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Old 05-30-2009, 01:06 PM   #1
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speed stix size 50 throw and....
Wanted some advice on your thoughts of using this pattern:
http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/pat...Go.x=7&Go.y=13
A lion brand free pattern # 60045A
and Im thinking 3 strands of this: Red Heart Grande # 6 that I have had around for long time and want to turn it into something.
http://store.knitting-warehouse.com/...rt-grande.html
I am wondering if anyone has made this pattern are they or do they turn out really heavy, or do they feel light or med after finished.
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Old 05-30-2009, 02:12 PM   #2
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I haven't made any, but they should be fairly light. The huge needles make less sts per inch, so there's not as much yarn as you'd think. Why don't you cast on about 30-40 sts and see what it turns out like. You could also try only 2 strands of the yarn and see how that works. I think the Grande is thicker than the Homespun anyway.
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I made one. It turned out pretty nice. It's not heavier than any other blanket and it's nice to wrap around yourself to keep warm. My only complaint is that it is sort of long and skinny because you can't cast on that many stitches.
Good, quick project though. I finished the knitting in 1 day and the fringe the next.
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I've made several of these (with Homespun). The finished results were pretty nice. They were all gifts though so I have no clue how well they held up.

Knitting with the size 50 needles was different. Because the needles are so large, the knitting motions are magnified. My arms and hands got tired easily so I couldn't knit with them for long periods. But you get results so quickly it's sort of like instant gratification.
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Size 50's!!!
I knit an afghan with size 50 needles and 4 strands of Homespun yarn together. I've made 6 of them altogether. They come out nice and soft. I used 8 skeins for each one, but watch out with yardage. Homespun has 185 yards in each skein and your Red Heart has less.

Anything knit with size 50s works up VERY quickly. I have yet to find any point protectors that big, so what I did was wrap a thick rubber band around the ends every time I put the needles down. It kept the stitches from falling off the ends!

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Thank you everyone such good advice, used 2 strands of the red heart grande, it is turning out quite nicely and soft and fluffy, not heavy at all. I do take breaks, getting the hang of it, the rubber band works great to keep stitches on needle when I go back to a small needle project that is a walk in the park compared to the 50's but I like it and will be a great way to use the yarn.

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Originally Posted by knitcindy View Post
I knit an afghan with size 50 needles and 4 strands of Homespun yarn together. I've made 6 of them altogether. They come out nice and soft. I used 8 skeins for each one, but watch out with yardage. Homespun has 185 yards in each skein and your Red Heart has less.

Anything knit with size 50s works up VERY quickly. I have yet to find any point protectors that big, so what I did was wrap a thick rubber band around the ends every time I put the needles down. It kept the stitches from falling off the ends!

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I found a site that sells stoppers for #19 - #50 needles! He custom makes his hooks and needles. The stoppers are $8....here is the link for www.jenkinswoodworking. Scroll down near the bottom of the page until you see the word 'Stoppers' in red.

Edited to say that just since I first posted this, he has added a photo to show the stoppers and the price went up to $10/pr.
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Looks familiar!!!
WOW!!! That's the same blanket I made 6 times, Ijustwantacraft!!! I love them and the recipients of my blankets have loved them too!!! I'm glad yours turned out so beautifully! That yarn is pretty!

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Thanks knitcindy, Its great to know it was a well received gift because I think its going to be a Christmas gift. I don't think I could handle 6 of them, But I will have to make another one but the rest of the colors are not matching very well. I have to come up with a plan for the other colors. Well originally I was going to do the first blanket that I made a link to in earlier post, then I bought the pattern book for the speed stix and thought I'd try the basket weave one. Here is what the booklet looks like for those who like to get one:
http://www.madcraftgroup.com/323311.html
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Originally Posted by WandaT View Post
Knitting with the size 50 needles was different. Because the needles are so large, the knitting motions are magnified. My arms and hands got tired easily so I couldn't knit with them for long periods. But you get results so quickly it's sort of like instant gratification.
Yeah. I have 35s, and to me, knitting with them is just torture because my hands are so small. I can barely hold them! How I've managed with other needles and huge projects is a shock...
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