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« Reply #50 on: August 08, 2006 08:47:27 AM »

A great challenge for yourself--I can't wait to see it come together.  About the button band...I thought the same thing myself.  The only reason I see that it is done later is that the pattern has you knit the button band a little shorter then it would be if it matched the body row for row.  It tells you to stretch the button band a bit in order to figure out how long to make it.  Now, I don't have a great understanding of sweater construction but I think this may help with the band not puckering or something?  Obviously, I am not sure.  It would be interesting to see if it does make a difference or not.  Good luck!
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« Reply #51 on: August 08, 2006 09:00:31 AM »

hello! can I join the KAL? Better late than never, eh??

I had a stash of 50% cotton 50% acrylic yarn hanging around which I bought for another project which never transpired, so I decided to make this instead.  



I'm a little past the armholes on the back, so far, and I have 2 questions:  

1) do you block cotton??

2) my knitting looks a bit untidy, like the stitches are a little uneven (although it looks really great in the photograph, actually - how did that happen??) - anyway, will that even out on blocking??

Thank you!  Kiss x
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cnp71201
« Reply #52 on: August 08, 2006 09:12:04 AM »

You can block cotton, and it should help some... but I think cotton just shows stitches more than wool... I think the elasticity of wool somehow helps to hide unevenness, while cotton shows everything. Don't worry, blocking will help even it out some, and no one is going to notice anything that remains uneven. Mine's not perfect, but I just had to get over it, haha.

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Another thing with the button band is the placement of buttonholes, although I think it's something that could be pretty easily figured out... but he has you wait until you've finished the button band, place the buttons, and then knit the buttonholes according to that. And like Jemmer said, he also has you stretch the band a little bit before attaching. I'd wondered about this, too, because I hated the idea of a seam line right there where everyone would be sure to notice!
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gloriana
« Reply #53 on: August 08, 2006 08:32:55 PM »

hmm, thanks for the replies, folks.  I also noticed on re-reading the pattern that the button band is knit entirely on the size 1 needles - which of course you can't do if you knit it along with the front piece on the size 2s.  I think I might try knitting it along with the piece, though - I too don't want a seam right there at the front, and I don't like the idea of stretching the band to fit.  I will probably do the right front this way and see how it looks - that way, if it doesn't work for some reason, I won't have to frog the left front (with the fancy stitchwork).
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« Reply #54 on: August 09, 2006 02:44:20 AM »

You can block cotton-- you just don't want to stretch it out too much if it is 100% cotton as it will stay that way permanently!  The stitches should even out with blocking, some people "set" them by pulling the knitting on the bias before smoothing it into position, but I am lazy and don't do that and things usually come out okay Smiley
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« Reply #55 on: August 09, 2006 08:48:27 AM »

Oh yeah, I had meant to mention that, too... that it is knitted on the size 1s. All of the ribbing is done on 1s. There are so few stitches that you work with on the ribbing that you can probably figure out a way around that, too, if you are determined!

I can't wait to see yours. I have loved every version of this sweater I've seen. I think it looks great in any color!

Oh, by the way... I knit mine to the pattern, and the sweater above the ribbing is shorter than it looks in the picture. If you like the longer waist in the magazine photos, you may want to add more to the stockinette body. If I could go back, I probably would have done that.
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VivaPia
« Reply #56 on: August 09, 2006 01:34:40 PM »

Phew! I've been away for vacation, work and other knitting projects, and now that I'm back, I see that a lot of things are going on! It's my sister's 30th birthday tomorrow, and I'm planning to give her the lovely Rambling Rose. Unfortunately it will NOT be finished until that. Anyway, I have some sort of deadline, and hopefully I'll be able to start on the arms this weekend or something!

I'll be back!
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klement
« Reply #57 on: August 10, 2006 03:17:38 AM »

I haven't bought this magazine, but seeing rambling rose makes me want to knit it - especially since I love a lot of the Alannah Hill designs, and this would be perfect.

Just a question - what type of skill level do you reckon this will require??

I have made a vest and done simple shaping.. I can cable , but am just worried about the small needles.

Should I attempt it or should I wait till I have a bit more practice?
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« Reply #58 on: August 10, 2006 08:53:05 AM »

You've got all the skills needed for this sweater. It is not hard! It's a major time investment with the little bitty yarn if you are as slow a knitter as I am (and I am seriously a very slow knitter), but it's worth it. Most of this sweater is "tv knitting" because it's so easy. It is all stockinette except for the cable, and the cable is not hard, particularly if you already know how. Go ahead and go for it, that is my opinion.
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gloriana
« Reply #59 on: August 11, 2006 09:00:47 PM »

I agree - this would probably be a good project because it's mostly basic stuff, until you get to the left front where you will probably learn some new stuff.  For instance, this will be my first time making bobbles!
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