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« on: August 30, 2014 08:54:51 AM »

I finished knitting this sweater about two months ago, but the pictures I took back then weren't all that amazing (I was wearing a white top underneath, it was showing!) and after our holidays, I forgot to post it! I made my husband take new pictures today, so I can finally share this sweater. After about six months of on and off knitting (had to put it on hold because of wrist/elbow pain several times) I finally finished this sweater. It's the third garment I've ever knitted: my first sweater turned out too large, so I gifted it to a friend, and I knit a baby cardigan for my god daughter. (Nice thing with knitting for babies: usually they'll grown into the clothes, even if your gauge is off).

Since I really wanted to make sure that this time around, my sweater would fit me and not somebody else, I took great care with the swatching, measuring and conversions. And I had to do plenty of conversions! My measurements corresponded to XL hips, L waist, XXL-3XL bosom, S shoulders.  Lips sealed I also altered the pattern for knitting in the round, and I used this technique to knit set-in sleeves from the top down. I really don't like stitching things together!

I still feel like the sweater is a tad loose in the back, but it fits nicely Smiley I might knit it again, in cotton rather than acrylic. I was absolutely surprised by how warm the sweater is, despite it being a thin knit with fine yarn. It just feels so much warmer than machine knit, incredible!

Anyway, autumn is clearly fast approaching, so I'll be getting good use from it soon!
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2014 09:09:21 AM »

One of the best things about knitting is the ability to custom fit!  It does fit you perfectly!  The color is lovely and I love the design...the waist detail is very nice to show off your curves!

Thanks for sharing with us...and can't wait to see your summer one!

« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2014 09:44:34 AM »

I love the color, and the neckline! Great job with calculations.

Perhaps consider a ribbon tie for the back? To cinch in the waistline? With a pretty bow there?
You could either attach the ribbon to the side seams, or further close to the center back panel. If you didn't want the ribbon all the way across. Maybe an easier closure to the bow with Velcro to cinch things. And a permanent bow that would wash well, and not get tangled. Just ideas. Grosgrain ribbon works great, and washes better than the satin ones. Just ideas.

Wonderful job. Glad you don't need to give this project away. I am sure it took a good deal of time to finish.


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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2014 09:51:05 AM »

This is lovely.  I like the design with the pretty neckline and the waist detail.  I couldn't agree more about sewing seams. Also my tension is such a variable affair I never get front and back alike so I have to knit in the round.  Thanks for the link for the set in sleeves. I'm sorry about your arm pains.  I hope it doesn't stop you knitting more lovely things.
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2014 10:02:42 AM »

It looks great on you...such a flattering pattern & color. Wink Well done!

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It is lovely.

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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2014 02:10:08 PM »

It looks lovely on you.well done!

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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2014 03:24:24 AM »

Always great to see work of a dear friend popping up! Nice work, milady!

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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2014 08:23:03 AM »

What a beautiful sweater!
I love the color and the neckline and the waist... so I guess I love everything about it. I wish I had the patience to do something this involved.
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2014 10:40:44 AM »

Thanks you guys!!! Cheesy

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