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and I want them NOW!!! I am becoming obsessed... Bret NEEDS wool pants for nighttime. I can knit a little tiny bit... I am wanting to order the LTK longies pattern. I wonder if a newbie/ sort-of beginner could figure it out??? What do y'all think???
 

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Go for it!
I'm a newbie knitter and have done the LT bucket hats- these were very do-able for a total novice like me (knitting for les than a week when I started). I'm working on the moc booties and then going to try the longies.

I want the wool pants now, too- fortunately I have a pair of Freshies wool buttsweater pants that I was able to pop on Forest. I ordered some wool yarn for the longies. After reading the thread on wool/sheep I really wanted to make sure my wool was from a humane source.
 

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Monica, where did you buy your wool from? I have a bit from a trade, but when I run out I would love to get it from an organic source.
TIA~Debi
 

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i hear you, mama! they are the cutest things- and oh so warm!

i'm knitting some myself right now. i got the pattern from the "simple knits for cherished babies" book. i really like the book, it's really easy to follow and no abbreviations!


i cannot figure out knitting in the round for the life of me, so i haven't been able to get any of the LTK patterns. but it's ok, cause it forced me to come up with my own for regular soakers. i'll have more soakers than i'll know what to do with.
there's worse hobbies to have, right?? :LOL
 

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If you're new to knitting, make sure you've practiced knitting in the round with four needles -- I *think* that's how the LTK pattern does the legs of the pants. You could always look for a pattern where you would sew up the legs seams rather than knitting in the round if you don't feel comfortable.
 

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i cannot figure out knitting in the round for the life of me
Are you mad, woman?!?!
knitting in the round is way easier that back and forth. No needles to drop (and lose) no seams to sew in the end, and best of all, no purling!!! Truly, if you can master knitting, you can do it in the round. All you have to do is keep knitting around and around. The toughest part is joinging the first row, making sure your stitches aren't twisted. And that's not really tough, I promise!

try it, you'll like it
 

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Are you mad, woman?!?!
knitting in the round is way easier that back and forth.
Spoken like a women who already KNOWS how to do it! LOL I always get that reaction when I tell someone that knitting is SO easy! (they look at me like I sprouted a third head)

Knitting in the round is ONE thing I have not mastered! the circular needles I can do just fine, that no problem, I get a 'LITTLE' confused on the counting stitches sometimes but I do okay. However the knitting with the double point needles? OMG that just looks terrifying in the book and I haven't had anyone show me how to do it yet. I am a total wuss! LOL I have thougth about trying it on the legs of a few of my soakers to make the legs more stretchy, but still too scared to try. I MIGHT pick up some double pointeds today.....tell me I need to be brave...


I have been dying to buy one of your patterns just to see if I can do it, but still to chicken so far! LOL even though I have the 'knitting' down, I still feel like you and Karen are the knitting godesses!
 

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You Need to Be Brave!! And get brittany birch double points
I am headed to the yarn store now, to see if they are having a circluar knitting class this fall term (they have classes each 'term') and if they do I am so there.... I will look for those needles, can you tell me how many needles I need to knit in the round with double points? (I am still very clueless about it)
 

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If you're new to knitting, make sure you've practiced knitting in the round with four needles -- I *think* that's how the LTK pattern does the legs of the pants. You could always look for a pattern where you would sew up the legs seams rather than knitting in the round if you don't feel comfortable.
Four needles???? *gulp* Oh dear... I guess I should practice a bit huh?
I think I am pretty crafty so hopefully I will be able to figure out how to do it. As long as I have detailed instructions I think I can. I think I'll just buy the pattern and try it out w/ some cheapie yarn first and then if that works go for the wool.
 

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DPNs come in pretty standard 6" and 8" lengths. You only knit on DPNs when the circumference of what you are knitting is too small for the 16" circular needles (well, there are 11" circular needles but the are a royal PITB to work with!!) Anyway, most wooden DPN sets come in sets of 5, which means you have 4 needles to evenly divide your stitches, and then one needle that you are actually knitting with. persoanlly, I like it that way, but some sets only come with 4 needles. If that's the case, you would evenly divide the stitches onto 3 needles, and then work with the 4th.
 

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Do not fear the double points. I actually broke out in a sweat when I saw them and that diagram
But really, the concept is not a problem- very obvious if you just plunge in and try it. The problem I had was stitches falling off my aluminum needle and needles actually faliling out with a clank on the kitchen table. To alleviate this I knitted tighter and tighter until I could hardly knit-- I really think it is the aluminum needles (My yarn shop had no double points to sell me so they loaned me some they use in the store).
 

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Are you mad, woman?!?!
knitting in the round is way easier that back and forth. No needles to drop (and lose) no seams to sew in the end, and best of all, no purling!!! Truly, if you can master knitting, you can do it in the round. All you have to do is keep knitting around and around. The toughest part is joinging the first row, making sure your stitches aren't twisted. And that's not really tough, I promise!

try it, you'll like it
:LOL

heheh, the whole "no purling" thing has me mystified.
how do you get stockinette if you don't purl? i have 16" circular needles, i bought them to try it and gave up after attempting to join the first row.
: i'm pretty sure i could figure out how to knit a tube, but increasing and decreasing? when there's no obvious symmetry?! that just boggles my mind. :LOL

maybe i should pick up some double pointed ones, just to try. i'd love to try making socks at some point, so i better give this whole thing a try, huh?

oh, and ITA on the wood vs aluminum. aluminum does stink! i've been using bamboo (cause they're the cheapest ones
) and really like them too, though they seem to loose the straightness quite easily.
 

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Monica, where did you buy your wool from? I have a bit from a trade, but when I run out I would love to get it from an organic source.
TIA~Debi
Ahem~source, please???
 

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I knit pretty well and I don't like DPNs but they are not hard. AS far as n the round, I am one of those pattern knitters as I like variety so I find that all knitting is boring..........I need some purls or something to "entertain" me.

I knit a pair of soaker pants, had no pattern and they turned out smalls (not the medium i was aiming for).......

soaker pants

cute, but not sure that they are necessary in Atlanta in the winter.........
 

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Ahem~source, please???
Sorry Debi- I post once, the kids grab me then I forget where I was.

I ordered my wool from Little Turtle Knits- Theresa gets her wool from a farm she visited and checked out.
 
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