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by crafty grandma
Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: General Knitting Discussion
Topic: question from a newbie knitter
Replies: 9
Views: 10189

Re: question from a newbie knitter

When I was first learning to knit, I almost gave up because I could not manage to coordinate both needles and the yarn. Then I met a woman who showed me a great technique. Instead of trying to hold her empty needle in front of her, have your daughter tuck it under her arm. This holds it steady and m...
by crafty grandma
Sun Jul 17, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: General Knitting Discussion
Topic: question from a newbie knitter
Replies: 9
Views: 10189

Re: question from a newbie knitter

You are right about using the entire skein. 24 inches will be enough to bind off your stitches and still have some left for weaving the end into the scarf to hide it. A note for teaching your daughter, I have taught a few young people how to knit and I know they get frustrated because theirs doesn't...
by crafty grandma
Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: General Knitting Discussion
Topic: question from a newbie knitter
Replies: 9
Views: 10189

Re: question from a newbie knitter

Congratulations on learning a new (and useful) skill. Let's start with a few basic terms, Fabric is what you make when you knit a pattern, like a sweater front. Fabric can be made of many different combinations of stitches, but the three most common fabrics in beginner's patterns are Garter Stitch, ...
by crafty grandma
Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: Discuss Crochet Patterns
Topic: LOOKING FOR FREE PATTERN
Replies: 13
Views: 16612

Re: LOOKING FOR FREE PATTERN

Making a personal copy of a design to mark up while working the pattern is a generally accepted practice and not considered copyright infringement. However, giving away a copy while keeping the original or giving away the original while keeping a copy is illegal. The buyer has only bought a single c...
by crafty grandma
Thu May 26, 2011 12:49 pm
Forum: General Crochet Discussion
Topic: granny squares/afghan
Replies: 2
Views: 7143

Re: granny squares/afghan

Small differences in size will usually smooth themselves out when you sew the squares together. However, if you are really concerned, you can block a few of the smaller squares to the same dimensions as the larger ones and see if they will easily stretch and stay at that size. If they do then you wi...
by crafty grandma
Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:26 am
Forum: Discuss Knitting Patterns
Topic: Pattern needed
Replies: 2
Views: 4837

Re: Pattern needed

This style hat is called a Chullo. It is a knitted hat worn in the cold mountains of Peru. Most people just call them Ear Flap Hats, but when you choose a pattern, be aware that many cold countries have some version of an Ear Flap Hat. The length, width and shape of the flaps varies as well as the t...
by crafty grandma
Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: Discuss Crochet Patterns
Topic: Pattern problem
Replies: 2
Views: 6461

Re: Pattern problem

I would like to help, but I don't have that pattern. If you post the first two rows perhaps I or someone else here can figure out the problem.
by crafty grandma
Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: General Crochet Discussion
Topic: yarn endings. oh my!
Replies: 6
Views: 8080

Re: yarn endings. oh my!

The trick to crocheting over ends is to do it for enough stitches. You need to work over at least 3 inches or 10 stitches to make sure it holds. Another method is to hold the end of the old strand overlapping the beginning of the new strand and then crochet 3 to 5 stitches using both strands. Then t...
by crafty grandma
Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: General Knitting Discussion
Topic: No Patterns on the daily knitter!!
Replies: 7
Views: 8266

Re: No Patterns on the daily knitter!!

There are two new patterns available each day on this forum. Click on the heading "Free Patterns of the Day". Although the date of the last posting never changes, the patterns do. One pattern will be for knitting and the other for crochet. There is also a link to all the patterns for the l...
by crafty grandma
Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:50 pm
Forum: General Knitting Discussion
Topic: Belt yarn?
Replies: 5
Views: 5820

Re: Belt yarn?

Sisal twine is made differently from sisal doormats. It is made from long fibers so it is smooth, durable, does not shed easily, and becomes more flexible over time. It was commonly used to make belts in the 60s and 70s, which is why I suggested it. The only other inexpensive cottons I know of are t...

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