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Topic: First sweater that I WANT to wear in public!  (Read 12445 times)
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heatherxxll
« Reply #30 on: February 26, 2007 07:53:25 AM »

Aack! thanks so much for your wonderful comments! I didn't expect that there would be this many.

Okay, here's the dealio on the pattern book: I think copyrights last for 50 years, right...or am I totally wrong? Since this was printed in the 70's it should still be under copyright.

But I have googled and googled and searched ebay and come up with NO RESULTS on this book. So with good intentions (patterns this great should not be lost! plus the book is getting kind of tattered) I have photographed each page and will be posting them on my photobucket account (NOT HERE) shortly.

I want to be respectful and all, but if there is not even a way to acquire the patterns legally, what's the point in keeping them hidden away?
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jezzyloo
« Reply #31 on: February 26, 2007 08:07:17 AM »

I know you said you want to make it in something nicer, but how does the softee chunky feel for a sweater? It's one of my favorite bargain yarns, and I've been wondering how it would be for knitting a wearable garment other than gloves or hats
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heatherxxll
« Reply #32 on: February 26, 2007 08:11:00 AM »

I know you said you want to make it in something nicer, but how does the softee chunky feel for a sweater? It's one of my favorite bargain yarns, and I've been wondering how it would be for knitting a wearable garment other than gloves or hats

Softee Chunky makes a non-itchy sweater. Lightweight and warm too, so I actually recommend it if you do not mind acrylic. I'm not sure how it washes up though.
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jezzyloo
« Reply #33 on: February 26, 2007 08:14:05 AM »

Thanks! My grandma gave me a whole stack of old knitting and crochet magazines dating back to the 60's and 70's that a friend gave her. I've had my eye on a few sweaters, and I now have encouragement to dive in Smiley
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heatherxxll
« Reply #34 on: February 26, 2007 08:22:46 AM »

I just posted this last night in the completed objects and was referred to this board, I had no idea this contest was going on! Anyway, I knitted the sweater on the left:



from this pattern book:



Here is the finished result:



My modifications: I used Bernat Softee Chunky instead of Lopi, Lopi is beautiful but has to be the scratchiest fiber I have ever come across. I could never imagine the torture of wearing a Lopi skirt, haha...

I went down from the recommended size 10 needle to size 9 for the body, and size 8 for the sleeves to fit my tiny arms.

The pattern said to inc 2 stitches for every inch you knit in the sleeves until you reach 48 stitches. Huuuuge. After getting to 36 stitches, I stopped increasing. I also added about 4 inches to each sleeve length. Knitting sleeves on DPN's is the most wonderful thing, as you can slip it on as you go and see how it looks/fits.

The neck looked a little wonky so I added 5 rows of ribbing around the neckband.

That's it! The whole thing was knit in the round, no seams, chunky gauge, super easy and I love the end result!
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theknitnkitn
« Reply #35 on: February 26, 2007 08:37:41 AM »

that is awesome! i love the colors and the style...it's totally mod and sexy. great work!
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april_cocaine
« Reply #36 on: February 26, 2007 09:23:54 AM »

i love it! the colour combo is great, and it's very flattering too.
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karenology
« Reply #37 on: February 26, 2007 10:42:04 AM »

Wow, I love this sweater!  The colors you chose make it look so kicky and retro.  Eagerly awaiting the pattern Cheesy
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tragicheroine
« Reply #38 on: February 26, 2007 10:56:50 AM »

You made it so modern just by the colour choices! Really great job, I love it.
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honeydew
« Reply #39 on: February 26, 2007 12:10:02 PM »

neat patterns, and I love how yours came out! Smiley  I think the sweater on the right would have made a cool minidress as well.
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