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Old 02-08-2006, 10:46 PM   #1
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very new knitter, cast on
I want to accomplish a first project like a baby blanket, booties, or socks. any body have any free patterns? Also when the pattern says to cast on 104 stitches how is this done? i know how to cast on but where do all those stitches fit? and what is a swatch? I know, I still have alot to learn. Thanks!
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Old 02-08-2006, 10:51 PM   #2
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Some free patterns can be found here... and you can also type in free knitting patterns in google... also go to www.knittingpatterncentral.com <--- goood site and easy to use!

For the others.. Amy has video's on how to cast on. And I don't know how to explain how to do a swatch. :( sorry about that one.
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Old 02-08-2006, 10:54 PM   #3
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The where to find pattern part is easy. www.knittingpatterncentral.com

As for casting on, it's amazing how many stitches will fit on a standard needle. For a large number of stitches it's good to use a circular needle and use the two points to knit back and forth.

A swatch is a sample of your knitting tension on the needles and yarn to be used for a pattern. It is only truly important when a garment has to fit. You can be more flexible with a blanket--it's ok if it turns out bigger or smaller than the pattern, same with scarves, washclothes and the like.

Every pattern lists a gauge. That's the number of stitches per inch you need to come up with in order to get the same size as the pattern lists. Since we all knit at slightly different tensions, we knit up a swatch--about 5 inches by 5 inches and measure how many stitches we get over 4 inches of it. If it matches the pattern, great. If not, you can change needle size to get the proper gauge.
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