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Topic: Circular Shrug / Vest - Scale Model - TUTORIAL  (Read 257045 times)
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« Reply #170 on: September 23, 2005 02:54:01 PM »

Thanks for the compliments, everyone!

Samilynn9 -- I don't have my notes/measurements with me, but this is how I did the sleeves (warning, long post w/lots of math below!):

The gauge of my main body portion was 5 stitches/8 rows per inch, so I used this ratio to pick up stitches around the armhole, spacing them out as evenly as possible -- [pick up 2, skip 1, pick up 2, skip 1, pick up 1, skip 1]*, making sure I ended up with an even number for the mock rib.  I then measured/calculated the following:
   [distance from armhole to elbow] X 8 = [# of rows to decrease over]
   [circumference around elbow] X 5 = [# of stitches to end up with]

Based on this:
   [# of stitches picked up] - [# of stitches to end up with] = [# of stitches to decrease]

So assuming a 2-stitch decrease each time:
   [# of stitches to decrease] / 2 = [# of decreases]

And, finally:
   [# of rows to decrease over] / [# of decreases] = [rows per decrease]

So, for example, if the result here is 8, you need to decrease once every 8 rows.

Whew!  Anyone not lost yet?  Good, now on to the actual decreases.   Wink

On a standard sweater, decreases would be at the base of the armhole, but the seamed edges for this shrug lie on a diagonal (approximately where I sewed the ribbons on mine) -- which means that if you do the decreases at the base where you stopped seaming, they'll be visible from the front when worn.

Since I wanted to avoid this, I shifted the location of the decreases by placing a second stitch marker at what looked like the underside of the arm based on trying it on.  The decreases themselves were on the [k1p1] rows of the mock rib, and were just a k2tog or p2tog before and after the decrease marker in pattern.

Anyway, hope this helped.  Me?  Geeky?  Nah...
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« Reply #171 on: September 23, 2005 03:03:36 PM »

beautiful. thanks for the directions. to much math for me, though... /=
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« Reply #172 on: September 23, 2005 08:19:19 PM »

scary thing is, yeah, I got that...followed every word!  I may have to make another one, a slightly bit shorter/narrower to pick up stitches for sleeves!

Nice work chiaobella!
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« Reply #173 on: September 24, 2005 07:13:44 PM »

Ooh I just started mine. I've been eyeing a circ from urbn for the longest now. I'm going to make mine with long sleeves.
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« Reply #174 on: September 24, 2005 08:17:23 PM »

i got some white caron ss for mine- i want to make mine w/ long sleeves.
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« Reply #175 on: September 25, 2005 03:13:21 AM »

Hello, my first post!

Thanks to you lovely people for the pattern for this shrug.
I finished it last night (after a few attempts, silly me) and it looks amazing. Just need to iron the collar to flatten it out, and find a fastener for it.

I'll post a picture as soon as it is ready,
thank yoooooooou!
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« Reply #176 on: September 25, 2005 04:45:58 PM »

Hey all,

Great shrugs!  I've been inspired.  One question for successful  knitters of this project: Did you use stockinette stitch or the mock rib to get gauge?  Julsey, I saw your instructions for using the mock rib for gauge, but I have swatches of both and I can't get a good gauge with the mock rib - I have to stretch it to see the 'purl' bars in between the knit stitches, and I'm worried that this will give me a bad measurement.   Undecided  Ideas??
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« Reply #177 on: September 25, 2005 08:53:16 PM »

I swatched gauge in mock rib - that way I could accurately figure out how many stitches I needed to cover my back (then added 4 inches for the cap sleeves).  I find that it is easier to swatch in the stitch you're knitting in if you're doing the math on how many inches wide you want your piece to be.  If you're going to do the body in stockinette, swatch in stockinette.

Good luck!
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« Reply #178 on: September 26, 2005 07:39:42 PM »

You guys are amazing - I am so excited to be knitting my first sweater.  I never frog and I did on this as I am determined, determined, determined to make a sweater (I swore off all that requried shaping, using stitch holders, etc....).  I am done with the ribbing and am moving to the big, long part of it.  I wanted to do it in some lace-ish pattern - any ideas from those that have finished it? 
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« Reply #179 on: September 27, 2005 09:46:11 AM »

Thanks Julsey!  I ended up taking the gauge for the stockinette and the mock rib (as best I could), and they were pretty close. I split the difference, calculated the stitches for my back width (16") and added a few inches to get wee cap sleeves.  I CO 122 stitches, and was worried the whole time that my long tail would run out (it didn't  Cheesy).  

Here is a progress shot, with 5" of ribbing done - it barely fits on my needles!

Johnny says, "This is so embarrassing.  There better be a treat coming."

I think I'm going to stick with mock rib, but I'd love to see some lace - go for it, princessliak!  

Oh, and P.S. - Red Heart Super Saver sure is cheap, but you get what you pay for.  Scratchy plastic!  I think I took my guilty feelings about stash enhancement too far on this one - should have at least bought Cascade 220...
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