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Old 02-20-2013, 07:21 PM   #1451 
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working on the first side of my stockinette stitch pillow, with Vanna's Choice yarn in Linen. is it just the yarn, or does stockinette stitch always kinda curl up? am i doing it too tightly?
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I find stockinette stitch always curls, which is why I often prefer to use a rib stitch, but for a pillow that's not really a great option. There's this thing you can do - apparently you're meant to do it to all your knitting projects, but lazy me never has - called blocking. I can't remember the process exactly, but a quick search should give you the steps. Something to do with wetting the material once you're finished with your pattern, then stretching it out so all edges are even... But yeah, look it up, it should end your curling woes if you can be bothered doing it, though I never can be bothered. :P
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eh i probably wont bother blocking it since it's just a pillow, but i was curious. makes it a pain to measure. if i make clothing or a scarf with stockinette, i'll block it. i'm mostly doing this stitch just to learn it. it looks pretty! :3
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eh i probably wont bother blocking it since it's just a pillow, but i was curious. makes it a pain to measure. if i make clothing or a scarf with stockinette, i'll block it. i'm mostly doing this stitch just to learn it. it looks pretty! :3
If I make a scarf that doesn't have a fancy pattern, I prefer to use a rib stitch, then I can be lazier. :P Also helps with hiding any changes of colour. XD
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:09 PM   #1455 
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lol. plain old garter stitch is nice and easy too. but i'm sooo new to knitting i haven't tried a lot of things. just trying to learn stitches so far!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:20 AM   #1456 
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Looking at this pattern as a beginning hat
Charity Pattern - Basic Adults Knitted Beanie - DIY Craft Project Instructions

assuming id use circular needles for this? And is K2 togther how you decrease?
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Yup, K2tog is how you decrease. :) Looks like a good beginner pattern to me!

You'll want to either get some long, flexible circular needles and use the magic loop method, or use smaller circular needles, then switch to double pointed needles. I imagine the magic loop method would be far easier than going for double pointed needles, but I can't tell you for sure as I haven't yet made a beanie using that method... Double pointed needles can be a right PITA to get the hang of though! (They were for me at least, but once you get it it gets easier. ^.^)
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I google weird things late at night and i looked up dpns and they dont LOOK as hard as people make them out to be. but iduno. must google magic loop!
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DPNs are really not hard, it's just fiddly if you happen to knit looser, it's easy to drop a couple of stitches here and there when you're working on different sides. Which is why I jumped at magic loop when I discovered it, no more dropped stitches! I think I might just be sloppy when it comes to knitting - I don't have enough time to knit so when I get to do it, I try and race through it. Silly me. >.<
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:18 PM   #1460 
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Hahan awesome. I'm excited to try a hat.

but fiiiirst i got some loops and threads country loom for a mistake rib scarf for myself . and mor yarn for pillows.
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