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Intermediate Knit-a-long suggestions thread

Post your suggestions for an intermediate knitting project here. Michelle will be organizing the beginner project.

What i thought we could do is post links/pics to projects that we thought would be good for the intermeidate-ish level.

After we have a few suggestions, then we can get a concenus (maybe do a poll?) to figure out which one we will work on. This way we'll have a bunch of projects so if the first knit-a-long goes well...we can do a few more.

A couple of thoughts...

we probably don't want to start with a project thats too huge...you know no ginormous or highly intricate sweaters or anything Smile

Obviously free patterns are ideal, but i know I personally would consider purchasing a pattern I thought was really cool, or i felt was affordable.

I think its fine if we have a variety of suggestions....childrens items..scarves...mittens...socks whatever....i think the poll will really give us an idea of what people want to try.

Anyway, lets see your ideas...I'll try to post some tonight or tomorrow night as well. Maybe by this weekend we'll be able to offically pick something!

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Ok, here's one I like:


(For some reason this link didn't work for me, but if you right click, choose 'properties', copy the url and paste it into your browser directly, then you can see the image)

What might be cool about it is, i think its not a 'strict' pattern, so there is room for slight variation in things like size....so we would all make it, but each one would be a little different.

Pattern: http://www.masondixonknitting.com/archives/images/ButtonholeBagMasonDixon2[1].pdf

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And this one is not free so i don't expect many people to bite, but i LOVE this pattern! I think they are so friggin cute...they come in both baby/toddler size and adults. I'm going to do this pattern some day,i know i will...so i figured I'd just throw it out there Lol

They sell both just the pattern, and complete kits.

http://www.pickupsticksonline.com/products/accessories/boots.php

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I love these 3 baby bootie pattersn, particularly the green pair in the middle

http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/web_projects/win_06/OldWorldBooties.pdf

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Found another one I wouldn't mind trying! I've actually never done any cable work, so i'd like to finally get one under my belt Smile

http://www.knitsimplemag.com/pdf/scarf-aran.pdf

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THis one kind of straddles between real beginner and intermediate. While its on the simpler side for an intermediate pattern...its something I've always wanted to make because we often give wine to friends as gifts.

http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTwinecozy.html

Also, i actually have a pattern for a felted wine cozy in one of my pattern books..I like it more and its a little more involved. If you are interested in that one instead....maybe we can figure out a way for everyone to have the same pattern Biggrin

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Ok, i wanted to add some slightly more intermediate options which I thought could come in the form of socks. I found these two patterns. One is a basic ribbed sock...probably a good introduction to socks. And the other one has a couple more unique stitches in the leg work. Both from the same site.

http://www.applelaine.com/Socks.html

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Do you like fairisle? Or never tried it and want to give it a shot? This is a small project but might be a good intro to fairisle. Who doesn't need a coffee cozy?

http://www.knitpicks.com/Projects/itemid_50517221/projects_display

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Including a unique baby blanket pattern that i found. I don't know how many of us actually need to be spending time on baby blankets..but even if we dont' have a little one, it could always be used as a gift. Its a bit more 'funky' than a traditional baby blanket, so I don' tknow if it has mass appeal, but I thought I'd include it. It is another opporunity to try cables if you don't konw them, but has some good old basic knitting too Smile

http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/endora/endora.html

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Ok, ONE more from me and then I'm done Biggrin

I'm adding this one because i have been wanting a pair of convertable mittens.

http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/pele/pele.html

ok! i'm done!

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All right, i KNOW i said i was done, but I really want to add one more Biggrin

Now this is another pattern that would need to be purchased, but i wanted to add it to the list in case other people really liked it as its something I really want to do. Emma goes to a Catholic school and wearsr a uniform everday...which is a jumper with tights..during the freezing cold days i would love to have the leg warmers to help keep her warmer! Some kids use sweatpants going and leaving school...but I think these would be much cuter..and I like this particular pattern a lot!

http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/secure-html/onlinegen/currgen/BlueSkyAlpacas/BlueSkyAlpacaPatterns.asp?showLarge=true&specPCVID=8306

Thats just one online place that sells their patterns, a lot of local yarn shops sell blue sky alpaca patterns as well...i know my LYS sells some.

All right, i'm REALLY done now I swear!

Don't be afraid to give your own suggestions!

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I love all three!

I've never felted before, so I'd love to do that with all of you!

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I LOVE that bag. I have actually made those wine cozy's before and they are pretty easy and boy do they look great when giving wine!

Here are 2 that I have made. I really like the striped one I did. I have done them both in the round and flat! They are a great project to do!


ETA: One great thing about these is that you can use the cheap stuff and they look great! So they are really inexpensive to make Lol

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Just a reminder....you only have until tomorrow to submit a pattern suggestion! I know, i've submitted plenty to vote from, but I'd love to see what other people are interested in knitting!

If you are having trouble finding free patterns, I included some links to places to find free patterns in the suggestions deadline thread. Have a look-see!

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Ok, I just found this board -- I can't believe I never knew it existed.

I've been knitting for a couple of months, but truely going to town, my latest project is "The Perfect Sweater", whose free pattern is available at masondixonknitting.com

A small project that looks cool (I've seen it in person) is the tiger hat on this page http://mlegan.wordpress.com/ I'm taking knitting classes at my LYS, and this is my instructor's site. It's not a free pattern, but the money goes to a good cause.

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I'm voting for the baby booties, because that's what I need to make! Biggrin

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Kim, I've never felted before. I've always wanted to do a felted tote or a felted bag. Have you seen others (besides the mason dixon one)?

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"skat130" wrote:

Kim, I've never felted before. I've always wanted to do a felted tote or a felted bag. Have you seen others (besides the mason dixon one)?

This is the only other one that I know of off the top of my head...for a free pattern that is, but i know there are many others! It seems bags are one of the more popular felted knitting items.

http://www.blacksheepbags.com/booga_bag.html

When I get home i can check and see if I have any more bookmarked on my computer.

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I don't know if this would be considered intermediate, but I'm really interested in trying this vest:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTleftovers.html

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I don't know if this would be considered intermediate, but I'm really interested in trying this vest:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTleftovers.html

Love it! I especially like the pink color schemed one.

I think that easily falls into the intermediate group. I've done one vest and it was actually fairly easy...looks very much like this one, except it was baby sized. But for the purposes of this board, i think it falls into the intermediate section.

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Ok, here's one I like:

What might be cool about it is, i think its not a 'strict' pattern, so there is room for slight variation in things like size....so we would all make it, but each one would be a little different.

Pattern: http://www.masondixonknitting.com/archives/images/ButtonholeBagMasonDixon2[1].pdf

Awww I like these bags too. I'm interested in felting, but it seems soooo foreign to me now. =o) This looks like a great felting project!

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I'm not too big into felting - nut was thinking about maybe trying a bunting bag or something that would be useful.

Here's a list of free patterns form Lion brand:
http://cache.lionbrand.com/content-knittingPatternIndex.html
There's a section on infant patterns, you have to sign up but it's free.

My favourites are:
striped Baby Set
http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/kpl-babySet.html

Comfy hooded jacket:
http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/kts-816AD.html

Bright baby cardigan:
http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/60219A.html

Striped carigan (2yo):
http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/60453A.html

Pond Alligator I love this but don't think anyone will pick it!):
http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/khs-pondAlligator.html

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That vest pattern got me thinking -- If we do a project that requires small amounts of many different types of yarn, maybe we could each send money to one person to buy all the yarn, then make our own "kits" for the project, so we're not all stuck with 1/2 skeins left.

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I like that bag, too. So many choices... Wink

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I like the bag idea, I've wanted to do one for a while now. Plus, it would be a first felting project for me!

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OH! OH! OH!

I just fell in love with this little projet:
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=b14&d_id=26&lang=en

I'm not big on handbags OR felting :confused: so I hope... I hope... that we don't decide to do the bag... but if we do, I'll still keep track of what's going on... Smile

I do like the vest, though, but would probably not wear it so I'd have to find someone who would! Lol

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Sarah, I love that little outfit! So many options!

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That outfit is REALLY cute! And I will have a baby to put it in even! LOL

Since we have so many options, i will put up a voting poll tonight. Depending on the responses, we might have to narrow it down to the top 4 or 5 or so options from the first poll and do another vote on just those 4 or 5.

I would also encourage people not to worry if we end up going with a project thats not of interest this time around...i'm sure we will do plenty more.

Perhaps if this time around a felting one does get picked, when it comes to voting the next time, I'll remove the felting projects from teh vote just so the very next knit-a-logn isn't another felted project.

I agree that felting is a rather 'unique' type of knitting project that doesn't always appeal to everyone.

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Possibility #2 would be that we pick 2 projects and that people can pick either one or the other. Umm... but we only have about 6-7 people so maybe that's not such a good idea!