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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: October 12, 2007 10:24:37 AM
Here is the Pingouin pattern legend translated. I chose to describe step by step what needed to be done in each cable cross instead of writing a literal translation (for example: "right cross two stitches over 2 knit stitches"), as I think it will be more helpful and clear.

I hope I didn't make any mistakes!! Wink

2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: October 11, 2007 04:55:32 PM
Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!! You are so so so generous to translate this pattern for us. It is much, much simpler than the Lion Brand pattern. Now, any more tips for reading the chart? I am really bad at charts. Thanks again.

If you need help with the charts legend I'll translate it soon, but if what you need is a row-by-row description of what the charts show, I'm sorry, but I don't feel up to the task right now Embarrassed; however I'm sure our other fellow knitters will be able to help you readily enough Wink
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: October 11, 2007 09:00:49 AM
Well, here it is the translation of the Pingouin pattern. It will only make sense if you are seeing the charts at the same time, as they are referenced constantly and are really the important part of the pattern.

Chamonix Tunic, sizes 42/44

For experienced knitters

Gauge: 10 x 10 cm = 20 stitches and  and 21 rows
Needles: 6 mm. straight needles  and 5mm. Circulars
Recommended yarn: Pingouin Sedificada: 4 nov. sisal (703) this I dont know what it means: it may be the required number of balls/skeins and the colour number??

1. Yoke cable:Cast on 30 stitches with 6mm needles and knit following the chart until the piece measures 100 cm. Sew ends

2- The back and front are the same, knit separatedly  back and forth with 6mm needles and starting at the top. Cast on 77 stitches and start knitting the charts in this order:

-3 stitches following the purl pattern(the chart called entremeio), 8 stitches for the  lateral cable (corda lateral), 3 st for purl chart, 8 st. for lateral cable, 3 st.for purl chart, 12 stitches for the central cable (corda central), 3 st. for purl chart, 12 st for central cable, 3 for the purl chart, 8 for the  lateral cable, 3 for the purl chart, 8 for the lateral cable and, finally, 3 stitches for purl chart.

-Increases are worked every 12 rows and are incorporated into all the purled areas between the cables, two stitches at every section, one at the beggining and one at the end of the purl pattern, as shown in the chart.

-Bind off when piece measures 36 cm

3: Sleeves are knit flat in 6mm needles. Cast on 40 stitches and knit the cables in this sequence:

-3 stitches for purl pattern, 8 for lateral cable, 3 for purl patt., 12 for central cable, 3 for purl section, 8 for lateral cable and 3 for purl pattern

-increases are worked the same way and at the same rate as in the body: 1 stitch at each side of the purl panel every12 rows as shown in the graphic

-Bind off when sleeve measures 34 cm


-Sew sleeves to front and back 5 cm approximately to form the armscythes

-Finish sewing the sleeves and the sides

-Pick up and knit 160 stitches around the horizontal cable to start the yoke, which is knit in the round using 5 mm needles and in garter stitch, and bind off tightly when piece measures 3 cm.


-The translation is not exactly literal, but I didnt guess nor add anything of my own.

-The construction seems to be very similar to that of the Lionbrand sweater from what you all have been saying, as it is knit in several separated pieces; personally, I think it really seems easier and neater to knit this sweater in one piece in the round. If you plan to knit it in pieces I would consider adding selvedge stitches to make seaming easier.

-About the cable yoke: it is not specified how its ends should be joined, but the pattern says the seam should be at the back of the garment. Im planning on casting on provisionally so I can graft both ends and truly have a seamless cable.

-Just in case the chart symbols are not clear,the entremeio das cordas chart (literally the between the cableschart, what Ive called the purl sections/pattern/area/whatever) is formed, as you can see in the pictures, by purl stitch(es) that flank a single knit stitch that is slipped (not worked) every second row.
In the central cable chart the asterisks mark the rows that should be repeated.

So thats it!! I hope youll find it useful ^_^

4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: October 10, 2007 04:53:30 PM
The Pingouin translation is almost ready; I'll post it tomorrow
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: October 10, 2007 08:57:17 AM

This is the pattern that I was referring to and was linked in my original post. Do you speak Portuguese? Can you give us a translation?

Sorry I didn't read that post!!
I'm Spanish, so I can understarnd a little Portuguese, because these languages are quite similar. The problem is that I re-learnt to knit in English, thanks to the Internet and English books, so I can't make much sense of a pattern written in my own language!! Shocked
However I'll read it calmly and try to post a translation, although I don't think it will be very useful, as the pattern is written for pingouin yarns, and yarn substitution will be necessary.
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: October 10, 2007 08:03:05 AM
I found another version of this sweater in the Pingouin magazine n 19, , it's called the Chamonix tunic and it's a free pattern in portuguese, although there are charts for all the cables:

7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: October 05, 2007 05:08:06 AM
Yay! I am planning on knitting this (as soon as I finish Eunny's Tangled Yoke cardigan) but I'm going to wing the pattern:
-first knit the yoke's cable band starting it with a provisional co and make it seamless with Kirtchener stitch
-pick up stitches to complete the upper yoke and knit it in the round (though I'm not so sure about the garter stitch, because I don't like the way the jog looks)
-pick up stitches to finish the rest of the sweater and continue it as a top down raglan, as I've done enough of those and it's more familiar to me
-to achieve the A-line I'll improvise the increases once I reach the place, but I'll be able to try the sweater on, so no worries there; I'll place them in the reverse stockinette stitches between the cables, as you can see in the photos of this lovely tunic

To those who are afraid of cables: don't be!! Cabling is very easy and a great fun, and it's easier if you do it without a cable needle. This is going to be my second project with cables and I'm looking forward to it a lot!!

One more thing: if anyone is going to wing the pattern maybe you would like to know that you can find the main cable pattern in  Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book    

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finishing Bamboo Needles on: September 28, 2007 04:57:41 PM
I have both straight and double pointed bamboo needles, and when I got them (bought them very cheap in ebay) I noticed they were quite rough. Make the texture smoother with a piece of very fine sandpaper;  after I did that they were very smooth and nice to knit with.
The more you use them the smoother they get (I think that's because of the contact with your natural hand oils),and although they will never be truly slippery as metal needles are I still prefer them because they are so light and nice to the touch!!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Square Quilt on: September 20, 2007 03:46:54 AM
Well, I think it's beautiful!!  I like the colour combination and the different square sizes, I think it makes the quilt look quite dinamic; it actually reminds me of a Kaffe Fassett work... well done!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Pink Lace Trimmed Sweater (2 images) on: September 17, 2007 03:10:49 PM
It's a beautiful sweater, very professional looking as well. I specially love the combination of ribbing and lace, and the sleeves, which lenght and shape are great.
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