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« on: March 17, 2005 08:23:16 PM »

I bought this huge silk sweater at the thrift store a week ago, and I've been slowly unraveling it so I could make something out of it.  When I bought it, I had all of these visions in my head of beatiful silk things, but now that I've got the stuff ready to knit I have no idea what I want to make. 

Surfing the web for patterns has been no help either.

So, does anyone have any really great knitting patterns that call for silk?  I've got about a small sweater's worth of it.

I'd make a purse or something, but I'm not really a fancy silk purse kind of lady, and I kind of want a tank top.
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2005 09:06:17 PM »

in Last Minute Knitted Gifts, there is a pattern for a pretty little cami made from the Fiesta La Luz silk yarn - so if the yarn you have is more or less like that, maybe that would suit your tank top craving.  also, you might try a Clapotis from Knitty, if that is the sort of thing you would like.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2005 10:18:41 PM »

^^^^

I went to Knitty and searched around, but I didn't find any patterns for a "Clapotis."

But all was not lost!

Because I found this pattern: Zaftig!*

To which I will add a bottom part.

* I wear a 34F, so I think this project is perfect.
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2005 10:21:20 PM »

Zaftig will be pretty.

Clapotis is a scarfy thing.  it is listed, I think, under wraps or some such category.
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2005 09:12:18 AM »

http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTclapotis.html

Voila.

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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2005 06:59:22 PM »

i will say i'm not sure about the support silk will give you

silk has no stretch or give, and as such it may not be the best for a bra-type garment...

knitty also has "unbiased" - a bag made from recycled nepalese silk that pretty cool

if i were you i'd knit up a swatch & test out what kind of support versus sag you'll be getting from it...

good luck :-)
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2005 08:01:24 PM »

^^^ Though it doesn't seem logical, no stretch or give is what you want when you're exceptionally heavy-chested.  The closer your bra-type garment is to being a steel trap, the better, at least in my experience. 

Example: All of my "stretchy" bras wear out like woah, because the elastic fibers slowly break down after being constantly stretched to their maximum capacity.  My silk bras, on the other hand, consistently last well over a year - because it's strong, doesn't stretch, and the fibers don't break easily.  This is the beauty of silk.

Thanks for the advice, though.  "Unbiased" is beautiful, too.
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2005 06:25:02 PM »

Not the greatest patterns out there, but they all have been worked with silk's restrictions in mind. Depending on the gauge of the yarn, you may have some luck.

http://www.mangomoonyarns.com/Patterns.html
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2005 08:55:56 AM »

The thing about Zaftig is that it was designed to be knit with Cascade Fixation, which is a cotton/lycra blend, and so the shaping may not be suitable for a non-stretchy yarn. You may end up with two flat triangles that don't really conform to your body.

But what the hell?  It can't take very long to knit it, and it it doesn't fit, it won't be a tragedy.
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