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Old 10-08-2005, 02:11 PM   #1
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I need LOTS of help.
I have just taught myself the basics of knitting about 3 weeks ago. All I can do is knit in a straight line. Made 3 scarfs so far.

But I would like to learn how to make something else, but I dont understand on to read pattern directions. I was wondering if someone could explain to me how to read them.

Also I would like to knit with two colors, like a scarf that has two colors running long ways all the way down it. But I cant figure out how to do it. So any help on this would be great.
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Old 10-08-2005, 02:22 PM   #2
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This is the most I can do so far, and thats just basicly knitting in a straight line. :D
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Old 10-08-2005, 02:36 PM   #3
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You did really well with the drop stitches!!

What I would suggest is that you hit the "Abbreviations Explained" Tab above...there are links to the videos that teach you most of those skills.
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Old 10-08-2005, 02:58 PM   #4
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Kellyk,
It took me an hour of doing it over and over to get the drop stitches even somewhat right. :D
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Old 10-08-2005, 03:00 PM   #5
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It would also be a great help if anyone knows of any really easy beginner patterns, for something other than a scarf, that I could try for practice.
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Old 10-08-2005, 03:11 PM   #6
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For a scarf to have the lines going the long way, the easiest way is to cast on a lot of stitches on a circular needle and knit straight, changing colors when you're stripe is the size you want.

Maybe you want to practice some washcloths. They're small, have lots of different patterns, and you can practice all kinds of stitches on them. You can get practice reading directions and charts. We can help, too.
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Old 10-08-2005, 03:15 PM   #7
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LoL please bare with me as I try to explain this.

Say I want a different colored stripe going right down the middle of the scarf for the entire length of it. How would I get the different color in the middle. Like how would I cast on the two colors, and then knit with the two the entire length.

I hope I explained that right.
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Old 10-08-2005, 03:23 PM   #8
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To knit a scarf from the short end with a stripe in the middle, you would be using the intarsia method. You'd have a different yarn for each section. It's not difficult at all, you just have to make sure that you use the right method when you switch colors to avoid a big ole hole.

There are videos here on intarsia and stranded knitting. Intarsia is used for big blocks of a different color, which is what your stripe would be.
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Old 10-08-2005, 05:18 PM   #9
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fbreeze...MOST EXCELLENT scarves...especially doing dropped sts on your 2nd scarf....you will be knitting up a storm in no time...I can see that!! Next month you will have all sorts of cool techniques to show us...I can tell already
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