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Topic: Lelahvoli **NOW WITH TUTORIAL**  (Read 9342 times)
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PlayItGeorge
« on: February 24, 2006 05:38:26 PM »

Look what happens when you put the top of Picovoli on the bottom of Lelah:

I'm really happy with it.

TUTORIAL:

Here's how to make it to any size.

I used worsted weight yarn.  The Lelah calls for worsted, the Picovoli something lighter.  So here's how to get gauge--first knit a swatch using the size needles you'd like to use for the top.  Look at the picovoli's gauge, and determine the stitches per inch (this is now x).  Then figure out how many stitches per inch your swatch has (this is now y).  Now, to convert the pattern.  For example, let's pretend that you have to cast on 60 stitches.  I don't know, I don't have the pattern in front of me, this is a made up number.  So, if you divide 60 by "x", you get the number of how many inches you're casting on rather than stitches in the original pattern.  Now multiply that number you get by "y" to figure out how many stitches you should cast on.  Do this for the entire Picovoli pattern up until the bust, and now that you've got your new numbers, knit away.  Stop when it is just below your bust.

At this point you do one round of k2 tog, YO, to make the holes for the ribbon.  Then the next round you knit as normal--BUT you must find out how many stitches you have on the needles, and then either increase or decrease the amount needed to make the # of stitches on the needle equal to a multiple of 11.  Spread out the increases/decreases over the round.  Doesn't really matter if you increase or decrease--if you're one stitch over a multiple of 11 decrease, if you are 4 stitches under, increase--whichever way you have to round the closest to. 

NOW, start Lelah.  Just follow the lace as on the pattern.  NO you don't have to manipulate the lace pattern in any way...basically your lace will be "upside down" since you're knitting top down and not bottom up.  Compare my lace pattern to the original and you will see.  Then when it's long enough bind off and call it a day!

If you're doing the Picovoli top as I did you will have to finish the collar as the pattern specifies and also the sleeves.  I wanted my sleeves a little longer so I picked up stitches from under the armpit and knit in the round till it was desired length. 
 
Hope that helps--and that trick on how to convert the sport (I think it's sport the pattern calls for) weight to worsted weight will work with any yarns, any size.  It's just math!  See, math is useful!  Please let me know if there's any way I can edit this tutorial to make it more useful.
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2006 05:51:08 PM »

Very nice!  I'd been eyeing up Lelah, but was worried about the top (bad experiences with tube tops).  I hadn't thought about taking the top from a different sweater. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2006 07:59:54 PM »

wow. I love my lelah,but I've been wanting one with sleeves! Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2006 08:04:58 PM »

What a great combo!  I was thinking of making a Picovoli, and I liked Lelah but it wasn't for me because of the straplessness.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2006 08:15:27 PM »

Brilliant! It looks great!
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2006 10:54:36 AM »

Oh, that turned out cute. I love the Lelah Top, for sure. Great job.
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2006 11:31:17 AM »

That's pretty!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2006 04:25:39 PM »

so, did you knit it bottom up like lelah, or top down like picovoli? Not that I want to copy you or anything.  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2006 08:52:06 PM »

Top down.  It's also recalculated for worsted weight yarn.  I can walk you through it if you want.  PM me.
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2006 10:11:58 PM »

Thanks. I love the way it looks with the cap sleeves. I've got a million projects going now, but if I get around to starting it, I'll take you up on the offer of a walk through.
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