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Old 11-21-2008, 04:05 PM   #1
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Jan in Ca. A solution for 429 pick up sts.?
I've had an epiphany. The Christening gown pattern we've been discussing calls for picking up 429 stitches across back, sleeves, front plus same on the other side, joining the skirt to the bodice. Rather than have all those squiglly stitches, not even knitted, sliding and trying to squeeze off the needle, could I knit with dpns and slip sts onto a separate piece of yarn 'til all are on the holding yarn? I joked earlier about a clothes line-same idea. Then I could knit with a circular needle and snug up the stitches as I decrease stitches drastically on the next row which would be in a fold of the skirt meeting the bodice.
Personally, I think trying to get that many stitches onto a needle, circular or not, is insane. I'm working with US 3's and 1's and the circulars aren't very long.
There's gotta be a better less risky way. If anybody has a better idea I'm open to suggestions.
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:01 PM   #2
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Wow..that's a lot of stitches. Guess that little white jacket isn't looking so bad now, huh?

I'm not sure exactly what you mean. And OMG I just read a bit of the instructions and you have 3 balls of yarn going?! Really, it sounds terribly confusing. I didn't see any more of these on Ravelry... maybe this is why?

I wish I could help, really I do!
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:16 PM   #3
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Jan, The 3 balls of yarn are just for 2". Then you drop the other two and use the first to join the 3 sections together and knit away in the pattern stitch. No problem. No worse than a ball of yarn on each side of a hoodie sweater. The only biter is all those stitches to pick up. I meant knit a few at a time, slip them onto a piece of yarn instead of a stitch holder-then,next row, knit and decrease from there. The stitch no. drops drastically and can be handled on a circular needle.
The little white jacket would be easier but it's not what the mama wants. Do you think this pattern was devised by an alien determined to wipe out knitting and knitters as we know them?
I may just do some simplifying, modifying and adapting to save my sanity, such as it is. I'll figure out something. When I'm finished I'll probably wish I had just poked a dirty stick in my eye. Much nicer, methinks.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:38 AM   #4
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WOW, that is a gorgeous christening gown! I hope this mamma is a good friend of yours!

I read through the directions, and I think I would get a long circ and pick up all the stitches on the circ. Or maybe a couple of circs, if you have them? Knitting off of yarn seems like it would be really hard, and I'd be afraid of losing stitches that way. Whatever you decide, I would definitely use a lifeline. Good luck, it's going to be beautiful!
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Thanks Abbily, It certainly is a gorgeous outfit! That's why I want to do it. Due to time constraints (I just found out about the Christening a few days ago for the 6th)and other glitches I'm going to have to simplify the gown, I think. Can't get long circs without ordering- there are errors in the pat. directions and after emailing the designer still haven't heard a word. I'm a loose knitter and have to use smaller needles and they are hard to find in longer than 16". It would be easier to find Osama Bin Laden. Have thought about doing less repeats cause the gown is much fuller than it needs to be, but then can have a can of worms when it's time to pick up stitches and finish the bodice.
At this point I'm thinking - A mind is a terrible thing to lose!!
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:30 PM   #6
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I see your dilemma! It doesn't really matter what size needle you knit *off* of, so maybe if you put the picked up stitches onto a couple of other circs and then knit off of them with the right size circ? I hope you find a way to work it out. What a wonderful gift!
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Abbily, My circs are terrible. Found a place within a half hour that has the needles I need. Things are looking up. Will get them in the A.M. They open at 10. Wish I had those hours. I'm beginning to feel as if I'm living a soap opera.
The baby is my great nephew, 1st son of my god-son, the 1st son of my twin sister.
You have 2 sweet beautiful girls. I had 3. When people said, " Oh, you didn't have any sons", I said, "Don't you worry, in a few years I'll have all the hairy leg-ged boys around that I can stand"! I was absolutely psychic!
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YAY! I'm glad you found the needles you need! Thanks for the compliment on my girls. Amazingly, I've only ever gotten that comment from my grandmother. I don't mind, though- my girls are fabulous, everything I could ever wish for.
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Forgot to say, congratulations to you, your twin sister and your God-son on the new baby!
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Yep, it'll be beautiful! D'ya think I should dye it blue and have it ready by the time this little guy graduates from college? Still trying to figure how I can avoid those 429 pick up sts. Got any ideas? I think I'll post on the how-to, give 'em my idea and see what they say. There's gotta be a way.
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