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11  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: April 12, 2007 06:34:07 AM
Here's my progress picture! I wish the extra yarn would hurry up and get here. Smiley

12  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: April 11, 2007 12:19:49 PM
It looks great, Noodle Princess! (I love your screen name by the way, it makes me laugh - I hope that's ok. Wink )

I really did mean to post another progress picture days ago but the weather has been all cloudy and crappy. It's been sunny in the mornings, so I'll try to get one first thing tomorrow. I was just about to start the cuff on the first sleeve when I ran out of yarn. I've ordered more but it was only shipped yesterday and it'll probably take about a week. I'm really really really happy with how it's coming though, and I've ordered pretty pink buttons as well! I hope I can get a photo up tomorrow!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I adapt a top down raglan sweater to make these sweaters? on: April 07, 2007 08:48:12 AM
That's so spooky, I was just thinking I might ask the exact same question! I just bought some yarn for sweater projects and I desperately want at least one of them to have that button strip thing going on (can you tell I have no idea what that's called?). There's at least two patterns that have it as a bottom-up pattern, but I'm way more comfortable with the top-down.

Anyway, thanks for asking my question for me, knitknitter! And thanks for the link, aunt carrot, I'm off to go read that now and see if my newbie knitter brain can follow it. Smiley
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about weight and yardage of Cascade 220 & Cotton Fleece? on: April 06, 2007 12:59:04 PM
Thanks for your help, Chelseachip and Clicksticks! Shopping for yarn in Europe can be incredibly frustrating if you don't want to spend a zillion euros on a sweater. Smiley I don't actually have specific patterns in mind yet, just general ideas - this shopping spree is my birthday present and I get to pick out what I'd like. I'm going to take the information you guys have given me and try to go make out a shopping list! Thanks again!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about weight and yardage of Cascade 220 & Cotton Fleece? on: April 05, 2007 03:44:16 AM
Hey knitters -

I was wondering if any of you could help me with some questions about Cascade 220 and Brown Sheep's Cotton Fleece? I'm looking for yarn for some basic sweater projects - and I've decided to try out one or both of these yarns. But being all the way over in Europe, I've never used either before.

As for the Cotton Fleece - I've found it listed as both DK and worsted weight and I can't quite tell from the gauge/needle information which is true (I'm a new knitter and the info I've found about this yarn doesn't quite make sense to me), or maybe it's in between? It doesn't matter which it is, actually, except for deciding how much I need for what project. Also, I'm considering using it for either a t-shirt type project or a lightweight cardigan - if anyone has used it before, do you think it would work well for either of those?

And the Cascade 220 - I don't know if anyone can help with this, but just in case: I want to use it for a simple fitted top-down raglan sweater with no big embellishments - I've done loads of pattern research and come to the conclusion that about 6 skeins would be enough for a 40"-ish bust size. Does that sound right to you?

I have to order these yarns from out of the country, so I'm trying my best to get it right before I order. Smiley Thanks so much for any help in advance!
16  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: April 05, 2007 03:28:29 AM
Ok, I got the bind off done better - it probably could still be a little looser but it's much much better and I'm absolutely not doing it again. Smiley

Thanks for all the tips about picking up the stitches. I gave it a go and it was pretty easy (using that video from knittinghelp.com!) but I couldn't figure out how to do it neatly and close up the gap so I decided to do what Stitcheees (at least I think it was) did and sew up the gap later. I think my sleeve would've have problems if I had picked up more stitches - it seems a wee bit bunchy around the area as it is and I think adding more would've made it much worse. At least, I'm hoping that's true.

I worked on the first sleeve for a while last night but didn't get that far. How come I didn't know how tedious and boring sleeves are?! Smiley

And welcome, girlniteowl! Be sure to show us your progress as you go! (I love progress pics, I'll try to take another tomorrow.)
17  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: April 04, 2007 08:02:44 AM
Alrighty then, I'll try just working the sleeve like the pattern and see what happens. Smiley Now to learn how to pick up stitches!!

Thanks!
18  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: April 04, 2007 06:04:46 AM
Thanks for the comments, everyone!

caledonia_mission - I wish I could help with your math there but I'm too much of a newbie knitter. But the yarn you're using is lovely, I can't wait to see what it looks like with in this pattern!

Just A Girl - I'm actually using the Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky from the pattern - I found a great deal on ebay in the UK before I even got around to looking for a good substitute.

bijou_raoul - That sucks about your yarn! Sad I hope you can find a decent substitute for what you originally wanted.

The body on mine is finished and I bound off last night. But I did it way too tight so now I have to take out the bind off and do it again. I only learned to knit a little over two months ago, so I'm still sorting these kind of things out - at first I did bind offs really loose and my ends looked all wonky but apparently I've gone the other way completely now. Smiley I'm going to try and fix it right now.

Then I have to go on to the sleeves! I have a question though - when I asked about the gap under the arm, a couple of you said to pick up a few stitches and work them into the decrease pattern. I have to admit, I don't really know what that means! I've never picked up stitches before but I can figure that part out - what do you mean by 'work them into the pattern'? Does that mean just count them in as part of the sleeve and decrease the way the pattern says, or do I have to do something special since I picked up extras?

Thanks for the help, as always!
19  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: April 02, 2007 07:47:20 AM
It looks great, mrspinchy, your color is lovely! And shewolf - it sounds like it's going a little better for you now than it was before, or at least I hope so!

Here's the progress pictures I kept promising. I tried to get some of it on me but they were a hideous disaster. Smiley I'm in the middle of the waist increases now, I'm just coming up on the 10th buttonhole. Here's the whole thing:




And the increases/decreases:




(The photos of such a light colored yarn make everything look more bumpy than it really is. Also, the neck looks really really small there - it's not as wide as it looks on Ms. Ohmystars, but not as tight as it looks there.)

It still fits perfectly and everything, I'm very very excited! But, since nothing can really go 100% right, it looks like I'm still going to run out of yarn. I'll have to make another order, but I'm waiting until I'm far enough to be able to estimate how much more I'll need. I'm still having fun, though! Smiley
20  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: April 01, 2007 06:28:56 AM
Hi again, everyone! I took a break from my sweater, but it only ended up being for a day. I was so hopeful that I'd be able to get it right that I frogged the entire thing the next day. I re-started with the cast-on number from the pattern (I had added extra stitches on my first try) and now everything is going great. I have to admit, I don't understand exactly what I did to get it right this time, but I tried it on yesterday and it seems to fit perfectly! I was so excited, I did a little dance. Smiley

I'm in the middle of the waist shaping now, thanks to all that amazing help from you guys a few pages back. I'm going to try to get a progress picture tomorrow.

I hope you all are having as much luck as I am with your sweaters!!
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