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1  lacy baby sweater from vintage pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by icantotallymakethat on: October 07, 2007 12:25:54 PM
This is a sweater I made for my niece from an old pattern booklet my grandma gave me...looks like the booklet is from the early sixties maybe. I updated it by making it in a sassy color instead of the white the pattern suggested. I also used buttons to close it, instead of a single ribbon tie. (What baby would be able to resist pulling out the bow and tangling the ribbon?)

Here is a closeup of the lace pattern, with a white thing inserted so you can see it better:

The yarn is Dale Baby Ull. Probably the thing I'm most proud of with this sweater is the finishing. You honestly can't see the sleeve seams from the outside--the lace pattern looks unbroken.

I'm going to get it sent off to my niece tomorrow before she gets too big to wear it!  Smiley
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2  Placed Cable Aran-IK Fall 07 in Knitting: Completed Projects by icantotallymakethat on: October 02, 2007 02:00:36 PM
I just finished this sweater last night:

Yarn: Knitpicks Andean Silk in Sangria. I used about 11.5 balls for the 41 1/2 inch size.
Pattern mods: I knitted the body in the round up to the armholes (instead of in two pieces). It's so much faster that way! I also made the sleeves about four inches longer than the pattern to accommodate my extra-long arms.

Overall, I'm really pleased with how this turned out. If I were going to make it again, I might add some waist shaping, and a person could also use set-in sleeves instead of the drop-shoulder kind for a more tailored look. Mostly, though, I'd say this is a good pattern.

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3  Re: Advice Requested for Slimming Knits in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by icantotallymakethat on: April 30, 2007 10:37:14 AM
I think the drape of the finished fabric can make a difference. Fabric that drapes really well is always going to make you look a bit thinner. Maybe things with hems at the bottom instead of ribbing...that always seems to make a garment hang much better.

Also, stitch patterns can make a huge difference. I was just noticing the other day that the sweater on the cover of the Lace Style book is not one I will be making, since something about the stitch pattern makes that model look heavier than she usually looks:

I think the stitch pattern adds so much texture that maybe the fabric doesn't lie as flat to the body as it usually would, or something. If the texture was only at the bust level and the rest of it was stockinette, I think that would be more slimming. It's a beautiful sweater, but if it adds five to ten pounds on a woman that thin, I think I'd prefer to make something else.  Wink
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4  origami cardigan style sweater (Berroco pattern)--lots of pics in Knitting: Completed Projects by icantotallymakethat on: April 27, 2007 03:31:40 PM
I "finished" this a couple months ago, but just finally fixed it so that I'm happy with it two weeks ago (more on that in a sec.)

Pattern: Sanpoku from Berroco's Yin and Yang leaflet. It's very similar to the Origami Cardigan that will be in the summer issue of Interweave Knits--I assume that is a later version of this pattern, since it's by Norah Gaughan and she works for Berroco.

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, just over 5 skeins. This yarn is so soft and great. I will definitely use it in the future.

Here are some picks:

The only thing I did not like about the pattern was the way the back came out looking. Here's the way it looked after I finished the sweater without any pattern mods:

I didn't like the curled up untidy look, so I picked up stitches along the inner edge of the bottom and knitted on a facing or hem. Now I think it looks much better:

(ETA: just noticed my butt looks weird in that picture, but whatever  Cheesy)

Thanks for looking!

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5  ruffly Malabrigo shawl in Knitting: Completed Projects by icantotallymakethat on: October 30, 2006 07:33:14 PM
This is a shawl that I finished today. It's made out of my new favorite yarn, Malabrigo worsted merino.

The pattern I used is called Lonnie's Malabrigo Shawl of Many Colors (bought it at a LYS). It's meant to be made out of a bunch of different colors, but I only used one. I made it several inches longer than the pattern said, which I'm glad I did because the length is perfect for tying the tails. If I make another one, I'll probably make the ruffle at the bottom edge a bit less ruffly. I do really like what the weight of the ruffle does for the drape of the shawl as a whole, though. This is a good shawl for wearing at the office, since it isn't so long that you end up sitting on it.

Here's a closeup:

I just realized that the top of my head is cut off in all of the pictures. Oh well. It's not that I'm shy, I was just concentrating on getting good pictures of the shawl.  Smiley
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6  Swallowtail shawl in Knitting: Completed Projects by icantotallymakethat on: October 09, 2006 04:00:12 PM
I finished this a couple weeks ago, just didn't get around to posting it until now. I used Jaggerspun Zephyr laceweight yarn. Really nice stuff.

(my little furball had to be in the picture, of course)

Here's more of a closeup:

Sorry for the blinding light there. Currently I'm using the webcam embedded in my MacBook as my digital camera.  Wink

This is a really fun project, and not too difficult either. Highly recommended. I'm really pleased with how mine came out. It's going to be a Christmas gift for my mom.
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7  Re: Why your t-shirts look awful on you in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by icantotallymakethat on: September 23, 2006 10:51:49 AM
A girl shirt, laid flat next to a boy shirt, is the same shape -- a box.  The girl shirts are smaller but still a box.  Girls are usually shaped like an hour glass so when the store bought shirts go on they are sort of being forced to conform to a girl's body instead of being cut that way. 

I've decided that from now on I am ONLY buying guys' shirts for myself and reconstructing them and cutting them in an hour glass shape so that they fit properly. 


I had a t-shirt that I really liked that a friend had bought for me on a trip. I really liked the design on the front, but he'd gotten me a size large, so it was too big around and came down to midthigh on me. I altered it to look like this:

And now I love it!

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