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MmmKnits
« on: April 11, 2006 11:20:46 AM »

Just in time for spring, I have finally finished a heavy wool sweater!  Grin



Well, almost finished that is--I still need to add a zipper or some hooks and eyes, but I wasn't going to let that stand in the way of wearing it today. After knitting one sweater, twelve scarves, and five hats as Christmas gifts for other people, I've waited a long damn time for a sweater of my very own. I have to get in at least a couple of wearings before the summer heat wave begins!

The pattern is Samus from the Fall 2005 issue of Knitty. Thanks to unexpected interruptions from out-of-town guests and overwhelming work deadlines, it took me about two months to make. I used the recommended size 8 needles and the recommended yarn, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted in the color Orchid Thistle. At first I wanted something more in the periwinkle range, but my LYS didn't have it in stock the night I was ready to cast on, so I went for the pink instead. I admit to suffering a slight attack of buyer's remorse the first time I saw it the yarn in broad daylight--it was a bit brighter than I'd expected--but I'm glad I bit the bullet and soldiered onward anyway. I've gotten used to it over the last two months, and now think it's exactly what my wardrobe needed. The yarn itself is a little scratchy on my forearms, but otherwise fine. It also sheds a bit at first, but I've used it before and expected it.

I followed the pattern almost exactly. The only modification I made was to add some waist shaping--just simple paired decreases and increases at the sides (ssk/k2tog every four rows a total of three times, followed six rows later by paired m1 increases in the same pattern). I'm glad I did this--although they looked a bit wonky at first (as did the seaming), they looked fine after blocking. And it kept the sweater from being too boxy, which was my only complaint with the original.



I love the celtic braid cable along the hem and cuffs. It's already gotten plenty of compliments. The pattern writer mentioned that it was from Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge, which I just might pick up. Other knitters will probably be able to pick out the spot where I made a mistake, but since I mirrored that mistake at the opposite end of the cabled band, I managed to make it look like I did it on purpose. Now it's a "design feature."  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2006 11:49:35 AM »

I really like it. I've been wanting to make that sweater, but like you said, the original was too boxy. I'll have to try and modify it like you did.
But your's looks really good.
Maybe if I get started soon, I'll have it in time for the fall ^_^
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2006 11:55:58 AM »

I loved this sweater when I first saw it, but also wasn't sure about the fit.  Yours is beautiful!!  I really like the color, and your seaming looks perfect. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2006 12:22:23 PM »

That looks so good! The shaping's flattering. I love the way it's overall very simple, which makes the beautiful celtic braid stand out. In the picture, it looks like you already put in hooks and eyes for the fastening  Wink and it fits the sweater, even though a zipper might be more convenient in use.
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2006 12:38:03 PM »

gorgeous! I also really liked the pattern when it came out, but I much prefer the shaping you did to change the "boxy" design of the original.  And the colour looks great. 

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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2006 01:22:08 PM »

Fantastic job! Love the color, love the shaping. I'm about half way done with my Samus. Now I kind of wish I'd seen your results so that I could copy your shaping!

By the way, how tedious was the I-cord edging? I'm really not looking forward to it.
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2006 02:13:11 PM »

Tedious enough. You might knit faster or slower than me, but I'd estimate it probably took me about eight or nine hours. I just put on season 4 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and went into knitting auto-pilot.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2006 03:59:07 PM »

What a beautiful sweater.

I love the pattern and the color is yummy!
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2006 06:16:55 PM »

Lovely! Such a wonderful colour, and I always love reading people's input and thoughts and changes on patterns.
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2006 07:09:53 PM »

Tedious enough. You might knit faster or slower than me, but I'd estimate it probably took me about eight or nine hours. I just put on season 4 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and went into knitting auto-pilot.  Smiley

MmmmKnits, I think we may be long-lost twins. I've also been watching a lot of Buffy while working on Samus... season 4 in fact. By the time I get to the edging, though, I'll probably be on to season 5.

Hooray for Joss Whedon shows + knitting!
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« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2006 11:51:04 PM »

Wow, I love the design on the edges!
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MmmKnits
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2006 10:48:40 AM »

MmmmKnits, I think we may be long-lost twins. I've also been watching a lot of Buffy while working on Samus... season 4 in fact. By the time I get to the edging, though, I'll probably be on to season 5.

Hooray for Joss Whedon shows + knitting!

rebeccajane, that is too funny! Hooray indeed. I think for the next sweater I make, I'm going to see how long it takes me to knit as measured in Buffy episodes--you know, start at the beginning of the series and see how old everyone's gotten by the time I bind off.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2006 07:01:53 PM »

That's gorgeous! I love the mods with the shaping, too. Very smart.
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« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2006 10:32:02 PM »

That is such a beautiful pattern - and not too fussy either! The colour is amazing also.
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« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2006 11:06:47 PM »

very pretty!!!  I like your "mistake".  It gives it character!  (mistakes prove that we did it ourselves, I always say!)  Both Knitting On The Edge, and Knitting Over The Edge are totally worth having in any knitter's library!  I got them for my Birthday, and was a very happy little girl.
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« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2006 11:36:46 PM »

I love love your Samus !!!  Didn't hit me as a must have when I first saw it (kind of prefered the Kepler), but now I'm thinking I might seriously need to make one !!! And the colour you chose is so perfect ! Really flattering and feminine.
Like somebody said, I like your "mistake", looks nice... I bought knitting on the edge the other day and it's such an inspiring book !!

Guess I have to bookmark your mods as well, the shaping really does add to the pattern !  Great job !
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« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2006 04:59:46 AM »

Beautiful! I really liked this pattern when it first came out, but I was busy working on other things and it just kind of fell to the background. I think this is the first finished "real life" version of it that I've seen, and it has renewed my interest! I think this is going to the top of my list, and I will definitely try the waist shaping as well. Great job and lovely color!
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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2006 04:54:42 PM »

I love your Samus, gorgeous colour. I would love to do this if I could just get over my fear of putting zips in.
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« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2006 05:41:52 AM »

I love your Samus, gorgeous colour. I would love to do this if I could just get over my fear of putting zips in.

Oh me too! That's the major reason I haven't already made this sweater. But one of my goals for this year is to knit something that involves a zipper, so....
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« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2006 07:20:35 AM »

ultraviolet and anybody else who wants to see more Samuses, there is a Samus knitalong blog at http://samusknitalong.blogspot.com. It hasn't seen much action lately, but check the archives.

I'm also feeling a bit too chicken to wrestle with installing a zipper, which is why I think the hooks and eyes might be an easier solution. I think they'd fit the shape of the sweater really well. But knowing how much I love procrastinate about finishing things, I probably won't work up the energy to install a closure of any kind until the weather starts turning chilly again.  Roll Eyes

Anyway, thanks for your kind comments, everybody! This is the first time I've posted a FO to craftster, and I'm a bit overwhelmed by the positive response.  Smiley I will try to contribute more in the future.
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« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2006 08:49:15 AM »

That is a gorgeous color!  I'm glad you stuck with it.  The waist shaping was a good idea- I hate boxy patterns!  They may be good for some people but not me.  Spring still has some chilly days (at least where I am) so you should get some wear out of it.   Even if you don't, you will have a kick-ass brand new sweater come fall!
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« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2006 04:45:50 AM »

It's beautiful, and very flattering with the waist shaping.
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« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2006 01:18:42 PM »

I really like the color and the shaping makes it look even better than the original!
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« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2006 01:33:10 PM »

beautiful - and great idea to add some shaping!  i love this braided cable...  i started knitting a shrug with it up the sleeves during the winter but it fell aside due to holiday gifts.  maybe i should pick it up again!
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