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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ballet Top from Loop-D-Loop on: April 16, 2006 08:17:08 PM
The great thing about top-down raglans is you can easily modify them to fit any gauge.  I knit my Ballet Tee on size 10.5 needles with one strand of Noro Silk Garden.  You just use proportions (it's simple math, I promise).  I'll give you an example using made-up numbers.  PM me if you want me to help you through it with the real numbers; I just don't want to make it too easy for anyone to figure out this pattern without having bought the book.

Let's say the gauge in the book is 5st/5rows = 1".  The front and back sections each have 30 stitches from the initial cast on, and the sleeve sections each have 10.  (You figure this out where it says something like, "K30, pm, k10, pm, k30, pm, k10, pm.")  This means that at a gauge of 5st = 1", 30 stitches for the front/back equals 6".  10 stitches for the sleeve equals 2".  Now, with your gauge, you just need to figure out how many stitches it takes to get 6" and 2".  If your gauge is more like 8st = 1", then you'll know you need to do 48 stitches for the front and back each, and 16 stitches for each sleeve (giving you a total of 128 stitches to cast on).  Then you just proceed as written. 

For the decreases and increases in the body, you can figure out where they should go using the same math.  Or, you can do what I did, and try the sweater on as you go and then figure it out from there.

I hope that was clear.  If not, feel free to ask.  Like I said, if you want help with the actual numbers (the book gauge versus your gauge), PM me.
32  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Boobholder KAL, gals? on: April 13, 2006 02:24:19 PM
I'm starting a full-length minisweater (ETA: oxymoron!) for a nearly-instant-gratification project (these top-down raglans in plain St st take me no time at all).  The thing I love about top-down raglans is that you can change the gauge--it's so easy to recalculate.  With the two OSWs I've knit, I've completely disregarded Stefanie's gauge for my own.  You just need to make sure the proportion of body stitches to sleeve stitches matches. 
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: When is the new Knitty coming out? on: April 11, 2006 07:19:56 AM
For me, at least, my ennui with the current issue isn't derived from the fact that the items aren't trendy.  (I stick to t-shirts and jeans without really following any trends.  Most of my knits could be described as "vintage", save a few.  Trends don't interest me.)  I categorically oppose most of these Knitty patterns in some way or another.  Mesilla, T-Twist, Jardin Anglais, and UnGranny Smith look really bulky; they seem to add several pounds to the wearer.  That's not a quality I look for in my knitwear, especially when I'm going to be putting hours upon hours into a FO.  I don't have or know any kids, so I have no reason to knit Reid, Double Scoop, and Tiny Tether.  I have no use for a shawl, so Tendrils and Convertible are out.  I don't knit socks for various reasons, so I have no use for the two sock patterns.  Jamesey is out, since I don't have any men in my life to knit for.

That leaves Topi (I personally hate that kind of hat), Exchequered, Anatolia, Nagano Sakura, and Nauties.  I guess any of those last four are my "favorites", but honestly, none of them speaks to me. 


Edited to fix a grammar mistake.  Oops.
34  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: When is the new Knitty coming out? on: April 09, 2006 08:49:07 PM
I might borrow the stitch pattern from Reid for my own little project.  Otherwise I'm not too excited, but I've felt that way as of late with Knitty and Magknits.  No worry--I have plenty of things to knit.
35  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knit AIMEE with me? on: March 12, 2006 11:13:52 PM
I ran out of yarn halfway through the second sleeve, and I wasn't able to get any until a week after the Knitting Olympics ended.  My Aimee is still waiting to be finished.  After working on it exclusively for multiple hours at a time, I'm kind of taking a break from it.  I'm going to make myself pick it up again and finish it by the end of this week.
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: helllpppp :( how to cast on to a wip? on: March 04, 2006 07:06:48 PM
If you're casting on at the start of the row, I would either knit on or do a cable cast on.  You can find videos of each here.
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: knit purse....with celtic knot design?? on: March 01, 2006 06:08:33 PM
I really, really like the bag, but I absolutely love the fabric.  What's P&S?
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need opinions for a pattern name on: February 28, 2006 06:44:51 PM
Aran Go Braless.  So clever!
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitty Surprises are up! on: February 27, 2006 05:06:53 PM
I'd be willing to try Layers if I got rid of the collar and then did the sleeves and body in the same color.
40  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 8 sk of kureyon : enough for a (small) cardi ? on: February 15, 2006 05:04:57 PM
FWIW, I made a sweater with elbow-length sleeves with only 4 skeins of Silk Garden (same yardage/weight as Kureyon), with even a little bit left over.  The body part was actually fairly long.  For reference, I'm a size 2 or 4. 

I think you could make a cardigan with 8 skeins. 
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