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« Reply #250 on: October 18, 2007 03:49:01 PM »

i did the i-cord on the needles specified, and it worked out really well - didn't bunch up, made a great edge.

One of my knitting group members has made this and I thought I'd pass on this;

when she blocked it the i-cord edging was bunching up and not as large in diameter as the knitted circle - she tried to ease it with blocking and the i-cord snapped. [gah!]

It is also on the naughty step but I thought I'd mention it as she must have significantly changed her gauge for the i-cord so... knit loose as poss for the i-cord!! I may use bigger needles.



This is a photo of my current I-cord status. I started mine last night on 10's (didn't have 9's). It seemed too loose, long, and loopy. I then went to 8's (still didn't have 9's). I thought the finish was nicer, but still a little more loopy than the nice, neat, tight spiral I'm hoping for. I was planning to rip it out tonight, and start over with 10 rows for each I-cord instead of 12. I'm aware that I need to stretch my round a little to be sure the I-cord isn't making the main body bunch. But is it the great wisdom of the knitting craftsters that it is better for it to be a little loopy because blocking will stretch the sweater, but not the I-cord? Or, in other words, should I rip it out or just keep going as is? The Red Sox are making a last ditch effort tonight, which is always good for 3 hours of knitting.

**Special thanks to my 13-year-old son for taking the photo and uploading it for me while I was making dinner.

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« Reply #251 on: October 18, 2007 04:12:14 PM »

I hadn't noticed the i-cord edging before! It's pretty!
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« Reply #252 on: October 18, 2007 11:23:58 PM »

I nixed the i-cord - we'll see how it looks once I finish the second sleeve and can wear the damn thing.
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« Reply #253 on: October 19, 2007 07:49:59 AM »

I, too, nixed the i-cord.... just bound off.  I kinda like the non-fancy edge.
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« Reply #254 on: October 21, 2007 11:55:36 PM »

I finished last night (eight days... =) ) and, hm. It fits across the back, no problem, but the rest is pretty small. Worn "long" it's like a short cardigan, and worn "short" it's like a shrug with a big hood thing. It's probably for switching to slightly too-small needles, but oh well. I'm going to block it and see what happens.

And then post pictures, of course.
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« Reply #255 on: October 25, 2007 05:13:40 AM »

I feel like I've knitted like a fiend for a month, so I'm in awe of those who do this in a few weeks or less. I've finished the two-colored I-cord, which I'm happy with in the end, and I'm onto the sleeves. The longer the World Series goes, the sooner this project will finally be complete.
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« Reply #256 on: October 25, 2007 05:22:04 AM »

if you got the i-cord done, the sleeves will zip right on by - i found the i-cord part to be the most time consuming, since you have to deal with 3 stitches at a time - but i love how the edging came out!

I feel like I've knitted like a fiend for a month, so I'm in awe of those who do this in a few weeks or less. I've finished the two-colored I-cord, which I'm happy with in the end, and I'm onto the sleeves. The longer the World Series goes, the sooner this project will finally be complete.
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« Reply #257 on: November 06, 2007 12:15:50 PM »

I started mine about three weeks ago, also knitting in every spare second, and am on the first sleeve.  I'm so excited at how it is turning out!  I agree, the i-cord edging took forever!! but I am so glad I did it because it looks great.  I opted to use only one color, like the child's version, and I think I like it better because it isn't too busy on the edge. 
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« Reply #258 on: November 07, 2007 07:36:08 PM »

The knitting is complete!! Just need to weave in the ends and block well, as I need to solve the concave shape of the smallest pinwheel color. Depending how much time I have and how warm the weather is here for drying, I hope to have photos by the end of the weekend.

My next project will be a real challenge for me -- the LB Knit Luxe Tunic. But I love the shape and after years of staying with safe projects, I need to expand my skills.
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« Reply #259 on: November 11, 2007 02:45:59 PM »

How did y'all block this thing? Mine is still sitting around, waiting for me to decide on the best way to go about it, both regarding the surface and the general method.
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