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socomfyhere
« on: January 31, 2005 01:00:33 PM »

...but I have a few questions

I am going to make this sweater a little differently to suit my taste and budget, so I will be using Lion Brand yarn instead of what is recommended.  The problem is that I haven't really followed a pattern before so I'm not that clear on what yarns make good sweaters.  I am trying to decide between Wool Ease worsted (20% wool, 80% acrylic) and Cotton Ease (50/50 cotton + acrylic)

I am just looking for some input from y'all at Craftster as to which would make a better sweater (aka minimal pilling, lots of shape retention, ease of washing, etc.)

Thanks in advance!   Grin
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Katydid
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2005 05:52:27 AM »

I have not made a sweater (yet), but I can tell you from wearing sweaters that I hate cotton.  It's too heavy for my taste - not in thickness, but actual weight.  Also, I don't think you can't block cotton.

Personally, I'd go with the wool blend.

Good luck!  That sweater is adorable, and definitely on my list.

Come back with pics,
Kate
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2005 06:35:22 AM »

I also think you'd be best off with the wool blend, although this yarn does (in my experience) have a tendancy to pil. But the cotton may be too drapy for a shaped sweater like this. You're going to have to invest in some 100% wool for the flowers and leaves, however, because anything less will not felt. another option, i suppose,would be to knit the flowers and leaves from the head huggers pattern and sew those onto the sweater instead (in a slightly different configuration).
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2005 11:47:05 AM »

Thanks for the help!

Man, debacle, you must be psychic or something because that was exactly what I am planning to do! (the head hugger flowers).  I am also going to pretend that I am making the flowers but then start stockinette for a scalloped edge:
     vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv
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     \ /  \ /  \ /  \ /  \ /
I know that may not make sense, but once I make it (in wool ease!) I will post pics so y'all can see what I am talking about.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2005 04:31:47 PM »

I'm making this too (I've finished the back and one sleeve and started the front). I subbed in different yarn and changed the pattern around with all the tricky math in the first part of the book. I'm not using Lion Brand, but I am using a 20/80 wool/acrylic blend ($22 each for a HUGE ball. I bought two but I'm more than half done and I think I'm not even going to touch the second ball). I live in Canada, and except for Noro and Lion Brand and Paton's, I can hardly ever find anything in my LYS (two independent, one Wal-Mart and one Lewiscraft) that the patterns call for, so I'm really glad to see those instructions.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2005 07:04:08 AM »

I'm knitting this too!  I'm finished the front, back and one sleeve.  Hopefully I'll get the second sleeve done in a week or so.  I'm using an acrylic yarn because unfortunately I can't wear wool Sad
I'll post some pics when I get it done.  Good luck!
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2005 12:07:15 PM »

Non-sweater related comment..............I love the festive cat pic. 
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2005 12:49:08 PM »

So I finished this sweater the other day and it DID NOT turn out at all Sad

It sucks because it took me about 2 months to make.  I don't know what happened, but it's about the right size for an orangutan... the sleeves are really long and the body is huge and short.  I substitued yarn and it was my first sweater, so I learned a lesson... I'm going to be very careful if I substitute yarn again!   Luckily I got all the yarn for $3.99 at VV so it wasn't a huge loss.  Anyway, I can't wait to see how everybody else's turn out Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2005 12:51:11 PM »

Did you swatch the sub yarn first?  I always worry that even with a swatch as I go about knitting that the change in tension will cause problems.
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2005 07:57:02 PM »

I knit a small swatch and it was a little bit off on measurements.  I didn't think it was a big deal, but the small difference in the swatch made a big difference in my sweater.  I will be much more careful next time!
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