Salut tout le monde! Moi je m'appelle Anjana, j'ai 20 ans, je viens des Etats-Unis mais je fais des études (et donc habite) à Paris cette année. J'adore tricoter - et pour les autres à Paris qui aime tricoter comme moi, voici qqch que j'ai trouvé sur Yahoo! Groupes (peut-être que vous le connaissez déjà - tant mieux!):
Thanks menehune, it's good to know that there's someone else in the same boat! Do you think you could post a picture of what you have so far? I can do the same so we can compare...
I tried contacting the Lion Brand help/support people, but they told me to ask Vogue knitting - but it's not a Vogue pattern, it's a Lion Brand pattern, so Vogue won't help me either! I told that to the Lion Brand people, so now I'm waiting for them to get back to me...
Also, and this is a more trivial question, how does the little collar-thing in the picture work? It looks like it's just folded over, but first of all, the garter ridges are going in what seems to be the wrong direction, and secondly, I'm having trouble when I try to fold the top of my (unfinished) cape to get the same effect. Menehune, or anyone else making this piece - have you encountered this little problem too?
I vote "knit." Although I guess "knitted" is useful for emphasizing that you did it in the past (for what reason you would need to emphasize that, I really do not know). But when I hear "knitted" (especially the way Americans usually pronounce it, with a "d" sound instead of a "t" sound), I just want to say "knittededededed......" - because I'm cool like that.
But usually I would just avoid the issue entirely: "I MADE that kickin' rad sweater!"
Yeah, I know that's what the pattern says... but the problem is that that final length of 27" seems too short (it would only reach about to my hips, while it's supposed to reach to my knee) - and like I said, when it tells me to continue until the piece measures 17.5", I can't, because the piece already measures more than 17.5", you know? So this is why I'm confused, and starting to think it's a pattern typo...
It says, "Cont to work inc rows... until there are 146 sts". So I've just reached 146 sts. Then, it says, "work even... until piece measures 17.5" from beg". Problem is, the piece already measures over 18" from beg!!! The next instruction is to work dec rows "until piece measures 22" from beg," and then to continue for another 5 inches, so that the final measurement is 27".
In the photo, the cape comes pretty much to the model's knee. However... I don't know about you guys, but 27" from the top of my back is nowhere near long enough to reach my knee. Also, the pattern calls for 5 skeins of yarn, and I've used 1.5ish to get to the 18" mark - which leads me to believe that getting to 27" won't come close to using up 5 whole skeins of yarn.
So I need your help, craftsters! What do I do? If anyone has made this, or hasn't made it but wants to share some knitting wisdom anyway, I would really appreciate any help I can get!
The only idea I've had so far is that maybe it's a typo-of-sorts, and that they're 10" off in their measurements. That would make the cape 37" long total, which, for me, seems much closer to the length it should be (i.e. it would hit at the knee). So maybe where I'm supposed to knit until it's 17.5", I should knit until it's 27.5", etc... I don't know. Help! Please!
Someone please tell me it's not as scary as it looks.....
It's not as scary as it looks! The cables on it are just about as simple as cables get. In my opinion, the hardest part is just keeping track of which round you're on (which is why I don't recommend trying to watch a movie while making this - I found that one out the hard way!). Good luck
The second one I just sorta made up. It's basically a whole bunch of yo, k2togs. The cool thing about it is that it's reversible: the inside and the outside look sort of different, but I like them both, so 2 hats in 1! Just like that Spice Girls song....
Here's the detail of one side....
...and the other side
It's kind of hard to see in the pics, so you'll just have to take my word for it that they're different
Oh and btw they're both knit in Simply Soft from Michael's, which is soft (like, duh ) and cheap and has a really pretty sheen to it - in short, my (and my wallet's) new favorite yarn!
I'm glad you guys like them! It's great to get reinforcement from fellow craftsters
ultraviolet & littleone1098: I used wire I got at my local bead store - no name brand or anything. I don't know jack about different kinds of wire, so I'll just tell you what it says on the package: "SS/40 Half Hard Sterling Fill Wire (with copper core); 30 gauge (0,25mm)." Hope that's what you needed to know!
treasurecat: It was actually easy - the hardest (i.e. most annoying) part was threading all those damned tiny beads on that damned tiny wire. But other that that, it's totally something you can do while watching tv or whatever. And no, it didn't hurt
niney: That looks great! Isn't it nice when two loves come together like that? Like how chocolate and ice cream came together to make chocolate ice cream... mmmm....
gloriana: This is so simple that it hardly warrants a tutorial. Here's the basic idea: First, you need to thread a bunch of beads onto the wire. Then cast on one - which just means make a slip knot on your needle. Knit into the front & back of the stitch (2 st), knit a row, then knit into the front and back of each stitch (4 st) (for the necklace, I only increased once on that row, to get 3 st instead of 4). Then just knit in garter stitch until it's long enough, then k2tog k2tog (2 st), knit a row, k2tog (1 st), then cut the wire and pull it through the remaining stitch. Then you can fix whatever clasps you want to the ends. The beading part comes in like this: slide 3 beads (or however many you want) up to the needle every time you make a stitch, so that as you bring the wire around they get caught in the stitch and stay there. For the bracelet, I did that the whole way along; for the necklace, only on the center bit, as you can see in the photo. I hope that all makes sense - let me know if it doesn't Oh, and just for reference I used pretty thin wire (see the specs above) and US 10 needles.
People knit with all kinds of stuff, right? So the fact that I knit a bracelet and a choker out of thin wire and seed beads isn't too weird, right? Yeah, I didn't think so...
Here's the choker:
And here's the bracelet:
They're gifts for a friend's birthday, modeled here by my flatmate Alison. (Thanks Alison!) This was a total experiment, and I originally thought it would look a bit more orderly, but I like the way it turned out - sort of organic but with a dash of glam, don't you think? Yay for not knitting with yarn!
Thanks for all the feedback At this point, I've decided that I'm just too lazy to go back and add elastic or anything to the sweater, so I'll just have to keep fiddling with it as I wear it. But if I ever make another one for someone else or whatever, I'll definitely take you guys up on that suggestion. Thanks again!