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Old 01-18-2013, 04:33 PM   #11
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I've tried and failed repeatedly to do the Norwegian purl. I will keep trying, I like knowing how to do various things various ways. Loosening up on the tension was what really made a difference in purling for me, I have much less rowing out.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:44 PM   #12
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Continental is faster for anything ribbing/seed stitch where you keep having to need the yarn at the other side. But, yes, for stocking stitch it does still feel like knitting left handed

I was doing continental for the background, then english when I got to the central cable section. I learnt english, so when I need my brain for cabling, I need it to not be occupied thinking about continental. English is more natural for me, but now that I know both I can swap & change. Makes me feel clever

And if he never wears it, well I have a lovely warm sweater to steal. All I need is some extra pounds to fill up the 'ease' I added in the front
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:00 PM   #13
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The sweater is really beautiful. You done yourself proud, girl!
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:04 PM   #14
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Beautiful sweater!!

It's not universally true that continental is faster. For some people it may be, but I've also seen English knitters go amazingly fast. . My go to method is english, but i taught myself continental for fair isle so I can use both hands and for things like a ribbed scarf. For english I sorta bring the yarn over in one fluid motion which is pretty fast.

I do hate seed stitch though with any method.

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Old 01-18-2013, 05:24 PM   #15
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I do hate seed stitch though with any method.
Now THAT seems to be universally true. Well except for GG, but we already knew she's a loose cannon.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:43 PM   #16
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Great looking sweater and I love your gifting philosophy. You learned a lot of neat things, like cabling without a cable needle. I don't mind seed stitch and it looks so neat, but I hear you on the cable crosses being at the same time. Makes it a lot easier. Sometimes I suppose doing them out of sync can't be avoided but if it can it makes life easier. I did a couple of hats that had one pattern that was 4 rounds and another that was supposed to be 7 or 9 (can't remember) but I made it 8. Much better... and no one will be the wiser.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:51 PM   #17
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It looks fabulous! You did a wonderful job!!!
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:08 AM   #18
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Very good looking sweater with beautiful, intricate cables. They are such fun to do and look so good. Very well done. DH looks great in the sweater and I hope he enjoys wearing it!
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:10 PM   #19
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It's very handsome sweater! The cable running up the sleeve is a real eye catcher! Be proud!
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:29 PM   #20
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Thank you!
Pardon me while I gush (I'm English; we don't gush).

But THANK YOU for increasing my circle of knitting 'YAY'. Up until now my circle has largely consisted of my mother (neither inclined to positivity or enthusiasm) and my kids (very enthusiastic, about everything, so no sense of scale).

So thank you, knitting peeps.
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