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« Reply #40 on: January 09, 2005 08:38:07 AM »

I got my stash in yesterday!   Cheesy  I'm so excited!  I'm going to do the hourglass sweater from last minute knitted gifts.  I just got finished typing out the complete pattern with corrections from the errata in my size only.  Now I have less numbers to get confused over and I'm ready to get started.  Off to try to get gauge!
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« Reply #41 on: January 09, 2005 11:25:20 AM »

I just started my first sweater on Dec. 26th as well!  I'm making the fair isle cardigan from SnB.  So far.. it has been difficult to figure out exactly what size to make, which has caused me to do a bit of ripping out and starting over.  Its coming along though, I have 1 sleeve and the body done.. What I have left is finishing the 2nd sleeve and joining the body and sleeves and knitting the shoulders.  The fair isle parts on the sleeves look pretty, so I think it'll turn out nicely (as long as it fits!)
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« Reply #42 on: January 09, 2005 01:24:54 PM »


Other technical question:  I have the Debbie Bliss how to knit book, and in her sweater patterns I notice she uses smaller sized needles for starting the hem, and then switching to bigger needles for the majority of the piece.

This looks very nice and I did notice on many of my store bought knit items, they also have this tighter stitch hemline.

Given how tight the cast-on usually is, should I cast on more than the required number of stitches to give more ease, and then decrease once I switch to larger needles?  Maybe use a looser cast on method (I only do the long-tail...)?

thanks,

when you are casting on, hold two needles that are the same size together and cast on onto those. It will make the cast on much looser.  Same goes for binding off- using a knitting needle a size larger will make sure you have the stretch in the bound of edge.

I have used smaller knittign needles for the ribbing on a couple objects (inclduing a baby sweater im knitting now...long story), but for my current sweater i didnt because im having the hem sit right at the waistline of my pants so i fugred it wouldnt matter too much.
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« Reply #43 on: January 09, 2005 04:12:54 PM »

I'll join you all. I am going to start the ribby cardi as soon as my yarn gets here. I am using Cascade 220, all Chocolate.  It better hurry up, I am ready to start yesterday!!
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« Reply #44 on: January 09, 2005 04:19:51 PM »

Update on my sweater.

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I am feeling so slow. I am making the main body 18 inches (so each stripe is 6 inches wide, which in retrospect I am hoping beyond hope that one of the stripe edges doesn't go across the high point of my breasts, that would be bad) and I am an inch from starting on the armholes. I am anxious to get that far, because it means that I am 3/4ths of the way to being done. It is getting terribly boring doing the ribbing, which means I am right here posting a silly update post instead of watching the tele while my soup bubbles on the stove and my needles are busy in my hands.

I neeeeeeeed motivation.  Cheesy

I love some of the completed projects I have seen lately both here and in the Tempting Knitalong. Lovely sweaters.Keep up the good work everyone Smiley
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« Reply #45 on: January 10, 2005 03:52:19 PM »

The cable pattern on my sweater (and yes it is a scan.  me and my camera are not cooperating with the computer today)

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« Reply #46 on: January 11, 2005 11:34:37 AM »

Okay, I'm in.  I'm knitting the wrap around sweater (Cosmopolitan) from Jo Sharp.  Elann had a great deal on the Kid Mohair.  I actually cast on at the end of October (yikes) and haven't knit a stitch on it since.  Now, while I can convince myself that it's because I was oh so busy knitting christmas presents, the truth is closer to me being a big freaking scaredy-cat.  Cry

So, I'm relying on all of you for love and support (i.e. a good strong kick to my ass).

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« Reply #47 on: January 11, 2005 12:55:29 PM »

I am on my first sweater, and all of sudden, I seem to have started 2.  The goal to minimize my fear of the unknown led me to choose the Little Black Top from SnB since it had no sleeves...and the 2nd sweater is Tempting, which has no shaping.
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« Reply #48 on: January 11, 2005 02:01:20 PM »

Count me in too! I (finally) decided to do the Purple Haze cardigan from Knit Wit, with a couple alterations. I decided on this one partly because I was able to find affordable yarn that would work for it, but I'm also quite excited because I love cardigans  Cheesy
Lets hear it for the First Sweater Girls...Woo HOO! (I'm corny in person, too)
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« Reply #49 on: January 11, 2005 03:25:54 PM »

Tere, I'm so glad you are doing the Purple Haze Cardi!  I really want to do a cardigan next, and I think that may be my next big project.  Are you using the suggested yarn for it?  What changes are you making?

I'm about 8" into my first sleeve on the hourglass sweater.  Technically, it says to start the body first, but I wanted to do the sleeve to check my gauge.  My gauge is ranges from .25 - 1 stitch off.  I think it will be fine though.  It seemed to have a bit much on the ease anyhow.  I'm lazy with posting photos, but maybe I'll get some up this weekend.  I'm using highland wool from elann. 

Colletete, Welcome to craftster! 
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