Support thread for 3girlies' blanket

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tribpot Fri 03-Aug-12 17:10:46

Following on from our previous support thread please check in here if there's any help, particularly (but not exclusively) knitting help, you need for the squares for 3girlies, who sadly lost her beloved 6-year-old dd Flora recently.

The details of the blanket project are here and it directs you to the Crafting Guide on Woolly Hugs, with specific sections for crocheters and knitters. I am still maintaining the original document mostly because I haven't got around to separating out the stuff that's already on Woolly Hugs now from the newer suggestions we've had in the last few weeks. So please, by all means do send me suggestions for new patterns or ideas.

For those of you on Ravelry and participating in the Ravellenic games, I think squares could be entered under a number of categories such as balance beads, doubleknit boxing, lace longjump among possibly some others.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 03-Aug-12 17:14:51

Thanks trib thanks

Hello, just parking my bottom on the support bench.

I've ordered my rosewood circular set and getting the knitters bible stitch library from work!

Marking my place while I PM Pistey sad

tribpot Fri 03-Aug-12 17:47:33

Welcome, Glaikit! Hope you enjoy your circulars - we are having a bit of a trying time with the cubics, but I think you've gone for the round set?

Knitters' Bible is a great one.

bobkate was asking about doing stripes - very simplest way (assuming you are knitting every row) is: cast on 1 colour 1, knit 2 rows, then knit 2 rows in colour 2, then 2 rows in colour 1, etc etc In the second video on this page Liat shows how to carry the unused yarn up the side of the rows but you don't need to worry about that unduly for such thin stripes, esp when the edge is going to be covered anyway.

You could do stripes of 4 rows just as easily.

Signing in. Poor 3girlies and her family, so sad.

I'm going to revisit moss stitch again but knitting it in 4s instead of 2s this time so hopefully it won't give me such a headache. confused And hoping to crochet a few granny squares too.

Somersaults Fri 03-Aug-12 18:09:58

I'm aiming to learn how to crochet. Bought myself a hook today so there may be a few questions on the way! Wish I'd seen that link about stripes earlier though - made it all up myself and one edge looks decidedly dodgy!

BarbaraWoodlouseAspiringHooker Fri 03-Aug-12 18:11:05

(Carefully!) marking my place smile

MinnieBar Fri 03-Aug-12 18:17:04

Hello all, just signing in. Still way behind on the last blanket

Yes got the round ones, full set, seeing as I'm not paying! 10 years ago I got 6 bottles of jack Daniels for my birthday, along with other things, this year I'm getting a knitting book and a set of needles! Rock and roll!

soremummy Fri 03-Aug-12 18:31:26

Marking my place. Should I buy myself a book of squares?? Or just keep googling patterns

utahforever Fri 03-Aug-12 18:39:02

tribpot Do you like the cubics or prefer the rounds? I'm tempted by the cubics (new toy) but already have a round set - not sure if i can persuade dh smile

tribpot Fri 03-Aug-12 18:44:11

utahforever - I love the cubics.


Soremummy has had some major problems with the 4mm ones. She's had two lots that have snapped, the second after only a handful of stitches. This seems to be a problem a few people are having, although others get on with them fine.

So if you buy some - and they are well worth trying - make sure your shop has a good returns policy. Our one will keep replacing and sending the duff one to Knitpro but obviously this is only feasible if you live nearby!

soremummy - there are so many patterns online, but the books are lovely to look at. If we're having another Leeds meetup soon (which I guess we will be with another blanket to tackle) I can bring a couple with me and you can see what you think.

Barbara - I'm watching you ...

soremummy Fri 03-Aug-12 19:24:32

That would be great trib. I got a reply from knit pro asking for pictures which I emailed to them. Waiting on a reply from them. Tribpot how / what way do I get photos from iPhone to upload here what's the best way of doing it. I got giddy today I ventured out we are chickenpox free at last!!!

soremummy Fri 03-Aug-12 19:26:03

Ps just keep me away from crafty lol I admitted defeat and posted the crochet square today which was the same size as when I left you in Leeds that day.

tribpot Fri 03-Aug-12 19:30:59

soremummy - to upload directly into MN is a bit of a pain from the iPhone because the photos need to be ludicrously small.

If you don't have a Flickr account, you can create one of these and then upload the images there, linking to them from a post here, and there's a Flickr app for the iPhone which is quite nifty. You have to make the photos visible to 'public' on Flickr so you might prefer to put them here on your profile, which is still visible but you'd have to work very hard to find them if you didn't know where to look smile

soremummy Fri 03-Aug-12 19:42:07

Don't think I'll cope with that after being stuck with dd for 10 days. I was only gonna do it to show squares I'll show you the pics next time I see you cos think that'll be easier for me smile. I'm also the proud owner of a new iPad ( my dh upgraded to new one) so i have inherited the original one

Somersaults Fri 03-Aug-12 20:37:01

You could also take a photo with Instagram and post the link on here. I've done that before which was quite easy.

tribpot Fri 03-Aug-12 20:53:06

Yes, good point, Somersaults!

Here as a Google doc, however, are ... <drum roll> soremummy's squares.

soremummy Fri 03-Aug-12 21:16:29

Thank you so much tribpot I owe you one! Hope my wool donors like my squares

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 03-Aug-12 21:27:32

Your donor will love your squares, bless you, they are smashing thanks

soremummy Fri 03-Aug-12 21:28:05

Thanks pistey

soremummy Fri 03-Aug-12 21:30:53

I couldn't cope with technology but tripot turned up trumps for me she needs more than flowers! Just realised I've ruined your surprise package pistey but hope better in real life than the pictures

soremummy Fri 03-Aug-12 21:34:23

Ok I know it's 9.30 but I've had 10 days from hell so I'm off to bed I've had 1 full nights sleep since chickenpox started I seriously need to get back to normal sleep wise x night all thanks again tribpot I'm impressed with your IT skills x

lentilweavinghippy Fri 03-Aug-12 21:37:49

If anyone would like to donate some yarn for me to knit up I would be very grateful (because i'm ridiculously indecisive & will probably just fall into Debbie bliss induced trance in john Lewis otherwise).smile

tribpot Fri 03-Aug-12 21:55:57

lentil, if you PM Pistey, she can set you up with a donor.

Jules146 Fri 03-Aug-12 21:57:26

Evening all, just signing in x

Jules146 Fri 03-Aug-12 21:59:52

Soremummy they ate amazing squares I am in awe!

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 03-Aug-12 22:08:54

lentil you have mail thanks

Somersaults Fri 03-Aug-12 22:44:15

Beautiful squares soremummy smile

I love the designs knitted into them. Did you design those patterns yourself?

bobkate Fri 03-Aug-12 23:00:58

Oh wow - soremummy they are beautiful squares. Really lovely.
Trib - thanks for the link for doing stripes. I've still got one more square to do for Expat and Giraffe though.
Is there anyway to work out how much wool is needed for one square? I'd hate to start and there not be enough.

trumpton Fri 03-Aug-12 23:36:50

I have ordered my wool tonight and will start the squares as soon as it arrives.

soremummy, those squares are gorgeous!

I will be knitting for 3girlies, but not until I get back from holiday. I picked up some wool yesterday from the only wool shop within 50 miles to knit some squares for my DSs' blankets, but the only DK they stocked is not-very-nice acrylic. I went searching for another wool shop I'd found on the internet, only to find that all the stock was sadly washed away in a hurricane last year and the shop owner has not re-opened.

Knitting with acrylic has reminded me just how lovely the wools we are using for the woolly hugs blankets is.

lentilweavinghippy Sat 04-Aug-12 06:29:19

Thanks trib & pistey smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 04-Aug-12 07:09:56

Morning brew

Thanks for all PMs, just having a caffeine fix then I'm on the case smile thanks

bobkate You weigh a finished square, then weigh your wool and see. I can't do this as the scales we have aren't accurate enough, but that's wot Pidjy and Knots always say smile

soremummy Sat 04-Aug-12 09:52:56

My lovely green cream and blue Debbie bliss arrived this morning. Many thanks to my kind donor. Hope to do you proud with my squares

soremummy Sat 04-Aug-12 10:20:28

I'm off to take my cubics back. I will resist the urge to buy the set I've got birthday money burning a whole in my pocket I will concentrate on finding nice patterns and knitting squares instead. I will NOT buy anything from the shop I promise ( unless I see something really nice)

tribpot Sat 04-Aug-12 10:55:20

Soremummy - cricket on in Headingley today confused parking could be a pain.

soremummy Sat 04-Aug-12 11:20:38

Thanks for telling me tribpot. Was getting dh to drive me so I just jump out of car and run in. I don't really like driving but I think there is method in his madness --- it means I won't be long in shop so I can't spend much money smile

OpheliaBumps Sat 04-Aug-12 13:24:33

Marking my place while I pm Pistey, so sad that we need another blanket.

PurplePidjmicGymnastics Sat 04-Aug-12 17:43:33

Sorry I'm late, I've been in Latvia supervising teenagers and crocheting

Hit me with hooky questions as needed!

<futilely hunting for lost Threads I'm On and links to intended patterns>

soremummy Sat 04-Aug-12 18:16:51

I have changed my cubics and ready to go now I have my wool. I resisted temptation to buy anything els smile. It's my birthday today and I've now got to do a tea party. Then I can do my square with new needles hoping I don't break these ones

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 04-Aug-12 18:41:30

'ello Pidjy smile


Team SorePiste crochet is finished, tis on my profile with Idris, don't make off with him, or the KnottyOne will be grumpy. But it was GOOD - don't give up hooking grin

and Happy Birthday wine

soremummy Sat 04-Aug-12 19:01:41

Lovely crochet I especially think the blue is excellent grin and the wine is most appreciated cheers! Well done on the team effort

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 04-Aug-12 19:02:53

The blue is deffo the best bit wine cheers!

tribpot Sat 04-Aug-12 19:27:43

Team SorePiste take gold in the crochet doubles event, well done!

Happy birthday soremummy! Enjoy yourself. BRE is open tomorrow for Olympic-based knitting fun, although I'm sure you won't want to come back over a second day running.

soremummy Sat 04-Aug-12 19:38:48

Thank you tribpot. I think I'll avoid there tomorrow. I'm sitting her looking at my new cubics (replaced them both!). I'm sort of afraid to use them hmm wondering how many rows I do this time before breakage again. I'll let you know how I go with them

soremummy Sat 04-Aug-12 19:40:41

Oh big thank you to crafty for her patience with me otherwise the blue wouldn't have been done

PurplePidjin Sat 04-Aug-12 20:21:22

Pistey and i will be in John Lewis Southampton's yarn department tomorrow at 11.30ish if anyone fancies joining us brew[cake]

PurplePidjin Sat 04-Aug-12 20:21:58

Not tomorrow, Monday!!!

soremummy Sat 04-Aug-12 21:57:01

No one is going to believe me but I've yet again broken a cubixs this time it was the one in my left hand when I was casting off hmm definitely think they are faulty and definitely not for me I'm totally jinxed with them but at least this time I just about got a square done. Tribpod if your at BRE tomorrow tell them they have my name (you have it from my emails) that I got them about 3.45 and broke again by 9 tonight I'm fed up now but glad I didn't spend money on full set. I'm gonna stick to my kids 6 inch ones that's I've had for 26 yrs at least they haven't broke yet!

Belated happy birthday soremummy smile

soremummy Sun 05-Aug-12 09:39:18

Thank you NeitherShreddedNorSmug. I think I need an Olympic name change. Something like goingforthegoldmedalinbreakingcubixs ?

BarbaraWoodlouseGoesForGold Sun 05-Aug-12 13:59:11

Another set soremummy? What are you doing with them? Digging the garden? wink

Belated Happy Birthday from me too.

Not much knitting got done this week. Will post what I have for tomorrow's deadline then looking for something new for 3girlies' blanket. I do like the lace-type patterns. Very pleased with the snowdrop lace I just did.

Hope all are well.

I love that flower on your profile pics Pistey, is there a pattern somewhere you could link to?

And can someone please explain cubics to me? I keep reading about them but have no idea what they are apart from broken!

tribpot Sun 05-Aug-12 19:47:55

Puddlejumper - they are needles that aren't round (or rather cylindrical) but cubic instead, I hope you can sort of see from this pic.

They really are great but we think the 4mms are probably just too weak to be usable. I don't think Knitpro have properly designed the metal jacket that the needle fits into and so it creates a point of stress where the wood meets the metal. Some people seem to have got on fine with them, but there have been quite a few reports on t'internet of them snapping (and soremummy's now snapped 3 in a fortnight, I think). Always in the same place.

RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 05-Aug-12 19:48:09

Evening wine

Joyful that teeny flower is here this isn't the one I followed, but its the same flower, it is American terms, so her single is a double, and her double is our treble, it seems quite clear. It was the first thing I successfully crocheted, so really isn't difficult grin

I am just about to try this one here I rate Catherine Hirst, and she uses UK terms in this.

Have a go?!

I also don't know what a cubic is, but I know they are making soremummy sad. sad

soremummy Sun 05-Aug-12 19:49:37

They are really nice needle tips you screw a cord onto them they are interchangeable tips shaped a bit like a pencil as in square not round and lovely sharp points on the end of them butmtheyndont like me lol,I'm truly jinxed with them but love them these

soremummy Sun 05-Aug-12 19:52:28

True I've snapped 3 now blush But this time t was one I was holding in left hand whilst casting off usually it's when it's in my right hand. Hubbie said its the way I hold them ahmm what would he know

Thanks trib! For some reason I was picturing 4 needles instead of 2 in some weird frame contraption... hmm What is it that they do differently to normal cylindrical needles?

Thanks Pistey I'll give it a try! I'm still finding crochet a bit confusing - I can do granny squares but I find all the terms, and the UK/US contrasts a bit muddling. However I have found Crochet for Dummies online (to match my Knitting for Dummies book blush so hopefully I'll get it all straight in my head soon!

tribpot Sun 05-Aug-12 19:53:39

I wonder if the straight/double pointed needles, or even the fixed length ones might be a bit stronger, soremummy. (Not that I would suggest you waste any more money on experimenting!). Although the fixed length ones seem identical to the interchangeable ones (except you can't take the tips off and put new ones on, obviously) the design is weaker because of the join.

Oh x-posted, thanks soremummy. smile

tribpot Sun 05-Aug-12 19:55:33

What they do differently, btw, is really help to even out your tension. They truly are well worth a go - preferably with someone else's and when you're heavily insured, though wink

soremummy Sun 05-Aug-12 19:57:30

Swapping to iPad so I can see screen lol iPhone too small to type on I'm not to sad about them any more pistey although colour of the sad face was about the same as the air was in my house when I flung them in temper especially as my stitches dropped off needle and I was casting off blush. Calm knitting only tonight when aid can eventually settle on a pattern. At least I got one square done last night

soremummy Sun 05-Aug-12 20:00:26

Problem I've got is I hate long needles that's why I liked the cubics. I try knit whenever possible with a 6 inch needle I've done many a baby cardigan with these 6 inch metal ones

soremummy Sun 05-Aug-12 20:04:59

Aghn i need technology lessons dd been on iPad and predictive text on it again it's my pet hate off to browse some more patterns otherwise it moss stitch seed stitch garter stitch and stocking stitch squares well that would another 4 done wink but I like a challenge.

tribpot Sun 05-Aug-12 20:37:06

soremummy, there are loads of other kinds of circular needles you can try - either with interchangeable tips or fixed ones. The Knitpro wood ones (not cubic) really are great, or the metal ones (Nova?) or acrylic as well. Plus Pony do some vey basic metal ones and some bamboo too. So don't despair at your cubic experience, it needn't put you off circular needles completely!

Turn off predictive text.

soremummy Sun 05-Aug-12 20:41:04

Thanks tribpot

PurplePidjin Sun 05-Aug-12 21:54:45

Puddle, US is UK minus one...

Our DC = their SC
Our TC = their DC
Ch = ch and the numbers are the same wink

Have you tried charts? Some people find that easier smile

soremummy Sun 05-Aug-12 22:21:13

Ok that makes (no sense to me). I have to admit I did spend last 2 hrs on you tube trying to do crochet but I don't get it. I'm ok if someone is beside me showing me well I did about 5 rounds of a granny square poor pistey had to bail me out blush I will one day master it cos it beats breaking all those needles I really have my heart set on doing a flower in the middle of a square I think I'm far to ambitious and that's what is holding me back

soremummy Sun 05-Aug-12 22:28:13

Even my dd got her brother to go halves and put £50 in a card with a note for my birthday saying "this is for either a crochet workshop or a finishing techniques one but you sort of finish things ok so choice is yours mum i didn't book it just in case but use it wisely though you know what you want ". She's 19 going on 49 lol Although im not too sure about the "you sort of finish things ok " though!

tribpot Sun 05-Aug-12 22:46:07

Your dd is a highly perceptive young lady, soremummy grin Very well put.

As you know, I think the finishing techniques course is FANTASTIC but given you really want to nail crochet, and I don't think craftynclothy can move in with you for six months, why not go for that one now and finishing techniques after Xmas, maybe?

soremummy Sun 05-Aug-12 23:10:07

Good idea at least that way they wont be stuck for Xmas. Poor dd has rand bre about 4 times this week was fonna get vouchers then gonna book ve on a course but she's indecisive lol so left it to me

soremummy Sun 05-Aug-12 23:12:16

I really shouldn't use iPhone in bed with no glasses on! Sorry for typos I'm off to bed night all x

Somersaults Sun 05-Aug-12 23:43:25

I am just beginning to crochet so if I'm going to do a basic crochet square how many chain stitches will I need to start off with at the very beginning? Not a granny square, just a crochet/double crochet square. Thank you smile

pistey - thanks for the flower link. I will have a go later.

I didn't realise until I watched the video that I crochet left handed grin.

PurplePidjin Mon 06-Aug-12 07:20:54

Somersaults, make a chain 6" long, then add an extra 1 for dc or 2 for tc for turning. I get about 4sts to the inch in this wool on a 4mm hook, so 24+1. Then keep going for however many rows is 6" grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 06-Aug-12 07:45:59

grin at shredded's sudden discovery! Good luck with the flower, I am still to try the second one, hopefully later today, but it doesn't look beyond me grin

Rightyho, off to PMs brew

PurplePidjin Mon 06-Aug-12 07:52:43

Pistey, I'll be bringing my hooks with me if you have questions. You wanted a star pattern, too, didn't you?

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 06-Aug-12 08:14:50

Found a star, but wasn't very pointy, was this one here This was for the crochet doubles event that in the end sore mummy and I won gold in, trib said so grin I decided to leave the middle empty on that one. But a star would be great, ta X

PurplePidjin Mon 06-Aug-12 08:20:03

I'll invent you one later brew

Ooooohhh my circulars have been dispatched!! Excited!!

tribpot Mon 06-Aug-12 13:15:55

Yay Glaikit ... hope the postie is quick!

You lucky devil! He's a bit lovely, is Mr Banjo.. envy

Just a bit! He is huge though! Dh is tall, but he must be 6'6 easily!

tribpot Mon 06-Aug-12 19:26:22

Who is he? Assuming by a process of elimination that Glaikit isn't the huge guy on the right wink

shock Trib that my dear is Ashley banjo, dance man extraordinaire! Leader of Britians got talent winners beaters of subo Diversity!

His ashleyness of banjo was performing at a gig my choir were singing at!

tribpot Mon 06-Aug-12 19:43:08

Oh right, I have heard of Diversity and I had heard of Ashley Banjo because Marian Keyes tweets about him. So far so good. Also I know who Subo is! However, unless he's been on Strictly (which I assume he would be rather good at) he is not a celebrity in my house.

bobkate Mon 06-Aug-12 20:00:44

ooh get you glaikit envy what a great photo!
Righto - I'm going to give myself tonight off as my eyes and brain aren't working properly but will crack on with 3girlies square tomorrow.
I weighed my squares just posted and they were about 19/20g each. I have 12g of each pink left from my donor so hoping to do one striped square.
If you'd like me to do some more squares ( and I'm more than happy to ) could I ask very nicely for a lovely donor pretty please smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 06-Aug-12 20:20:01

Evening all wine

Somersaults Mon 06-Aug-12 20:30:03

Evening smile

This evening I shall mostly be trying to master crocheting a square that isn't a granny square seeing as though totally unromantic DH doesn't want to do anything for our anniversary. The flowers I've tried have come out fine but trying to straight crochet in single, double or triple is proving to be trickier and I'm not surer why yet. I might stick to knitting when my donor wool arrives and just add some pretty crocheted flowers on at the end. Although I did like the look of the star you posted Pistey. Maybe I'll give one of those a whirl. I think I need one to one crochet lessons wrt the straight crocheting rathe than video tutorials because then I can show and ask questions as I'm going along. I want to make some of those gorgeous fancy crochet squares with all kinds of pretty things in and on but I think I'm trying to run before I can walk!

AfternoonDelight Tue 07-Aug-12 11:40:14

Hi all, hoping for some help.

I've got my wool ( thanks to my donor) and I was hoping to knit the letters using the guides on the Wooly Hugs website. I'm starting with the letter L - has anyone modified this so that it's the right size square? How would I go about doing it?


AfternoonDelight Tue 07-Aug-12 11:45:49

Also (I told you I was a novice!) what does it mean by "don't block the squares"? Should I cast off as usual?

Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 11:49:39

I haven't looked at the pattern so can't help with the size query, but you should cast off as usual and sew the ends in. Blocking is where you pin your work out and steam/press them. Don't do this part!

Somersaults Tue 07-Aug-12 11:52:12

I've found that I need 33 stitches to make my squares six inches across so could you knock an even number of stitches off each side of the letter pattern to get to 33? I'm not sure how many rows you need in total and I posted my previous squares yesterday so I can't even count the rows on my finished ones. Someone else will be able to suggest about how many rows you need altogether I'm sure.

tribpot Tue 07-Aug-12 12:29:50

Okay so the L pattern calls for 36 stitches. This is probably close enough to what you need to not be worth modifying, AfternoonDelight, but you'll need to knit a few rows (ideally 10) and then measure to see what your gauge is like with this yarn and needle size. Have a quick look at the section entitled How Many Stitches is 6"?.

AfternoonDelight Tue 07-Aug-12 12:33:40

Thank you so much for the help thanks

AfternoonDelight I made the L earlier this week (for another blanket I'm making for one of my DCs) following the instructions and using 36 stitches. I'm using different wool (but still DK and 4mm needles) and it looks the right size (I don't have a tape measure with me on holiday, but I've also done some granny squares and the L has come out the same size as them).

AfternoonDelight Tue 07-Aug-12 15:33:22

Neither Thanks for that. I'm going to start it later on - I'll let everyone know how I get on smile

Good look Afternoon smile

^luck of course

Though I'm sure you look good too

AfternoonDelight Tue 07-Aug-12 19:42:23

<Will take any compliment, typo or not>

Going well so far. If I can pull this one off I'm going to try one of the other letters. This is such a lovely cause, I'm so glad to be a part of it smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 07-Aug-12 19:43:21

Evening all wine

The most marvellous woolly mountain arrived at mine today, all gorgeous, and all full of love and thought. Was for expat, Giraffes and mumof2, but I know the lovely crafters are on here, so a huge and heartfelt thank you X

Hi Pistey, I'm glad my squares arrived safely and are usable! Thanks for posting. And thanks for being such a star and pulling all these projects together, you really are amazing. Have another wine. grin

KnottyLocks Wed 08-Aug-12 08:55:41

Hola smile

I am finally back in a world of consistent Wifi. Hurrah.

Lovely to see all the creativity in full flow.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 08-Aug-12 09:14:03

Bless you Joyful, I'll have the wine later, but all I do is shuffle round a few PMs X

Definitely have the wine though grin

Now my DD is making a square for 3g, it will have a lot of love knitted into it, plus quite a lot of tense moments where she thinks she has dropped a stitch, but the love will outweigh those smile She chose a lovely teal blue. She has got to 2cm <proud moment> It was lovely showing her but she now wants to crochet <nervous laugh> and i was thinking maybe just start her off with a granny, does that seem a good place to start?

KnottyLocks Wed 08-Aug-12 09:19:55

I reckon a granny square is a good place to start. I found them much easier to get to grips with than horizontal rows when I first started.

And bless her heart smile

PurplePidjin Wed 08-Aug-12 09:39:16

Grannies are much easier than stripes. Go RatheBeOnAGreenRun grin

<plonks self on bench with decidedly dodgy looking practice crochet>

I think I'll attempt a granny square. Each time I've attempted rows I've never got on with them. And they look pretty smile

Pistey, how old is your DD? I think it's sweet she's getting involved smile

When/if I get to an OK standard, I'll get some Debbie Bliss and do a square to post off smile There will be a lot of love in mine too, and probably a few little mistakes blush stupid eyesight, I'd be fine if the thing was 200x magnified

PurplePidjin Wed 08-Aug-12 13:52:05

Only x2 magnification, but i didn't look very hard...

Pidj, I was kidding, but thanks for that, it's quite interesting smile

Well, I've learnt how to make a circle of chain stitches, so I'm slowly getting somewhere. The next bits look tricky, so you might hear screams echoing round the midlands as all my stitches undo themselves (again...).

PurplePidjin Wed 08-Aug-12 14:34:44

Sorry, i get very cross when nt's assume that because a person has x disability, they can't do something blush

MinnieBar Wed 08-Aug-12 17:07:51


Er, probably too late, but I wondered if there's a way of getting this pattern to 6"??

Whaddya reckon??

Minnie, now I know I'm no match for Trib in all things knitting,but seeing as that pattern calls for thicker yarn and bigger needles, I would try it as written with the dk and 4mm needles. If its a bit wide there are 4 stitches of a border at each end of a row, you could bring that down to two.

I stand to be corrected though!

MinnieBar Wed 08-Aug-12 17:58:50

Well I wondered that Glaikit but it starts with a Sl1 on each row so I wasn't sure if I could just cut those out confused.... 35 stitches on 3.5mm needles comes out at about 6" for me (I am rather loose, it would seem) so I'd need to lose 6/7 stitches. Hmmmm.....

Sl1 I sort of count as a k1, it just gives a different edge. Remember the pattern might tighten your knitting too. I would give it a bash see how it comes out. He hookers will have dealt with bigger challenges!

MinnieBar Wed 08-Aug-12 18:35:38

Ok, I think if I ignore the slip stitches (because the edges won't show anyway) and cut the border down to 2 stitches per side then that takes me down to 38 stitches, which is practically there... although I'm now really confused by why the diagram only has 28 stitches on it. Or am I reading it all wrong?!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 08-Aug-12 18:44:14

Evening Woollies wine

Lots more thank yous on the threads tonight thanks

That's beyond me Minnie <flashesinternational knit symbol to attract Trib>

tribpot Wed 08-Aug-12 19:20:42

Right, here we go <rolls up sleeves>

Although the chart and the written instructions are showing you the same pattern, they're showing them in very different ways. I also think there's a mistake in the stitch count and the square is 45 stitches wide, not 42.

The pattern's actually 39 stitches wide (3*13), with 6 stitches of border, 4 on one side and 2 on the other. (The imbalance is straightened out because the pattern itself includes two plain stitches for the gaps between one set of flames and the next). The chart only show you one repeat of the candle pattern but appears to be 28 stitches wide because it shows you all the blank space where you are creating a stitch by doing a yarn over so in the row below that stitch didn't exist. But of course, you are also compensating by doing a k2tog in the same row, to keep the total number of stitches the same. This isn't very easy to express in a chart!

The fact that stitch one is slipped doesn't matter, it just creates a nicer edge. For the sake of having something for Knotty and Pistey to get hold of, I would do both stitches even if it makes it slightly wider than 6". The other thing I'd say is the edge is going to be quite wiggly, and I think the author's blocked her example quite a lot to make it square.

So ... the simplest way to reduce to a manageable number of stitches is to cut out one repeat, so instead of doing 3 candles, do two. That makes 26 + 6 = 32. You could then go a bit mad and bung on a couple of extra border stitches, or just knit on 4mms instead of 3.5mms to get you to 6".

You are my knitting goddess Trib!! I thought it was something to do with YOs and k2togs, but you know me and charts don't really go!!

tribpot Wed 08-Aug-12 19:30:24

That's a particularly trying example of a chart as well, Glaikit. Imagine my surprise that our Minnie was the one to find it and try and punt it around hmm wink

MinnieBar Wed 08-Aug-12 20:17:01

Well, you know I have been busy of late but I've still been aware of this gap in my knitting life, this absence of a really good challenge… grin wink

Admit it Trib, you love the patterns I bring <crosses fingers and needles>

Ok, I'll go for a two-candle with extra border if I can work it out

tribpot Wed 08-Aug-12 21:08:43

They are lovely patterns, it is true, Minnie.

Doing a two candle repeat should be easy if you follow the written pattern, as every row is do [x] 3 times. Obv do twice! For the extra border, you can either just wing it with the 6 stitches it already has, i.e. do 32, or you can add a 'knit 2' at the start and end of each row. You do have to keep track of them though! In case of severe need, you could use stitch markers so you can see which are the border stitches (in other words, I really really cannot face writing the pattern out tonight!)

MinnieBar Wed 08-Aug-12 21:23:33

Genuinely wasn't expecting you to rewrite it Trib - just wondering first off if it was possible!

I'll try it on 4mms and no extra stitches and see how I go, although I do seem to get a bit gappy sometimes with larger needles. Cannot for the life of me work out a way of tightening my sloppy tension though… ah well!

tribpot Wed 08-Aug-12 21:30:50

No, I can't work out how to tighten up my tension consistently, Minnie. Doing continental knitting I can often knit too tightly (which doesn't really seem like a major step forward) but any attempt to find a middle ground is doomed. Ho hum.

Oh bugger. I've been crocheting a granny square while repeatedly dashing into ny bedroom to sort out a poorly DS, and I've managed to miss one cluster off a corner! I only realised when I got all the way round the square on the next row of clusters and was a couple of holes short. Arse. angry I couldn't work out why one of my corners was round instead of square - that'll be why! confused

It's taking shape! My wool is slowly becoming a granny.... erm, circle/square hybrid thing at the moment! Should probably look at the instructions for doing the next round before I get carried away, think I've only got one more corner to do on this one.

I'm really enjoying learning, I must admit smile

Lollipop my first granny square turned out to be a pentagon! hmm Sounds like you're doing far better. grin

I'm not sure Joyful, I've just shown the female relatives wh live with me.

My gran said, "Well, at least you're trying"

My mum said, "Erm, what is it?" I told her and she said, "Oh, er, I'd give that up as a bad job, I think." grin

I'm going to keep going, because I can see potential - one corner looks like the pictures I'm following! grin

MinnieBar Wed 08-Aug-12 22:56:43

Well blow me 4 rows in and I've found a mistake in the pattern! shock shock wink

Wish I'd worked it out before I attempted it and then tinked it twice… deffo time for bed now. <yawn>

BarbaraWoodlouseGoesForGold Wed 08-Aug-12 22:57:56

Can I have a small fanfare please? This evening I have finally crocheted something other than a tangled mess. It's not massively far off a tangled mess but unlike my double crochet I can see vague pattern emerging from my first attempt at trebles. Think I'll keep it well hidden from Lollipop's Mum though wink. My left hand is killing me though. Do experienced crocheteers find that there is tension in their yarn hand or is it my sheer panic causing the problem? grin

On a knitting note I lurve Minnie's latest find. Poor Trib, what would we do without you?!

MinnieBar Wed 08-Aug-12 22:59:07

<blows trumpet for BW>


MinnieBar Wed 08-Aug-12 23:00:41

Oh and I've only had one very brief go at crochet and my yarn hand cramped up in no time - I found it very uncomfortable, but sort of assumed that it was partly bad beginner technique on my part [clueless]

BarbaraWoodlouseGoesForGold Wed 08-Aug-12 23:03:08

Thanks Minnie grin

Just saw your latest post about the mistake. Boo sad. Maybe I'll give you a few more days before I attempt it. Consider yourself a canary wink grin

BW - the funny thing is, my mum can neither knit nor crochet, so she really can't comment smile

I've done some more, and it's looking better. I need to work out how to do my second round, so it's back to the pictures for me!

other 22 year olds party and drink, I crochet. Rock n' roll!

KnottyLocks Wed 08-Aug-12 23:20:07

Lovely to see some of you having a go crochet. Fantabulous smile

I find a good few swear words helps when starting out grin

Somersaults Thu 09-Aug-12 00:00:14

Grrr not a good idea to attempt anything other than a simple stocking stitch when you've had a shit evening and you're totally knackered. Just had to frog 4.5 inches of a square because star stitch is a bitch to unpick so I'll have to start it again tomorrow sad

tribpot Thu 09-Aug-12 06:14:51

Ooh yes, Somersaults, star stitch would be an arse to tink back - you can do it, but it would be so slow as to not be worth it for a square, I think. When you get to one of the purl three together stitches, you need to slip the star stitch stitches off the needle, pull on the yarn gently and eventually the three original stitches will appear. But as I say, you would need to do this so slowly to avoid pulling it down too far that for the sake of a square I would just rip it out.

Minnie shock blimey I think this pattern should have come with a health warning on. The obvious mistake in Row 4 is that there aren't enough border stitches

Row 4 – Sl1, K1, (P5, K2, P5, K2) three times, K2

All the other wrong side (even numbered) rows start Sl1, K3.

However, you can also see the repeat doesn't add up to 13 but rather 14. This rang a warning bell and I can see that in fact, the pattern does grow a few stitches over the next few rows and then loses them again in rows 9 and 11, where you're doing 2 lots of k2togs without any compensating yarn overs. There's no way this won't be wiggly at the edges if there are rows with more stitches on than other rows! This makes me think the whole border bit needs a rethink to compensate.

Looking it again, therefore, I think the repeat is actually 12 stitches before you start row 1 one of the pattern, as you do one k2tog on row 1 but two YOs. Which would make 3*12=36 + 6 border = 42. And in fact row 24 (the last of the pattern has the stitch count back to 42 as well. Gargh

So I think the original stitch count of 42 was right, but there is still definitely a mistake in row 4. To reduce the size to 6" you need 2*12+6=30 stitches, which suggests using 4mm, but the pattern is going to increase to 2*16+6=38 at its widest point (row 8).

tribpot Thu 09-Aug-12 08:02:37

Right, here we go. This is 30 stitches on 4mm and with a bit of stretching (which the lace needs anyway) it's 6" wide. The sides don't wiggle too badly given the stitch difference. The only mistake I've found is the one you've highlighted on row 4, Minnie. The slip stitches do give a nice edge.

That's up to row 24 - remember, don't do row 25 until you've done up to row 24 twice.

It's measuring a generous 3.5" already so I'd suggest reducing the 5 rows of knit stitch to 3 for anyone starting now.

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 08:08:29

Bog off, MummyLolli, she's doing great wink

Yay for all the crochet converts <evil world domination cackle>

FaceCrack Thu 09-Aug-12 08:09:59

Hello everyone!

Just checking in. Fell off the other thread as RL caught up with me but I'm back now.
I'll catch up with the thread now.

Somersaults Thu 09-Aug-12 08:29:22

I'm still knitting too Pidj! Although not currently, see above post for angry unravelling!

KnottyLocks Thu 09-Aug-12 08:32:46

Morning, lovely woolly folk smile

MinnieBar Thu 09-Aug-12 08:49:55

Ah that's gorgeous Trib!

Good to know it works. But wow you are fast, what time did you get up this morning?!!

Somersaults Thu 09-Aug-12 09:55:32

I'm really struggling with this pattern at the moment. I've managed the heart fine, and I thought the lacy stuff around it went ok but now I've come to try and square it up it isn't going very well. My problem with everything I've done seems to be that in the first round of chains to make petals or whatever (I think this is usually the second round... There's make a chain loop, then crochet round the loop, then it's the net round after that) I always end up with too many petals, chain spaces. Even if I'm really careful. I don't know how m making the same mistake every time but I think that's my main problem.

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 10:22:24

Somersaults, can you c+p please? I can't get into my Lily's account!

Baskets45 Thu 09-Aug-12 11:41:20

What is the target date for this project? Sorry, not read the whole thread - I will do later!

Baskets45 Thu 09-Aug-12 11:44:23

Another question - does the palette of colours include the Sublime shade 0224 (yellowy/mustardy/gold) which was in the bargain bucket at our local yarn store but is now in my possession?! (only one ball so no big deal if not)

Somersaults Thu 09-Aug-12 11:51:23

With Color 1, ch 4. Join with sl st to form a ring.
1st rnd: Ch 2 (does not count as st). 13 hdc in ring. Join with sl st to first hdc.
2nd rnd: Ch 4 (counts as tr). 1 tr in same sp as last sl st. 2 tr in next hdc. 2 dc in each of next 2 hdc. 2 hdc in each of next 2 hdc. Ch 2. 1 tr in next hdc. Ch 2. 2 hdc in each of next 2 hdc. 2 dc in each of next 2 hdc. 2 tr in next hdc. 1 tr in next hdc. Ch 4. Sl st in same hdc as last tr.
3rd rnd: Sl st in first ch-4 sp. Ch 1. 4 sc in same ch-4 sp. 1 sc in each of next 11 sts. 2 sc in next ch-2 sp. 3 sc in next tr. 2 sc in next ch-2 sp. 1 sc in each of next 11 sts. 4 sc in last ch-4 sp. Join with sl st in first sc.
4th rnd: Sl st in each of next 2 sc. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. 2 sc in each of next 6 sc. 1 sc in each of next 17 sc. 2 sc in each of next 6 sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Fasten off.
5th rnd: Join Color 2 with sl st to first sc of last rnd. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. (Ch 3. Miss next sc. 1 sc in next sc) 22 times. Ch 3. 1 sc in last sc. Ch 1. Join with 1 hdc in first sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc around last hdc. *Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch-3 sp.
Rep from * around. Ch 1. Join with 1 hdc in first sc.
7th rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc around last hdc. 3 hdc in next ch-3 sp. 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. (2 tr. Ch 2. 2 tr) in next ch-3 sp. 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. 3 hdc in next ch-3 sp. 3 sc in next ch-3 sp. 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. 3 tr in next ch-3 sp. (2 tr. Ch 2. 2 tr) in next ch-3 sp. 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. (3 sc in each next ch-3 sp) 3 times. 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. (2 tr. Ch 2. 2 tr) in next ch-3 sp. 3 tr in next ch-3 sp. 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. 3 sc in next ch-3 sp. 3 hdc in next ch-3 sp. 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. (2 tr. Ch 2. 2 tr) in next ch-3 sp. 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. 3 hdc in next ch-3 sp. 1 sc in first ch-1 sp. Join with sl st to first sc.
8th rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp. (3 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from 3 times more. 1 dc in each st to end of rnd. Join Color 3 with sl st to top of ch 3.
9th rnd: With Color 3, ch 2 (does not count as st). 1 hdc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp. (2 hdc. Ch 2. 2 hdc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from 3 times more. 1 hdc in each dc to end of rnd. Join Color 1 with sl st to first hdc.
10th rnd: With Color 1, ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as sl st. 1 sc in each hdc to next corner ch-2 sp. (1 sc. Ch 2. 1 sc) in corner ch-2 sp. Rep from 3 times more. 1 sc in each hdc to end of rnd. Join Color 3 with sl st to first sc.
11th rnd: With Color 3, ch 2 (does not count as st). *1 hdc in each sc to next corner ch-2 sp. (2 hdc. Ch 2. 2 hdc) in corner ch-2 sp.
Rep from * 3 times more. 1 hdc in each sc to end of rnd. Join with sl st to first hdc. Fasten off.

It's the 7th rnd that I can't get to look right but think that's due to mistakes in earlier rounds. I think I might need to start the whole thing again.

Somersaults Thu 09-Aug-12 11:52:14

Oh, and the bits in bold have auto formatted to MN format so should be inside asterisks!

KnottyLocks Thu 09-Aug-12 12:07:13

Baskets45, yellow isn't in the colour range for this blanket, I'm afraid.

We'll have a Last Posting date for you by the end of the day smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 09-Aug-12 12:08:36


I can help you here, but I'm sorry it's a no to the mustardy colour, we try to avoid yellows/golds as they are notoriously difficult to fit in with other colours.

Sorry about that

And no deadline as yet but assume 3 weeks, which takes us to the very end of August, possibly even early September. There are folk away on holiday which means I'm sure we still have people yet to join us. We will have a think though.


RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 09-Aug-12 12:08:47

Arf arf arf

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 12:10:31

Baskets, i think we're going for really girly pinks and purples for this one.

Somer, give me a minute and I'll try it out

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 09-Aug-12 12:13:49

Tis blues, greens, pinks, warm purple, light silvery greys and cream but DB 013


Baskets45 Thu 09-Aug-12 12:30:56

That's fine about colours. I can use it for something else! I have just cast on some pink, and I have enough suitable ones, pinks and greens and blues.

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 13:03:14

Right, rows 1-6 make perfect sense but you need to turn the work after the ch1 atbthe beginning of row 6.

Carrying on now...

My circulars have arrived! And I have 3 hours until I need to pick up ds! Clickety clack!!

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 13:17:09

7th rnd: Ch 1 turn.

2 sc around last hdc. 3 hdc in next ch-3 sp. 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. (2 tr. Ch 2. 2 tr) in next ch-3 sp.

3 dc in next ch-3 sp. 3 hdc in next ch-3 sp. 3 sc in next ch-3 sp. 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. 3 tr in next ch-3 sp. (2 tr. Ch 2. 2 tr) in next ch-3 sp.

3 dc in next ch-3 sp. (3 sc in each next ch-3 sp) 3 times. 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. (2 tr. Ch 2. 2 tr) in next ch-3 sp.

3 tr in next ch-3 sp. 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. 3 sc in next ch-3 sp. 3 hdc in next ch-3 sp. 3 dc in next ch-3 sp. (2 tr. Ch 2. 2 tr) in next ch-3 sp.

3 dc in next ch-3 sp. 3 hdc in next ch-3 sp. 1 sc in first ch-1 sp. Join with sl st to first sc.

It works but fuck me is it a bitch to keep track of!!!!!

Somersaults Thu 09-Aug-12 13:52:25

Ok well I am (again) desperately trying to get DD to nap. Do we sense a daily theme in the Somersaults household?! When (if) she goes down I will have another bash from the very start again I think.

Thank you so much grin

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 14:39:19

I'm making a Nac Mac Feegle, this gives my hands a bit of a break!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 09-Aug-12 14:53:04

Hello there smile [FabLolly]

We have come up with a last posting date for squares for the blanket for 3girlies. Hopefully this will allow for holidays.. <drum roll>

Last POSTING will be Monday 3rd September

Sending our love to 3g and thinking of Flora Xx

Somersaults Thu 09-Aug-12 15:09:15

Nac Mac Feegle sounds like a character from In The Night Garden so you will have to enlighten me...

What's nac mac feegle?? <nosey>

Close with in the night garden!! only for adults!!?

Nac Mac Feegles are awesome! I love them, especially Wee Mad Arthur. grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 09-Aug-12 15:59:51

Squares for four different blankets arrived today smile

Heartfelt thanks to everyone, thanks are on the threads!


PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 16:20:08

My knitting group are making a woolly garden for exhibition at the arts centre we meet at. One of the other ladies and i decided we needed a Feegle the rest are a tad bemused

Once he's got his other arm and leg and I've dressed him, I'll post a picture on the Woolly Hug Picture thread smile

Somersaults Thu 09-Aug-12 16:24:18

I was quite close with In The Night Garden! But in a woolly garden wouldn't you want to see Iggle Piggle and the Tombliboos?!

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 16:40:54

It was a natural progression from "Should we have fairies at the bottom of this garden?"

It's me and a lot of lovely ladies who knit for their grandchildren. Not sure they'd get an INTG reference, but i might drop it into conversation tomorrow grin

Right, I'm now ready for round two of my practice granny square. It erm, well, it's made with love. If this one looks OK (will post a pic) I'll get some lovely pink and purple in the required yarns and get my 4mm hook out to have a go for real.

What difference does the hook make, anyway? smile

And how the hell do I start crocheting round 2 of a granny square??? I'm confused lol

I suppose the start of a round is a good time to change colour, yes?

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 17:21:22

The hook dictates how big the holes are

Slip stitch into the first stitch of the round to join. Chain 2 + 2 more trebles = your first cluster of the new round

Yes. Instead of picking up the old yarn when you slip stitch you pick up a loop of the new one to bring back through. Then you knot 4-6" of pesky end to the old yarn and cut it off to the same length. When you've finished, you sew them in to hide them


Somersaults Thu 09-Aug-12 17:36:10

Thank you very much Pidjin. I handed my non-napping DD to DH as soon as he walked through the door and I now have a heart within a square! Yay!

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 17:44:13


Somersaults Thu 09-Aug-12 18:03:45

Ok, what dodo when my square measures six inches across one part and only five across another? Will you be able to shrink/stretch it to make it fit?! Is it better for me to add another round and have it part the right size and part too big, or leave it as its and have part the right size and part too small?

Well, thanks to Pidj, my white granny square centre thing now has a nice pale green border. Rather glad this is the practice one as it's still a bit round for my liking, but hopefully I can sort that with the next round smile

Ah, just looked at some pictures and it looks like it's round 3 where (in theory) my square will become more, well, square!

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 20:04:05

Leave it, Somersaults, we can streeeeeetch it if needed

Yay, Lolli! How many chains are you doing between clusters? I only do one and they come up fairly square...

See, I was following one that said do 3, but I didn't like how it was looking so I've stopped that one for now, having a go at just, a square. Might try another just doing one chain later.

This is so relaxing smile

PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 20:10:55
PurplePidjin Thu 09-Aug-12 20:12:24

Loads of them do - Dances has had the same problem. They turn out a wiggly mess when i do them like that hmm

Somersaults Thu 09-Aug-12 23:15:42


I added an extra little border around the edge because it didn't look finished without. It's wonky, I know, but I'd never crocheted at the start of the week so I'm quite pleased with it overall.

Major props to Pidj for helping me along the way smile

<props eyes open with matchsticks> morning! brew

PurplePidjin Fri 10-Aug-12 07:28:54


tribpot Fri 10-Aug-12 07:44:32

Vortex - I could fancy that!

Somersaults Fri 10-Aug-12 08:49:59

Oooh that looks lovely in the multicoloured wool Trib.

I was just looking at that one yesterday Trib.

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 10-Aug-12 13:11:56

Hello smile

Squares for expat, giraffes, mumof2 and 3girlies arriving today - do check for news of safe arrivals X


prettybird Fri 10-Aug-12 16:30:24

Belatedly signing in to this thread blush

bobkate Sat 11-Aug-12 10:53:25

Well I think I might have mastered managed rather than mastered simple stripes. Thanks to trib for the video link. It was really clear and helpful. I'm just hoping that there enough wool to make it to 6". That'll be my only square and I'd like to do some more for 3girlies but will need a donor. I'll PM you now Pistey and hope that's ok smile

tribpot Sat 11-Aug-12 10:56:37

Great, well done bobkate! The KnitFreedom videos are excellent, well worth looking at.

I've decided that I always intended my shawl project for the Ravellenic Games to last into the Paralympic period of the games, which is lucky as I am nowhere near finished grin So this weekend I'm gonna knock out a few squares so I can at least get something in the Ravellenics.

MinnieBar Sat 11-Aug-12 14:43:58

Hello all, hope you are enjoying the sunshine!

I took all 3 DCs into a yarn shop I'd not been in before - I just popped in on the off chance they'd have the right wool and they had not only some DB but also some Sublime, but only in brown (which was a shame as it was in the sale!). Anyway I chose a hopefully 'warm' confused lilac-purple and while I was dithering over colours the owner very kindly showed my hot and over-tired DCs how you turn freshly shorn wool into actual yarn. They were a bit 'huh?!' but I was very impressed to see a spinning wheel in action.

Plus I told her all about Wooly Hugs and she seemed impressed. (of course!)

My candle flame square is finished, but doesn't really look like Trib's. I got a bit cocky about my yarn overs on the next row and thought I was being really clever by turning them around (telling myself I'd somehow done them wrong hmm) and so some of the gaps are just stupidly huge as a result, bah. Anyway, here I think.

I'm currently debating the following options:
1. Try and make the best of it by pulling it a bit here and there from behind and stitching it (not even sure how do-able this is)
2. Frogging it and trying again <weeps>
3. Frogging it and trying another essential, plain square because this is actually meant for Expat's/Giraffe's blanket and is hideously late

It looks better in the photo than in real life actually, but the hole-y bits are seriously uneven, particularly on the top two. Bah.

Somersaults Sat 11-Aug-12 15:01:29

I think it looks lovely in the photo, a really nice pattern, andi don't think the holes look too big in the picture at all.

tribpot Sat 11-Aug-12 15:09:15

Minnie, mine doesn't look entirely dissimilar - and you can see in my pic I've stretched it out more with pins. Bear in mind the pattern is not actually meant to be symmetrical - the candle flame curves over to the right by virtue of the k2togs not being done in the centre but on the left hand side of the flame. Plus yarn overs between knit then purl vs. purl then knit will never come out exactly the same, by virtue of the amount of yarn in the yarn over being different.

So all in all, I say: game on. I think it'll be fine. You might ask for special dispensation to block it lightly, perhaps smile

Btw, the Sublime is indeed sublime, it was lovely to work with. Slightly springier than the Rowan.

PurplePidjin Sat 11-Aug-12 15:32:52

Send send send, Minnie, it's gorgeoise and will be yoiked into shape by all it's friends thanks

Somersaults Sat 11-Aug-12 15:52:16

I love the sublime wool. It's gorgeous and Dd has a lot of baby knits in various shades of the baby sublime.

prettybird Sat 11-Aug-12 16:01:40

Minniebar - it looks gorgeoise! smile

<drops voice to a guilty whisper> I've only just finished my squares for expat's, giraffe's and mumto2boys' blankets and didn't get to the post office this morning blush

PurplePidjin Sat 11-Aug-12 16:05:03

Bwahahahahah, I'm making a rainbow snake, just finished the head and ask dp what he thought.

"Very nice" he says "So what colour is that going to be, then"


tribpot Sat 11-Aug-12 16:51:59

Finally ... drum roll please ... the beaded heart is done - it didn't take long, I started it at lunchtime. Just had to wait til I was resigned to not making it to the end of my shawl during the Olympics smile

bird - all credit to you for the lovely yarn, shall I send you what's left back? It's so nice I do think you should get some of the benefit too. Pidj supplied what was the world's smallest crochet hook until I got an even smaller one at my lace knitting course, but it turned out I was meant to string the beads on before I started (which was, surprisingly, not too hard to do). So Pidj I can happily return that to you for crocheting subatomic particles in the future!

prettybird Sat 11-Aug-12 16:57:20

'Tis bee-yoo-ti-fool!! smilesmile

Do we not need to do two? If so, you could send me the wool and some beads (and the pattern) and I'll have a go too.

If someone else has already done t'other one, I'll do the pretty apple tree instead, as I think that would look lovely in that colour of wool.

KnottyLocks Sat 11-Aug-12 17:04:57

Minnie, the candle square is lovely smile and is more than good enough as it is x

Woohoo to the beaded heart, Trib grin and um yep, we need two!

tribpot Sat 11-Aug-12 17:05:37

soremummy has done another, I have to say much better, one - although I dare say Her Knottiness could be persuaded on this matter with appropriate inducements wink I'm happy to send you some beads, though, as I bought about 4 gazillion in preparation for the square - although the apple tree would be fantastic in this shade.

PurplePidjin Sat 11-Aug-12 17:10:54

<clap clap> tree <clap clap> tree!!

prettybird Sat 11-Aug-12 17:15:40

If you send me the wool, I'll do the tree as long as the powers-that-be ignore the fact that we've gone beyond the deadline grin

PurplePidjin Sat 11-Aug-12 17:26:54

What about a tree for 3girlies??

MinnieBar Sat 11-Aug-12 17:39:24

You guys are too kind… ok, I'll send as is (might attempt a little behind-the-scenes tinker first). I know it's 'ok' but it's just frustrating when a) I know I'm capable of better and b) I've given myself this idea it should be perfect because it's for something so important.

Love the beaded heart. Love trees!

soremummy Sat 11-Aug-12 20:14:17

Knotty If you want another one of the hearts doing same as tribpot pm me let me know I can meet with Tribpot and collect beads and wool x. I'll message you tomorrow trib re needles

soremummy Sat 11-Aug-12 20:18:57

Or if you want me to do the tree I have tablets. Although I've done one before just let me know what you lot need as long as its not crochet ! smile

Haha, I've got it Sussex! I'm sticking to rows, and it's much, much easier for me. Next time I'm in town I'll scout out the local wool shop and get some wool, and get cracking on some squares. smile

As an estimate, in single crochet how many stitches do I need in a row, and how many rows for a 6 inch square? smile

Sorry, meant I've got it sussed

Stupid iPad...

PurplePidjin Sun 12-Aug-12 17:24:14

Crochet a chain that's 6"/15cm long. Ch1 extra and turn. Then crochet back across, ch1 and turn. I do about 4 stitches to the inch, so 24+1 smile

Thank you smile I'm just sad I can't take my crochet on holiday, because of it not being allowed on the plane sad Don't like flying if it's bumpy so something to occupy my hands and mind would be great.

Ah well, ipod and talking to my mum will have to suffice.

KnottyLocks Sun 12-Aug-12 18:06:42

Lollipop,well done for cracking crochet smile

You can get plastic and wooden hooks which might be worth considering for crochet on planes .

PurplePidjin Sun 12-Aug-12 18:13:15

Buy yourself a plastic or wood hook, mine has been to Latvia and back!

prettybird can you link to the heart pattern you used please on the fb pic? Love the cables too! grin

prettybird Sun 12-Aug-12 19:11:13

Which heart one? The blue and pink one or the yarn-over "lace" one? Both of them are from my Big Fat knitting book (the lace one adapted from a sock pattern, the other a fair-isle one) but I could copy them for you.

The fair isle one please. I've been looking for one like that but the were all either too big too small or just one heart and I couldnt workout how to adapt it!

lentilweavinghippy Mon 13-Aug-12 08:49:31

Ooh, I feel enormously inadequate massively on awe of the skills on display in this thread!

I have finished two squares - a diamondy pattern one & a flowery number, will try to finish two more to send with em.

PurplePidjin Mon 13-Aug-12 08:59:58

Lentil - and others - please please please don't underestimate how important every single square is to this project. For someone with plenty of time and experience, a complicated pattern shows their support for the blanket recipient. For someone with less time/experience, the same amount of effort will produce a plain garter stitch square.

All squares show 3girlies that she and her family are loved.

Somersaults Mon 13-Aug-12 09:15:16

This is my first square using my donor wool and some blue that I already have. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out and I hope I've done my donor proud.

tribpot Mon 13-Aug-12 09:16:28

Beautiful, Somersaults!

prettybird Mon 13-Aug-12 09:41:45

That's beautiful Somersaults . Lovely colour combination. I'm in awe of people who are able to do such lovely delicate shapes in crochet. smile resolutely refuses to look at left-handed videos on how to crochet

These are my latest squares which will go in the post today as they are for Expat, Giraffes and Mumto3Boys' blankets blush

Somersaults Mon 13-Aug-12 10:50:37

I'm loving the hearts and the cable Prettybird. Cable is something I've never tackled, as is knitting with more than one colour (apart from some dodgy stripes I did recently!)

prettybird Mon 13-Aug-12 15:39:47

Cable really is the easiest "next step" Somersaults . I taught Hairypotter over coffee at the Glasgow Blanketeers meet-up. It's so easy, yet looks so impressive.

You just need to get a cable needle (a wee short, double pointed needle).

Here are some simple instructions: Start with a purl row. On Row 2, purl a few stitches, then, to twist one way, (say, a twist 6 stitches wide), you slip three stitches on to the cable needle (pretend you are going to purl them with the cable needle and then just transfer them on to it) and leave it at the front (for a twist to the left - this is called C6F) or the back (for a twist to the right - this is called C6B). Knit three stitches and then knit the three stitches on the cable needle, purl the next few stitches (depending on your pattern) Purl the whole next row. Next row, purl when you purled in the cable row and then knit when you knitted (ie the cable row). Repeat these last two rows (ie simple knitting and purling, no cable) another 5 times. On the 14th row, repeat Row 2 again. Repeat rows 1-12 until required length is achieved.

You need more than 33 stitches in order to achieve the requisite 6" wide, as the cables pull it in. It's also better to put a stabilising column of rib on either side of a cable, if you are doing simple ones.

For this square, the instructions would be (from memory: I adapted it from a cushion pattern I had). I've changed it ever so slightly, as in retrospect, I think the twists would have been better the opposite way round. I've also widened it slightly, as from memory it was a bit narrow. This pattern creates a garter stitch background to the cables which I think is quite attractive.

Cast-on 39 stitches.
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: Purl 3, knit 3, purl 3, knit 6, purl 3, knit 3, purl 3, knit 6, purl 3, knit 3, purl 3.
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: Purl 3, knit 3, purl 3, C6B (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle, leave in front, knit 3 and then knit the 3 stitches on cable needle), purl 3, knit 3, purl 3, C6F (slip 2 stitches on to cable needle and leave behind, knit 3 and then the 3 on the cable needle), purl 3, knit 3, purl 3.
Rows 5 to 12: Repeat rows 1 and 2.
Repeat Rows 1 to 12 until 6" long.

You can finish on any row except a cable row (which would make the cast-off a bit difficult/twisted).

Hope I've written that down OK! smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 13-Aug-12 16:18:22


WoollyWoolfe Mon 13-Aug-12 16:20:23

So easy?!?! I'm going to stick to crochet granny squares I think smile

Somersaults Mon 13-Aug-12 16:53:33

Wow Prettybird! Thank you! That might just be my next project then (once I've got myself a cable needle!)

I've lost my knitting fire a bit while I've been trying to master get to grips with crochet so this might spark me off again.

prettybird Mon 13-Aug-12 17:32:41

Doesn't even matter too much if you lose count of the rows. Just do a cable row when you think you are on about the 12th row.

As a general rule, "double" the Cable bit seems to create a nice twist. So if you wanted a wider cable, eg 10 stitches wide (C10F or B, ie slip 5 stitches on to the cable needle), you would do the cable row every 20th row.

Pretty could I use a normal DPN for cabling, or will I have to run the gauntlet of spending go to my local yarn shop for one??

I've finished my four stitch check square from my birthday knitting book onmy new symphony circulars, and have started on a bubble square which looks really cool!

Pretty thanks for the heart fair isle pattern. I had a quick bash at it from the chart, but I got a bit confused and it went back to front!! confused

I might need a written pattern for a 40 stitch square <cough> trib <cough> thanks

prettybird Mon 13-Aug-12 17:47:07

Glaikit <whispers> it *did take me 3 attempts to get started hmm. I'm used to doing Fair-isle/Icelandic in the round, so, for example, my first attempt had me doing the 2nd row still knitting instead of purl. blush But when once I eventually managed to get to the 3rd row, I was OK.

A longer double pointed needle would be fine - it's just not as convenient. When I lose my little one which is frequently I'm usually about to start using one of the 4mm double-pointed ones when I find it again.

I've got a manic week, must try and get to the wool shop so I can do my square smile I will be the one walking in, clutching a list of appropriate yarns and colours, and simply handing it to the person in the shop while saying, "Do you have any of these, please?"

I'm 99% sure I can make a square where it doesn't suddenly change shape because I missed stitches.

Whoever receives all the squares, I'm sorry if it's a bit rubbish

prettybird Mon 13-Aug-12 17:50:03

By the way - for the Fair-isle you start in the bottom right corner, then the 2nd row you do from left to right, the 3rd from right to left and so on, if you are knitting on "ordinary" needles.

Apologies if I am teaching you to suck eggs.

PurplePidjin Mon 13-Aug-12 17:57:31

I think I've got a fairly major input into this one, Lolli so it's in my best interests for you to get it right smile

OK purple, I shall write down the number of stitches and rows I need and then make sure I stick to it! smile

I think I've figured out what's going wrong though (as I've done exactly the same thing on practice square 2), I think I'm chaining 2 on the first row, forgetting I've done it, then only chaining one. I'll try square 3 later and see if it is that smile

PurplePidjin Mon 13-Aug-12 18:36:15

I dunno if it helps, but i find it easier to count stitches by feel than by look especially working rows. They make lumps when you run your fingers along it. If i try and do it by sight i lose track of which I'm on iyswim

I need help please. I'm doing a bubble pattern from my new book and I have big gaping holes either side of my bubbles but I can't see what I'm doing wrong.


actual knitting

I can see from the photo in the book there is wee holes at the edge of the bubbles, but my ones are huge! Please help!!

Somersaults Mon 13-Aug-12 20:37:11

This isn't going to help (sorry) but I actually like the look of yours smile

tribpot Mon 13-Aug-12 20:59:19

Methinks some creative blocking might have gone on in the picture, Glaikit. I've got the same book so let me give it a quick bash now. I assume you're using 4mm needles?

tribpot Mon 13-Aug-12 21:00:18

Btw Frankie Brown has a lovely looking bubble pattern that doesn't seem to involve holes at all - just saying! smile

Yup 4mm. I even swapped to my straight metal ones incase it was my new needles. Dh says mine look like quavers hmm

KnottyLocks Mon 13-Aug-12 21:12:13

Evening all smile

Glaikit, I like your version! I also like quavers grin

PurplePidjin Mon 13-Aug-12 21:14:54

I love the ravelry one, wish i could knit envy

Don't you love my one pidj sad <puppy dog eyes>

Just to let you know that my donor wool arrived safely today, thank you! Four lovely colours, will be making flowers now smile

PurplePidjin Mon 13-Aug-12 21:20:34

I love your one, but prefer the rav one to the book iyswim

Just jesting pidj!! smile

PurplePidjin Mon 13-Aug-12 21:46:34


Jules146 Mon 13-Aug-12 22:02:01

Help!! Want to out a boarder round my circle... I got a little bit carried away and have done a rather big circle 72 stitches round the edge... Which is 18 for each edge... But how do I work out how many tr, htr, fb and how I do the corners?!! blush sorry!!

tribpot Mon 13-Aug-12 22:13:25

Glaikit, I'm getting ginormous holes as well.

PurplePidjin Mon 13-Aug-12 22:21:11

I'd do double treble corners then double treble, half double treble (yo twice, through, yo, back, yo through two, yo through rest), treble, half treble, four dc, two sl st, 4dc, htr, tr, hdtr, dtr, corner.


Jules146 Mon 13-Aug-12 23:18:17

Thank you smile will try tomorrow and report back


prettybird Tue 14-Aug-12 17:27:09

Have finally managed to suss how to do a "twist left" or a "twist right" without having to resort to using a cable needle for the single stitch. smilesmile

In doing so, I have now practiced the third and last pattern for the Afghan rug project that I am going to embark upon, in memory of my mum smile. The three patterns can be seen here

I ran out of wool just before the end, so the last 2 rows (and three stitches) are in a slightly different blue. Hopefully, by the time it's been hooked together, it won't be too obvious blush

The squares are now finally in the post (first class) so should be winging their way to Pistey.

PurplePidjin Tue 14-Aug-12 18:45:33

Luffly, prettybird thanks

Ok Trib, thanks. I feel slightly better now. But I think I'll frog it and to that bubble pattern you linked to instead.

tribpot Tue 14-Aug-12 19:09:19

I would, Glaikit. I can't see how that pattern can result in a picture like the one shown in the book. Maybe if you only go back and forth twice instead of three times ... but in any case, i think Frankie Brown's pattern will work better as it doesn't seem to involve the creation of any holes!

soremummy Tue 14-Aug-12 19:51:52

Tribpot I've emailed you

lentilweavinghippy Tue 14-Aug-12 20:26:39

Glaikit, I think I've got that book (knitting & crochet bible?) Not tried that pattern (& don't think I will now!) but I'm doing one of the diamondy ones - some lovely cable patterns in there too.

It's the stitch library lentil, but I think they are one and the same.

tribpot Tue 14-Aug-12 21:21:08

Yip, the Claire Compton one. I have the Stitch Library too. I've checked her website to see if there's an erratum for this pattern but there's nothing there, so I do wonder how on earth it's meant to come out like the picture!

Jules146 Tue 14-Aug-12 23:13:03

Thanks Pidj have managed it grin your instructions were great! Don't know how you managed to work it out but very greatful to you thanks

PurplePidjin Wed 15-Aug-12 07:17:09

Two decades of experience, Jules wink when you've been doing something that long it gets easy - think talking, walking, cooking, swimming...

You do know we Need pics, don't you?!

Done my squares, yay me! Now the other day I am sure I found something where you can make little hearts.......but I can't find it now! Is there a link somewhere someone can point me in the right direction?

They are just little things to sew on afterwards

WoollyWoolfe Wed 15-Aug-12 15:23:21

Purple - I used these attic 24 ones for my squares and they came out ok

WoollyWoolfe Wed 15-Aug-12 15:24:35

oh don't think that link worked sad - here's the full one

Ooo they do look good! Thanks! I should have thought of her! I will one day do a ripple blanket!

Will have a go at them either tonight or another day, need to meet my daughter at the dentist this afternoon!

tribpot Wed 15-Aug-12 15:33:10

I did the knitted heart off this valentine bunting when I wanted one to sew on (ahem, over a glaring mistake).

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 15-Aug-12 15:33:29

Afternoon brew

Lovely woolly treasure arriving this morning, tis all just lovely thanks

What is the last posting date for this one Pistey?

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 15-Aug-12 15:38:25

Tis Monday 3rd September PKK, which feels aaaaaaages away, but I am sure will come round quickly enough. That's last posting btw.

OK, I will see if I can make a few hearts out of what I have left over and then get it posted

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 15-Aug-12 15:43:57

Thanks my lovely X

bobkate Wed 15-Aug-12 23:10:06

hmm - that's strange. I was sure that I'd done a post. Going mad! Just wanted to know if the address for posting is the same as for Expat's blanket? I still have that in my inbox smile

PurplePidjin Thu 16-Aug-12 04:59:01
PurplePidjin Thu 16-Aug-12 05:00:01

Oops wrong thread!

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 16-Aug-12 16:03:11

bobkate - you have mail thanks

<arf> at pidj

More woolly treasure has arrived safely smile

bobkate Thu 16-Aug-12 20:23:29

Thanks smile - will put in the post early next week.

knitting at the Hairdresser again. get me!

tribpot Sat 18-Aug-12 11:11:05

Not quite so impressive but I've been knitting whilst Skyping with someone in the hinterlands of Queensland! (Someone I know, not a random person who happens to live there!) Nearest petrol station: 50km but broadband working a treat, amazing!

I'm back to working on my blanket for a work friend who is due next month and I must say it's very hard to go back to 'lesser yarns' after the cashmere fest of the Woolly Hugs.

have you had a go at the icord border yet trib? I'm no further forward yet.

tribpot Sat 18-Aug-12 11:26:47

Ooh nuts, I forgot to do that, Glaikit. I can't remember what problem you were having, but I guess it's on the previous thread? I'll go have a look.

tribpot Sat 18-Aug-12 11:45:39

Right, I've found your post on it:

The invisible cast on, confused me to start with, then for some unknown reason the colour from my picked up stitches was showing through the border and I don't think that's right

The invisible cast on means when you get all the way round to the beginning again you can graft the final stitches to the first and it will appear seamless. Personally I doubt strong anyone is going to care about a seam so I'll concentrate on the second problem first.

Thank you Trib! I have until 22nd of September to get it done!

lentilweavinghippy Mon 20-Aug-12 08:14:04

My slightly wonky lovingly crafted squares are going in the post today smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 20-Aug-12 08:15:06

They will be warmly welcomed lentil thanks

Morning brew

prettybird Mon 20-Aug-12 17:13:42

Really pleased with these two: they are the first ones in a while that have no mistakes! and I only had to tink two rows in the lace one

And yes, I know that I'm usually the only one who will notice the mistakes - but it gives me confidence that my knitting is improving! smile

prettybird Mon 20-Aug-12 17:18:17

Meant to say that the smocking was ridiculously easy and amazingly effective. smile

Somersaults Mon 20-Aug-12 18:05:57

They're lovely Prettybird smile

Here are my finished squares for the blanket. Major props to everyone on here who helped me with my beginner efforts at crochet over the last couple of weeks, I'm really proud of the squares I've managed to make considering I was a total beginner a couple of weeks ago andi couldn't have done it without help and support from people on here so thank you all very, very much thanks I've been inspired to crochet a soft toy cat for DD next.

PurplePidjin Mon 20-Aug-12 21:53:49

Fabulous thanks

SoupDragon Tue 21-Aug-12 11:00:33

Lovely! smile

Hello ladies,

Do we currently have an end date for these squares, please? I have been away for over a week and haven't done anything so I hope I am not too late.

Apologies if the thread says somewhere but I have only had time for a quck scan and I can't see anything.

Thanks x

SoupDragon Wed 22-Aug-12 10:15:09

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 15-Aug-12 15:38:25
Tis Monday 3rd September PKK, which feels aaaaaaages away, but I am sure will come round quickly enough. That's last posting btw.

HairyPotter Wed 22-Aug-12 13:57:30

Im very late to the thread as usual all the squares look incredible! I am envy

My wool finally turned up today, ordered it last Wednesday fron fingers and thumbs. Haven't used them before but delivery was very slow compared to Deramores. My silver wool looks very blue though, im a bit disappointed tbh.

Any recommendations for lovely silver woolliness?

On a more positive note, I found the stitch library that one of the lovely ladies at the Glasgow meet up recommended for, drum roll... 89p on amazon grin

Thanks Soupdragon. smile

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 22-Aug-12 17:28:51

Hairy - I think Rowan Cashsoft mist is a lovely silver, tis the one Knots used to hook together the Anthony Nolan charity blanket, maybe have a look at the pics on the website of it in action? smile

Not the knitters bible stitch library Hairy shock

Do the Scottish contingent fancy another meet up? I might get some actual knitting done if we have another one!!

HairyPotter Wed 22-Aug-12 19:55:51

Ooops, was talking mince! Just checked and it's the harmony guide to knitting stitches. I took pictures of all the books everyone brought along and have been trawling amazon for good deals. Nearly fell off my chair when I saw how deliciously cheap it was. not that it's here yet mind you

Definitely up for another Glasgow meet up grin let me know where and when.

Pistey that looks much nicer. Have bookmarked it for the next time sad

prettybird Thu 23-Aug-12 12:33:42

Another Glasgow meetup sounds good. Weekday or weekend?

tribpot Fri 24-Aug-12 08:44:23

Just checking in so I can come back to this thread later and see what I'm meant to be doing smile I've been down in London for 2 days so had to put down my own blanket projects (actual blanket-sized projects) as too big to carry on the train. I'm just doing another Baby Surprise Jacket in the meantime ..

If a weekday I can only do Monday's and Friday's, but a weekend is fine too. Would we just go to the tramway again?

I've just done my very first pair of booties and I've started on a gnome hat for a friend having a baby soon. how easy are your surprise jackets Trib? Easy enough for someone who so far can only knit in squares and straight lines?

tribpot Fri 24-Aug-12 09:19:14

They are super-easy, Glaikit, you just have to keep the faith when the pattern appears to have you knitting a rather wonky rectangle and then suddenly announces 'hey, time for the neck' and you're like: WTF, how can this be the neck?

You do have to pick up a few stitches around the edge but that's probably the hardest bit. Oh, and knit 2 together but I assume you can manage that now!

K2tog wink? We are old friends now!! I will have a look once the gnome hat is done. How much wool does it use for a newborn sized one?

prettybird Fri 24-Aug-12 09:32:34

I've decided to attempt doing some entrelac. Probably won't manage to get it finished for this blanket.

Big Fat Knitting book's (hereafter known as BFKB) instructions aren't very good. Am having to supplement with internet support. Once it has been described more clearly I can see what the BFKB is trying to say - but it is missing out/assuming bits that make it impossible very difficult to follow as a beginner trying entrelac for the first time.

I got as far as the first full square on the alternate colour before frogging it as I realised the square was going to be far too large. Am now trying it with 5 8 stitch triangles to start with.

tribpot Fri 24-Aug-12 11:24:58

Bird - I think that's could end up being too big, to be honest. I learnt from the Planet Purl videos on YouTube, highly recommended. From what I recall, they have good, clear instructions. It's quite a loose design, not massively suited to a 6" square.

Glaikit - the first one I did used just over 2 balls, although I think with the one I'm doing now with the Sirdar Baby Crofter might only need 2. I was going to do an icord edging though, which will obv need more. (This is very optional!). I'll PM you.

prettybird Fri 24-Aug-12 12:16:49

I'd only got as far as casting on, so I'll frog 8 stitches! smile

Somersaults Fri 24-Aug-12 12:36:54

What is entrelac?!

Somersaults Fri 24-Aug-12 12:37:32

(I could Google it I suppose but I'll probably get a better, more understandable response on here)

prettybird Fri 24-Aug-12 13:15:02

It's a sort of basket weave effect, created by knitting squares diagonally in two different directions.

here is a picture

tribpot Fri 24-Aug-12 13:21:34

It is a lovely pattern, I've done a couple of scarves in it. Looks a lot more complicated than it really is, but it does involve quite a lot of picking up stitches and casting them off!

HairyPotter Fri 24-Aug-12 20:43:33

Re Glasgow meet-up, I could do Mondays. Tramway was lovely so happy to go there again.

My stitch book came today, will have a look and see want I want to do for this blanket. I am half way through a starfish square but i don't think it's going to fit in with flower theme. <should have read the requirements first blush>

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 25-Aug-12 10:22:15

Morning brew

More lovely squares for 3g have arrived safely

PurplePidjin Sat 25-Aug-12 12:25:04


I hope to get mine posted this week, done 3 and then I think 10 little crocheted hearts!

I may have just had a eureka moment ladies. Whenever I am doing stocking stitch I have to knit through the back of the loop when doing the knit rows. I knew this was wrong but didn't know what I was going wrong because to knit through the front of the loop was far to difficult to be normal. So a question.

What way to you wrap the wool when purling? Clockwise or anti clockwise??

tribpot Sat 25-Aug-12 14:39:20

Anti-clockwise, Glaikit. I think you might be doing some Eastern European knitting there? YouTube of the knit stitch and the purl. Nowt wrong with that - it ends up looking the same because you sort of 'untwist' the knit through the back of the loop by doing the same on the purl row.

Or are you doing combination knitting? (Ignore how she is holding the yarn in her left hand, that's not really the issue).

Trib, you are a genius! I'm a combination knitter! No idea how I ended up doing it like that though! So if I need to k2tog on a row after purling a row can I do all that through the bak of the loop?

I knew I was doing something different but didn't know what! And my mum is an eastern European knitter too. No wonder I couldn't learn from her!!

Ah, there a note in the text that a combination knitter k2tog is actually an ssk and vis versa. It all makes sense now!!

tribpot Sat 25-Aug-12 15:00:27

I'm sure in the olden days no-one would have tolerated your non-standard way of knitting, Glaikit, and you would have had it beaten out of you grin Fortunately we live in more tolerant times and celebrate your diversity!

This looks like a good blog on combination knitting - I think you do knit 2 tog through the back of the loops, because the leading edge of the stitch is behind the needle rather than in front? Ker-azy! This article notes how useful it is for stockinette, which is exactly where you've spotted it.

Also some interesting info here and this article makes a good point about knitting in the round - because there are no purl rows to undo the madness of the row before, you need to knit differently to get the right result. Anyway, that can wait for a later time!

Yay for my cack handed knitting! When mymum said she had never seen anyone knit like me I thought she was being a bit ott, but she was probably telling the truth!

In olden days my left handed grandma had her left hand broken by her teacher to stop her writing with it shock. She was a very talented knitter too. She knitted gloves for a living and I have yet to see anyone knit as fast as she could, while holding a conversation, drinking a cup of tea and reading the paper all at the same time!! But I can't remember if she knitted left or right handed. She never tried to teach me, so maybe she was a lefty knitter. Will have to go through all my old photos see if there are any of her knitting.

Ok I purl in the combined way but knit the normal way. And only knit combined if I'm purling before it. Does that make sense?

Have i invented a new way of knitting? Can we call it the Glaikit method? I could be the next Her Zimmerness! grin

tribpot Sat 25-Aug-12 15:16:27

Wang it in Wikipedia before anyone else gets a chance!


Hello - went on holiday and fell off the thread! But I have come home to some lovely wool which I will be using to make lillies and daisies (hopefully!) It has to travel to London with me on Monday though as I will be attempting the first Paralympic gold medal in square knitting smile

tribpot Sun 26-Aug-12 18:29:54

This was my London project! Hope you have a fab time, droitwich.

I'm really pleased by how this Baby Surprise Jacket has turned out (as you may gather from the essay I've written in the project notes).

Lovely! I've got som adrifil in Botticelli to do my bsj Trib. Tis lovely and snugly! It will have to wait a while though as I have loads of donated wool left to use for 3Gs blanket.

On that, I've done a lace square from my book and it's more of a rhombus than a square. I'm guessing the weight of the others will pull it into shape but just wanted to make sure that was ok?

Oooh that's lovely Trib.

<tears self away from MN and goes to pack>

MinnieBar Sun 26-Aug-12 19:07:25

<waves to all>

Nothing to add, just marking my place!

Afternoon wine

tribpot Mon 27-Aug-12 14:06:59

Afternoon wine, Glaikit?? Are you pretending to be in France? wink

Btw, I'm sure your square will be fine once it'd been pulled into position by the others. I wonder if Knotty and Pistey would know if you blocked it a little smile

Our ma cherie!

I need it! I tried to do the fairisle hearts prettybird sent me from the chart, but even clap ever blocking wouldnt make them look like hearts. The look a bit like squashed strawberries.

Oui and clever grin

tribpot Mon 27-Aug-12 14:32:28

Ah, zut alors! Perfectly acceptable in that case. Is this your first go at fairisle, or shall we blame bird's pattern?

Well apart from that flash one you let me borrow, this is my first. And I only have the chart to work from here

tribpot Mon 27-Aug-12 14:40:05

Oh, cute. So what's gone wrong. Is the yarn pulling too tightly behind the work?

Not sure, I think I lost my place repeated a row or missed a row. Frogged it, will start again.

tribpot Mon 27-Aug-12 14:53:50

Sounds obvious but you can usually tell where you are just by counting the number of stitches of each colour.

prettybird Mon 27-Aug-12 16:29:11

Oi - no blaming of my pattern! grin

I agree with trib - could also be a function of pulling the wool too tightly at the back. I think I learnt "insitinctively" becasue my first fairisle Icelandic pattern was in the round so it was easier just to keep going.

Once you've got used to the pattern it is relatively easy to see where you are. However, the fact that it is a pattern designed to be done in the round means that you need to concentrate and remember if you are going from left to right or right to left.

tribpot Mon 27-Aug-12 16:41:21

Heh, just checking you were still there, bird wink

Oh god, not blaming the pattern at all bird, honest.

I have given up on it for now as ds is a snot monster again and demanding snuggles. Will pick it up again when he goes to bed.

Evening all, I fell off the thread once my holiday ended. Glad I have found you again!

I'm paying a flying visit to the UK next week so will post my squares to pistey then.

I was mulling over what to do with the squares I made on holiday in horrible squeaky acrylic and garish colours and have decided to make them into a small holiday blanket. It will be 5 x 6 squares, and I thought I'd do a few rows of granny crochet for the border to use up the spare wool.

I have so enjoyed getting back to the Debbie Bliss.

PurplePidjin Tue 28-Aug-12 07:54:12

Shredded, that sounds like a Lapghan to me wink Glad you had a good time smile

prettybird Tue 28-Aug-12 10:19:57

I knitted a shrug for my SIL in acrylic as it was the only wool I could find that had the same "tension" descriptions. It was early on in my renewed knitting career, so I didn't have the confidence to adapt the wool/needle size (and the lady in JL wasn't much help). Never again. I hated the feel of it and I was glad to get finished.

Unfortunately I have a giant ball of wool left hmm

Pidj, like it (though it took me a little while to work out!).

What colour/weight is your "wool" bird? I could maybe take it off your hands smile.

Ooooohhh, belated birthday present arrived today from my friend.

book 1

book 2

I am insanely excited!! Want to start knitting now, but I have to go back to work, boo!

MinnieBar Tue 28-Aug-12 17:55:38

What a lovely friend Glaikit!

I have decided that I'm going to avoid patterns with yarn overs in from now on - due to my sloppy tension they just end up as yawning-chasm overs and look a bit shite.

Plus I've suddenly realised that the deadline is really close so I'd better do something pretty damn simple grin

prettybird Tue 28-Aug-12 21:44:56

NeitherShredded - I've of already promised it to SDTG. (It's a sort of dark pink).

My entrelac is proceeding slowly - as can be seen here Think it will end up being a bit too long, but can't work out how to "stop" it early.

stressedHEmum Tue 28-Aug-12 23:40:57

Sorry, squares might be a bit late for this. ME has been really bad, have been bedridden for a while and have been in hospital because I got stung by a wasp (am anaphylactic.)

Will get them off as soon as I can.

Wow - very nice entrelac prettybird. Dark pink sounds far too nice to go in my Lapghan grin

stressedHEmum - hope you feel better soon.

Glaikit - I wish i hadn't clicked on your links. They are lovely books and I am envy!

BarbaraWoodlouseGoesForGold Tue 28-Aug-12 23:51:54

Hope you're feeling better StressedHEmum, sounds like a tough few weeks sad.

I think I'm only going to have one speckled rib (my very very favourite plain and essential as it's soo snuggly in our lovely soft wool). I have otherwise mostly been trying to crochet. So far I've managed a slightly misshapen granny square. I love the name as my (in no way misshapen grin) Granny taught me to knit in the first place and was also a very talented crocheter. I think she'd be pleased I've gone back to it all.

Having my eyes lasered on Friday [gulp] so that will be it for me square-wise I think. May not even be able to MN for a day or so shock

PurplePidjin Wed 29-Aug-12 07:21:02

The deadline for posting is 3rd September, which is next Monday. Stressed, your contribution is very much appreciated and don't worry yourself if they're a bit late - concentrate on being well thanks

tribpot Wed 29-Aug-12 07:41:07

Barbara - good luck with that! I am too squeamish to have it done, although it would be FANTASTIC to be able to see without glasses. Not sure I could manage a few days without knitting or MN though grin

stressedHEmum - poor you! Summer must be bloody awful knowing a wasp sting could put you in hospital sad Feel well.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 29-Aug-12 07:48:46

Morning all brew

stressed Sorry to hear you have had a miserable time, hug for you X

FrankieMyDearIDontGiveADamn Wed 29-Aug-12 17:10:36

I have posted my 3g squares smile.. seem to be end of holidays stressed and not catching up with much x

Baskets45 Wed 29-Aug-12 21:36:30

Jings!!! have only just realised 3rd is next monday and have just cast off my 1st square - had intended to keep it as template and do two others .... and I've only jst read guidelines properly (sorry!) and read theme is flowers - can I do a textured heart as long as it's in the correct colour, which it is? Just that was what i'd planned next, and not sure i've got any flower patterns, not easy ones anyway [bear of very little brain here]. Maybe I should do another texture as it's quick and I'm tired.

Glaikit, that first book is lovely. I have it somewhere in my midden of a house. What lovely presents to get.

Jings baskets!! Crivins and help ma boab!

I had an unexpected day to knit off work today, ds is poorly so couldn't go to the childminders I knocked up 5 of these little flowers and they look so cute! really simple to add to a plain knitted square baskets.

I am almostt finished a fairisle square from my new block book. It's from a chart trib and I've worked it out all on my own <does little dance>

Baskets45 Wed 29-Aug-12 22:11:52

Excellent! I might try one of those flowers tomorrow. Too tired tonight. Sadly, I am unemployable due to health at mo, so lots of knitting time. Every cloud, silver linings etc. Well done on your chart reading skills - it does get easier with practice! I've had a rummage about for that book. No clue where it is. [sad housekeeping skills] I'm sure people who know me in RL must wonder what i do all day - allegedly lots of house cleaning time. In reality, my main occupations are - in no special order - knitting, sleeping, MNing, and occasional attention to DCs (quite big ones, luckily). Good night, all.

BarbaraWoodlouseGoesForGold Wed 29-Aug-12 22:33:23

Hearts in the correct colour are fine, Baskets. Flowers are a specific theme but other patterns also welcomed, although Knotty gets a bit funny about cats hmm grin

All my 3D flowers are finished (pics on my profile) & I had such plans to post them today, but then it was raining, & my toddler was mardy, and, and, and... blush

I willpost them tomorrow though! smile

Baskets45 Wed 29-Aug-12 23:36:51

That's fine then. Lots of ideas! I'm allergic to cats so no cats. ha, ha!

KnottyLocks Thu 30-Aug-12 10:00:35

Some bugger mentioned cats shock

KnottyLocks Thu 30-Aug-12 10:01:47


Greetings from the paralympics! I am knitting in my spare time (when i get some). A lily is on my profile and i will put on a lily of the valley square and a pinwheel flower this evening

KnottyLocks Thu 30-Aug-12 12:46:49

Droitwich, the lily is beautiful smile

Thank you Knotty. Just need to whip up a plain square to put it on.
Pistey - i should be posting on Tuesday or Wednesday

tribpot Thu 30-Aug-12 13:49:53

Beautiful, droitwich! (And that's not a sentence you read often wink)

What are you watching at the paralympics?

I'm cranking up the Baby Surprise Jacket machine again as a colleague's dd has been born a month early - mum and baby are fine but it was a bit of a shock for them.

I am working in the velodrome! I am the female on the female raised platform right in the centre of the track wielding a gun grin

No idea where that 2nd female came from! It's been a long day and I was at the opening ceremony last night so not much sleep

tribpot Thu 30-Aug-12 19:28:13

So we should be looking out for a gun-totin' sleep-deprived lunatic with pair of knitting needles for company in the velodrome?

tribpot Thu 30-Aug-12 21:31:43

Btw, on another note, I am doing some lace from Nicky Epstein's fabulous book and I didn't realise until I'd started that this pattern calls for not 1 yarn over, not 2 (the oh-so-familiar 'double-yarn-over-of-doom' which we eliminated from the Team Heart), not 3, but FOUR YARN OVERS in a row! Un-be-lievable! Looks good, though.

That's me!
Off to get an early night as no wine here

MinnieBar Thu 30-Aug-12 22:22:22

Four yarn overs??! That would just look like a dishrag if I attempted it grin

MinnieBar Thu 30-Aug-12 22:28:09

Oh, and despite my 'no more yarn overs' protest, I have just done a square that has YOs in - it's one from 'Carla's blanket' on Ravelry/Vogue Knits - the idea is to sew very basic petals (with yarn) with the YO as the centre. The square itself is fine - very even tension if I say so myself wink.

However. As well as being patchy at knitting, it turns out I'm really bad at sewing, even just 16 stitches to make eight sodding petals. <sigh>

tribpot Thu 30-Aug-12 22:44:49

This one I take it Minnie - it looks great!