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castelfam7625
Chatty Knitter

USA
170 Posts

Posted - 04/19/2007 :  12:32:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit castelfam7625's Homepage Send castelfam7625 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank Ann on Mason-Dixon for this one. I was inspired by the comments on the hardest think to knit. She points out the Kaffe Fassett's Pebble Sweater. I also thought this one, http://mellowtrouble.net/2005/05/04/review-of-loop-d-loop?imagenum=15

Loop D Loop by Teva Durham, from the comments was insane as well.

For lace though I have to go with The Wedding Ring Shawl from Heirloom Knitting http://www.heirloom-knitting.co.uk/projects16.html
no wait I'll go with just about all of their patterns. I learned of these from Wendy Knits on a post she had on what she considered hard-now that was a while ago...

What do you think is the hardest, most insane, hair ripping, challenging thing out there to knit?

Lisa C in Tn
http://knitternavywife.blogspot.com/
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body,
but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Holy sh** - what
a ride!"

castelfam7625
Chatty Knitter

USA
170 Posts

Posted - 04/19/2007 :  12:53:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit castelfam7625's Homepage Send castelfam7625 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
ooops- the one thing Ann mentioned that inspired her post was aJade Starmore pattern called Katherine Howard, from the Starmores' Tudor Roses. Go here-http://www.knit-o-rama.com/knitlinks.html and scroll down to see it- gorgeous but Wow

Lisa C in Tn
http://knitternavywife.blogspot.com/
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body,
but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Holy sh** - what
a ride!"
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beth02116
Warming Up

69 Posts

Posted - 04/19/2007 :  1:28:28 PM  Show Profile Send beth02116 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good topic! For me, that has to be the Kaffe Fasset Pinwheel sweater. COTTON - imagine the ends and they dont stay stuck in. so many color changes. Made it halfway and had to take a 5 year break - not sure I'll finish.
here's a pic: http://www.velona.com/items/501/K50166.html
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yarnyamy
Gabber Extraordinaire

562 Posts

Posted - 04/19/2007 :  2:15:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit yarnyamy's Homepage Send yarnyamy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not citing a particular pattern or anything, but I think the most obnoxious thing to knit is a detailed intarsia design in cotton yarn. All those tangly bobbins (and ends to weave in)-- way too annoying!! I know there are "harder" things, but I can deal with complex as long as the knitting can progress relatively smoothly.

http://frottez.blogspot.com
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kdcrowley
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Posted - 04/19/2007 :  2:40:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lace. Hands down.

I have conquered fair isle, intarsia, entrelac, cables and all the rest, but lace plagues me.

Kelley
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and my blog at http://ceallachknits.blogspot.com
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Marie
Chatty Knitter

347 Posts

Posted - 04/19/2007 :  4:39:58 PM  Show Profile Send Marie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm with Amy--brings back memories of the Vogue World sweater, in Saucy cotton. The western hemisphere was bad enough, but by the time I got to the charts for Europe (lots of tiny, irregular intarsia shapes in all different colors--at least that's what I remember, it's a blur after all these years), I pronounced cotton intarsia one skill I wasn't interested in, and frogged the sweater and made striped sweaters for a long time with all the Saucy. Hadn't thought of this in years.

Marie

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azknitter
Honorary Angel

5539 Posts

Posted - 04/19/2007 :  5:11:11 PM  Show Profile Send azknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lace made with laceweight yarns.

Yuck!

Trish
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Mermaid Knits
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Posted - 04/19/2007 :  5:15:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mermaid Knits's Homepage Send Mermaid Knits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Marie, I made that earth sweater too! I agree that intarsia is challenging, especially with cotton. For me the toughest sweater I did was intarsia, wool, and it featured a representation of a Van Gogh painting on the front chest. Must've had 30 colours at least and some rows had in the range of 14-17 colours. SO trying to keep the bulk down (on the worng side) and planning ahead to where a certain colour would be needed next -- that was all tough. It turned out gorgeous though. The painting is of portuguese fishing boats pulled up onto a beach.

Arctic-mermaid
http://www.flickr.com/photos/MermaidKnits/
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achrisvet
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Posted - 04/19/2007 :  7:01:22 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow, do you have a photo of that Van Gogh sweater?

Anita
My completed projects

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pixie_day
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Posted - 04/20/2007 :  08:38:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit pixie_day's Homepage Send pixie_day a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would really like to see the Van Gogh sweater.

Mindy

I jumped on the bandwagon. http://swimmomknits.blogspot.com/
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Mermaid Knits
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Posted - 04/20/2007 :  2:00:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mermaid Knits's Homepage Send Mermaid Knits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I wish I had a photo of it. This was back in the day, well before digital cameras or even before I had a decent camera of any sort. I was in a remote bush camp and somehow quickly finished the only knitting that I had brought with me (poor planning I say!). Anyhow, I radio-phoned a friend who owned a yarn shop and told her of my predicament and she said "Have I got the project for you!" So it came in a box, and I really didn't know what I was getting into. It was a commission for a client of her's.

Arctic-mermaid
http://www.flickr.com/photos/MermaidKnits/
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Marie
Chatty Knitter

347 Posts

Posted - 04/20/2007 :  4:05:55 PM  Show Profile Send Marie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I withdraw my gripe in light of the details of your Van Gogh, sweater, Jan, and tip my needles to you. I think being in a remote bush camp would have been the only way I could have finished mine, although I admired it when I met a knitter wearing hers. Had I waited until the kit that came out in wool a short time later, I might have been more successful.

Your photo album is beautiful, btw.

Marie
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mokey
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Posted - 04/20/2007 :  4:43:03 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Intarsia. Specifically, the camouflage sweater I attempted to knit before the invention of camouflage yarn!

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kadiddly
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Posted - 04/21/2007 :  12:23:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Intarsia. I don't care for the look of it or the technique, so while it isn't necessarily *hard*, I don't like doing it.

So far, all of my projects have been "the hardest thing ever" for me, but after I finish them, I always think "wow, that wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be!" I've yet to finish any lace in laceweight, though, so I guess that would be my vote.

Anything is only worth what one person is willing to pay for it and one person is willing to sell it for.
Backstage Stitches
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AngieSue
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Posted - 04/21/2007 :  02:45:27 AM  Show Profile Send AngieSue a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I haven't yet attempted entralac, intarsia or Fair Isle. I don't know if I would call lace done in laceweight my "hardest" thing to knit but I know that I have no desire to finish a stole that's sitting in my closet. Keeping track of all those yarn-over, double decreases, and single increases required total concentraton. And egads, you drop a stitch! I have yet to figure out how to make it right.

Angie
My pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26414328@N00/
My blog: http://zippyzinnia.blogspot.com
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LittleMousling
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Posted - 04/21/2007 :  07:24:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit LittleMousling's Homepage Send LittleMousling a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is tough.

Lace, really, is easy on a stitch-to-stitch basis: one strand of yarn, one pair of needles, you just form each stitch and then the next.

With stranded colorwork, you're dealing with two strands, but otherwise it's just stitch, stitch, stitch. Easy.

With cables, you're dealing with groups of stitches at a time (in terms of the crosses). But, one strand, and the manipulation isnn't that tricky once you're used to it.

Intarsia--hmm. You're dealing with lots of strands, and you can't ignore the rest even thought you're only knitting with one at a time. Still, while it's certainly fiddly (ugh, bobbins) and, IMO, not worth the trouble, I think calling it "hard" is saying too much.

Let's see ... nope, can't think of anything. I guess I honestly think that knitting is just one stitch at a time (perhaps a few at a time for decreases and cables). It's as easy as you make it--or as hard.

-Molly, obsessive but not exclusive socknitter
Stash photos, FOs and a sock recipe
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amosellie
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
433 Posts

Posted - 04/21/2007 :  09:17:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit amosellie's Homepage Send amosellie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
check this out - one of our fellow KR members made this!!!

http://stagestitches.blogspot.com/
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elkymama
Seriously Hooked

USA
688 Posts

Posted - 04/22/2007 :  2:53:27 PM  Show Profile Send elkymama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I second what Molly said..."knitting is just one stitch at a time."

What I find most difficult is the fitting of garments, yarn substitutions and knitting patterns such as intricate lace or intarsia that require intense concentration and intense attention to detail.

Last fall I spent two months knitting a pair of argyle socks which included 19 color changes across some rows. Still, it was just simple stockinette stitch with a little extra patience and attention to detail. What is difficult knitting for me is lace with 25-row repeats that are not easily memorized.
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kadiddly
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Posted - 04/22/2007 :  11:40:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by amosellie

check this out - one of our fellow KR members made this!!!

http://stagestitches.blogspot.com/



Aw, thanks, amosellie! It's just following a pattern, though!

Anything is only worth what one person is willing to pay for it and one person is willing to sell it for.
Backstage Stitches
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PBELKNAP
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1136 Posts

Posted - 04/23/2007 :  05:17:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit PBELKNAP's Homepage Send PBELKNAP a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The thing I still find challenging is two-color knitting. I had a project where I had to do a small amount of it (nothing as complicated as fair isle, but a narrow two-color pattern on a sweater). I managed to muddle through it, but I found I had a horrible time attempting to hold the two colors in two hands.

PAM

WIP = Project Linus Baby Blankets (1), 63 Cable Squares Aghan, Summer Top

Completed this year = Knitted Baby Blanket (Estonian Lullaby), Knitted Charity Squares, Top-Down Sweater, Project Linus Baby Blanket



If I could only do this for a living...
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morandia
Chatty Knitter

250 Posts

Posted - 04/23/2007 :  10:41:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit morandia's Homepage Send morandia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For me the hardest thing to knit is something that someone else is "expecting me to knit" for them. I just can't get motivated when I have no choice in the pattern or yarn....

My first attempt at blogging: http://knitting-librarian.blogspot.com/
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