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Hi, newbie. Here. Need some help understanding a pattern

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Hello I very been knitting for a bit but wanting to improve it is notice I still tend to get large loop at theach beginning of row and when I m1 I leave holes so I tend to keep flogging and restarting going down sizes in needles soon looking for some help please thanks in advance

Welcome to KH! Those loops usually get worked in just fine, but you can give the yarn a little tug to help. Keep knitting and see if it doesn’t just blend in as it usually does for me.

M1 will leave small holes also known as eyelets. Knit into the stitch to twist it and it will help. You could use another increase instead depending on your pattern.

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Hi, I’m new to the concept of forum posting, so please bear with me.
I’m Flemish but have been living in Suffolk, UK since mid-1988 when I married my ‘current’, English husband - I joined the local Spinners & Weavers group 14 years ago, and am now in my last year as Hon. Sec. of the group since by the November AGM I will have served 7 years altogether and would like to enjoy the sociable aspect without so much of my time taken up with secretarial stuff, even though I have enjoyed that part as well. I do not just spin and weave, but do some microwave dyeing as well, and of course I crochet and knit, having learnt both in primary school when I was 6 (a scarily long time ago); at the moment I’m doing a bit of everything, including showing 3 ladies how to crochet at the local pub tonight (I started with 1, a fortnight ago - apparently I fired up some enthusiasm in the other 2 at the time).
I found your forum when I was hoping to get some clarification on knitting a Bosom Friend/Sontag. I was puzzled by the fact that the ‘translation’ of the original January 1860 pattern was scant on detail, but especially by the seeming inconsistency of the part that did not appear to take the extra 20 stitches into consideration. When I got to the point (literally!), having followed the instructions and knitted the extra number of blocks (rather than rows), and checked the size, I found it so much smaller and less tapered than the description that I felt the only way I could get close to a fitting garment was by means of the border. However I then tried - but failed - to understand how to “cast on 12 stitches and knit garter stitch around the outside, and back up the front”; I didn’t know how to contact the lady who published the original pattern plus the translation to ask, so here I am. I should explain that I have never [yet] knitted a conventional cardigan, nor a wraparound shawl, this was my first attempt at that particular project.

Welcome to KnittingHelp!
What a wealth of experience you have in all different aspects of yarn.
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Chefadina/bosom-friend-or-sontag-circa-1860

Very interesting pattern for the bosom friend. This video and the one that follows show you one method to join the border to the edge. The projects are different but the idea is the same.


The advice in the second video to join at every other row on the main project is helpful to keep in mind.

Thank you so much for this very helpful link, what an attractive finish! I had no idea this could be done, and I know that the bane of many knitters’ lives is joining up - I have a cardigan in the pipeline that will benefit from this style of joining as well. I’m just about to leave for our weekly Spinners & Weavers meeting, but will have a try at this later on. :slight_smile:

Hi! My name is Patty and what a useful and helpful site. I have been knitting for awhile, pretty much basic projects and recently wanted to try something more challenging. Well I certainly found something challenging from the get go.
The instructions start out making a picot cast on: cast on 7 sts, cast off 2 sts
(5 sts on needle). My question is, how do I cast on 7, cast off 2?

Welcome!
This video shows a picot cast on. The numbers are different but the idea is the same. You’ll need to use a cast on like the knit cast on used here rather than a long tail cast on.

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Hello MaryM, apologies for butting in but I also knit in what is fairly inaccurately referred to as ‘Continental style’ (there are many countries that make up Continental Europe, and different countries have different styles). I learnt to knit with the right needle tucked under my arm, and knit ‘off’ the left needle, holding the yarn in my right hand (curled around little finger, looped under fingers on the palm side and over my index finger to tension). A few years ago I was sitting next to a lady at a spinning event who was knitting up her sample incredibly quickly, using a style of knitting I had not seen before. She explained it was based on the Swiss method which she had learnt from her mother-in-law but adapted to suit her own style, and since I also wanted to learn to use a circular needle, I copied this lady’s method. I found it worked if I thought of it in terms of crochet instead of knitting: I hold the needle ends equally ‘balanced’ between both hands, but have the yarn in the left hand instead, curled around little finger, running across the base of my fingers (on the palm side) and over my index finger to tension. Then I insert the needle into the stitch loop, catch the yarn with the needle and ‘hook’ it through. Before I discovered this method I have knitted a jacket with chenille yarn ‘in the round’ using 5 double-ended needles, which was much more cumbersome and it proved difficult to prevent the proverbial ‘tramlines’. If I knit another such jacket, I will use a circular needle instead - even if it is slower to work because I have not had as much experience yet. I hope that helps?

Welcome handwerkster! There are lots of ways to knit and purl. It seems that we each find a way that’s comfortable for us. It’s fun and invariably useful to learn something new however.
Glad to have you join us.

Hi,
I am MiMi and have taught myself to knit using a craft book. I picked my first project, a dog sweater for my doxie. I am at the leg opening and I am having a hard time reading /understanding the instructions. Maybe I should have started with an easier project. I read in your forum that an advanced knitter was having a similar problem understanding the leg opening instructions. Ewww… I hope I can find help here and look forward to your discussions.

Thank you, salmonmac! In the past 2 days I’ve learnt 3 things I didn’t know before about knitting - just goes to show ‘live and learn’ continues to be accurate. Thanks to discovering and joining this forum, I have discovered how to knit a border while picking up stitches as you go, how to knit cable without a cable needle and how to do a picot cast on (I’m working on a little scarf just now, in between projects), but I’m hoping to find out how to cast off with the same kind of picot edge.

And I’m always willing to share skill and knowledge, it’s one of the tenets of the Constitution for the Spinners & Weavers group I belong to.

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Hi Mimi67 and welcome!
The instructions for dog sweaters can be confusing. We’ll all be happy to try to help. Please post your question in General Knitting or How-to and give us a link to the pattern or a pattern name.
Thanks for joining the forum.

Hey everyone new! This is a great board with wonderful, helping people.

@Haggisman … were you on HT?? (I don’t see many monikers of “Haggis” & I haven’t been on HT for years.)

Welcome @knitstitcher!

@hcf … intarsia & clothing aren’t exactly “straight forward”, some people never venture that far! I love that the more a person knows about the fiber arts, the more there is to learn.

@appledumpling, don’t overthink knitting in the round. Just place a marker to indicate the beginning of the round and keep knitting. You don’t have to worry about having to turning your work.

@Wndrflme, when I couldn’t find fiber arts groups in my area, I started one. Now there are a couple! They’re out there … just keep looking.

@Jimsgrl, How are your socks coming along?

@lyn_bailey, When knitting flat, I find that slipping the first stitch of my row seems to help.

@Handwerkster, Welcome. I’m also a spinner, weaver, dyer, knitter, crocheter (felter, tatter). There is also a spinning sub-forum here. Sontags are beautiful pieces.

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Those too, mullerslanefarm (felter, tatter)… Last bit of tatting I did was a simple edge to a dress for my younger sister’s wedding, using blue linen thread and gold-coloured glass beads. Felting was a rainbow-coloured (commercially prepared merino & white Jacob fleece on very fine netting) nuno-felted stole.
Still trying to work out the Sontag because it came out a lot smaller than I expected, so I’m having to adjust the ‘body’ size before I knit on the edge in off-white lambswool. Just finished a little neck scarf, knitting with the same combo of turquoise merino and dark blue mohair, with picot cast-on and bind-off (newly learnt!), using German rib and knitting in buttonholes (never done that before), now managed to find 3 suitable buttons to finish that off. I’m on a roll. :slight_smile: Fibrecraft is awesome.

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You have been busy! We’d love to see photos if you’d care to post some. Sounds like wonderful projects.