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Title: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: briteros on April 17, 2006 06:01:07 PM
based on Calista's cute pattern as shown here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=77854.0

I DLed the pattern and cast on using Lion Brand Wool-ease Sportweight (bought on sale at Joann.com). So far, I've completed one of the bodice sections and one sleeve.

Here's the progress shot... don't mind Miss Tyra, who tends to enjoy sitting on all my knitted pieces!


If anyone else is knitting or thinking about knitting up this piece. please share your thoughts and progress here :) 


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: landry on April 17, 2006 11:43:10 PM
I bought the pattern a couple weeks ago, but need to finish some of my WIPs before I can start on Calista's sweater in good conscience. :)

Yours is lookin' good!  Thanks for starting a KAL.  How's Wool-Ease going for you on this sweater?


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: briteros on April 18, 2006 12:32:53 AM
so far so good. gauge was perfect when i swatched, so hopefully all will go well.

calista: any seaming tips for your sweater? did you use mattress stitch? i don't think i've ever seamed up reverse stockinette before.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on April 18, 2006 02:06:32 AM
so far so good. gauge was perfect when i swatched, so hopefully all will go well.

calista: any seaming tips for your sweater? did you use mattress stitch? i don't think i've ever seamed up reverse stockinette before.

Wow! briteros, I love that deep red.
And yes, I used mattress stitch, I guess. Basically, I just stitched it same way we usually seam stockinette.
http://www.angelfire.com/wi/clayjar7/garterseaming.html <-- this site has an illustrated instruction of seaming reverse stockinette.
Good thing about seaming reverse stockinette is that the sewn line is not very visible even though you just sew it together from the right site, because reverse stockinette already has horizontal lines (kinda..)  ::)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: almndladybug on April 18, 2006 01:21:01 PM
I just purchased the pattern, I will probably put this on my summer knit list. I'm waiting for the summer IK knits to come out before I order yarn from knitpicks as I suspect there might be a few patterns I need yarn for (I've been meaning to try Andean Treasure forever so this will be the perfect opportunity!).


I serious need yarnaholics-anonymous


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on April 18, 2006 05:46:18 PM

I serious need yarnaholics-anonymous

haha...so do I...My yarn box was getting bigger and bigger, and it's multiplying, now.
Especially this semester it's growing out of control, since I got so busy with my thesis and all other stuffs.
I'm so looking forward this summer...


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: briteros on April 18, 2006 11:11:00 PM
it's my first red sweater :)  too bad i didn't have any sportweight yarn to destash, otherwise this sweater would've been a different color. believe me, i tried to alter the gauge for a light worsted yarn and i didn't want to risk it. so i added this yarn, as well as others to my stash (which has been growing even more since i've joined some online yarn co-ops).

i am halfway done with the 2nd bodice piece. will update with another pic tomorrow.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: scapina on April 21, 2006 11:10:16 AM
i started on this a couple of weeks ago- haven't had much chance to work on it but i'm done the first diamond on the front. :) after this month is over i should have more time- i'm knitting it in this (http://www.yarnfwd.com/donna.html) (in the forest green) and so far so good- the yarn has a really cool sheen to it.i think i made one little mistake on the middle cable but i'll deal with it. also, anyone have tips for if your cable joins to the rest of the knit loosely on one side? it's not too bad, but it does bug me.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: landry on April 21, 2006 01:23:58 PM
also, anyone have tips for if your cable joins to the rest of the knit loosely on one side? it's not too bad, but it does bug me.

I just remember to tug really tight on the stitches on either side of the cable.  :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: scapina on April 21, 2006 01:57:23 PM
yeah i do try, maybe i need to pump some iron or something cause it doesn't seem to help much. ;) i also tried knitting into the back of the stitch, but that just twists it weird.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: briteros on April 21, 2006 06:33:36 PM
I just try hard not to stretch out any of the stitches too much when dealing with the cable crossover portions. And then the first & last stitch of the cable gets an extra tug.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: briteros on April 27, 2006 12:38:28 PM
aww... i would say keep trying. are you using a cable needle? i've found that using a spare DPN seems to work better than one of those u-shaped ones.

here's the latest progress pic:


as you can see, i'm definitely making use of the chart. crossing things off as i go along takes more time, but at least i won't be repeating anything by accident  ::)

only a bit left to go.

scapina, that forest green color looks lovely... can't wait for your progress shots :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on April 27, 2006 10:40:57 PM
aww... i would say keep trying. are you using a cable needle? i've found that using a spare DPN seems to work better than one of those u-shaped ones.

here's the latest progress pic:


as you can see, i'm definitely making use of the chart. crossing things off as i go along takes more time, but at least i won't be repeating anything by accident  ::)

only a bit left to go.

scapina, that forest green color looks lovely... can't wait for your progress shots :)

It's really exciting to see the progress.
I totally agree with you about the chart.  Especially when you are doing a complicated pattern, crossing out each row of the chart as you knit really helps. Sometimes I make chart of my own out of patterns.
Maybe a few days after my final oral exam for my master's degree on May 12, I'll be able to post a free pattern consisted of charts. I made a pattern for a simple intarsia sweater inspired by an illustration, which I started knitting last summer (2005 :P), but haven't been able to finish. I don't want to post a pattern I haven't fully tried and trued.
Anyway, it's good to find someone who likes a chart pattern.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: briteros on April 27, 2006 11:00:56 PM
charts rule!  ;D

maybe it's b/c i'm more of a visual person, but i find that it's easier to "memorize" charted patterns than ones with written instructions... probably b/c it helps me to see how things are supposed to look.

i can't wait to see what else you have in store for us!

btw, i need suggestions for possible flower colors to go along with my heathered red sweater. any thoughts?


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on April 28, 2006 09:49:35 AM
charts rule!  ;D

btw, i need suggestions for possible flower colors to go along with my heathered red sweater. any thoughts?


I would use (heathered) orange, tan, reddish brown, cream, or grey.
Actually, they are the colors I used for mine. Since mine was heathered grey, and used heathered red and all the other colors I mentioned above for my flowers, I think it will work well in reverse.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: briteros on April 29, 2006 12:57:21 AM
all the body and sleeve pieces are now soaking in a eucalan bath overnight in preparation of blocking before seaming (since my edges are rolling too much to allow me to seam properly. keep your fingers crossed... i'm really bad at seaming!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on April 30, 2006 12:03:27 PM
all the body and sleeve pieces are now soaking in a eucalan bath overnight in preparation of blocking before seaming (since my edges are rolling too much to allow me to seam properly. keep your fingers crossed... i'm really bad at seaming!

One thing I found out while making this sweater was that seaming reverse stockinette is easier than seaming regular stockinette.
Well..it may not be exactly "easier", but mistakes were virtually invisible with the reverse stockinette!
I think you'll be fine :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: lazynono7 on April 30, 2006 10:46:17 PM
Girls, count me in!!
i just ordered from knitpicks, can't wait to start on this one!!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on May 02, 2006 10:02:42 PM
Yeay~welcome lazynono7!
Which color did you choose?


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: lazynono7 on May 04, 2006 02:17:49 PM
Girls, count me in!!
i just ordered from knitpicks, can't wait to start on this one!!

i purchased the mystery too. can't go wrong with black  :D
i'm thinking to lengthen the 2x2 ribbing for both wasit and sleeve
calista, mind giving me a rough measure of your sweater?


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on May 04, 2006 07:08:11 PM
Girls, count me in!!
i just ordered from knitpicks, can't wait to start on this one!!

i purchased the mystery too. can't go wrong with black  :D
i'm thinking to lengthen the 2x2 ribbing for both wasit and sleeve
calista, mind giving me a rough measure of your sweater?

Here's a diagram with the size of each part.

The size on the image is base on the XS size.
If you want to make the rib of the bodice wider, I suggest to remove 1 repeat of the pattern from the bottom and cast on the 6 sts less.
Since the bodice is already quite long, it might be too long if you just add more rows of ribs.
I wanted to make it long enough to fully cover my tummy even when I'm wearing a really low jeans. (because my body is always cold)
Making ribs on the sleeves will be alright.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: lazynono7 on May 05, 2006 12:05:08 AM
Calista,
you're such a helper! thanks alooot, now i have a clear view of the sweater mesurement  :D


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: lazynono7 on May 05, 2006 04:37:13 PM
Calista,

which method of increase and decrease would u recommand to acheieve the best result?


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: briteros on May 05, 2006 09:40:41 PM
the flowers will have to wait until I can dye up some to go along with the sweater... but otherwise, I'M DONE! yay! Calista, your pattern is my very first full-length sweater!

I ended up using 2 full skeins of wool-ease and only a tiny bit of the third for the medium size. The reverse stockinette seaming really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be... Calista was right. It is quite forgiving.

Okay, I can't contain my excitement, so here's the pic of my FO (back view to prevent weird shot of my boobs):


Props go out to Calista for a wonderful pattern!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: jazzylovetosew on May 05, 2006 09:56:29 PM
 :o WHOAH!  :o

well done, you've done an awesome job, wow!!!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: lazynono7 on May 06, 2006 12:03:51 AM
great color choice, cute cute cute!!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: landry on May 06, 2006 12:57:18 AM
I love it!  :o

I need to order yarn for mine soon!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: cnp71201 on May 06, 2006 09:16:33 AM
That is so beautiful!! Looks great, I can't believe it's your firts sweater. Argh, another sweater to add to my already too long list! lol.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on May 06, 2006 02:20:08 PM
Calista,

which method of increase and decrease would u recommand to acheieve the best result?
lazynono7, if you look at the high resolution charts decreasing / increasing methods are written at the edge of each rows.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: landry on May 06, 2006 05:19:21 PM
I just ordered some yarn from KnitPicks for the sweater in Mystery because I'm a lemming and love how it looks in the black.  ;)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: lazynono7 on May 09, 2006 05:55:07 PM
the yarn from knitpicks arrived today!!
i'm gonna cast on tonight,,yeepeee ;D


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: briteros on May 09, 2006 11:23:50 PM
good luck and have fun with it, lazynono7... cables are so fun :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on May 10, 2006 02:03:18 AM
good luck and have fun with it, lazynono7... cables are so fun :)


Yeap, yeap! cables are fun!! I love designs with cables or lace. Plain ones are so boring to knit.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on May 10, 2006 09:08:18 AM
Thank you lazynono7! She informed me that there was a typo in the pattern :-X
The needle size I was meant to write was US3 (3.25mm) for the ribs both on the bodice and the sleeves, but I wrote it as 3mm !
I guess most of you may assumed that it was a typo and carried it out.
Though you can knit them with 3mm needle (it only makes the ribs tighter), I'm informing you the correction!
Sorry!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: lazynono7 on May 11, 2006 12:34:37 AM
Calista,
as for the chart for bodice and sleeve, all the wrong side is basically " knit the knits, purl the purl the purls" right?


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on May 11, 2006 10:49:46 AM
Calista,
as for the chart for bodice and sleeve, all the wrong side is basically " knit the knits, purl the purl the purls" right?


lazynono7, when it is written "knit" or "purl" with words, it means you should do literally what it says.

With the chart, the blank square on the chart means, "purl on the RS, knit on the WS", and the square with vertical line (|) in it means "knit on the RS, purl on the WS".
And when you follow the chart, read from the right to the left on the RS, and left to right on the WS.



Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: TreeTree on May 14, 2006 06:56:49 AM
I'm in love with this sweater but i have yet to knit a sweater yet...would you say this is to difficult for a newbie?  (I've been knitting for a year, I can increase, decrease all that jazz...and cable...I have yet to try knitting in the round though and just have been to intimidated to do a sweater)  Should i go for it or wait?  And if you think I should try a easier sweater first do you have a pattern in mind?


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on May 14, 2006 11:21:08 PM
I'm in love with this sweater but i have yet to knit a sweater yet...would you say this is to difficult for a newbie?  (I've been knitting for a year, I can increase, decrease all that jazz...and cable...I have yet to try knitting in the round though and just have been to intimidated to do a sweater)  Should i go for it or wait?  And if you think I should try a easier sweater first do you have a pattern in mind?

I think you know pretty much everything.  :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: landry on May 16, 2006 04:40:06 PM
My yarn came in from KnitPicks! :) Gonna cast on tonight! Thanks for the e-mail updates to pattern!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on May 17, 2006 05:16:54 PM
My yarn came in from KnitPicks! :) Gonna cast on tonight! Thanks for the e-mail updates to pattern!

Oh, you're welcome. I'm glad my email arrived before the yarns did :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: anky on May 18, 2006 05:47:26 PM
Do you have any suggestions as to how I would go about making the sleeves full length rather than 3/4 length? I get pretty cold so I thought I might make my sleeves longer or do you think this would look weird?


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on May 19, 2006 04:02:45 PM
Do you have any suggestions as to how I would go about making the sleeves full length rather than 3/4 length? I get pretty cold so I thought I might make my sleeves longer or do you think this would look weird?

I don't think it would look weird at all. Which size are you planning to make, and how much longer do you want the sleeves to be? I can calculate how many sts you need to start with if you let me know what you want.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: anky on May 19, 2006 06:51:15 PM
I'm making the small size (bust 33inches) and I measured my arm from should to wrist and the sleeve would need to be about 22 inches long I think. If you could work out how many extra stitches and stuff that would be fantastic! I wish all patterns came with this kind of help, you're amazing! :)
thanks


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on May 21, 2006 11:52:50 PM
I'm making the small size (bust 33inches) and I measured my arm from should to wrist and the sleeve would need to be about 22 inches long I think. If you could work out how many extra stitches and stuff that would be fantastic! I wish all patterns came with this kind of help, you're amazing! :)
thanks

anky, here are the calculated estimation based on my gauge for a long sleeve design.
You'll need to knit 63 more rows.
Start with CO 44 and knit the ribs, make 4 sts where the braid pattern starts (like the original pattern).
Increase 1st at both at the beginning and the end of every 7th row until there are 76sts in a row.
Then, you can follow along the original chart from the 45th row.  ;)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: landry on May 26, 2006 11:08:34 AM
Wow, I've been busy lately with work and finishing school that I haven't had too much time to work on the sweater (not to mention that I'm a slow knitter)!  ;)

Just posting a progress shot of what's coming along so far:



The cables are really fun to knit! Though, I think I made a couple tiny errors already, so this piece will definitely be the back bodice piece. ^^;;; Usually the first body piece I make I hide as the back piece because the second piece is usually much more error-free, but shhhh...! :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: wordgirrl on May 27, 2006 07:22:56 AM
i just ordered the pattern yesterday after seeing this on someone's blog--love it! i am in need of some cotton sweaters, though, and already have so much wool and black...i need to branch out a bit :) i was thinking of making this in knitpicks shine sport, which has the same gauge and yardage as andean treasure. maybe in (gasp!) cloud or hydrangea? (i have swatches on my blog.) thoughts?


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: TreeTree on May 27, 2006 03:05:27 PM
i just ordered the pattern yesterday after seeing this on someone's blog--love it! i am in need of some cotton sweaters, though, and already have so much wool and black...i need to branch out a bit :) i was thinking of making this in knitpicks shine sport, which has the same gauge and yardage as andean treasure. maybe in (gasp!) cloud or hydrangea? (i have swatches on my blog.) thoughts?

I can't find a link to your blog, really wanted to see how it was looking in those colors, link?


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on May 27, 2006 06:58:30 PM
i just ordered the pattern yesterday after seeing this on someone's blog--love it! i am in need of some cotton sweaters, though, and already have so much wool and black...i need to branch out a bit :) i was thinking of making this in knitpicks shine sport, which has the same gauge and yardage as andean treasure. maybe in (gasp!) cloud or hydrangea? (i have swatches on my blog.) thoughts?

It's exciting to hear that you're trying it with cotton yarn. I cannot find a link to you blog, either. I like both of the colors.  I think hydrangea color will make a more cheerful style, and cloud color will make a more elegant style.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: wordgirrl on May 27, 2006 07:58:20 PM
i just ordered the pattern yesterday after seeing this on someone's blog--love it! i am in need of some cotton sweaters, though, and already have so much wool and black...i need to branch out a bit :) i was thinking of making this in knitpicks shine sport, which has the same gauge and yardage as andean treasure. maybe in (gasp!) cloud or hydrangea? (i have swatches on my blog.) thoughts?

It's exciting to hear that you're trying it with cotton yarn. I cannot find a link to you blog, either. I like both of the colors.  I think hydrangea color will make a more cheerful style, and cloud color will make a more elegant style.
oh, and dopey me: (a) i forgot to specify that i meant color swatches (from knitpicks' site), not knitted swatches--i haven't ordered the yarn yet. the sweater lends itself more to cloud, i decided this afternoon. or maybe i'm just afraid of the saturated color--what's that that the "what not to wear" people say about that again? ;)
anyway, (b) i also forgot that i meant to add my blog url to my signature. done! it's http://lisabee.typepad.com.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: wealleatpasta on May 29, 2006 12:51:04 PM
Oh wow! I am so in love with this sweaters!
I have never knitted a sweater before just because I have not found a pattern I am in love with enough, but I love this so much!

I really want to spend time on something I'll really enjoy so I want to knit it in some nice, soft alpaca as well, but I'm not sure I want to fork over so much for my first sweater as I may make so many mistakes!
Also this may be a bit too ambitious for a first!
So undecided!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: TreeTree on May 29, 2006 01:28:38 PM
Oh wow! I am so in love with this sweaters!
I have never knitted a sweater before just because I have not found a pattern I am in love with enough, but I love this so much!

I really want to spend time on something I'll really enjoy so I want to knit it in some nice, soft alpaca as well, but I'm not sure I want to fork over so much for my first sweater as I may make so many mistakes!
Also this may be a bit too ambitious for a first!
So undecided!

This is how I feel also, not much funds, not much experience and hardly any time to knit something for myself!  Even if I do make this one of my sisters has already expressed interest in stealing it from me! sigh.  I'm currently a full time court reporting student and it's a pretty strict program (school 5 hours each day and 3 hours of practice on the machine, plus other classes and other homework!)  So I may need to stick to the smaller projects untill I pass those state tests, earn lots of money and take a vacation! lol....but maybe I should by the pattern just to have it...


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: anky on June 06, 2006 09:55:12 PM
I just cast on for this today in the small size but I'm having second thoughts on itf I should be making a medium. My bust is exactly 33" but i don't want it skin tight, just slightly fitted and so I can fit a cami or something underneath if I want. What do you reckonmend? does the bust measure 33" when finished lying flat? what to do what to do *sigh*


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: anky on June 07, 2006 01:57:49 AM
also I've knitted 2" of the rib as shown on diagram, however according to the pattern I still have 5 more rows to knit which will make it wider than 2 inches...do you think I should stop the ribbing here or continue on with amount of rows specified? Sorry, I'm a bit aprehensive as this is my first human sweater


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: lazynono7 on June 07, 2006 02:44:33 AM
no, the bust does not measure 33" when measure flat. the finished sweater will stretch to fit your 33" bust.
 the design of the sweater is meant to be fitted, therefore if you wish to have a looser fit, you can consider about knitting one size bigger just so it's slightly looser because you don't want it clings to your body.
i like all my garment fitted, and I'm a 33 bust like you, i chose to knit this in small,,,,again, sizing really depends on personal preference of how you want the fit to be. hope this helps


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on June 07, 2006 08:40:08 AM
also I've knitted 2" of the rib as shown on diagram, however according to the pattern I still have 5 more rows to knit which will make it wider than 2 inches...do you think I should stop the ribbing here or continue on with amount of rows specified? Sorry, I'm a bit aprehensive as this is my first human sweater

Did you compared your gauge of the rows, too? The finished length can be vary if you only checked the number of sts of the gauge. Some people's stitches  are shaped longer than the average, and some others' wider. There's a possibility that my sts are wider than yours. You can just stop there and move on to the bodice part if you the rib to be exactly 2 inches. If you like the ribs to be wider, you can knit more rows.

As lazynono7 said, it's a fitted design, but it's not skin tight.. My bust size is 33", and knitted it in small. You can see the fittedness in the photo.
I hope it helps. :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: anky on June 07, 2006 08:10:24 PM
thanks guys,
                 My gauge and stitches were pretty much spot on when I did a reverse stockinette swatch with the 3.75mm needles so maybe my ribbing is a little off or something. I've decided to truck on and knit all the rows specified so my ribbing is 2 1/2" now but it looks fine, it's not that much longer. I'm hoping that the main part of the jumper will be a bit more accurate to size.
After your input I've decided to keep going with the small size and see what happens. The yarn I'm using is also quite stretchy as its 65%wool, 35% microfibre and 10% cashmere so its should stretch out a fair bit when finished. If worse comes to worse I can always rip it out if it ends up to small and make the medium.
Thanks for putting up with my freakouts...I'm sure there will be more :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: anky on June 20, 2006 08:32:39 PM
Ok I've got another question. I've finished the two bodice pieces and am starting the sleeves in the small size. I wanted to check that what is written is correct. The pattern says to do ribbing as follows
round1 (ws):repeat *p2, k2* to last 2sts, p2
round2 (rs): repeat *kr, p2* to last 2sts, k2
 
If this is correct then the last 2 stitches on the either end are both the same( .ie ws both ends purl and rs both ends knit). This means that when the sleeves are rolled around and seamed the 2x2 rib will not be continuous but will have 4knit stitches in a row.
 
Is this correct?

also does anyone know of a site that shows how to cast off in 2x2 ribbing?
Anneke


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on June 20, 2006 09:57:49 PM
Ok I've got another question. I've finished the two bodice pieces and am starting the sleeves in the small size. I wanted to check that what is written is correct. The pattern says to do ribbing as follows
round1 (ws):repeat *p2, k2* to last 2sts, p2
round2 (rs): repeat *kr, p2* to last 2sts, k2
 
If this is correct then the last 2 stitches on the either end are both the same( .ie ws both ends purl and rs both ends knit). This means that when the sleeves are rolled around and seamed the 2x2 rib will not be continuous but will have 4knit stitches in a row.
 
Is this correct?

also does anyone know of a site that shows how to cast off in 2x2 ribbing?
Anneke

(I'm posting the same thing as my email reply..)

Yes, the pattern is correct, and there will be 2 knit sts at both ends for S or L size, as you said. It was inevitable because it becomes too loose if 2 more sts are added, and too tight if there are 2 sts less. However, it's not too conspicous after seaming. If you really hate two continuous set of knits, you can add or subtract 2 sts (one st at each end).

And for the cast off for 2x2 rib, I could not find an English website with the instruction, but found a Korean site with clear illustration. (There actually is no written instruction in Korean, either.) It's http://blog.naver.com/sf7439?Redirect=Log&logNo=120008817622 .



Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: anky on June 21, 2006 04:29:04 PM
Thanks Calista, I've just got one more sleeve to knti then its a matter of seaming and knitting the neck on. I'm so close, I'll post a pic when I finally get there.

I think I picked up a mistake in the s/m arm chart. At the bottom I think the very first row (like in all the bodice charts and the larger arm chart) should be the row where you make stitches as stated in the written instructions. But on the chart I think you accidentally put this on the second row which won't work anyways. I just followed how is on all the other charts and its worked fine.
thanks again


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on June 21, 2006 04:41:08 PM
Thanks Calista, I've just got one more sleeve to knti then its a matter of seaming and knitting the neck on. I'm so close, I'll post a pic when I finally get there.

I think I picked up a mistake in the s/m arm chart. At the bottom I think the very first row (like in all the bodice charts and the larger arm chart) should be the row where you make stitches as stated in the written instructions. But on the chart I think you accidentally put this on the second row which won't work anyways. I just followed how is on all the other charts and its worked fine.
thanks again

Oh thanks.
The m1 part drifted upward right before I save it as JPG..I found the original Photoshop file is correct, but JPG one is wrong.
M1 should be on the first row, as it saids in the instruction and as on the L or XL size chart. Sorry!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: anky on June 26, 2006 04:33:03 PM
I'm having serious issues with seaming. Any tips?


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: scapina on July 11, 2006 10:54:10 PM
ok i am having a newbie problem, how on earth do i bind off those 6 stitches at the end of the row (for the armhole of the bodice)? the way i normally bind off, i would wind up with a big hole. other shirts i have made, i bind off at the beginning of the next row..... hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. otherwise, it's looking good!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: briteros on July 11, 2006 11:04:37 PM
scapina,

i actually did the BOs at the beginning of each row... so if you see ones at the end of the row, I would just do them at the beginning of the next.

good luck, and i'd love to see a progress shot!
- briteros


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: scapina on July 11, 2006 11:21:19 PM
cool, that's what i was thinking the answer might be. :)

here is a pic!



the cables aren't as tight on the left side as i would like, but i think i can deal with it. :)

yours is awesome btw, briteros. love the colour!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on July 13, 2006 12:12:19 AM
Hey scapina,
It looks to be progressing very well!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: briteros on July 13, 2006 01:09:13 AM
it's lookin good scapina! and don't worry so much about the cables... maybe you can block it out a bit at the end :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: jane_101 on July 13, 2006 04:04:55 AM
Hi there Calista, may I first just say I think this is an absolutely beautiful sweater, you're super-talented!

Unfortunately there's no way I can go braless (I have three kids, says it all!  ::)) and just wondered if there was any simple modification I could make in order to make this less off-the-shoulder IYSWIM?  I'm quite a competent knitter but I just never know where to start when it comes to tinkering with stuff like this.

Hope this isn't too big an ask, thanks for any advice you might be able to give.

Jane :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: rachillsk8 on July 13, 2006 08:15:47 AM
You can always wear camisole or something underneath instead of modifying the pattern, if you do that with a nude bra then it won't obnoxiously sceam "look at my bra straps!".  If you get one with lace at the top that comes up higher and peeks out the top of the sweater, it would look reallly cute (I have a bunch like this from Ann Taylor Loft, I wear them under most of my sweaters and suit jackets).


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on July 13, 2006 01:22:19 PM
Hi there Calista, may I first just say I think this is an absolutely beautiful sweater, you're super-talented!

Unfortunately there's no way I can go braless (I have three kids, says it all!  ::)) and just wondered if there was any simple modification I could make in order to make this less off-the-shoulder IYSWIM?  I'm quite a competent knitter but I just never know where to start when it comes to tinkering with stuff like this.

Hope this isn't too big an ask, thanks for any advice you might be able to give.

Jane :)

I usually wear strapless bra under this. Even though I have no kids, I need some kinds of support.  :)
Anyway, to make the neckline higher, you can simply keep decreasing 1 st at each end of every other rows until you get the width of the neckline you want, keeping the braid and diamond pattern. You should decrease the same amount of sts on the corresponding shoulder line of the sleeves and the bodice.
I hope it helped!  ;D


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: jane_101 on July 14, 2006 04:04:24 AM
Calista, thank you, that's an excellent help to me.  I've got too many projects on the go at the moment but once I get one of them down, I'll be purchasing the pattern.  Thanks so much for getting back to me.

PS - strapless bra, what a dream!  I wear a G-cup so that's a no-no too, unless I want one giant sausage-shaped boob ::)  Woe is me, blah blah, getting a lovely sweater will make up for my heartache I'm sure :P

Jane :D


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: MmmKnits on July 14, 2006 08:58:08 AM
Just bought the pattern--can't wait to get started!  :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: rachillsk8 on July 14, 2006 12:25:52 PM
Same here!  I want to order some yarn (I have about $120 worth of stuff hanging out in my shopping basket on Knitpicks for various projects), but I have a ton of aran wool I might knit one up with first seeing that I'm not working (was teaching high school but burned out after this last school year), looking for a new job, and in the meantime living off of the stash of $$ I've saved up.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: MiseryNotes on July 16, 2006 04:08:58 PM
Has anyone tried this sweater with a yarn that has some amount of nylon/spandex content, so it stretches when pulled?

I wonder how that would turn out.

 ::)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: anky on July 16, 2006 04:40:45 PM
I knitted this baby in heriloom cashmino which has wool, cashmere and microfibre content. The microfibre made it very stretchy and easy to work with. I looks great so far but I've been stuck seaming it so I'm not sure what it will be like when it's all put together.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: jane_101 on July 17, 2006 03:35:07 AM
Another question!  ::)

Is anyone making/has anyone made the 39" bust size?  I'm wondering how much yardage of yarn I'm likely to need as I assume the nine skiens/990 yards Calista used were for the size small?

TIA to anyone who can help, Jane :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: almndladybug on August 08, 2006 04:13:46 PM
I plan to start this as soon as I get my first paycheck in late August/early September as I'm starting to run low on funds. Right now there are 2 things on my must knit list, this and a glampyre sweater.  I'm planning to do the medium and get 10 skeins of the KP as I may pull the neckline up a bit as I work in an elementary school.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on August 08, 2006 08:53:48 PM
Another question!  ::)

Is anyone making/has anyone made the 39" bust size?  I'm wondering how much yardage of yarn I'm likely to need as I assume the nine skiens/990 yards Calista used were for the size small?

TIA to anyone who can help, Jane :)

Jane, sorry for the late reply. I moved from Iowa to New Jersey and don't have a Internet service yet. (At first, I didn't even have an apartment..kekeke...I stayed at my friend's place for about a week and just got my place!) I made small size, so I wasn't sure about the yardage of XL. I can try to calculate the yardage by counting the numbers of the sts! But it will take a while..(you can guess why.. ;D) I'll post the result of my calculation tomorrow!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on August 10, 2006 08:12:47 PM
Jane, I finally got the result of calculation!!  :D
11 skeins of Andean Treasure, which is about 1056 yards would be enough. (more exactly..the calculation result was 10.56 skeins.)
I counted the difference between the numbers of stitches of S size and that of XL size, and compared the yardages. So it would be almost accurate.
(It took me a while to do that :P)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: happykittypants on August 17, 2006 05:55:42 PM
Just bought the pattern last night. I found it from a posting on a livejournal community and couldn't resist.

I just have to say that I love that someone else made this sweater out of woolease sport weight. My stash is brimming with the stuff (I got a lot of it for very very cheap) and I was about to buy the knitpicks yarn until I saw the earlier posting. Big woot for stash busting and making something awesome!! ;D


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: jane_101 on August 21, 2006 02:52:15 AM
Jane, I finally got the result of calculation!!  :D
11 skeins of Andean Treasure, which is about 1056 yards would be enough. (more exactly..the calculation result was 10.56 skeins.)
I counted the difference between the numbers of stitches of S size and that of XL size, and compared the yardages. So it would be almost accurate.
(It took me a while to do that :P)

Calista, you are an absolute LEGEND :-* I was thinking about this sweater just this morning and hoping someone would have replied to my question whilst I was away on holiday!  I'm buying the pattern right now.  Thanks so much for all your awesome help, hope you're all settled in your new place now :)

Jane


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on August 21, 2006 03:40:56 PM
Jane, I'm glad it helped.
I'm almost settled in NJ...the only thing left for me is....finding a job!  :-X


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: scapina on September 01, 2006 01:25:02 PM
is anyone else still working on theirs? i've almost got the front finished (the back is already done) so i hope to be on the sleeves by next week. it's actually pretty fast once you get the pattern down, it's only taken me so long because i didn't work on it for 3 months. looking forward to wearing it once the weather cools down. :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: almndladybug on September 01, 2006 02:32:02 PM
I just started, though I'm adapting the sweater to be knitted in the round, as I don't do knitting multiple pieces and seeming well. I get the first  done and then don't want to have to do the 2nd piece. Needless to say I'll be knitting both sleeves at the same time! (Yeah ADD!)

I'll pass on my production notes to Calista and take pictures!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: landry on September 01, 2006 08:03:14 PM
is anyone else still working on theirs? i've almost got the front finished (the back is already done) so i hope to be on the sleeves by next week. it's actually pretty fast once you get the pattern down, it's only taken me so long because i didn't work on it for 3 months. looking forward to wearing it once the weather cools down. :)

Still working on mine! I also put mine on the backburner for a few months because the alpaca kept making my fingers sweat.  :'( I just picked it up again and am halfway done with the second body piece.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: anky on September 03, 2006 12:07:38 AM
almndladybug, I'd totally be interested in your notes on how to knit this pattern in the round. I'm with you on the not being a fan of knitting mulitple pieces and sewing them together. I haven't been able to sew this together yet and I think I might frog it anyways as I fear it is too small. I'll wait to see how you go before I start over.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: nosyred on September 11, 2006 02:47:30 PM
calista -- where in nj did you move?  I'm a (semi-)recent nj'er, and I'm in search of a really good yarn shop.

I am SO getting going on this pattern after I finish a little intarsia fun I'm playing with right now


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on September 13, 2006 06:56:32 PM
calista -- where in nj did you move?  I'm a (semi-)recent nj'er, and I'm in search of a really good yarn shop.

I am SO getting going on this pattern after I finish a little intarsia fun I'm playing with right now

nosyred, I live in Newport area in Jersey City. (Right across from Manhattan through Holland Tunnel. Where do you live?


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: nosyred on September 13, 2006 10:00:35 PM
gotcha -- I'm outside new brunswick, which isn't too bad a place to be.  (surprisingly not-bad, actually.  jersey gets an overall bad reputation, very much undeserved.  since my move I've become hugely pro-NJ.)


Title: yarn question
Post by: nosyred on September 14, 2006 08:09:46 AM
how much do y'all think using worsted weight yarn would mess with this pattern?  I'm cheap-o and I can't find any inexpensive sport weight yarn around (except for paton's grace, which just feels, um, crappy).


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: almndladybug on September 14, 2006 04:40:54 PM
umm, you'd really have to adjust the pattern a lot. Have you considered knitpicks at all?  You can get enough yarn for the project for under $40.  And Andean Treasure, which is  made by KP is the yarn Calista used. Knitpicks shipping is super fast, I almost always get my orders within 1 week of ordering, and that's with the slow shipping. Plus free shipping on orders over $40!  I  think I paid $3.29/ball and I used 9 balls. For that price, you can barely get something from a box craft store.  I made the medium size, and even though the pattern called for 10 balls, I didn't even use the majority of the 9th ball.



My finished sweater. I've worn it twice already. The first time, it took a while to get used to, but now I LOVE it and it fits much better the second time. For the neckline I followed the directions and it's really quite flexible as I can "pull" it up a bit and it's much more "covering" or pull it down low onto my shoulders for a much more sexy look. I've worn it to work and nobody's said anything to me yet about the neckline being inappropriate!

A note on the color:  it's called lilac, but I think a more appropriate name for the color should be plain ol' purple. Luckily I didn't care, but if you want a light purple, lilac isn't.

I'm wicked busy with start of the school year stuff and am WAYYY behind in school and personal stuff, but I  hope to get my notes typed up about knitting this in the round soon. I'm going to send them to Calista first as it's her pattern and once I type them up and hear back from her I'm sure I'll either post the production notes or whatever. The only part I didn't knit in the round were the sleeves, but that's because I would have got one done and not wanted to do the other and am not talented enough to do both sleeves at the same time using the magic loop technique.  Got to love a short attention span and frustration levels.  :P


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: landry on September 14, 2006 06:06:12 PM
Wow!! It came out beautiful!  :o


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: cnp71201 on September 14, 2006 06:24:46 PM
That is really beautiful, and I love the color!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: nosyred on September 14, 2006 07:28:23 PM
thanks for the tips, almndladybug.  I've checked knitpicks, and I think the andean treasure is still a little pricier than I want to go -- if I only needed a ball or two, that'd be one thing, but 9 balls makes the price (almost) prohibitive.  I'm thinking about knitpicks telemark, though.  has anyone used that?


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: almndladybug on September 15, 2006 03:18:45 AM
Thanks Landry and CNP and Nosy.  The color really is very beautiful and the photo doesn't do it's a rich and vibrant purple without being too in your face or dark. It has some nice "heathering" elements to it too.  Plus the Andean Treasure is soft as anything, it does itch my skin a bit but not much (I have incredibly sensitive skin w/natural fibers)

I haven't used Telemark at all,  but I would think anything that gets gauge would be good. My sweater fits next to the skin, so I'm glad I made it with Alpaca and it has some "stretch" to it. I think it depends what's in your budget and what you like.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: almndladybug on September 16, 2006 01:13:57 PM
I just typed up my notes for knitting in the round and sent them to Calista. Once and if I get the okay to post them I'll post them here or we'll hear from Calista about them. Either way, hopefully they'll be passed on to those working or thinking about making the pattern.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on September 17, 2006 07:01:38 PM
almndladybug, I love yours! I also considered purple at first, but I chose grey, because I wanted to make it as close as the original. I agree with your comment that it fits much better the second time. It takes a little while for the neckline stretch out a little, so that it slip down naturally.
About the required amount of yarns---The yarn estimation includes about 2/3 ball to make flowers. You can adjust the amount of the yarns, depending on your decision on the numbers and sizes of the flowers.

(I sent you reply message, btw.)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: almndladybug on September 18, 2006 01:30:13 PM
Hi all,

Calista gave me the okay to post my notes here so here goes:  PM me if you have any questions.

Knit in round...


CO 176 (184, 196, 204) sts. Join in the round for knitting PM  at beginning of round.  Knit in 2x2 rib starting with k2 p2 (I did p2 k2 but it didn't seem tomake a difference).  PM after 88, (92, 98, 102) sts. Work in 2x2 rib to end of round. Repeat 22x more (w/out the PM of course).  Switch to size 5 needles


Follow row 1 from Calista's instructions. After this row things are going to change because you aren't knitting back and forth. With knitting in the round on the WS you will do the opposite of what the directions call for the WS call for. Basically, 99 % of the time you will K and K stitch and P a P stitch, the only exceptions are after some of the cables. The 2nd marker will serve as the distinction between side 1 and side 2 of the bodice, so when decreasing or increasing use that as a guide.

For the K2tog and k2togtbl stitches instead you will P2tog and P2tog tbl, P2tog where you are instructed to K2tog etc.  Instead of doing a M1, I did a M1P, basically instead of lifting the bar between the stitches from back to front, I lifted it from front to back w/the left needle and then P tbl:d the stitch.

Continue pattern as instructed until the bind off for the arms.  On the armhole bind off row knit the entire row in the round for both sides of the sweater. Break yarn after this row.  Reattach yarn to knit 1 side of the bodice. Follow directions for decreasing according to Calista's directions, at this point you are no longer knitting in the round, once you work across the one row for side 1, slip side 2's sts to a st holder or spare yarn. Or, if you're anything like me, attach another ball of yarn and work across side 2. The only problem with this way is that you have to pay attention to which way you are going so you don't get off on the row count.   BO 60 (64, 68, 72) sts.

I knit the sleeves back and forth instead of in the round, but to knit them in the round, using set of 4-5 size 3 dpns, CO required sts, PM at beginning of round.  Begin working in the round dividing stitches between 3-4 needles (make sure there are an even number for the 2x2 ribbing). After the ribbing switch to 4-5 size 5 dpns. Continue as with the bodice (for doing sts K the Ks, P the Ps) and follow the same sleeve BO directions, reattach yarn and decrease for the armhole shaping. BO 30 (32, 32, 32) sts loosely. 

Sew sleeves to bodice as calista directs and sew the armhole bind off sts together making sure to leave no holes.

Continue as instructed.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: nosyred on October 03, 2006 11:55:06 AM
ahhh, my knitpicks package finally came, and I"m glad I sprung for the fancy-dancy alpaca.  it feels gorgeous.  now I just need to devote more time to learning how to read charts . . . .


Title: possibly really dumb question
Post by: nosyred on October 06, 2006 09:01:47 AM
I've never cabled from a pattern before, and I need to know: is the background essentially purled (by "background" I mean the area between cables) or knit?  I'm very very confused!


Title: Re: possibly really dumb question
Post by: calista on October 06, 2006 11:25:11 AM
I've never cabled from a pattern before, and I need to know: is the background essentially purled (by "background" I mean the area between cables) or knit?  I'm very very confused!

nosyred, the "background" is purled from the RS and knitted from the WS. Only the cable patterns are knitted from the RS, and purled from the WS.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: Crow Jane on October 16, 2006 08:29:37 PM
I just bought this pattern and went to purchase the yarn from Knitpicks but they don't mail out to Australia  :'(  >:(  ???  :'(

I can't find any yarn that is the same weight, colour and price as the Andean Treasure for sale here. Plus, I really had my heart set on the Andean Treasure because I love the colour of the heathered yarn. Le sigh.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: dair on October 16, 2006 11:24:52 PM
crow jane - you wont find anyone here in OZ who does prices the same.... but have you tried ordering from bendigo wool mills?? it works out to be $2.50/50grm ball (they only sell 200grm balls - i LOVE getting parcels from them - they are huge!)
they supply stores under the 'Heirloom' brand. if you email [email protected] they will send you a free sample card, and its free postage for orders over $30.

i recommend Rustic (a.k.a Heirloom Heatherwood), and their Alpaca is really cheap too ($15 for 200g ball)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: Crow Jane on October 17, 2006 01:42:22 AM
Thanks for tip! I have already sent off an email to Bendigo Woolen Mills. You got me started looking at wool mills and I found another place - Nundle Woolen Mill, for $4.50 - I am rather fond of the Rhubarb and Dusky Rose.
http://www.nundle.info/nundle/woollenmill/shadecard04.asp (http://www.nundle.info/nundle/woollenmill/shadecard04.asp)



Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on October 17, 2006 08:33:54 AM
Oh, I'm glad to hear that you found something...I was also looking for a substitutable yarn for you, but it wasn't easy to find a yarn of the quality in that price range.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: Crow Jane on October 17, 2006 05:48:43 PM
Thanks so much for looking, Calista. I will go for a local yarn producer this time (not that I have any choice). I can't wait til my sample cards come so I can buy some yarn so I can get started on my jumper. I would go out and look at LYS but I can't drive because of an operation I had recently and I can't look online for extended periods of time because I can't sit for long. I feel asleep last night reading my AMcQK pattern. Joy!

Special note to all you U.S. and Canadian citizens: As of yesterday, round about the time I found out that Knitpicks doesn't post to Australia, I felt the sudden urge to become best bosom buddies and possibly bff with a Canadian and/or American. Just putting it out there.

kthnxbye


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: dair on October 17, 2006 08:02:04 PM
i forgot to mention Nundle! hehehe i love their 20 ply! talk about a fast knit!
i live in Sydney, and one day hope to con my GF into driving me there.... one day.....


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: scapina on October 25, 2006 03:17:16 PM
well, i'm done the second sleeve. so all i have to do do is the neckline. unfortunately the rest of the sweater is back home and i'm in europe for 2 more weeks. as much as this trip is fun, i want to finish my sweater now!!!!!!  :P


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on October 26, 2006 08:52:15 PM
well, i'm done the second sleeve. so all i have to do do is the neckline. unfortunately the rest of the sweater is back home and i'm in europe for 2 more weeks. as much as this trip is fun, i want to finish my sweater now!!!!!!  :P

Oh, what a sad news, Scapina! If you were able to finish it while you were there, it would have been a really useful piece during this late fall. (Well..as a 2nd thought..I don't know where you live.  ::)).  Anyway, I can't wait to see another one of it.  :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: scapina on November 09, 2006 11:49:22 PM
It's actually ok, I live in Vancouver and our winters can barely be called that, so I should be able to wear this sweater pretty much through until next spring. :)

I'm back so almost done..... hopefully tomorrow!!



Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: Crow Jane on November 10, 2006 03:33:30 AM
Scapina - what a beautiful colour! It looks like a greeny-grey.

I can't wait until I can get the yarn for mine.

*is excited*


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on November 10, 2006 11:30:00 PM
Yeah..that's a lovely color! I'm so tempted to knit another one of this is different color this year, but I already have so many stuffs working on..I think I should be satisfied through watching other people making them in other colors here... :D


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: scapina on November 16, 2006 12:45:17 PM
done!

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=133628.0



thanks so much for this patern, it's my favourite thing i've made!

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D



Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: landry on December 10, 2006 06:28:04 PM
I finally finished mine!

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/honeypoo/319137950/)

Another photo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/honeypoo/319137953/)

And another photo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/honeypoo/319137952/)

I love this pattern. Like someone else has said before, this is my favorite thing I've ever knit. My row gauge was probably off because the bodice came out shorter than the other sweaters. I might try grafting on another inch of ribbing to the bottom to make it longer (or I could wear jeans with higher waistlines...). Other than that, I'm super happy.  ;D

Thanks for making the pattern, Calista.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: snowyangel on December 10, 2006 09:22:47 PM
Wow its gorgeous, stylish stuff like this is what makes me want to learn how to knit. I would pay for something like that and in those colors!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: landry on December 11, 2006 06:26:31 PM
Thank you!  :) I'm really, really happy with this sweater!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on December 12, 2006 01:59:08 PM
Hey Landry, you've done it!
I'm glad that you like the pattern.
Indeed it looks shorter than other ones.
As you said, the row gauge might have been different.
I know one way to fix this.
Cut of the ribbing part carefully along the first low of the aran part with sharp-ended scissors, and pick up sts as you do when you take off the temporary CO rows. Then, decrease the increased sts, and simply knit 2x2 rib until you get desired length. Then bind off with tapestry needle.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: anky on March 09, 2007 08:20:09 PM


Finally finished and I love it! This is by far my favouritest knit to date, thanks for the great pattern Calista. Knitting the body in the round certainly made it a lot quicker to knit and cut down on tedious seaming. I used Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply Alpaca in Briar Rose. It's so soft and warm but sheds like crazy so I might give it a good bath to see if that settles the fibres down. More details on my blog.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on March 12, 2007 06:59:22 AM
Hey, Anky!
Finally! Yours is done! I love the color selection.
I'm glad to see that it fits you very well.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: Murdo on July 22, 2007 06:21:10 AM
I am itching to get started...just a couple of questions :)
I am a 36 inch bust...what size do you think I should go for?????

Also considering knitting in the round...what does PM mean in the instruction line by almndladybug mean????...

"PM after 88, (92, 98, 102) sts."

Gorgeous pattern and so lovely seeing a designer being so hands-on with advice :)
Jackie


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: almndladybug on July 22, 2007 07:17:06 AM
PM means place marker, something to indicate that you've done those number of stitches.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: Murdo on July 22, 2007 07:22:02 AM
Many thanks. I think my brain was having a freeze there!!!! I will cast on and swatch for a 35/medium in the round!!!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: Murdo on July 27, 2007 01:44:05 AM
For the K2tog and k2togtbl stitches instead you will P2tog and P2tog tbl, P2tog where you are instructed to K2tog etc.  Instead of doing a M1, I did a M1P, basically instead of lifting the bar between the stitches from back to front, I lifted it from front to back w/the left needle and then P tbl:d the stitch.
Can I get a bit of advice folks. I am an English knitter, so want to check I have the right M1 and M1P when knitting in the round...
which of these are the M1 and M1P you refer to....
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/increase.php

Also...if knitting s/m bodice (high) in the round...would row 2 (ws) change to...21purl, 1knit 4purl 1knit 11purl 20knit etc

Many thanks for this...as soon as I know this I can get going!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: Murdo on July 28, 2007 07:37:13 AM
I'd really appreciate some advice, if anyone has the time. Knitting this in the round. So, I have (on ws row , changed knits to purls etc where appropriate.

BUT I have a problem.  One half of sweater... Bodice (front half)...looks fantastic...other half of knitting ie/ bodice (back half) looks great EXCEPT for cabled areas. They didn't look crisp/right. So I looked at reverse (RS) of Bodice (back) and the cables inside were perfect. Am I doing something stupid????? How on earth are the cables appearing on the wrong side on one half of sweater"!!???

I thought with knitting in the round it would only be the instructions in pink (ws rows) that I changed...I didn't think I had to change the cables on one half of sweater in any way (on RS rows) am I wrong???? Please help as I am getting frustrated  :)

Is it wrong to always work charts from right to left if working in round? I can't see this making a difference on one side. Whatever it is must be cable-specific....ie/ all I can think of is I should be swapping yarn to front instead of back in some cables....rather than always doing them as they would be on straight needles????.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on July 30, 2007 01:58:33 PM
Hi Murdo,

It is odd that suddenly the problem occurs at the half way and only one the back..
It is right to read the chart from right to left for all the rows if you are knitting in round.
Can you post a picture of the problem area? I think I can help you better if I can see the problem. =)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: Murdo on July 31, 2007 12:18:44 PM
Well...I think I have been particularly silly...as front and back identical I had two charts to mark off....but I got complacent and did it in my head.   

I "think" I knitted front (F) fine for 2 non-rib/patten chart rows. (each row is do pattern once for front bodice THEN repeat for back bodice(B)
so F1,B1 then F2,B2 etc. I think I then "jumped a row on the back section of a bodice...so went

F3, B4 then F4, B5 then F5, B6....so the front was looking fine but back out of sync. This taught me that marking off progress in two identical charts in my head is not always a good idea. Redone it and looking fabulous....up to row 9 of pattern now.!!!!!!

Thank you all for being so kind at trying to help


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: calista on August 01, 2007 12:55:05 PM
heehee...Murdo, I'm glad you could figure out the problem.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: almndladybug on August 07, 2007 10:48:15 AM
Murdo-

Glad you figured it out, I was on vacation so that's why I didn't respond...now resting up from it.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: abbles on August 16, 2007 07:01:05 AM
hi everyone,

I'm a latecomer to this knitalong... just started Calista's sweater a few days ago. I'm using KnitPicks Swish DK- a washable (yay!!!) merino wool-- in cinnamon. I'm making the sweater in the round, and so far, so good... although I did get a bit too absorbed in Top Chef last night and made a mistake or two that I had to fix!  :P



Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: Zenissima on September 06, 2007 05:55:32 AM
Thanks Calista for this wonderful pattern! I had great fun knitting it (in Jaeger Extra Fine Merino DK).

For project info and photos on Ravelry:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Zenissima/alexander-mcqueen-knockoff

For Flickr:
http://flickr.com/photos/zenissima/1335231153/


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: missknitty on September 06, 2007 03:44:01 PM
Aiight, now that I've got my pattern from Calista, I can begin pondering what yarn to use...mwahahaha! Man, this is such a beautiful sweater! :D


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: FrogPuddle on September 07, 2007 09:44:02 AM
 :o Wow! :o  I just found my next sweater! (actually after a cardigan, 5$ in Paris, and a pair of Christmas gloves... haha, seeing as i need to buy the yarn) This is such an amazing pattern and it looks beautiful on everyone! I think i would like to knit it in the round... hmm... maybe in red...


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: C.C. on September 21, 2007 03:26:22 PM
hi everyone,

I'm a latecomer to this knitalong... just started Calista's sweater a few days ago. I'm using KnitPicks Swish DK- a washable (yay!!!) merino wool-- in cinnamon. I'm making the sweater in the round, and so far, so good... although I did get a bit too absorbed in Top Chef last night and made a mistake or two that I had to fix!  :P



ahh, Top Chef is responsible for so many of my knitting mistakes...

I just bought this pattern today! very excited, just need to get myself some yarn for this.


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: missknitty on September 21, 2007 05:30:03 PM
You know, I think I might use some Rowan Tapestry in the Rainbow colorway (already have it). I have great visions for this sweater, but 3 others I need to finish first...sigh. :)


Title: Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater
Post by: Everest on September 24, 2007 11:51:15 AM
Just got my pattern - yay!  I need to finish up one sweater on the needles (so impatient...just half a sleeve left!) before I can.  I'm thinking of knitting this in a sport-weight alpaca from Elann.