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Old 10-25-2006, 05:29 PM   #1
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Combined Knitting Help
I just switched from Continental to Combined knitting last week, after seeing Annie Modesitt on Knitty Gritty and am still waiting for her "Knitting Heretic" book to be shipped. I have been dying to make the "Not Quite Straight Scarf", and thought I would give that a go as my 1st Combined Knitting project. I haven't been able to figure out how to increase yet, the directions on Annie's site are really confusing, and Amy's video only included decreases. Can anyone explain increases to me using the Combined method, in terms that a 4 year old would understand. Also has anyone made this scarf using the Combined method and has the pattern that they used modified for Combined. Thanks much!

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Old 10-25-2006, 06:08 PM   #2
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Annie Modesitt is talking about the increase that knits in the stitch below, you can see a short video here, scroll down, it's the "k-b" abbr., Amy has both continental and English demos, but I'm sure you will understand with either. If not, please don't hesitate to say so
Purl st. in the row below is also on the same page, the other column.
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Old 10-25-2006, 06:09 PM   #3
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This might help too!
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:15 PM   #4
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When you get the book, you will see that she does not advocate a complete conversion to combined knitting. Instead, she suggests using it in certain circumstances -- such as ribbing or flat stockinette -- where it's practical and feasible, and gives a better result than continental or english. To be honest, I found the book a bit disappointing, and actually think grumperina's chart is more helpful in spelling out how to do specific things such as increases and decreases. (Even that has it's limits, though; you can search for some old threads on the topic.)

For those times when you don't know how to do something in combined, I think that the simplest solution is to just re-position the stitch as necessary (so it's mounted "correctly") and then proceed as you would if you were using continental.

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