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Topic: Lelahvoli **NOW WITH TUTORIAL**  (Read 9414 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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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2006 09:05:00 AM »

I think this may be the pattern I have been looking for.  I'm familar with Lelah, and have eyed the pattern longingly thinking, "Oh how I wish I didn't have saggy pushing-40 boobs that would probably look horrid in this, even with a strapless bra".   I'm not at the point of altering patterns yet, but I will keep this in mind.

One question:  where can the Picovoli pattern be found?
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« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2006 09:09:06 AM »

Oooohhhh - purdy! Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2006 09:56:41 AM »

Zanti  MissKnit If you want the pattern I wrote up let me know.  The picovoli pattern's on MagKnits.
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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2006 11:26:09 AM »

Wow - I guess there really isn't a new idea out there.  I have been planning this EXACT same combination for a summer sweater for my 3 yo niece.  I would love your pattern notes as I'm also changine guage and size and your notes on converting the lelah from bottom up to top down would save me some time - I have to have it done by April 3rd for her birthday!

Your lelahvoli looks great!

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« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2006 05:00:10 PM »

for everyone who asked for the pattern, I'll email it out with my final edits this weekend.
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« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2006 04:08:38 AM »

oooh, thanks!
My email address is zelia_and_george at yahoo dot com

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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2006 06:08:24 AM »

Hooray for pattern-bashing! That is a great sweater. It takes a good eye to combine elements like that.
I want to make a shawl with fingerless gloves at the tips, but I'm afraid it'd end up on youknitwhat. hahahahahaha.
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« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2006 09:23:50 AM »

Very cute!
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« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2006 01:52:30 PM »

I would love the pattern too!
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« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2006 05:57:21 PM »

To all who wanted the Lelahvoli pattern--I got so many requests I decided just to post a tutorial now in the first post.  This way people of all sizes can make the top, as I only have my alterations for my size.  Also it's good for y'all to learn how to do the math conversions, so you can rewrite any pattern you want to work with the weight yarn you desire.
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« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2006 06:00:10 PM »

To all who wanted the Lelahvoli pattern--I got so many requests I decided just to post a tutorial now in the first post.  This way people of all sizes can make the top, as I only have my alterations for my size.  Also it's good for y'all to learn how to do the math conversions, so you can rewrite any pattern you want to work with the weight yarn you desire.

You are the coolest. Thanks!
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« Reply #21 on: March 13, 2006 06:04:03 AM »

Thanks for the tute! Looks great! (And it's starting to look like spring here, so just in time, too!)
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« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2007 01:00:44 AM »

Thanks so much PlayItGeorge for the tute.  That tope looks gorgeous.  I'm just waiting on my yarn to start the Picovoli but I think I'll make this instead Smiley
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