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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I shape a curved bottom for a cardigan? on: August 29, 2008 03:33:45 PM
If you're doing it top-town, you would decrease the front edge stitches gradually, then bind off multiple stitches towards the bottom (just picture how set-in sleeves are curved in). 
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Button Cardigan on: June 23, 2008 12:15:47 PM
The idea of using buttons along the edge to keep stockinette from rolling is brilliant. 

The contrasts -- sheer, pale yarn with sturdy, bright buttons -- lovely!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knit Picks Yarn - Opinions? on: March 28, 2008 05:06:34 PM
I also like a lot of the KP yarns.  There's a review of the original line over on Knitter's Review. 

(I'm going to copy the last poster's formatting)

Wool of the Andes/Palette/Bulky/Shamrock - it's not poky when you knit it up, but you definitely feel it when you're wearing it.  I'm also kind of sensitive to itch, so your mileage may vary.  I don't buy this anymore, since I don't felt and I have a tendency to make hats and this makes my forehead itch like mad. 

Merino Style - pretty nice.  It was my first merino, and I still go back to it from time to time.  Granted, it's not like Malabrigo, but it also won't pill like it either. 

Andean Treasure - probably my favorite winter yarn.  It's soft and cuddly and warm.  Love. 

Shine Sport - (I haven't tried to Worsted, but I'm guessing it's the same) my favorite summer yarn.  It's so smooth and silky.  I'm not too fond of it's sheen, but it has its uses. 

Shadow - I actually like this.  The price is great.  I only made one order of it until recently because I only like one of the original colors (they have more up now, and word is that there's supposed to be more). 

Elegance is really nice, but still poky.  Maybe it's the batch I got, and it confuses the hell out of me since I can wear other KP yarns with baby alpaca and silk without any problem. 
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Flower-like hat decreases? on: February 01, 2008 02:49:43 PM
What about the top of this hat?
5  COOKING / Dessert / Re: TMNT Cupcakes on: January 31, 2008 08:21:54 PM
Those turtles are awesome!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Never again will i do such a complicated stitch! on: January 15, 2008 11:08:25 AM
It looks like sweater #32 in VK Holiday 2006, but waaaaay better.  Great job... I might have to make it with your mods too
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sizing issues on: January 09, 2008 05:30:04 PM
I'm still working on making a nice-looking sweater (I'm close!  I just need to do the neck edging and my first flattering sweater will be done), but I've learned to ignore the "to fit bust size ___" and just measure the (okay, store-bought) sweaters that are flattering and knit to that size.  I've found that adding extra stitches to the front helps to accommodate my bust (and then I decrease to what my band size is so that I don't have a lot of extra fabric at my armpits). 

Also, I've shied away from a lot of patterns that I liked because the sleeves measure about two inches wider than I'd like them to, but I read the sleeve tutorial in the Winter '06 IK and now I know how to rejigger the sleeves to fit my arm and the sleeve cap.  So you might want to look into that. 

And I'm more interested in making sweaters that will look good for my body than to put difficult techniques in (although I'd gladly do something hard if I think I would look good in the end result), and Ravelry has been a great help because now I can look at a bunch of modeled pictures of a sweater that I'm interested and see how it looks on different body types.  I apologize if you're still waiting to get in, but it really is a cool site (not just entertaining but helpful too -- how often does that happen?)

Someone here (the maker of the Herringbone Sweater?) had a detailed tutorial on how to make a sweater that you'll really love, but I've been too lazy to do it since it involves pinning down jersey fabric and trying it on several times, but it sounds like a great idea to have a life-sized template to measure and work off of. 
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fishtrap Swatch Cap on: December 24, 2007 11:17:35 AM
I've been wanting to make one of these since I saw it on figandplum's blog.  But I have a question: How do you decrease at the top and still keep it pretty?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with Phildar instructions? on: December 01, 2007 02:02:15 PM
My interpretation of it is to decrease one stitch on both sides every four rows.  So you have:

Row 1 (RS): BO 3
Row 2 (WS): BO 3
3: BO 3
4: BO 3
5: BO 2
6: BO2
7: Decrease two stitches on each side two stitches in from the edge
9: Decrease two stitches on each side
11: Decrease two stitches on each side
15: Decrease two stitches
19: Decrease two stitches
23: Decrease two stitches
27: Decrease two stitches

29: Decrease two stitches
31: Decrease two stitches
33: Decrease two stitches
35: BO 2 stitches
36: BO 2 stitches
37: BO 2 stitches
38: BO 2 stitches
39: BO 3 stitches
40: BO 3 stitches

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help With Sweater Edge on: November 12, 2007 01:21:33 PM
I hate that difference too, and I've taken to changing the edging from ribbing to seed stitch or garter stitch.  You might want to try garter rib too, if you want to keep the look similar. 

Another option (which I see on store-bought sweaters) is to have more stitches in the ribbing (four ribbed stitches for every three stockinette stitches in 2x2 rib) and decreasing on the first row (they usually knit two of the formerly purl stitches together). 
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