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Topic: Crabby Baltimore Sweater (with Fair Isle Chart!)  (Read 11397 times)
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« on: June 13, 2012 05:58:55 AM »

Hey there, ladies and gents!

Thought I'd pop by to share this sweater before putting it away for the summer...I actually finished it probably a year ago, but never got around to photographing it! It was my first big fair isle project, and I gotta say, I think I'm hooked!

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and a photo to show the whole thing, as well as how I feel when wearing it:



Pattern: "The Life Aquatic" from Debbie Stoller's "Superstar Knitting"--I loved the shape of the sweater, and had been wanting to try out a fair isle yoke for ages, but the original had fish on it! Fish frankly kind of freak me out, so I couldn't see myself immortalizing them on a sweater, but I dug the marine theme...so i stuck some Baltimore crabs on it! Well, they're just crabs, but I hail from Baltimore, so that's what I'll be calling them.  And since drawing up the charts for them was such a fun challenge, I re-charted the entire yoke, adding some seaweedy sort of plantlife as well. And I love it so much!

Yarn: I had loads of "french vanilla" lion brand microspun lying around from a frogged project, and it fit close enough to the prescribed yarn, so I went with that! The colors are mostly done in simply soft, I think...


Here's a kind of boring photo of what it looks like flat...


Overall I'm really pleased with it, much more than I normally am with sweaters I make!
It fits and feels nice, and people always ask me about it!
Maybe that's because it's not every day you see a sweater with crabs on it....

Anyway, thanks for checking it out!
And if you haven't taken a look at Superstar Knitting, I definitely recommend it!
Lotta great patterns in there, time to pick which to knit up next!

UPDATE:
Thanks for the kind words, everyone! Here's the chart I designed, feel free to use it if you'd like! I would love any crabby projects you make with it, please PM me if you've used it!  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2012 06:36:20 AM »

OMG *in love!*
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2012 06:47:06 AM »

I love this!  Impressed with your skills! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2012 06:49:37 AM »

Dang! If I give you my measurements, will you knit me a sweater?  Wink  JK!!  Great job!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2012 07:22:41 AM »

looks great, I love your modifications.
i also love the transformation of the sweater from flat to being worn--it looks great.
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2012 07:46:06 AM »


As a crabby Cancer, I love it! Doesn't fair isle go fast? I'd probably die of boredom in the plain section, though  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2012 09:10:58 AM »

oh wow, that is such a beautiful sweater!  Absolutely amazing!
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2012 12:12:56 PM »

Wow this is great!  Love the crabs!
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2012 01:00:32 PM »

That is amazing and cute!
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2012 03:43:01 PM »

Gorgeous!
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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2012 04:27:08 PM »

Super job, Quinn!  I love it!!  YOU ROCK!   Cool
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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2012 04:31:38 PM »

I love how you made it unique with the crab motif. Beautiful! Grin
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2012 02:14:01 AM »

that is one of the most awesome things I have seen in aaages!
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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2012 12:52:45 PM »

Gorgeous!  Care to share your crab chart?  I agree it is even cuter than the fish.
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2012 02:25:35 PM »

That is extremely awesome!

Nice work.
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« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2012 11:52:06 PM »

Awesome  Cheesy Lovin' the crabs.
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« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2012 11:42:42 AM »

This rocks!  I'm from MD too so YAY CRABS!
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« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2012 07:42:45 AM »

Yes. Definitely they are Maryland crabs! (I'm from MD too and that was the first thing I thought.) Way to go!
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« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2012 10:33:31 AM »

Love the crabs!!   Cheesy   Great job on the sweater!   Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2012 10:37:10 AM »

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« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2012 04:10:03 PM »

I am in awe.  Beautiful work and I think I need one now lol.
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Wow!  You did a great job, I love the crab theme.  I'm just learning how to knit, I can't wait to try fair isle! Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2012 06:46:36 AM »

Wonderful.......am very envious of your skill with knitting needles!
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« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2012 07:47:12 AM »

This sweater is just so utterly pretty and fun. I am in love with it. I've been pretty dedicated to crochet, but this really makes me want to dust of my knitting needles. Gah, it's gorgeous!
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« Reply #25 on: June 27, 2012 08:51:18 AM »

The crab pattern is so fun!!  Love the sweater!
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« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2012 12:07:09 PM »

Oh, I'm in love with this too!
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I love this sweater! Jacquard is fun, isn't it? This is a great pattern and you did a really good job.  Smiley
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YAY, fellow Baltimoron!  Charting makes me buggy & I'm so happy to see you've posted your crab chart!  Thank you!  The colors are lovely & festive, well done on that sweater!
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« Reply #29 on: July 04, 2012 06:05:15 PM »

Holy carp that is awesome!  It looks so perfect!  And I love the crabs - I'm a native Marylander myself, so am totes jelly.
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« Reply #30 on: August 03, 2012 04:38:41 PM »

Wow, what an awesome sweater.  As a Cancer (if you stick to the old astrology calendar), I go "crab happy," and this totally made my day!
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« Reply #32 on: October 01, 2012 11:21:27 AM »

LOVE!!!
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« Reply #33 on: May 06, 2013 08:06:23 AM »

I just love those MD crabs but your chart disappeared. Can you repost it or is it anywhere else on the web (revelry)?  Grin
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« Reply #34 on: June 05, 2013 12:38:31 AM »

Ummm, this is freaking adorable! I never figured I'd be so in love with a piece of clothing that has crabs on it!
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« Reply #37 on: December 11, 2013 07:58:30 PM »

Thank you so much, everyone! I took the chart down for a while, but I just put up a new and improved one! (Same chart, but done in Excel rather than with colored pencils on graph paper Wink ).  I'd love to see any projects anyone uses it on, please PM me if you make something with it!
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