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Not a huge knitter but I go through phases every now and then. I knit this scarf in green for an aunt a few year ago. My other aunt liked it a lot, so I would like to knit her something similar for Christmas, but I can't find many lace patterns that I think she'd like but are still within my means. May just do the same pattern but in cream or light grey. Here is the pattern if anyone is interested, it's a short repeat and pretty easy, a good pattern for someone just starting to move past basic knit and purl: http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/pdf/SALLaceScarf.pdf
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Necroing this thread because I started getting into knitting and oh my goodness it's so therapeutic.
I'm currently knitting my first scarf. The progress started off pretty slow, but in 5 days, I was able to make 6 inches of fabric and 50 loops wide using worsted weight acrylic yarn.
My next project is probably going to incorporate purl stitching and I'm going to use chunkier yarn.
I just ordered some chenille yarn off eBay, I really want to make something extra soft with it, like some socks or a hat. Maybe a simple bracelet or a plush. I think a soft yarn Yoshi or Chao would be super cute.
Hopefully in a few months, I'll try crochet, but knitting seems to be my preference. I tried crochet first, but it was a little too difficult for me at the time.
i also thought knitting would be more complicated, but the hardest part about crochet is remembering how many loops you have and where to put your hook.
knitting is pretty foolproof because you barely risk making any mistakes since the material stays on a needle, besides the part where you're switching between.
wow this was me, how nostalgic. We've since broken up and he never wore that scarf. my friend loved his tho and wears it.>>107511
I find knitting easier, but I just have more experience with it. I'm working on a basic crochet project atm, but for some reason I find the terminology less intuitive? It was also pretty awkward going from two needles to one hook. I also feel like crochet has less versatility wrt to patterns (can you even cable?), but maybe I'm just uninitiated.
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This is a cute and simple pattern. I'm gonna try this for my next project.>>107514
Haha that's funny, I'm glad your friend put it to good use!
i was the same as you anon, i learned how to crochet at age 4 and found it very easy and didn't learn how to knit for the longest time but last year I made it a new years resolution to learn how to and honestly it is not that bad! more tediuous than crocheting for sure, but it's alright! have knitted 6 pairs of socks since lol (not just for me but also as xmas gifts). i prefer to knit in continental fashion bc it's less confusing to me lol and if I get stumped with a particular stitch or something I just look it up on youtube
my only issue is that i can't do it for long stretches of time bc my fingers start hurting, guess that could be alleviated if i used bigger needles&chunkier yarn but i like the fine look. also making coloured patterns is fun! like pixel art in a way!>>107509
oh I love raverly! it is also really helpful when trying to figure out how variegated yarn will look like knitted up!
I've been crocheting for years as well and tried knitting on several occasions, but I'm struggling to spend enough time doing it to get familiar with the stitches and getting past the beginner phase. I love the cabled blanket and sweater patterns I've seen but I've kind of given up on ever being able to make something like that. Just can't get the same effect with crochet.
Are socks difficult? I always need more socks for work.
nayrt but knitting socks isn't difficult at all! if you know how to knit stockinette, ribbing, and can do basic decreases, you're golden. only kicker is getting used to circular needles/DPNs if you aren't familiar with them already.
i recommend this pattern:https://ontheneedlesdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/socks-by-the-numbers.pdf
i've probably knitted ~15 pairs with variations of this pattern and they always fit perfectly.
really depends! you can knit them in plain stich (still can look very cool if you use posh yarn) or with cables/varied stitches or with changing colours etc!
I prefer knitting them toe up instead of cuff down because they are easier to try on that way and the individual knit stitches look like little hearts lol, I learned mostly through youtube tutorials, arne and carlos have a good one for the heel bit (if German short row heel is what you're into) but I used new leaf podcasts video series (vid related) for everything else! I find the foot part inbetween the toes and heel to be the annoying bit because it seems never ending unless I do a cable pattern of some sort (knitting like 70 rows of plain stitch can get to you lol). You can also use cable needles to knit both socks up at once, which helps with the "oh god, I now have to do the other sock" feeling and helps have the tensions match across both socks (so one isn't slightly bigger than the other you know), but is bit finnicky, especially when casting on and doing the heel.
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dumping some cute coloured sock work inspo
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something about these yarns just looks so cute together idk
no! you just use 2/3 different yarn colours and drag the colour you're not using at the time at the back and switch the active yarn out when it's turn for a different colour. pic related how nordic mittens look inside out
it's not particularly hard, just finnicky as you have to match the tension of the two yarns othervise the fabric will curl, best method to do that imo is to knit one yarn English and other continental style but that varies from person to person!
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1st patterned socks I made pic attached, took me like a week I think but I'm the anon upthread whose fingers hurt when knitting for longer stretches of time
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thank you anon (heart emoji), it's only 3 yarns (dark green, white and a variegated one) but they do go together well!
cannot believe i forgot the pic smh>>107530
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I go through phases on knitting, at the moment I'm doing socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Fairylights (it's a seasonal yarn, I ordered it off ebay) and they're going to be so cute!
I usually work with thicker yarn and needles since I'm from Finland and that's what I was taught to do but I'm trying to get more ambitious and try working with different weight yarn and smaller needles.
What projects do you want to sink your teeth into? I want to do a I'm a luxury few can afford-jumper from the eighties at some point etc.
That's sweet nonny
! I hope you find someone to knit you all the things!
I knit my father-in-law socks and he's been gushing about how they are the best ones he's ever had and he's had woolen socks all his life! He might be impressed because he likes me but it still makes me happy.
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I'm working on this scarf pattern from Lion Brand that's essentially just a 3x3 rib and I keep having this problem where the last purl before each knit stitch is super loose and looks horrible. I thought it was because my tension changes between knits and purls, but I did a few rows with consciously tight tension and it looked the same. Is it there anything I can try, or does it just go away with more experience? I've been crocheting for a year and I just picked up knitting again so I'm still a beginner.
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I only knit during the winter because I’ve got no willpower for it the rest of the time
Here’s a scarf i made for my dog
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Dear anons, my bf wants me to knit him a sweater, he just wants a plain cabled one really, I have a female sweater pattern that should fit the bill and I have knit up before for myself but it's female. Not to be retarded, but could I get away with it? It's just a straight up and down one, only decreases are around arm cuffs and bottom ribbing.
There are a few things you'd need to consider:
If the sleeves are meant to be quite fitted they might end up quite tight on a man, I'd do fewer decreases than the pattern suggests.
Are the sleeves set in or more of a raglan or dropped sleeve? If they're set in I wouldn't recommend knitting that pattern for a man because it'll be very tight at the shoulders. You might also need to make the sweater a little longer than the pattern suggests.
It's such a pain in the arse to knit an entire sweater that the other anons are probably right that you should just look for a free pattern online.
Good luck anon!
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Learned about thrum/thrummed mittens, so sad it is like end of the winter now, they look so comfy and fun to make!>>245516
Nta but I saw a discussion thread on this elsewhere and apparently if you weave in some strands of your hair it counters it? Love the slightly witchy/Victorian vibe of this superstition tho. Have any knitanons experienced the sweater curse?
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Ah, I really wanted to crochet thrummed mittens like last month but decided it would be too late for it. I'm not really a mitten person, but they look so cute and cozy.
ayrt, the best way to learn is to have someone show you. Most local yarn stores (i.e. not the big box hobby stores) have some kind of knitting and/or crochet classes, and if you're lucky you can find one for beginners. Other than that, VeryPinkKnits on YouTube is a great channel. I don't really like how she teaches continental purling, but I also think that most American tutorials over-complicate continental purling. If you just put the working yarn over the left needle like it's another stitch and guide the right needle through with your left thumb the stitch practically makes itself, but I digress. As for kits, all you need to start is some cheap yarn, preferably bulky/category 5 because it's easier to work with as a beginner, and then either knitting needles or a crochet hook of the appropriate size. You can just get the size recommended on the yarn package if you're unsure, or if you're following a pattern use what the pattern says. For first projects in either knitting or crochet, squares and/or simple scarves are good. For knitting, you can try first garter stich (knit each row) and then stockinette (knit one row, purl the other, and so on). The first things you make will probably be hideous but that's OK. If you get bored of the beginner's rectangle, make a Ravelry account and try looking for easy patterns. Hats are usually not too complicated, but most knitted hats will require circular or double-pointed kneedles so those are better tackled once you're past the beginner phase. Have fun!
I had knitting in school but I never learnt it there, had my parents help with the projects we had to do and couldn't do anything besides plain knit stitch. Then like 3 years ago I learned on my own via youtube tutorials because I wanted some cozy knit socks.
Anyone here has any experience buying yarn cones? I just realised its much cheaper than buying normal balls of yarn even if you go for high quality stuff. I read about the waxy coating and stuff but was wondering if anyone here has practical insight/negative experiences with them.
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Anyone want to share your favorite free patterns you've made? https://www.mamainastitch.com/diagonal-diamonds-woven-throw-crochet-pattern/
I love this stitch so much.
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She comes out lovely, considering trying to scale up the pattern for a huge snail.
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I made this scarf for my mom and I almost kept it for myself because it's so warm and squishy.https://leftinknots.com/home/coffee-bean-infinity-scarf-crochet-pattern
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This ladies etsy shop is so lovely, it makes me want to get into crochet and knitting. I love the kits she does!
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Per request of the anon in /ot/, this is the page I was talking about. These are Creative Grandma's stitch of the week patterns. I said 50 in my posts, but I now realize that it's actually 257 stitch patterns. They're all free and I plan on trying them all. https://creativegrandma.net/crochet-patterns/
Pic is just a random picture, not from the site.
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Oh my god what a perfect thread! I'm a pattern """designer""" (of zero fame with no audience) but I'm knitting myself a sweater right now and designing it as I go. I've posted about it in /ot/ without knowing about this thread! My night has been made. I did German shortrows at the back so the neckline doesn't choke me to death, its hard to take pictures of but I'm nearly at the sleeve separation now. I recently made a croptop too but my photos of it are shitty.
Thank you!! It's just a Michael's Store Loops'n'Threads brand. I'll link it! I like it because its an incredibly soft acrylic meant for baby blankets, but I notice that it gets fuzzy really quickly. The colourway is called Blossom in case the link doesn't go to that colour directly. https://www.michaels.com/baby-delight-yarn-by-loops-and-threads/M20015465.html?dwvar_M20015465_size=7%20oz&dwvar_M20015465_color=White>>248723
Thank you! Tweaking patterns is how you begin to make your own, that's how I started! Eventually you get really comfortable with not using a base. I'll post if I remember! >>248757
Thank you so much as well!
I don't think there's anything wrong with it but I'd feel a bit weird about it personally as well.
You could always contact the person and ask their permission if you're unsure, or maybe find a similar free pattern by a big company like Lion/Red Heart/Drops etc where it would feel less like a big deal? Is it a really specific pattern or is it quite simple?
If it's just for fun rather than profit, you'd maybe feel less weird about it if you gave any profits to a charity or something? Of course you don't have to do that, it's your time and your work, just a suggestion!
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Does anyone have any cute sky-themed amigurumi patterns? I've been trying to make a mobile for my friend's new baby. So far I have a bunch of clouds and raindrops, plus a rainbow colored base I'm attaching them to. I'm thinking about adding a sun and some birds or bees, I'm not sure yet.>>248172
Thanks for the link nona! I was just looking for a resource with different crochet stitches to try out.Also I just watched one of her videos and for whatever reason it really hit me in the kokoro. She really reminds me of my own grandma who passed away like 10 years ago. She was really good at knitting and sewing but I never got a chance to learn from her.
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This is more of a rant, but I hate when I find a pattern I really like, but the instructions are unclear as fuck. I'm looking at a pattern for a case and they don't even include the instructions for every part of the case. It's not too complicated, so it won't be hard to just wing it but it's still very annoying.
Which parts are you confused about? Creating the bottom portion before you start crocheting in the round? I hate when patterns are like that, too. Sometimes the pattern creator has a "contact me" portion of the pattern if you get confused though near the end.
Also I just started knitting a beanie. I know it's Spring but I'm hoping to have stock for the winter and for Christmas gifts without overwhelming myself come Winter again. I'd post a picture but my lighting is pathetic right now. The yarn is an alpaca, silk and wool mix so it feels kinda soft but kinda rough. It's not plied very tightly either so it'll be super fuzzy
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I love knitting but unfortunately it takes way too long. So I bought a knitting machine for 50 Euros and now I am able to knit a cardigan in two weeks. I am too shy to post my stuff here but I found something similar to mine. It is inspired by an outfit Harry Styles wore to a concert.
I was thinking about buying a knitting machine but it looked kinda complicated to use? what has been your experience with it nonny
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>tfw I get yarn barf
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I just started learning to knit a few months ago and I love it so much, it's so satisfying and meditative (when I'm not fucking it up)
I am about to start knitting this vintage pattern out of cotton worsted for summer. I love the photo because it's how I imagine I'll feel wearing my stupid little vest
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Since she used a 5mm hook, it sounds like you’re right that it’s about a worsted weight. Good luck with your sweater!
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My biggest pet peeve regarding patterns is when someone makes an entire video tutorial for how to make an item, and then you have to pay for the written pattern. I prefer reading written patterns so I can watch other stuff when crocheting so it just sucks. I know people wanna make money off of their work, that doesn't bother me (it doesn't even bother me when pattern makers do stuff like say "no selling items made with this pattern") but why would you make a free video tutorial if you want to charge for the pattern.
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There are a handful of ways to mend a hole in a knit. If the hole is vertically short enough you may just be able to kind of “sew” it shut with similar yarn. If it’s a larger hole, maybe get a speedweve darning loom of the necessary size and a tapestry needle set. There are a lot of YouTube tutorials showing how to darn with one. Look for one that shows someone darning a knit garment (for some reason a lot of ppl use them for darning jeans too).
It can be a bit hard to get a hang of the basics (slip knot, chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet) but yes after you learn those you can make most things. Any other stitches that a pattern might call for will be easy to learn if you already know those.
I recommend vidrel, the Crochet Guru. When I was learning I used multiple different tutorials but this channel helped me the most.
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Plush and chenille are up there with black yarn on the list of yarns I hate but roving takes the (yarn) cake. Even faux-roving like Red Heart Unforgettable AKA Unforgiveable makes me ragequit like a Fortnite-playing moidlet when I inevitably try to frog it.
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I'm being forced to check the gauge for a garment I'm working on, and no matter what hook I use it's always one or two stitches more than I need.
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You tend to handle the yarn more when you crochet so the risk of slowly garroting your fingers is higher than with knitting, plus crochet tends to make a denser fabric so shitty yarn really screws up the drape of the finished product. I only ever crochet with shitty acrylic yarn when I'm testing out a new technique or making a functional item that needs a tough, structured fabric. Recently I made a wonderfully rigid pencil case from this horrible scratchy acrylic that would not be suitable for any wearables other than maybe a biblically accurate John the Baptist cosplay, and it cracks me up that it's advertised as a blanket yarn (picrel but in taupe).
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NONNIES what should i gift to a woman who loves knitting? would just yarn be enough, or ? maybe there's something cool!
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You could get her a yarn bowl, picrel is a basic one but there are tons of cute kitchy ones out there too, like my mom has one shaped like a sheep
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What's your favorite yarn anons? It can be a brand, a type of yarn, or your favorite fiber. I personally like anything soft, fluffy and thick (like chenille or the Lion Brand hometown yarn). The process with fluffy yarns is a struggle but I think they make nice projects.
The cleanliness of your work and ability to interpret it will get better with practice, and there's not really any way around that other than just continuing to go for it until you get there, like >>301799
There are a lot of tutorials out there dedicated to how to read your work, though, if you want some extra help. Not going to be much use until you get practice in to the point where things look consistent, though.
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Does anyone else find the hooker jokes pretty corny? It was funny at first, but I kind of roll my eyes when I hear them. It doesn't have anything to do with my personal feelings on actual hookers or anything, btw
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agreed, hooker jokes are cringe. its in the same category of thing as "doggo" and "heckin good boi"
speaking of crochet cringe, there was drama in a facebook group I'm in because some moron is making crocheted packers complete with ball hair and shaft veins. I guess several people had the AuDAcItY to click the LOL-reaction which caused the OP to start frothing about transphobia. i didn't want to get banned from the group so I restrained myself from pointing out that no one is desperate enough for "gender affirmation" to stuff a cartoonish wooly knob in their pants.
Omg, I saw this yesterday and wsntbto make it too! It would definitely be a long-term sort of project for me. Thank you for your prayers nonny
, I am very nearly done with the scarf.
, I will make this one day.
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You shouldn't need anything but a ruler or measurement tape really. Gauge is just how many stitches are in a 4 inch section of your crochet pieces. It's pretty important for most garments (like your cardigan) to make them fit properly, and patterns usually have how much your gauge should be at the beginning. https://www.interweave.com/article/crochet/crochet-gauge-swatch/
If the second sleeve is looser, you may have just loosened your tension. I also meant to ask, did the pattern say the sleeve required less rows or did it just end up looking like it needed less rows? I was gonna say that if it's not a noticeable difference you may not need to frog it, but it might end up looking weird when you inevitably have to wash the cardigan.
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yes, I didnt put as much tension on the 2nd sleeve like i did with the first one.
The pattern i'm following didnt specify how many rows it should have, rather, it told us how much inches it should be. the 2nd looser sleeve had less rows since the loose stitches made its height longer. so instead of it being 18 1/2 like the 1st sleeve, it's 19 inches instead. so yeah, it ended up needing less rows.
pic rel. are my sleeves. left (1st) right (2nd)
like you've stated, i dont think it will be noticeable if my sweater is chunky and cuffed anyways, but i'm always open to other advice!!
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Has anyone here ever made their own hooks (or needles)? I'm seriously thinking about buying molds, resin, and clay to try and make my own
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I've never made any, but I inherited a couple hand carved crochet hooks a few years ago and I think they're so neat. I suspect they were made around the Great Depression era. Pic isn't mine, but looks similar enough.
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British terminology literally makes no sense at all. Why would this be called a double crochet?
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These new-ish sesame street yarns are so stinkin' cute
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I picked this one
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I've been diligently collecting my scrap yarn to turn into more, new yarn, and I'm starting to realize how different my definition of scrap yarn is to other crocheters. I consider scrap yarn to be like, the little pieces you cut off after weaving your ends or when I have an extremely tiny amount of yarn left after a project, but other people are able to make entire projects from their scrap yarn kek.
Yep, I'm doing what I usually do when making an amigurumi.
Ended up just using a MUCH larger hook and that resolved the issue.
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Anybody able to figure out how Asako Ito does her work? Rather than the traditional amigurumi made primarily from going in continuous rounds, it looks like she crochets individual panels that she then joins together (in a manner closer to traditionally sewn plushes). Does that sound about right?
I really like the greater level of flexibility this seems to lend her shapes, and am curious about trying the technique.