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  1. I blame all of those YouTube videos that explain how you are supposed to wrap the yarn by saying clockwise or counter clockwise, but neglect to explain if they are facing the top or bottom of the needle! I was really confused when I began because it seemed they were doing one thing but saying the opposite.

  2. This is my bitterest knitting peeve, and I think Debbie Stoller in Stitch and Bitch is to blame.

  3. Berroco has a lot of Noro-alikes (dyed in the fleece and blended while spinning into a single) that range from "that's a little tickly, there's too much mohair" to pretty damn soft. Millefiori in its various versions is the one that comes to mind immediately, but they have some self-striping summer yarns in plant fibers with the same vibe.

  4. How about Judy's Magic Cast On with one yarn color on each needle? That should give you the structure of the first row of an Italian cast on, and at the point where you would do the first setup row you'd just have to (k1 from the front needle sl1 from the back needle) to get them onto the same needle.

  5. Copying/pasting an old answer because this stitch is really popular, just doesn't have a satisfactory name except maaaybe "thermal stitch" in the machine knitting world.

  6. Here's a sweater where the big chevron is made with top-down increases and a short row section is used to fill in the bottom half of the with extra triangles and straighten out the hem.

  7. That looks like a lot of work, I'm impressed! But before you spend even more hours of work on it, I suggest measuring your gauge on the reworked part versus the body of the sweater. You might end up with a few extra inches from the extra yarn that was contained in the twisted ribbing.

  8. Looks like half brioche or half fisherman's rib. If that's the case the back side will have longer smoother stitches in the knit columns and the front side has knit columns that alternate between puffy stitches and tight, barely visible stitches.

  9. Okay, but I'd actually be impressed if one of those two-inch yarn chicken winners actually followed up by back-splicing one ply at a time with microsurgical precision or doing something magical with needle felting or whatnot.

  10. That’s what another poster said as well. I was under the impression the cord would not be long enough! Thank you.

  11. Yup, magic loop works best with a 32" or longer cable. With a 16" needle over half the length is either needle tips or the stiff part of the join, so there's no slack to make into a loop unless you want to risk breaking your needles.

  12. You may find it more rewarding to try stockinette stitch (one row of knits alternated with one row of purls) instead of just doing lots of rows of purls, which just gives you more purl garter stitch.

  13. Did you use a no-rinse wool wash with lanolin? That can add some water-resistance on top of a non-greasy yarn.

  14. If you have more height and more rows on one end then that means you did one or more accidental short rows. This happens when you stop knitting mid-row, and then when you pick it up again you reverse direction instead of finishing the row you started. It's important to make sure the working yarn is attached to the fabric on the right needle when you start working mid-row (or left if you're a mirrored knitter).

  15. I think frogging will be worth the effort because you'll get rid of the lumpy hole at your accidental turning point.

  16. It might be worth swatching to see if it looks better if you end the moss stitch after half a repeat - so, in this case, one row before you ended in your photo.

  17. You always hear arguments in here between "never trust your washing machine" people and "I always trust my washing machine" people and when they really stop and listen to each other, it turns out that washing machines are built/programmed really differently in different parts of the world based on market needs and norms about how stuff is laundered. Lots of Europeans are astonished that Americans can't trust their wool cycles, and lots of Americans are horrified that people in other places will just straight-up wash a wool sweater. I have to wonder whether yarn companies in various parts of the world are taking that into account when they do their labeling.

  18. Alice Starmore’s “36 stitches per 4 inches in DK yarn” is one. I bet I could stand that sweater up on my table at that gauge.

  19. What pattern was that? Something heavily cabled, I hope.

  20. Some of you probably knit tall instead of wide, and here is the deep dive that you didn't ask for!

  21. Regarding Hitomi Shida's stitch dictionary, it is clearly a stitch dictionary, a resource for designers as well as hobbyists. The author comes from the commercial knitwear design world and ended up in the handknitting design world later, and it would not surprise me at all if she came up with the fashion design ethos of "copy everything, take inspiration everywhere, put your own spin on it".

  22. Stab it, strangle it, rip out the guts, throw it off the cliff!

  23. It looks a bit different to regular garter stitch to me?

  24. It's knit loosely with multiple strands of fine yarn held together (instead of a thicker yarn with twisted plies) so the garter bumps are more smooth and horizontal and, well, basketweave-ish than they'd usually look.

  25. Everyone saying some kind of tuck stitch is spot-on. You can tell from the diagonal floats in the purl columns.

  26. I hate in the round for jumpers. I get to the sleeves and just nope out of there. This new years resolution is going to be to just finish the bloody things.

  27. You speak the truth. I made the mistake of starting a seamless cardigan, and knitting the sleeves on that big floppy thing is like going on vacation handcuffed to your best friend.

  28. Ah yes, the product description that made me side-eye my sister's love of the brand. :') And despite being translucent, the row counter fails a basic requirement for counters for me: it can't be attached to the work! If all I wanted was a button to push when I finish a row, I'd just use my phone.

  29. She's also the one with the tape measure that doesn't lock when you pull it out! (So it can remain "plastic-free", she says - or all corn plastic instead of plastic plastic.)

  30. If you're super new, I'd recommend picking up a pair of US 8 knitting needles and a ball of light colored worsted weight wool or acrylic yarn to get you through the swatching/random ugly squares phase.

  31. Can you tell what kind of cast on someone used just by looking at the final product?

  32. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. There are distinctive ones like knitted/cable cast on, German Twisted, crochet cast on, and some of the stretchy cast ons, and there are families of related ones where you can tell that it was made in one of two ways. E.g. backwards loop plus one row of knitting looks the same as long-tail, and most of the tubular cast on methods give you the same result with different working methods.

  33. http://www.briochestitch.com/archives/stitchvariations/half-brioche-stitch

  34. http://www.briochestitch.com/archives/twocolorbrioche/terminology-and-abbreviations-two-color

  35. Bamboo is fancy talk for "rayon synthesized from cellulose originating from bamboo" so isn't really separated from other synthetic fibers like polyamide, acrylic, etc generally.

  36. Every now and then you see an old article talking about bamboo bast fiber (which is like a thinner linen or a crunchier ramie), but I think it's no longer widely carried.

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