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Old 11-16-2007, 10:03 PM   #1
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Hi

A little while ago, I posted this thread:

http://nonaknits.typepad.com/nonakni...rable_pic.html

I was curious to know what it would look like (I thought it was a bit hard to see with the dark wool in the link pic). I think it's turned out ok. It's certainly the neatest pick-up I've made so far (I've lived a very sheltered life!) and gives a similar appearance of the ridge on a coat with a zipper opening.

I disregarded the working from left to right and just took the direction I found the most comfortable.

The bottom right pic shows what the pick-up looks like on the inside.

What helped most was using a small needle and it wasn't any more difficult to do than a regular knit pick up.
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Old 11-17-2007, 05:58 AM   #2
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I've not been on in ages and I come on and see these needles! I had to do THE worst thing recently and cut, yes cut, the cable between the needles in circs as two loops would not budge over the needle no matter what I tried. Without going into the whole thing I would welcome a set of circs that fine. What size are these and who is the manufacturer?
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:18 AM   #3
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Hell's Teeth - what were you knitting? Never heard of anyone having to do that before!

The small needle in the picture is size 2.75 (US 2) and it has a metal cable which madES it very flexible, so it wasn't too much hassle at all to use.

There's a pic of Magic Loop here - one done using the metal cable and the other a plastic cable.

I'll post a close-up of the joins and needle tips so that you can see them properly. They're both made of lightweight stainless steel.

The particular needles are under my own brand, Countonknit.com and they're going down pretty well at craft fairs.

Peope are just intrigued by the metal cable.
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Ok, so are you basically just picking up the stitches without working them first? From my understanding a regular pick up is this: pick up and knit the stitch, but this way you just pick up all the stitches first??
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Wow that edge is so neat...I may just have a quick peek on your web site!
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So the difference is using a way smaller needle for the pick up row. Very cool - it does give it a nice finish. I don't knit cardigans very often, probably because adding that edge never looks very good - I will have to try this method soon.
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Hi Giedre11 and Pauline

Yep, you just pick up the stitches - I know most patterns say 'Pick and Knit' - but what generally happens is that you're turning cast (bind) off stitches back into 'live' stitches again or in this case, picking up the side edges of the cardigan front to make a button band and then you work (knit or purl, depending on pattern) the following row.

Hi Pauline

My computer Guru is working this weekend on my website

www.countonknit.com to add the new needles to it.

At the minute, I've only been making 'hook' stitch markers but now I'm expanding the range of items to include circular needles and beaded stitch holders/pins for shawls.

The site should be up and running by tomorrow evening (Sunday).
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Pick up and knit is a holdover from the days when knitters would pick up the sts with the left needle and knit them with the right. Most people usually just pick them up with the right needle and they get worked on the next row/round. When you see `pick up and knit' pick up the sts `as if' you were knitting them; `pick up and purl' pick up the sts `as if' you were purling them.
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I hadn't realised the cable was metal. Intriguing. Would this affect the yarn at all if you left the needles in your knitting for a week or more? I doubt it but I have been known to fret about such things. I didn't realise these needles were yours so bravo! I certainly like the taper.

I had been making a bag and I was finished around the top and I KNEW I should have counted properly but I didn't, To cut a story short I had to go around the top for a second time picking up stitches. I did that and could slide them onto my needles ok but I must had inadvertently picked up a few strands from a side stitch with one of the picks up. (I was knitting double). Well, when I went to knit the line off these two stitches refused to come off the needle. I pushed them down to the cable and worked to loosen with a sewing needle. I had a wee bit of success this way but as soon as I tried again they tightened and would not budge. I ran a life line through as it was either cut the knitting on the cord. I cut the cord. Darn shame there is no way to re-vamp the set. You can't just go buy cord and fix them so I've blown an expensive set.

Your slim needles here are just the very thing I need to slip back along the life line and complete the work!
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Ok. I have to ask, what is this "knitting the flap" and so on under the avatars. Is it supposed to represent something?
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