Okey doke, here are the finished pics of my Wicked. I LOVE this sweater, it meets my two criteria for knitted items: I knit it if I can't buy it in a store, and it also has to be something if I could buy, I would. I love the color, I wanted the Artyarns that they recommended, but for the price, this color match was too good to pass up, it's Cascade 220 Heathers collection.
I also wanted to add that I am about a 36 C, I think my bust is probably around 37 inches, and I made the 32-35inch size. That number of sleeve increases was perfectly fine for me. I did pick up 2 stitches when I knit the arms, but I don't think I really needed to (I do it so as not to have any underarm holes). Just fyi, it might run a teeny bit big.
What kind of pattern do you normally like? I don't care for leafy lace, but I did really like Monkey from Knitty. I finished a pair of those and then started on Hedera (from Knitty too). I was having a lot of trouble with it for some reason, so I sort of made up my own 10 st repeat based on that and another sock- I just did: k into the back of a stitch, p2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1, k1, psso, p2, and repeat. I used 60 st on size ones, it was a bit small, but then I started over with 70 and it's fine. Really difficult to see from the pic, but maybe you can get an idea. I really liked it.
I would probably do this top down, so I'm thinking I can just knit straight and then when I get to the ribbing, change needle size and knit the ribbing- but do I need to do some decreases where it meets? What if I just k2tog all the way around and then did ribbing? Anyone have any ideas or seen similar projects?
My LYS carries their own line, and one of the products is a gorgeous worsted weight silk. I bought two hanks in a great pale aqua color, about 250 yds. Not sure what I want to do with it. I was thinking about a scarf with a looser gauge, a simple lace pattern, but wondered if you had any other fabulous suggestions? Or suggestions of other projects? Here's the yarn and color, hopefully this pic works.
All righty, finished one and a half- here's pics of the first one. MAN, it is HARD to take pictures of your own feet and do these socks justice. They are gorgeous, this pattern was so fun and easy- and stunning! I was a bit worried the yarn was too dark to really show off the pattern, and I think in pics it is, but in person, it's really pretty!
Alright, I finished! I took these pics before blocking, and now it looks even better. I really, really like it. Haven't decided what ribbon to use for the neck, this gingham is a stand in that I had for my daughter's hairbows.
Sorry so dark (and cut off top!!!! GRR, Shutterfly)
I wanted to show you a progress pic, so you could get an idea, it's really easy if you want to keep at it! LOL, excuse the obvious bra and obviously I need to clean this bathroom mirror!
Closer view of the neck, it's a little snug but will be find after a good block.
Hopefully I can finish the sleeves in the next day or two. I am also finding that the yardage is WAY off, in my favor. I'm only on my fourth ball of Decadence- 120 yds/ ball, and I'm on pace to use only 5 balls- about 600 yds- it called for almost 900!
This sweater is from the Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk pattern book, it's knit from side to side in one piece. You could easily use this pattern to shorten the sleeves and add the ribbed detail on the cuff. I got the book from a LYS, I'm sure you can order it online. I haven't made it yet, or I'd at least give you an idea on how to craft the pattern. I still need a pattern, I can't quite start my own from scratch. Here's what the book looks like:
I made these a while back but never posted them to the thread since it was pretty far down. Since it's still going strong, I'll add mine! I made one for me, and one for my daughter- 3 balls of Debbie Bliss Superbulky Cashmerino. It's sooo soft. I had EXACTLY enough yarn to finish mine, save about a yard. Talk about nervous!