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11  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Interweave Knits Bonsai Tunic on: March 29, 2007 07:53:53 PM
You're not an idiot! I just finished the front piece, and I had no idea how it was going to work out until I did it.  The V-neck is shaped by P2tog decreases in the purled sections of the top - so it's not actually right near the V-neck edges, but more towards the sides of the pieces.  You do this at the same time as the bust increases, and then also at the same time as the bind-offs for the armholes, so I wrote down a lot of notes to get it right.  I hope that helps!
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Reversible tote bag on: March 01, 2007 06:04:09 AM
Yay - these are all looking so great!  I love the color/fabric combinations y'all have come up with.
13  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Norah Gauhan cardigan from Vogue Knitting on: February 12, 2007 03:32:32 PM
Hi all - I thought I'd share my experience with this cardi to add to others' already posted here.  I knit all 11 pentagons and had cast on for the first sleeve when I decided to try it on.  Like a number of you, I discovered that the fit was huge.  I'm not sure how the bust is measured - but I'm a 36" so I was knitting the size small.  I got gauge on size 8 needles using Cascade 220 and when I measured after knitting the very first pentagon the measurements seemed right - a little on the small side, if anything, but I figured I would block it up.  But I noticed when I had finished the 11 pentagons that the tops of the pentagons had stretched out - so the size of the garment grew as I knitted more and more pentagons.  So ultimately I decided to frog it and not to redo it - I'm using the yarn for something else.

I think for those of you just starting this pattern I'd recommend three things (not necessarily to be done all at the same time):

1.  Consider knitting a size down.
2.  You might want to go down a needle size after you get gauge.
3.  Do like one of the clever gals who already finished hers and eliminate pentagon #7, and adapt the placement of the other pentagons accordingly.

If I were going to knit this over again I'd probably do at least one of those things.  Just my two cents.  (There are some photos and more details over at my blog, BTW).
14  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Rusted Root on: January 27, 2007 03:02:53 PM
Thanks, folks - I actually finished it up this week.  Here's the photo:

More photos and notes are at my blog.  I must say I'm quite happy with this project - both process and product turned out well.
15  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Reid Knitalong on: January 25, 2007 09:53:21 AM
Hey folks -

I recently finished this sweater, which I knit for my niece.  I'm really happy with how it came out, but I'll caution you about the sizing - it's sized really big, at least according to the schematic included with the pattern.  There are photos and notes about the pattern on my blog: http://www.elizabethklett.com/reid.html

I think this pattern is fine for an intermediate knitter, BTW.
16  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Rusted Root on: January 15, 2007 10:07:12 AM
Here's a progress pic of my Rusted Root:

I was surprised at how quickly I got through the yoke and sleeves.  Now that I'm on the body, it goes so much faster.  I'm hoping to have this done before the end of the month.

As you can see, I started with the ribbing at the neckline - no problems there as far as I can tell.
17  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Rusted Root on: January 10, 2007 04:46:31 PM
well, I started RR the other night and knit the three rows of K2 P1 ribbing directly onto the neckline, using the smaller size needles.  So far I think it looks fine - but we'll see when it gets big enough for me to try on.  I'm 24 rows into the pattern and I'm enjoying it - particularly the way the sleeves are looking all cute and puffy.  Can't wait to get to the decreases, though - I've no idea how many stitches are in a row, but it's a lot!
18  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Rusted Root on: January 07, 2007 08:02:17 AM
Is anyone still working on this top?  I just bought yarn for it yesterday and will start soon.  I'd love it if the knitalong were still going.  I'm going to be using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in "candy apple", a lovely deep red.

Also, I read through the whole thread and didn't find much discussion about this - but I'm wondering if anyone knit the neckline ribbing directly onto the top?  I'm thinking about starting with the three rows of K2 P1 ribbing and then changing needle sizes and starting with row 1.  I don't see any reason not to do this - and I hate picking up stitches, so I'd like to avoid doing that if possible.  Any thoughts on this?
19  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Monkey-along? on: January 07, 2007 07:44:11 AM
I'm in too!  I've had these socks on my list since the last Knitty came out - so it's great to see that other folks are working on them too. I love the colors y'all are using.  I swatched before the holidays (but didn't cast on) - I will be using a skein of Hipknits cashmere that I bought a while ago.  It's variegated - but the color palette is limited to blues.  I'll post a picture when I have some progress to show.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitty's peridita on: January 03, 2007 12:46:06 PM
Definitely go for it - there are so many more colors of embroidery floss.  The only thing I'm thinking is that it might be more frustrating to string the beads on floss, since it's so splitty.  Let us know how it goes!
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