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1  Is it fall yet?--my newly finished sweater :) in Knitting: Completed Projects by rachillsk8 on: July 22, 2008 08:40:19 PM
I just finished this one today Smiley 

Yarn:  Joseph Galler Peruvian Tweed (approx 1000 yds or just over 1.5 hanks)
Needles:  size 2
Pattern:  my own, derived from a chevron lace pattern in a stitch dictionary and totally winging everything else.  Worked in the round to the neck, then back and forth.  Set-in sleeves.  After all was blocked and seamed together, I picked up stitches along the neckline for the ribbed collar. 

Should come in handy this fall/winter...the lace pattern and 3/4 sleeves will probably work out nice this winter in my office (which tends to be way too hot for normal winter sweaters, even in January when it's below zero outside).

More on my Ravelry page (I'm Rachillsk8 on there, too).
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2  Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) in Knitalongs by rachillsk8 on: June 29, 2008 05:30:45 PM
Finished, wore it to work, it was a big hit.   Wish I had made it a little smaller though, it's grown a bit.  Nothing some hand washing and time in the dryer can't fix, though. 

More info on my Ravelry page:
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3  Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) in Knitalongs by rachillsk8 on: June 19, 2008 05:40:16 AM
I also started a top down raglan for myself.  It's Rowan Cashcotton DK in "Pool", I LOOOVE the yarn.   It's a boat neck, simple eyelet pattern, I'm going to shape it nicely, 3/4 length sleeves, and probably add a hoodie-style pocket.


I love the idea of doing this sweater with the eyelet pattern.  Maybe this is a silly question, but how would you do the increases?

For the increases, I'm knitting to 2 sts before the marker, kfb, k1, slip marker, k1, kfb.  I was lazy with math and the pattern restarts on each section (with this pattern that works fine).   As more stitches were added, I gradually just did more repeats of the pattern. 

I am now on the body, planning an updated pic today or tomorrow.  Again, I was too lazy to figure out how to mathematically get the pattern to work all the way around once I got to the body, so I've instead made fake "seams" down the sides of the body by purling 2 sts on each round.  For my waist shaping, I'm decreasing (or eventually increasing) the stitches on either side of those purled stitches. 

Edit:  Progress pics...after one week. 

Sorry for odd camera angles in the first pic...I'm a bad self-photographer. 

I was going to make this 3/4 length sleeves, but I kind of like the sleeve length now and might just do an inch or two of ribbing and leave it at that. 

I have to go to a baby shower Saturday, too bad it won't be done in time for that.  I'm a fast knitter, but not that fast!
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4  Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) in Knitalongs by rachillsk8 on: June 13, 2008 06:14:22 PM
I love top down raglans!  They're so easy, minimal seaming, and endless possibilities!

Here is one I just finished for my nephew (he's due in late August, the baby shower is next week).  I used Lion Brand Cotton Ease (which they seem to have re-done)...normally I'm a yarn snob but since he's it'll get spit up on, needs to be easily washable, and he'll grow out of it fast...I was impressed at how soft and nice this yarn felt.  It knit up very quickly, took less than one skein of each color with more than enough to make a matching hat (although the hat will probably fit him right when he's born, and he'll grow into the sweater for winter/spring.  There are two buttonholes at the neck, I need to add buttons.

I also started a top down raglan for myself.  It's Rowan Cashcotton DK in "Pool", I LOOOVE the yarn.   It's a boat neck, simple eyelet pattern, I'm going to shape it nicely, 3/4 length sleeves, and probably add a hoodie-style pocket.

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5  A few finished sweaters...green cable cardi, wrap sweater, black cowl neck in Knitting: Completed Projects by rachillsk8 on: June 13, 2008 06:01:01 PM
I haven't posted nor updated my blog in a looooooong time (almost a year)...I finally got around to taking photos of some of the projects I've finished in the past year, so time to show them off Smiley   I apologize for the crappy photos, I'm the only one home to take pics right now!

1)  Green cable knit cardigan.  Yarn=Karabella Aurora (100% merino wool)...it's a Karabella pattern I followed for the most part.  I love this sweater, but it is VERY warm.  You can see in the first pic that I threaded some thin cord elastic along the WS to keep it nicely fitted at the neckline.  The edges are flipping out down the front, it doesn't normally do that but it's really hot/humid in my house right now.

2) Wrap sweater from the 2006 spring Vogue.  Yarn=Butterfly mercerized cotton (don't remember color names).  Not really happy with the fit on me (fits fine, more like the way it looks) or the way the crochet edging lays.  LOVE the yarn, love the ends of the sleeves.  Rather than an unattached belt that is tied on as the pattern called for, I made this a true wrap sweater with attached ties.  I wish I had made it a little longer--Vogue patterns always seem to be a tad short on me.

3) Tree Jacket from Zephyr Style.  Yarn=JoAnn Sensations Kashmira.  The JoAnn on my way home from work was going out of business (grrg...), they were randomly doing sales, and they happened to announce thirty minute a 60% off sale on all yarn right after I walked in.  I was kind of on a knitting hiatus, but grabbed 6 balls of this figuring I'd find a good use for it.  VERY easy top down raglan pattern.  I modified the sleeves--the pattern calls for the whole sleeve to be garter stitch and a bell sleeve.  I opted to switch back to the lace pattern after joining the sleeves since my office tends to be kind of warm for heavy sweaters, and didn't do the bell sleeves.  I'm happy with the fit and it'll be comfy come fall (looks really cute over a red or other brightly colored tank).

Thanks for looking!

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6  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by rachillsk8 on: September 29, 2006 10:27:01 AM
Finished!  Details on my blog!  www.yarn-addict.blogspot.com

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7  Re: Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole from Scarf Style in Knitting: Completed Projects by rachillsk8 on: September 29, 2006 10:23:39 AM
Latest progress pic...just about done with ball #4.  I'm guessing the project will take 10-12 balls, it's kind of hard to tell right now because it's going to stretch a lot when blocked (right now it's 17" wide and will probably block out to about 22-23"). 

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8  Re: Too many WIPs-along in Knitalongs by rachillsk8 on: September 26, 2006 11:46:19 AM
I finished my "seceret project" last night.  But that doesn't give me any less WIP's, as the other day I started a Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style. 

More info on my blog--I found yarn at Michaels (!) that's a wonderful cheap substitution for the $22/skein yarn the book suggests or $11/ball Noro!
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9  Re: Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole from Scarf Style in Knitting: Completed Projects by rachillsk8 on: September 26, 2006 10:49:25 AM
I know this topic is old, but I didn't feel the need to start a new one...

For anyone planning on making this, I've found a wonderful CHEAP yarn subsitution--Patons Soy Wool Stripes, you can get it at Michael's for $5.99/ball (they take JoAnn's coupons so I got 4 balls with those for 3.81 each after taxes Smiley)  They have a few different color combos, the one I am using is called Natural Earth.  I'm very pleased, and can't wait to show it off to my friend at knitting group tonight~she's working on hers w/Noro.  It's also lovely but I'm too darn broke for that right now!


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10  Re: Go Bucks hat... in Knitting: Completed Projects by rachillsk8 on: September 18, 2006 08:15:15 AM
I think.....

You shold have done it in MAIZE AND BLUE!!!!!

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