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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Feedback on Jaeger Extra-fine merino please on: April 26, 2007 03:28:56 AM
I'm knitting my Tubey in this at the moment and the knitted fabric is lovely, nice stitch definition and the like.  The only problem I've run into is it's a bit splitty and I'm using Addi Turbos so not exactly the sharpest needle ever!  I should be done within a week or so so if you're still in need of opinions I'll let you know how it wears Smiley
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: measurement request/ poll/ thingy on: April 21, 2007 01:54:07 AM
Bust: 40.5"
Underbust: 35"
Waist: 33" Sad
Underarm to waist: 13" (?! I measured it twice to check, but yeah..)
Hips: 39"
Underarm to elbow: 11"
Circumference of upperarm: 12"

Calf: 10"
Ankle: 8.5"
Instep: 9"
Ball of the foot: 8.5"
23  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Tubey Knitalong :D on: April 21, 2007 01:41:10 AM
I'll be honest and say I'm not really following any particular size, just going with the general construction of the sweater and my gauge;  if I had gone with the recommended size for my cross-back measurement the XL would have been too small -- until I measured my back I had no idea I was *that* broad shouldered  Roll Eyes  But anyways, what I've done is go with my gauge (17.5sts/4") and my arm measurement (12") and just checked the fit periodically as I've been knitting; the sleeves are comfortably snug, which is what I was aiming for and hopefully the narrower back section will mean the body tube's not starting halfway to my knees(!); it's 25" long.  Our measurements probably don't match up exactly but I the theory remains the same I guess; personally if I were you and happy about the width of the sleeves on the small I'd go with that, just making your back portion longer like I did.

As for how many stitches I'll CO/pick up for the body tube, well, we'll see!  I'm guessing around about the M/L sizes (as long as it's a multiple of four I should be OK) but I'm willing to have a bit of trial and error because I'm so pleased with the way the sleeve tube has come together; I really, really want this to work this time!

Sorry for waffling, I really need to work on making my posts a bit more to-the-point!  Hope to have helped slightly Tongue

J Smiley

I'm having faith in the ribbing that it will conform to my stomach! LOL
Me too.  Lots and lots and lots of faith...  Cheesy
24  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Tubey Knitalong :D on: April 20, 2007 08:24:51 AM
DragonRhapsody, Saradarling has made some good points and I would agree completely about the with of the back portion when it's unrolled -- if you look a couple of pages back in this topic you'll see how my first attempt went completely awry, shame I was 10" into the body tube before I realised Sad  If in doubt, I'd frog and reknit; you could potentially block the tops of the sleeves a tiny bit bigger if you make the size M but if it's too big there's no going back.    I'm done with both sleeves now on attempt #2, the true test will be when I pick up the stitches for the body tube this weekend but so far it looks a lot better with a nice thin strip across the back of my shoulders.

I would absolutely definitely oh so much suggest adding short rows for the bust.  I wear a 38D and added at least 2.5" of short rows and the sweater is still a touch shorter in front than in back

Short rows are a bit of an enigma to me, I've only ever used them in a shawl collar before and I'm not sure how or where to go about placing them -- is there any chance you could give me an idea of how you did things?  Can you use them if you're doing stripes?  I know I should google and all that but sometimes it's better to get specific advise from someone who's already been there, done that!

TIA, Jane [34G and thinking more room in the bust area's a good idea...]
25  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Tubey Knitalong :D on: April 11, 2007 01:04:22 AM
Well, one year on(!!! How did that happen?! 12 months?!) and the heartbreak of having to frog the whole sleeve tube plus about 10" of the body tube has subsided enough to tackle this bad boy again.  I'm DETERMINED to make it work this time.

I'm using Jaegar Extra Fine Merino for attempt #2, in colours similar to the original pattern on Knitty (aside from the brown, which I didn't like and couldn't get anyway; I went for another Aubergine instead).  I didn't get gauge (not enough stitches, too many rows) so I just cast on enough to fit snugly around the top of my arm which ended up being 50.  I knit the first sleeve then went back and did the back portion, but I'm using a 4mm needle rather than the 5mm I used on the sleeve just to make doubly sure I don't end up with a huge back portion this time.  FINGERS CROSSED.

So far so good; the fit's perfect on my arm and the belling at the end's minimal.  I'm almost done with the back portion (I WAS done, but I messed up watching Life on Mars last night and had to tink about three inches. Bah.) and I'm really looking forward to getting on with the other sleeve to check the fit properly Smiley
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Favorite Cast On Technique? on: April 04, 2007 10:33:15 AM
i tried to learn italian tubular cast on just recently, but could not make head nor tail of the illustrated instructions i found.

I found these instructions excellent for learning the italian tubular cast on; my only problem was trying to scroll down to the next picture still holding the yarn, needle and making sure I didn't twist or drop my stitches Shocked as a mum to three kids I often lament my lack of extra hands and they would definitely have been useful then!  But once you're in the swing of things it's really quick and gives you a gorgeous, professional looking edge.

Apologies if these were the instructions you couldn't make head nor tail of(!) Cheesy
27  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: knitscene's central park hoodie on: March 30, 2007 04:52:11 AM
Hey, I have a question about the button band: it says to pick up stitches evenly, but all the math I've done so far doesn't come out very even.
How did you guys do it?

I tend to use safety pins to mark 'sections' on the edge I'm picking up from.  I don't measure or anything, just roughly mark the centre of the edge I'm picking up from, then mark 'quarters' and so on until I get small enough pieces to be managable.  E.g., if I have 60 sts to pick up and I've marked out the edge into four sections I know I need be picking up my 15th stitch by the time I reach my first marker.  Yet again, my explanations leave a lot to be desired but it's the best I can come up with(!).  HTH and not confuse Cheesy
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: small felted pattern on: March 28, 2007 05:12:04 AM
This bag pattern is written for one skein of Cascade 220 and looks lovely when it's done.  Surprising how much stuff you can fit in it too Smiley
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Short-sleeved Cardigan, from fitted knits on: March 21, 2007 02:48:20 AM
Nice!  I can't see me ever getting fed up with TDR garments, they always impress me Smiley
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: another fo on: March 20, 2007 07:47:32 AM
Gorgeous!  I like that your yarn looks a bit thicker and more substantial than the KSH versions.  Lovely work Smiley
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