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subliminalrabbit
« on: September 26, 2007 01:23:49 PM »

...or at least that's what i'm calling it!  i knit this up for a coworker who loved her old GAP sweater, which was slowly dying (you know, getting faded and ratty).  she's allergic to wool which gave me the excuse to knit with 5 skeins of blue sky cotton...  yumm!  it is so soft and cozy i think i'm going to have to knit another for myself.  i'm really pleased with how it came out - all the math worked like magic!  i was a little nervous with all the ribbing!

anyway, hope 'yall like.  simple and comfy.



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okay, so here's the pattern for a size small (34" bust) - which is the only one i've knit.  i've promised someone i'll translate this for a 38" bust soon but if anyone does the math before me and is willing to share, please let me know!  (i have a dimensions photo on the computer at work which i'll upload on monday.)

MATERIALS

Yarn                     
Blue Sky Cotton, 5 skeins (approx 750 yds / 685 m)

Needles
#7 24” circular (or size to obtain gauge)
#7 dpns (set of 5)  (same as above)

Notions
5 stitch markers (4 one color, 1 different)
yarn needle
scrap yarn


GAUGE
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4”


DIMENSIONS


STITCH DEFINITIONS
-k2tog = knit two together
-kfb = knit front and back – knit into the front of the next stitch, and, without dropping that stitch
           off of the needle, knit into the back of the same stitch
-pm = place marker
-po = pick up
-ssk = slip, slip, knit – slip the next two stitches on your left needle knit-wise, insert your left needle into the front of the two slipped stitches, and knit them together through the back loops with the right needle


INSTRUCTIONS
The Laura sweater is worked top-down in one piece, with virtually no seaming!  It is recommended that you try the sweater on as you knit, and adjust as needed for your body type.


NECK
-Using the circular needles, cast on 96 stitches using your preferred method.  Join in the round, marking the beginning of your row with the stitch marker that is a different color from the rest.
-First row:  *(k2, p2);  repeat from * to the end of the row.
-Continue this ribbed stitch pattern for 12”.


BODY
-Slip 1 stitch, pm; slip 8, pm; slip 40, pm; slip 8, pm; slip 40, pm (you will pass your original row marker here – that’s okay).
-Row 1:  *(k to one stitch before a like-colored marker, kfb, pass marker, kfb);  repeat from * 4x;  knit to end of row.
-Row 2:  Knit all stitches
-Repeat rows 1 & 2 for 32 total rows.
-Next round:  Knit to the first marker and place the next 40 stitches on a piece of scrap yarn.  Remove the two stitch markers that used to be on either side of these 40 stitches.  Knit the next stitch, creating the underarm of the sweater.  Continue knitting to the next marker.  Place the next 40 stitches on a piece of scrap yarn and again remove the two stitch markers that sandwiched them.  Knit the next stitch, creating the second underarm.  Knit to the end of the row.
-Knit stockinette for 12”.
-Next row: *(k2, p2);  repeat from * to the end of the row.
-Continue this ribbed stitch pattern for 3”.
-Bind off.

SLEEVES
-Take the 40 stitches you first placed on scrap yarn and divide it equally among 4 dpns.
-Starting at the underarm, po 2 stitches with the 5th dpn – and mark the second as the beginning of your row (right in the middle of the underarm).  Knit the remainder of the stitches in the row.  (42 stitches)
-Knit stockinette for 4”.
-Decrease row:  k1, k2tog, k37, ssk.  (40 stitches)
-Knit stockinette for 3.5”.
-Decrease row:  k1, k2tog, k35, ssk.  (38 stitches)
-Knit stockinette for another 3.5”.
-Decrease row:  k1, k2tog, k33, ssk.  (36 stitches)
-Knit stockinette for 1”.
-Next row: *(k2, p2);  repeat from * to the end of the row.
-Continue this ribbed stitch pattern for 7.5”.
-Bind off.

Repeat all sleeve instructions for second set of live stitches on scrap yarn (second sleeve).


FINISHING
Weave in all ends.  Sew up the two small armpit seams.  Block lightly (especially the ribbed arm cuffs) and enjoy your new sweater!


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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2007 01:50:35 PM »

wow that is one awesome sweater,it must be so comfy,you did great!
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2007 01:52:16 PM »

Wow, that turned out really great for no pattern!  You're brave.  I have a sweater really similar to that (store bought, so not nearly as nice) and it is totally comfy, so I bet that one is, too.  What a nice friend you are!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2007 02:28:23 PM »

It's lovely, I bet she'll love it!
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2007 02:33:13 PM »

It's beautiful!
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2007 02:35:12 PM »

So beautiful and classic. Great job
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2007 02:50:02 PM »

that looks really good..I love the color..looks good on you!!
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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2007 05:19:45 PM »

It's gorgeous! I bet it's way better than that GAP sweater EVER was!

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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2007 05:49:29 PM »

Oooh - how deliciously comfy! Do you have some info for those of us who would want to make one?
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2007 06:03:22 PM »

that is really lovely!
if you have a pattern, i would really like it! Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2007 06:17:11 PM »

It's the perfect sweater!  The colour is very comforting.   Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2007 06:21:21 PM »

Great job!  I bet your friend loves it  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2007 07:16:19 PM »

Love this sweater! How long did it take to make?
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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2007 11:41:24 PM »

I totally love that sweater!
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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2007 11:53:43 PM »

oooh Lurverly!

Ditto some deatils about how you did it!!
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« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2007 12:29:26 AM »

It's gorgeous! I bet it's way better than that GAP sweater EVER was!

And totally sweatshop free, unlike the notorious GAP Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2007 12:29:27 PM »

thanks, everyone!

i took copious notes so that i can write up the pattern, which i'll post here once it's ready.  it's a pretty simple knit and didn't take very long - except for the math part and the constant measuring against the original!
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« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2007 01:18:11 PM »

Beautiful sweater!!! You did a wonderful job.
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« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2007 10:16:27 PM »

pattern now posted!
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« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2007 10:37:52 AM »

That's beautiful! Thanks for the pattern!
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« Reply #20 on: September 30, 2007 12:26:41 PM »

Thank you for posting the pattern! It's the perfect rainy-autumn-day-but-I-have-to-go-to-class-sweater!
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« Reply #21 on: September 30, 2007 01:43:18 PM »

Thank you very much, for sharing your great pattern with us.
That was very kind of you to do.   Smiley
It looks like a real comfy sweater and, I'm really looking forward to trying this.

Because I'm not very good at knitting yet, I had a question for you (or anyone else) if you don't mind.
How do you suggest I knit the sleeves so that I only do the ribbing, for about 1 1/2 or 2 inches instead?
I'd really appreciate any ideas on how I could change the sleeve part of the pattern, so that I could do the sleeves with less ribbing.
Thanks.   Grin
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« Reply #22 on: October 01, 2007 08:25:11 AM »

hey there,

do you want the sleeves to be shorter altogether, or just less ribbing (but the same length sleeves)?

also - i added the dimensions pic to the pattern - might help!

...How do you suggest I knit the sleeves so that I only do the ribbing, for about 1 1/2 or 2 inches instead?
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« Reply #23 on: October 01, 2007 09:23:53 AM »

Thanks so much for the pattern! I'm off to my stash to find a comparable yarn so I can get started!
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« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2008 02:14:29 PM »

I'm sorry that it took me forever to answer. But I haven't been on here in a very long time. I would like to keep the length of the sleeves the same, but just with less ribbing.
And I was wondering if anyone tried to make this in a larger size? If so, I'd love it if you could please share the pattern with me. It looks like such a cosy sweater and I'd really like to try and make this. But I think that the size small would be too small on me now.
I'd really appreciate any help from anyone, who's made this in a larger size.
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