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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: shaped ribbon tee (Now with Tutorial) on: April 24, 2006 02:33:58 AM
Ariel, it's COMPLETELY a basic pattern.  i haven't knit the picovoli yet, but i've gotten all my raglan experience from Glampyre's patterns -- that woman really works a raglan -- as well as from the anthropology-inspired capelet pattern of Julesy723's here on craftster, and the raglans at cosmicpluto.com's blog.  there are a bunch of raglan shirts out there that give you the idea of how to go about customizing your own.  that's the nice thing about a raglan -- just determine how big you want it to be around your chest, work backwards to figure out what you need to cast on, and go.  you don't need a pattern for it at all. 

as i mentioned, i *did* lift the YO idea from having seen a pic of the steek vest from Teva's book on the internet.  i'd been playing around with the idea of a dropped stitch opening in the chest, but when i saw that vest it was clear that YOs were more controllable than a dropped stitch.  I just looked at the ballet tee from the link you posted, and i like it and it does indeed look like what i've knitted, but it looks like the chest is super-tight and then it does a bunch of increases after the chest so that the waist is looser.  am i right?  I'm more interested in decreases in the waist.  the raglan is a basic shape that's infinitely fun to mess around with.

anyway, i've just posted a variation on a common theme and let others here know how i did it -- i hope you don't feel that's inappropriate.   i've greatly benefited in the past when other craftsterites have done the same.   as soozeq has described -- sue, i'm looking forward to seeing a picture of that tee when you're done, it sounds fantastic.

kategirl, i got 13 stitches to 4 inches.  that's with the top laying flat.  those stitches stretch quite a bit though, i think because of the nature of the yarn i used and that fact that i used large needles.  the circumference of the top at its widest point in the bust is just over 29 inches when it's lying flat, while my bra size is a 34, so you get the idea of how much it stretches.  i hope that helps?
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Softly Cushion - Rowan 34 (Kid Silk Haze) on: April 23, 2006 01:01:06 PM
that is one seriously luxurious cushion! 
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: shaped ribbon tee (Now with Tutorial) on: April 23, 2006 11:29:29 AM
Thanks for the encouragement, guys!  I've never done a pattern before, but I sat down this afternoon and tried to recontruct what I'd done.  I posted it above... if it's unclear, let me know where and I'll work on it some more.  If other people tried to make this as well, I'd be especially excited!
I didn't post the name of the yarn, because I don't think it's available outside of Greece.  It's by a local company called Kangaroo (and the yarn itself doesn't have a name on the package, it just says "cotton").  But I think any other ribbon or cottonblend with a similar gauge would work just fine.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: knitted bunny for the baby!!! on: April 22, 2006 09:10:52 AM
the baby is clearly shouting "yea! bunny!"
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tubey. Mostly. on: April 22, 2006 09:06:11 AM
extranice!  i'd like to hear how the seaming goes... i've never tried doing that to a FO, but have a few things that could really use it... 

good luck!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / shaped ribbon tee (Now with Tutorial) on: April 22, 2006 09:03:36 AM
so i bought this odd cotton yarn, knit in a tube but i suppose it qualifies as a ribbon, and i thought it would be a raglan pullover.  which it was, for about 10 seconds, when i then realized that it weighed 1000 pounds, and frogged it and turned it into this:

i didn't follow a pattern, just started the plain old raglan again, but with a larger neck, shaped the bust, and added yarn-overs at the top and bottom to make it interesting but still leave it bra-able. (inspired by that steek vest i saw here, tho i haven't seen the book it came from yet).  and it actually turned out well!   shocker!  my math worked!  yea math!

OK, here's my first attempt at writing a pattern for what I did.  Please be patient if it's hard to understand, and let me know how to make it clearer!

Gauge: 3.25 stitches to the inch, on Size 10 (6.5 mm) circular needles.

SECTION ONE: sleeves and the top V (where you do all those Yarn Overs).

CO 13, PM, CO 23, PM, CO 13, PM, CO 10, YO 3, CO 10, PM.
Row 1: Join and knit round.  Where you find the YOs, drop them off the left needle and make 3 new YOs on the right, then continue knitting (i.e. wrap the yarn around the needle three times).
Row 2: This is an increase row, so knit into the front and back of the last stitch before the stitch marker, slip the marker, knit one, knit into the front and back of the next one, and continue knitting.  Or use any other increase method you like (YO, M1, etc).  Treat YOs as above.
Row 3: Knit round. Treat YOs as above.
Rows 4-9: Repeat as for rows 2 and 3.
Rows 10-18: Repeat as for rows 2 and 3, but do 2 YOs instead of  3.
Rows 19-21: repeat as for rows 2 and 3, but do 1 YO instead of  3.
Row 22: BO Sleeves.  I bound my sleeves off purl-wise because it looked better. Treat YO as above.  Remove the stitch markers.
Row 23: CO 3 where each sleeve was as you knit round.  Treat YO as above.
Row 24: Knit round, but place a stitch marker instead of doing a YO in the middle.

SECTION TWO: The bust shaping (where you increase a few for the bust, and then decrease for the stomach)

Row 25: Knit round, at one stitch before the marker M1, K1, slip marker, K1, M1, and continue knitting round.   
Row 26: Repeat row 25.
Rows 27-43: Knit round.
Row 44: K2T one stitch before marker, K1, slip marker, K1, SSK, and continue knitting the round.
Row 45: Knit round.
Row 46: K2T one stitch before marker, K1, slip marker, K1, SSK, and continue knitting the round.
Row 47: Knit round.
Row 48: K2T two stitches before marker, K2, slip marker, K2, SSK, and continue knitting in the round.
Row 49: Knit round.
Row 50: K2T two stitches before marker, K2, slip marker, K2, SSK, and continue knitting in the round.
(If youve got nice summer-time abs, Id suggest you do more decreases than I did.  You could also put decreases on the sides.)
Rows 51-54: Either knit round, or do more decreases.

SECTION THREE: The bottom upside-down V.
Row 55: Knit round, YO after marker, continue knitting round.
For the next 5 rows knit as above using one YO in the center.
For the next 8 rows knit as above using 2 YOs.
For the next 12 rows knit as above using 3 YOs.
Continue knitting now with 4 YOs until the top is the length you desire.  End with 4 rows of garter stitch to keep it from rolling, continuing the YOs, and bind off.  Weave in ends.  You rock!

Notes:  Youre never knitting those YOs, youre just letting the old ones drop off the needle and making new ones at every row.  
Sizing: I have a 34 bust.  This top is knitted with several inches of negative ease.  To make it bigger or smaller, just add or subtract to the cast-on row.  Also, you could do more raglan increases (which are rows 2-21) to make it bigger.  I just kept putting it on scrap yarn to try it on as I went definitely do that before you bind off the sleeves, but remember to stretch it a little as youre trying it on to mimic a snug fit.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ambidextrous knitting? on: April 21, 2006 01:50:11 AM
thanks for the advice, Marnie.  my mom will be getting a new batch of wonky dishcloths this summer as a dubious present, I'm sure.

rhiandmoi, yes, shortrows!  i think if i learn how to do this it'll be easier for me to imagine them in my head, and my small-toy-knitting freestyle is going to improve tremendously.

as for the loose tension on purl stitches, it only becomes an issue when i combine knitting in the round with flat knitting, and my gauge between the two is different.  otherwise, it's hard to tell it's happening when i look at the finished project.  but it still bothers me that i can't figure out why it's going on.  i've tried multiple angles of holding the needles, different ways of holding the yarn, etc etc etc.  it remains a mystery. 

i should take my knitting to the LYS that has an instructor on weekends to deal with this purl issue, but i got in a big fight with them on my last visit over whether or not babies should wear black knitwear (i was pro, he was con) that devolved into shouting (on his part) and i haven't gone back.  that was our second shouting match actually -- the first one was over acrylic yarns (i thought they would be appropriate for babies in warm climates, and he told me why don't i just wrap a plastic bag around its head).  it's kind of funny now that i think about it.  shopping in Athens often seems to be an adventure in misplaced aggression. Wink
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ambidextrous knitting? on: April 20, 2006 02:19:40 AM
tutorials with pictures!  thank you nongshim and cnp71201!  looks like this is definitely going on the summer vacation activities list.

Thesingingllamas, when I said "righty" I meant to indicate that the stitches move from the left hand needle to the right hand needle, whether you're picking or throwing, English or Continental.  So when someone knits really lefty (or backwards), they're knitting the whole thing mirror opposite, stitches moving from right to left (It can be a pain when reading a pattern).  The stitches won't twist unless you wrap the yarn the wrong way, regardless of the direction you're going.  I know lefties have better luck with Continental knitting in general, because it utilizes that hand more -- I myself knit with a weird mix of the two styles, having learned both.

I actually have a problem with my purl tension being much looser than my knitting tension, despite the many tweaks I've tried to correct the problem.  Maybe learning to knit back and forth might actually solve it....  such a nice, hopeful thought!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ambidextrous knitting? on: April 19, 2006 02:36:51 AM
Is anybody out there an ambidextrous knitter?  I'm curious.  I've heard of people who, because they can knit both-handed, just knit back and forth on their needles without ever having the wrong side of the work facing them (i.e.  in stockinette they never purl).

I'm a lefty in general but I learned knitting years and years ago right-handedly, and so I've always knitted right-handed.  I'm thinking about investing the time to learn to knit left-handedly too, so that I can go back and forth, but I'm wondering if it's really worth it.  (I imagine it's going to take a LOT of time and practice to get the "new" hand to knit at the same tension as the "experienced" hand.)  I know that lots of lefties end up doing many tasks right-handedly just because tools and instructions kind of force them into it (scissors, etc), so I'm assuming that lefties knitting righty is probably a common phenomenon. 

Anyway, does anybody knit using both hands?  Do you have any advice?  Is it worth the time commitment to learn?
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Toddler dragon hoodie on: April 19, 2006 01:44:16 AM
ah, even cutier!
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