Support thread for Mumof2TeenBoys' and Expat's Blankets

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tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 19:07:33

Following on from the terrible news of the loss of Mumof2TeenBoys' ds, a new Woolly Hugs project has been started and, as ever, MNers have stepped up to offer whatever little comfort we can to Mumof and her family. We also keep close in our thoughts Aillidh, the dd of expatinscotland, who died yesterday.

We've put together some general info mostly about knitting but with some crochet bits thrown in, which should get you started but please feel free to ask for any help - I'm not sure if the crocheters are going to set up a new support thread but their current one is found here.

Please dive in - we will inevitably end up talking bollocks rubbish at some point but all are welcome aboard.

flubba Sun 08-Jul-12 19:13:33

If you're happy to also have plain crochet squares, I'll crochet a couple.

Dances checks in, passed wine -

I am currently struggling through a stocking stitch J. Any words of wisdom?

Signing in... Since my painfully slow plain garter stitch squares for MrsKwazii and Greengoose I have mastered purling. And stripes! [proud] Now I want to learn how to do proper patterns and pictures. Or is that a bit ambitious? confused

Dances, put down the wine? grin

PuddleJumper - you are my kind of knitter grin even if you want me to put my wine down Come to my arms

tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 19:22:47

Oh yeah, did I not mention since I started this thread that no drinking is allowed? That means wine holds only grape juice here wink

Puddlejumper (I put Puddlehumper initially, now there's an image I'd rather not have) - a lot of the proper patterns and pictures that we do for the squares are just knit and purl, the trick is knowing when to do which grin Provided you can count, you should be okay.

You could start with some textured patterns (that link may or may not work, it's just to the 'Textured Patterns' section of the document) or the simplified heart. This is the chart version and these are the written instructions.

No wine???? And no gin??? Is there also no rum??? Pistey Knotty and I are in trouble. I take it your year has continued trib? Well done, I admire you she says as she sips a very nice pinotage

flubba Sun 08-Jul-12 19:27:49

Where do I look for which colours to use? I have some leftovers from a previous blanket so hope I can use them again?

tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 19:29:21

Dances, yes, I'm still sober smile However, I'm obviously skewing the national average now so thank goodness everyone else is more than making up for me wink

tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 19:31:27

flubba - the colours are usually announced on the main blanket thread, they're usually based on the same colour palette, this time they are blues, greens, warm purples, silvers and cream (preferably Debbie Bliss 013 cream, if possible).

<embraces Dances, avoiding pointy needles> Why is the rum gone??? (Can you guess what I watched last night? grin).

I think this time I shall attempt (drumroll please) - double moss stitch. I like the look of it and it should be fairly simple like me . However I have a couple of hats to finish first so won't be starting for a few days.

RedRosie Sun 08-Jul-12 19:37:51

Hello all.

Checking in.

Am knitting (and donating) again.

I was going to do a poem but it doesn't seem appropriate with all the sadness. Perhaps later in the week ...


Trib - any chance of a moon pattern for the likes of me?

tribpot I'm sober too, somebody somewhere is definitely getting more than their fair share... grin Thanks for those links, I can't wait for my skill to catch up with my ambition!

RedRosie Sun 08-Jul-12 19:38:52

Joyful - I'm doing double moss, with stripes. Gulp.

Show off! [raspberry] grin

RedRosie Sun 08-Jul-12 19:47:17

Oh don't worry Joyful. I'm not very good (previous blanket efforts on profile).

I'm no competition for a competent or even semi-competent knitter.

Glaikit Sun 08-Jul-12 19:49:38

Signing in. Almost finished my first square. Knitted during the tennis. The flashes one you wrote out for me trib. I can't find the link you sent me.

FormerlyTitledUntidy Sun 08-Jul-12 19:50:27

Signing in smile
I am doing Dilly's phone box until my woolly love comes.

tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 19:51:42

Rosie - there are two or three moon ones in the document already, I can wang up some written instructions to match the moon and star chart if you'd like?

I managed moss stitch - how is double moss stitch different?

The only competition I'm in is for least competent knitter and Person Bravely Volunteering To Drink On Behalf Of All The Sober Folks

tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 19:53:12

Glaikit, if you recall, I popped round and lent you the book whilst you were doing that one, remember? wink <strikes Glaikit off the list of potential recruits for MI5>

tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 19:56:02

Dances - double moss.

Jules146 Sun 08-Jul-12 19:59:25

Another non-drinker here too!! Someone must be really enjoying our share!! Not too sure what to do yet <puts thinking hat on> maybe a different crochet square... Maybe also try and do crochet initials?! Need a brew to help thinking process!

Ah - in that case what I did was double moss - whoot whoot. It is very pretty, I was rather proud of that square.

Glaikit Sun 08-Jul-12 20:12:59

So you did, that's why I don't have a copy! Just a very good memory for patterns! <checks over shoulder for men in black>

RedRosie Sun 08-Jul-12 20:15:05

Yes please Trib. That would be very kind of you. Sorry for all the trouble, but I am a bit clueless still so need step-by-step instructions ...

You are my guru.

In return, there will be a poem Oh no not a poem! at some point.

Rosie I love your squares, I haven't attempted anything like that yet. And I love the dog, it looks so lifelike! wink

tribpot Sun 08-Jul-12 20:42:25

Rosie, we are of course trying to encourage people on to the thread so ... maybe a short poem?

RedRosie Sun 08-Jul-12 20:42:33

I just follow stitch patterns (or Trib's orders) for the blankets, crossing off each row, and still get in a mess No talent whatsoever - knitted my first ever stitch in January.

Yes. Pru is life-like, right down to the life-like slobber and chewed up chair legs.

PurplePidjin Sun 08-Jul-12 20:45:35

Flubba plain crochet is fab! Grannies or rows?

<signs in with non drinkers temporarily>

<yearns for Christmas when i can have wine and pate and yummy cheese>

RedRosie Sun 08-Jul-12 20:51:08

<sniffs pathetically>

<looks reproachfully at Trib>

My poetry is only the third-worst in the known universe you know ...


Marking my place. No wine here but there is birthday cake for DH. Help yourselves, he won't notice (much!).
Off to search Ravelry for some inspiration whilst waiting for wool.

Was v excited in Birmingham the other week. Came across some people knitting in an empty shop! They were doing an Olympic knitting project doing some HUGE pieces in the colours of the rings. I think they said they would be put on the Town Hall.

flubba Sun 08-Jul-12 21:11:53

Grannies is all I've attempted mastered so far, but could have a go at rows if that's better for the blankets?

KnottyLocks Sun 08-Jul-12 21:26:03

Hello, lovely woolly folk smile

wos all this about no booze?

Flubba, granny squares are lovely. smile

Just signing in, I am going to try a ripple crochet square this time. If I've got enough wool left.

PurplePidjin Sun 08-Jul-12 21:49:31

Either's fine, I'm just nosy grin

Pics on my profile of crochet squares for Matilda's blanket, and probably some previous ones too! There's a ripple in there, WhoKnows, i stabilised it with a row of htc either end smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 08-Jul-12 21:50:59

I have booze Knots wine
Checking in...

BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Sun 08-Jul-12 21:52:54

Evening' all. Too whacked to pick up the needles tonight, much less the terrifying hook grin but signing in now for later.

prettybird Sun 08-Jul-12 22:27:41

Checking in. I must collate/print-off my patterns so that I can take them with me on holiday when I go off next Sunday.

It'll give me something to do while we're sitting in hotel front room/dining room/reception (Greek family hotel, so it's all those at once) in the afternoon watching the Tour de France smilewine

MinnieBar Sun 08-Jul-12 22:47:29

Signing in…

I may, I repeat may just have got the hang of this intarsia business. I rather suspect that my method of 'hold the colour you're not currently using in your teeth and then weave the one you are over and under' is probably not the way you're meant to do it, but it looks neat at the front, and is devoid of loops at the back, so it'll do. -- glosses over the issue of damp yarn--

Anyway, time for bed… night all

MinnieBar Sun 08-Jul-12 22:48:11

Stupid sodding strike-out fail!!!

prettybird Sun 08-Jul-12 22:49:46

...I put the wine in before I'd read the thread blush

I'll be lowering the tone then.... While there won't be any alcohol drunk in the next week while I attempt to lose some weight so I won't look too horrendous in a bikini wink, there will be wine, lots of [gin], some nice frosty [beer] partaken of the following week blushblush

I'll try not to let it affect my knitting too much wink

Signing in/up smile. I have two shades of the Rowan Cashsoft - Mirage and Ballad Blue to play with this time.

tribpot Mon 09-Jul-12 13:51:09

I should say I was only kidding about the wine being banned - this is Mumsnet! Vodka on the cornflakes is a requirement.

Shredded - I've used some ballad blue in the past, it's lovely! The Mirage looks like it will go very nicely with it.

BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Mon 09-Jul-12 16:04:21

Minnie I'm loving the mental picture of your intarsia. Sounds like me when I was starting out on 4 double pointed needles grin

Vodka on the cornflakes would have been a good idea this morning - just back from helping out on reception year DD's school trip. Boy that was hard work confused.

In honour of the wondrous Trib though, I will stick to a brew and a nice sit down.

I wanted to sign into this as its my first time doing a square for a blanket. Think I might try something that I've not done before like the rice stitch in the doc that tribpot linked to.
I think that knitting and wine go perfectly so I'll help out with that as well!

I found my way to the team heart chart, but am having trouble interpreting it. Are there by any chance any written instructions? I made a couple of the plain hearts last time (without the lacy internal border), but am feeling adventurous enough now to have a go at the more complicated one.

Lovely colours in the ripple Pidj.

I have recently made a ripple cushion (pic in profile), which had to edge it dc,htc,tc,htc,dc to fill all the zigzags in, then two more rows of dc all the way round, so I was thinking the same filling in but only one row of dc round (depending on how big it comes out)

PurplePidjin Mon 09-Jul-12 18:57:34

Mid blue donor wool plus leftovers from previous blankets. With boats as a suggestion, i took my inspiration from the Solent wink

tribpot Mon 09-Jul-12 19:01:55

Shredded, funnily enough I don't think I ever did written instructions for the Team Heart. Are you okay with the two stitches called k2tog (knit two together) and ssk (slip, slip, knit)?

That's nice, I was down at Lee on-the Solent the other day and the ripples were very big and pointy!

The Solent's not far from me, I hope it looks better today than the sea here (it was a delightful shade of murky grey at lunchtime hmm).

I'm still doing my hats but plan to start my first square tomorrow.

tribpot Mon 09-Jul-12 19:52:27

Shredded, I've added just a few instructions to the chart that might explain things whilst I'm writing up the instructions.

PurplePidjin Mon 09-Jul-12 20:00:01

It's about 3/4 of a mile away and I'm the other side of The Water, but yes there's lots of grey in that square grin

Glaikit Mon 09-Jul-12 20:24:04

I'm so excited! I finished my second square today. And it's magic!!



RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 09-Jul-12 20:29:06

Posted this on the other thread too, but I am all agog.

Who was in Peter Jones today looking at woolly wool?


One of our Blanketeers is sure she spotted a fellow Mumsnetter in there today flicking between the Rowan Cashsoft and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK and concentrating on blues, greens and warm purples.....??!

PM me if you like grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 09-Jul-12 20:29:31

luffly square Glaikit X

bobkate Mon 09-Jul-12 20:40:19

Signing in - hello all smile. I've started my blue square so at least I'll have one reliable one and then I'm going to try to do one that's a bit different. I love your magic square glaikit very clever smile
redrosie I also think your squares for Matilda's blanket look good - were they tricky? and what patterns did you use? I'd like to try something similar.

Glaikit Mon 09-Jul-12 20:55:30

It's this from ravelry but I'd had to add an extra bit at the top to bring it to size so I would knit the first 4 rows and last 4 rows twice so the star is in the middle next time.

<shamelessly proud>

tribpot Mon 09-Jul-12 21:22:44

Glaikit - it is awesome, and the pattern has already been stolen for the guide! Fab work.

Glaikit that's amazing!

Just to bring down the tone after Glaikit's brilliance, on my profile are my first two squares for Mum2's blanket...

tribpot Mon 09-Jul-12 22:01:03

I don't think your profile's accessible, DancesWithWools ...

Hmmmmm - Try again Trib

tribpot Mon 09-Jul-12 22:05:59

Nope, when I hover over Puddlejumper's name, I can clearly click on it. With you only your name hovers in a ghostly fashion.

I can see them Dances! They're lovely. smile

tribpot Mon 09-Jul-12 22:10:35

Ah, me too now! Very good work! Love the diagonal, very neat.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 10-Jul-12 06:07:06

Morning brew

Just catching up with PMs then off to work until lunchtime as usual. Hoping to hear of some wool arriving with our lovely crafters today.

Thinking of James and his family X


RedRosie Tue 10-Jul-12 06:58:23

Hi bobkate - one of those is little check stitch, one is blackberry stitch. Both are just knit/purl repeating patterns that you can follow. I write them out and do 5 bar gates so I don't get in a muddle.

Try Google, or PM me and I'll send you instructions.

Other simple options (I can only do simple) are in Trib's documentation ... One simple square that looks v nice is stocking stitch with a two knit stitch border to stop it curling.

tribpot Tue 10-Jul-12 07:59:14

Minnie - if you do manage to look in to this thread now you are a budding authoress, I meant to say I think the reason you were using the 'teeth' method of intarsia is because your balls are too heavy (as the actress said to the bishop). Each little area needs its own bobbin, even the one that could just continue with the main ball of yarn. This way you can just cross them over and they should not require teeth to keep them out of the way.

McKayz Tue 10-Jul-12 08:52:16


I am only donating this time due to new DD. But I was hoping to try and practice if I get chance.

I wanted to try the chinese waves pattern. Slip just means that I move the stitch onto the other needle without knitting it doesn't it?

Thanks smile

prettybird Tue 10-Jul-12 09:03:05

Yes it does. But unless it says "slip knitwise", you start as if you're going to purl the stitch and then transfer it over to the other needle. Otherwise it twists the stitch (which sometimes you want to do - but that's when the pattern will say "slip knitwise")

Try it and you'll see what I mean.

McKayz Tue 10-Jul-12 09:13:30

Ok then. Thank you.

Hopefully it'll go well so I can do more than just garter or stocking stitch.

KnottyLocks Tue 10-Jul-12 09:19:21

Morning , lovelies. smile

bobkate Tue 10-Jul-12 10:05:49

Thanks redrosie I'll google first and PM you if I get stuck! smile

soremummy Tue 10-Jul-12 11:26:34
BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Tue 10-Jul-12 13:16:59

<projects Woolly Help icon into sky>

Triiiiib I need help! Tried the Christmas Stars last night and it was a total dogs dinner. I thought I knew what I was doing with a chart but maybe not. I just couldn't get the stars to stand out and I'm confused as I seemed to be knitting each row in the "background" bit when it looks like stocking stitch in the picture.

Any ideas how I managed to bodge it quite so badly?

tribpot Tue 10-Jul-12 13:41:12

Right, Barbara. This has fallen for the same problem as the Tree of Valium in its original chart. When it says 'knit' it doesn't mean 'knit' it means 'do a stitch which will appear to be knit if viewed from the right side of the work'. In other words, if you're doing a wrong side row: purl.

So bloody obvious, innit?

So all you have to do is simply reverse every instruction on every other row. It says purl, you knit. It says knit, you purl.

Et voila - it will look like the picture. Or your head will explode. Definitely one or t'other.

Alternatively I could rewrite the instructions at least as a chart with the right stitches listed on it, perhaps graduating to written instructions if strictly necessary smile

prettybird Tue 10-Jul-12 14:06:13

Two lovely balls of wool have just arrived: a cream and a soft mid blue. They'll be great for doing some cabling and Icelandic knitting. smile[

BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Tue 10-Jul-12 14:16:41

Trib, you are a star (no pun intended!) Thank you so much. thanks

That's kind of what I felt I should be doing but it so clearly said "knit" confused

Will print out the chart and scrawl on it accordingly. If I still can't get it done I'll pick up the pieces of my cranium and post for help. Or do another plain and essential instead. smile

KnottyLocks Tue 10-Jul-12 14:39:38

New blanket for Expat

As always, please do not feel you have to sign up. You have all done so much already thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 10-Jul-12 15:12:13

Just popping in - can someone knit me a rose square? If you can, could you PM me? I've had a special request Xx

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 10-Jul-12 15:12:52

well not knit for me, for the blanket for Eilidh?

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 15:26:17

PM'd although not knitted...

I just saw this on the sign up thread for Aillidh's blanket: i would estimate that a first square would take 3-4 hours. shock Am I really really slow then? A 6" square on 4mm needles takes me at least double that! Whereas I can knit a hat on 10mm needles in an evening if the children stay asleep and in bed because it's bigger.

prettybird Tue 10-Jul-12 19:14:35

I'm a slow knitter too - I might now be able to do a very plain square that quickly but it has taken me a year and a half to get there! grin

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 19:16:10

That would be me, i don't knit. I take it my guess was wildly inaccurate? grin

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 19:17:06

Crochet grannies take about an hour if you're slow...

That's reassuring pretty, I'm glad it's not just me!

Pidj I'm not sure whether your estimate was inaccurate or I really am just very slow - either way I think I need to learn crochet! grin

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 19:31:59

I was also trying to reassure any newbies. I figure if you do it 2 rows at a time while getting on with family life it'll feel like 3 hours...

I can knock out a square in about 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending how complicated it is, but it will probably be full of mistakes - I have never mastered slow and steady at anything, even I know I would benefit from it...

"Wise and slowly, they stumble that knit run fast..." (Check out Dances quoting Shakespeare!!!)

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 19:33:41

I'm going to start a thread and try and coordinate some meets, i think. Then we can swap wool, patterns and tips - many many new people now thanks

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 19:35:40

I was assuming garter stitch, actually...

<reports thread so we can include Expat in the title>

Yay - I like a good meet up! That is how I wound up being a knitter - cos I met Pistey and Knotty at the last Christmas Meetup the one where no-on could hear themselves talk so we drank and danced instead

KnottyLocks Tue 10-Jul-12 19:41:42

Help needed

I really want two identical heart squares, that look like Team Heart but have little beads around the edge of the heart, so along the edge of the heart itself.

Anyone help me?

soremummy Tue 10-Jul-12 19:41:45

I've sadly forgotten how to crochet granny squaressad I think a meet up would be good I know tribs not too far from me maybe she could show me

soremummy Tue 10-Jul-12 19:43:15

I can only think of maybe doing the hearts and sewing the beads on after if that was any good

FormerlyTitledUntidy Tue 10-Jul-12 19:53:17

knotty, can I get back to you about that? I have a pattern for beading somewhere but it may be paper, so need T9 root it out. smile

FormerlyTitledUntidy Tue 10-Jul-12 19:53:59

*to root out
Stupid smart phone

I can do my heart, like the one I did for the last blankie, and sew some beads on. If you were you hoping for someone a little more professional however I understand.

tribpot Tue 10-Jul-12 20:00:16

Knotty, there's one similar to what you want in the Refuge e-book, pls PM me.

KnottyLocks Tue 10-Jul-12 20:02:55

I'll try and route out a photo. There was a beaded heart on Aillidh's blanket, that I'd like a version of on both Expat's and Giraffe's blanket.

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 20:03:15

Meet up sign up smile

PurplePidjin Tue 10-Jul-12 20:03:39
soremummy Tue 10-Jul-12 20:12:53

trib can u message me that link im off line soon but ill check it in morning and if i can manage it i will gladly do them

KnottyLocks Tue 10-Jul-12 22:44:22

Trib, I'll have a look at the Refuge book when I get a minute. Meanwhile I have wonderful people on the case trying to track down the person who made the original to get the pattern.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 10-Jul-12 23:17:02

Knotty - I thought we knew who did that beaded heart? Or is it that you can't track them down?

KnottyLocks Tue 10-Jul-12 23:27:54

Summat like that smile

On the case though.

tribpot - sorry for disappearing. I had to go away overnight for work. I'm fine with the abbreviations, but find it hard to read charts and knit at the same time.

I have, however, discovered that knitting is an excellent way of deterring people from sitting in the empty seat next to you on the train - it happened both ways on my trip, whereas usually I seem to attract every strange person on Amtrak grin.

And after a hard evening with the chart and my ballad blue, I've cracked it! Thank you for the youtube links.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 11-Jul-12 07:11:41

smile Shredded at you fritting folk on Amtrak!

PurplePidjin Wed 11-Jul-12 08:15:43

It doesn't work over here, Shredded, i got chatted up by the most beautiful boy while crocheting on the way to a woolly meet up last year! (he was about 22 but looked 12, I'm an old lady of 30!)

I'm totally knitting next time I take the train. Although reading a paper back copy of the 50 shades of shite grey also works. Everyone worries you are an BDSM housewife then and that you might <shudder> talk to them about it...

prettybird Wed 11-Jul-12 08:17:20

If I buy some sparkly beads, would it be ok to knit something sparkly for Expat and Giraffes' blankets? My Big Fat Knitting Book has a few patterns using beads.

KnottyLocks Wed 11-Jul-12 09:24:24

Beads and buttons make me a little uneasy tbh, as Expat has small children. I'd rather keep it to the bare minimum I.e just on the beaded heart if we can find someone to make them!

PurplePidjin Wed 11-Jul-12 09:52:22

Also, the beads etc are heavy and cause friction - the more there are on the blanket, the likelier it is that the wool could get damaged in the wash iyswim. A few is fine, a whole blanket of them is pretty risky smile

KnottyLocks Wed 11-Jul-12 09:54:37

And so could the washing machine!

HairyPotter Wed 11-Jul-12 10:02:15

I need heeeelllp! My first attempt at doing anything other than straightforward knitting every stitch seems to have gone very wrong

I tried Chinese waves but its bigger at the top than the bottom, and one edge looks lumpy angry
The bottom will just stretch to 6" but I'm going to have to frog it aren't I?

I cast on 33 stitches, did I make them too tight or would I have been better off casting on more?

prettybird Wed 11-Jul-12 10:05:16

That looks absolutely fine!smile

I have produced much wonkier squares that have been accepted blush

HairyPotter Wed 11-Jul-12 10:08:30

Thanks pretty I fear you are being far too kind. grin

Did you notice the 6" ruler though? blush I think it's just too short. Where did I go wrong?

prettybird Wed 11-Jul-12 10:08:45

I'll attempt the heart pattern using the crochet hook inset technique (which of course looks the most footery one) hmm - that way the beads are much more integral to the pattern ( they can be seen from both sides) so are less likely to snag on anything.

prettybird Wed 11-Jul-12 10:12:32

If it streeeetches to 6" it'll be fine. The weight of the blanket is pretty effective in getting the squares to common sizes that and the skill of the hookers

Make sure to knit it till it's 6" long, so it's not having to stretch in two directions at once.

Hairy That is fair better than any square I have ever sent - you are far too hard on yourself!

GreatestGatsby Wed 11-Jul-12 13:02:35

Oooh, I see upthread that someone else is trying Chinese Waves! I am veryslowly getting the hang of it, but having a few issues remembering the pattern (I know it's very simple!) and estimating the right number of stitches to cast on. On the plus side, it turns out that doing Chinese Waves and not knitting 2 but 1 in the fourth row gives quite a nice ribbed effect!

Does anybody have a cunning system for remembering where they are up to in a pattern? Bearing in mind I rarely do more than a few rows at a time due to slowness and my constant need for coffee, gin, a different radio station, film, feed the gerbils etc etc. can anybody suggest a system? I had a thing at one stage where I tied little slip knots in the wool, but they tend to come undone and then I get confused. confused

prettybird Wed 11-Jul-12 13:20:57

You can buy little row counters that you slip onto the knitting needle. Like this

Reminds self to look mine out before embarking on pattern with 28 row repeat hmm

MinnieBar Wed 11-Jul-12 13:40:25

I hate my row counter with a vengeance, because if you're using thinner needles (which I have to do as I am such a loose knitter) they skid around, losing their count and thus making the whole 'keeping count' concept null and void. And yes, that's with the right sized counter for the needles.

Anyway... <puts down very important manuscript> I'm so glad to see someone else is coming up with good challenges for Trib. She loves it really wink

prettybird Wed 11-Jul-12 14:24:48

The other thing you can do with row counters (which I have to do when I am knitting in the round) is thread the wool "tail" from where you started through them and knot it loosely, so it dangles at the bottom of the knitting.

prettybird Wed 11-Jul-12 14:49:05

Minniebar - they shouldn't lose their count even if they're slipping about. The ones I have need to be turned manually every time I complete a row and are quite stiff confused

KnottyLocks Wed 11-Jul-12 16:01:54

I think Minnie is using a dice

SoupDragon Wed 11-Jul-12 16:16:49

There is, inevitably, an iPhone app for row/stitch counting grin

prettybird Wed 11-Jul-12 16:40:40

Oooh, is there? I'll have to put it on to my Touch! smile

tribpot Wed 11-Jul-12 18:16:31

Several, altho the Vogue Knitting one is especially good as it allows you to keep track of rows per section and keeps a list of projects and yarns. Plus has a built-in stitchionary. This is all by way of saying it costs £1.50. grin

prettybird Wed 11-Jul-12 19:28:40

hmm - not sure I want to pay! grin I've still got c.£22 left of the £25 voucher I got last year for my 50th birthday! miserly Scot me wink

prettybird Wed 11-Jul-12 19:30:45

But come to think about it, it might be a worthwhile investment for me for going on holiday and choosing not to not being able to take my Big Fat Knitting Book-- with me I think dh would have kittens even though he takes lots of his wine books with him

FaceCrack Wed 11-Jul-12 19:46:37

Evening all!
I'm away in my hols but I've ordered wool so I can get started on my return on Friday.

Was the lady in Peter Jones me? Short, but chubby and curly dark hair? Might have been blush.

I'm officially the worst and slowest knitter ever but Pistey has assured me all wonky squares are welcome. I will sign up or expats blanket tonight too. So sad.

tribpot Wed 11-Jul-12 19:49:16

bird, it's not the equivalent of a knitting book, so it depends what you'll be doing.

prettybird Wed 11-Jul-12 19:55:56

I'll be following some patterns and sometimes I forget what the acronyms are. But if I practices some of the patterns for the afghan blanket in 6" square form, then I'll definitely need a row counter. One of them has a 28 row repeat! shock

PurplePidjin Wed 11-Jul-12 20:05:17

Joining in after signing up for Expat's blanket. First MN blanket for me, Aillidh just reminded me so much of when my cousin was in hospital with cancer.

I have been scouring Ravelry for pretty squares, there are some lovely crocheted flower ones I like and I seem drawn to basket weave knitted ones at the moment.

Evening, have just received my wool, thanks so much to my donor. I have a pattern for a lovely Debbie Bliss Afghan so will choose one of the letter squares from that for my first square I think.

PurplePidjin Wed 11-Jul-12 21:19:48

Welcome to the crew thanks

Trib will be along shortly, i hope, she's compiling a guide to squares if you need to waste hours of your life browsing inspiration wink

BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Wed 11-Jul-12 21:32:50

Yet, lots of new people, welcome!
<snuggles them into bosom in welcoming manner>
<stops as that's a little bit odd>
<proffers handshake>

Trib's guide is linked in the OP I think. Under General Info though the link's not playing ball on my iPad right now.

Loads of lovely patterns etc and do pop back for guidance on sizing etc or if you get stuck like I often do. smile

tribpot Wed 11-Jul-12 21:40:10

Link to the guide for everyone after it. Most of the text is also on Woolly Hugs now as well, in the Crafter's guide.

PurplePidjin Wed 11-Jul-12 21:46:48

If you fancy scoffing cake and swapping tips and wool wink

bobkate Wed 11-Jul-12 23:33:00

Yay - my first blue plain simple knitted square for James's blanket is done, ends sewn in so ready to start a more complicated square in green tomorrow. When I say more complicated I mean maybe adding some purl in there somewhere!
redrosie I googled blackberry stitch and it fried my mind confused. Not ready for that just yet. So wondering about your checked square - if I were to do this...k5, p5, k5, p5, k5, p5, k5 ( to make 35stitches ) then next row to start with p5, k5, etc.... would that work anyone?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 11-Jul-12 23:34:27

I haven't a clue bobkate, but yaay for finishing your first wine

Night X

prettybird Wed 11-Jul-12 23:56:21

That would work fine bobkate - but after a number of rows (probably about 8 - stitches are wider than they are tall) you need to swap the order in order to make the check effect Otherwise you'll just be doing a broad rib - which I'm sure would be lovely as well!winksmile

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Wed 11-Jul-12 23:57:22

Hello everyone, it's very cosy and laid back here isn't it?
I've just finished my first smoky blue square, in stocking stitch. I know it's a bit boring but i like the texture and I'm going to work into it with some twiddly bits.
I'm gonna be the cocoa post aren't I.

bobkate Thu 12-Jul-12 00:15:56

So prettybird if I did say
k5, p5, k5, p5, k5, p5, k5 x 8 rows and then changed to p5, k5, p5, k5, p5, k5, p5 for 8 rows, then back to starting with k5. hmmm maybe I should just pm redrosie and ask her how she did it instead of trying to guess! Or like you say, do what I put and make a broad thanks though smile and night for now.

RedRosie Thu 12-Jul-12 06:47:04

Morning all.

Pitsey - did you get the PM I resent last night?

PurplePidjin Thu 12-Jul-12 07:19:50

Bobkate, try looking for a basketweave pattern?

tribpot Thu 12-Jul-12 07:22:38

bobkate - you need to create checks of stocking stitch and then reverse stocking stitch - I will go and have a look for an actual pattern at the mo but basically:

1 - k5, p5, k5, p5, k5
2 - p5, k5, p5, k5, p5
3 - k5, p5, k5, p5, k5
4 - p5, k5, p5, k5, p5
5 - k5, p5, k5, p5, k5
6 - p5, k5, p5, k5, p5
7 - k5, p5, k5, p5, k5
8 - p5, k5, p5, k5, p5


9 - p5, k5, p5, k5, p5
10 - k5, p5, k5, p5, k5
11 - p5, k5, p5, k5, p5
12 - k5, p5, k5, p5, k5
13 - p5, k5, p5, k5, p5
14 - k5, p5, k5, p5, k5
15 - p5, k5, p5, k5, p5
16 - k5, p5, k5, p5, k5

then swap back again to row 1.

RedRosie Thu 12-Jul-12 07:29:02

Bobkate - Trib (hi Trib!) is right there, as ever. That may come out not wide enough as written, so you may need a couple more repetitions? Or, PM me and I'll tell you exactly what worked for me. I'm unavailable mostly today but will reply in the early evening.

Basketweave is slighty different from little check in effect - still nice but not as "sharp".

tribpot Thu 12-Jul-12 07:39:15

Yes, you're right Rosie, instead of 5 lots of 5 stitches I would do 6 or 7 (so 30 or 35 stitches in total).

prettybird Thu 12-Jul-12 08:33:18

I was going to come on and clarify the check knitting instructions last night, only my iPod died and needed recharging so I decided that that was a good time to go to bed! wink

<pokes head out from Ravelry>

I like this Granny square with a heart.

I suffer from random bouts of lack of common sense with knitting and crochet. Yesterday I misread a pattern and tried to make a hexagon with five corners.

I lead fibre workshops for a living

tribpot Thu 12-Jul-12 11:24:23

Right, as I have taken the rest of my life four days off work, I am going to write up the patterns that had been requested.

First was Rosie wanting a written version of the moon and star chart (this would be a nice intarsia one for anyone who fancied a lesson in 'teeth intarsia' from Minnie!) and Shredded did want a written version of Team Heart but I think has got on okay with the chart after all. Does anyone still want a written version of Team Heart?

PurplePidjin Thu 12-Jul-12 11:41:52

Trib, if you need distracting, i need a pattern to go with the Bear Square. I've done two bears (in dc using chunky wool) and would like two of something else to make a pram blanket.

30 sts x 36 rows, pic of one complete square on profile grin

Only if you need a distraction to really get your teeth into, though, i don't mind if it's too much of an ask thanks

Trib - I'm good on the team square now, but thanks for offering smile.

I made this sun last night, although I'm a bit worried it looks a bit like a crab from certain angles hmm. I also had a crack at this moon and star, but it looked awful and I pulled it all out sad

Ha! I see that trib has linked to the same moon and star. Ignore me!

Glaikit Thu 12-Jul-12 13:45:38

Hello! My doner wool arrived today! Yippee, after the problems we had last time, I am very grateful to my doner.

Now I just need to decide what to knit. I think the magic squares might be my "thing" so I'm off to ravelry for a gander.

trib I don't know if this is what you do, but ravelry are recruiting a web developer. There's a link at the bottom of the page. It mentions Boston, but it's not that far from Leeds!!

tribpot Thu 12-Jul-12 13:49:04

Glaikit - that's Boston, Massachusetts grin

Glaikit Thu 12-Jul-12 13:52:36

Yeah! But it's remote apart from the odd coffee! Boston is only a 6 hour flight!!

Glaikit Thu 12-Jul-12 14:19:58

When a patter says ka knit across is it just plain knitting?

tribpot Thu 12-Jul-12 14:24:39

Yeah, just knit across I think ... <googles> voila.

Just managed to bag a job in Brisbane, but I have to have a medical degree. Have offered to buy one from my old uni in Mexico: problem solved.

Naoko Thu 12-Jul-12 14:54:24

<hesitantly pops up in thread>

Hello! I've signed up to knit for Expat's blanket, my first time as part of a blanket project... Haven't got any questions (yet) as so far I'm struggling to get hold of yarn (thought I'd give the newly opened yarn store in town a chance but they don't actually seem to want to sell any; they were closed when I walked past on Friday and had a 'closed next Mon' sign on the door, and when I turned up at 3.15 yesterday they had a 'closing at 3 this Tue and Wed' sign.) but I'm a fairly new knitter so I'm sure I'll get myself in a stitch related tangle before too long. Thought I'd best introduce myself before I need help grin

tribpot Thu 12-Jul-12 14:59:25

Welcome Naoko! Whereabouts in the country are you? I tend to buy mine online now as standard - my fave shop is McA for the Rowan and we completely heart Black Sheep Wool although they don't seem to have a lot of our stuff in at the moment. Deramores has the Sublime on special offer at the moment.

Let us know if you need any help - if you want to get started with a practice run, any old double knitting will do to get you going!

PurplePidjin Thu 12-Jul-12 15:05:52

Maybe someone nearby can boost your confidence, Naoko?

Naoko Thu 12-Jul-12 15:16:27

Thanks smile I'll be ordering online now yes, I try and give local businesses a chance but if they don't actually open, then not much else I can do.

Pidj- I'm in North Wales, I looked at the thread and I'm not sure a meet up is happening for lack of local knitters, but I'll keep an eye on it!

flubba Thu 12-Jul-12 15:25:54

Have just ordered my navy Debbie Bliss from Cucumber Patch so should be able to get the squares off to you before we go away in a couple of weeks' time.

Naoko Thu 12-Jul-12 15:30:55

Ooh thanks for that McA link tribpot, they have loads of the Sublime as well as the Rowan and I love the colours smile Just picking some now.... I know it says pinks are fine, is that all pinks, bright hot pink as well as paler ones?

tribpot Thu 12-Jul-12 15:44:58

That's a Knotty question really Naoko, but I think it's mainly trad pinks rather than hot pinks. In the Rowan I like Sweet, in the Sublime Delicious, in the Debbie Bliss I like Rose Pink. But these are not official endorsements grin Knotty and Pistey have the final say!

I know what you mean about giving local businesses a chance - a local yarn shop which doesn't open isn't going to fare well, although there's one not too far from me which basically just opens up when a customer swings by!

PurplePidjin Thu 12-Jul-12 15:52:01

For Aillidh I would suggest that the pinker the better iyswim!

tribpot Thu 12-Jul-12 16:42:24

So you think hot pink will be fine with the other colours, Pidj?

PurplePidjin Thu 12-Jul-12 17:06:45

The pinks and purples go beautifully. It's the oranges and yellows that clash.

Buy the colours and make the patterns that represent your condolences thanks

KnottyLocks Thu 12-Jul-12 17:08:33

Am on my way home, if you can hang on once I get to my laptop, happy to discuss pinks smile

KnottyLocks Thu 12-Jul-12 17:09:16

Just avoid lilacy and salmony pink. Ta smile

PurplePidjin Thu 12-Jul-12 17:23:08

PS the peach comes up very orange wink

Naoko Thu 12-Jul-12 17:27:02

Have ordered now....hope it's the right shades but we'll see what they look like when they arrive smile Who'd have thought it'd be such a minefield!

PurplePidjin Thu 12-Jul-12 17:34:03

Matters of personal taste are really hard to judge.

the early blankets i did are a real mishmash, i just put all the squares in a bag and grabbed the next one out blush Knotty's the one for smart layouts!

But the point is the love, not the style. This is an expression of our hearts breaking for James, Aillidh and their families.


RedRosie Thu 12-Jul-12 20:34:10

Trrrriiiiib ...?

Have you done the moon/stars written instructions for the world's worst poet me?

No pressure ...

tribpot Thu 12-Jul-12 22:30:19

Rosie, it's on my list ...

RedRosie Fri 13-Jul-12 06:08:41

Luff you Trib.

Blimey its early ...

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 13-Jul-12 07:20:40

Morning brew

RedRosie Fri 13-Jul-12 07:24:36

Pitsey! brew

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 13-Jul-12 07:31:13


PurplePidjin Fri 13-Jul-12 07:35:21


PurplePidjin Fri 13-Jul-12 07:35:50

I've almost finished my squares. Just have a zillion ends to weave in!

soremummy Fri 13-Jul-12 10:33:47

Well done x

Glaikit Fri 13-Jul-12 11:06:46

No knitting for me today, packing for holidays tomorrow. But I plan on lots of k tithing when we are away!

<waves> signing in, my wool arrived this morning so as sign as i can persuade the small people to give me peace I'll be getting started. I'll probably be doing simple squares because my post baby brain can't cope with anything complicated. Tried to knit an old shall throw a few weeks ago but lace and sleep deprivation don't mix.

PurplePidjin Fri 13-Jul-12 12:45:39

I have soft pink and dove grey woolliness, thanks Donor smile

HairyPotter Fri 13-Jul-12 13:26:57

I have two wonky squares ready to post for Mumof2's blanket. Who am I pming? Is it Pistey this time?

Also wondering how many squares to do for Expat and giraffes? Would usually try 2 per blanket but are you going to have too many squares? Happy to do 1 or 2 though.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 13-Jul-12 13:58:37

Yes please Hairy - PM me. Out at the mo, will send you posting details but thank you x

And yes we have had the most amazing response it is true, one or two for each blanket would be good. thanks

MinnieBar Fri 13-Jul-12 14:22:46

Trib - sorry for not responding to your as usual very helpful advice, I've been up to my eyeballs in work projects.

I did sort of start off with the one-ball-per-section technique, but I just ended up with too many. Say it's a knit row, with colour A and colour B, the pattern goes something like:
A8, B3, A2, B4, A1, B2, A5, B3, A2, B5, A1, B3, A8 (total example), followed by (purl row):
A8, B2, A4, B3, A1, B2, A4 etc. etc. - so not even a straightforward match-up.

I'm fine with doing it my wool-in-mouth way - tis easier than having eight or so balls, that's for sure - and it looks ok both front and back, so I'm not overly worried. It's just I know not very deep down that it's terribly unprofessional. Ah well.

tribpot Fri 13-Jul-12 14:51:09

Yup Minnie, intarsia needs quite a lot of planning to do - you literally have to count how many stitches are in each area and then create bobbins of the appropriate lengths. They don't have to be exact matches in each row, you can carry yarn a short distance (3 stitches) to make the right pattern. Apparently if you're doing a very complicated intarsia it can get to the point where you have to plop all the bobbins down on a tray and then turn the tray around, as turning the work is too liable to end up in spaghetti junction shock

I have just received a pink and a cream ball of Debbie Bliss from Cucumberpatch, thank you to whoever kindly donated it.

MyNewCatIsFab Fri 13-Jul-12 15:23:01

I ordered my wool last Sunday and I'm still waiting, expected to have some squares finished by this point!

Glaikit Fri 13-Jul-12 15:31:22

Quick question as I have a break from packing. Is it ok to mix all the yarns? I've mixed the rowan and Debbie bliss before, but does the sublime mix in ok?

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 13-Jul-12 15:43:22

Yes you can mix them Glaikit, the yarns combine well, Knots has experimented.

Glaikit Fri 13-Jul-12 15:55:43

Ta chuck <packs needles, wool and pesky end sewer-iner>

MinnieBar Fri 13-Jul-12 15:59:54

Hmmm Trib. I think my way sounds easier if you ignore the issue of getting damp wool

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 13-Jul-12 16:00:23


RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 13-Jul-12 16:01:45

Thumbs up obv to Glaikit. No idea what Minnie's on about grin

Glaikit Fri 13-Jul-12 16:07:10

Can I ask, in light of Minnie slobbering all over her squares, do the hookers wash the squares before hooking them, or does the whole blanket get a spin cycle before delivery?

FormerlyTitledUntidy Fri 13-Jul-12 16:14:47

No woolly love yet, I bet it will arrive on monday. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 13-Jul-12 16:25:34

I don't believe it is washed at any point before delivery Glaikit. the squares are all absolutely treasured and looked after at every stage. The blanket is obv machine washable, just don't think it is done. Maybe wrong though!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 13-Jul-12 16:26:47

Formerly - woolly love is on its way smile

chipmonkey Fri 13-Jul-12 16:30:43

I have half-completed a Hello Kitty square for Aillidh's blanket. Apparently she liked Hello Kitty.

FormerlyTitledUntidy Fri 13-Jul-12 16:33:34

Pistey, I know smile It just takes sooooooooo long to get here, and I get impatient listening to everyone else's arrivals <childish> grin

MinnieBar Fri 13-Jul-12 16:38:36

I do NOT slobber much wink

flubba Fri 13-Jul-12 16:47:11

Ordered from Cucumber Patch yesterday and it arrived today! shock Will get stitching ce soir.

flubba Fri 13-Jul-12 16:47:41

(Not trying to make you jealous Formerly) wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 13-Jul-12 16:55:24

Awww.. Chip you are a star X

tribpot Fri 13-Jul-12 17:40:53

Formerly, does the post to Ireland still go in a coracle or summat?

RIGHT, now I am going to do Rosie's instructions.

FormerlyTitledUntidy Fri 13-Jul-12 18:19:38

I think it's coming by carrier pigeon or some thing Trib smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 13-Jul-12 18:37:56

yes, and that carrier pigeon is probably walking

RedRosie Fri 13-Jul-12 19:42:30


Tribs doing Rosie's instructions!

<jumps up and down, gleefully>


BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Fri 13-Jul-12 19:42:39

Anybody else misread the last word of Pistey's post? shock wink

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 13-Jul-12 19:45:44


The night is still young grin

Loads of lovely donors thanked on the threads X

FaceCrack Fri 13-Jul-12 19:49:11

Damn it, I missed my wool delivery. I will grab it tomorrow!

Hobs Fri 13-Jul-12 20:08:09

Signing in to the support thread.

Waiting for my wool, but finishing up my current project so my needles are free and waiting!

FormerlyTitledUntidy Fri 13-Jul-12 20:55:17

Ah no, woollyness will be with me on Monday, I know it.
I did not buy 4 more balls of crappy acrylic for dd1s blanket in the pound shop today, oh no! She has a terrible habit of sharpening her pencils in bed so I won't use anything nice for it. Anyway she prefers the lurid colours, being 7 smile
So that will keep me occupied

Thanks to both my donors, have now in my possession 3 gorgeous balls of Sublime for the blankets, Mumof2's arrived today, Expat's a couple of day's ago.

Checking back in - I have finally finished my other projects and have starte knitting my first square for Mumof2. It's my first attempt at double moss stitch (I've only just mastered stocking stitch!( and it's going -slowly and painfully-- quite well so far.

A quick question to experienced knitters - how do you keep track when the stitches are mixed like this? It's doing my head in! confused

Wow, bracket fail and strikethrough fail! I blame the moss stitch...

Also waiting for donated yarn. Making a start on DD2's cardigan for autumn while I wait. Tis DD1's birthday party tomorrow, I have baked three kinds of cake today as she wanted afternoon tea, she is a funny creature.

tribpot Fri 13-Jul-12 22:09:35

Essentially what happens is you memorise the pattern, Puddlejumper. So it gets hugely easier to do when it's not the first time around.

The other big thing, and particularly for something like moss stitch, is you need to know what the stitches actually look like, so you can tell whether the previous one was a purl or a knit. Inevitably you'll have to put it down mid-row and you'll need to be able to figure out where you are when you pick it back up again. I think with hindsight I should strengthen the advice in the guide that moss stitch is a bit of a ballache pain for beginner knitters. All the back and forth with the yarn, for starters. It does look lovely in the end, though!

For very complicated patterns you can use stitch markers to remember where the repeats are - but obv not for moss. It's all bloody repeats!

Made a start on a plain purple square for Mumof2's blanket. Found a stash of various wool that might go well for embroidering letters so will get on with that over the weekend

I am spending the evening sewing in ends. I've managed 6 squares from 2 balls of the Rowan.

Thanks for that trib. I just keep losing track of whether I started the row with a knit or a purl, or whether it's the first or second row. I struggle to tell the difference between a knit stitch and a purl unless it's part of the broader pattern iyswim. I can't tell on the needle.

It looks lovely though, and I've done about a third of a square. smile

bobkate Fri 13-Jul-12 22:48:32

Lovely redrosie has sent me a PM trying to explain her check pattern - she may live to regret it! I'm already baffled!
Tried to do the 3 heart square that I managed ok right when I started but somehow cocked up on about row 19 so have had to frog it...sad. So cross with myself for going wrong. hey ho - practise makes it marginally better perfect and all that smile

bobkate Fri 13-Jul-12 23:07:21

Right - I am only baffled as I didn't read the very clear and concise instructions properly and I am blushblushblush right now at being so dim. I need some wine

chipmonkey Fri 13-Jul-12 23:16:59

bobkate, as an optometrist I can only advise that the drinking of wine does not in any way aid the reading of instructions.
<<<Looks sternly over specs at bobkate>>>

PurplePidjin Fri 13-Jul-12 23:17:20

Barbara, blind carrier pidjins would explain a lot


tribpot Sat 14-Jul-12 07:37:36

New flower crochet pattern - has this been spotted by the crocheteers?

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 14-Jul-12 07:47:48

msbuggywinkle - hope the party goes really well, 3 cakes sound like an excellent idea to me smile

chip - I'm sorry I smiled at the thought of you being stern, you are too luffly!

trib - love the heart, think it might be beyond me, but there are plenty who could. I need to be compiling a collection of patterns for the website , so this could be a good start!

More woolly wool wil be arriving today, just hoping some gets to Formerly or she'll be sulking again grin

It is Aillidh's funeral this morning, desperately sad, a day that was hoped against hope would not come. Love and thoughts are with them all X

FaceCrack Sat 14-Jul-12 08:12:05

I'm off for a run then going to pick up my wool. Will think of Ailidh all the way round.sadsadsad

tribpot Sat 14-Jul-12 08:21:07

Pistey, there's a number of crochet patterns in the guide at the mo, gives you a place to start.

I understand that Aillidh is going to be buried with a blanket that was knitted for her earlier in her journey (I hope it's alright to say that on the board, I can report my post if not). I am glad for whatever small comfort our work on these blankets can bring to the bereaved. "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies". (Mother Teresa)

I've been thinking about Aillidh and expat and her family all morning. sad I was thinking about Mumof2 and her family last night while I was knitting, sudden death is always so hard to deal with and my heart goes out to them. sad

RedRosie Sat 14-Jul-12 08:49:39

A sad day. sad

bobkate - are you ok now? It was as clear as I could make it, but yesterday was a long one for me, so do ask if you want further clarification.

If there is remaining confusion I could run what I sent you by the knitting Godess Trib to see if it can be expressed better?

Failing that - do stocking stitch with a two or three knit stitch border? That always looks good (there is a pink one on my profile somewhere) and sometimes the experts knit/embroider lovely things to set them off.

Simple squares are very important. I should know.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 14-Jul-12 09:04:12

Aillidh and her family, and in that I include Giraffes are surrounded by the love of so many, near and far, and someone described the blanket as a tangible sign of that. Hearing it goes with Aillidh on this step of her journey creates such a mixture of emotions and touches me so deep within, and I am certainly not alone on that I know.

Like you trib, I am so glad for whatever small comfort our work on these blankets can bring to our families, I often feel so humbled and floored by the love and strength of our little woolly community.Your quote is so appropriate isn't it? But whilst some of us made squares, along with many others for Aillidh, we can't take the credit for the organisation and putting together of her blanket, that was done by a group of Expat's friends off the boards.

I am just starting my square for expat, it will be simple as usual but it will be made with love. I am holding them all close in my thoughts this morning X

flubba Sat 14-Jul-12 09:22:55

I'm sitting here feeling a little bit very blush at my inadequate squares. I did a couple of what I thought were granny squares for a previous blanket (they were destined for either MrsKwazii or Wubbly) and quite what I made, I don't know, but they don't look anything like the one I'm currently making for mumof2 ~ this one, although with a few mistakes and bigger holes than there are supposed to be, looks vaguely like the ones in the books. Don't know where I got my previous pattern if you can call it that from blush. Hope someone was able to at least use the wool from my previous squares.
(I've also made about 10 of those kinds of squares with cheap, acrylic wool for myself but I'll still use them and just put it down to, ahem, experience) blush

bobkate Sat 14-Jul-12 09:29:44

Thanks rosie - yep now I've read it properly it all makes perfect sense smile. * Chip* totally agree and maybe it might have been wise to actually wear my glasses in the first place instead of still pretending I don't really need them smile
I too have been thinking of Aillidh and her family and friends and will be thinking of them all day.

flubba Sat 14-Jul-12 09:32:17

Sorry, hadn't seen that Ailidh's funeral was today.
Apologies for my previous insensitive post.

Hobs Sat 14-Jul-12 09:35:24

Thoughts are with Aillidh and all her family and friends today. Such a sad day for all sad sad sad

FaceCrack Sat 14-Jul-12 09:49:07

I've got my wool and it's made my cry. Poor poor expat today, what she must be going through. This is my first blanket I'm involved with and I feel quite privileged. You old hands should be very proud of yourselves for what you have achieved.

I'm thinking of wee Aillidh and James today.

Will be thinking of Expat & Aillidh and all their family today sad

Glaikit Sat 14-Jul-12 10:45:25

I have a heavy heart today. I cuddled ds a little tighter this morning. I just cannot bear the thought of what expat must be going through today. sad

FormerlyTitledUntidy Sat 14-Jul-12 11:17:58

poor expat sad my thoughts and prayers are with her today.
And with mumof2. I know how terrible a sudden death
I'm so glad to be part of some physical comfort given to all these families, despite the awful circumstances.

BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Sat 14-Jul-12 11:24:59

My stepfather died last year after a long, cruel illness where many medical procedures had to be tried, but ultimately also caused more heartache and suffering.

When my Mum called me to tell me he'd passed, she said "nothing more can hurt him now".

It's not the same as losing a child. I know we all hoped this day wouldn't have to come. But thinking of Aillidh being buried with her blanket made me remember those words. Rest in peace, little girl.

tribpot Sat 14-Jul-12 12:22:24

I'm very sorry to read of everyone's losses. And flubba, please don't feel bad for posting about knitting today - primarily this is a support thread for doing the only thing we can do in order to extend a hand to those who are bereaved. In this endeavour, all squares are created equal.

IvanaNap Sat 14-Jul-12 16:39:35

I started my very first attempt at a square today, wanted to do so when Expat was close to my thoughts. I've done one row of 40 and its about 4inches long! Way too tight? Making it hard for myself?

Also took a family walk by the river to remember Aillidh, following Peachy's thread. Hope I can figure this knitting lark, (have donated wool also in case not!) just a very little small something to share our condolences and prayers with them all.

tribpot Sat 14-Jul-12 17:46:06

You need to do a few more rows, Ivana, to see how it goes once you're in to the main body of the knitting. The width of the cast on row is usually narrower than the width of the knitting itself. That said, at 40 stitches and 4 inches, it sounds like you either need to go up a needle size or do more stitches. But do a few more rows (say, 5) and then measure. Are you finding it difficult to get the needle through the stitch? It's not meant to be a wrestling match smile

Jules146 Sat 14-Jul-12 17:46:14

IvanaNap remember when you first cast on it is going to be smaller, you need to do about 10 rows for you to get a better idea of how big it's going to be! Hope it works out ok xx

IvanaNap Sat 14-Jul-12 17:57:46

Thank you both. Um, needle going in is ok but I keep taking it out - maybe that's where Im going wrong (pulling too tight?) . Will try to figure out the next step (ie row two!) this evening and see how it pans out. I feel a practice coaster coming on hmm grin

Can I just ask which is easier- sitting somewhere "comfy" like the sofa or with a surface to rest elbows / needles like dining table?

Proper, proper rookie blush

BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Sat 14-Jul-12 18:06:35

"It's not meant to be a wrestling match"

<wonders if Trib has somehow observed Barbara's attempts at crochet to date>

Ivana yep, agree with everyone above, you will see a big change between the first row and the next 5-10.

tribpot Sat 14-Jul-12 18:08:36

I think table's probably easier when you're getting started, Ivana - although you'd never keep it up if you were gonna have to sit over a table forever! Once you're comfortable you can flop onto the sofa - or get a head start and flop now if you want.

Trib Are you collecting patterns for the crafting guide? If so can I suggest adding this pattern. I've made it for Expat's blanket (pics here ) and if you replace the final round with dc instead of sc (or tr instead of dc if you use British terms) it ends up 6".

tribpot Sat 14-Jul-12 19:05:34

crafty - I had been keeping crochet and knitting together here but the emphasis has been on knitting with some crochet thrown in. Now most of the text is up on the Woolly Hugs website, we've got a bit of a maintenance headache! What I think I'll do is start two new documents, one for additional knitting patterns and one for additional crochet, so that we can add them in when we next have time to update the website. I'll put yours in straight away, crafty.

At the same time, I think the written instructions for Moon and Star are finally ready for Rosie - the usual caveats apply about me not having test knit this.

RedRosie Sat 14-Jul-12 19:22:02

Thank you Trib.

You're lovely.


Another one thinking of Aillidh, Expat and her family and Giraffes today.

I'm not sure if this has previously been linked to (I don't know now how I found my way to it), but there are lots of nice ideas for some quite easy squares here

KnottyLocks Sat 14-Jul-12 20:51:47

Hello grin

Um, we are getting a few PMs about beads. Could I very respectfully ask that we don't use too many please? As it is, Expat's and Giraffe's blankets will be large and very heavy. Add lots of squares that are beaded and they will weigh a ton.

Also I am very conscious that Expat has two younger children. I know from personal experience <rolls eyes> that beads are the perfect size to get lodged in little noses and ears. Less is more , please.

Thank you smile

Doh! Ignore me again, I see that the link in my previous post is in the crafters guide on the woolly hugs site. Sorry!

RedRosie Sat 14-Jul-12 21:00:25

Don't worry Knotty. The likes of me wouldn't know what to do with a bead.

Have finished my double moss stitch green/blue striped square ... Will start on Trib's moon and star next week - in midnight blue.

Rosie I will be interested to see how your moon and star come out. I had a go earlier this week but I think my tension was off, so the moon was long and flat and the star was a bit squashed. DH thought it was a boat grin.

RedRosie Sat 14-Jul-12 21:27:35

Neither - don't mistake me for a competent knitter!

I can always frog it and do something simple if when it goes horribly wrong...

PurplePidjin Sat 14-Jul-12 21:36:38

Thread for those who would like a little RL support

Or to swap colours nosy into what everyone else is doing and eat cake wink

Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Good luck!

I am all out of wool - I thought I'd ordered more, but had failed to click on the final "place order". I have 4 more balls on the way, but they won't arrive until next week now. DCs have decided that they would like me to knit them a blanket each hmm.

flubba Sat 14-Jul-12 22:36:52

Phew! Have done two squares in a gorgeous navy. Is it Pistey I PM for sending details?

If there's not a time constraint, I could do more while I'm away camping (reckon there'll be a few days where we'll be sheltering from the rain), so if there's any wool donations left over for a simple crocheter to make into squares, I'd be happy to help...

flubba - yes, it's pistey smile

And enjoy your camping! Hope it is not too wet!

FaceCrack Sat 14-Jul-12 23:04:41

Enjoy camping flubba. Hope the blasted rain stays away.

I've completed with the help of mum a lovely plain cream square. Its a bit boring but I'm very proud of it. smile I've got silver and pink as well. I may even venture for a more complicated pattern with the next one (k1, p1) grin

IvanaNap Sun 15-Jul-12 00:51:24

Well I made a start this evening, following your wise words and a youtube clip or two.

It looks like a dogs hind leg grin

But I will persevere with the hand cramp and see how it pans out, whether it passes muster or becomes a coaster- hard to tell from 5/6 rows worth. (It may turn out to be a rather, erm, unique and underwhelming square either way!)

You all do a grand job, I have a new found admiration for yourselves (and my mum!) for being able to whip up the likes of a baby cardi with a couple of needles and a ball of wool. Very impressive!

PurplePidjin Sun 15-Jul-12 01:11:58

Practice, ivana. Keep going and it will (pun intended) click!

prettybird Sun 15-Jul-12 05:35:25

Have remembered to pack some wool and some patterns and will try and knit a couple of squares while I'm on holiday. smile

tribpot Sun 15-Jul-12 07:29:26

Facecrack - remember the mantra: simple squares are good, simple squares are essential. Knotty and Pistey go genuinely need plain squares because they can be embroidered or appliqued, and because they can be used to balance up some of the more complex squares which are harder to place next to each other. This is not a sort of gesture towards being inclusive - the plain squares are essential in their own right. So go you! (Plus of course the wish to send love and support to the blanket recipient is not diminished just because the square itself is not competition-standard, it is much more important that you are represented in the blanket than your square is worthy of a knitting Oscar).

However, I think I would advise against knit 1, purl 1 as your next square based on the conversation yesterday with Puddlejumper. Knit 2, purl 2 to make a nice rib pattern is a good next step, but the moss stitch just takes a very long time for a beginner and has a high risk of error because you either have to know what your stitches look like on the needle (to work out if it's a purl or a knit you're next going to work) or fierce concentration just to work the pattern without losing track. I would recommend Chinese Waves or diagonal checks or unusual check - or have a look at some of the stitch libraries linked to in the guide for ideas.

Ivana - keep going! Everyone's first thing is a bit 'interesting' wink

bird - have a lovely holiday!

FaceCrack Sun 15-Jul-12 08:14:51

Thanks tribpot, you are too kind <preens>.
Great tips too, I will try that checkered one next in a lovely deep pink for Aillidh.

tribpot Sun 15-Jul-12 08:18:44

Ooh or garter steps, I like that one.

On the moon and star pattern, I have nearly done a test square and summat's definitely not right. Not particularly with the instructions, although I have corrected a couple of mistakes, but it's not tall enough - will post a pic in a minute. The pattern is 40 rows and normally I make them about 45 but I think the design itself needs some extra rows putting in.

RedRosie Sun 15-Jul-12 08:49:36

I haven't started moon and star yet Trib ... Shall I await your verdict, Oh Wise One?

Has anyone seen the 'knit your own Usain Bolt' pattern in the Radio Times? grin

tribpot Sun 15-Jul-12 09:09:24

Puddle - yes, at least I saw it yesterday in the book, as I have been dragooned into making Nadia Comaneci for the window display at my local yarn shop smile Nadia may be switching to a different team depending on what colour yarn I have most of.

Rosie - just about to photograph the moon and star.

tribpot Sun 15-Jul-12 09:21:24

Moon and Star - not too bad now I've pinned it out?

MinnieBar Sun 15-Jul-12 09:24:53

Fab moon and star! Gorgeous colour.

RedRosie Sun 15-Jul-12 09:25:42

Looks ok to me ... Although if one's tension between knit/purl were mismatched, it might not work so well. I'll give it a go ... Did you say you had corrected the pattern?

tribpot Sun 15-Jul-12 09:27:51

Yup, Rosie, a couple of minor typos. The pattern I think is really designed to be worked in two colours (Minnie can explain the virtues of teeth-intarsia, to be known as teeth-tarsia?) or possibly with the stitches on the edges of the pattern areas worked through the back of the loop to make them stand out more.

RedRosie Sun 15-Jul-12 09:32:25

I wish I could do two colours ... Other than stripes that is.

Is working through the back of the loop (eek) difficult?

Wow that moon and star is amazing!!! its so beautiful, well done.

I am unable to knit or crotchet due to arm problems but was chuffed to see there is a just giving on the wooly hugs page. How much does a square cost?

KnottyLocks Sun 15-Jul-12 09:56:17

Hello Mumble smile

It really depends on how much the wool was and how complicated the design is. Most of the wool we use is between £4 and £5 a ball. We get at least 2 squares from a ball, 3 or 4 if they are simpler patterns.

KnottyLocks Sun 15-Jul-12 09:57:09

Love the moon and star, Trib smile

Jules146 Sun 15-Jul-12 13:33:18

Moon and star are gorgeous! Would live to have a go at something like that! smile

tribpot Sun 15-Jul-12 13:38:03

Well thank you all - I don't think it's much cop but there you are! The pattern is only knit and purl, no complicated stitches, so go for it - I think I might put in a couple more rows of reverse stocking stitch at the bottom before the pattern starts, though?

Rosie - knit through the back of the loop isn't difficult. Purl through is a bit trickier, I have to say.

RedRosie Sun 15-Jul-12 14:01:56

Thanks Trib.

While you are adjusting that pattern, I'm doing the chinese waves square. Its the first time I've ever slipped 1, so that's exciting.

I have no life

trib - your moon and star looked a lot better than mine!

I think I had to do about 10 rows of stocking stitch above and below to make it long enough - my squares are about 50 rows or so.

bobkate Sun 15-Jul-12 23:09:52

Just to let redrosie know I'm halfway through my checks...and it's looking ok smile thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 16-Jul-12 06:14:54

Morning brew

Morning! brew very much needed this morning. confused

RedRosie Mon 16-Jul-12 07:01:56


Morning Joyful. You have one of my favourite MN names ...

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 16-Jul-12 07:17:27

Obviously after mine Rosie?

flubba Mon 16-Jul-12 07:19:27

Morning ladies. Met the wonderful Pistey yesterday to drop off my squares and now packing for camping. Joyous weather predictions for northern France of course (ahem) smile

KnottyLocks Mon 16-Jul-12 07:22:47

Morning all smile

Flubba, I can only assume Pistey was on her bestest behaviour wink

Enjoy your camping trip smile

Oh thank you Rosie! blush

flubba Mon 16-Jul-12 07:55:55

She was indeed knotty smile

RedRosie Mon 16-Jul-12 08:28:41

Oh yes Pitsey. Although I always call you my special name.

JoyfulPuddleJumper is lovely though - one cannot help but smile, and see a diminutive person in bright red wellington boots leaping gleefully into a massive puddle. What's not to like?

Stripy double-moss stitch square on profile ...

Rosie you've just described DD perfectly! I, however, am definitely not diminutive and have black wellies with stars on. I am just as gleeful when leaping into puddles though! grin

PS: I love the stripy moss stitch! I'm still wrestling with my single colour moss stitch bit it looks ok so far. smile

Glaikit Mon 16-Jul-12 09:50:24

Morning! Sun is shining at holiday cottage Glaikit! Ds is roaming free terrorising the chickens!

I had a knitting lesson from my mum yesterday when they came to visit, and I think I may have mastered the finger weaving of the wool thing. Mum also knitted a square, so that will be sent off with mine later.

I'm working on my second magic square ooooohhh for aillidh's blanket.

Morning brew - Tis raining here, as always. I am however excited about the squares I have planned for Expat and giraffe's blankies. I hope they come out as well as I want them too...

of and regarding Puddles name -there are those than messed it up after a few glasses of wine and for whom she is now the joyful puddle dancer, which presumably makes me jumps with wool et wellies?

Jules146 Mon 16-Jul-12 14:08:34

My squares so far, with all of the lovely 'recycled' wool I received smile

HairyPotter Mon 16-Jul-12 14:14:56

Jules those squares are fabulous! I'm very envy

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 16-Jul-12 14:18:50

I love it Jules! We send you odds and ends of woolly wool and you work your magic, tis smashing, I just love seeing what you come up with! smile thanks

Jules146 Mon 16-Jul-12 14:49:15

Thank you smile It's funny I almost like the odds and ends more as I feel it's bringing different parts together to make something bigger, exactly like our blankets smile

Jules Those are amazing! I'm also envy and think I may need to take up hooking as the croquet squares seem far flasher than knitted or is that just my knitted squares

flubba Mon 16-Jul-12 17:06:21

Wow jules those are beautiful!

I am very glad, and hanging on to the words of others, that plain squares are also good as mine are exactly that! blush

MinnieBar Mon 16-Jul-12 17:58:40

Lovely - especially the warm purples wink.

PurplePidjin Mon 16-Jul-12 19:03:53

Flowers need leaves so they can be noticed, so fancy squares need plain ones thanks

soremummy Mon 16-Jul-12 19:11:27

After my feeble attempt at crochet today I'm gonna be sticking with 2 needles it was going good till I had no longer got crafty sitting at my side helping me.

RedRosie Mon 16-Jul-12 19:33:17

<fights off feelings of complete inadequacy in the face of Jules' squares>

Evening all.

PurplePidjin Mon 16-Jul-12 20:37:43

Pic now on profile

Rosie, plain squares are to blankets as leaves are to beautiful flowering plants thanks

Jules146 Mon 16-Jul-12 20:50:05

Pidj that is gorgeous! Beautiful smile and I love what you said about leaves and flowers, so true and never thought of it that way before!! Brilliant

PurplePidjin Mon 16-Jul-12 20:56:28

A little more poetic than the usual mantra, i have been Channelling the Spirit of Rosie <woo>

chipmonkey Mon 16-Jul-12 22:00:13

Haved uploaded my Hello Kitty square to my pictures. It is very puckered in the middle and I'm tempted to take an iron to it but I know that's Not Allowed.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 16-Jul-12 22:05:26



Tis gorgeous lovely Chip. thanks

soremummy Mon 16-Jul-12 22:14:29

Chipmonkey thats fab. It's an Irish thing Pistey I cant even think about sleeping in a bed without ironed sheets and duvet cover or imagine not having a freshly ironed teatowel to dry dishes with i shudder with horror at the very thought of it all

soremummy Mon 16-Jul-12 22:16:47

Purple dont even talk about crochet stuff its doing my head in im just jealous at what you can achieve but I stillthink I have to use 2 needles i get better results fro them

soremummy Mon 16-Jul-12 22:19:03

Maybe if I did less ironing thenI would actually be able to do proper crochet? Now theres a thought

chipmonkey Mon 16-Jul-12 22:19:14

Ah, Jaysus, soremummy, I do draw the line at ironing sheets!

soremummy Mon 16-Jul-12 22:22:44

Then your just a bit lax aren't you grin

chipmonkey Mon 16-Jul-12 22:26:55

Why do housework when you can drink wine?

PurplePidjin Mon 16-Jul-12 22:28:46

Chip, that's fabulous! It'll get flattened by the weight of it's friends either side, don't worry thanks

soremummy Mon 16-Jul-12 22:28:55

lol at Jayus Me mammy isn't even cold in the grave yet but she would be turning and rising from the dead to clatter me for not ironing sheets Dont worry people it's Irish humour (she died 8 wk ago but yes she would probably batter the head off me for not ironing the sheets) think if Chipmonkey was born and reared in Ireland she gets the drift [smile] and knows its nots offensive to anyone

soremummy Mon 16-Jul-12 22:29:40

Chip I multitask wink

soremummy Mon 16-Jul-12 22:36:18

Before i go to bed I feel I must add that your not from the CITY unlke myself Chip so I understand if standards are a little less lol wink night all x

chipmonkey Mon 16-Jul-12 22:46:01

LOL, soremummy, night-night!xx

I feel very slatternly, I don't iron anything! blush

chip that's brilliant! And Jules your squares are lovely.

[sigh] Well, the battle of Joyful vs moss stitch continues and I think so far I'm winning! I'm now halfway through the square and amusing DH greatly by muttering furiously to myself as I knit . I think this may be my only square for Mumof2's blanket though, I'm being dreadfully slow. It looks quite nice though and is knitted with love and empathy - I know what it's like to lose someone so young so suddenly. sad

FaceCrack Mon 16-Jul-12 22:53:57

I don't iron anything! blush

I haven't done a single stitch tonight due to a horrible long day in work. Will crack on during DDs nap tomorrow.

Everyone's squares look fab, I'm so impressed!

KnottyLocks Mon 16-Jul-12 22:55:10

Chip, my lovely, I have summat I can try with that there square. For heaven's sake, do not iron it! grin

chipmonkey Mon 16-Jul-12 23:14:04

Thanks, Knotty <<puts iron back in the dungeon>>
It is annoying though, I am clearly doing something wrong but even when I think I'm allowing enough tension with the other colour, I must not be!

FormerlyTitledUntidy Mon 16-Jul-12 23:17:05

Soremummy, I never iron anything, I was only saying today how I only iron if dp is in court grin maybe I'm not Oirish enough...
Square started tonight, but proving to be more complicated than I thought... may have to rethink....

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 17-Jul-12 06:15:30

sad Joyful - big hug for you my lovely X

I iron nothing. DH irons his own work clothes, everything else gets a shake. I had an Irish granny, hope she isn't spinning...

My ballerina square is a disaster sad. It is a reverse silhouette of a dancer that is supposed to pop out of a stocking stitch square. Due to the retarded odd way I knit, the silhouette pattern pops forward sometimes and backwards other angry. It has been mistaken for a frog and an elephant so far. I tried to embroidery around the edge in a different colour to emphasize it, but now it looks like a map of some random Island. I'm most upset. I am going to try a different stitch of embroidery tonight to see if it is more subtle but am most disappointed.

I feel I might have to learn to knit properly if I want to do complex things. In which case I may as well learn to crochet instead, as you can't teach an old dog new tricks and all that not that I'm old of course and I really like all the hooky squares being posted at the moment.

KnottyLocks Tue 17-Jul-12 07:06:23

Oh Joyful sad Sorry, I missed your post while typing. Sending a big hug x

Thanks Knotty. I'm not sure why that slipped out last night, I guess my attention was wandering a little. I keep thinking about James and his family but it makes me think about losing my fiancé when we were 19. It was in different circumstances though.

But the moss stitch, however slow and torturous the process is atm, looks lovely. smile

Oh dear Dances. Too much wine or not enough? wink I don't have any advice as that it far more advanced than I can do but I hope it turns out ok. If it's any consolation I had to knit the first few rows of my moss stitch square at least 4 times because I kept losing my place!

FaceCrack Tue 17-Jul-12 07:30:04

Oh joyful, I missed that too. I'm so sorry to hear that, it must have been so shocking for you.

WoollyWoolfe Tue 17-Jul-12 07:35:12

Joyful - loss is so incredibly hard no matter what the age and circumstances. Sending a big hug also x

Jules146 Tue 17-Jul-12 08:46:18

Joyful sending warm thoughts your way. I am 'allergic' to the iron! Much to my mothers disgust! I do do it occasionally... Chip I love your square and could only imagine doing one like it, I just wouldn't know where to start!

tribpot Tue 17-Jul-12 09:25:00

Joyful, so sorry to hear of your loss.

Dances - I think that is the nature of a pattern on a stocking stitch (or reverse stocking stitch) background, i don't think you've done anything wrong.

Ravelry has just presented me with a list of illusion patterns as its 'something random' if anyone wants to have a flick through.

chipmonkey - how are you carrying the colours across when you're doing the Hello Kitty? Are you catching them every few stitches and maybe making it a bit tight?

FormerlyTitledUntidy Tue 17-Jul-12 10:23:08

I missed that too blush
Am sorry to hear that, joyful.

IvanaNap Tue 17-Jul-12 10:47:06

Well I'm not so sure that I can knit. I can do something which resembles knitting but ultimately looks dreadful confused

I have, however, learnt to cast on, cast off and bind off (?) on my "test" piece... um it turned out to be a sort of bookmark. Or a wonky, tiny dolls scarf. Or a willy warmer (cheers, DH hmm grin)

Not so sure I have a square in me but time will tell. Two things though-
Adding stitches, how to avoid?
'Splitting' the wool, ditto?

tribpot Tue 17-Jul-12 11:11:51

Ivana - key thing to avoid adding stitches is to avoid splitting the wool, really. The only other way I can think of to add them by accident is to pick up the yarn between stitches and knit it, not realising it wasn't already a stitch.

So: go slowly, make sure the needle only gets inserted in a loop that's over the needle, and slide the needle, don't push it. If your knitting feels very tight, which I think often leads to split stitches as it's hard to get the needle in between said stitches, move to a bigger needle size and/or try and loosen up.

You can also count your stitches at the end of every row to make sure you still only have however many you started with - counting them in groups of five makes this a fairly quick process.

If you're not near a MNer and want some on-the-spot support, I can Skype if this will help.

KnottyLocks Tue 17-Jul-12 12:14:42

I am loving the idea of Trib's Skype workshops grin

PurplePidjin Tue 17-Jul-12 12:19:37

Quick question: Do I want to enter a crochet item in the hand knit class of the village show? (yes i have a thread about this in chat but it's getting pleasingly silly!)

tribpot Tue 17-Jul-12 12:27:32

Knotty - you know I am all about the technology grin I'm now trying to work out how you video your hands from the front rather than the back, if you see what I mean.

I feel tremendously excited that you don't think I've made a mistake trib cos you know more about knitting than I know about the topic my PhD is in - I shall attempt Pidj's suggestion to cheer it up this evening, otherwise it may just get sent as it is, and Expat and Giraffe can play guess what this is with their friends when they come over smile

Kniternator Tue 17-Jul-12 12:52:38

Thank you! Wool arrived this morning, I shall spend my afternoon knitting. Yay!

I don't know if this has been asked or anything, but wrt the colours for each blanket, I know that they're usually blue/cream/green, but could a blog post on the woolyhugs site/fb or page there for current blankets with colour specs and special requests be made for those of us with shocking memory, who write it down and lose the pages and then can't find the colour/special requests on the threads on here, can double check when having moments halfway through a square wink

tribpot Tue 17-Jul-12 13:06:52

That's a good idea, confusedpixie - there's a page per blanket on Woolly Hugs so the info could be put there unless Knotty and Pistey feel that might be a bit too public for some of the requests for specific initials?

Jules146 Tue 17-Jul-12 13:17:20

Trib of you have a laptop you could almost 'cuddle' the screen to show the reversed angle and maybe similar with a webcam I won't mention the knot you could get yourself into Failing that some use of mirrors but not to sure how that would work with reversing hand movements etc... Ow my head hurts I'm off for a brew and will let you work out the best way leave it to the experts

Glaikit Tue 17-Jul-12 13:18:09

Finished my circle of love square photos here

Trib, the illusion section of Rav is my favourite bit just now. If there are going to be Skype conferences let me know.

Jules146 Tue 17-Jul-12 14:05:32

Glaikit love it! And love the fact that your nail vanish matched the square!

MinnieBar Tue 17-Jul-12 14:18:35

Loving the illusion ones. Still like the pic of your wee man the best tho smile

Glaikit Tue 17-Jul-12 14:42:17

All planned jules! Very uncouth for ones nail varnish to clash with ones knitting!

Minnie, would you like him? He is being a nightmare today!teething I think. I've banished him and dh for a walk in the hope he sleeps!

Glaikit Tue 17-Jul-12 14:45:51

Oh and someone many threads ago suggested I download penultimate for my iPad. Genius! I can mark off my patterns and tke screen shots! No pencils and rubbers for me!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 17-Jul-12 14:57:20

YY matching nail varnish and square, there is no other way.

Naoko Tue 17-Jul-12 14:57:49

My wool finally arrived (due to me dithering over what to order as I was trying to combine it with some stuff I needed for a personal project and save postage) and it's exactly the shade I was hoping it'd be smile I'm slightly synaesthetic and it's the shade I see when I think of Ailidh, so I'm pleased it matched the online picture well. Will try and get cracking on a square tonight!

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 17-Jul-12 15:02:38

Naoko Lovely, really looking forward to seeing your squares X

Naoko how cool! I find synaesthesia really interesting. I knew a woman at university with it and she had to avoid one particular lecturer because his name was apparently a really repulsive colour/sensation for her and it made her nauseous. confused

flubba Tue 17-Jul-12 15:58:51

I think I've worked out what I did wrong with my 'granny' squares for previous blankets - I was doing the treble stitches into every single stitch, rather than a cluster of three into each of the big holes (I know there's a more technical word for the big holes, but I can't be arsed to find it blush. Doh!

Do you reckon I can patent the pattern for my first dodgy squares? grin Pics here. I forgot to take photos of the ones I've done for Mumof2's blanket before I gave them to Pistey, but I can assure you, although not perfect, they did look more like the ones in books! smile

Is it a worry that I've now bookmarked at least five different wool-selling websites?! grin

tribpot Tue 17-Jul-12 21:21:51

trib that's beautiful!

FaceCrack Tue 17-Jul-12 21:38:17

Damn it! I've done half a square and just measured it. It's only 4.5 inches! angryangryangryangryangry

soremummy Tue 17-Jul-12 21:38:36

I didn't crack the crochet but have been busy today and lucky me helping on school trip tomorrow and another on Thursday &#128515;why do I end up helping with these things!! On a better note loving the cubics trib pot and done a Chinese wave square tonight I've finished my 2 very special squares knotty !! And also have done 5 others do using up what I can to make as many squares as poss hoping to post by the weekend night all I've ironing to finish yet smile x

soremummy Tue 17-Jul-12 21:39:18

Don't know where numbers came from silly iPhone!

Jules146 Tue 17-Jul-12 22:02:02

Trib fantastic squares, very impressed, they look so good smile

Trib that is lovely. I've just finished a square for MumofTwo, in similar colours, there's a pic at the top of my profile pics, but I think yours is nicer. <couldn't load if from

Ignore that last bit, what I was going to say was couldn't load it from Iphoto or Finder for the life of me, had to go over to the Windows laptop.