I've finished the ribbed waist of my sweater and now I want to add puff sleeves. Do you think I should make the short rows cap and then increase the number of stitches or can I just pick up a lot of stitches to make it puffy but without a cap ?
I'd try picking up more stitches, but not all the way around. Only across the top half (well, probably less than half) where you want all the poof to be. You'd want it to fit the same where it goes around under the arm. At some point, you'll need to decrease the poof back out so it won't be a flared sleeve.
Now i'm intrigued. I never heard of Barbara or tried knitting from top down. Heck i've only just started using circular needles (Us English girls like our straight pins!) but i think all these pics look great. Also i hate sewing up at the end and it looks like there's less to do in this method. Am gonna try source her book and have a good read
Just wanted to warn you that the book doesn't have pretty pictures, but the information is invaluable. You probably won't see photos of anything you want to knit, (photos are black and white and very dated) but the information will let you design just about anything. And it will fit!
Thanks! I thought I had uploaded a closeup of the cables earlier, but maybe I just put it on my blog. I rarely use the Flickr account for my photos. I'll try to remember to add one tomorrow. The slippers are a $6 downloadable pattern. They're really very cute! I haven't added the decoration to those green ones yet, so they are even cuter when finished. I've already started a red pair. Here's the link to the pattern - http://www.cocoknits.com/knit/garments/accessories/loafers.html It isn't my pattern but I do recommend it. I like your vest idea. I love lacy stuff for spring and summer. I'm trying to make myself finish up some of my in-progress stuff but the warmer weather has given me a bad case of startitis!
Hey, I'm making mine and I've got some nicely sized ones (DD). I'll post some pictures when I'm done so you can see, it does work for the busty gals (or as my DH calls me, a perfect Ruben model LOL).
So far as I've tried on the yoke, it doesn't appear to add very much bulk.
Oh good, I'd love to see how this Vogue sweater works on someone with boobs. I'm no where near a DD, but compared to the practically concave model they used, I'm pretty busty. I was thinking short rows might be needed to keep the front from riding up, but didn't think too much on it since I already have a couple things in progress and couldn't start anyway.
I've got the same problem with raglans. Put one on and my narrow shoulders look even narrower and my boobs look even bigger, but not in good way. This book does not have any pretty pictures to inspire you (they are black and white, very plain, and very dated) but you can make very pretty sweaters with the instructions.
I couldn't believe how easy the instructions for picking up stitches along a vertical edge for front bands were. I didn't have to count the stitches? I didn't have to do any math to figure out how many to pick up? I couldn't believe it, but it worked. I did have to do a bit of math in the beginning, though. Nothing difficult though. Trust the math!
Photos! The kid obliged, although he crossed his eyes at me and laughed the whole time which made the camera shake. Eek, I really take an awful photo, but I needed it to prove I actually finished, LOL.
Guess what? I finally finished my red cabled cardi! I don't know why I always stall when I am almost done, but I do. Unfortunately, there's no one here to take a photo but maybe the kid will help me out when he gets home from school. I haven't blocked it yet, but since it is mostly cotton I may not bother. It fits!
I wonder if it is better written. My version is hibernating because I'm not sure I like the garter stitch yoke and am thinking of ripping it and replacing it with ribbing. Plus, I saw a great cardiganized version on Ravelry and am thinking of taking out my graft and going that route. But my grafting turned out so nice this time (surprisingly), I don't think I can make myself do that, LOL.