I started my raglan this afternoon and I'm halfway through the arm increases. I'm thinking about keeping it at the original 7 because I'm using size 9 needles. I'm debating on threading scrap yarn in and trying it on to determine if I need more increases. I really don't want to as it's incredibly time-consuming and bothersome. Should I spend the hour and do it?
If you have another circular handy why not slip those stitches onto the circular? It will be faster to slip them back onto your working needle then if you were to slip them onto yarn instead (I tried it both ways while working my increases). I used size 8 for the ribbing and size 9 for the rest of the sweater, and it seems a bit too roomy after 12 arm increases but 7 was definitely not enough for me. Every body is different, so trying it on is key to a decent fit. It you are having to stretch the stitches quite a bit to make them meet under your arm do a couple more increase rounds and try it on again.
I'm seriously convinced that I really ought to join this. After seeing the amazing results, my courage has been built up to attempt this. However, while I can easily access the yarn, I'm not so sure that the needles will be as easy of a find. I'm not going to lie, the pattern seems incredibly daunting. I've only ever attempted socks and hats but nothing of this caliber.
If you can knit hats and socks you can knit this. Seriously. The only uncerntainty I've had is knowing when to stop the arm increases (I ended up doing 12 instead of the 7 in the original pattern, but I'm a ladies size 12-14 and rather busty). Just go for it! I only wish I had realized how easy a top-down sweater like this was years ago. I'd own a closet full of variations by now if only I hadn't been afraid to try before now...
Totally understand where you're coming from, I used to work three part time jobs that added up to essenially working full time while going to school full-time (no one could give me enough hours in one job), but that was a long time ago. However, now I work full-time and am a wife and mom, so I don't really have much more down-time than when I was in school, some days/weeks if I didn't have at least one knitting project with me at all times I would never get any knitting done!
I want to crank this blanket out quickly, though so I can finish my sweater. I may have to alternate because both are repetitive and can get boring. Time to "force myself" to tay up a little later and watch a movie I think.
After this sweater I think it's time to switch back to socks for a while during summer. It's too hot to be working on large projects! Or some other small gift knitting for the holidays, and get it done early for a change...
I just wanted to pop in and say I taught myself from Silver's dpns sock tutorial, her instructions are really clear and make it easy, so I would highly recommend her tutorials to anyone who's been afraid to try socks so far...y'all should definitely give it a go!
I love the color too, it's one of my favorites (as is the purple on the tshirt underneath). I went ahead and started the ribbing, but before I could do so, I switched back to the smaller needle that I used for the neck ribbing and knit a round , making sure to K2tg once in each underarm section, otherwise the ribbing would not have come out right due to two too many stitches. Maybe that slight decrease will also help a tiny bit with the shaping as well.
I like to knit baby things as well, so whenever someone at work has a baby (or grandbaby) and I find out about it I usually knit something up quick like a cotton bib or baby hat and socks. But it's a great user-upper of leftover yarns.
If you don't have any babies to knit for stitchandstones, and want to knit baby things, you could always knit for charity...definitely a good use for leftover yarn.
I'm temporarily de-railed from the sweater making a quick-knit throw for a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation charity auction (my boss is the local group's chair).
Ok, so no one else is posting on this thread anymore, I apparently have a great skill for driving away everyone on every thread I join.
Anyway I thought I'd post a pic of how far I'd gotten after less than 3 full weeks of knitting...
I made the L, and decided to go with a single color, because horizontal stripes are NOT my friends. I am thinking this will fit pretty loosely, and because it's acrylic won't shrink. I'll know better when it's completely off the needles, but I'm thinking I did too many armhole increases, the armholes are quite huge! Better too big than too small, right? I mean I can always take it in if I have to... I've only done one other sweater, the Pretty in Pink Tank Knitalong here on Craftster, so this is my first top-down, and I really liked the process so far.
I need advice though, I'm thinking of going ahead and starting the ribbing now even though I'm nowhere near the bottom yet, because it will make it pull in more and look more fitted. What do you think? Bad Idea? Good idea? Not sure I'm ready to tackle waist-shaping yet...
wakeupdonnie, it's looking very nice, I like the color!
I too was already thinking about trying a striped one next, either black and grape or grape and limelight. Just out of curiousity, did you cast on for the M or for even a smaller size? I'm just trying to gauge size for myself. I cast on for the L and while the boatneck seems really huge, the armholes do not and so I've done 9 arm increases already. Either I'm not getting how we're supposed to know when we're done increasing for arms or I have really huge shoulders and arms.
Oh, and I think short sleeves look great on this sweater. In fact, I was thinking of doing them just a few inches and then just an inch or so of ribbing in maybe an even smaller needle size to make the sleeves poof a bit.
Ok, I've decided to cast on this evening for the $5 in Paris version of this. After seeing everyone else's posts, I think I'm prob in between a M and a L, so I'm casting on the L, but may not switch to the size 9 needles for the body of the sweater. I'll see how the top is going before I make up my mind. I just know I don't want it tight. It's really hard to judge from just pictures though.
I didn't have a full unopened skein of any Simply Soft in a color I'd want this in, so I ran today to Michaels and bought two new skeins of "blue mint", which is actually a bright turquoise color that I LOVE, and I have probably another skein's worth in my bucket of leftovers just in case two skeins isn't enough. Also, I'm going with a solid color rather than stripes to have one less thing to worry about (plus horizontal stripes are NOT my friend).
My 11yo dd is modeling. ALthough the sweater does actually fit me, it just looks wonky on me, so I'm going to let the model have it. However, she's obviously not a 40" chest, and the back is awfully low on her.
So I decided to make an additional strap exactly the same as called for in the pattern, only shorter, and put it across the back to keep the straps from falling off her.
So, this was a very easy knit, but I have some issues. I chose the M (40-42" bust). I think I made the straps too long, even on me they are so low a bra would show, and my girls need a bra, no question about that. The size I knit called for 11" straps. Those were too short, so I kept knitting to 13". Apparently that was too long. Also, the pattern didn't really give any instructions on attaching the straps, so I guessed, and I think I should have moved them a little more toward the middle of the back. Also, the bind offs were all in knit stitch. While I think that works for the front, and makes for a very nice edge there, I think it would fit better if you bind off the back ribbing in the actual ribbing stitch. It would give a little more. In addition, I would like the straps to be a little wider. Oh, and when you start working on the straps, the count the pattern gives for the bindoffs to start the strap sections is off, at least for this size anyway. I followed it exactly because, being my first sweater, I though I should trust in the pattern, but you end up with the straps not matching up symmetrically over the ribbing.
So if I make another for myself, I would pick the same size, but would make some alterations. I would increase a couple of times on each side when you start the stockinette area on the front, I would move the straps in from the side more toward the middle and would make them a tad wider. The cast on amount was perfect for the ribbed body however. Oh, and I would try to make the straps the right length. I still may shorten them for my dd, but the cross strap I added helps tremendously. I would take them in until I wash it however as it may shrink a bit.
All in all, I am pleased with the end result, even if I don't get to wear it myself. And now I can finally say I knit my first sweater. Now I just have to decide what to knit next!