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« Reply #30 on: October 04, 2007 08:22:39 AM »

I too would need a smaller size. Please share. Pretty please.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #31 on: October 04, 2007 01:22:50 PM »

The great thing about this sweater is that you can make it any size.  If you need it smaller stop increasing earlier and join for the body.  When you think you're getting close you can put the stitches on scrap yarn and try it on.  You can also add some shaping by decreasing on each side once you get a few inches into the body!

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« Reply #32 on: October 04, 2007 05:08:29 PM »

That looks fantastic! I think I have to put that pattern on my to-do list!

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« Reply #33 on: October 04, 2007 09:32:41 PM »

I love that sweater. The color looks nice on you.
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« Reply #34 on: October 04, 2007 10:38:27 PM »

oh my god. i tried to make that VERY SAME sweater but in crochet because i dont knit...but i failed miserably. you did such a good job!

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« Reply #35 on: October 04, 2007 11:18:31 PM »

I wish I were a bit better at 'flying by the seat of my pants' with patterns but I'm not:( It's a gorgeous sweater!! I'd love to knit it but sadly, the pattern had my head spinning!:)

« Reply #36 on: October 05, 2007 11:15:59 AM »

Assymmetry is sexy. I'd love to make this but I'm not sure I'd have the patience to sew all those buttons on!

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« Reply #37 on: October 05, 2007 12:58:07 PM »

Your sweater is great. I can't wait to start that pattern
« Reply #38 on: October 05, 2007 01:10:31 PM »

hey everyone!

thanks for all of your compliments, i really appreciate it. sorry i haven't gotten back to you sooner, i've been pretty busy with school and things.

ok, so the yarn i used. it's encore chunky from plymouth yarn in bulky knitting weight. it's 75% acrylic and 25% wool. the color i used doesn't have a name, but it's #0793. (i was confused about this because the label says that it's chunky yarn in bulky weight? the yarn LOOKED chunky, though...)

gauge. my gauge should be different from the one on the pattern because i used size 8 needles instead of the recommended 10s. i needed the pattern to be smaller and i wanted it to be warmer anyway, so i decided to just decrease needle size and it worked out. hurray! my gauge turned out to be: 4 sts per inch and 5.5 rows per inch.

so by decreasing needle size but keeping the yarn chunky weight, i both made the pattern small enough to fit my body and made the sweater more snuggly and warm.

modifications: i cast on the recommended number of stitches and did 8 rows of 2x2 ribbing at the neckline. for the sleeves, i only did repeats of the decreases until 5 inches before my wrists. then i started the 2x2 ribbing again.

as for making the sweater look more fitted, i did waist shaping following the directions posted here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=152316.0;topicseen where it says "optional side shaping instructions."

i hope that answers all of your questions!

i encourage everyone to knit this pattern, it's pretty fun and easy and i love the result! i've been getting a bunch of compliments from friends.

additionally, there is a knitalong specifically devoted to this pattern here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=119061.0
if you need more help, browse through the thread and see if your questions can be answered there. it was really helpful for me.

good luck everyone, and thanks again for the comments!

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« Reply #39 on: October 05, 2007 03:52:09 PM »

I think I could easily adapt it to fit me now, thanks! (I was more worried about making it in a smaller size than in doing any shaping, since I'm built pretty much like a ruler and don't need a lot of shaping. *LOL*)
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