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Knit Pants? November 5, 2008

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My husband thinks that knit pants are just super weird.  But, in spite of that, I’ve decided to knit a pair.  Not for myself (although I found a cute pattern on Ravelry), but for my soon to be 2 year old cousin.  Since my confidence in knitting with circular needles is increasing, so are my ambitions of what I can do with them.

On Sunday I decided on the Juju pattern from Knitty, Spring 2008 issue.  After I cast on the first time, I realized that I had twisted stitches.  So I rearranged my stitches and went back to it.  After 4 rows I discovered that somewhere along the line I had picked up 2 stitches and couldn’t figure out where and had half of my knitting in perfect K2P2 ribbing and the last half in ugly disarray.  I put the project down for a few days and decided to cast on again yesterday for the pants.  8 rows into the project, I realized that I wasn’t supposed to have joined my knitting in the round ’til after row 9.  Unwilling to rip it out again, I’ve decided to pave my own way.  Especially once I read what that unjoined 8 rows was for.

The first 8 rows are unjoined so you can create a band where some elastic will be threaded through.  My first thought was that I could just pick up stitches along the top of the pants and knit those 8 rows to flip over.  But then as I was looking outside today and seeing how crappy it’s going to get, I realized that the worsted weight yarn I’m using might be kind of chilly.  So now, once I’m done knitting the pants, I am going to buy either fleece or flannel (probably flannel) and sew the fabric inside the pants to make them warmer.  When I sew the fabric in, I’ll be able to create an inside band for the elastic to be put in.  Problem solved!

Right now I have 1 1/2″ before I start the legs and I love the cable pattern on the side of the legs.  Tonight I hope to get right to the legs or start a bit into the legs and then I’ll take some progress pictures!

 

I think I found a new use for my acrylic yarn July 24, 2008

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My cousin’s 2nd birthday is next month.  I’m sending a small care package for both of my little cousins with knitted fun stuffs.  First the pink socks for my cousin Fiona and now I’m putting together green cable socks for my cousin Carter.  I originally thought that the acrylic yarn might not be soft enough for socks.  But after knitting the first sock, it doesn’t seem so bad.  Plus a little washing will (hopefully) soften it up a bit.

I’m using this pattern from Lion Brand Yarn.  The only thing I would change about it the next time I knit them, is to put cables on both sides of the sock.  Having knit the first sock, I don’t know how much I like it being alone.  Then again, if you think about it, you’ll probably only see the side with the cable on it.  Hmm.  On the plus side, my toe looks a lot better.  With the pink socks, the toes ended up really super pointy.  These green socks turned out flatter.

This is also my first project with my new wooden needles.  I feel that the wood needles were more comfortable while knitting with the acrylic yarn.  When I was knitting my doll my hands cramped up quite often when knitting with the metal needles.  I’m not sure if it’s just me, but there were a few times where I was nervous I would snap the needles in half.  Mostly this was noticeable during the first few rows and then whenever I was doing decreases (like the k2tog).  Luckily there have been no mishaps.

So we are going camping this weekend and while I’m not sure how much knitting I’ll be able to do (other than on the drive there and back), I for sure will try to crank out more socks from what I have left of acrylic yarn (the pretty light grass green and a bright blue).  My bigger projects haven’t really been put on hold, but I can pretty much guarantee that I won’t work on them ’til next week when my knitting pal comes back.  They’re really items that need a few hours of intense concentration.  Plus I’ll be submitting these socks into the Summer KAL/CAL!

On a sidenote, I’m really sad that I wasn’t able to peruse more at Prairie Yarn this past weekend.  😦  There were a lot of beautiful yarns that I just wanted to touch and sift through.  But hopefully I’ll be able to order some more yarn from KnitPicks plus a circular needle.  My friend has been using her circular needles and loves them.