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« on: December 23, 2004 05:46:19 AM »

phew! lots of tiny stitches and double seed stitch! and i seemed to have lost our other thread (a knit-along in the future projects section)
so here is my kyoto - the pattern is free at this link: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTkyoto.html. i just finished it last night. i used a beautiful cotton and made the size medium. i followed the instructions exactly (except that i knitted the sleeves in the round and made the 'sash' a little longer)


and here is a detail of the neck and arm:

this was a great project and i think came out really nicely!
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2004 06:37:03 AM »

Elisha -- your kyoto came out great! Fits nicely, too. What yarn/colors did you use? Congrats! Looks so professional!
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2004 06:48:36 AM »

Phew and Yay!!  I was wondering how you were doing with this...  I'm glad you've finished, it looks lovely!  Not at all skin tight like you were worried about, either Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2004 07:32:32 AM »

Great job, Elisha  Smiley I really really like the colour combination you chose! Must feel really nice to have accomplished that!
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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2004 11:32:48 AM »

Veeerrrrryy nice, I like it, wish I had the time, maybe in the spring.
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2004 11:41:53 AM »

beautiful!  It's times like these I wish I had the time to do other people's patterns!
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2004 12:02:50 PM »

Awesome job! I LOVE it. I've been eyeing that pattern for a long time myself. It's great to see how beautifully it turns out!
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2004 12:10:30 PM »

Elisha it is simply divine!


I really want to make this but I petrified!
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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2004 02:44:58 PM »

Boo -
It's actually an easy pattern, and I've seen the stuff you've done - you can handle it!  We all have faith in you.  I think it's just a little tedious, as I'm sure elisha can vouch for!  Actually, elisha inspired me to wear mine today and I think I love it even more!  Good job, elisha... and Boo, can't wait to see yours!

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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2004 05:43:25 PM »

Well rthymgrl, it might look suspiciously similar to yours.............. ..........
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« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2004 12:26:50 AM »

thanks all!
it's great to hear all the positive comments. i have to say, i think the longer that i work on something, the more critical i can be (makes sense, right?) so i find myself seeing the faults ...maybe i should be telling this to a therapist instead!  Wink
anyway, i DO  love it, though.
yes, rhythmgrl...it fits...it's not too tight at all! i was so expecting a weird fit that i was shocked that it has such a nice, feminine shape. it also has a very strong kimono look which i think is super cute and different.
the cotton yarn i used is some no-name brand written in a language that i can't even guess! maybe danish or something. but the whole sweater has this solid, heavy feel that i love. i wouldn't have necessarily chosen the colors for myself. i bought the yarn thinking i would make something for my 3 1/2 year old daughter, but when i decided to make this, i thought it might work.
SCARVELOUS, defintely make it in the spring - it has a springy feel...
and boo, i agree with rhythmgrl...you can certainly do this (takes patience much more than skill).
my sister-in-law is a fairly new knitter and she just started it.
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« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2004 05:50:09 PM »

That is just too cute. I really need to get off my butt (or is it on my butt?) and start this thing.
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« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2004 06:42:03 PM »

Congrats, Elisha.  It looks fantastic!  I would also agree with the others that this is not a particularly difficult sweater and is good for (patient) beginners.  I'm doing the finishing on mine right now, hopefully I'll post a pic of it soon!

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midori
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2004 08:06:00 PM »

You did a great job! The only issue I have with the pattern is that Japanese garments are always worn left over right, not right over left as is in the pattern. I emailed the designer, and she said that she noticed that she did that after she was nearly done with the sweater. I wish she had posted a correction in the pattern because only dead people have their clothes on right over left.

Most people don't know this, so I wouldn't worry about it. The colors you chose are nice together! Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2004 07:39:16 AM »

yikes! that's kind of...well, i don't like it...so i think i want to change mine, i mean, i'm not dead!
funny, i almost did it the other way, because i'm a lefty and i tend to see things backwards anyway!
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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2004 02:20:25 PM »

Elisha, major kudos to you for finishing your kyoto!!  I'm still a beginner and want to make this sweater so bad, but I'm TERRIFIED of putting all that work into it and screwing up.  Yours looks awesome!

midori, I can't believe they didn't change or correct the pattern!!  I wonder if anyone here can fix it for us? Wink  Even in the knit wit book they have it right over left.   Angry
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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2004 02:51:13 PM »

Okay, now I'm a little confused... I had read somewhere about the right over left left over right thing, which is why I had done mine left over right.  But at the bottom of the pattern at knitty it does say - "The collar/trim will finish tucked behind itself, left over right, at the point where the collar/trim naturally crosses itself. "  However, the picture is wrong... I guess that could be the designer not wanting to untack her collar and take a new picture Huh

Perhaps Knitty should flip flop the image at the top of the page since a large percentage of us work from pictures!

Anyhoo - it's still a beautiful sweater  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2004 02:57:50 PM »

Kyoto is on my list! So pretty, I have a large chest, so I've been waiting on it, because I have a feeling I'll need to modify. Ugh.
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« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2004 03:33:37 PM »

That's funny that you almost did it the correct way! I hope it's not too difficult to change. Good luck to you! Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2004 11:51:54 PM »

SO how many hours total woudl you estimate the sweater took to make.  And I just might get to make it since I suddenly have nothing but free time........
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« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2005 03:11:30 PM »

Hey Boo -
Sorry to hear about the turn of events, nonetheless, I'm sure you'll have a very productive, happy and healthy year!!

I think the most time consuming piece of the project is the sash because of the double seed stitch.  It took me about a weekend of avoiding schoolwork to get it done.  The fronts are the quickest pieces to knit because they're actually pretty small - alarmingly so (but then you add a few inches when you knit the collar!) The back took about 4 hours uninterrupted.  The sleeves, those seemed to take me forever... not sure why.  Although, I think knitting them in the round instead of flat was a much better choice for me.  (I hate hand sewing!)

Elisha - sleeves in the round, a good choice?
Anyhow, keep us posted, I want to see pictures of your progress  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2005 03:15:46 PM »

I'm considering tackling the kyoto as well... If I can find a cheaper yarn substitute.  What did you guys all use?

rhytmgrl,  How do you knit the sleeves in the round?  Do you use a 16" circular in the US 5?  (yes I'm a new knitter)  Do you have to alter the number of stitches or anything?  I'd much rather knit them in the rnd than seam them.  I'm more afraid of seaming than the rest of the project!!

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« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2005 03:32:16 PM »

Atouria - That's exactly what I did, a 16" circular, except I didn't have a size 5 (I thought it was, but it turned out to be a size 6).  I cast on the same number of stitches called for in the pattern, but I've since learned that you should drop the number of stitches by 2 or 4, I can't remember.  This supposedly compensates for the number of stitches you'd lose when you sew it up.  Because the sleeves are supposed to be long rectangles, you don't have to do any shaping - which makes it a lot easier.

There are some other tips on this thread:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16818.0

I used a wool yarn I found on the internet with the same gauge as the cotton yarn recommended.  It's toasty and makes me happy. 

Good luck!!!
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« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2005 03:38:58 PM »

Gorgeous! What a lovely job...

I read Knitty religiously but have yet to actually try any of the patterns, and I've been eyeing this forever as well. Maybe I need to step up! Whoo hoo! You've inspired me elisha!
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« Reply #24 on: January 01, 2005 10:59:55 PM »

yes, definitely knit the sleeves in the round...i am surprised the pattern didn't call for this...it's so much easier, and, well, seamless. they are really soft and hang very nicely without a fat seam running across the bottom.
um, time...well, i agree with rythmgrl, that it's the sash that will slow you down in the beginning. i would say the whole thing took me a month - with a lot of time off for making gifts. the body is very quick - my front panels looked so tiny, that i was concerned. then the finishing was much quicker than i had thought it would be (or maybe it was just the adrenalin of my obsession kicking in!) all in all, a fun pice to knit,
AND the more i wear it, the more i LOVE IT!
i was wearing it this weekend to a kind of fancy event, and someone complimented me on my beautiful sweater - she would not believe me when i told her i made it and waved a few people over to see it!  Grin
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« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2005 01:21:07 AM »

i too was concerned about the left over right issue (as a yukata and kimono sewer i noticed it right away) and went to check the pattern.  as mentioned the pattern is right, but the picture is wrong. too bad. it really is horrible to wear a kimono or yukata this way but i guess chances are it will just look like a wrapped sweater.  seems like it wouldn't be that hard to fix though and would be worth it out of respect for the original inspiration. 
i'd like to make a version of this with a patterned band and the collar closing more like a yukata (higher up in front and showing the neck in back) it's really a great comfy design... 
anyway, my vote is for changing the front if you can!
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« Reply #26 on: January 03, 2005 07:27:46 PM »

Hey, I finished my Kyoto too.  Although, mine took much longer than a month.  I think I was really procrastinating.  I read on these forums about the left over right issue a while back, and promptly forgot and sewed mine on the dead way too.   Embarrassed  I'm not sure I will fix it.  Out of habit I cross my robe and sweater cardigans this direction too, and I don't know if I will have the patience to fix it right away.  Mine came out much smaller than I'd wish, but it still fits and looks alright.  I really like the fit on yours and your color choice.  Good job Elisha! 

This is my first post on Craftster.  As soon as I finished my Kyoto and put up a post on my blog, I wanted to come to Craftster and post my pic.  Tongue



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« Reply #27 on: January 03, 2005 08:48:03 PM »

It turned out great aemcdraw!!  It looks really soft in the photo ~ What yarn did you use?
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« Reply #28 on: January 03, 2005 08:53:00 PM »

Thanks.  Its Pakucho organic cotton I bought from Elann a while back.  I wished they had the green available at Elann during that time because I think a green sash would have looked cool.
http://www.perunaturtex.com/yarn.htm
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« Reply #29 on: January 04, 2005 09:51:23 AM »

I love your colour choice aemcdraw, It looks beautiful  Smiley Other than the fact that you're used to crossing your robe a certain way, is there a reason the collar should be sewn the other way?
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« Reply #30 on: January 04, 2005 10:03:44 AM »

That's gorgeous - I love your color combination!
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« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2005 10:10:54 AM »

i love it, aemcdraw! it looks so clean and lovely...really gorgeous. i think those are great colors. can you post a picture of you wearing it?
how did you like making it?
great job...i hope you feel proud!
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« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2005 10:28:33 AM »

Well, gosh darn, I just finished up my Kyoto, too!  Here's a pic:


I somehow remembered the right/left issue and fortunately, made mine the alive way.  Phew!  There's more pics and me rambling at length about it on my blog.  I love it!

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« Reply #33 on: January 04, 2005 11:47:55 AM »

pink monkey, glad to see you finished!  love the action shot!
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« Reply #34 on: January 04, 2005 01:05:44 PM »

Thanks everyone!  There are pictures of me wearing it on my website.

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About the left over right crossing. . .
I'm very visual, so I went by the photo.  True the directions say left over right, and it says to add the collar by starting at the Left front.  Well, is that my left when I am wearing it, or the left as it lays on your lap?  I got confused and over which left and went by the picture and my left hand side.
So if I were to correct the crossing, I would have to take off the entire collar.  I'm just so happy to have this done that I can't bear frogging it anymore.  So its going to stay like it is for now.  Grin

I like the pattern.  Its great for a beginner.  I wish I had made it longer.  I may one day knit another sash in black cotton and change out the sash.  Wouldn't that be a cute idea for this pattern, to have multiple sash's in different colors and you could change them out to suit your mood or to match your shoes.  Grin
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« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2005 01:11:44 PM »

What a gorgeous pattern, and you did a great job of it!   Cheesy
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« Reply #36 on: January 04, 2005 06:54:31 PM »

Great job on the Kyotos, everyone!  Mine is in limbo.   Embarrassed
However, as soon as I finish up some things that suddenly needed immediate attention, I'll get back to it.
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« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2005 04:39:49 AM »

These are beautiful!  I've finished my sash, back, and one side of the front.  Thanks to all of your advice, I'm definitely planning to pick up stitches for the collar and knit the sleeves in the round.  Oh, and finish it left over right (is that right?  now I'm confused!)!!
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« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2005 10:51:01 AM »

pinkmonkey - it looks so great, i see why you love it!

aemcdraw, i love the idea of having different sashes that could be changed out!

shawnkyr and mojo, i really look forward to seeing your finished sweaters!
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« Reply #39 on: June 18, 2005 12:18:09 AM »

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[Worked back and forth on circular needle]

CO 85[90, 95, 105] sts and work St st 12[12.5, 13, 14] inches, ending with a WS row.

ending with a WS row....does that mean I need to show purl on the wrong side before beginning to shape?

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