Monday, August 21, 2006


Here I am needing help again

Hi there, I finally got the hang of the log cabin and have one in the process but you all know how long that takes so I thought I would try my hand at the warsh rags in my book(you know a quick to do project in between the larger ones LOL)

So my question is how do you join color B in on line 3?? After that it should be in there and just running up the side and twisted to carry it up the side I guess but I am not sure how you join it to start with since I have never knit with more than one color. Thanks to anyone that can help me.

Just leave a small tail to either weave in or sew in later and start wrapping B around the knitting needle instead of the extra from A. It will be a bit clearer when you try it. You need to hold tight for a few stitches, and then it will be just like normal. If you want to twist around the old colour every other row you can, or just carry it up the side, and be careful not to pull too tightly with the first stitch of a new colour so you don't bunch the cloth on the side.

Sorry to be so wordy, it is easier to show than to say!
Staphanie, you did a fine job, which is perhaps why you are the only comment.
The thing I love about knitting is that many of the instructions - like "join in new yarn," "pick up stitches," "knit through the back loop," or even "increase" or "decrease" will work out just fine if you just do literally what it says to do in whatever old way occurs to you at that moment, as long as you're looking at your work while you do it and putting a reasonable amount of effort into being neat.

Sure, there are lots of variations and "techniques" worth learning that will subtly make the effects better-looking or happen more efficiently, but basically if you put the yarn where you want it and you don't mind how it looks when it gets there, you're in business.

If you can't remember how to decrease, say, just look at your needles and say, "I want one less stitch. The last time I did that by accident, what did I do?" and do that.

You gotta love that in a craft.

Okay, maybe I'm not always picky enough, and it certainly shows that I learned how to knit in a foreign language that I did not yet speak or understand (yes, it can be done!).

But thinking about it this way always calms me down when, even after a lot of years of knitting, I occasionally run into an instruction that makes me go, "WTF?" - I just say, well, where do I want the yarn to go and how can I get it there?

See, Stephanie B. - this was even more wordy, *and* failed to answer the question. :-)
I know exactly what kate a. is saying about those "WTF?" moments. On my first nine patch, I got to that tricky little "SSK" instruction and was stumped. So I read the definition in the back of the book and tried it...but I still can't figure out if I'm doing it right, because it's a lot like transferring two stitches to the right needle and then knitting them together in an odd way. It looks okay, so I'm sticking with it.
Jen said SSK is:
"it's a lot like transferring two stitches to the right needle and then knitting them together in an odd way."

...and wasn't sure if that was "right" - of course, it's right if you're happy with the results, but it's also true that what you said is exactly what SSK *IS*. It really doesn't ever get more complicated than that...
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