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« on: December 15, 2004 02:33:18 PM »

I want to do this after Christmas, when I may have some money or gift certificates for yarn . . . I'm planning on doing it two solid colors, instead of the variegated. But I can never tell until I am safely home from the store.
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2004 05:29:11 PM »

I'm in love with this design but am having a hard time deciding how to make it work for me. I usually don't like bulky yarns for sweaters for myself because I'm a medium sized girl with big boobies. So I'm trying to imagine what this would look like. And trying to imagine a color scheme that would work well.

What yarns/colors do you have in mind?
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2004 06:03:10 PM »

I myself am a medium-sized girl. Unfortunately my boobies are only medium-sized.
I think I'm going to use either a bit deeper purple and a dusky gray, or black on the bottom and solid white on the top.
As far as yarn goes, I haven't researched yet. I was thinking of using a boucle held with another yarn for the top bit, maybe in slightly different shades of the same color, to recreate the variegated thing. I really hate working with variegated yarn for some reason.
Black on the ribbing and white on the top would create the illusion of an hourglass figure, I think. I hope.
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2004 10:22:37 PM »

this is one of my coveted projects for the new year too Smiley

i'm currently scouring for substitutions that i can get here in australia.
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2004 12:55:21 PM »

Erindezeeuw, I guess the grass is always greener on the other side... I think this would look perfect on a gal who had a medium sized bust.

I really want to try it out, though, and I think after the holidays I might try harder to find the perfect yarn combo. Keep us posted when you find something you like!

I agree that white on top and black ribbing would make a nice silouette!
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2004 12:59:11 PM »

I am sooooo jealous!!!  Big boobs, bib butt and big hips...........cathode, despite its cuteness is not a good match for me!   

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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2004 02:36:24 PM »

I was just looking at this today and thinking maybe I could pull it off-it didn't seem too complicated. It is really pretty. I'm really thinking of trying a sweater after xmas. Sounds good.
I wonder if it would look okay on a girl with little boobies... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2004 05:58:13 PM »

Tere, I'm also a not so well endowed girl.. Smiley if you do end up making this and it looks alright on yas, be sure to let me know!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2004 07:31:57 PM »

Okay . . . after deliberating all day I've decided on the black and white for sure. I'm wondering if chenille would look good for the white? I'm going to start this just after Christmas . . . when I get some dolla dolla bills . . .
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2004 04:57:23 AM »

Trebuchet, its a deal  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2004 01:47:32 PM »

I'm definitely making this.... after Christmas.  I'm going to use Lion Boucle either in purple/black or blue/green.
I've lucked out with this pattern- judging from the picture, and the other patterns on the designer's website, she and I have very similar proportions. (And names- I'm a Stephanie, too. Sadly, one without an "f" in my name) Woo hoo! This rarely happens. Good luck everyone! I can't wait to see pictures Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2004 07:35:38 AM »

I'm so in..... I just have to find a substitution for the yarn now ..... and I'm not a big fan of boucle.... Would it still look nice with some normal bulky yarn?
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« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2004 07:51:25 AM »

I'm buying yarn today . . . I think I am going to use chenille. I'm sure it would be fine with any bulky yarn. You could email the designer if you wanted, she's been very nice and helpful to me. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2004 08:31:02 PM »

I bought yarn! Nix on the chenille, because I discovered brushed baby alpaca . . . SO soft. So I got that for the white and a cotton for the black part. I've started and it is going VERY quickly.
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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2004 07:40:52 AM »

Aw crap, has anyone else started this?

I've done about 10 inches of the collar, and I'm confused.

Does the collar lay (when on) with the ribbing vertical or horizontal? Becuase if it's vertical, my guage must be WAY off.
Normally I would do the thing where you measure your piece and divide by your stitches and get your guage but it's ribbed! I can't remember if ribbing eats stitches or the other way around.
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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2004 10:10:29 AM »

Wow!  I can't wait to see the finished product.  I adore this sweater but I can't pull it off.  I'll be living vicariously through all of you. 

Go knitters, go!!!!
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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2004 02:11:19 PM »

Yeah, I figured it out myself- my guage is WAY off.
If anyone tests up and ends up with 2.5 x 2.5 instead of 4 x 4 in their MC, email me for your revised pattern.
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2005 12:26:31 PM »

OOoohhh I love this sweater.  Does anyone have any ideas for substitutable yarns?  Perhaps something a bit on the more economic scale? 

Oh and my two cents on the issue of what type of body this sweater is made for.  I think just about any size gal can look great in it.  (Notice all the different sizes for the pattern?)  I think the colors and yarns you use are the most important factor as to whether this sweater will be flattering on a particular body type. 

Good luck everyone... I can't wait to start!

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« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2005 12:55:53 PM »

Here's a link to the designer's substitution suggestions:
http://www.glampyre.com/log/past/00000485.html#comments

I hear that elann.com lets you search by gauge and are nicely priced.

BTW, I'm almost ready to separate out my sleeves . . . I got a good 3 hours of work in on it in the EMERGENCY ROOM on NEW YEAR'S EVE . . .

Nothing sordid, my husband had a stress-induced back/shoulder freak out.
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« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2005 02:23:25 PM »

Yikes Erin!  I hope he is feeilng better.  And on the brightside you got lots done on your sweater....... Undecided

Can't wait to see it!
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« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2005 07:53:23 PM »

Man, I've hit knitter's block.

I finished all the MC, but I hate hate hate the yarn I bought for all the ribbing. It's cotton, it splits, it doesn't show the ribbing,a nd I  just don't want to work with it. I guess I'll be ripping out and starting with some yarn I like better. Sad I wanted to finish this soon . . .
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« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2005 08:54:18 AM »

I just ordered the yarn for this from Elann yesterday--as soon as I get it, I'll be officially in my first Craftster knitalong!
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« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2005 11:31:41 AM »

i just made this while recovering from my wisdom tooth removal!!  it came out lovely, i just had to add a bit of length to it at the bottom....i did it in all black merino wool with an orangy gold trim only at the neck and arms (kept the waist black).  it was so easy and im very proud of it, as it was my first sweater ever.
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« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2005 02:23:01 PM »

I noticed that Jodi Green (who designed the Mariah sweater in the same issue of Knitty) has knit Cathode recently - there's a couple of photos on her blog here - http://www.jodigreen.ca/blog - just FYI.
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« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2005 04:18:02 PM »

Hi ladies!  This is my first post...I finished Cathode over the long snowy weekend, and wanted to share pics with you!  I also don't have a blog or website, so the only way I can post pics are thru shutterfly...(sorry!)

I used Lion boucle in Tutti Frutti for the MC, and Patons 100% merino wool in Royal Purple for the CC. It's cheap...and itchy! I also added buttons and button holes on the neckline...


Flat:
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Collar open:
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Collar half up (my fav):
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« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2005 06:56:11 PM »

Wow, it turned out great! Looks good on you in those colors. Smiley
Mine is creeeeeping along. I had the ingenious idea to use different yarn and change the gauge and um . . . it'll be done next winter. Tiny yarn + 6 inches of ribbing = SUCK. It's sad because I WANT it to be done so bad.
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« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2005 08:09:22 PM »

julsey723 you made a sweater ya!  You made a sweater ya!  Hey lady, I like your sweater, ya!!!!   Grin
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« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2005 07:45:53 AM »

I have 500 yds of a Red Boucle coming from ebay , and I'm thinking this would be great. But This will be my first sweater. Is that crazy? I'm so glad I can get support here. Suggestions on the sport weight sub, are welcome.
I'm a bit more of a curvy gal, but I think it could be foxy.

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« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2005 08:10:00 AM »

This is the easiest sweater to knit (ok Tempting may be easier!)...I liked that it wasnt' the same thing the whole time, and there were no seams!  (I hate hate hate seams!)  500 yards of boucle should be enough.  I bought 6 balls of Lion Boucle and only used 4 1/2...

Keep it goin girls!  Erin -  my CC bottom ribbing was only 4 1/2 inches...I got really bored of doing that part!  I think i may add another 1/2 in...

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« Reply #29 on: February 23, 2005 01:45:09 PM »

I didn't really think this sweater would work for me...or that I even cared for it until i saw it knitted by ya'll!! way to go! I think I'm adding it to my list....
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« Reply #30 on: February 24, 2005 07:33:50 PM »

Julsey- Your sweater looks great.  What size did you knit it in?  And what was the gauge of the lion boucle?

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« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2005 07:28:05 AM »

Julsey, why was the sweater itchy?  Was it the Lion Boucle or something else?
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« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2005 07:39:31 AM »

Hi guys!   Cheesy

Jessy -
I used the large size (I hav a 36" chest)...but the gauge was off by 2-3 stitches (Lion Boucle is 10-11 stiches/4 in not the 8 specified by the pattern)..So rather than recalculating, i just did a size up.  This one is really easy to resize as Stefanie mentions in the pattern...all you have to do is add more increase rows.

Zoe - i think it was the lion boucle that itches me...I'm a bit sensitive to wool (and blends apparently!)  I just wear a layering tee under it - solves the problem!

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« Reply #33 on: March 08, 2005 08:05:53 PM »

Has anybody used/thought of using the bulky boucle from http://www.handpaintedyarn.com?  Looks to be remarkably similar guage and oh so pretty. I just ordered some in this colorway: http://handpaintedyarn.com/product_info.php?products_id=331

I know I'm a bit late joining, but I'll be knitting-along as soon as my yarn gets here.  Cheesy
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