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1  Re: Avast Men's Zip Sweater from Knitty (help!!!) in Knitalongs by shivashiva on: February 01, 2007 09:28:25 AM
okay guys, i've got serious issues. I've fininshed the knitting and some of the seaming. THE SLEEVES ARE TOO LONG! I am being bitten by the demon Gauge. I did a gauge swatch, but I did not wash my gauge swatch and then  measure it, and apparently with washing, the rows lengthen. observe:

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This was my first blocking. After it dried and he tried it on, I decided to go another round of blocking. I sewed all the hems down (which I really think look great btw, I like that technique, even though it's time consuming) and wet blocked it again and now it's drying. I've pulled the sleeves out widthwise to take up the length slack. If that actually works, I'll just sew the sleeve seams so that the sleeves aren't super wide.

However, I know that may not work, and I may have to unravel the sleeves. My question:

can i unravel the sleeves from the bottom (where I originally cast on) and take out a bunch of rows and then reknit the hem? it seems like i'd have to knit in the wrong direction to do that and i'm just not sure.

the sweater came out really nice and i'll do practically anything to make it work. HELP!

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2  Re: Avast Men's Zip Sweater from Knitty in Knitalongs by shivashiva on: January 15, 2007 11:12:03 PM
I finished the body up to the armpits, then I started the sleeves and I'm on the 7th repeat of the increases on those. I'm working both sleeves together. I've changed the increases on the sleeves from kfb to m1.  whatdya think?  I thought there was no reason to have a bar increase if I could easily have a more invisible increase. I looked up both increases in vogue knitting and a couple other books and couldn't find a good reason not to. I sure hope it works! Anyone with sage words, please chime in.  Here's the pics:

This is both sleeves on the right, the body on the left, folded over itself to show the cardigan-ness, and to fit in the picture

Close up of the two fronts.

Oh, and by the way the the swish color is called "jade"


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3  Avast Men's Zip Sweater from Knitty in Knitalongs by shivashiva on: January 07, 2007 07:12:48 PM
I was surprised I couldn't find much about this sweater on here, or online. It's so hard to find men's sweater patterns out there, and this seems to be a nice one. I just started it on Jan. 4th, so if anyone wants to join in, let's have a knit along!

Here's the pattern: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/PATTavast.html

I'm knitting this for my husband in the size medium. I'm substituting Knitpicks Swish (though the called for yarn is inexpensive) and I bought 16 balls. I've just finished the cable band for the waist, and it killed me!!! I've done the irish hiking scarf, which was my only cable experience, but this seemed pretty annoying. I got faster at the end, but still pretty annoying. Here's my progress so far:

I like the simple design. This is the cable band on the bottom that replaces the ribbing, it's almost 2 inches wide, and 40 inches long, circling the waist. The rest of the sweater is stockinette with some sleek designing (compared to other mens frumpy sweaters!)

Join me!! Knit something cool for your man! (or yourself if you are a man)  Smiley


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4  Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater in Knitalongs by shivashiva on: January 04, 2007 02:47:50 PM
I finished!

Yarn: Knitpicks Andean Silk in Hollyberry, 10 balls
Needles: Size 3 and 0 to get gauge,
Garment Size: XS

Notes: I added 10 extra rows in the bust before starting the lace panel. I knitted 26 rows total on the sleeves before starting the lace panel. When I tried it on after knitting but before blocking it was too small, both the sleeves and waist were not long enough. So I blocked it to the desired size, and the picture above is how it came out. The sleeves could be a little longer and it wouldn't hurt, but considering this is my first sweater I've knit (and I only starting knitting in June) I'm pretty happy with it.

The yarn is TOO ITCHY. If I don't wear a full long sleeve shirt underneath, I would go crazy. I'm okay wearing a shirt underneath, I just need to find one that has a desirable neckline.

I knitted the lace on 0s, at stormshade's suggestion and it really wasn't that bad. Maybe it was because I was already well prepared that doing the lace was simply going to take forever...and it did. Doing lace with worsted weight yarn on 0s is not fun. The yarn was constantly splitting. But it was okay. I wasn't planning on speeding through the lace and I didn't.

Oh, and I decreased down to 140 stitches for the lace on the waist, while the XS called for 147. I really wanted the lace to be fitted and not be baggy under my boobs (34 B), so that was my solution and the results worked for me.

Thanks everyone for being here for support! It really helps so much to have the experience of others to draw from. I'm considering knitting another for summertime in a machine washable, lighter yarn and having cap sleeves. I really liked when I tried it on before starting on the sleeves at all.

See my blog for more pictures.
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5  Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater in Knitalongs by shivashiva on: December 16, 2006 09:17:13 AM
alright, here it is! This is two days worth of serious knitting:

I'm getting gauge on 4s, my gauge is not perfect though, i notice i waver between 5 and 5.5 stitches per inch. and i'm knitting the extra small. it is a little tight, but i'm counting on it growing in blocking, i'd normally take a small. this is just prior to joining and i think i'm going to add a few rows before the lace, and probably omit the purl ridges. maybe do an extra decrease for the waist. i don't think i need the short rows, nor do i want to try and attempt them. i've just seen a few skbs that were kind of loose in the lace section, and though i'm not real busty (34B) I thought they might help with the lace looseness.

thanks for looking!

edited to add: yarn is knitpicks andean silk in hollyberry
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