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Old 01-03-2006, 07:14 PM   #1
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Is this even possible? Legwarmers
A friend asked for some legwarmers for her dance class the other day. She handed me a pattern and some yarn she picked out, so of course, I agreed (I get to knit with yarn I didn't have to buy!). Glanced at the pattern and everything looked okay. Knitted up a gauge swatch and it's spot on. Looked at how many stitches to cast on. 42. That sounds right. One problem. It calls for a 16" US 8 circular needle. I thought, okay, I've done that with hats before (during the decrease), so why not. No. I can't get it to work. I can't get the stitches to stretch more than half way! It's not a problem (I switched to DPNs) but still. Can anyone else join 42 stitches on 16" US 8's? Is it something I'm doing wrong?
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Old 01-03-2006, 07:30 PM   #2
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It's probably done using Magic Loop method, although a 16" is a bit short for that even..

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Is the yarn she picked out the same as the yarn in the pattern?
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Old 01-03-2006, 08:28 PM   #4
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It's the same yarn. It's coming along fine on DPNs, but I want to know how the pattern maker managed it! I don't know where the pattern came from. It's on this neat cardstock card with a picture of the pattern on the front, directions on the inside, & yarn credit on the back.

The pattern says "It will be a little tight at first but loosen up after the first round." That sounds normal, but I don't think so tight the fibers in the yarn split causing the yarn to break before you join is correct. :thinking:
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Typos happen.
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Old 01-03-2006, 08:40 PM   #6
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That's what I'm thinking, but it must have taken a lot of work to make a typo like that. I mean, was it supposed to be a 12" (still not sure I could make it work!), DPN's, 2 circs, 24" w/ magic loop? I don't think the actual pattern's off because the way it's coming out looks fine. It gave me my laugh for the day, anyway.
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Actually I just made a hat on 16" 8s and got down below 20 stitches before I had to switch to 2 circs...I do think it depends on the yarn.
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maybe the cast-on method used in the original pattern was super stretchy??

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