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Old 03-30-2011, 09:58 PM   #171
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Wow, that's pretty fast. You must have lots of experience.
Yes, I guess you could say I have lots of experience. I've been knitting since I was 8-years-old, which is over 50 years.

I have also developed some efficient ways of doing things. Such as knitting BOTH the front and back at the same time on my needles, using two skeins of yarn. I do the same thing with the sleeves. This allows me to make sure my tension and gauge are the same and makes it easier for me to pay attention to the directions ONCE. I have learned how to to increase/decrease at the end of a row in a manner that is very smooth and, nearly, invisible. This is especially important when making garments.

I am also a very quick knitter. When I was in high school, I made sweaters for extra money. It wasn't unusual for me to make a sweater per week in my spare time. Guess I'm slowing down. I'm only knitting a sweater every two weeks.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:25 PM   #172
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Yes, I guess you could say I have lots of experience. I've been knitting since I was 8-years-old, which is over 50 years.

I have also developed some efficient ways of doing things. Such as knitting BOTH the front and back at the same time on my needles, using two skeins of yarn. I do the same thing with the sleeves. This allows me to make sure my tension and gauge are the same and makes it easier for me to pay attention to the directions ONCE. I have learned how to to increase/decrease at the end of a row in a manner that is very smooth and, nearly, invisible. This is especially important when making garments.

I am also a very quick knitter. When I was in high school, I made sweaters for extra money. It wasn't unusual for me to make a sweater per week in my spare time. Guess I'm slowing down. I'm only knitting a sweater every two weeks.
I like your idea of knitting front and back at the same time. Even with a good tension habit, there are minor differences between days and even times you work on your project. Minor differences can add up making fitting less than perfect. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:41 PM   #173
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Yes, I guess you could say I have lots of experience. I've been knitting since I was 8-years-old, which is over 50 years.

I have also developed some efficient ways of doing things. Such as knitting BOTH the front and back at the same time on my needles, using two skeins of yarn. I do the same thing with the sleeves. This allows me to make sure my tension and gauge are the same and makes it easier for me to pay attention to the directions ONCE. I have learned how to to increase/decrease at the end of a row in a manner that is very smooth and, nearly, invisible. This is especially important when making garments.

I am also a very quick knitter. When I was in high school, I made sweaters for extra money. It wasn't unusual for me to make a sweater per week in my spare time. Guess I'm slowing down. I'm only knitting a sweater every two weeks.
How the heck do you knit the front and back at the same time?
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:29 AM   #174
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How the heck do you knit the front and back at the same time?
I use flexible needles and cast everything on using separate skeins of yarn. Then, I use a magnetic holder for my instructions and a line guide to follow them as I go.

Yes, Zhizara, there are differences in our tension on different days or at times when we haven't worked on a project for a long while.

I don't know if it makes any difference, but my projects seem to move on much more quickly when I work on most of the components at the same time. Could only be my imagination, too.

Doesn't matter. I still have a ball.
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I use flexible needles and cast everything on using separate skeins of yarn. Then, I use a magnetic holder for my instructions and a line guide to follow them as I go.
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Are you using two pairs of knitting needles? Are you making two pieces that get sewn together later? I just can't visualize this.

And just curious, since you are a fast knitter, do you use the English or the Danish (European?) style of knitting? English: insert needle through loop; wrap yarn around needle; pull yarn through loop. Danish (European?): insert needle through loop; pick up yarn with tip of needle; pull yarn through loop.
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Are you using two pairs of knitting needles? Are you making two pieces that get sewn together later? I just can't visualize this.

And just curious, since you are a fast knitter, do you use the English or the Danish (European?) style of knitting? English: insert needle through loop; wrap yarn around needle; pull yarn through loop. Danish (European?): insert needle through loop; pick up yarn with tip of needle; pull yarn through loop.
When I'm knitting a garment that has to be sewn together when finished, that's when I knit all the pieces at once, using only two needles.

As for my technique, I knit European-style, which I learned from my Austro-Croation grandmother. She taught me using pick up sticks and string because we didn't have any extra needles and I wanted to learn how to knit NOW. I was only 8-years-old and very insistent.

When I knit, my hands move like shuttles. Back and forth, back and forth, with the yarn flying.
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When I'm knitting a garment that has to be sewn together when finished, that's when I knit all the pieces at once, using only two needles.

As for my technique, I knit European-style, which I learned from my Austro-Croation grandmother. She taught me using pick up sticks and string because we didn't have any extra needles and I wanted to learn how to knit NOW. I was only 8-years-old and very insistent.

When I knit, my hands move like shuttles. Back and forth, back and forth, with the yarn flying.
I'm still trying to understand knitting two pieces at once. Do you alternate stitches? Do you have one piece on the needle and the other piece next to it?

I use the Danish/European style. I think it's quicker. But, it takes more effort/skill to keep the tension even. I like using circular needles.
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Side by side on a circular needle, each piece with it's own skein of yarn.
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got the material for easter dresses for my great granddaughters. not what i would have chosen but what their mom wanted. looks much easier and quick that the ones i picked out. i am tired from cleaning cupboards and packing up stuff for vets. and finally cleaned the sun room. sooooooooo a day off tomorrow, then will start. then it will be sew, sew, sew. fun.
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Side by side on a circular needle, each piece with it's own skein of yarn.
You betcha! That's just what I do.
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