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Topic: Lotus Blossom Tank KAL from Summer 06 IK  (Read 3657 times)
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angellical
« on: May 15, 2006 07:19:59 PM »

How about a Lotus Blossom tank KAL?

I was in the 7th row of the second pattern repeat when I noticed two dropped stitches. I tried to pick them up but the holes didn't look right...and then I realized that the tank looked a little big. I took it off the needles and measure--it was 42" in diameter unstretched! I was knitting the smallest size!

I used the specified needles and yarn and I cast on the correct amount of stitches. Anyone else have this problem? The lace is very stretchy too.

I didn't check my gauge, but I typically knit a little tight. Is this what I get for not checking gauge? Ahhh!

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2006 07:50:54 PM »

I just started this. It does seem big on the needles and very stretchy. I'm using # 5 needles and Knitpicks Shine in Crocus. I may rip the few rows I've done and use some 3's.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2006 10:24:41 AM »

I love the top....too bad the sleeves would make me looks like I've got KingKong's arms.
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2006 10:35:03 AM »

I'm a little worried about the lace stretching and making me look pregnant. I think I'm gonna go down to size 3 needles.
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2006 07:39:33 AM »

I cast on 140 stitches instead of 200 on size 5 needles because my 6 needles are 29". So far it looks a lot better.

I'm dreading the math later on for decreases since this will be my first shaped garment; my finished projects include scarves, mittens, and a penguin.
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2006 11:02:36 AM »

I cast on for this a few days ago; i just started the forth repeat of the lace pattern.  I'm finding it pretty easy to work; it's symmetrical enough that I've been able to spot any mistakes before i get to the end of the round.  I'll post a pic latter today.
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2006 06:50:21 PM »

i'm planning to make this one.  i've had 3 skeins of swtc bamboo for a few years now.  i'm planning to make it longer by using all 3 skeins.

are you guys using the recommended yarn? just curious.

and angellical, it might be worth it to check your gague just to be sure.  i always thought i was a tight knitter, until i worked a few gague swatches.  turns out i usually need to size down at least 2 needle sizes on almost every pattern.  i swear, these people must be pulling their stitches super rock hard tight!

as soon as i finish my prairie tunic, i'll get started on this.
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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2006 05:45:11 AM »

My digital camera broke earlier this week Sad so I can't post any pictures. I am buying another one later today.

I currently have 5 repeats and I probably have 2-3 to go before I stop because I want it to hit my hip.

m*babylon,

I've done some swatches in the past and I usually come out with half a stitch or 1 more stitch than the specified gauge if I use the recommended needle size. I read a thread in Knitty that SWTC Bamboo is difficult to knit to the gauge on the ball band.

Have a good weekend everyone!
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2006 02:19:36 PM »

I'm in!  Not sure when I will start - it might not be for a few more weeks.  I just bought my yarn - SWTC Bamboo in a variegated color.  Here's a photo:



I'm going to play with the gauge of this one, since the first two bust sizes are either too big or too small.  So I will probably be using smaller needles, too.  Can't wait to see some photos of y'all's progress!
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2006 07:49:11 AM »

Hi,

Has anyone else noticed an error in the pattern?

After the lace pattern is complete and you knit 3" in stockinette, and begin the shaping, the number of stitches adds up to 195, not 200. Apologies for the vagueness--I don't have the pattern with me now.

I have 168 stitches (increased from 140) so I'm trying to figure out how many to have for the front and the back sections. However, if you read further, it seems that you're supposed to pretty much divide the stitches in half.

Thanks!

-A
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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2006 07:50:26 AM »

I'm in!  Not sure when I will start - it might not be for a few more weeks.  I just bought my yarn - SWTC Bamboo in a variegated color.  Here's a photo:


I'm going to play with the gauge of this one, since the first two bust sizes are either too big or too small.  So I will probably be using smaller needles, too.  Can't wait to see some photos of y'all's progress!

Gorgeous color--mine is in a deep red.
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« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2006 02:33:46 PM »

Hi,

Has anyone else noticed an error in the pattern?

After the lace pattern is complete and you knit 3" in stockinette, and begin the shaping, the number of stitches adds up to 195, not 200. Apologies for the vagueness--I don't have the pattern with me now.

I have 168 stitches (increased from 140) so I'm trying to figure out how many to have for the front and the back sections. However, if you read further, it seems that you're supposed to pretty much divide the stitches in half.

Thanks!

-A

I don't see an error, but maybe it's just me.  After you knit the complete the 4 lace repeats, you have a decrease round and you decrease (for the smallest size) 14 stitches evenly around, then work in garter stitch for 4 rounds.  So for all the stockinette, you'd be working over 186 stitches.  Then, when you work the shaping, it has you divide the stitches in half so you'd be working 93 stitches for the front and 93 for the back.  Then the shaping begins.  Let me know if you have questions...sometim es I have issues when trying to explain stuff.
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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2006 07:01:15 AM »

I started this last week on vacation with my mom and sister (knitting is the only thing that keeps me sane when I'm trapped in the car with them).  I'm using Cotton Classic from Tahki in a lavender color and my stockinette gauge swatch came out exactly the right size.  But after seeing some comments here and in the knitalong, I decided to try it on - WAY too big.  I was making the 39" size and it was huge.  I'm going to take out 4 lace repeats and then just fiddle with the shaping when I get to the bust and hope it comes out ok.  It's all ripped out and wound into balls again but I did take a picture before frogging so I'll try to post that later.  I do really like the lace pattern - it seemed pretty easy to get the hang of it.

Edit: here is the picture - it is more purple than blue in real life
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« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2006 03:27:22 PM »

I started this in the beginning of June.  I can't seem to get going on it.  I'm still on the first lotus pattern.  I'm going to add 2-3 more sets of the lotus pattern or I think it will be too short. 
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« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2006 08:04:25 PM »

I started this in the beginning of June.  I can't seem to get going on it.  I'm still on the first lotus pattern.  I'm going to add 2-3 more sets of the lotus pattern or I think it will be too short. 

Don't feel bad.  I've started this thing 4 times and each time I've messed something up. Undecided I'm sticking to it though. Wink
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« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2006 12:10:40 PM »

I guess I'm coming in on this a little late, but I'm hoping maybe somebody will have an answer to my question.

So I'm up to the point where I've BO and dec some stitches in the back, and it says to knit in stockinette until the armhole measures x inches.  Where do I start measuring for the armhole?  I'm thinking the 4 rounds of the decreasing pattern I did in the front are not armhole, but do I include those stitches I BO in the front as part of the x inches, or does just the back armhole have to measure x inches?  Does anyone know?

(I'm sorry, I'm at work and can't remember how many inches it is supposed to be.  I think 8 inches for the second smallest size.)
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« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2006 08:55:00 PM »

I guess I'm coming in on this a little late, but I'm hoping maybe somebody will have an answer to my question.

So I'm up to the point where I've BO and dec some stitches in the back, and it says to knit in stockinette until the armhole measures x inches.  Where do I start measuring for the armhole?  I'm thinking the 4 rounds of the decreasing pattern I did in the front are not armhole, but do I include those stitches I BO in the front as part of the x inches, or does just the back armhole have to measure x inches?  Does anyone know?

(I'm sorry, I'm at work and can't remember how many inches it is supposed to be.  I think 8 inches for the second smallest size.)

On the second page of the pattern in the magazine, there's a diagram showing all the proper measurements. They want you to start measuring where the horizontal stockinette ends and the upward slant begins, so yeah, you would include those stitches you BO in the front.  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2006 10:14:58 AM »

I guess I'm coming in on this a little late, but I'm hoping maybe somebody will have an answer to my question.

So I'm up to the point where I've BO and dec some stitches in the back, and it says to knit in stockinette until the armhole measures x inches.  Where do I start measuring for the armhole?  I'm thinking the 4 rounds of the decreasing pattern I did in the front are not armhole, but do I include those stitches I BO in the front as part of the x inches, or does just the back armhole have to measure x inches?  Does anyone know?

(I'm sorry, I'm at work and can't remember how many inches it is supposed to be.  I think 8 inches for the second smallest size.)

On the second page of the pattern in the magazine, there's a diagram showing all the proper measurements. They want you to start measuring where the horizontal stockinette ends and the upward slant begins, so yeah, you would include those stitches you BO in the front.  Smiley

Now, how the heck did I miss that chart?  Ah well, no matter.  Thanks so much landry!  I'm hoping to have me tank finished in time to wear to a rehearsal dinner this Thursday night.  I'll post pics when I'm done!   Smiley
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