I have made both of these with my own design modifications and, even though Skully knits up a little bit quicker over all, I found Jesse's flames to be a slightly less complicated but more interesting pattern to work. All that is really involved is a bunch of evenly spaced increases and decreases - the neckline is the only place that is any more complicated than that, and only on the front piece - but there are more of them and more "going on" on all pieces. Plus, I liked the fit/shape of Jesse's better, and the gauge would probably be a lot easier to match up with cheaper, "worsted" weight yarn. The yarn recommended is wool-ease, which you should be able to use for about $20 in materials, where skully calls for a bulkier yarn and would probably be more pricey to match. Hope this helps!
I already posted this on another thread, but think that it is worth repeating here. I have bum wrists to begin with, and knitting really irritates them. Aside from stretching and yoga, which helps a lot, I also treat myself to a weekly manicure. NOT because I am interested in the appearance of my nails (I usually don't even get them painted!), but because I get a rad hand and wrist massage for about $8! Being a massage therapist, I know how helpful massage can be for repetative stress injuries, because increasing the blood flow (esp. in the extremities which are blood flow challenged to begin with) really helps your body to heal. If you have the $10 to spare, give it a shot. I also go to a local acupuncture school's clinic when things get really bad. It is relatively inexpensive, and a few weekly sessions make a big difference. If you live here in LA, I know that there is also a free clinic somewhere that does acupuncture for free (donations from those who can afford it).
I cannot recommend the "Big Blue Ball" for sitting on while knitting enough - for any sitting activity, actually. (is that an oxymoron? ) It really forces you to keep a decent posture, burns calories, it great for stretching out with minimal effort, etc. etc. As for hand/wrist pain, in addition to stretching exercises, supports, ergonomics and the like, I really recommend finding a cheap manicure place and treating yourself once a week - not only will they undo a lot of the damage that knitting does to your hands, you get a great cheap (usually 7-10 bucks) massage that should help with wrist pain by loosening up the area and increasing circulation. If all else fails, when things get really bad (I have mild carpal tunnel syndrome and am prone to tendonitis), I go to the local acupuncture school and plop down $20 a session once or twice a week for a few weeks and it works wonders. And, of course, yoga helps with everything.
I want to see Blondage's projects! Knitted codpiece, ideed!!!
Oh trust me - as soon as this cheesy masterpiece is complete, I will be posting pictures!! the hard part will be tricking him in to sending me pictures of him wearing it for me to post! (the recipient lives on the other side of the country presently)
my lord. after designing a knitted viking hat for my gramps for christmas, and presently working on a deformed 3-horned version with matching knitted cod-piece for my s.o. (we whined and coveted grandpa's gift until I promised to make him one of his own! bwa-ha-ha!), I never would have though that I would have felt outdone. (viking) hats off to you, my friend - can't wait 'til you post the instuctions so I can make one for myself!
blondage, i think you are talking about the back neck facing. if you read on to the end of the pattern, you'll notice that after you seam the shoulders, you fold down a facing in the front and the back and sew it down. could that be it?
DOH! Yup, that is probably it. I've been sick all week and I guess I just needed someone to point out the obvious for me. Thanks - I'm going to shamefully slink back to my knit-hut now... heh...
I am hoping that someone out there can help me out, here. I am doing the back neck shaping on this sweater and the directions are BAFFLING me! I am ending up with a 30 stich wide flap in the middle with the two sides of the shoulder shorter and I am really pretty positive that that is not the way it is supposed to be! Anyone willing to lend a hand in getting me through this would be GREATLY appreciated - I can provide a much better description of what I have done to get this result if my mistake is not obvious... please? someone? I am going through knitting widthdrawl and feeling pretty silly!
I too possess some muscle-ified calves, and I do wish I had made them a bit longer. I've realized that I have a really tight stitch when it comes to knitting, and if I could do these over again, I'd put in a few more stripes and make them a little bit bigger in the calf department. You definitely need the elastic in the top to keep them up, though. All in all, this was a really fun and easy pattern, but if I had my druthers, I'd have knit them up bigger. Hope this helps!
Thanks for the advice! It actually looks like you and I have similarly sized legs (from the pics, anyway), so I will give it a shot adding a few extra stitches or messing with the gauge a bit. If I find a magic formula, I will let you know!
You betcha I'll be posting pics of this when I finish it! After 20 years of knitting, this is my first sweater attempt (adult sized, anyway), so I am very excited to finish, and I think that this yarn will put an interesting spin on the pattern. Now I just need to find a second job to afford the sari yarn!
finding this thread has been very encouraging! I just started it using recycled sari silk yarn - about 10" in to it. Glad to see that others have had good luck with the pattern - everyone's looks great!!. I can't wait to be finished! I keep waiting for someone to bust me at work for knitting on the job...