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« on: November 15, 2007 09:36:23 AM »

This is the Drops A-line jacket that everyone and their dog is making, but I messed around with the pattern and turned it into a top-down raglan. Partly because I love me some seamless sweaters, but mostly because I totally didn't have enough yarn to make it, and this way I could just stop knitting when I ran out and pretend it was intentional. Grin





I used 4 skeins of Malabrigo worsted in Cinnabar, and I mean every last little bit of 4 skeins. I also made it flare slightly less and completely ignored the directions for the sleeves and improvised them instead. I read the collar directions and said a few naughty words to them and then partly (but not completely) ignored those too.

I was worried that it wouldn't look right with raglan sleeves but I think it turned out fine. So if you're into top-down raglans I highly suggest this mod. Unfortunately I took really sketchy notes on my mods (and then ignored half of them) so I can't rewrite the pattern as a raglan for others to use, but I think I'm going to write up a general bottom-up-to-top-down-raglan tutorial sometime soon instead. I've seen a lot of people ask about how to modify sweaters that way, so... yeah.

This was actually my NaKniSweMo sweater but it only took 10 days to knit!

More pics and info in this blog entry, if you're interested in details and/or unnecessary ranting. Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2007 09:39:01 AM »

So VERY, VERY pretty!  you did an awesome job!!!!

~Michelle~
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2007 09:49:50 AM »

Gorgeous color and gorgeous sweater!  Great job, I just love it!  Now I wish I had the patience to learn to knit. 
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2007 10:25:00 AM »

So pretty- and knowing malabrigo, I bet it's just delicious to wear. Excellent job with working with the yarn you have and in the style you enjoy.
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laceybatey
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2007 10:26:40 AM »

I love it!  I made a sweater out of Malabrigo last winter and wear it ALL THE TIME.  Yours is beautiful.

I love the raglan sleeves!
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2007 10:42:19 AM »

awesome! like your mods and the colour
i have wool to knit this sweater but totally haven't started - love seamless sweaters as well - so may go your route
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2007 10:51:55 AM »

Seriously, I love it....it absolutely gorgeous on you. I read the pattern and you are soo correct in saying WTF. Please share with us what you did or at least the basics--meaning how many stitiches you started out with, where you placed the markers and what you did with the collar; mostly everything. LOL
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2007 11:15:21 AM »

That is really nice!  I hadn't seen the pattern before (guess I'm the only one?) but I actually think I like your version better than the original.  Kudos!
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2007 12:52:37 PM »

Quite clever. The colour is gorgeous, and it suits your skin tone beautifully.  I'm actually thisclose to springing for Malabrigo. Tell me, does it pill? If it does, how badly?
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2007 01:06:24 PM »

That color is so gorgeous!! I love the modifications.. way cuter than the original
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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2007 01:20:26 PM »

Your sweater is very pretty.
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« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2007 01:44:28 PM »

Ooh, I bet it feels absolutely delicious, made of Malabrigo.  Tasty...

BTW, I totally adore your blog.  It's the only knitting/craft blog I'll read.  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2007 05:18:05 PM »

Really elegant!  You wear it so well...  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2007 05:50:45 PM »

Ooooh!  So pretty!  I love the orange.  What a great color!
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erikasewing
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2007 08:09:56 PM »

really beautiful.  I like the raglan sleeves and prefer knitting that way.  I second the question:  how many stitches did you cast on (divided how) -- if you don't mind?  THANKS!
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« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2007 04:13:24 AM »

what a lovely creation!  i'm always in awe of those talented knitters who can not only commit to making a sweater, but also alter it beautifully- bravo!! and i adore malabrigo  Grin  
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« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2007 10:24:45 AM »

Wow. Thanks all!  Smiley

Okay, the cast-on numbers I can give, because I wrote those down and I don't think I changed them.

I cast on 44 sts total, divided as follows:
2 for front
8 for sleeve
24 for back
8 for sleeve
2 for front

but then over the next few inches, added an extra 20 sts to each front to make the curved neckline (4 sts gradually, then 16 at once). Note that my stitch counts don't match the pattern exactly, but they're close (for the smallest size).

And my gauge was about 17 sts over 4 inches.

I'm actually thisclose to springing for Malabrigo. Tell me, does it pill? If it does, how badly?

Well this is my first time using the merino worsted, so I can't answer from experience, but I've heard that it pills like a mofo. Angry Sooo I've just resolved to de-pill the damn thing as often as it needs it, because the yarn is gorgeous and so soft and hopefully worth the bother.
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« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2007 12:28:41 PM »

Thanks for the stitch information.  It helps to know what kind of ratio you used.  I'm trying to decide what my next project will be and this might be it.
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« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2007 02:06:52 PM »

Your sweater is beautiful!  I like this better than the original.  Good job!
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« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2007 02:36:48 PM »

So, SO cute!!
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« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2007 08:40:45 PM »

Haha!
After all those mods, you could rename your sweater!   Grin
It looks seriously gorgeous and the colour looks fabulous on you!
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« Reply #21 on: November 23, 2007 09:47:50 AM »

I like your version much better than the original pattern - it's convinced me to give this sweater a second look Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2007 08:05:02 PM »

That is soooo pretty! Gorgeous!
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