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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Gretel beret, anyone? on: October 03, 2007 07:35:51 AM
I love that purple colour, it looks great on you Smiley

As for the k2, p2, error the pattern has been updated, so you should have received the updated pattern via email. If you bought it on or after September the 29th you got the new version anyway. Sorry about that.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Reading and knitting? on: August 31, 2007 04:22:11 AM
I'm completely sure that I wouldn't have done as well in my degree if I hadn't knit while reading. I found it easier to concentrate and take things in with something to do with my hands while it was also nice to have a visual record of my progress. My degree was in English Lit and it seemed like there was always more to read, but at least I could say that I must have read a lot because my knitting was 5" longer!

I use either the book weights linked up thread or a wooden book stand. The book stand is better for some things because it means I'm less hunched over the book.

Of course now knitting is the thing I have to do, rather than the reading and unfortunately I knit slower while reading so I haven't done much of this lately.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Silk Coachella on: August 02, 2007 09:50:17 AM
Your version is stunning, I love the yarn you used Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Snow White on: August 02, 2007 09:47:21 AM
Ysolda:  Could you advise us what sizes the test knitters worked the pattern up in?  I am curious how this would look on a woman with a larger chest?

It was test knit in all sizes except the largest. I added the 52-54" bust size after beginning the test knit because it was requested.

Unfortunately I don't have pictures of test knit sweaters yet in larges sizes. I do know that short row shaping will definitely be needed for larger bust sizes so that the neckline fits well. It's probably necessary for larger than a c cup. I'm currently working with one of my test knitters on adding short row shaping to her sweater and I'm planning to put up a pattern specific tutorial soon, but there are also several tutorials online that would give the necessary info.

Hope that helps Smiley  And thank you to everyone who's answered questions in this thread. If you do have a specific question about the pattern, especially if it's to do with purchasing it it's best to either pm or email me. Craftster certainly isn't the venue for purchase related discussion. If anyone wants to set up a knitalong at some point for discussing knitting the pattern let me know and I'll be happy to answer questions that crop up Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: writing thank you notes? on: August 01, 2007 03:49:22 PM
my "thank you" was paying for the pattern.

Word. Especially when the instructions were incomplete and sucked at the end. Why can't you get your money back on online knitting patterns is beyond me.

You can't? It's not something that's ever come up, but if someone emailed me because they weren't happy with one of my patterns I would offer them a refund. At least if it was a reasonable complaint about something I was responsible for. I don't have a refund policy posted, although I can see that some designers might have a no refunds policy because a downloaded pattern isn't something that can't really be returned. I also kind of feel like knitters have a responsibility to complain about terrible patterns, because if they don't how is the designer ever going to know that it sucked?

I've had thank yous from people who have made my patterns (including purchased ones) and more commonly emails from people wanting to show me their finished object. I love getting these emails. To a certain extent I agree that buying the pattern is the thank you, but it's also nice to know that people have enjoyed knitting something, that it turned out well, that the instructions were clear etc. It would also be useful (if not so nice!) to know if it didn't meet their expectations. Sometimes it's hard to know, until I get these sorts of emails or someone writes a similar blog post, whether anyone is actually making the patterns they by from me.

I certainly don't think you should ever feel obligated to thank the designer of a pattern for the pattern but I know that they would love to get a little note showing your fo and your thoughts about it.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for Free Pattern with similar shape to this Interweave 2007 Twinkle on: July 30, 2007 02:55:13 AM
you can actually see that the first row of ribbing is p2tog, k2tog - so you could take a shapeless sweater and double the cast on sts to get that effect.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: knitting blog suggestions? on: July 30, 2007 02:48:46 AM
Seeing as you didn't address the poster above's point about copyright I thought I'd post some of the copyright notices that apply to patterns you used. Hopefully this will be useful to anyone else considering knitting items on commission too.

Magknits legal info:
"All patterns on this site are provided free for personal use. Items made from these patterns may not be sold for profit."

Knitty's legal info:
"You may print out a copy to work with. But you may not print out multiple copies, you may not reformat the pattern for commercial use, and you may not sell them or items made FROM Knitty patterns. The copyright for each pattern and article belongs to the designer or author. Any usage beyond what's mentioned here must be negotiated with the designer or author."

Copyright info for Ohmystars, source of the razor cami pattern:

"all patterns remain property of ohmystars. do not copy, redistrubute, or sell for profit - that includes finished pieces too. you may of course print for your own non-commercial reference use."

As you can see these all expressly forbid selling items made from these patterns without the permission of the designer. Most knitty and magknits patterns include the designer's email so it may be worth asking for permission. Of course I don't know that you haven't already done that, but I'm basing my assumption on the fact that you haven't credited any of the designers.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Briar Rose Bolero on: July 03, 2007 02:00:11 PM
thank you  Cheesy I'm glad you like it
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Briar Rose Bolero on: July 03, 2007 11:40:17 AM
It seems like ages since I've posted anything new here, but now that uni is finally over I've had a chance to work on some new designs. Here's my latest, Briar Rose.


I named this design Briar Rose after the grimm brothers' name for Sleeping Beauty. The shape was inspired both by vintage bedjackets and 40s and 50s silhouettes. A bedjacket inspired design seemed like the perfect thing for Sleeping Beauty to wear and while it certainly isn't a bedjacket I am wearing it right now sitting on my bed  while typing this.

This started off as an experiment in seamless construction. One of the reasons that I made two was that I wasn't entirely happy with the shaping of the first (pink one). It looks ok in these pictures but the armholes are really way too deep and this has the annoying effect of making it slip off of my shoulders. I wasn't so unhappy with it that I wanted to take it off and rip it out, so I bought some yarn on sale and made a second one (the green). This was also a great opportunity to see how changing the yarn can make a big difference to the final look of something. The pink is Noro Cash Iroha - a silk, wool, cashmere blend worsted weight single - as you can see this resulted in a really drapey bolero. The green is Lana Grossa Royal Tweed which is a slightly heavier weight quite sturdy but very soft and fuzzy merino, it produced a much more structured effect so I also changed the border pattern to go with it. I'm probably kidding myself but I like to think that these changes mean people won't think my wardrobe is full of variations on the same item! Especially as I've been wearing one of these most of the time recently.

The construction is actually quite simple, but not very easy to explain. Basically I started at the bottom and made a curved hem shaped with short rows. The sleeves were started at the cuffs (with lots of increasing to make them nice and puffy). I joined the sleeves and body at the underarm and knit from there up to the shoulders in one piece - sort of decreasing the body onto the sleeve stitches (that would be the tricky to explain part). At the top of the sleeves I worked lots of decreases over the sleeve stitches to gather in the puffiness and then each shoulder was worked separately, decreasing the shoulder stitches onto the sleeve stitches and then joining the front and back shoulders with a 3 needle bind off. I picked up stitches for the border all the way around the outside edge and to finish it I closed up the holes at the underarms with a 3 needle bind off. Figuring out what to do would have been a lot simpler if I had knit it in pieces, but it wouldn't have been nearly as fun or satisfying.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have you ever designed your own knitwear? on: July 01, 2007 01:59:21 AM
This free tank top pattern was designed as a way of learning short row shaping and is sized up to bust 58". It might be a good starting point.
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