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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Simply Marilyn on: July 29, 2005 10:42:51 AM
Well, I was planning to make this lovely sweater from IK, have bought the specified yarn very cheaply (yay!  I love the feel of this stuff), and have even started swatching while I'm knitting other stuff so that I know what needles I need when I have finished some other stuff.

BUT, a craftster has left a comment on my blog saying that she made it for her daughter, and that the fit was terrible (Hi Judith - thanks for the comment Cheesy).  Has anyone else had problems, or made it and then hated it when they tried to use it?  I was thinking, after reading posts on here and on the web, of making a size smaller than I'd planned anyway, but any comments or info would be v good indeed.  Part of me is tempted to make it anyway and pin it together to see how the fit is before seaming so that I can unravel without unpicking, but I don't really know what else I'd use the yarn for.

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yummy! I want to make this! on: July 01, 2005 11:48:36 AM
Or at least a variation of it!  It is a top similar to one my friend has from Topshop (UK fashion store). 

My friend has a similar version in a standard v neck with little short sleeves (a little longer than cap) with ties running through them, as well as the tie round the midriff like in this one.  Hers is in a lilac mohair blend kind of yarn, or what looks like it anyway, and seems to have one kind of stitch for the ribbing, and one for the main body.  I reckon that if I use a 4 ply cotton, and use either a feather and fan (that's what this one looks like to me) or a Pillar openwork pattern (you can find that at http://knitting.about.com/library/blpillar.htm) for the ribbing, that is the start of something.  Not sure what to use for the top half yet though...  I'd love to have a more subtle stitch pattern on the top half, but maybe it would be better with just plain stocking stitch.  I could also use some Jaeger mohair art I have lying around to get a different effect, which might be softer, and work better with a mix of pattern.

What do you guys think would work best?  I've not designed anything before, and I am really inspired this time, thinking about my mate's top and this one on the website to make something similar.  Would it be best to make a large swatch to see how it would look with each type of lacework with a st-st top half?  I'm thinking that mohair would work better for a v-neck, while the cotton would work for the fixed wrap style in the pic.  Once I have that worked out, I can figure out sizing using the swatch for a stitch gauge.  I'd love to be able to design anyway, but using pics might be a good way to start for the sake of inspiration - safety in seeing something that already works but playing with it and making it up myself to fit my vision.

Sorry - this seems a bit of a babble, but it's because I've been thinking about this for about 3 hours, and only just found some similar images and the right kind of lace stitch patterns (I must get those Harmony stitch guides!).

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Vogue Lace Trim Bolero on: June 23, 2005 01:49:06 PM
I know that I'm not the only one who has been confused by this, but being a Brit, I think I have problems with US pattern writing Sad

I'm on the front pieces, and I, like others before me, end up with too many stitches left over when the decreases are supposed to have finished  Huh.  As far as I can see, I decrease 3 stitches for each repeat of the raglan seam, plus 1 for each decrease on the neck side, which amounts to a lot less than the 58 stitches (inc the bind off for the start of the armhole) I need...  Someone mentioned that you have to do the decreases as they are in the back, but the only others I can see make the raglan shaping on the opposite side, meaning that I'd have two sides on the front with the eyelet pattern Sad  I'm v confused.  If someone could baby step me through it or PM me with the babysteps if it gives half the pattern away, that would be very very very lovely.  Be warned, I might be thick about it Sad

Cheers y'all


14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ballet wrap cardi pattern on: June 20, 2005 12:34:37 PM
I'm looking for a nice ballet wrap style pattern (pref free) like this one, but with a larger bust size (this is from 1000 Sweaters, but they only go up to 38 inch bust and I want at least 42 inch (my gauge tends to be wider, so normally I get away with it), so I'm not buying the book to only have to upsize everything!).

The Rebecca one is too bulky for a gal like me, and Otis on Knitty doesn't wrap around enough.  It needs to be about a double knit yarn weight too if possible.  Don't want much do I? Wink  I'm sure someone will rise to the challenge Cheesy

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bloom - my first finished project in yonks! on: May 29, 2005 08:11:42 AM
Yay!  After studying my back side off and finally being free to do what I want till September again, I have finally got a finished project under my belt again.  It is Bloom from Rowan 36, and was pretty easy, although the shoulders were too big (as others have found).   I've trimmed them down and farted about on my sewing machine trying to fix it, got funny thumb from gripping the crochet hook too hard, but I am happy.  Details of the yarn and stuff is on my blog (as is the reason for not taking a pic of the top in action yet... Grin), but here is a little bit of it at least (think the memory card is a bit duff in the digi cam, as it keeps corrupting pics or losing them).

If anyone is thinking of making this - if you are adventurous enough, you might want to cast on less stitches for the arm shaping, and play with the number of short rows...
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock knitting with self patterning yarn - matching up! on: May 21, 2005 12:51:00 AM
Ok, so I finally finished my first sock.  The fit is a bit baggy at the start of the instep, but I'm happy, because its my first one Smiley  I also played around a bit with the lengths in the pattern, as I only have tiny feet (like Dolly Parton said, the grass doesn't grow where the sun doesn't shine Cheesy), but only on the ankle/calf length and length of foot.

The big question - I used Opal yarn, and I've seen that a lot of people have managed to find an end where they can start making a matching sock so that the patterning is the same.  I'm not too bothered, but I would like to know how to work it out.  So far on the first sock I haven't seen a repeat that is exactly the same, the stripes are always in a different order, so although the theme of the pattern is clear, I can't see me being able to match it.  I went from the outside of the ball right from the beginning, so maybe I should have started on the inside of the ball?  I dunno.  Anyway, some advice from sock knitters would be much appreciated for future reference (I plan for some more made in yummy Lorna's Laces sock yarn.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.  And perhaps some Koigu.  Mmmmmmmmmmm.  This is all once I've finished knitting everything else and have emptied some stash, as per yarnoholics Wink )
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Just for fun on: May 10, 2005 10:46:25 AM
Someone has already probably posted this somewhere, but it is new to me Smiley  It was a link posted on the UK Handknitters Yahoo group.


My stitcher name is (drum roll please) Big Mama Enchanting Evenweave...

Well, they get the first bit right but I'm not sure about weaving evenly Cheesy
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A gauge question (lace leaf pullover) on: May 03, 2005 07:54:13 AM
Hi all

I just got the yummy Loop-d-loop book today - lots of silly things, but plenty of lovely things to make too Wink

Anyway, I was looking at the lace leaf pullover (the one everyone is lusting over Cheesy) and did some research on yarndex, and I can't get the yarn required or one that runs in the same kind of gauge in the UK.  Yack!  However, I have just been to one of the best sales of yarn ever (another story in there, but I will say that there were people filling huge plastic sacks with the stuff they were buying, it was such a good discount), and bought 8 yellowy green balls of Jaeger Como (for the Brits here, it was 1 a ball instead of 5.49) which could suit the knit of the pattern etc.

To cut a long story shorter, I've done my swatch on 9mm pins (but on normal pins, not circular needles I must add), and have 11.5 stitches to 15 rows in 4 inches.  Which is not great seeing as the pattern asks for 10 stitches to 14 rows.  I thought that I might be able to make up the smaller size than I would normally make to account for the number of stitches, and cross my fingers and hope that the length works out ok, seeing as the main stocking stitch section is knitted up by inches rather than row numbers.  Given that I bought the yarn in the sale with no project in mind, and also given that I have NO chance of getting a substitute, I don't mind trying it out on it, but I don't want to waste my time either.  Do I have a hope in hell of making this work, or should I just forget it and use Ann Budd's sweater book to make something less interesting?

Thanks in advance, and here's crossing my fingers...
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitty Spring Ribbon Xback on: April 09, 2005 11:04:14 AM
I fancy making this for myself, but living in the UK I can't sub the ribbon yarn for what they suggest Sad  Does anyone know what might work as a sub made by Colinette or Rowan by any chance?  I'm not holding out much for you knowing, but touch wood, someone will have an idea Smiley
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Why is my knitting like this...? on: March 04, 2005 10:25:31 AM
I noticed that, for some reason, when I knit in stockinette or reverse stockinette, for some reason my purl rows end up sitting in pairs.  There is always a little gap in between each pair, although the knit side looks even enough...

Can anyone shed any light on why that might be?  I still seem to be knitting by the book so to speak, but maybe it is the way I hold my knitting... Dunno!
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