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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why do we like certain patterns? on: September 19, 2007 03:39:51 PM
I can usually see beyond a color I don't like, but I will almost always pass on a sweater where the sample is knit in a variegated yarn.  I think it obscures details for me, and I personally don't care for variegated yarn in a whole sweater (love it for accessories!) so I will usually pass.

I look at the modeled photo and check for crazy poses that might make me think something doesn't fit right.  Beyond that I look for interesting shapes or details.  I like sweaters that are either fitted or intentionally loose (the swingy silhouette that's so big right now) but I'm not a fan of an in between fit.  But that's personal taste.  I will say that I will be more likely to knit something that I see lots of photos of.  And sometimes I need to see other FOs - I'm another who hated the Tilted Duster at first, but has loved most of the finished ones!
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Zephyr Style's Juliet on: September 18, 2007 10:37:05 PM
I have a 33" bust and I made the XS.  I agree, you want negative ease on the garter stitch... the larger size would have been too big.
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Gretel beret, anyone? on: September 18, 2007 10:35:46 PM
I just bought this pattern!  I love the slouchy version, but I'm not sure what yarn I want to use yet.  I looked at my pattern, and I think what she means by "work in pattern" is to work as the row before the cable row.  That's how I  see it anyway, without having worked the pattern.  Hope that helps, and maybe I will join you all soon!
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Zephyr Style's Juliet on: September 14, 2007 10:29:13 PM
I have finished mine - wow, it was the quickest knit ever!  Mine is made of cotton fleece doubled, and I followed the directions for XS exactly.  I love it so much, I had to go out to dinner tonight just so I had somewhere to wear it!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Zephyrstyle Tree Jacket on: September 12, 2007 09:30:43 AM
This is beautiful!  Gives me more motivation to hurry up and finish mine.  I am now at the shaping part.  I haven't decided whether to shape or not.  After seeing what it looks like without the shaping--I think I won't do it either.

I wouldn't add shaping.  The way the lace spirals gives it the illusion of waist shaping, and doing actual shaping might mess it up.  I wasn't sure either, because I always do shaping, but I'm surprisingly happy with this one.  Good luck with yours!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Zephyrstyle Tree Jacket on: September 11, 2007 06:55:22 PM

Pattern: Tree Jacket by Zephyrstyle

Yarn: Valley Yarns Colrain in Chestnut, 9 balls for the size small knit to a tighter gauge

Needles: US 6

Notes:   I love this sweater!  I wasnt sure about it until after blocking.  Colrain grows significantly after blocking, so I knit the 34″ size to a tight gauge (5 st/in), and I ended up with a sweater that is 32″ around the bust.  It fits perfectly!  I love the slightly spiral lace on the body, which allows the sweater to fit almost like it has waist shaping (I chose not to add any.)  The cowly neck was not working until after blocking either, but now it is just perfect!  I made my sleeves 1 inch shorter than the pattern calls for in the garter stitch section, figuring that they would grow, and I think that was a wise choice.  They would have been long otherwise.

If you are making this sweater, I would recommend a pretty drapey yarn.  Colrain is a merino/tencel blend, and works pretty well for this purpose.  An alpaca would be nice as well (but I am allergic) but I would not knit it out of a straight wool.  It needs a softer yarn in order to hang nicely.
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Zephyr Style's Juliet on: September 11, 2007 06:53:26 PM
I love this pattern!  Even though I just finished the Tree Jacket, I started this last night in terracotta cotton fleece.  I'm already past the sleeves, this is super quick!
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket on: September 05, 2007 10:11:25 AM
I started mine while we were on vacation last week.  I'm using Valley Yarns Colrain (merino/tencel) in Chestnut and I looove this yarn.  It's so soft and drapey!  I'm knitting to a tighter gauge, so I'm making a size up to cover the difference.  How is everyone doing their sleeves?  I think I'm going to knit mine flat, because I really hated having to do purl rows to get garter stitch on the top.  Here's a progress pic!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: yarn substitute for cotton classic by tahki on: July 23, 2007 09:20:44 PM
I've seen a lot of people subbing Elann.com's Sonata, which is a similar mercerized cotton and comes in lots of colors.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Latoya summer tank from berroco on: July 12, 2007 07:10:21 PM
Ooh, pretty!  Very flattering fit!
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