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« on: April 21, 2006 12:35:24 PM »

some time ago i saw a woman on tv wearing the coolest sweater imaginable. it looked like this:



any idea on how to make it? i don't think i'm very good at making up patterns on my own...


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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2006 11:43:10 PM »

I usually make up my own patterns, and I've found it very helpful, for things like armhole shaping and shoulder decreases, to look at other patterns as reference guides.  Just as long as you take into account the gague differences and convert the numbers to your own.
I'd begin to make that sweater bottom up, in the round.  Maybe do a little shaping on the sides.  Stop knitting in the round to make armhole decreases on both sides, then do the front & back separately.  I'd pick up stitches to make the collar at the end.
The sleeves I'd do bottom up too, gradually increasing until you get 1+1/4 or 1+1/3 the stitches you'd need to seam them to the armholes.  Then I suppose you'd somehow make tucks, maybe by skipping a few sleeve stitches every inch or so when you seam.
As for the collar, I honestly don't know how you'd make that.  Sorry, I've never made a collar before. 
I hope I was of at least a little help to you...

Oh, and one more thing--coming up with patterns often takes a bit of math, but it isn't too complicated.  You may want to sharpen up on your conversions and such if you're unmathy.  But whenever that fails, make an impulsive guess--that's what I always do.  You can do it!  Go get 'em!
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2006 09:43:52 AM »

I am not sure how youcould go about making that but there are some books that might help.
My favorite is Knitting from the Top Down it is a great book and no seams.
I have heard that Sweater Design In Plain English is good too.
I have The Sweater Workshop but i have not gone through it extensively.
hope this helps and good luck
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