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busymama
« on: January 20, 2008 05:57:24 PM »

Anyone knitting (or thinking about knitting) the Gathered Pullover from the winter 2007 IK?
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bijou_raoul
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2008 07:01:26 PM »

I have this in my queue on Ravelry, there are a couple other things I'm looking to finish up first though. Hopefully next month I'll be ready to get this sweater on the needles.
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NWPlatinum
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2008 11:52:13 AM »

I started it, and got all the way to starting on the sleeves before it hit me that I was knitting something that not only didn't have waist shaping, but gathered at the bust.

I've never looked good in empire waist tops or anything tent-like, so I don't know why I thought it would be a good choice. That fantastic cable blinded the sensible parts of my brain.

The project is now sitting in its bag, awaiting frogging.
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busymama
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2008 01:49:48 PM »

Blinded by the cable...LOL!  I've heard that the gathering stops it from being tent~like, and there are folks who made the cable fall just under the bust (what I plan to do if all this stockinette doesn't kill me first!).

What kind of yarn were you using?
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rosevans4
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2008 10:49:32 PM »

just started doing this..hopefully i wontget bored tooo quick Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2008 06:22:52 AM »

I'm keen to join a local knitting group. I think that this would be a good project as all my other projects are quite complicated. The endless stocking stitch would be fine while I'm chatting and don't need to pay too much attention. I may drop in some time soon with my progress.

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*k*
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2008 07:12:26 PM »

I'm working on this now.  I got through the body pretty quickly despite the endless stockinette.  Love the cable.

but now I'm on the sleeves...ugghh.  I hate sleeves.

I'm using Classic Elite Classic One Fifty merino yarn.  I couldn't find the specified yarn and I was looking for a particular color (purple-ish, but not too purple) in something without Alpaca content.  My sub yarn appeared to be the correct gauge (comparable to the yarn listed in the pattern), but I'm not sure it's turning out as drapey as it's meant to be.  I think I like it, though, so I'm looking forward to eventually finishing this.

I'll try to post some pics this weekend.
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gaucamolegreetings
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2008 04:48:16 PM »

I want to knit this but I have a question.  I want to knit this with some recycled merino wool from a thrift store sweater.  I was excited I got exactly the gauge on a swatch washed and all.  But the problem?  I measured my bust and it's almost exactly between the smallest sizes.  32" would definately be too small, and 36.25" too big.  Hm.  I've never knit an entire sweater before and not sure what is the best thing to do.  I would not be happy to knit a million rows of stockinette to be unhappy with the fit. 

I'm wondering if I should knit a swatch in a needle size bigger and go with the small size or a needle size smaller and go with the next size up?  But that seems like even more of a risk that it would actually fit even if I did a bunch of proportional math.  lol

Or I could try to somehow alter the pattern to make it halfway between those two sizes?  But I was kinda hoping for a brainless knit for a car ride I will be on tomorrow...

Thanks!
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*k*
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2008 07:40:14 PM »

I measured my bust and it's almost exactly between the smallest sizes.  32" would definately be too small, and 36.25" too big.  Hm.  I've never knit an entire sweater before and not sure what is the best thing to do.  I would not be happy to knit a million rows of stockinette to be unhappy with the fit. 

Or I could try to somehow alter the pattern to make it halfway between those two sizes?  But I was kinda hoping for a brainless knit for a car ride I will be on tomorrow...

If you want a close fit, you should probably go with the smaller size.  If you'd like it a little looser or plan to layer, the larger size would probably be ok.

I had the same situation, where I was between sizes.  I have approx. 35" bust and went up to the 36" size since it was the closest.  I modified the size across the bust slightly by adding waist shaping, decreasing 12 stitches total for waist, but only increasing 8 stitches to the bust.  It's a little looser than I would have liked, but this could at least partly be blamed on my yarn unexpectedly growing when it got wet (I tried checking for this with the gauge swatch, but apparently this wasn't noticeable to me at the time).  I had really hoped for a sweater that could be worn without layering, but this really requires a tank/cami worn underneath because the neck is so big.

Here's a really bad FO pic to give you an idea:
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gaucamolegreetings
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2008 05:47:10 PM »

*k*, thanks for the answer and picture.  I think yours looks great!  I agree though, it looks more of a snuggle up warm sweater with layers than a tight, sexy one.  The problem is that if you make it too tight, you will never wear it, a little big is still wearable, so I would tend towards that as well.  That said, after smoothing and measuring my swatch all night, I went with the smaller size for mine, and I think it might actually work out.  That said after almost being done with the main part, you never know.  But that leads me to another question I'm having...

In the very back of the neck it has you binding off stitches.  Then later for the neckline edging it has you picking up stitches all around.  Do you think it would be ok to just hold onto the very back stitches live and then knit them when you get to the edging?  Seems a lot easier than binding off stitches just to later pick them up, yk?

Thanks again!
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