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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Name of the game is cheap.... on: March 28, 2007 04:23:41 PM
This month's challenge is knitting el cheapo, and as a student... thats how I knit ALL the time  Smiley  I knit this sweater in about a week, and it cost approx. $6 or $7 CAD. I bought the yarn, one skein each of each colour. I don't have my receipt, but you can see the cost here, http://www.joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=82240&PRODID=47172&source=search

Onto the pictures:
Here you can see it with the leftover yarn, which is a good bit considering I knit a long sleeve sweater


My boyfriend took this being funny, but it actually shows some of the side shaping, plus I was just most impressed that it actually fit the girls.



This one shows how wonderfully long the sleeves are....




I had fun knitting this, my first real garment, I learned alot (thanks goes out to all the girls in the KAL who were oh, so helpful) and throughly enjoyed making something so pretty for so cheap  Grin

-Marie
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Poor student approved! A tad pic heavy perhaps. (Pattern-ish added!) on: March 28, 2007 04:12:31 PM
I am a student, that usually means poor. So my first sweater was of course on a budget. Made with one skein each of Bernat Super Saver with new and improved softness! Here goes.

Here it is on my bed, with the leftover yarn.








Yeah! It only took my about a week or so off and on and total cost, $9 or so CAD and the yarn leftover it technically cost less.  Grin


-Marie

Ok, here is the best attempt I got at a pattern-thing. If it sucks, let me know i'll do my best to explain better:


I used 2 Skeins of Bernat super saver, worsted weight.
You can use any worsted weight wool. And I used size 8, 24inch circs.
GAUGE
18 stitches/4 in stockinette stitch

I changed colour every 10 rows, and important* Change colour on a non-increase round.
This might not make sense now, but it will make sense later. With ten rounds, I ended one round on an increase (as in that round I increased), and the next round which will be just a knit round is when I changed colours.
DIRECTIONS:
 I cast on 92 stitches for the neckband to get the boat neck look and before I began the yoke, I decreased back to 84 (which is for size small) stitches. I knit in 3x2 rib for however long I wanted the neck to be (all personal preference)
For my sweater I actually knit for 9 rounds
YOKE:
Row 1: k 30 then placed a marker, k 12 placed a marker, k30 placed a marker, k 12 then placed the last marker. (This is going to separate the front body and back body from the sleeves.)
Row 2: Knit across

Row 3:  You will increase the first stich of the round (however you increase, typically you knit into the front and back-with help on doing this knitting help.com is a great site for instructions)
then *knit to 1 stitch before pm, increase, slide marker over to next needle, increase again.* knit to 1 stitch before end of round, Kf&b in that stitch. 
Basically, you are knitting to each marker, increasing, slipping the marker then increasing. (Before and after each marker) This will give you the raglan increasing for your arms. (I know it might seem confusing and trust me I was confused, but trust in the pattern, it actually just works out)

Round 4: Knit across

*Repeat rows 3 & 4 * approx. 21 times total. (I didnt actually do this, I just tried it on every now and then and it took me more than 21 times to get the two sleeve markers to meet under my arm)

Try on your work in progress by slipping the stitches to scarp yarn.
The sleeve markers have to meet under your arms, so you can add a few more increase rows if you need to, or if its too loose, then pull out a round or two.

Now, you knit to the first marker, slip the stitches between the two markers onto scrap yarn or stitch holders. These are your sleeve stitches well come back to those later.
      --cast on 2 (3, 4, 5) stitches to the right-hand needle, knit to next marker, slip stitches between marker to scrap yarn, cast on 2, (3, 4, 5) stitches to right-hand needle, knit to end of row.

BODY:
I knit until it was almost as long as I wanted it, then knit in 3x2 rib for about 2 inches or so, or until I felt it looked right.
***Side shaping***
When I did the side shaping I didnt take off the two place markers left after I put the sleeve stitches on scrap yarn. I left the two stitch markers that showed the sides of the sweater.

about 2 or 3 inches down from the armpit I started the waist shaping. All I did was knit to three stitches before the marker, K2tog, K1, slipped the marker, knit 1 then ssk.
I did that every 5 rows 4 or 5 times (Keep trying the sweater on- one of the most important things I learned) and it should be fine.

SLEEVES:  (Make Two)
I slipped the sleeve stitches onto DPNs. Im sure you could use circs, but I found that there werent enough stitches and it made it difficult, so DPNs worked for me.  I picked up 3 stitches (you can pick up less if there isnt a huge gap in between) (I didnt use place markers for the sleeves but you can) place a marker after the stitches picked up and knit in the round.
I decreased for the sleeves every 5th or so row, 9 or ten times, until I felt the sleeves were a good fit to my pathetic and limpy arms, if youre more muscular than me, keep trying it on and you may have to decease less.  Knit to 3 stitches before marker, K2tog, knit1, slip marker, knit1 and ssk. (This method worked for me, but Im not sure if there is a better way, that doesnt leave little lines in the knitting-if anyone knows of a better way, you can use it-and if you do, tell everyone else!)
*As I continued with the stripes I made sure to decrease on a knit round- I found it good to decrease on row 5, then again on row 10, then change colour)
I kept knitting until I was a little past my wrist, but thats only because I wanted long sleeves, then I began knitting in 3x2 rib for 20+ rounds for the cuff.
*Note*  this sweater looks great with sleeves I had to force myself to keep knitting the sleeves  : )

Not much else to it. You can weave in the loose threads which I still havnt done. Oops. Any questions, let me know.


P.S. Huge thanks to Knittyknitter, who posted the original pattern in the Beginner Raglan Knitalong! Shes awesome and so is her blog! Check it out!  Also for other sizes and other possible help, check out the KAL for the beginner raglan started by the wonderful knittyknitter herself.







13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Eiffel question? Help? on: March 14, 2007 07:15:03 PM
Hi all,
I just had two quick questions about Knitty's Eiffel. The pattern calls for hemp in a DK weight, for which I was hoping to substitute cotton. Its a worsted weight tho (the cotton). So, 1) Does cotton drape well? Or is good for nothing but dishcloths (If it doesn't work for Eiffel, I was kinda hoping I could maybe use it for "Lelah") anyways, and if I CAN use the cotton, do I just go up a needle size.. or two...? Any help or advice would be awesome Cheesy   Thanks!
-Marie
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ugh... raglan sweater help? on: February 23, 2007 06:41:49 PM
I recently (tonight) began my first attempt at a sweater. I found the pattern here in the knitalongs http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=152316.0
It says to repeat the increase rows for 21 rows and right now I have increased and knit 4 rounds or so. It seems that the sleeve part will be super big if I actually continue doing what the pattern says. Im not sure if I should just trust the pattern and keep going or not. I increased   one stitch before and after each stitch marker and Im kinda second guessing myself now. Any help or insight would be great. Its hard to figure out whats going on as the pattern lacks a picture.
Any help would be soooooooo appreciated.
Thanks so much.
-Marie
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The boyfriend wanted a skull scarf...... on: January 27, 2007 06:24:26 PM
My boyfriend saw the doubleknitted skull scarfposted by... [insert awesome craftster here] I apologize for not remebering.. but I am waaaay too tired. I'll find ittomorrow. Anyhow, he saw it and wanted a replica. Hopefully shes the blatant copying as flattery  Smiley  I started this before X-mas and it just took so bloody long. But I kept promising him I would finish it so voila! On to the pics



Isnt he cute? Kiss



Thanks Sabrinajl (I rembered)for an awesome scarf.The chart can be found http://www.sabrinajl.com/knitting/skullchart.gif
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cotton Sensation? on: November 05, 2006 01:10:56 PM
Hey all,
Currently want to step it up and try a complicated lace pattern, well, complicated to me is the dayflower lace scarf, good and well. I have cotton yarn, Lewiscraft cotton sensation to be exact. Im just not sure if this is a good material to use? If anyone has any lace scarf patterns that would be better to use this yarn then that would be great too. Pretty much any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
-Marie
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cast off in pattern? on: October 18, 2006 10:59:31 AM
I recently started this scarf found here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=27602.10
and its a great simple first lace project, but as for binding off in pattern  Im stuck. Its yo, knit 2 together, but I dont know how to figure out how to bind off doing so. Help? Please? Would be much appreciated. Thanks!
-Marie
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I think its safe to say Ive been busy (Pics) on: September 26, 2006 01:18:26 PM
I have been busy, mostly getting the family ready for winter.

In the last couple weeks Ive finished about 6 hats, a single, solitary mitten, a few scarves, attempted a shirt, but its still in the works and am currently finishing up Kirsten Dunst's Pithy hat. Whew.

A simple ribbed hat made for my boyfriend. He saw one in a store he thought looked cool so I made one. 


And My aunt really wanted a simple cabled hat, so I used the one in Stitch and Bitch Nation.




Its really big on me... which means it'll be huge on her. Guess I'll give it to my uncle and make her a new one.


And this was my first attempt at a top. Its strapless right now, but I think straps would be in my best interest as Im a tad top heavy. But Im pretty proud. Simple, knit in the round, no shaping works for me.



19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / New FO's....hot off (some still on) the needles. on: September 26, 2006 12:56:46 PM
Some new things Ive finished up... and some not so finished.
This cabled hat is based on "18 seconds before sunrise" cabled ear flap hat. Its lacking the ear flaps...not sure if Im going to add them or not.




This is the start of some matching mittens - well, one mitten. Still havnt finished the thumb. Had some trouble and have yet to get back to it.



And this is just a little hat for my aunt's new baby. Its supposed to be the bunny hat from Stitch and Bitch Nation, without the bunny part. My aunt said she'd prefer kitty ears or something, so I'll probably be doing that instead.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ribbing Decreasing? Help? on: August 21, 2006 06:52:03 PM
I know this is probably asked constantly, and I do promise that I spent quite a bit of time searching for this so as to not be repetitive, but alas, cant find any help. Im currently knitting a hat with 2X2 ribbing... and the decreasing confuses the hell outta me.   Huh    Most other topics posted had to do with 3X1 ribbing or something or other. So  if someone could help Id appreciate it soooo very much.
Thanks!
(P.S. Sorry this was so unnecessarily long)
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