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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely but has a few mistakes, 29 Jan 2013
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I have started knitting the rabbit and I am afraid it looks like there are a few counting mistakes in the pattern. Has anyone noticed or am I the only one?
Otherwise, the baubles are super cute and the patterns lots of fun.
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2013 11:32:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Mar 2013 11:32:27 GMT
Please advise the mistakes you have found? I am just embarking on the rabbit, having had a nervous breakdown trying to start the left foot with metal DPNS as recommended - they kept slipping out, I think the Addi needles I have are too heavy. Am about to try the start of the foot again, this time with wooden DPNS until I am up & running & can hopefully swap back to the recommended metal DPNS. Any help with possible errors may save further nervous breakdowns!

Posted on 10 Mar 2013 09:06:40 GMT
J. P. Ward says:
I was confused with the heel shaping for the rabbit - it appeared to me that I would have to knit backwards to do it as the instructions said! So, I worked another row across the strip of stitches, then just followed the instructions in reverse - and it worked out great. I really thought I had fallen at the first hurdle, but the solution came to me at at 5.00 a.m.!!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 09:35:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Mar 2013 09:36:10 GMT
I am now finished the first leg, & agree, the word "knit" was used for picking up the stitches each side of the heel flap, yet this seemed to mean going in reverse, I did my own thing too & it seems to have worked out. I am going to keep some smaller balls of the yarn aside for this on other parts of the rabbit, since I was forced to cut the working yarn to free up yarn for picking up the side heel stitches, anything to avoid stitching in ends! Thanks for your reply.

Oh & the Clover wooden needles are working very well compared to the heavy metal Addi's which kept slipping out.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 10:15:13 GMT
J. P. Ward says:
Hi Katy, delighted you found your own way, too. btw, I, am also recovering from a nervous breakdown - just about back to normal now. Hope you keep in good health, too.
I have been using metal knit-pro needles, and they have slipped out once, so I may consider bamboo. I do have a problem with wooden needles tho' in that I knit a bit tight, and in a funny was as I'm left-handed, and do tend to snap them!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 10:46:37 GMT
Oh gosh, I have not had a real nervous breakdown; I was over-exaggerating about the stress of trying to knit the start of the rabbit foot with my quality & therefore heavy metal knitting needles. It did occur to me not to write that as someone may take it literally, it was thoughtless of me to be use such a term in a frivolous manner. I apologise, no hurt meant, a thoughtless & poor analogy on my part.

I think Arne & Carlos say to use metal needles because of the stress on wooden ones, when we are knitting the wool on needles smaller than normal so the whole thing remains tightly knit to prevent the stuffing showing through. It was always my intention to revert back to the metal needles once past the very start of the foot (& possibly the hands when I get there). If there is any sign of stress I will go back to metal immediately.

I note that Bergere De France "Ideal" is a recommended substitute for the Norwegian yarn used in the book & sadly unavailable in the UK, the Norwegian yarn seems to fall between a 4 ply & a DK. The Ideal is the yarn I am using for Peter rabbit.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 11:40:26 GMT
J. P. Ward says:
No need to apologise at all.

I have found that even though I am using metal needles my stuffing does show through a bit - I am using a pale yellow yarn so it's not too noticeable. I'm using Bergere de France Ciboulette which is a 4 ply - I will look out for the Ideal.

I'm making very slow progress with the rabbit - I somehow don't think it will be ready for this Easter! I still have one of their Christmas Baubles on my needles that I didn't finish in time plus a Wingspan Shawl (not one of theirs!). I'm a great starter!!

Can't wait for their Garden book to come out - I think it will be about September over here.

Happy Knitting, Judith.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 11:54:49 GMT
Eww! Squeal of delight..... I did not realise they had a garden book coming out this year - how exciting. I managed to do the whole of the first leg yesterday, & hope to sit down soon & get on with the second, I too want this finished for Easter as my son is bringing my granddaughter up to visit, I thought she might like to play with this when she visits. I hope to make the dolls & their clothes too, (from Arne & Carlos's doll book which is fabulous) so that all grandchildren visiting (I am assuming more will arrive as my daughter is just about to get married!) can have a big trunk that stays at granny's & is full of knitted dolls & clothes for dressing up......but like you I am a great starter. The Victorian lady's cape/shawl will never be finished for the wedding & there are various half finished/abandoned knitting projects stashed all over the house. I must press on with the rabbit which may get me hooked for the dolls - fingers crossed. I think we have gone off topic, I hope other readers forgive this lapse.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 12:24:54 GMT
J. P. Ward says:
I guess we could always continue via email/facebook if you wish. Good luck with all your projects - I have been in two minds about getting the doll book - I was a bit unsure about the eyes! Once again, Happy Knitting!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2014 20:11:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Apr 2014 20:13:35 BDT
i use knit pro karbonz for knitting the rabbit and nothing slides out
the heel bit is indeed a tricky one and the book isnt particularly helpful about it. i have worked out a lot on my own and by referrring myself to other knitting guide books. picking up the vertical stitches is described very unclearly in the book. there's a little picture what could help a bit with it in their next book: the knitted dolls. there it shows in red which stitches are to be picked up. picking up and knitting (straight away??) is also a mystery to me as in my case the working yarn is too far away to use for knitting.
i havent noticed any errors in stitches. just finishing knitting my 2nd rabbit.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2014 20:22:25 BDT
hi im also knitting the rabbit and on my 2nd one. got the same problem with picking up the stitches on that heel bit. with the 1st one i did m own thing, with the 2nd one i also did my own thing but perhaps a little improved.could you please describe in stages how you go about that heel stripe?
i wonder what are the other solutions the other people come up with.
email me if you wish - titania.xxx@gmail.com
marta
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