check out newstitchaday.com to see if there is anything similar; check out the cluster star pattern
I'm making circular dishrags, dc with scallop edging, 6" circumference. Some are Peaches and Cream and some are Sugar and Cream, which I find softer than the PnC. So far the SnC's haven't shrunk and I made a wash cloth for myself while on vacation. No face cloths to be had at the AirBnB. Now I know to always carry cotton yarn and a hook when I travel. You never know when you'll have to whip out something useful.
I have the Clover Armour from JoAnn's and find them more comfortable than my old Boye sets. How do you hold your hook? overhand as a toddler would hold a spoon when learning to eat or underhand as a pencil? I switched from underhand to overhand after carpal tunnel surgery and find this more comfortable and less tiring.
The border could be wider because your tension is not the same as your mother's. If you could post a picture we could see what is happening and be of more assistance.
Who is in charge of her care? Has her doctor seen her? What about her children? Are they involved with her care? Someone needs to take action before something happens and who has power of medical attorney? This is someone who needs help now.
There are a number of ssk versions: Cat Bordhi's hungry stitch; yarnsub.com's k2tog-L; slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 purlwise, knit tog; the regular ssk; and there may be a few more. Practice all of them to see which version works best for your particular situation. Also, check out the site knittinghelp.com for increases and decreases. Depending on the situation depends on which way the decrease will lean.
Very clever. How many more stitches did you add to the front to make this into a db sweater?
You do want negative ease for a hat so it fits somewhat tighter. If you are uncertain, try a 10.5 needle instead of the 11. What hat are you knitting and the yarn using plus the needle material? I have found that using metal needles, Addi turbos, allows the yarn to glide quickly which increases my gauge. Try a different needle...wood, bamboo, plastic/acrylic to see if your gauge tightens up. Also, the shape of needle comes into play with round needles not gripping the yarn as square and hexagonal needles do.
How do you cast on? Are you knitting thru the back loop? When you cast on the leading leg is in front.
Try Chinese waitress cast on
When doing magic loop, make sure the cable you are using is flexible. There is also traveling loop, 2 circulars and dpns that will also provide the same results.
Before you begin, take your granddaughter back to the store and have her try on the sweater. Then if she likes how it looks on her find a pattern. We all know from experience that what looks good on a hanger may not look good on us.
Here's another version to tighten the first and last stitch of each row
Slip first St pw tbl
K last st tbl
Do this on every row. This gives a twisted crocheted edge which holds its shape