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Old 02-02-2007, 10:16 PM   #1
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Completing the Waistband
I'm knitting a pair of wool pants for my ds. They are going to have an elastic waistband and I'm at the part where it's telling me to close the waistband. I'm feeling a little intimidated by the instructions. Anyone know if there are any online visuals on how to do this?
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:38 PM   #2
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What are the instructions calling for?
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:46 PM   #3
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First it says I must fold the waistband over, with the cast on folding to the inside of the body. IT says to be sure that the fold is smooth and there are no wrinkles or puckers in the waistband. It says to look closely at the cats on row, and you will see that it has a smooth line for each stitch, with a purl-like bump behind that smooth line

It then says insert the left needle tip under the cast on (that smooth line part) so that the line now seems like a stitch on the left needle.

Knit the stitch and the cast on together (same as if they were two normal stitches and you were working a k2tog).

Repeat the two steps above until all but the last 5 stitches are worked.

I guess I should try it, eh? I'm just a little scared to try it. I don't want to insert the needle into the wrong place. I wish I had someone here to show me.
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:47 PM   #4
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And it's saying to insert the left needle. Doesn't that mean It'll be like knitting backwards?
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:12 PM   #5
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You won't need to knit backwards. You will be picking up the stitches with the left needle, then knitting from the left needle.

I don't think I'd get to panicked over it, though. It'll be on the inside, right?
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:16 PM   #6
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Ahhh. OK. It makes sense now, but that doesent mean it'll make sense when I have those needles in my hand.

I guess it will be on the inside. I'm going to put my little one to bed and then have a go at it.
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I think everything makes more sense with the needles in hand. Often, confusing directions suddenly click.
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Old 02-03-2007, 12:45 AM   #8
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So far so good. We'll see how it looks when I get to the end.
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Old 02-03-2007, 01:11 AM   #9
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Actually I have two more questions. How do I know how long the elastic should be and how do I go about inserting the elastic into the waistband?
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The elastic should be a little smaller than the waist and you insert it by leaving about an inch of the band open, putting a large safety pin on one end of the elastic and scooching it through the waist band until you get around to the opening again. It helps to pin down the loose end of the elastic. Then sew up the opening.

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