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Topic: My first, first sweater! NOW WITH ATTEMPT AT PATTERN  (Read 23051 times)
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Miss Dottie
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2005 09:35:59 AM »

Wow! That is utterly gorgeous. I've been knitting for almost 20 years and my sweaters still aren't half as gorgeous at that one.  Beautiful color choice and I love the short sleeves. It's such a vavoomy sweater! Get ready for catcalls!

By the way, that is an impressive yarn stash and wonderful craft room you are in. I'm green with jealousy! You are one very very lucky lady!
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lizajane73
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2005 09:49:42 AM »

That is BEAUTIFUL - I love the color, and the contrasting ribbon!! Is it really your first sweater? I am in AWE! (*Bows to you* I'm not worthy)

Natalex - The pattern you were looking at? Was it Tempting from Knitty? you might want to check out this board http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19083.0 - it's a tempting knit-a-long, but about page 6 or 7 there is a whole long discussion on how to do the waste yarn.

Lisa
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annabianca
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2005 11:03:46 AM »

Your sweater is ab-fab !!!
I wish I could be that talented...
Do you think you'll post the pattern or publish it somewhere ?
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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2005 12:25:37 PM »

you. are. freaking. amazing.
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Keridiana
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2005 12:59:57 PM »

Grin Thanks everyone! You made my day!

REVISED PATTERN

Since I kinda winged it, and I've never written a pattern, I'll try to relate what I did.... and hope it makes sense.

I began with the idea from Knitty.com's "Tempting" sweater, which is entirely a k2p2 rib.  Then I decided I'd be bored ribbing all the way.

First I figured out my gauge on my circulars (which was 4sts=1" or so), and multiplied 4 x 32 (I wear size x-small). That was the number I casted on, 128.  Then I figured what cable-rib pattern would work for me, and ended up with a 16-stitch pattern.  So if you want larger sizes, multiply by 34, or 36, etc...?  BUT, if you want to do the exact same patter of cable-rib as me, then make sure total cast-on is a multiple of 16.  I ended up with 8 blocks of 16, or 128.

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I did k2, p2 until the piece measured about 3".  SEE (A) ON PIC. Keep a marker on the beginning of each round!

Then I did the following 16-stitch pattern:  cable 6, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2. SEE (B) ON PIC.

     Cabling 6 was done without cable needles, a left-twist cable.  Just be consistent. 
     So it works out to:
                     for 3 rounds:   k6, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2
                     on 4th rounds:  twist k6, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2
                     for 5th and 6th rounds: k6, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2
     Repeat that until you have done FIVE cable twists.

Now it's time to switch the cables and ribs colums. SEE (C) ON PIC.  So from the beginning of the round, you have "below", a cable, then 2 columns of ribs, and so on, right?  Now you'll do 2 columns of ribs, then the cable:

                   for 3 rows:  k2, p2, k2, p2, k6, p2 (STILL A 16-stitch BLOCK)
                   for 4th row: k2, p2, k2, p2, twist k6, p2
                   for 5th and 6th rows: k2, p2, k2, p2, k6, p2
      Repeat that until you have done APPROX. 2 CABLE TWISTS.  Now it's time to increase for the bust.  Measure against yourself to figure out if that's where you want to increase for the bust, anyway.  Increase by MAKING ONE at the columns of ribs.  That means:

                    make one knitwise, k2, make one purlwise, p2,
                    make one knitwise, k2, p2, cable column, p2

Does that make sense?  The ribbing columns just get thicker, becoming k3, p3, k3, p2, cable 6, p2 .  Basically, increase at even points along your block pattern, and you'll be okay.

Try to SEE (D) ON PIC.

Continue till you have done 5 TWISTS ON THE CABLE (same as before), and switch the cable and rib row pattern back to the original CABLE first.  Notice now you're cabling 8 though.  That's right, the 9-stitch k3,r3,k3 rib colums get shrunken by one to cable 8 instead.  If I lost you here, just wing it!  Be consistent is all.

When you get to the underarm, SEE (E) ON PIC, return to a k2, p2 rib for about 1". EDIT EDIT EDIT


Now we're ready to figure out the top!THIS SECTION HAS BEEN REVISED AS OF 1/4/05
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You can try to figure out the Knitty.com TEMPTING sweater's way of using waste yarn to do the sleeves from here.  I HAD NO IDEA WHAT WASTE YARN MEANT, so I winged it.  RIGHT NOW I'M ATTEMPTING TO NOTE DOWN A BETTER WAY THAN WHAT I ACTUALLY DID. I HOPE IT WORKS:

(1) First, count your blocks. Are they an even number?  Figure out how much you should allocate for underarms.  I did one block (16 stitches) for each underarm, leaving 3 blocks for the front, 3 blocks for the back.

(2) So... you're at the beginning of a round here.  RIB across the front (in my case, 3 blocks, or 48 stitches).  You're now at underarm site one. Hold off the amount allocated for undearm with a stitch holder or another spare circular needle (in my case, 1 block, or 16 stitches).  Cut yarn here if you need to, unless you have another ball.  Leave 1st circular needle dangling across the front.

(3) Using 2nd circular needle and new yarn end, RIB across the back (in my case, 3 blocks, or 48 stitches) until the next underarm site.  Again, hold off amount allocated for underarm with another stitch holder (in my case, 1 block, or 16 stitches). 

(4)  Now you have the front held with one circular, and the back held with another circular.  Remember which is the front and back, okay?  Mark it somehow.  Ignore the underarms for now, and work on the front and back separately for an even amount of rows, until each is about 1.5" up.

(5)  Now you should have a tube plus about 1.5" above the underarm site (this part will tuck in a bit?).  Let's make the top of the shoulder now.

(6)  Go back to the front section needle, which will again become your one and only needle.  RIB across to underarm.  CAST ON 32 (or about twice as much as you held off for the underarm).

(7)  RIB across the back to the other underarm.  CAST ON 32.

(8 ) Now you're a big circle again.  RIB around this new big circle for about 0.5". 

(9) Garter stitch 2 rows.

(10) Switch to k1, p1 ribbing for about 4 rows. 

(11)  Count your ribbing rows and figure out an even way to intersperse YARN OVER holes (For the ribbon).

(12) k1, r1 another 4 rows, and end with 2 rows garter stich before you bind off.

Now you have something that looks like this:

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Now the cap sleeves!

Pick up, with your smallest circular needle, the sleeves.  SEE PIC.

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I did k2, p2 ribs, but maybe you are better at it and can match up to the existing pattern, so you don't end up with that ugly line I got.  About 3" or 18 rows later, I binded off.

When I had that last stitch hanging on the needle, I switched to crochet, and did 8 shells. 

LIKE I SAID, A PAINFUL WEEK!


Next time I better write down what I'm doing as I go, huh?!


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ShiningStar
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2005 01:31:46 PM »

I love it the style and color is great.  Thanks for the instructions.
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Keridiana
« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2005 03:22:07 PM »

If you want a slightly bigger pic, and you are a member of Xanga, then it is slightly bigger at http://www.xanga.com/Piyolet82

Thanks again everyone!
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2005 09:11:21 PM »

lovely!!!  I might have to try it myself.
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Keridiana
« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2005 09:13:20 PM »

I just realized that I haven't been knitting right, including this sweater!  Read my post in the Discussion section, or see my blog, for an explanation...!  Although honestly, I can't see much difference between what I was doing and what is right, except now I knit looser....
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« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2005 09:21:11 PM »

yeah, I read that other one, that's how I saw your sweater.  Smiley  hey, it's still so pretty, so what does it matter?   Smiley
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