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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

762 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
762 Posts

Posted - Jun 20 2020 :  09:45:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Darlene (doctordor) had posted a knitting question in another thread and it made me think that perhaps we should have a knitting thread going to answer questions.

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Originally posted by doctordar

Thank you, Carole! I first bought a set of the straight metal ones, but they were so slippery that the stitches kept coming off. So I bought the ones with the cords. I know it will take me some time to find the type that works best for me. I'll try out your suggestion to change the twist I use to see if that helps. I was looking on Amazon at the fixed cord needles. I was wondering if the metal ones would do what the original metal ones did. Perhaps with more practice these issues will resolve themselves. I so appreciate your help!

Dream - Believe - Manifest
She believed she could...so she did!
Farmgirl #7049



Darlene, if your stitches slip off, you might have too loose of a tension. I'm thinking that you are using double pointed needles. You can purchase stoppers for those ... or make one with thick foam.

Fix cables are great in that you will not be dealing with the unwinding of the cable. However, depending on the project you are working on, you will need the same size needles with different length cables. The only fixed cables I have are for 2.5mm as they do not make them interchangeable and I bought them with a 16" cable.

Not sure what brand needles you use ... I purchase my HiyaHiya knitting needles at this shop:

https://skeinshop.com/



Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com

Edited by - ceridwen on Jun 20 2020 09:53:42 AM

debbieklann
Sharpshooter/Schoolmarm

369 Posts

Debbie
Madras OR
USA
369 Posts

Posted - Jun 20 2020 :  10:23:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is true...you may end up with a certain size circular needle but in 5 different lengths!
You can get circular needles with the points made from different materials, like bamboo or wood. The bamboo isn't as slippery as metal and helps with keeping your stitches from sliding off.

Debbie Klann
Farmgirl Sister #770
2018 Farmgirl of the Year

"Well behaved women seldom make history"....Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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GinnyBelle
True Blue Farmgirl

335 Posts

Hannah
Otterbein IN
USA
335 Posts

Posted - Jun 20 2020 :  1:53:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for starting this thread! I am definitely following it and know where to go if I have questions when the time comes.

Darlene, thank you for the advice about the different styles you found on YouTube. The build off 4 method sounds interesting!

Farmgirl #6994

Sunshine Mixed With A Little Hurricane
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

762 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
762 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  08:48:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I finished this hat for a family member ... just in time for his birthday



The pattern is called Llama Una The Easy Ombre Slouch hat . It's a free pattern on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-easy-ombre-slouch-hat

I used the recommended yarn (Misarol) which is 100% baby alpaca and needle size 4mm... I do like how it turned out. I will say that the yarn is not so easy to work with. It is so soft and wonderful ... although wonderful qualities it makes it a tad challenging to knit. Thank goodness for circular needles. I don't think it would work well with double pointed needles.

Catch you all later!

Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com

Edited by - ceridwen on Jun 22 2020 08:50:03 AM
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

4904 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
4904 Posts

Posted - Jun 22 2020 :  11:00:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Carole, another gorgeous knitted that you made!! Love those colors and the style is perfect for easy and comfortable wear.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018

Edited by - Red Tractor Girl on Jun 22 2020 11:00:37 AM
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MrsMath
True Blue Farmgirl

76 Posts

Jessie
Shiloh NJ
USA
76 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2020 :  2:08:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, Carole! That is gorgeous!! I am just a beginner knitter, having only done dishcloths. Im trying to expect my skills with and have started Christmas stockings. EEK! Maybe if I start now, I'll get all five done before the holiday arrives. lol I love this thread!! <3

G>^V!! #Type1Mama
"When I am overwhelmed,lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
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GinnyBelle
True Blue Farmgirl

335 Posts

Hannah
Otterbein IN
USA
335 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2020 :  2:15:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh my goodness! That is absolutely gorgeous! <3 I would love to be able to make something like that someday.

Farmgirl #6994

Sunshine Mixed With A Little Hurricane
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MrsMath
True Blue Farmgirl

76 Posts

Jessie
Shiloh NJ
USA
76 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2020 :  3:17:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hope it is okay if I ask a knitting question too. I am pretty new to it, but my yarn keeps unraveling, like the plys are coming apart. Do you have an inexpensive type of yarn that you prefer to work with? Im knitting Christmas stocking and its a hot mess! lol

G>^V!! #Type1Mama
"When I am overwhelmed,lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

3366 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
3366 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2020 :  3:25:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jessie, try wrapping the yarn around the needle in the opposite way that you are now doing. I don't know how to explain what to do without showing it. Try asking the question on the internet.

Marie
Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
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MrsMath
True Blue Farmgirl

76 Posts

Jessie
Shiloh NJ
USA
76 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2020 :  4:26:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thanks Marie! Ill see what I can find. :)

G>^V!! #Type1Mama
"When I am overwhelmed,lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

762 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
762 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2020 :  10:23:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you everyone for your kind compliments on my hat.

Jessie, Did you start the yarn from the outside of the ball, or did you get the strand from the inside of the ball/skein? Just curious. You will get untwisting with loosely intertwined yarns. The key is to begin from same direction of the twist. Gosh, this is confusing ... I had to visualize for a moment LOL


Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com

Edited by - ceridwen on Jun 28 2020 10:24:14 AM
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

762 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
762 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2020 :  10:26:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm really loving this thread. Thank you for participating. We can learn so much from each other.

When I posted a picture of the hat, I had not blocked it yet. I didn't know how I would go about doing it without owning a styrofoam head or a ball the same size as his head lol. The idea came to mind to stuff it with towels.



The top, nice and smooth ...



Hoping you find this helpful!

Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com

Edited by - ceridwen on Jun 28 2020 10:28:30 AM
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MrsMath
True Blue Farmgirl

76 Posts

Jessie
Shiloh NJ
USA
76 Posts

Posted - Jun 30 2020 :  7:57:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I pull from the outside. I'm using a cake. I think I've got the swing of it. My yarn must be too thin for the hooks I am using. I knitted the pattern before and should have kept going but o set it down a great while and started over. Now I'm just having no luck. It's so loopy

G>^V!! #Type1Mama
"When I am overwhelmed,lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

762 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
762 Posts

Posted - Jul 01 2020 :  09:40:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jessie, perhaps taking your start yarn from inside would help with the twist. Not all yarn are spun tightly. On the label, there should be a suggestion of the size of hook & needles. This will give you an idea if you are within the range. They are just guidelines.

Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com
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MrsMath
True Blue Farmgirl

76 Posts

Jessie
Shiloh NJ
USA
76 Posts

Posted - Jul 06 2020 :  11:24:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Carole! My needles were way too big.i was using an 8 and the label says 4. Yikes!

G>^V!! #Type1Mama
"When I am overwhelmed,lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

5757 Posts

Linda
Terrell TX
USA
5757 Posts

Posted - Jul 06 2020 :  11:35:01 AM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
This is an interesting thread; thanks to Carole for starting it.


Regarding the circular needles, I have a set of points of most normal sizes and one or two of the cable part that screw onto the points. I haven't knitted in a long time, so not sure what I have. I also have about 4 sets of most regular aluminum and nylon or plastic needles, because I have my mother's and my SIL's, and I have a few wooden needles for smaller scarf projects with ladder, eyelash, or ribbon yarns. I need to go through and get rid of some since I have so many.


Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015 and April 2017
Linda B
Terrell, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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