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#921

hmm… i’m thinking GG’s right, maybe try continental instead of english; it might be easier for her. also, bulkier yarn and/or slightly bigger needles with blunt tips (they’re supposed to be easier to prevent split yarn than the sharp lace kind). and then maybe a refresher about yarn placement, for knits, for purls, to prevent accidental yarn overs. maybe a few basic print outs of how-to diagrams, so when you’re not there, she still has references for the foundation stitches.


#922

If she tries a style you don’t do…send her to youtube!!!


#923

Thank Mr. X and GG, I’ve done what you’re saying other then I didn’t think of a less pointy needle.

I think she might have a learning disability and I’m not saying that to be mean or a smart arse . I’ve heard she might have. I tell her that when ever she’s confused or lost to go to Youtube but she doesn’t. I tried showing her Continental but she said she likes English :wall: I had an extra copy of ‘Knitting For Dummies’ which has references to all that X pointed out but she never refers to it :wall:.

I’ve taught people to knit and they pick it up in no time . So I know it’s not that I don’t know how to teach someone to knit. I’m starting to think that there are just some people that you can’t teach to knit . Like my accounting teacher use to say ’ You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink’ I think I get that statement now.

It’s just so frustrating, I feel like I’ve failed her some how. I will see about knitting needles that have a more blunt end and thicker yarn . I’ll let you know if that helps


#924

You’ve not failed her, Nana. It might just be that it’s not the right time for her to learn. If she has a learning disability of some sort then you can’t be expected to know precisely how to help her. It sounds like she wants to learn but there are definitely other issues involved. I should have failed algebra in jr. high but the teacher graded on a curve and apparently there were those who did much worse than I. I was approaching 30 and taking elementary algebra at the community college before any of it clicked or came close to making sense. I had accounting in high school and passed somehow, I’ve no idea how, must have been the grading on a curve again and absolutely never ever wanted to do anything with accounting. It was at the same time as I finally could do algebra that I had to take a basic accounting class and found I could do accounting and changed to accounting instead of whatever else I was majoring in. (Didn’t finish, had to work to support two kids, but that’s another story.) I tried to learn crochet from my mother and later from a friend, couldn’t get it. One day I sat down with a book and after many tries with that book, a hook, and some yarn and I don’t know how many weeks, I finally got it. All this to say that sometimes the time is right or pig headed won’t give up wins out, sometimes the time’s not right and pig headed won’t give up isn’t all that’s needed.


#925

You may be right GG, it just might not be the time for her yet. She’s still trying to get her first swatch done with no mistakes. There’s a lot of froggin going on. I’m going to try to see if maybe the chunky yarn and blunt needles idea will work for her .

I think of myself as a slow learner . I struggled all through my school years and math was horrible for me , still is to be honest.

I am in the process of trying to teach myself Reversible Double Knitting . Starting out like you suggested with a small project , potholder ! First I have to learn to read a chart , not liking that part and I have to learn to work in Continental .


#926

I’ve worked just enough with charts to think that I can manage to use them. Learning Continental style shouldn’t be too difficult since you’ve learned to crochet. Picking stitches both knit and purl is a lot like crochet with the yo going the other way. Working two handed looks like a great idea, but many people hold two yarns in the same hand so if it isn’t working for you then you can still do double knitting and other stuff that needs two yarns.

Right now I’m trying to decide on a crochet stitch that will give a mermaid look to a blanket. I’m playing with Fanfare right now and I’m thinking about how to go about changing colors and make it look good. I want rows of scallops/shells in different colors. I expect to use at least three colors. Any ideas? Please.


#927

new stitch a day has a million and 40 crochet stitch ideas… http://newstitchaday.com/crochet-stitchionary/

some i like so far for a scale effect are:
‘lacy wave’ http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-the-lacy-wave-stitch/
‘waves’ http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-the-waves-stitch/
‘double shell and Vs’ http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-the-double-shells-and-vs-stitch/

so far i like the lacy waves the best. when i googled ‘fish scales up close’ for images, it came up with a lot that are just overlapping ribbons, instead of individual triangles/ovals. https://www.google.com/search?q=fish+scales+up+close&espv=2&biw=1238&bih=830&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Irv7VPGUMdGMyAStuIHABQ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&dpr=0.9


#928

Thanks for the links. You always go out of your way to find helpful things. I appreciate it. I’ve been thinking about the waves stitch, there are some variations I’m aware of that I could try too. I tried Solid Shell Stitch with four colors and think with a little playing around I could get it to work to my satisfaction. Open Fan is a possibility. I love this Crocheted Fan Afghan but as written that’s a whole lot of too many motifs and half motifs to sew together.

I like thes Knitted Modular Scallops and luckily you can see them without watching the video but each one leaves two tails to weave in and that’s a lot of tails. I’ve not given up on figuring out a way to avoid so many ends. My gut tells me there is a way to do it more like entrelac but my brain doesn’t seem to get the gist.

DD found this pattern and started the whole thing. This free pattern doesn’t quite do it for me.


#929

i wonder if this cowl pattern could be reworked in a way for a blanket - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mermaids-cowl / https://web.archive.org/web/20130115024722/http://www.bernat.com/ebook/patterns/mosaic.php?p=Mermaid's_Cowl

this one uses your infamous crocodile stitch :wink: - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/infant-mermaide-cape

this one is knit, and would need to be reworked for a blanket shape but still interesting - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/148-33-soft-mermaid


#930

this one is knit, and would need to be reworked for a blanket shape but still interesting - https://www.google.com/search?q=fish+scales+up+close&espv=2&biw=1238&bih=830&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Irv7VPGUMdGMyAStuIHABQ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&dpr=0.9

Winner! I have to check this one out and see what I can do with it. Maybe GD needs a mermaid shawl.

Crocodile stitch in crochet isn’t hard, it’s a bit time consuming and tedious and it’s a major yarn hog. I won’t do an entire blanket in it. A purse flap, something smallish, yeah, that I’ll do.

I forgot to get a picture of the hat today. :sad: I should just send it to you so you can see how it turned out and do your own pictures. Now it’s done, I’m done mentally with it and on to something else. You’ll have to remind me what you want to know about working the pattern or you’ll never find out; ask me questions. I just finished weaving the ends on the helix stripe lil feller sweater. Gotta get this stuff washed, photographed, and outa here. I have a hat with visor (had to play with it on a smaller scale), lil feller tube sox, a Baby Sophisticate sweater that still needs its buttons sewn on.

ETA I just watched this Overlapping Waves video. Looks easy enough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bu-V3GU06w&feature=player_embedded


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#931

[quote=GrumpyGramma;1416923]this one is knit, and would need to be reworked for a blanket shape but still interesting - https://www.google.com/search?q=fish+scales+up+close&espv=2&biw=1238&bih=830&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Irv7VPGUMdGMyAStuIHABQ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&dpr=0.9

Winner! I have to check this one out and see what I can do with it. Maybe GD needs a mermaid shawl.

Crocodile stitch in crochet isn’t hard, it’s a bit time consuming and tedious and it’s a major yarn hog. I won’t do an entire blanket in it. A purse flap, something smallish, yeah, that I’ll do.

I forgot to get a picture of the hat today. :sad: I should just send it to you so you can see how it turned out and do your own pictures. Now it’s done, I’m done mentally with it and on to something else. You’ll have to remind me what you want to know about working the pattern or you’ll never find out; ask me questions. I just finished weaving the ends on the helix stripe lil feller sweater. Gotta get this stuff washed, photographed, and outa here. I have a hat with visor (had to play with it on a smaller scale), lil feller tube sox, a Baby Sophisticate sweater that still needs its buttons sewn on.

ETA I just watched this Overlapping Waves video. Looks easy enough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bu-V3GU06w&feature=player_embedded[/quo

How about knitting granddaughter a Mermaid wrap instead of a shawl ? or hat and scarf ? And yes, I want to see pic’s of your hat and the Helix visor !


#932

Thanks, I added both links to my 'Must Knit ’ list


#933

I can knit Continental but purling not to well. It seems in double knitting the second color is held in the left hand and purled.

I wish I could give you some ideas on the three color crochet fanfare but that’s not something I’ve ever done yet. But please teach me when you learn it ! I think it would look amazing. I would like to give that a try in a cream , light blue, and a darker blue but not to dark of a blue . Using the cream color in the arch sections . Don’t know if that can even be done .


#934

The Mermaid blanket is adorable.


#935

No helix visor. No. No. No.

OMG I can’t imagine that one! The visor cap, sort of a baby newsboy style, is solid red. Will post pics.

The mermaid thing is still pretty nebulous. I think I might do a smallish envelope bag witha croc scale stitch flap. After that, we’ll see. I’m playing with stitches for my newsboy/beret with a visor. Maybe a band done in criss cross stitch. Buggerloo is the style I’m sort of imitating. If it turns out well and someone wants a pattern I’ll tell X what I did and he can write it, how’s that?


#936

I’m drooling. http://www.garnstudio.com/post.php?id=4452&cid=17
Big Fabel is 100 gr balls for $5.50.


#937

I’m drooling over the green/turquoise 677 !


#938

Delight #17 Raspberry Cake…among others


#939

Dots and Lines Cowl
by Coolcats Designs

A colorwork pattern that might interest you.


#940

ha, sure, i’ll just add that to my to-do list :wink: