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« on: October 12, 2010 12:41:06 PM »

I finally was able to take pictures of my Giselle sweater (a Stitch Diva pattern)! It was a beautiful day for it too! This was a top-down raglan that was a pretty easy knit.  The only mod I made was to do the crochet picot trim instead of the knit one, as I learned how to crochet this summer.

I used Mirasol Nuna, which is a beautiful blend of merino wool, silk and bamboo! If you have a chance to purchase this, definitely do so!  You can't really tell in the pictures, but the yarn has a slight sheen to it, probably from the silk content.

I still need to do twisted cord for the arm bands, but I might just leave them empty too.  What do you think?

The only problem with the sweater that I have is that the shoulders show my bra straps in a major way.  Strapless bras are evil, so I think I might just let people see my bra straps.  Luckily, my hair is long enough to cover most of it.  I think I'm also going to add a hook and eye closure to the side to help stabilize it a bit, although I haven't really had to adjust it much today (which is good).

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(dangly sleeves)


(I love what the wind did to my hair in this picture!)






(This was the picture my husband was like "Stop squinting!" Well, I'm sorry buddy but the sun was in my eyes...)

Yep, I rock the sweater with jeans, 'cause that's how I roll.  I also have a really cute brown and gold hippie skirt I can wear with it to dress it up for work or holidays. Thanks for looking!!
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2010 12:51:47 PM »

Looks great on you!  I like the arm bands as is and the yarn you used seems perfect for the pattern.  I need to get around to knitting this all ready.
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2010 02:10:41 PM »

thats very cute! What about adding a bra strap holder (ribbon and a snap) to each shoulder to keep bra straps tamed?
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2010 02:27:09 PM »

I love the back! It looks very princess/medieval! Love it!
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2010 02:28:35 PM »

Gorgeous! And hey, what better excuse to go buy new bras with pretty straps Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2010 02:41:15 PM »

I love your awesome photo shoot! I never have the attention span to do a project that big.

LOVE IT! And as always, you look awesome.
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2010 03:49:34 PM »

Wow! That is so pretty! Love the color you chose, green is beautiful on you.  I wouldn't worry about the bra straps, I couldn't even see them in the pics at all. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2010 04:31:26 PM »

very cute! love it!
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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2010 05:53:50 PM »

WOW! Thanks so much for all the compliments everyone!  Grin

The bra strap holder or a new bra with nice straps are great ideas! Thanks Smiley

This was a surprisingly easy knit and only took a month or so to actually knit. The hardest parts are the finishing details, i.e. the twisted cord, picot edging, sewing the cord to the sweater.
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2010 07:29:46 PM »

Yay! So happy to finally see you wearing this gorgeous sweater! The color and fit is really flattering on you. What a wonderful piece to have in your wardrobe.

I think I like the sleaves as-is. They are SOOO beautiful! It might be too much going on if you add the twisted cord.

Congratulations and thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2010 07:35:48 PM »

Oh very pretty! I love the sleeves. Great color!
I have not worked up the courage to attempt a cardigan/sweater. Also wish I could knit better. <---jealous.
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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2010 08:33:57 PM »

That is some really pretty work in the back there, I'm impressed!
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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2010 11:15:19 AM »

Thanks fellow Craftsters!!  Grin  The sleeves were definitely what sold me on this design and believe it or not, they don't really get in the way much (which is good).

I think I'm going to just leave the sleeves as is, thanks for the encouragement! It also saves me from having to do more twisted cord (yuck).

And crafty01_87, you should totally go for a sweater! Honestly, if it wasn't for this pattern, I might have waited much longer to finally knit one, and now I'm so glad I did!! I would suggest a top-down raglan too, this way you can try it on as you go! (And it also doesn't involve much seaming, if at all, for those that don't like to seam)
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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2010 12:45:03 PM »

I love this!  Shocked It just turned out perfectly. I wish I knew how to knit and crochet! Your are very talented! Grin Cheesy Wink
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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2010 12:51:42 PM »

Beautiful. That color looks great on you. I rock everything with jeans.
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« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2010 01:48:55 PM »

Beautiful. That color looks great on you. I rock everything with jeans.

Lol! That should be your Craftster quote.

Thanks so much!  Grin If I don't go for variegated yarn, I try to get yarns that are green, because I know the color will compliment my ungodly pale skin complete with freckleage.  This way I don't have to worry about spending all that time knitting something and have it clash with my skin tone.
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« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2010 04:03:10 AM »

Holy cow, Striker! Giselle looks awesome on you!!
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« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2010 07:29:38 AM »

Holy cow, Striker! Giselle looks awesome on you!!

Thank you!  Cheesy

I actually looked at all the projects on Ravelry for this sweater /before I decided to make it, and I noticed it looked good on everyone who made it, no matter what size or shape they were! This is definitely an equal-opportunity cardigan Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2010 08:14:21 PM »

Absolutely gorgeous!  I am very envious.   Definitely makes me wish I knew how to knit.
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« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2010 09:36:43 AM »

Beautiful work.  It has such a flatterning fit and looks lovely.
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« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2010 07:56:57 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous!  I am very envious.   Definitely makes me wish I knew how to knit.

Thanks! You should definitely learn how to knit! It's patterns like this that inspired me to learn!  Grin

Beautiful work.  It has such a flatterning fit and looks lovely.

Thank you!
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« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2010 06:58:26 PM »

Gorgeous! A beautiful knit...
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« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2010 08:15:04 AM »

That looks fabulous. I love Stitch Diva patterns. I'm making the Simple Bodice in cashmere right now. Knitting top down is the only way to go once you've done it, huh?
btw, the sheen in your yarn comes from the bamboo. It's such a cool fiber.
Congratulations on a gorgeous sweater.  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2010 01:30:35 PM »

That is soo cute.  I want one!!
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« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2010 05:29:53 PM »

Thanks Renstar and MrsBowles!  Cheesy

That looks fabulous. I love Stitch Diva patterns. I'm making the Simple Bodice in cashmere right now. Knitting top down is the only way to go once you've done it, huh?

Yes, the Stitch Diva patterns are really nice! I really love knitting top down too! My previous experience in top-down was with baby sweaters, but this was my first adult.

Can't wait to see your Simple Bodice! That's on my to-knit list as well, although I think if I was to pick one to do next, it would be Le Cirque.
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« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2010 05:57:57 PM »

Oh, Le Cirque is so flattering. I forgot to mention that I'm also making the Broomstick Lace hourglass jacket in, guess what...a wool/bamboo blend. What a coinkidink!
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« Reply #26 on: November 04, 2010 08:25:14 AM »

Oh, Le Cirque is so flattering. I forgot to mention that I'm also making the Broomstick Lace hourglass jacket in, guess what...a wool/bamboo blend. What a coinkidink!

Yes! I love the sleeves on Le Cirque (maybe I have a sleeve thing? lol), I'm not sure how I feel about the collar/choker thing that goes with it.  Definitely something I plan on knitting in the future, once holiday knitting is over anyway.

LOVE wool and bamboo blends! The one I used for Giselle also had silk in it too. It's like you get the best of both worlds: the warmth and structure of wool and the sheen and drape of bamboo  Grin
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« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2010 10:24:20 PM »

This is beautiful! I wish I could knit better.
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« Reply #28 on: November 09, 2010 06:27:39 AM »

This is beautiful! I wish I could knit better.

This was actually a surprisingly easy knit! The hardest part was probably the short rows to shape the sleeves (and even still, it wasn't really as much hard as time consuming).  Otherwise it's just stockinette with increasing and decreasing. Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: November 14, 2010 02:00:28 PM »

This is really pretty!
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