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« on: October 28, 2006 04:30:15 PM »

I finally found time to weave in the ends of this sweater last night.   

Feels so good to finish something more substantial than yet another pair of socks Smiley

No pattern on this one.  I just designed it as I went, but it's not really an "original" design.  It's loosely based on my vague recollection of something I saw in a pattern book a few years ago (perhaps Filati ... perhaps Gedifra ... I can't recall).  The one in the book was a spring sweater, cotton in white and pastels and thinner striping up top, if my memory serves me right.  Mine is done with six semi-solid colors of sportweight superwash merino.  The bottom section uses a slip stitch pattern to create a slightly stiffer fabric that doesn't quite cling like a rib, but still creates a bit of narrowing effect at the waist.

Anyhow, it's done now and I'm reasonably happy with it.  More details on my blog:  http://fearlessfibers.blogspot.com.

Now on to something new!

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2006 05:06:30 PM »

Wow! It looks so comfy and the stripes and the bottom stitch pattern are super.

Crow Jane
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2006 12:35:18 AM »

Wow. That is great. I especially like the colours you chose; they compliment each other very nicely.

« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2006 02:01:07 AM »

Love the bottom half. Did you do it like a fair isle (with the colours stranding in the back) or an intarsia? I'm in lust over your bottom half. If you don't mind, can you take us through this process?
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2006 07:12:01 AM »

Hi Cranberry:

The slip stitch pattern at the bottom is knit FairIsle style, with the colors stranded across the back.  Here's how it works ...

Once youve knit a base row of Color A, proceed with the four-row pattern as follows (written here for knitting on straight needles, rather than in the round):

Row 1: With Color B, *K2, SL2* and repeat across
Row 2: Purl across, using colors A and B on stitches as they appear from the prior row

Continue rows 3 and 4 by dropping color A and introducing your next color, Color C, as follows:

Row 3: With Color C, *SL2, K2* and repeat across
Row 4: Purl across, using colors B and C on stitches as they appear from the prior row

Continue in this manner, beginning again with Row 1, dropping Color B from use and introducing a new color, Color D. You can continue introducing new colors as long as you like. I chose to use 6 colors for my sweater, so after introducing all six colors I cycled back around and reintroduced the first color again.

This may seem confusing, but if you try it with scraps of several colors over a small number of stitches, you will see how easy it is.  Also, it's much easier if you're knitting in the round because then you don't have to cut colors at the ends of rows all the time and re-introduce them later.  I knit the bottom of this sweater in the round just to avoid that.  No change in the pattern to knit it in the round, except of course that the all purl rows become all knit rows when knitting in the round.

I just LOVE a good slipstitch Smiley

- Deb aka Fearless Fibers

« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2006 12:24:23 PM »

*loves on fearlessfibers*

Oh thank you for that. It's fab. I'm going to get cracking on this as soon as I get my circulars.
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2006 06:12:35 PM »

I love it! The colors go great together. I wish I could do that..

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Will personal swap for Interweave Knits Winter '06! Please PM me if you have a copy!
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