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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: FO: Modified Eunny Jang Deep V Argyle Vest into sweater on: August 16, 2008 07:53:33 AM
This came out great, I love the grayish greenish yarn with the flecks in it, it's beautiful.

I had the exact same issue with mine, the armholes came out way too big.  And I have the same frustrated "look how much extra shoulder room I have" mirror shot to go with it Smiley   I tried taking a sewing machine to it too but it just didn't lay or work right.  So I'm thinking of felting mine and making it into a bag that I'll use much more than I'd wear an ill-fitting sweater vest.   Such a shame because the rest of mine fits perfectly. 
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Is it fall yet?--my newly finished sweater :) on: July 26, 2008 12:42:22 PM
Thanks everyone Smiley 

I'm afraid though that my skin may be too sensitive for this yarn!  It's 100% alpaca.  I had it on for maybe an hour total last week (finished at knitting group, put it on, drove home, took photos and posted online, admired how cool I am in the mirror for a few minutes).  About 20 min after I took it off, the insides of my upper arms had all these red, itchy bumps!  Sad    They went away after about half an hour.  The yarn didn't bother me when I was knitting it, and I've NEVER had any sort of skin reaction to a fabric before. 

Hopefully it was some strange fluke.  Otherwise I'm sure I can find some sort of brown 3/4 sleeve fitted tee for under it (or buy a long-sleeve and just shorten the sleeves).  I really like how it looks with dark brown underneath and dark brown dress pants for work.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Is it fall yet?--my newly finished sweater :) 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).
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: February Lady Sweater Along? on: July 04, 2008 09:40:55 PM
I want to do this sweater next. Is anyone omitting the eyelet increase row or substituting with a different increase? I am not so sure I like the yarn overs. Thanks. Cheesy

You could either kfb or M1 and KTBL to twist the stitch...you won't get the holes as you would for a YO with either of those.
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) 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:
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Modeknit corset tank top on: June 27, 2008 08:26:01 AM
I was just admiring a friend's finished version of this on Ravelry yesterday. 

I have some SWTC Pure (100% soysilk) in the most gorgeous shade of blue that I've been dying to find the right use for.  I think this may be it...
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) on: June 26, 2008 11:05:49 AM
rachillsk8> that looks fantastic!! Now I want one!! What yarn are you using.... I may have missed that sorry.  Embarrassed  It really looks awesome!

wakeupdonnie> love the stripes! it looks awesome, I am sure she will love it. Is it a suprise?

It's Rowan Cashcotton DK (took just over 5 balls to knit the whole thing).  I wore it for the first time on Tuesday, it was a big hit at the office Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: February Lady Sweater Along? on: June 26, 2008 11:04:43 AM
i really want to make this, but i need to find the right yarn
what is everyone else using?

Someone had one on Raverly that was done in Lion Brand Cotton Ease.  It looked great (plus it's cheap and machine washable).  I actually just did a baby sweater for a shower gift in that yarn, and was surprised with how nice it is now (I'm normally a bit of a yarn snob...but then again cotton is cotton...and Patons and Lion Brand and some of these other companies are really putting out some nicer stuff in the past few years). 
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A few finished sweaters...green cable cardi, wrap sweater, black cowl neck on: June 22, 2008 04:04:31 PM
Wowsers... I've been wanting to knit that Wrap sweater from the 2006 spring Vogue for sooooo long now... yours look absolutely fantastic!


I didn't really find anything confusing or mistakes in the pattern...just make sure you do a swatch of the stitch for the bottom of the sleeves, it was a little tricky to get the first time.  And I personally went up in size on crochet hooks for the trim and still had a hard enough time keeping it lose (had the same problem on the other crochet-edge trimmed sweater in that issue that I made...not sure if I just crochet tight because I don't do it often or what). 
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) on: June 19, 2008 06:26:30 PM
Wow rachillsk8 that looks so nice, great color on you as well.

The eyelet pattern I have been practicing on is done in a multiple of 8, which my number of stitches happens to be(pure luck that happened lol).  As I do increases I assume I would just fudge a bit here and there to make the pattern work..?  Also, out of curiousity, which eyelet pattern did you use?

Sorry for all the questions I just don't want to mess up too badly lol.


I started off with an eyelet pattern that was supposed to have diamonds (One eyelet, 2 below it, then one below those 2).  See how right now they are a triangle?  There was supposed to be another eyelet underneath.  But as I went along, I decided that I didn't feel like doing that, and just re-started the pattern so they were staggered.   The pattern is 8 sts and 6 rows.  I think when I started the pattern row I had a multiple of 8 on the sleeves, and maybe a multiple of 8 plus 2 extra sts on the front/back....by coincidence, not because I did math. 

Sorry if I'm vague, I'm not really one to follow much of a pattern and I take really lousy notes half the time, especially on something like this that is fairly simple and my mind just goes on total cruise control. 

Just make sure as you go in your pattern, that for every increase (in this case a yarnover), you are doing the decrease that goes with it, and vice versa.  You don't want to end up increasing or decreasing stitches where you don't intend to.  As long as you keep that in mind, plugging in virtually any lace pattern to a design is easy.
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