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If pattern directions say, "Knit three stitches together", does that mean just as it says? I have been picking up three stitches and knit them. But now I am not sure this is what it means. I suppose if it were otherwise it would give further instructions if it were different.
 

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Don't panic...breathe..this is supposed to be fun and relaxing!

I like to tell people that knitting is like life, full of twists, turns and loops..but in life we don't get the chance to rip it out and start over. Do overs in knitting are a given.
 

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Just wait till you get a pattern that tells you to K5 tog. That's when knitting gets hairy. I have been known to come to a K3 tog while using very fine yarn and dull pointed needles, so will sl1, K2tog and pass the slip st over them. Try it and see if you like the way it looks and if it still makes the right looking st to go with the pattern. Some people also will use a crochet hook to reach through the 3 sts and pull the yarn through if you have dull tips.
 

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Oh courier, I agree so much. I remember when my son was about 9 and kept bugging me while I was trying to knit. I finished the row and sat there waving my needle at him while chewing him out and he started laughing. He said it looked like I had a long wooden match and it didn't scare him at all. Should have used a loaded one.
 

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I am using bamboo needles and they do not have sharp points. What is a good sharp pointed needle for future knitting.

And I must say what started me questioning "knit three together" -- I saw a video that showed the slip two stitches, knit one and then pull the two stitches over. However my pattern does not call for that. Since I am quite away along I best not change the pattern because it does get a definite pattern to that particular stitch. I have tried the crochet hook -- doesn't work very well. Oh well I will struggle through this one but am happy for the information. Thanks a lot to all of you. Sharp needles???
 

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roxygirl42 said:
I am using bamboo needles and they do not have sharp points. What is a good sharp pointed needle for future knitting. Sharp needles???
There are pricy and less pricy knitting needles with sharp points. I've heard of - but not paid the big bucks for - Signature needles. I have and like KnitPicks interchangeables and Addis. There are others out there, too. Some of my favourite needles are nameless; picked up in chruch bazaars.

Some people prefer blunt points; I'm not one of them. I've read that they have their uses.
 

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I'm told that red wine stops the room spinning :eek:)
As long as it's made from grapes and not blackberries, show me the barrel!

I once made the terrible mistake of making a bed-jacket for my mother in 3-ply yarn on UK14 (2mm) needles. It was a vintage 1920s pattern with batwing sleeves, knitted cuff to cuff in blackberry stitch. The rows took forever!

The patience people must have had in those days, it drove me nuts!
 

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I do a lot of vintage knitting and have been told patience is my middle name. But, lace knitting is my passion too, so taking a long time to do something just seems normal.
As to sharp pointed needles I have sharpened my rosewood, bamboo and other wooden needles by just using a grinding wheel or even a sharpening stone used to sharpen knife blades to make the ends pointier and then polish them with wax and polish that with flannel till they are pointy, soft and work well.. But being married to a mechanic, there are always tools around and I've used them since childhood with my Dad.
 

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Just wait until you knit Estonian lace. There you make decorative stitches called nupps (rhymes with oops). They involve purling 7 stitches together. It can be done with some practice and the result is worth the effort.
 

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roxygirl42 said:
If pattern directions say, "Knit three stitches together", does that mean just as it says? I have been picking up three stitches and knit them. But now I am not sure this is what it means. I suppose if it were otherwise it would give further instructions if it were different.
It does mean exactly what it says. However unless you are knitting Estonian Lace, you would be perfectly okay if you: slip one, knit two together, and then pass over the slipped stitch. I find that with yarns heavier then lace yarn this generally makes light work of it.
 
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