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WGWC


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Posted - 05/12/2003 :  9:22:29 PM  Show Profile Send WGWC a Private Message
Hello everyone!
I am new to the knitting world as well as this board. I just found summer tweed and I love the look of the colors and the smell and feel of the yarn. I want to make a spring/summer top for me and something coorodinatiing for my girls (twin girls almost 3). I purchaced the yarn, looked for a pattern for the girls and found the perfect one. THEN I noticed that the pattern for the girls called for a size 3 needle. Fine I thought and bought the size three needle (does anyone see a problem yet [ :( ] because being a novice, I did not. Well I just got it all home and just now decided to reed the summer tweed label. It sais a gage that matches the pattern that I want...but it does not match the pattern for the girls. AHHHHH!!!! NOw the big question. DOes anyone know of a good book ( or a free pattern ) that would have something cute and springy/summery for little girls? I found a cute skirt with a bib attachment (size 3 needles on cotton yarn) and a cute jumper ( I have no earthly idea of the gage). Please please help me before I go nuts and either ruin a perfectly good idea, or just return it all to the store and try something normal...like cotton. THanks so much!

WGWC
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WGWC


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Posted - 05/12/2003 :  9:22:29 PM  Show Profile Send WGWC a Private Message
Hello everyone!
I am new to the knitting world as well as this board. I just found summer tweed and I love the look of the colors and the smell and feel of the yarn. I want to make a spring/summer top for me and something coorodinatiing for my girls (twin girls almost 3). I purchaced the yarn, looked for a pattern for the girls and found the perfect one. THEN I noticed that the pattern for the girls called for a size 3 needle. Fine I thought and bought the size three needle (does anyone see a problem yet [ :( ] because being a novice, I did not. Well I just got it all home and just now decided to reed the summer tweed label. It sais a gage that matches the pattern that I want...but it does not match the pattern for the girls. AHHHHH!!!! NOw the big question. DOes anyone know of a good book ( or a free pattern ) that would have something cute and springy/summery for little girls? I found a cute skirt with a bib attachment (size 3 needles on cotton yarn) and a cute jumper ( I have no earthly idea of the gage). Please please help me before I go nuts and either ruin a perfectly good idea, or just return it all to the store and try something normal...like cotton. THanks so much!

WGWC
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WGWC


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Posted - 05/12/2003 :  9:22:29 PM  Show Profile Send WGWC a Private Message
Hello everyone!
I am new to the knitting world as well as this board. I just found summer tweed and I love the look of the colors and the smell and feel of the yarn. I want to make a spring/summer top for me and something coorodinatiing for my girls (twin girls almost 3). I purchaced the yarn, looked for a pattern for the girls and found the perfect one. THEN I noticed that the pattern for the girls called for a size 3 needle. Fine I thought and bought the size three needle (does anyone see a problem yet [ :( ] because being a novice, I did not. Well I just got it all home and just now decided to reed the summer tweed label. It sais a gage that matches the pattern that I want...but it does not match the pattern for the girls. AHHHHH!!!! NOw the big question. DOes anyone know of a good book ( or a free pattern ) that would have something cute and springy/summery for little girls? I found a cute skirt with a bib attachment (size 3 needles on cotton yarn) and a cute jumper ( I have no earthly idea of the gage). Please please help me before I go nuts and either ruin a perfectly good idea, or just return it all to the store and try something normal...like cotton. THanks so much!

WGWC
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Laura Ver
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Posted - 05/15/2003 :  8:31:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Laura Ver's Homepage Send Laura Ver a Private Message
Oh no! I am not a novice knitter by a long shot and I still make this kind of mistakes occasionally, so don't feel bad, please! Besides the Cotton Tweed is going to be perfect for the sweater you want to make for yourself. Maybe you could start with that. Make sure to knit a gauge swatch with it. The label recommended size 8 but I had to go down to needle size 7 or even 6 to get a knitted fabric that worked for me and didn't feel too loose. You have to see what works for you.
Once you have established what your gauge is with Summer Tweed,use that info to check pattern books for patterns for your daughters that 1. you like and 2. use the same gauge. It is easier if you have access to a yarn store, obviously. Debbie Bliss, Sirdar yarns,Anny Blatt (French company) all have nice patterns for children. It doesn't matter if they recommend their own yarns as long as their patterns call for a gauge and needle size in the same ballpark as yours with Summer Tweed.
Another good source to check for patterns is Family Circle Easy Knitting. They seem to have a decent selection of patterns for young children.
BTW I have girl twins too, but they are almost teenagers and have very finicky ideas about which yarn and patterns I should use for them -- so enjoy these early years when *you* get to decide!

Laura
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Laura Ver
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Posted - 05/15/2003 :  8:31:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Laura Ver's Homepage Send Laura Ver a Private Message
Oh no! I am not a novice knitter by a long shot and I still make this kind of mistakes occasionally, so don't feel bad, please! Besides the Cotton Tweed is going to be perfect for the sweater you want to make for yourself. Maybe you could start with that. Make sure to knit a gauge swatch with it. The label recommended size 8 but I had to go down to needle size 7 or even 6 to get a knitted fabric that worked for me and didn't feel too loose. You have to see what works for you.
Once you have established what your gauge is with Summer Tweed,use that info to check pattern books for patterns for your daughters that 1. you like and 2. use the same gauge. It is easier if you have access to a yarn store, obviously. Debbie Bliss, Sirdar yarns,Anny Blatt (French company) all have nice patterns for children. It doesn't matter if they recommend their own yarns as long as their patterns call for a gauge and needle size in the same ballpark as yours with Summer Tweed.
Another good source to check for patterns is Family Circle Easy Knitting. They seem to have a decent selection of patterns for young children.
BTW I have girl twins too, but they are almost teenagers and have very finicky ideas about which yarn and patterns I should use for them -- so enjoy these early years when *you* get to decide!

Laura
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Laura Ver
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656 Posts

Posted - 05/15/2003 :  8:31:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Laura Ver's Homepage Send Laura Ver a Private Message
Oh no! I am not a novice knitter by a long shot and I still make this kind of mistakes occasionally, so don't feel bad, please! Besides the Cotton Tweed is going to be perfect for the sweater you want to make for yourself. Maybe you could start with that. Make sure to knit a gauge swatch with it. The label recommended size 8 but I had to go down to needle size 7 or even 6 to get a knitted fabric that worked for me and didn't feel too loose. You have to see what works for you.
Once you have established what your gauge is with Summer Tweed,use that info to check pattern books for patterns for your daughters that 1. you like and 2. use the same gauge. It is easier if you have access to a yarn store, obviously. Debbie Bliss, Sirdar yarns,Anny Blatt (French company) all have nice patterns for children. It doesn't matter if they recommend their own yarns as long as their patterns call for a gauge and needle size in the same ballpark as yours with Summer Tweed.
Another good source to check for patterns is Family Circle Easy Knitting. They seem to have a decent selection of patterns for young children.
BTW I have girl twins too, but they are almost teenagers and have very finicky ideas about which yarn and patterns I should use for them -- so enjoy these early years when *you* get to decide!

Laura
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PurlyGirlie
Chatty Knitter

USA
214 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2003 :  06:30:18 AM  Show Profile Send PurlyGirlie a Private Message
Here's a slightly different question for all of you who've finished a Summer Tweed garment. Did you do your seaming with it? It's so nubby and all; it seems like the sewing would be rough going.

Sarah

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PurlyGirlie
Chatty Knitter

USA
214 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2003 :  06:30:18 AM  Show Profile Send PurlyGirlie a Private Message
Here's a slightly different question for all of you who've finished a Summer Tweed garment. Did you do your seaming with it? It's so nubby and all; it seems like the sewing would be rough going.

Sarah

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PurlyGirlie
Chatty Knitter

USA
214 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2003 :  06:30:18 AM  Show Profile Send PurlyGirlie a Private Message
Here's a slightly different question for all of you who've finished a Summer Tweed garment. Did you do your seaming with it? It's so nubby and all; it seems like the sewing would be rough going.

Sarah

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happyneedles
Seriously Hooked

USA
849 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2003 :  05:57:35 AM  Show Profile Send happyneedles a Private Message
I did sew up my Summer Tweed with the same yarn - I used a size 13 sewing needle. There were no problems.

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happyneedles
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USA
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Posted - 08/01/2003 :  05:57:35 AM  Show Profile Send happyneedles a Private Message
I did sew up my Summer Tweed with the same yarn - I used a size 13 sewing needle. There were no problems.

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happyneedles
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USA
849 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2003 :  05:57:35 AM  Show Profile Send happyneedles a Private Message
I did sew up my Summer Tweed with the same yarn - I used a size 13 sewing needle. There were no problems.

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klfrazier
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1745 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2003 :  06:37:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit klfrazier's Homepage Send klfrazier a Private Message
I want to second the comment about black dyes. I'm using black Rowan cotton glace for a pair of tiger stripe baby booties, and it is bleeding horribly all over my needles. I didn't even think to prewash it, and would have thought better of Rowan. Black is just difficult, no matter what. Anyway, my bamboo needles are ruined and I'm irritated with the project, so I don't know what I'm going to do with it.

Kristin
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klfrazier
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Posted - 08/01/2003 :  06:37:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit klfrazier's Homepage Send klfrazier a Private Message
I want to second the comment about black dyes. I'm using black Rowan cotton glace for a pair of tiger stripe baby booties, and it is bleeding horribly all over my needles. I didn't even think to prewash it, and would have thought better of Rowan. Black is just difficult, no matter what. Anyway, my bamboo needles are ruined and I'm irritated with the project, so I don't know what I'm going to do with it.

Kristin
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