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Title: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: suziewrong on January 02, 2005 01:31:16 PM
As soon as I finish the scarf I'm making with the left-over yarn from my Tempting, I'm going to start an Ubernatural. Would anybody like to join me? Here is the pic:



The pattern is on Magknits and here is the link: http://www.magknits.com/chilly04/patterns/uber.htm

I just love this sweater. It is designed by Stefanie Japel, the same person who designed the Paris Loop. I think her "anarchy" attitude about knitting is great.

I have ordered chunky 100% Peruvian wool from Elann.com for this - it is on sale for $2.25 a skein. You do need 11, but even with shipping the total came out to just over $30. I ordered the dark heather grey.I  am also getting some buttons from eBay to match the pattern.

I'm a little bit nervous about taking on this project, because I haven't been knitting for too long...But for me, the best way to learn new knitting skills,  I've found, is by jumping in and figuring it out myself, so I'm taking the plunge. My yarn should arrive next week.

Anybody want to start with me?   :D


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: veronique on January 03, 2005 03:41:16 PM
I started making Ubernatural in the fall.  I used yarn that I got on eBay, Patons Bella, in a brown color.  (The auction was for 20 balls of yarn, but I only used 10.)  This yarn is 50% wool, 50% acrylic, and boy is it heavy!  I can barely lift the sweater...  Here is a progress picture so you can get an idea.  I got kind of discouraged and never sewed on the cute black buttons I bought  :(


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: suziewrong on January 09, 2005 03:00:46 PM
Ok gals...I've got my yarn and my buttons and I'm ready to go! (Just need to go get some new needles). Maybe someone will join me so it will be a knitalong not a knitalone? Veronique?

Maybe I will inspire someone by showing off the superswell vintage mother of pearl buttons I bought off of ebay, 12 for $7. They are SO PRETTY in person - exactly like the ones in the picture of the sweater, except slightly grey. The dark side is the back.



 I'm hoping someone will jump in as I progress! :)


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: veronique on January 11, 2005 03:00:00 PM
I will *officially* join your knit-along!  Although now all I have to do is sew on buttons.  And learn how to post a picture apparently...  Also, I'm a complete idiot: I bought 10 buttons and I have 11 buttonholes.  And the store I got them at is far far away.  Sigh.  Suzie, your buttons looks beautiful! 


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: suziewrong on January 12, 2005 06:37:09 PM
Thanks, Veronique! I'm so glad you're joining me. :)

There have been a lot of really swell buttons on ebay lately at good prices. Lots of nice mother of pearl vintage ones for very reasonable prices. Dang now I have a vintage button fixation in addition to my yarn thing! Maybe you can find some that you like?

To host pictures (hint, hint!) you can host (upload) your pictures on the craftster server (go to the home page it's very easy), copy the assigned picture URL (or, if you already have your pictures hosted on your tripod account, just copy the url that appears in the browser bar when you are viewing your picture), then just press the "picture" icon above (second from the left above the row of happy faces - the icon directly below the italic "I") and paste the url between the two tags that say IMG in parens that will appear when you press the picture icon.

Looking forward to seeing your sweater.

xoxo


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: veronique on January 13, 2005 08:07:04 AM
All right!  Here's another attempt at posting a picture. 


Hope that worked.  This is my Ubernatural straight off the needles.  No buttons yet, no blocking so the ribbing looks very tight, and lots of flowing ends...  By the way the buttons I have are very cute: black glass.  I will resist the temptation to search eBay for cute buttons.  It's hard enough to *not* buy yarn from eBay... Now it's your turn Suzie!   


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: kabili on January 13, 2005 11:15:39 AM
wow, that looks really nice, veronique! i want to do this too, but i have too much else that's in front of it in line right now. hehe. i would like to know what yarn you used and where you got it though.


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: veronique on January 13, 2005 03:14:31 PM
Hi Kabili, and welcome!  I used Paton's Bella in the color Sepia, 10 balls, which I bought on eBay (it was a canadian vendor, but I don't remember the name).  It cost $40 for 2 bags (20 balls), and I still don't know what to do with the other 10 balls...  I wanted to make 2 identical Ubernaturals and send one to my sister so we'd be twins. 
Please note that this is a very quick knit on size 15 (15!!) needles.  It took me 2 evenings to knit and another to seam and block.  Come on, join us!  You know you want to!   ;)


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: amy_ruth on January 13, 2005 05:44:36 PM
Hi!

I just fell in love with this pattern and I'd like to join the knitalong.  Unfortunately, I just bought the yarn for another project and I need to spread out the spending a little, so it will be awhile before I get the chance to make "Ubernatural." 

I have a question for those of you who are working on/have completed this sweater, though.  I'm not a fan of big buttons and would like to use smaller ones.  (Veronique, from your photo, it looks as though you are planning on using smaller buttons.)  Any ideas on how to alter the pattern to make smaler buttonholes to accomodate the smaller buttons?  Also, would you make more holes so the sweater wouldn't gap?

Knit slowly and I might catch up!  ;)

Thanks!
Amy



Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: suziewrong on January 13, 2005 07:17:40 PM
Veronique your sweater is gorgeous! I'm so impressed. Great job.

Amy, I'm waiting for my Denise Interchangeables to arrive before I start, so I haven't begun yet. We can start together. :)  Hopefully my needles will arrive by the weekend.

I am using some Peruvian 100% bulky wool that I got from Elann.com for $2.25 a skein. When I got it, it was a little bit thinner than I expected, so I'm going to double up. I'm not sure I would have chosen this yarn for the project if I had seen it in person first, but it is very nice and was certainly reasonably priced. I hope it works out...I'm notorious for making my projects too large, despite my best intentions at calculating size and gauge.

Oh I'm so excited, we have a real knitalong now!


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: goodkarma on January 13, 2005 08:09:25 PM
You might like to read  the designer's blog  (http://www.glampyre.com), she has just posted corrections to the pattern, including the buttonband.

I don't know if it's seeing the sweater in another color, or what, but my interest is re-piqued and I might have to add this one to my ever-growing list. Yours is sooo cute and flattering, Veronique, even in its unfinished state!!


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: suziewrong on January 16, 2005 10:59:32 AM
Just wanted to post a status update for all of my Ubernatural partners:

I have started my Ubernatural! It is going very quickly on the big needles...I might even be able to finish the whole thing this weekend! The pattern I have found to be kind of confusing, and I have run into a few discrepencies (in particular, the stitch counts in row 2) in the directions, even following the corrected directions, but I'm trying to just go with the flow.

Will post a pic when I am done. So far I am very pleased with how it is going...Be forwarned though, this pattern requires some MATH! lol. :)


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: veronique on January 16, 2005 12:27:07 PM
Oops.  I completely forgot to tell you about the typos in the pattern...  I had made another of Stephanie Japel's designs, Bad Penny (also from Knitty) and it's the same basic idea: a top-down raglan with YOs.  So I realized that you're supposed to have a K1 between the 2 YOs.  Yeah, it seems obvious now, but when you're blindly following instructions it comes out all wrong! 
As for the buttonholes I did what the pattern says, k3 yo k2tog, and I think it looks fine.  The designer now recommends doing k2 yo, k2tog.  It may look on my picture like I made tiny buttonholes, but I think they appear slightly distorted in the picture.  They are actually quite large.  Maybe it's because I used lock stitch markers for the photo?  Amy, I don't really see how to make smaller buttonholes since it's a basic yo-k2tog.  I guess you could sew it once you are done knitting. 

Good luck to everybody and I can't wait to see more pics! 


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: suziewrong on January 17, 2005 12:01:53 AM
Well, I'm almost done with my ubernatural, and I must say, this pattern is really screwed up! There are a lot of things I need to fix by sewing some things together, etc. Also, the top part came out a little big and the ribbing a little small, even though I followed the gauge, etc. To those knitting this, you might want to rethink doing the rib on size 11s. I wish I had done it on size 13s. Also, the buttons I bought that I love so much, which are 1 1/2 inches, like recommended, are too big. They hit one another when I sewed them on, so I'm going to have to get smaller buttons. Finally, the pattern calls for 600 yards, but I think I only used about half of that!

All in all, though the sweater is cute, I think that the pattern is too inexact and there is consequenty a large margin for error. Drat. So much for anarchy knitting. :(

I'll post pics next week as soon as I get some new buttons and get them sewed on.

Good luck gals...


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: suziewrong on January 20, 2005 07:35:18 PM
Here is a picture of my poor Ubernatural, awaiting its new buttons and for me to finish one sleeve and, in general, fix it up a bit (block it??). I know it's hard to see the details, but I'm posting just to prove I actually did knit this since I'm the one who initiated the KAL. :)



I ripped out the waist-band and am knitting it over on size 13s. I am also going to rip the one sleeve a bit and knit the other one not as long as the pattern, because when I tried it on they looked better shorter (though of course I discovered this only after knitting the one already).

I am also awaiting an auction to end on my covetted buttons in a smaller size.

In the interim I've become obsessed with figuring out how to knit this crochet-like hat out of my leftover yarn...developing...

Wow this is complicated! Are y'all following? lol.


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: veronique on January 24, 2005 09:27:12 AM
Suzie, you are so right!  I thought the ribbing on size 11 needles pulled the cardi in quite a bit.  But I stretched it out when I blocked it.  And I also used way less than 600 yds.  Paton's Bella is 43 yds per ball, and I used 10 balls, so 430 yds. 
I totally understand that you are distracted by other projects!  Once I get going, I start several things at once...  Midnight Knitter designed a hat to look like an Anthropologie hat she'd seen.  I think it looks crocheted even though it's knitted.  Well actually, she list one crochet pattern then one knitted pattern, so scroll down. 
http://www.moonarts.com/blog/free_patterns/pages/flower-caps-print.htm
Enjoy!


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: suziewrong on February 22, 2005 06:56:08 PM
And in the finishing what I started department, here are photos of my completed Ubernatural:





I can't say that this was my favorite ever project, but at least I have been wearing it. And I get lots of compliments on the buttons. :)


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: veronique on March 23, 2005 01:11:34 PM
Oh Suzie, that's beautiful!  I love how you're wearing it too.  I, uh, still haven't sewed on my buttons... 


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: londonne on April 13, 2005 04:30:43 PM
suziewrong,
hey! your sweater turned out great. in fact, i'm ready to dive into the project and wanted to clarify a couple of things. did you, in fact, use the peruvian chunky doubled up? the yarn i bought for this project seems too thin (like yours did) and i want to make sure i have enough if i use a double strand. when you said you really only needed about half the yardage called for in the pattern, does that reflect that u used a double strand?

thanks,

londonne

p.s. sorry if this is tedious. this is my first post to craftster!!


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: suziewrong on April 15, 2005 06:48:21 PM
Thank you Veronique and Londone for your kind words! Even on that yucky picture with my tummy all bruised!

Anyhoo, Londone, yes, I used doubled-up yarn (just went and checked) - the elann highland chunky or whatever it's called. I can't remember exactly how much I used (but you can find it I'm sure up earlier in the posts) but I had a lot left over. Fortunately I think the yarn was only $2.50 a skein or something, so I wasn't too upset about having ordered extra and now I have some nice wool for some hats. :)

Londone before you start be sure to check the author's blog Glampyre.com I think it is - and get the pattern corrections.

Veronique - After all these months I'm almost done with my candy!! Will post soon.

xoxo
Jodi


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: elspethm on July 08, 2005 08:47:48 PM
Oops.  I completely forgot to tell you about the typos in the pattern...  I had made another of Stephanie Japel's designs, Bad Penny (also from Knitty) and it's the same basic idea: a top-down raglan with YOs.  So I realized that you're supposed to have a K1 between the 2 YOs.  Yeah, it seems obvious now, but when you're blindly following instructions it comes out all wrong! 
As for the buttonholes I did what the pattern says, k3 yo k2tog, and I think it looks fine.  The designer now recommends doing k2 yo, k2tog.  It may look on my picture like I made tiny buttonholes, but I think they appear slightly distorted in the picture.  They are actually quite large.  Maybe it's because I used lock stitch markers for the photo?  Amy, I don't really see how to make smaller buttonholes since it's a basic yo-k2tog.  I guess you could sew it once you are done knitting. 

Good luck to everybody and I can't wait to see more pics! 

Thank you so much for this -- I just started Ubernatural and got discouraged around row 6 because I was vainly trying to do two yarn overs in a row and it all got screwed up (this is very much like the Yarn Harlot poncho and I kept screwing that up too) with the holes and where they were supposed to be.

I'm also working on the Minisweater from Glampyre, and I have to keep telling myself that this is a free pattern, because it really needs to be rewritten since it can be unclear.

Anyway, I just might start again now that I found this KAL.

Elspeth
http://ladybug326.blogspot.com


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: j_rabbette on July 17, 2005 11:25:31 AM
oooohhh, I wanna be part of the knitalong... Is it too late to join?  I've just started but need to frog it and restart cause I just read the pattern corrections.  Duh!  Why I didn't look for those first I dunno, but thankfully I haven't gotten that far yet.  So I have two questions, did anyone have trouble with the number of cast on stitches?  And does the "MB every sixth row" start after the first buttonhole or after the first row of the sweater?


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: Synne on September 08, 2005 07:13:35 PM
I've just started my Ubernatural and was wondering if those of you who have made the pattern have modified the pattern at all to make longer sleeves, etc. and whether you have any advice. I definitely want to lengthen the sleeves to 3/4 but can't decide whether to do the additional length in stockinette or ribbing. Thoughts?


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: j_rabbette on September 11, 2005 12:31:43 PM
I finished my sweater but I have to agree with suzie...  The sweater is cute but the pattern is way too screwy.  There were a lot of corrections Japel should have made before (and after) publishing.  First off, the gauge does not work with any two worsted-weight strands held together.  Secondly, the number of CO stitches are totally bogus and need to be recalculated.  There are too many places where you have to fix things up by sewing and the buttons are too large for the pattern.  And the pattern only uses about 400 yds at most.  I made this sweater in a the size I though should fit me...  It ended up fitting my friend's daughter instead...  So I'm gonna rough it a bit, stick it out, and make myself aa new übernatural.  Unfortunately this is one of my favorite designs, so I'm determined thru some more mathematical calculations (thank God I passed algebra) to modify the pattern so I can make a sweater that will fit ME!  :) 

Also, Suzie, what size buttons did you end up using by the way, and what yarn and where for so cheap?

-Jesse


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: annarella on September 12, 2005 06:38:10 AM
I started making mine last week using some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky but of course my gauge was totally different, so instead of reworking the pattern I arbitrarily increased the number of CO stitches. Needless to say it came out too small, so small that I wouldn't have been able to do up the top buttons (also due to my less than flat chest)! So I decided to try again, this time I got my calculator out and did the maths. Whilst knitting it I decided to modify the pattern further, so it is going to be a long belled (stockinette, not ribbed) sleeved cardi - no ribbing at all! I've made so many mods that the only original thing is the YO increases.

After reading all the posts I feel so much better, because I too couldn't work out how to do two YOs one next to the other. So in my second attempt I only did one, then 2 from then onwards. The effect is different from the original pattern, but hey, it won't be a Ubernatural anyway... I did do the buttonholes as s1 (looks neater), k1, YO, k2tog, without having read that that was one of the correction, so I'm quite pleased with myself at having got there on my own. :)

All in all I really like this pattern. I can't pull off the ribbing, so I've dropped it. The only thing is that I don't think the neckline is strong enough to support such a heavy cardi, so I did a line of double crochet (single crochet in the US, I think) and that gave it a little more stability.

On needles 8mm it's a really quick knit... it's just that I keep frogging it to get the effect I want (that's what happens when you stray away from patterns), I ended up knitting and seaming one sleeve three times, but in the end I got the result I wanted. So I've got both sleeves how I want them now, just need to concentrate on the body. Will post some pics when I've made more progress.


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: mayerlove on October 15, 2005 05:28:43 PM
too bad there has to be so many modifications- i really love the design. who's found really cheap yarn?


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: carecare on October 24, 2005 07:31:26 AM
after reading this thread, i'm a little discouraged to start this project. but my friend requested something like this for christmas, so i'll dive in soon. my first question has sort of been answered -- there's no WAY this takes 800 yards of yarn, right? and is there one spot on the glampyre site where all the corrections are made? thanks!


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: mayerlove on November 05, 2005 09:27:13 AM
the link to the corrections is the wrong link. does anyone have the right one? i can't seem to find it anywhere. I started this last night 3 different times and I need the corrections! :(


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: actionallison on November 05, 2005 11:36:43 AM
Here is the link for the corrections:

http://www.glampyre.com/blog/archive/000669.php



Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: mayerlove on November 06, 2005 07:07:15 PM
thanks! if you search "ubernatural with long sleeves", in that topic -lesophie- has more corrections, which include casting on 4 more stitches.

for anyone who needs that tidbit.


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: veronique on November 11, 2005 09:21:00 AM
I was about to link to a post by Stefanie Japel regarding pattern errata.  I know I read it nov 5 or 6, but it's gone from her blog... 
It was a bit of a rant against well-wishers informing her of errors in her patterns.  For ex, people email her that DK weight yarn should not be knitted on US 15 needles, when in fact Stef used really big needles on really thin yarn *on purpose*.  OK, fine, I can understand how annoying that would be. 
Then she went on to say that for patterns that have been published for more than one year, there are NO mistakes.  Huh?  Excuse me?  I think we can all attest that there are still mistakes in this pattern, most notibly the # of st to CO.... 


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: yahaira on November 12, 2005 11:19:06 AM
She said that this was the only pattern that the corrections haven't been posted yet for some reason.


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: loisgriffinwannabe on January 16, 2006 10:11:25 AM
I am about to cast on for this pattern, using LeSophie's corrections found here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=56812.20) using this yarn:



Is anyone still knitting this?

Emms  ;D


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: thingwraith on March 28, 2006 12:54:44 AM
loisgriffinwannabe:
I was thinking of trying this as I have a bunch of super bulky yarn left over from sweater I finished but hated so I frogged the whole thing.  After reading all this I'm somewhat discouraged though.  I'm going to look at those corrections posted elsewhere here when I am less tired and see what I think.  Anyone else want to try?  I am a clumsy knitter and would love some moral support. ^_^;


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: loisgriffinwannabe on March 28, 2006 02:31:42 PM
loisgriffinwannabe:
I was thinking of trying this as I have a bunch of super bulky yarn left over from sweater I finished but hated so I frogged the whole thing. 

Hi thingwraith;

I made this and I was very disappointed in how it looked on me. I made it with long sleeves, and I ended up looking like a linebacker. I am going to frog it and make something else :(

Emms


Title: Re: Ubernatural-a-long?
Post by: thingwraith on March 29, 2006 09:02:26 AM
Gah!  Thanks for the heads up.  I have already started knitting it but I'm not that far in yet, so it's not too late to bail.