of...
Forum: Pattern Central 11-28-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 284
Posted By Becky Morgan
It's a different pattern every day. If you click...

It's a different pattern every day. If you click on "Christmas Workshop" you'll see the patterns they gave away in past years. You never know whether you'll get knit or crochet, and the only rough...
Forum: Pattern Central 11-28-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 284
Posted By Becky Morgan
DROPS 2014 Advent calendar is up!

http://www.garnstudio.com/christmas-calendar.php?cid=17

The first pattern will be Monday, of course. If you're as impatient as I am, you can see the next day's pattern as soon as it's midnight in...
Forum: How-to Questions 11-22-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 350
Posted By Becky Morgan
I say this all the time, but never be afraid to...

I say this all the time, but never be afraid to mark the right side/outside/public side of your work. It's soooo easy to get it flipped around when you lay it down, or absentmindedly go the wrong way...
Forum: How-to Questions 11-22-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By Becky Morgan
You might also need a little scrap of yarn or a...

You might also need a little scrap of yarn or a matching thread to anchor the yarn where it came loose. I'm pretty sure how it needs to go back together, and you should be able to see it easily once...
Forum: Knitters Knear You 11-20-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 627
Posted By Becky Morgan
Mark the side that's supposed to be the outside...

Mark the side that's supposed to be the outside of the hat with anything you have handy--a safety pin works best, but a bobby pin, a paper clip, or a bit of yarn will also do. That way, when you have...
Forum: How-to Questions 11-12-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 197
Posted By Becky Morgan
You got turned around, but don't worry. If...

You got turned around, but don't worry. If there's no fancy work, just decreases, finish it the way you're doing and turn it right side out when you're done.

Most likely, you're working with the...
Forum: Crochet! 11-11-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 277
Posted By Becky Morgan
Looks to me like single crochet worked in back...

Looks to me like single crochet worked in back loop only. (Or could be front loop. It depends whether you overhand or underhand.)
Forum: How-to Questions 10-14-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 313
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: 303
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: 214
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: 333
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: 680
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: 355
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: 556
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: 475
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: 327
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: 320
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: 1,300
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: 907
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: 2,402
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: 2,402
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: 1,022
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: 2,548
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: 959
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...
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