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aijay
« on: April 22, 2006 09:03:36 AM »

so i bought this odd cotton yarn, knit in a tube but i suppose it qualifies as a ribbon, and i thought it would be a raglan pullover.  which it was, for about 10 seconds, when i then realized that it weighed 1000 pounds, and frogged it and turned it into this:


i didn't follow a pattern, just started the plain old raglan again, but with a larger neck, shaped the bust, and added yarn-overs at the top and bottom to make it interesting but still leave it bra-able. (inspired by that steek vest i saw here, tho i haven't seen the book it came from yet).  and it actually turned out well!   shocker!  my math worked!  yea math!

OK, here's my first attempt at writing a pattern for what I did.  Please be patient if it's hard to understand, and let me know how to make it clearer!

Gauge: 3.25 stitches to the inch, on Size 10 (6.5 mm) circular needles.


SECTION ONE: sleeves and the top V (where you do all those Yarn Overs).

CO 13, PM, CO 23, PM, CO 13, PM, CO 10, YO 3, CO 10, PM.
Row 1: Join and knit round.  Where you find the YOs, drop them off the left needle and make 3 new YOs on the right, then continue knitting (i.e. wrap the yarn around the needle three times).
Row 2: This is an increase row, so knit into the front and back of the last stitch before the stitch marker, slip the marker, knit one, knit into the front and back of the next one, and continue knitting.  Or use any other increase method you like (YO, M1, etc).  Treat YOs as above.
Row 3: Knit round. Treat YOs as above.
Rows 4-9: Repeat as for rows 2 and 3.
Rows 10-18: Repeat as for rows 2 and 3, but do 2 YOs instead of  3.
Rows 19-21: repeat as for rows 2 and 3, but do 1 YO instead of  3.
Row 22: BO Sleeves.  I bound my sleeves off purl-wise because it looked better. Treat YO as above.  Remove the stitch markers.
Row 23: CO 3 where each sleeve was as you knit round.  Treat YO as above.
Row 24: Knit round, but place a stitch marker instead of doing a YO in the middle.

SECTION TWO: The bust shaping (where you increase a few for the bust, and then decrease for the stomach)

Row 25: Knit round, at one stitch before the marker M1, K1, slip marker, K1, M1, and continue knitting round.   
Row 26: Repeat row 25.
Rows 27-43: Knit round.
Row 44: K2T one stitch before marker, K1, slip marker, K1, SSK, and continue knitting the round.
Row 45: Knit round.
Row 46: K2T one stitch before marker, K1, slip marker, K1, SSK, and continue knitting the round.
Row 47: Knit round.
Row 48: K2T two stitches before marker, K2, slip marker, K2, SSK, and continue knitting in the round.
Row 49: Knit round.
Row 50: K2T two stitches before marker, K2, slip marker, K2, SSK, and continue knitting in the round.
(If youve got nice summer-time abs, Id suggest you do more decreases than I did.  You could also put decreases on the sides.)
Rows 51-54: Either knit round, or do more decreases.

SECTION THREE: The bottom upside-down V.
Row 55: Knit round, YO after marker, continue knitting round.
For the next 5 rows knit as above using one YO in the center.
For the next 8 rows knit as above using 2 YOs.
For the next 12 rows knit as above using 3 YOs.
Continue knitting now with 4 YOs until the top is the length you desire.  End with 4 rows of garter stitch to keep it from rolling, continuing the YOs, and bind off.  Weave in ends.  You rock!

Notes:  Youre never knitting those YOs, youre just letting the old ones drop off the needle and making new ones at every row.  
Sizing: I have a 34 bust.  This top is knitted with several inches of negative ease.  To make it bigger or smaller, just add or subtract to the cast-on row.  Also, you could do more raglan increases (which are rows 2-21) to make it bigger.  I just kept putting it on scrap yarn to try it on as I went definitely do that before you bind off the sleeves, but remember to stretch it a little as youre trying it on to mimic a snug fit.
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2006 09:08:38 AM »

That's lovely!  I need to knit something like that (I tend towards long sleeved sweaters, which never works out like I would have hoped.)  How did you do the sleeves (are they sleeves?  I have no idea what the correct word would be here) and the middle top and bottom detail?

I'm amazed! Nice job.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2006 09:20:43 AM »

that looks great on you! good job!
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2006 09:23:09 AM »

That looks so great on you!  Beautiful work.  I'd love to see a pattern- you should submit it to knitty or something.
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2006 09:32:45 AM »

i love that- it looks awesome on you- i really like how you placed the yarn overs- its nice that its bra-able- i always get (very) mildly put out by all the shirts that i could never wear- (cause lord knows i can not get away with not wearing a bra)
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2006 10:22:58 AM »

That's really beautiful and practical and Im always looking for things that use ribbon yarn - I don't yet own any but I still love it! - I second submitting it somewhere or maybe just being all nice and posting the pattern....
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2006 12:14:15 PM »

I agree you should submit or post a pattern.  I love the sleevs and it fits perfectly!!  Great job  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2006 09:52:54 PM »

Wow, that is great. Submit, submit! I think that pattern definitely deserves to be seen in a mag! Magknits, maybe?
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2006 10:14:44 PM »

I love that, its simple and cute!  Wink  Can you post a tute or a pattern? I would love to make this.

Great job !

Emms  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2006 10:19:15 PM »

Nice work!
I love the sleeves, and shaping!
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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2006 11:20:47 PM »

gorgeous!! stunning!! AMAZERING!!!!! :)
looks really great on you.... wow. i just lovelovelove every little detail of it!!! you rock!!!
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2006 11:38:23 PM »

Very HOT  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2006 11:57:13 PM »

This looks really nice. Great job on making it up and having it turn out perfect! Smiley
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aijay
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2006 11:29:29 AM »

Thanks for the encouragement, guys!  I've never done a pattern before, but I sat down this afternoon and tried to recontruct what I'd done.  I posted it above... if it's unclear, let me know where and I'll work on it some more.  If other people tried to make this as well, I'd be especially excited!
I didn't post the name of the yarn, because I don't think it's available outside of Greece.  It's by a local company called Kangaroo (and the yarn itself doesn't have a name on the package, it just says "cotton").  But I think any other ribbon or cottonblend with a similar gauge would work just fine.
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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2006 11:41:39 AM »

thanks so much for the pattern, I think I'll have to try it!
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« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2006 03:12:26 PM »

Amazing... we just asked for the pattern yesterday!  Thanks so much - I can't wait to try it!  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2006 03:25:22 PM »

could I ask one little favor?  could you measure how many stitches you got in 4 inches?  because I'm not sure if I'm getting 1.25 stitches or 1.5 stitches per inch, and being wrong for the gauge of 1 inch means you'll be very wrong for 4 inches.
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« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2006 03:38:58 PM »

It's cute an all, but it's virtually identical to two of Teva's patterns from her book Loop-D-Loop. If you cross the Ballet TShirt with the Steek shirt, you get exactly the same thing. I've knit both patterns. You can see pictures of the various shirts here.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=36163.0

But she made the pattern without seeing the Loop D Loop book. I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty impressive!  Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2006 05:43:28 PM »

It's cute an all, but it's virtually identical to two of Teva's patterns from her book Loop-D-Loop. If you cross the Ballet TShirt with the Steek shirt, you get exactly the same thing. I've knit both patterns. You can see pictures of the various shirts here.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=36163.0

And Grumperina's tivoli/picovoli and several other patterns use the same raglan cast on and shaping. It's a basic pattern - what makes all of the variations unique is the combinations. I'm making one now based on tivoli, with a lacy inset like Green Gables and the lower 6 inches is the lace pattern from Lelah. I may try one like this one, one of these days (or years).

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« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2006 02:33:58 AM »

Ariel, it's COMPLETELY a basic pattern.  i haven't knit the picovoli yet, but i've gotten all my raglan experience from Glampyre's patterns -- that woman really works a raglan -- as well as from the anthropology-inspired capelet pattern of Julesy723's here on craftster, and the raglans at cosmicpluto.com's blog.  there are a bunch of raglan shirts out there that give you the idea of how to go about customizing your own.  that's the nice thing about a raglan -- just determine how big you want it to be around your chest, work backwards to figure out what you need to cast on, and go.  you don't need a pattern for it at all. 

as i mentioned, i *did* lift the YO idea from having seen a pic of the steek vest from Teva's book on the internet.  i'd been playing around with the idea of a dropped stitch opening in the chest, but when i saw that vest it was clear that YOs were more controllable than a dropped stitch.  I just looked at the ballet tee from the link you posted, and i like it and it does indeed look like what i've knitted, but it looks like the chest is super-tight and then it does a bunch of increases after the chest so that the waist is looser.  am i right?  I'm more interested in decreases in the waist.  the raglan is a basic shape that's infinitely fun to mess around with.

anyway, i've just posted a variation on a common theme and let others here know how i did it -- i hope you don't feel that's inappropriate.   i've greatly benefited in the past when other craftsterites have done the same.   as soozeq has described -- sue, i'm looking forward to seeing a picture of that tee when you're done, it sounds fantastic.

kategirl, i got 13 stitches to 4 inches.  that's with the top laying flat.  those stitches stretch quite a bit though, i think because of the nature of the yarn i used and that fact that i used large needles.  the circumference of the top at its widest point in the bust is just over 29 inches when it's lying flat, while my bra size is a 34, so you get the idea of how much it stretches.  i hope that helps?
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« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2006 06:48:00 PM »

I love it!  And you're exactly my size too, how perfect!  Thanks for posting the pattern.
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« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2006 12:07:00 PM »

Thank you so much for sharing!   Grin

I have some black and white bamboo and have been looking for a little summery knit for it, i don't have a ton of yardage though... I think I have 462 yards.  Eek. I expect I do need to start looking for more, huh?

I heart bamboo--

Your pattern is adorable.  Thank you so much for sharing it!
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« Reply #22 on: May 22, 2006 06:47:19 AM »

very very cute top!
dang these boobs of mine! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2006 05:51:23 AM »


I have some black and white bamboo and have been looking for a little summery knit for it, i don't have a ton of yardage though... I think I have 462 yards.  Eek. I expect I do need to start looking for more, huh?


i'm sad to say, the yarn i bought had no yardage or gauge info printed on it whatsoever!  it's this from company called Kangaroo that doesn't seem to export outside of Greece.  for what it's worth, i used two and a half very large skeins (yes, i realize, that information is essentially useless).  sorry about that!  if the bamboo knits up nicely at a large gauge on big needles though, like this cotton did, 462 yards sounds like more than enough.

if you give it a try, i'd love to see how it goes!
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« Reply #24 on: May 24, 2006 02:52:41 PM »

Ooooh, I just noticed this post today and it's perfect! I've had some ribbon languishing in my stash for a while and this is perfect. Thanks for the pattern!
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« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2006 02:14:08 AM »

Thank you VERY much!
Your post gave me the inspiration and the motivation to re-do my ballet t-shirt with improvements.
You can see the result on my blog:
http://filambulle.blogspot.com
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« Reply #26 on: June 12, 2006 04:23:22 PM »

super cute top!  i may have to give this one a go sometime this summer!  thanks for posting a pattern!  that was quite nice of you!
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« Reply #27 on: July 02, 2006 01:54:10 PM »

I have a question-- I am making your shaped ribbon tee now (love it!) and I'm changing a few things (mostly adding on, I single crocheted around the top part, being busty I often need more coverage) ... but I am a fairly new knitter and the m1 increases for the bust just didn't come out right.  Sad  I have not done short rows yet (and certainly not on circs) and I think that's probably what my gargantuan 'tas need... any advice?  I am also thinking of possibly doing a lace bottom (not having summer abs myself, lol, I was thinking a bit longer, possibly with increases toward the bottom for my hips) and I have the mid-underarms marked for such a thing... how does one do short rows with circs?  Do I knit onto a straight (or second set) needle to go back and forth, and then pick back up with the circs later?  Egads... this is scary!

I'm frogging three rows and trying to figure out how to get around the girls...any advice is appreciated!

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« Reply #28 on: July 02, 2006 03:38:40 PM »

peanutga11ery,  short rows on circs is easy -- no need for extra needles.  Just follow the instructions blindly -- when it says wrap and turn, srap and turn.  You'll end up looking at the wrong side of your knitting, which is purled, so you'll have to purl back along (just pretend you have two straights in your hands instead of a circ).  Then, once again, when you get to the right spot, wrap the next stitch, and turn your work... you'll be back looking at the right side knitted row and you're set to knit your way across again, but the section you just completed has two extra rows in it now! when you're done going back and forth with the short rows, you'll just pick up the wraps as usual and knit them together with the stitches that were wrapped, you'll turn, purl across, purl the wrapped stitches together with the stitches that were wrapped, turn again and you're back to plain old knitting in the round.  Don't overthink this one... just do it, you'll be fine!
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« Reply #29 on: July 02, 2006 07:05:26 PM »

I'm short rowing... wrapping and turning...

anybody know how many short rows to add for a 34DD?

Ok, I can probably figure that out with the book, but one thing I *do* need help with--the explanation of the short rows is assuming you are working from bottom up, and I'm doing top down on this pattern.  So I am assuming I swap the directions, is that right?  And wrap and turn two *more* on each row so that the biggest increases are under...

This is confusing, I'm going over to read up on short rows at knitty...

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aijay
« Reply #30 on: July 07, 2006 03:44:12 PM »

i've gotten a couple of pm's on this top, maybe because it's now on the featured summer projects thread (!that frightens me!), so i thought i should make this caveat for those who are trying the top out: i tried this thing on on waste thread at least five times while i was knitting it.  i know we all hate the waste thread, but this top is so tight, and so dependent on following your own curves and yet feeling comfortable enough to wear, that you really should do that if you're going to give it a try.  i stopped every few inches to decide how many increases/decreases i needed to do in the following inches.

yes, a tremendous pain in the butt.

and yet, the extra hour of knitting time for putting it on the waste thread and then putting it back on the needles afterwards insures that it fits, which saves you hours of frogging and reknitting time.  right?  right.

right!

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« Reply #31 on: September 04, 2006 12:45:46 AM »

It's coming along--short rows definitely needed but since it was the first time I did them, I did them 6 times before they didn't totally suck... and even now, I'm not perfectly happy (I could never get the pick up wrap thing right so I decided to do Japanese short rows)

I am having to make other modifications too, and major help from a friend at Knitty... but I am hoping it looks ok when I finish.  And when I lose 20 lbs.  Wink

Thanks for the pattern, I'll post my try when I finish!www.mahana.com/blogs/yarns
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« Reply #32 on: September 12, 2006 02:31:14 PM »

Here's my version:



It's a combination of several patterns: the general idea and dropped stitch neck from this Ribbon Tee, the doubled cotton fleece from Loop-d-loop's Ballet Tee and the shaping from MagKnits Picovoli.

Note to self: Top down short sleeve raglans are so quick and versatile! Must make more.
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« Reply #33 on: September 21, 2006 12:40:12 AM »

www.mahana.com/blogs/yarns





I knit mine with Schonemaker's toy (I'm too damn tired to make sure that's what it really is... I think it's fake German... but it's almost 1am so forgive me).  I wound up knitting on 9's, I think (or maybe 10's, I need to check)  I added short rows with the wonderful help of knitty's trillian42, and I started the bust increases a bit lower, and I didn't bind off cap sleeves, instead I put them on waste yarn and went back later and knit down 11 rows, and I added single and double crochet to the edges of sleeves, neckline, and bottom.  Oh, and I increased after the waist (and knit it a bit longer)  If I can manage some free time I'll write up what I did if anyone is interested.  Right now I'm off to my simple knitted bodice!  Yay, silk!
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« Reply #34 on: May 19, 2007 04:25:11 PM »

I had some black cotton yarn in my stash I needed to use up.  And I really liked this pattern, so here's mine.  My gauge was totally different (thus the pattern had to be altered) and I elongated the middle section for boobage.  I'm happy with the result but wish I had checked gauge before I started.  I just kept putting it on waste yarn and trying it on so it worked out.

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« Reply #35 on: May 20, 2007 03:52:58 AM »

aijay.. thank u so much for posting the pattern & tutorial here. i had always loved the steek vest in loop-d-loop book but i really would like to wear a bra & that vest pattern was kinda low... thanks for posting your version! it's a lot more wearable!
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lillybeth
« Reply #36 on: May 21, 2007 09:18:09 AM »

I love it.  Reminds me a lot of tivoli from grumperina. 
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