I'm definately a voluptuous woman (which is why I included mention of some changes that might be appropriate for us gals who carry a lot of extra junk in the trunk - and under our arms and in our bras, and stuffed into our panties and probably on our backs.... Hahaha!) and I think that if you are following the instructions inspired by julsey, you'll be fine.
I think this pattern is super forgiving, what with all that stretchy ribbing. Swatch up your gauge and determine your measurements for the garment based on YOUR measurements. Take back the KNIT!
I'm doing mine pretty chunky using some handpainted Colonia (on 7.5mm needles, which makes it a good tight fabric). I'll get a pic of progress up after I get into the mock rib a little more, but with the chunky and my chunky butt, I'm used one hank on the first rib section. I think that's 145 metres. I'm guessing it'll take about 3 - 3 1/2 hanks of my yarn, or around 500 metres of bulky yarn (or chunky? which is the smaller of the two? It's bigger than aran weight, anyway).
I've had about 14 requests so far for the pattern. Woohoo! I consider that a success. I hope everyone who is using it finds it helpful. Thanks should definatlely be heaped on Julsey and Keridiana and Sammy, without whose original notes, images, and pdfing abilities I wouldn't have been able to create this pattern.
So, now, I've posted it on my blog. It's at the top of my sidebar and I've renamed it the "Craftster Circular Shrug". http://momcast.blogspot.com/2006/01/craftster-circular-shrug.html
Just wanted to repost that I have made a Word version of the pattern. I've included photos and instructions for creating your own custom version of this shrug.
The pattern is based on julsey723's version and includes her photos and Keridiana's illustration of the seeming diagram. These two smart ladies receive are credited with the pattern as are the other participants in this thread (unfortunately not individually). I've included a distribution disclaimer limiting distro to personal, non-commercial use, except by express permission by myself, julsey723 ad Keridiana.
I could use a volunteer to PDF the pattern, to make it more portable. But, if you would like a copy of it in its present form, feel free to contact me via PM or request in this forum.
I'm just about to CO for my own. I made a Word Version of the pattern, if anyone is interested in slipping it into their workbook... Let me know and I'll email it.
So, i am doing it in handpainted Colonna 140 in Burgundy. (I just got four or five rows past the first drop stitch in Clapotis when I realised that I wanted a more worsted weight yarn for the clapotis - so I frogged the whole fricken thing and prepped for the Circular Shrug) It's recommended for 8mm needles, but I only have 7.5 (and then 15mm, but that's a tad big, I think! Haha!), so I swatched it on th 7,5mm needles.
Funny: my swatch is in two very distinctly different guages! The first half is knit at about 3st/inch, then, I suppose I tightened up on my tension because it's measuring 3.5st/inch! So, I averaged it out and her are my measurements: 30 inches across the shoulder at 3.25st/inch x2 for the cast on: CO 196, reduce to 98 for the mock rib.
You can make a photo frame, in any style you like, and frame the wedding invitation. You could make a pair and insert the invite into one and a note denoting the frame is for a wedding photo. You can get plain frame from the dollar store or from the Goodwill or Value Village. Even Target could source a cheap frame. The materials would be up to you but you could decoupage sheet music on one, cover the other in sequins or twigs or wine corks or chinese cookie fortunes....
Those branches would be perfect for an early spring or mid-fall wedding.
I have finally settled on what I'm doing. I am going to arrange a couple dozen weighted helium balloons to make a kind of wall behind the cermemony area. Afterward we can move them over to the buffet tables where they will help to make a visual barrier for the part of the hall we're not using, cuz the hall is freaking huge!
I can get the balloons filled and delivered at a rate of $8 per 25 balloons. So, I'm getting 100 and using half of them for the centrepieces, which will be a cluster of three balloons anchored to a 6" disco ball.
Now, I just have to get a deal on table linens and I'm rocking!
The bats one gave me an idea, though I don't know if I'll be able to use the ceiling: hanging different sized round lanterns.
I was going to do decoration/favours that were helium balloons anchored by little packets of Hugs and Kisses chocolates (With Hugs and Kisses from...) and I supposed I could carry that theme through the backdrop, but I'm not crazy about having balloons be the decorations of the "altar" space.