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Old 08-02-2006, 09:57 AM   #1
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Hey everyone--

I'm a new knitter (I keep wanting to write "Knew Knitter" ) and I am finishing up my official first project, a scarf. I'm wondering if you have any advice on what would be the logical next thing to try. I'm looking for something on the easy side, but a bit more advanced than just a scarf. Any thoughts?

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Old 08-02-2006, 10:09 AM   #2
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how about a purse or a hat? have any circular needles over there?
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Old 08-02-2006, 10:13 AM   #3
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I don't yet own any circular needles, but I was planning on buying some soon anyway. I was thinking of some sort of purse or bag, but I don't yet know how to knit in the round. It might be easier than I think, but I just haven't tried yet.
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Lots of people like to practice with dishcloths--there are lots of patterns out there.
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Old 08-02-2006, 10:23 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by IrishKnitter
I don't yet own any circular needles, but I was planning on buying some soon anyway. I was thinking of some sort of purse or bag, but I don't yet know how to knit in the round. It might be easier than I think, but I just haven't tried yet.

ooooh it is sooo easy to knit in the round. Amy's videos are great and there is the bonus of no seam (usually!) Just make sure you don't pick out needles and then a pattern. You will understand the reason when you try to cast on for a hat onto 29" circular needles! (unless your head really is that big around 16" needles are best for hats! )
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Once you knit in the round, you don't want to go back!

Also, having all your needle sizes in circulars is the best way to go, since you can use them for both kinds of knitting.
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:02 PM   #7
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Dishcloth - great project to try out new stitches
Booga Bag - super easy, quick,and felting hides any mistakes
Hats are okay, if you don't mind the ribbing.

It all depends on what you'd like to try next. If you love the project you'll find a way to learn how to make it. I found a fair isle pattern that I absolutely love. It looks like plaid. I've never done fair isle, but I gotta do it sometime! Almost nothing is too hard to learn in knitting. It just may take longer.
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When I started I made a scarf (which I later frogged & made something else with the yarn) and 2 dishcloths. Then I made a basketweave afghan for my ds, as well as a lace afghan for my neice at the same time.
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I think a hat would be a great project to do next.

Just make sure if you do pick a project in the round to do - maybe do a project that is mainly on a circular needle, rather than double pointed needles. DPN's are a bit trickier to get.

If you choose a hat, you'll mainly use a circular needle, and then at the very end you'd use the dpn's for the very top of the hat. It wuld give you some exposure with dpn's but without being too much of a pain.

And, knitting with circular needles is a ton of fun! Just remember that you're always working on the same side of the work... so instead of knitting and purling to get stockinette (knitting ont he right side, purling on the wrong side), you would just keep knitting.

Let us know what you decide to do!
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Jump in and do anything you want! With all the help here you never have to worry about getting stuck and you can pick a project you'd really like to do rather than one that seems "easy".
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