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« on: February 02, 2008 08:25:05 PM »

This was my very first knitting project, made with some beautiful yarn that my mom and my sister gave to me.  It involved much much frogging, and was more or less winged from the beginning with much patient *personal* guidance from the knitting mod herself!  (but only because she's my sister  Wink).  The design is my own.  I've been crocheting for quite a while, so the basics of construction were familiar to me, but I got to practice ribbing, increasing and decreasing.

The pictures aren't fabulous, but here they are: 







I would love any feedback from all you experienced knitters out there!
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2008 08:32:02 PM »

Wow, wonderful first knitting project! I really like the "belt" in the middle. I'm so impressed that you chose such an ambitious project for your first. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2008 08:36:43 PM »

Very sporty and i love the colors you used. You did great, I'm jealous!
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2008 08:37:58 PM »

Thanks, Trinabrielle!  Smiley 

I'm constitutionally allergic to patterns, I'm afraid, so anything I did I had to come up with on the fly.  My experience in crocheting taught me about construction, and tension, so it was not so hard to adapt those skills to knitting. 

Still, I did wind up frogging several parts of several times, especially the top part of the body, with the increases and armhole shaping.  I started it several months ago, and have worked at it in fits and starts.  There were times when I wanted to run it through the shredder  Wink The yarn was a Debbie Bliss aran, and it frogged beautifully, so it was a fantastic starter yarn, and beautiful enough to keep me motivated to do it right....

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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2008 08:46:07 PM »

Im not a pro knitter, actually not a knitter at all but I just have to say this is fabulous! I love the colors and the pattern! Beautiful job my dear!!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2008 08:47:45 PM »

Unfortunately, I have very little knitting experience.  I hope you won't mind some feedback from a novice!

I cannot believe this is your first project!  You are quite a daring one, aren't you?  I am thoroughly impressed.  The colors look beautiful with your skintone and the belt/banding across it is wonderfully flattering.

You and your sister share much talent!
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2008 09:13:19 PM »

This is beautiful! I'm not a knitter, but this is great! I like the color combination, and the shape of the sweater fits you beautifully, not to mention that it's a pretty looking in general, too. Great job!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2008 09:29:00 PM »

Ooooh, I love it! It looks very retro!! Great job!
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2008 10:43:28 PM »

Love the colors! Very cool!
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2008 05:06:53 AM »

Awww, thanks so much, all of you!  All feedback is welcome, whether from novices like me, or from Knitting Empresses like my sister (whose role in the completion of this sweater cannot be overstated)...

I must confess that I am proud of the sweater, although the pictures are small enough to obscure all the multiple twisted stitches, rescued dropped stitches, so I feel I should make mention of them.

The main trouble I had with it was with the neckline.  It took me a few tries to pick up enough of the right stitches from the neck, and then the edge of the neckline where I turned was really uneven.  I still don't know how to get an even turn.  If anyone has advice on that, I'd be most appreciative!

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