katiewill, your sweater looks amazing! And it looks so much better on you than in the book picture! I've been afraid to make this sweater because in the picture the underbust lines made the model's boobs look saggy (I thought) but your boobs look fantastic! (hmm, hope you don't mind the excessively personal comment!)
Melidomi: You made my day!!! Thanks so much! I am pretty self-conscious about my boobs at the moment (new baby feeding and all) so I'm pretty stoked that someone thinks they look good! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Thanks! The facing on the neck was actually really easy. The part I had trouble with that you might want to watch out for was when I was attaching the sleeves. I had to rip out half of my first seam because I was stretching out the ribbing as I stitched so the sleeve was going to be WAY too wide. I highly recommend seaming with the pieces lying as flat as possible next to each other so they don't stretch. Can't wait to see yours, jpants! (I had a bonus of a 5 hour drive to and from a wedding to knit a sleeve and a half otherwise I'd probably be with you).
Great job! It's really lovely. Did you make the size that would fit your bust measurement?
Thanks again! Yes, I made the size for my bust measurement (my boobs are not looking their best thanks to the new baby in my house--when I can wear a better bra this sweater will look even better). I could probably have gotten away with making the medium instead of the large, though my bust measurement is definately in the large department, though.
I have finally finished my Pinup Queen! She's a little bigger than anticipated and, again there's an itchiness issue, but oh well. It's warm and it's pretty and I'm proud of myself for all of that shaping!
For my fellow busty lasses, I would recommend if you're making a larger size to accomodate boobs, then I would alter the pattern to make the armholes smaller, JMO.
hey, katiewill, thanks for the quick reply! i think i figured out what i did wrong with the border stitches...when it says on the RS rows to do 5 border stitches, that threw me off and i interpreted it as the k,p,k,p,k pattern that is supposed to be on the WS rows only....what you're supposed to do is just knit 5, ssk, knit to last 7, k2tog, and then knit the last 5. the pattern could be a little clearer, but oh well, it worked out! thanks again!
You're absolutely right, bitter-girl. Putting out a book is tough. And I do want to support Knitty so I won't be returning my copy of KnitWit or anything. In fact, I will be lending KnitWit to a friend of mine who wants to learn to knit so she will have a reference at home with her if she has questions. Just because KnitWit didn't exactly meet my needs/wants as a knitter doesn't mean it's a bad book or that it won't help out others.
And I look forward to thumbing through your book when it's released as well... I always love new knitting books!
1. first of all the border stitches which looked fine in the first 13 rows of the pocket now do not look like nice neat ribbing but rather like seed stitch-ish...i have been following the pattern exactly as written. did anyone else have this happen or did i just read it wrong? maybe i'll just frog it and make it work out right (but ....feeling lazy....all that work, gone!)
2. and also, my question numero 2 is when you knit the pocket stitches to the main body, what happens to the yarn you used to knit the pocket (ie the seperate skien of A)? do you just tie a knot and weave in later or what?
1. It is not really a ribbed border pattern. Mine came out pretty seed-y as well, but now that it's everywhere on my finished sweater, I actually really like it.
2. I don't reallly remember what I did here, but I am pretty sure I just cut the thread and weaved it in later.
I preordered Knit Wit and received it over the weekend. Although I also like Knitty, and was not particularly aware that so many of the projects were available online, I am somewhat disappointed by the book anyway.
I like the idea: with the stand alone spiral binding. I like a couple of the patterns (water bottle holder and the felted cylindrical bag that I don't remember the name of) and my hubby found one of the patterns and has requested that I make it for him eventually. I'm keeping the book for those three patterns only (that, and I find it's often too much of a hassle returning things to Amazon). I found that most of the patterns are either too simple for me, like the many scarfs that rely on the yarn to make them stand out, or that they are too specific-- a yoga bag holder, an ice cream pint cozy, or a walkman holder (yes, for cassettes).
And though I don't really need instruction, I looked through the instructional section anyway, and found that it has a really good discussion of the different yarn types and uses, but lacks a lot of the more in-depth discussion I enjoyed in SnB. I don't think there is even a section on increasing and decreasing, which I found somewhat problematic.
Anyway, my verdict is that I regret buying the book, but having done so, will find a use for it. Maybe one of my friends who wants to learn to knit could use it...
I made my 1st sweater the hoodie this summer and made it with $4 a skein superwash from Elann.com. It is itchier than I had hoped for, but I have found several other quality yarns through Elann at discounted prices. I also think JoAnn's online is having a yarn sale at the moment so you might want to check them out. As far as specifics go, I'm sorry I don't have more suggestions, but I feel your pain and wish you luck with your search!
Thanks for the pattern notes, amped! I really like your result though. I have purchased yarn for this, but it is still 2 projects out, so it'll be a bit before I get to this one (still working on my pinup queen's sleeves and then i have a windy city scarf planned for christmas) but I really do appreciate your notes. It will make my result all the more wearable when I do get there!
How do you do the X-O's? I like those even better than the simple cable in the book!