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« on: February 17, 2009 02:36:44 PM »

My stepsister gave me some clothes she didn't want anymore and among them was a soft white sweater. We are no where near the same size, so the clothes were intended for reconstruction. I dismantled the sweater and then wondered if I was insane since the yarn used to knit it wasn't twisted together at all...just 8 strands of string. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to knit with it since I'm not really a very experienced knitter. But, madwoman that I am, I did and here's the result.  It's acrylic.





I obviously need to learn the proper way to increase since I don't think it was supposed to leave those little holes...I don't mind them in this project, but I need to learn before the next one!  This is only the second wearable item I've knitted besides scarves.

I used this free pattern.  I made it just a couple of inches longer than her sample so my dd can wear it longer (or so I hope!).
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2009 02:50:13 PM »

This is so adorable!!! Nice job
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2009 03:07:24 PM »

This is great!  You know, every time I take apart a sweater I find the same thing.  I guess it actually IS okay to knit with several little strands together.  Did you have any problems with it?  The dress came out great!
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2009 03:08:19 PM »

That looks so cute! I thought you had just sewn it smaller (like making a tee shirt into a dress) - great job!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2009 03:20:22 PM »

This is great!  You know, every time I take apart a sweater I find the same thing.  I guess it actually IS okay to knit with several little strands together.  Did you have any problems with it?  The dress came out great!

It was hard to keep the strands together sometimes and a few times I didn't catch them all, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be...I just had to constantly be conscious of where my needles were going so I wouldn't split them up!  I'm pleased as punch with how it turned out! AND I only used the back panel and about 2 inches off of one of the sleeves, so I might have to find something else to knit with the same yarn.
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2009 03:24:23 PM »

Pretty!  The yoke looks great.

By the by, a great way to increase without leaving a hole is to knit into the front and then back of the stitch before sliding the base stitch off the needle.  Here's a video:

http://www.crazyauntpurl.com/archives/2006/06/increasing_knit.php
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2009 12:50:09 AM »

I think you did a great job.I thought the holes were a part of the pattern so dont tel anyone oops you did lol Anyway congrats.
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2009 04:47:39 AM »

Great job!  And I totally thought that the holes were part of the pattern, too!  The person above who mentioned stitching into the front and then the back of the stitch is right about how to increase w/o holes - that's what I remember from my knitting days . . .
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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2009 06:47:03 AM »

I agree with previous comments, the lace work looks intended!
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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2009 09:24:57 AM »

i think the holes look great on this dress  Grin
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