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I'm finishing my Tiny Birds soaker and have a few questions about the leg edges. She says to use a crochet stitch, but I don't know how to crochet, or have a crochet hook. Could I pick up the stitches and knit ribbing like at the waist? I'm thinking maybe 5-6 rows so it's not too wide...
 

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Yes, that's what I do. Of course, you won't get the flouncy legs like the picture shows, but my sons would probably prefer I stay away from "flouncy" on their soakers anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
eta: I pick the stitches up after seaming the sides and end up with 54 stitches on three dpns (18 each). I either do K1P1 ribbing or P2K1 ribbing because if you do K2P1 (like the waistband) the wider ribs are on the inside of the leg.
 

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Thanks! I understood everything except "dpns" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> How many rows of ribbing do you do?<br><br>
OT - Is "GoodEats" after the Food TV show of the same name? It's a favorite at our house! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Yep. Alton Brown and the Mythbusters have made nerdy sexy again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Plus, the twins make yummy smacking and humming noises while they're nursing.<br><br>
'dpns' are double-pointed needles. Leg openings are too small to use circular needles, so you need the double points. When you knit in the round, you're not flipping your work like you do on straight needles, so, for instance, to get a stockinette stitch, you just knit or just purl. If you wanted the smooth side (right side) on the outside of the tube, you would purl all rounds. You'll see what I mean when you work it: essentially, you're always working a wrong side row. You can see it because you're always looking into the tube. I'm not explaining this well.<br><br>
I usually do 5 rows as a standard, 10 rows for something more like shorts.
 

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Hmmm, this isn't sounding as easy as I thought. (Did I mention this is my first knitting project?) I don't have any dpns, and I just bought circular ones today, but they're long. Could I knit it flat and seam it at the crotch? Do I use the same size needles? Sorry to be such a clueless pest... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
We love Mythbusters here too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
And DH has 3 of AB's books - we made his chocolate muffins this morning, they're to die for! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="drool">
 

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Mmmmmmmm.... chocolate muffins... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="drool"><br><br>
I'm sorry, what was your question?<br><br>
Yes, you can add cuffs before you seam the sides. You'll needto pick up stitches between the "points" just above the legs, then knit a few rows of ribbing. I would recommend blocking, using a wet pillow case and an iron before you do the cuffs, it will make seeing the other stitches easier.<br><br>
Try this: <a href="http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/" target="_blank">http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting...ed_techniques/</a> it's about 1/2 way down the page -picking up stitches along a side edge - and, as luck would have it, the circular knitting with dpns is at the top, for your next project. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
(and you're not a clueless pest. asking questions is how you learn, find resources and expand skills.)<br><br>
I really ought to pay better attention. You can use the same size or smaller needles. Normally, I (and most others who have made a recommendation one way or the other) use needles 2 or 3 sizes smaller that those for the body for the waist ribbing and the cuffs. It keeps them from getting stretched out.
 
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