I see your point…

We’re having a KAL for Scintillation, and I’d be delighted if you joined us!  I find I want to knit a few more of these, but it feels like some sort of breach of etiquette to knit in my own KAL.  So I’m going to pretend that what I’m doing is using a few more stars as a way to talk about some finer points of making these.  But we all know what I’m really doing is indulging myself and making a few more.  But don’t tell anyone, ok?

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So, the next most common question (after ‘do I have to use six dpns?‘) has been, ‘do I have to have five points on my star?’ And once again, the answer is nope, nope you can totally adjust that too.

I’ve done them with both four and six points.  And enough people have asked that I’m going to release a little addition to the pattern to tell you how to do that if you’re feeling the urge.  Look for that shortly (probably tomorrow…I need the water to go down low enough for me to get out where I took the pictures for these).  And dont’ worry, if you have the pattern in your rav library, you’ll get the update!

Edit to add:  Aaaaaand whoosh, the 4/6 point version is up. It’s been sent to everyone who has it in your ravelry library (post here from ravelry on how to find updates if you need help with that).  And anyone who buys the pattern going forward will have the new version too!

Block your knits, part 754

Ya know how I’m always saying to block your knitting?  Yeah…yeah that’s because blocking it smooths out a whole multitude of sins.

That’s the same yarn, same stitch pattern (though admittedly different needles, I knit the hat a bit looser to maximize yardage), just blocked versus not blocked. Makes a heck of a difference.

These patterns will be coming out later this month and early next (mitts first, then hat, then cowl).  So you can get started on them in plenty of time to beat the cold weather.  More on them soon…just as soon as I get the last of these stars out of my system…

Blocking your stars

We’re having a KAL for Scintillation, and I’d be delighted if you joined us!  I find I want to knit a few more of these, but it feels like some sort of breach of etiquette to knit in my own KAL.  So I’m going to pretend that what I’m doing is using a few more stars as a way to talk about some finer points of making these.  But we all know what I’m really doing is indulging myself and making a few more.  But don’t tell anyone, ok?

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So let’s talk blocking.  If you’re firmly in the ‘I just won’t block anything ever and you can’t make me’ camp, then that’s ok.  You are the boss of your knitting, and you get to to block or not block as you want.  I’m not going to come to your house and menace you with blocking pins.  But if you are on the fence, I wanted to show you how very (veeeeeery) easy this is to do.  I’m going to walk you through it.

So, if you’re not confident in your ability to pin the star out evenly by eye, I’ve got a blocking template in the pattern.  Go ahead and print that out.  Then march your almost compete star (it says in the pattern exactly when to block) off to the nearest sink, turn the water on, stick your star under the water, and give it a good squeeze.  Squash it a few times under the water to get it properly soaked (if you prefer to let it soak in the sink for a few minutes, you can do that too, but I’m going for fastest possible time here, and squeezing it is quick).  Turn off the water, squash it again to get some of the excess water out (if you have a clean hand towel or wash cloth handy, wrap it in that and give it an extra squeeze, it will dry quicker that way).

Now take your star, your printed out paper, and five pins off to something safe to stick pins in (blocking mat, bed, folded up towel, pillow…it’s tiny, the options are endless).  Put the paper on your surface and the star on the paper, pick which line of the blocking guide is the best fit (I like to use the one where I have to stretch it just a tiny bit to reach), pin the points of the star to the points on the guide, and you’re done.  Just wait for it to dry (set it in front of a fan or in the sun to speed it up, or even blast it with a hair dryer if you’re in an absolute tearing hurry).

I suspect it will take you longer to read this post than it will take you to actually soak and pin out the star.  It’s about three minutes start to finish for me.

And again, if you don’t want to, that’s fine.  You get to be in charge of your knitting.  But I’m afraid I’m probably not going to be very sympathetic if you tell me it takes too long!

The needles you have are totally fine!

We’re having a KAL for Scintillation, and I’d be delighted if you joined us!  I find I want to knit a few more of these, but it feels like some sort of breach of etiquette to knit in my own KAL.  So I’m going to pretend that what I’m doing is using a few more stars as a way to talk about some finer points of making these.  But we all know what I’m really doing is indulging myself and making a few more.  But don’t tell anyone, ok?

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So the most common question I’ve gotten so far is some version of ‘can I use the needles I already have?’  Sometimes that’s ‘can I use circs instead of DPNs?’ and sometimes it’s ‘can I use a set of 5 DPNs instead of a set of 6?’  And in both cases, the answer is a resounding yes.

So just in case you want proof, here’s one done on circs:

And here’s one done on 5 DPNs (4 holding live stitches, the 5th to work with):

Really the only thing that will be different is that your needles won’t make that adorable star shape while you’re knitting.  But from a structural standpoint, anything you can use to knit in the round, you can use to knit these.  So please don’t buy extra needles on my account (unless you’re just itching to buy them anyway and just want an excuse…in that case it’s absolutely vital that you have that new set of needles you’ve been eyeing and you absolutely must buy them right away).