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Title: a shrug of my own design (now with action shot, and a pattern-ish!)
Post by: monkeykin on September 26, 2007 05:33:19 PM
so, i turned nineteen in august. and was blessed with a gift certificate to my LYS. after having grabbed all of the stuff i absolutely needed, my Elderly LYS Owner friend and I commiserated, and decided that the rest of the certificate would be best spent on two skeins of Paton's Shetland Chunky, in this gorgeous shimmery leaf-green color. It was just enough to make this:




It's a basic seamless raglan, with a "snowdrop lace" pattern that I picked up from a day-by-day knitting calendar. (tacky? maybe. but so it is.) it comes to just about the bottom of my ribcage; a good shruglike length, I think. it's blocking as we speak; this was a just-off-the-needles picture. and I have no buttons for it as of yet, which is why there are no action shots. (it's a pity because it means you can't see the nice crocheted edging.) still, though; pretty sweet.

okay, new and improved! here is a picture of me wearing the thing, also it has some buttons on it:



pretty okay, huh? now, one poor soul asked for a pattern. i didn't use one, so that's a little tricky, and the beginner's raglan KAL might be more useful to you. but here's the general idea.

1. take a tape measure, measure around your neck/shoulders to see how long this thing needs to be.
2. get your gauge. multiply st/inch by the number of inches you just measured; cast on.
3. do some ribbing, probably. afterwards, divide up your stitches with markers like this: 33% of total stitches, + 2, will be for the back. 25% of the back stitches, + 2, will be for each sleeve. what's left will be the front. (it would make sense to have these front stitches be divided evenly down the middle, for the front of your cardi-thing.)
4. start knitting. for the raglan sleeves: on the RS, inc 1 on each side of each stitch marker. (there should be four of them.) on the WS, just purl. continue until the sleeve-area is as wide as your arms; i needed about 10 or 11 inches.
5. after you've reached the right sleeve size, put those on stitch holders, join the under-arm area, and knit til you're done. later, go back with some needles, rejoin the yarn, and finish knitting the sleeves.

as for the "snowdrop" pattern - i'm not very good at speaking in knitting, so i'm going to do this zimmerman-style and just talk it out. on the RS, figure out a place where you'd like a snowdrop-thing. (i spaced them more or less evenly across the thing.) at this point, SSK, and YO. do this as many times as pleases you. then, on the WS, when you get to the same spot, do this: P2tog, and by 2 i mean the YO and the stitch directly in front of it. then YO, then keep knitting. does that make sense? on the RS, you're going to slip the stitch directly in front of the YO, then knit the YO, then do another YO... it took me a few mistakes to figure out, feel free to experiment.

i hope that's what you all were looking for. talk to me about it if you wish! love, rachel.



Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: nel83 on September 26, 2007 05:38:21 PM
Very nice! Great job! I wish I had a LYS...


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: shrtcke on September 26, 2007 05:43:23 PM
love it! your shrug rocks!


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: babyknit on September 26, 2007 05:53:27 PM
wow it rocks!!!love the color


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: moecantsew on September 26, 2007 05:58:43 PM
Shrug...very cool, classy, plus love the color. 8)


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: ravenwcatz on September 26, 2007 06:22:52 PM
I think it's lovely!


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: TreadmillKnitter on September 26, 2007 06:50:51 PM
That is gorgeous!


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: AmyKT5 on September 26, 2007 06:59:26 PM
Oooh!  I like it.  :)  Very pretty!  Once it's done blocking and you've got the buttons or whatever, can we see it on?  I always like to see how they look on the person.  Sounds like a good fit, though!


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: krandui on September 26, 2007 07:06:48 PM
I'd love to see it on! Looks great!


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: WIPs on September 26, 2007 07:11:25 PM
That's really pretty! Love the color!


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: italianchildhood on September 27, 2007 06:06:21 AM
Very nice! Really very nice.


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: jane_101 on September 27, 2007 09:00:17 AM
Lovely!  I'm a big fan of short-sleeved, cropped-length cardigans/boleros/shrugs/whatevers, they can add just the right amount of cosiness when I'm not warm but not cold enough for a 'proper' sweater.  This is a really nice example :)


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: monkeykin on September 27, 2007 10:14:48 AM
Thanks, everyone! I am glad that you are as pleased with it as I am.


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: subliminalrabbit on September 27, 2007 12:20:41 PM
oh, i totally pick up stitch patterns from knit-a-day calendars too.  ;)  between that and my vogue stitchionary it's all good!

beautiful short-sleeved shrug - love the color!


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: maxeyvi on September 28, 2007 12:42:27 PM
This is so pretty!! I love that leafy green color.

And it took me a ridiculous amount of time to figure out what LYS meant. Shameful, really.... :-[


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: angelwings219 on September 28, 2007 02:05:46 PM
happy belated b-day...great job on the shrug...aren't gift certificates great.... ;D


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: alexandraf on September 29, 2007 08:49:20 PM
That really is a beautiful color for the fall. I think you picked a great stitch for this, too. It's just enough to add some interest without being too-too much. Just perfect!

I second (or third...) the motion to see an action shot! :D


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: delfina on September 30, 2007 03:49:03 AM
Looks great, and I love the stitch you used.


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: OctopusGirl on September 30, 2007 12:44:56 PM
This is lovely! It looks so cosy and not at all cheezy. I love the colour!


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design
Post by: queen_gueneviere on September 30, 2007 01:31:44 PM
You did an amazing job on it. It's beautiful.
I agree, you should post an action shot. It would be nice to see it on you, and be able to see the front too.
I really like your colour choice as well. I think it's the perfect colour, for the pattern that you used.
I bet it looks WOW :o on you.
Is there any chance that, you might post a pattern for this some day?
Pretty please???   ::)
I love it!


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design (now with action shot, and a pattern-ish!)
Post by: monkeykin on October 09, 2007 04:58:36 PM
thanks for all the kind words, everyone. i updated with an action shot and mini-pattern. enjoy!


Title: Re: a shrug of my own design (now with action shot, and a pattern-ish!)
Post by: spicecarrie on October 09, 2007 05:25:44 PM
Very cute! I love the length! Thanks for the mini-pattern! Great job!