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« on: May 22, 2006 10:28:12 AM »

This is one of a series of attempts I'm making to design vintage-style secretary sweaters for my new office job. If I have to file paperwork for a living, I will dress the part in a Craftster-ironic way!

 So here she is, with a long ribbed waist and puffed sleeves, in recycled chunky boucle with a gold thread in it:

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2006 10:38:38 AM »

Oh! I love it! Great shape,color & texture!
I have a vintage sweater pattern book filled with Old School Secretary Sweaters! They will continue to become more vintage while I have it sitting there, unused. I still haven't found a way to sew up an arm of a sleeve in a clean seam (the mattress stitch doesn't work because of the increase...and the backstitch looked sloppy).
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2006 12:41:43 PM »

BellaKarma, if I'm reading this right, you should be able to make a small change to the way you're doing sleeves, and then mattress stitch will work fine.

If you buffer the increases and decreases instead of putting them right at the edge, you get a cleaner edge and can do mattress stitch on armholes.

So a decrease row looks like this:
k1, k2tog, k to 3 sts before end, SSK, k1

And an increase row looks like this:
k2, m1, k to 3 sts before end, m1, k2

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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2006 12:51:08 PM »

That's a good idea! I have tried to just not worry about the way my seams look...just about the outside...although it still rankles a bit.
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2006 01:19:24 PM »

aw so cute! also i love the minty green shrug you have on your blog, i think i might make it once i'm done with what i'm working on now =]
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2006 11:55:17 PM »

Yeah! I love the sweater as well as your old-school intentions... a friend of mine describes her fashion idiom as "1950's secretary who may or may not be sleeping with her boss" and I think that's a kickass look to shoot for. Did you design it yourself?
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2006 05:37:24 AM »

Yeah, that's exactly the look I'm going for! I did design it myself, it was my first time figuring out decreases for a slope neckline, so naturally in my intense concentration I forgot to write it down.  Meh.
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2006 10:35:03 AM »

Well, whatever, now you can be one of those intuitive knitters, like cooks who don't use recipes but just throw in a pinch of this and that and it comes out fabulous. I love the green and gold together.
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2006 09:27:05 AM »

BellaKarma, if I'm reading this right, you should be able to make a small change to the way you're doing sleeves, and then mattress stitch will work fine.

If you buffer the increases and decreases instead of putting them right at the edge, you get a cleaner edge and can do mattress stitch on armholes.

Hi Gymkeiki,
Thank you so much for taking the time to explain that tip! I'll definitely write that one down. 
The problem I was having though, was the arm sleeve itself, not so much the armhole. I was knitting the Go-Everywhere-Go-With-Everything cardigan from SnB. Eventually I'll get the hang of it, with practice and friendly folks like y'all.
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2006 02:56:38 AM »

Lovely! My office is incredibly casual but as I moe up the ranks, I envision myself in many puff sleeved sweaters Smiley
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