I haven't made it myself, but I've been eyeing it on Ravelry (it's on my to-do list too), and noticed several people had complaints about the sweater being too tight in the bust area. The advice I was given when I asked about it was to lengthen the armholes, and knit real bust darts rather than faux ones (I think the pattern has faux darts).
When it calls for a bobble stitch, do you just knit a plain stitch?
Basically, yes. In this case, the first repeat of the diamond cable pattern had two knit stitches going up the center; they're discontinued in following repeats to make room for the bobbles. Because I omitted the bobbles, I continued those stitches all the way up the pattern.
Technically, this sweater is known as (Not) Bobble (Not) Blue, or NBNB for short, as I've neglected to use either blue yarn or bobbles when knitting it. It's also known as The Sweater That Hates Me, as it took me four tries to knit it correctly. (I realize it's surly to blame the sweater for the fact that I made poor yarn choices the first two times and then mucked up the cables so badly the third time that I had to frog it and restart...but when you're on your fourth attempt, it's hard to avoid the suspicion that the sweater is against you.)
Pattern is from Interweave Knits, Spring 2006; yarn is KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Iris Heather.
It's been ages since I've posted any pics on this site, so I hope I did this correctly...
Edit -- Argh! Apologies for the miniscule photo; I'm trying to figure out how to make it larger.
I think I've inadvertently made a pair of socks from Palette -- it was early in my sock-knitting career, so I don't actually recall whether I picked up Palette or Essential to work from, but they feel so much more like Palette that I'd lay money on it. Anyway, should that in fact be the case, Palette holds up quite well to repeated machine wash and dry.
Can I also register a vote against the people (invariably women) who give you a big rant about how you're letting the feminist side down by perpetuating gender stereotypes.
Yes!! Me too! I never do answer that one (as one of my favorite writers likes to say, "Worry about the jerks of the world, and you'll never get anything done"), but here's what I always want to say: "Isn't it also 'buying into the patriarchy' to assume that work that has been done by women for centuries is worthless just because it was done by women?" Because seriously -- isn't that why good child care is so difficult to find, why education is so far down the national agenda, why housecleaners are paid so little? Because these things are traditionally considered "women's work", and therefore unworthy of attention?
Sorry, have to jump in and ask -- what specifically about the Ballet Camisole do you hate about the fit? I've made a couple (on my third, actually -- and yes, it is a little short; I just add extra rounds at the bottom to compensate), and I've noticed it has fit issues for me in the bust, but my bust is a bit large compared to my waist.
Is it baggy at the chest, or too tight? At the waist? (Add stitches -- or short-row shaping, if it's the bust -- to make it less tight, or decrease stitches, if it's too baggy.) If you feel things make you look short, try adding length to the body, so that it just skims the edge of the waistline (where your body starts to go out again at the hips).
The single biggest lesson I learned from reading Craftster -- and the reason I love these boards so much -- is to think of the pattern as a guide. It's the designer's idea of what will likely fit the majority of people -- it won't necessarily fit you (like Little Joi says, it's like shopping for clothes at the mall), but that's no reason not to knit it if you like the design. You just need to figure out what about the pattern instructions aren't working for your body, and modify them accordingly.
I know there's a bit of a disconnect between knitting and crochet (as a knitter who's had difficulty mastering crochet). Crochet has several different stitches (single, double, half-double, triple)...in knitting, there's essentially just one stitch, and how you make it depends on whether you're looking at the front (knit) or the back (purl). There are many good places to go to learn how to knit (Maran's illustrated Knitting Visually was a big help for me), but if you're looking for videos, knittinghelp.com is the best single place to go.