Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Struggling

My Denise needles arrived yesterday and I'm anxious to get started. I'm planning to make the largest size. According to my calculations, I need to cast on 100. Is that correct? Should they be cast on loosely? I put 100 stitches on a 20" needle and the needle seemed too long. Doesn't the needle have to be short enough for the stitches to connect? Thanks for any help.

8 Comments:

Blogger Angela said...

I made the largest size on Denises and it worked fine following the pattern directions. But, the largest size is really large--I would make the next size down next time, especially since it "grew" a little when I blocked it. It is a loose fitting sweater on me, not a form fitting one as many of the examples are on this KAL. I was able to do the arms on one circular--they're roomy.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Gwen said...

I'm a size 18 or 1X and don't want a form-fitting sweater. I feel more comfortable when they're a little loose.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

That size should work for you then. Good luck with it--it's a great pattern!

10:23 AM  
Blogger Ericka said...

I'm using my Denise set to make mine in the largest size too. Yes, the cast on is 100 stitches. I started out with the 14" cord, and then switched to the 16", then the 19", and then added on extra length as I need it.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Gwen said...

Thank you, Angela and Ericka. Now I'm wondering if my cast on is too tight. It sure doesn't look like it's going to fit around my head/neck. And I'm not happy with my stitch markers, so have to go get some others this evening.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Ericka said...

Gwen, I cast on with a #7 needle (to make the neckline stretch more), but then changed to #6 tips to knit with. If you use the backward look cast on, that will give you the boat-neck style that is shown in the pattern. I forgot that boat-necks aren't flattering on me, so I started over and did the long tail cast on, so my neckline will be more of a scoop neck.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Gwen said...

Ericka, I have cast on loosely with the 14" needle. I've done three rows of the lace pattern and am ready to switch to the longer needle. Because it's circular knitting, I'm not sure how to make the switch. Can you help me?

9:06 AM  
Blogger Ericka said...

Easy! Just take off one of your needle tips, attach one of the little extenders, then attach the 16" cord, put the needle tip back on and pull the 14" end through and out.

12:58 PM  

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