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« on: August 08, 2007 04:18:40 PM »

At some point in my stash-acquiring career, falling victim to the "Shiny, Colorful Stuff for $1!" syndrome, I picked up a couple balls of Moda Dea Cache in the color "Gypsy." 

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Many months later, I had a vision of this:




But I am far too modest to ever wear a cropped sweater in public... so I thought, "Why not add some lace?"... and this monstrosity was born:




Action shot- as an added bonus, J.S. Bach will be covering my face (because mine looked ridiculous)




I have no idea why I left the collar open; I'll probably put a button there or something eventually. 
 

Just in case anyone's curious, the other yarn used was some Lionbrand wool in "Dark Teal" leftover from another project.

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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2007 04:35:48 PM »

I like what you did with it.  I normally don't like that yarn, but your top is quite cute.  And I know what you mean about cheap yarn syndrome.  I have to hold myself back sometimes and ask, "Am I ever going to make anything with this?"
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2007 04:39:51 PM »

I think that looks good! The colors go well together.
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2007 04:40:37 PM »

I have to say, I'm not fond of the glitzy part... but the basic shape of the sweater is very nice!  (And Bach is freaking me out a little bit... )   Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2007 05:11:08 PM »

I'm pleasantly surprised by this. I think it's really cute, and the lace panel really adds something.
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2007 05:12:00 PM »

every monstrosity has some beauty underneath, and that's the coolest monstrosity i've seen all day  Smiley

what part of louisiana do you live in? i'm from "da berry" lol (new iberia) it brightens my day to see other craftsters down in the boot lol.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2007 06:48:19 PM »

It looks so great on you!  and the colors go well together.  I love that teal.  I'd wear that monstoristy.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2007 06:53:08 PM »

I'm pleasantly surprised by this. I think it's really cute, and the lace panel really adds something.

I agree!  When I read the Moda Dea yarn I was sure I wouldn't like it, but you did a fabulous job with this and I would wear this sweater!
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2007 07:05:34 PM »

haha! i bought some moda dea yarn, too, when i started knitting! yours is much better though. mines like a bright red furry kind of stuff. it was like 5 balls for $3.50.....at least i didn't spend much, but now what do i do with it?

your solution is genius! the sweater actually turned out great....cute and very wearable, and the bonus -- the feeling that your stash is that much smaller. way to go!
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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2007 08:53:35 PM »

I like the look of this a lot; I'm also thinking of making a sweater with that kind of slinky deep rib thing covering the waist and lower torso, and then puffing out just a little above that (kind of 1930s/1940s look). It looks very cute on you (or on our musical friend, I should say).
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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2007 12:03:51 AM »

Ooh, I really like it. It looks a bit like one of the patterns in Fitted Knits, and as usual I am blanking on the name.
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2007 01:40:20 AM »

That looks a lot better on you than it does off, if you see what I mean Cheesy

I bought loads of fuzzy synthetic yarn when I first started knitting. It didn't take long to work out that if you're going to use it at all, it's best used along with something plain.
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« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2007 02:01:03 PM »

Thanks for all of the comments, you guys!   I'm not usually one to wear anything that annoyingly colorful, but the yarn needed to be used.

lady_cyanide, I'm not too far away!  I'm in Lafayette for now trying to finish school, though I'm not originally from here.  I grew up south of New Orleans, and moved there for college, but well, we all know how that story goes.  I've really gotten to like this area though.   Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2007 03:29:02 PM »

oh that's awesome! i'll be moving there next semester and going to ul. doing the community college thing right now, but i'm running out of classes to take..time to upgrade lol. did you know they opened up a new yarn store on pinhook? i haven't been there yet, trying to eliminate my stash of cheap red heart crap, and sell whatever i make, then i can have more room (and money) for the nice expensive stuff  Cheesy lol my fiance's been wearing beanies of red heart super saver and i've been wearing shrugs of caron simply soft for LONG ENOUGH i say!

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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2007 08:42:18 PM »

i have some cache lying around after i purchased a few myself. only took one to make a calorimetry, so... Smiley
i like the idea of adding it into a project as kind of an accent color/yarn. gives you more possibilities.
great job!
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« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2007 07:08:06 AM »

Wow! I'm loving this and like some here I wasn't so sure I would when I read Moda Dea. Kinda shows some biases are really unmerited. Great, great job. I want one, too.
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« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2007 01:54:28 PM »

I'm joining the 'pleasantly surprised' crew - I don't think I'd have thought of that colour combination, but it actually looks really nice and the fit looks great for you.
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« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2007 02:58:48 PM »

oh that's awesome! i'll be moving there next semester and going to ul. doing the community college thing right now, but i'm running out of classes to take..time to upgrade lol. did you know they opened up a new yarn store on pinhook? i haven't been there yet, trying to eliminate my stash of cheap red heart crap, and sell whatever i make, then i can have more room (and money) for the nice expensive stuff  Cheesy lol my fiance's been wearing beanies of red heart super saver and i've been wearing shrugs of caron simply soft for LONG ENOUGH i say!

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There is a yarn store on Pinhook!!!! oh man i cant wait to check that out. 

love your sweater by the way. i have a ball of that yarn too that i dont know what to do with it.
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« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2007 03:34:35 PM »

The funny thing is that I almost bought some of that yarn at Wal-Mart this morning!  I was waiting to have some paint mixed and I needed to kill some time browsing and I ended up in the yarn aisle (of course) and that yarn caught my eye.  I reconsidered, because I have so much of that impulse buy yarn that I never use!

Your sweater is cute, though.  I like what you did with it.

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« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2007 06:46:17 PM »

The sweater is adorable, but i have to say, Bach really clenched it for me.   Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2007 07:41:50 PM »

haha. that's great, but I must admit, it looks cute on.
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« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2007 06:37:08 PM »

Being a fan of obnoxious things, I had to look after I read your tagline...
And I think it's ridiculously cute!  Ditto on your hair, even if your face is being covered by Mr. Bach.  Way to turn some weird scrap yarn into a great project - you're an inspiration!
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« Reply #22 on: August 20, 2007 03:51:26 PM »

i love the colors and well as the shape. it's a great looking top!
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« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2007 03:54:47 PM »

Well I like it! I think it is cute, but you are right, the open color needs a button or something.
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« Reply #24 on: August 20, 2007 04:41:15 PM »

I love this! It's so cute and I love the colors!

Can you share a bit how you made it?
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« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2007 12:57:58 PM »

Thanks for all of the positive comments!   Smiley

Ooh, I really like it. It looks a bit like one of the patterns in Fitted Knits, and as usual I am blanking on the name.

I don't mean to borrow ideas from her designs, but the first (and only, using a pattern) sweater I knit was the "Short-sleeved Cardigan with Ribbing" from fitted knits, so consequently, I probably think that's the only way to make a sweater.  Undecided




Can you share a bit how you made it?

The top part is pretty much just a basic top-down raglan construction.  I don't remember how many stitches I cast on with the Lion Wool, originally, it was probably between 70 and 85. I knit the collar in 1x1 rib, then joined the Gypsy yarn for the upper area/sleeves and continued with the sleeve increases, etc, until I got to the point where I wanted to start the ribbing for shaping.  I joined the Lion wool back in and did 1x1 ribbing for about 2 inches, then started the lace pattern. The stitch pattern is called old shale stitch in the Golden Hands Book of Knitting and Crochet.

I did a few decreases before I started the waist ribbing (I can't recall how many) to get the correct number of stitches to use for the lace repeats.  I wanted to add increases to shape the lower section, but I don't know how to increase over lace.

Hope that helps! 
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« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2007 01:54:31 PM »

That's very pretty! I love the color combo!
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« Reply #27 on: August 26, 2007 08:08:32 PM »

Very nice, though I'm not sure Bach could pull it off
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« Reply #28 on: August 27, 2007 04:59:15 AM »

That's freakin' awesome.

I usually don't like the multicolor stuff, but it looks boss on 'ya.
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« Reply #29 on: August 27, 2007 08:39:21 AM »

ah, i too suffer from the " super cheap- yet hardly ever usable" yarn syndrome...grrr.... but now i know what i could make with it!! yay!!! thanks!

and i love it, btw!! you toned down the "moda dea" of it very nicely with the teal. cute!! Cheesy
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« Reply #30 on: August 27, 2007 03:58:34 PM »

This is great! I have to say though... I like both versions. I think cropped cardigans/sweaters like that look pretty over a plain long-sleeve collared shirt. But, I do love the lace you added! It's great to see someone take a crazy novelty yarn and turn it into something so classy and wearable.
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« Reply #31 on: August 27, 2007 04:05:34 PM »

OOOHHHH!!!! I love it!!!! Do you have a pattern???
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