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« Reply #210 on: March 23, 2007 02:04:25 AM »

I finished the Buttony Sweater yesterday and I'm quite pleased with it. It took 10 skeins of Sandnesgarn Alfa and I used 6mm circular needles. I bought the buttons yesterday and after some hesitation I decided to buy wooden buttons. I almost did buy plastic ones in the same color as the sweater because I was worried the pale wooden ones would be too striking, but then I reminded myself that the reason I loved this sweater so much and wanted to knit it were the buttons, so I bought the wooden ones and I'm totally happy with them now.

The pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/villapeikko/431212428/
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« Reply #211 on: March 23, 2007 04:10:57 AM »

your sweater looks amazing! I love the color.
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« Reply #212 on: March 23, 2007 09:49:20 AM »

wow stitcheees that totally rocks! and it looks great on you! Nice to make something that works! So would you use the yarn again? Do you want another buttony sweater?
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« Reply #213 on: March 23, 2007 12:10:41 PM »

I think those buttons are perfect for the sweater. It looks fab!
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« Reply #214 on: March 23, 2007 04:16:02 PM »

Stitchees, it's absolutely gorgeous and looks great on you! Congratulations! Smiley

I haven't taken any progress pictures yet, I'll try to get on it this weekend. I've just joined the front and back pieces. I totally overestimated how much I had to increase so I ended up having to take out a few rows when I realized my sleeves were too big. Anyway, I have two questions, if you all don't mind helping me out just a little bit more.

1. I'm looking at where the sleeves stitches are and where they meet the body and it seems like there's going to be a big hole there in the underarm when I knit the sleeves. What's up with that? Have I made a mistake or is this just something I don't know about since it's my first sweater?

2. For those of you who added body shaping, how did you do that? I don't expect a full pattern or anything! I was just hoping someone might have some basic guidelines to point me in the right direction. I figure I'll have to decrease/increase and whatnot, but do I do it as I try it on like the sleeve increases, or there something more specific I can start with? I don't want to get too much further until I have an idea of what I should do next.

I'm sorry to be so needy but I'm just trying to figure this sweater business out as I go along. Thanks so much for all your help, you guys are the best!
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« Reply #215 on: March 23, 2007 07:15:52 PM »

1. I'm looking at where the sleeves stitches are and where they meet the body and it seems like there's going to be a big hole there in the underarm when I knit the sleeves. What's up with that? Have I made a mistake or is this just something I don't know about since it's my first sweater?

I always have that issue with top-down raglans. I usually just pick up 2 stitches and work them into the decreasing pattern.

2. For those of you who added body shaping, how did you do that? I don't expect a full pattern or anything! I was just hoping someone might have some basic guidelines to point me in the right direction. I figure I'll have to decrease/increase and whatnot, but do I do it as I try it on like the sleeve increases, or there something more specific I can start with? I don't want to get too much further until I have an idea of what I should do next.

I increased every 8 rows... I worked my decreases for the body in like a line down from the armpit, by just placing stitch markers. I k2tog/ssk for my decreases.

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« Reply #216 on: March 23, 2007 11:54:40 PM »

Thank you all so much for your comments!  Cheesy

Silver Ilix, I would definitely use that yarn again. When somebody here mentioned a short-sleeved version of buttony, I thought that would be a nice little summer cardigan. So maybe I will make another buttony some day, in cotton and short-sleeved. I haven't had time to thank ohmystars for this fabulous pattern but I will.

Or, if ohmystars happens to read this: thank you for the pattern, it was easy to follow and I really loved making the sweater! Thank You!

100Bean, I had the same issue with the sleeves also. Here's what I did: when you start knitting the sleeves, you'll start another ball of yarn. I left a long tail of yarn at that point. When the sleeves were ready, I used that same tail of yarn to sew the hole up.

I started the body shaping when I was almost under the chest. I had stitch markers on both sides. I decreased 2 sts at both sides every 6 rows like this: ssk, k1, slip marker, k1, k2tog. I decreased 4 times like this. After that i increased 2 sts at both sides exactly the same way: every 6 rows, four times.

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« Reply #217 on: March 24, 2007 04:46:20 AM »

stitcheees i love it! it looks great on you, the color and buttons are great too! what kind of yarn it was?
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« Reply #218 on: March 24, 2007 08:47:17 AM »

Well, I did, arguably, more waist shaping than anyone else, so I suppose this is a good time to put in my own two cents.  After joining the body pieces at the underarm, I knit ten rows, then I decreased (ssk, k1, slip marker, k1, k2tog) every four rows at the imaginary side seams.  I did this until it reached my waist and it was as narrow as I wanted it - twenty decreases - then I knit five rows without shaping.  Next, I increased every right side row (m1, k1, slip marker, k1, m1) twenty times, and then I increased every sixth row until I hit the bottom hem - six times.

Two things, though: my gauge is twice as small as the gauge in the pattern, and I may have used more waist shaping than you want.  If you want that much waist shaping, I suggest dividing my numbers by two, otherwise, you could do less shaping in roughly the same ratios.  For example, you could do shaping at the same row numbers half as many times.  I hope this makes sense.

Here's a (washed-out) shot of the waist/hip area of my sweater:



And the holes at the underarm: when I joined to knit the sleeve, I added four stitches in the underarm and incorporated them into the sleeve decreases.  Again, you may want to cut my numbers in half.
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« Reply #219 on: March 24, 2007 10:22:12 AM »

Holy cow - I can't believe how much help you guys just gave me! You all are so incredibly awesome.

I'm about three rows past where the arms are split off (I'm glad to know it's not my mistake that there's a hole there, and that I'll be able to take care of it later) so I reckon I have at least a few rows to go before I have to decrease anything. I'll try it on after I get a wee bit further and use all your input to see what would be best for mine.

Okia - what weight yarn did you use to make yours? I've been thinking that (if I can get past all the stuff I have to learn for this one!) a dk-weight summery one would be nice. It seems to me I'd just have to figure out how much to cast on and then basically do the same as I'm doing now (but with a lot more stitches), but maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself. Smiley

Thanks again, all you guys, you have no idea how much you've helped me!
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