The Fall issue of KnitCircus went live today!
The magazine is free to read online. Subscribers have access to the full pattern collection and extra articles for each issue. You can also elect to purchase a single pattern collection for an issue. Both the one-year subscription and single pattern collection prices are very reasonable — check out the information on subscribing here. You can preview the patterns in the free online version.
If you turn to page 31, you will find an article written by yours truly. 😀
I am now a regular contributor to KnitCircus — you will find an article by me in every issue.
Which leads me to a question for you all:
Are there any topics you would like me to write about in upcoming issues?
If you have any ideas for article topics, please leave them in the comments. To sweeten the deal, I am authorized by KnitCircus to give away 2 free one-year subscriptions and 5 free pattern collections from the Fall 2010 issue. I’ll have the Random Number Generator choose the winners from among the comments with article suggestions left on this post. The winners will be chosen by noon Eastern time on Sunday, August 8, so get your comments in before then, please.
Thanks for weighing in on the Great Button Dilemma. I had actually chosen which buttons to use before posting the choices yesterday, but was interested to see what you all thought. I didn’t keep a running count, but it looked like more of you preferred the Celtic buttons to the Sheep buttons. Be that as it may, the Sheep buttons, which I purchased from The Rams Horn Studio, will be going on the sweater. I’ll save the Celtic buttons, which I purchased from The Millinery, for another sweater.
In Pi shawl news, I have completed the “increase to 576 stitches” round, so things are slowing down considerably.
According to the pattern, this design takes just over 1300 yards. A skein of Wollmeise lacegarn (the yarn I am using) has over 1700 yards, so I could make this a little bigger. I’ll see what I think when I get a little further along.
In yesterday’s comments, Andi asked:
Can you offer up an easy way to start circular shawls. It seems as I have 12 fingers on each hand when I try to get started and then my frustration level rises to the “throwing of the object” level. Any suggestions?
This shawl starts with 9 stitches, so what I usually do is cast on 3 stitches on each of 3 dpns, using a longtail cast-on. At this point I will usually simply join and start knitting in the round.
But for whatever reason, the start of this shawl was very fiddly. So I cast on 9 stitches on 1 dpn and knit one row plain across. Then I divided the stitches over three needles, joined, and started knitting in the round.
By doing this, I had the stability of one knitted row already on the needles when I joined in the round. After joining, I started knitting what would be the wrong-side (if I were knitting back and forth) as my right side, but I rather like the look of the tiny circle with the purl bumps for the center of the shawl. If it bothered you, you could purl across your cast-on stitches so that what becomes the right side is knit.
Some tips — a circular cast-on is much easier on short dpns. If you have the little 4-inch long glove needles by all means, use them! You will also find it easier to execute on wood needles than metal needles, because the surface of the wood has more grab to it and will help to keep the stitches from sliding off.
While I have 4″ wooden needles in some sizes, the only dpns I have in the size I am using for this shawl (U.S. 6) are 8″ metal ones, so my start was extra-fiddly. Hence the knitting straight of the first row.
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