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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Interweave's crazy knitted wedding gown on: December 05, 2005 07:00:43 AM
and yes melidomi, i have big boobs and i rather to shape it then to swim inside, so maybe the better is to knit another bodice with another pattern which has already shaping for the big boobs and such then to take risk for the alterations?
yeah, especially if you're planning to use a fuzzy yarn - that stuff is impossible to rip out. 

i think the key to having a knit gown be pretty is to use a really fine yarn, so that the fabric is thin.  Commercial wedding gowns magically make you look skinny and beautiful, and if your knit fabric is at all bulky it will do the opposite.  The knit fabric doesn't have the same support as woven, so it can't hold you in place the same way.  So you'd probably want to have some good undergarments - like a bustier/corset type thing - to get the 'bridal silhouette' - also, that gown looks like it's loosely enough knit that there's probably some kind of slip going on underneath it just to make it not see through.

Definitely keep us updated if you decide to do this!  I think you'll find lots of people here with suggestions if you get stuck anywhere!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Interweave's crazy knitted wedding gown on: December 04, 2005 09:14:09 PM
I think you could make the bodice bigger without too much trouble - it's just done in stockinette, so you'd just have to add the shaping you'd need to get it to your dimensions.  If you're fairly big in the boob region, you'd probably want to add some short row shaping to the front - the pattern has the front and back the same which you wouldn't want if your boobs are much bigger than the model's.

I'm not a big-skirt person myself, so I wouldn't want too much tulle underneath, but there's certainly enough fabric to allow for it.  And if you actually made it, you could try it with various amounts of tulle to see what you like. 
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Archived Featured Knitting Projects on: November 26, 2005 03:17:38 PM
Tube tops, tanks, and shrugs

Here are some fun hot-weather knitting projects you can wear (if you're a girl, or REALLY comfortable with your masculinity)

Tube tops!



Tank tops!



And Shrugs!



14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gauge Again- help... on: November 26, 2005 02:47:24 PM
I usually cast on enough to get about 5" across and then knit for an inch or two. 

For knitting in the round, there are two ways to get a gauge swatch:
1) make a gauge tube (use DPNs so it doesn't have to be huge)
2) again, using DPNs, knit a row, slide  the stitches to the other end of the needle, leave a loop of yarn, knit again (so like I cord, only with leaving a big piece of yarn so it doesn't make a tube

It's only neccessary to do this if your k and p gauge are different (because you aren't purling in the round) to find out if they are, look at the back of a piece of stockinette you've knitted.
If the rows seem paired up, with a bigger gap between every other pair of rows, you should do one of those techniques.  If all the rows are evenly spaced, you can just do your gauge swatch flat the normal way
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for Barbie, Kelly and Stacy patterns on: November 26, 2005 02:42:37 PM
Nicky Epstien has a whole book on knits for Barbie, and it's supposed to be really good.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Koolaid and silk? on: November 22, 2005 07:39:51 AM
Kool-aid should work for silk (it is a protien based fiber) but as I understand it, the colors end up more subdued.  So if I were you, I'd test dye some pieces first.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Someone please .....dropped stitch on: November 22, 2005 07:38:37 AM
poor baby!  If you have an electric fan, point that sucker at the evil sleeve and it will at least dry a bit faster.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: "I do" x 5 on: November 22, 2005 05:18:37 AM
I picked out the dresses first, then got a fabric swatch from the dress shop and dragged it around to every yarn shop in town!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: "I do" x 5 on: November 21, 2005 01:10:12 PM
Kiss thank you all!  It was a wonderful day.  Blue is my favorite color, but didn't seem very fall-ish, so I paired it with the chocolate brown.  The dresses came with brown belts, but I replaced them with the blue ribbon to tie them in with the flowers a bit more.  Their jewelry is pearls interspersed with little blue beads (I made those, too).  It was so much fun to put together, and the day itself was fantastic! 
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finishing Knits on Sewing Machine? on: November 21, 2005 08:21:52 AM
Steeks are scary!  They're when you, for example, knit a sweater body in the round as a tube, then CUT the tube to make armholes.  Or to turn it into a cardigan.  There are various methods to stabilize the stitches on either side before making the cuts (including sewing with a machine, crochet, etc).  I understand that after making the cuts, one is supposed to have a couple of stiff drinks and/or lock yourself in a dark room to recover.  Steeks are a traditional part of Fair Isle and Scandinavian style stranded colorwork sweaters.  I haven't gotten my nerve up to try them yet.
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