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Topic: $5 in Paris KAL (pattern included)--The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan  (Read 197914 times)
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jewells68
« Reply #820 on: June 11, 2008 07:43:33 PM »

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.   Wink

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...
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« Reply #821 on: June 12, 2008 09:27:51 AM »

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.


I think---  Good idea!  Even if you're not sure you're ready to tackle waist-shaping yet... ribbing IS waist-shaping Grin
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« Reply #822 on: June 13, 2008 06:03:07 PM »

I totally think that is a great idea can't wait to see it. The armhole thing... well you will probalby be doing some skaping ther anyway, so hey why the heck not!?! I also think that bigger is better than too tight! Great colour..
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« Reply #823 on: June 13, 2008 06:14:22 PM »

I love top down raglans!  They're so easy, minimal seaming, and endless possibilities!

Here is one I just finished for my nephew (he's due in late August, the baby shower is next week).  I used Lion Brand Cotton Ease (which they seem to have re-done)...normally I'm a yarn snob but since he's it'll get spit up on, needs to be easily washable, and he'll grow out of it fast...I was impressed at how soft and nice this yarn felt.  It knit up very quickly, took less than one skein of each color with more than enough to make a matching hat (although the hat will probably fit him right when he's born, and he'll grow into the sweater for winter/spring.  There are two buttonholes at the neck, I need to add buttons.




I also started a top down raglan for myself.  It's Rowan Cashcotton DK in "Pool", I LOOOVE the yarn.   It's a boat neck, simple eyelet pattern, I'm going to shape it nicely, 3/4 length sleeves, and probably add a hoodie-style pocket.

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« Reply #824 on: June 13, 2008 06:20:35 PM »

Oh I really like that eyelet pattern. So girly, which we all need sometimes. AND BABY KNITS! I'm such a sucker for baby knits, but I'm too young to have any friends who are having one. Makes me jealous when everyone else gets to make baby things and I don't Smiley
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« Reply #825 on: June 13, 2008 09:12:54 PM »

Oh I really like that eyelet pattern. So girly, which we all need sometimes. AND BABY KNITS! I'm such a sucker for baby knits, but I'm too young to have any friends who are having one. Makes me jealous when everyone else gets to make baby things and I don't Smiley

Those are the first two baby knits I've ever made.  I have plenty of bits o' stash, mainly a few leftover skeins here and there that are just enough for a baby garment, reserved for when I or a fellow knitter has a baby (and as far as I'm concerned...not until I'm at least 34, so I've got another 7 yrs to go...ha ha).  However, I don't trust my brother and his fiancee to properly wash and care for soy/wool/silk blends, cotton/angora/9% cashmere, etc.  So...little Ian will have to settle for Lion Brand. 
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jewells68
« Reply #826 on: June 14, 2008 06:42:11 AM »

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).
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« Reply #827 on: June 14, 2008 12:14:02 PM »

jewells68- Totally would knit for charity if I could find the time. Being a full time student working will kill you. All of my spare time goes to crafting for swaps. I know, I'm terrible.

But seeing as this semester I'm going to be on campus for like 12+ hours every day, I'm sure downtime will happen at some point. I'll just have to take up making premie caps again.
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« Reply #828 on: June 14, 2008 01:32:55 PM »

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...
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« Reply #829 on: June 15, 2008 10:28:02 AM »

rachillsk8 - I LOVE the sweater for your nephew!  I would love a basic pattern for my girl.  Do you remember how many you cast on and how you divided for front/arms/back?  How did you know how far to increase?  Thanks!
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