A Top-down Raglan in Cardigan form knit out of Rowan Harris DK in 011 Sunset. I Knit the body back and forth the entire time, slowly increasing (about every inch or so) at the neckline until the circumference was 3" minus my desired finished width. There is waist shaping (double decreases and increases ) at the sides, too. The body was knit on sz4s, and the ribbing on 2s. The shawl collar was created by picking up sts and knitting back and forth, with some heavy duty short row shaping aorund the neckline. Pretty simple technically, but I believe I will get a lot of use out of it this fall and winter.
Sorry the photos are a little weird. It is sleeting out (read: no natural light) and the kitchen has gross lighting...
I highly recommend this pattern. I think it is a little slight on the steps, but I have trouble following instructions, so I didn't mind.
This one was made out of a heathered grey interlock jersey and I am already in the process of making another one with short sleeves out of a cotton print.
I did find the tunic to have too much ease, even with the knowledge that it was a loose fitting garment, but it was easy to take it in. Other than that and some fudging with the knit fabric, it was a pretty painless project!
This was my final for Fashion Knitwear Design, my first machine knitting design class in Grad School. There is a snap collar on the shoulder seam and up the turtleneck, puffy set in sleeves, folded hems and a mosaic pattern from Barbara Walker. I call it "Hybrid" because it incorporated two of my favorite things from the past two sweaters I knit (the snap down collar and mosaic knitting). It was machine knit because I didn't have the time to finish a fingering weight sweater in 3 weeks....and it was a class devoted entirely to machine knitting!
More info and ramblings about the glory that is Webs' garage sale on the blog
A sweater of my own design with Cascade 220. The stitch pattern on the front is the Zebra Chevron from Barbara Wlaker's stitch treasury #1 p. 69. It is created using slipped stitches, so you only use one color per row -- much faster (and I think easier) than fair isle!
There are more photos, info, etc on my blog here.
(Sorry these guys are a bit big!)
Edited to add: I just finished a pretty detailed tutorial on how to make custom fit sweater patterns, really the only pattern (besides the stitch structure) that I used for this sweater. It is image heavy, so the link to it on my blog.
In continuing with my obsession with Barbara Walker, here is my most recently completed pair of socks. It is a custom toe-up pattern with an eye of partridge heel and a stitch pattern from the 2nd treasury.
The lace stitch makes a wavy pattern and is very stretchy.
The heel photo is the best indicator of the color -- the others were taken under artifical light (gross).
wow...i was totally going to post a new topic on where to find a good houndstooth check. i own barbara walker's book, and just posted about a different check on my blog but missed that one! (i want slipped stitch, not fairisle!) here is a photo: (the page you linked to with the pattern didn't have one -- i thought it would be helpful to see what you are aiming for before you start swatching)
you could always knit it flat and then back it with lightweight microfleece so it wasn't so bulky and you needed half the yarn.
This is a sweater born out of my love for the yarn in an unflattering knee length too-big sweater coat that was a gift from my dear friend. I unwound the whole thing and paired it with some wool-ease I had and months later...viola!
The neck can be worn numerous ways for warmth and to add a bit of funkiness. I put the seam on the side so thew neck was more versatile. It is quite fluffy and warm. It is thick, too, and there is an i-cord edge all around that makes it almost jacket-like as opposed to a sweater. More info, specs, close ups of lace pattern, etc. on le blog.
***Thanks for all of the nice comments thus far! I just wrote up a preliminary pattern (chemistry exam? what chemistry exam?) and put it on my blog (in the right hand margins: "Fern Diamonds Cardigan"). please let me know if more info is needed in places. i hope some of you knit it up! I would love to see some incarnations!***
Ack! I would totally send it back! Contact the manufaturer directly if the store where you got it gives you hell. My progress so far:
This isn't my first sweater, but it is my first top-down raglan. I am loving it!! The only downside that I can see is that each row is longer and longer to knit. But I am 6 rows from the sleeve pouf decreases, so it is all over soon!
(I am knitting it on the wooden addi circs, and transferred 1/2 onto another pair to show the size laid out: the needles are crammed on the addis and I am too cheap (broke) to justify buying another longer one to finish. Lets hope they hold on...)