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Discussion in 'Make It So' started by jacktrash, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. jacktrash

    jacktrash absentee sperglord

    can you rephrase? i'm not quite sure what the question is.
  2. keltka

    keltka the green and brown one

    for sure! I am horrible at phrasing some days, lemme see if I can rework these

    do you mean using a different end of the yarn than you'll be knitting up with?
    tom_thumb.jpg so for instance using both of those for a longtail?

    I don't actually know what backwards loop is so I'm going to look that one up, but the "pick up stitches into it" was the part that had me confused, I think
  3. jacktrash

    jacktrash absentee sperglord

    yep, exactly that.

    by 'backwards loop' i mean pretty much what @turtleDove said, where you pretty much make yarnovers until there's enough loops. i don't like it for most projects, because if you're in the habit of giving a little tug with each stitch, pretty soon you end up with a too-tight first row and a ridiculous long string between your needles. but for toe-up socks... how to explain.

    https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/universal-toe-up-sock-formula pretty much explains what i do. you start by casting on half the circumference, use short rows to make the toe pocket, and then pick up the rest of the stitches to work in the round after that. so when you're at this stage


    half those stitches are made into your cast-on row. if you've used the backwards loop or yarnover method, and you pick those up without twisting, it just... magically disappears. you can't see where the join is unless you squint really close and spot where the rows are offset half a stitch. and you can't FEEL it at all, which is the big win for me, with my oversensitive autistic toes. :D
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  4. turtleDove

    turtleDove Well-Known Member

    This is another drawback to that cast-on method, yeah: you need to work really loose with it while you're casting on and making that first row, or be prepared to use that extra string to make more stitches with. I am honestly surprised that I managed as long as I did working with it; it's okay for something where it doesn't matter if the cast-on edge looks loose, but it's hell on sorting out tensioning while you're doing that first row and it's directly responsible for why I had so much trouble getting the Spite Skirt started.
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  5. keltka

    keltka the green and brown one

    oooh okay! I do that one with a provisional cast-on but I get it now, thank you!
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  6. hyrax

    hyrax had a handle on my life, but i broke it

    i impulse bought some yarn the other week and made an extremely gay hat:

    IMG_6746.JPG IMG_6780.JPG IMG_6779.JPG

    the colors are so bright y'all, i am SUPER impressed with the vibrant jewel tones! there were a bunch of other great color combos in the same line, but i wanted to make a hat that said "hipster at Pride." it ended up coming out more "guy playing hacky sack on the quad" but tbh that is equally accurate to me as a person, so it works.
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  7. rats

    rats 21 Bright Forge Shatters The Void

    oooh do you have the pattern anywhere?
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  8. hyrax

    hyrax had a handle on my life, but i broke it

    i think it was a variation on this one! it's a pattern i've made a few times, i love the nubbly puff stitches.
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  9. aetherGeologist

    aetherGeologist I had a vision about a post from a week ago!

    It’s coming on pretty well, even though I’m horribly slow at cross stitch
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