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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sweater too big, NEED HELP fixing, ideas, etc. on: February 02, 2007 11:11:05 AM
THANK YOU! that is what i needed to know about the sleeves. the are knit flat and then seamed, but luckily i haven't seamed them yet, so it should be relatively painless. I will be careful when unraveling at the knit/purl point....

i have tried blocking it smaller. unfortunately the sleeves are about 4 inches too long (which i'm still amazed by as it measured up perfectly as i worked them, and i measured them often), and it didn't work.

so i think what you're saying is that since i have so much to unravel, i can actually cut it above the purl turning row, so i don't have to unravel as much and deal with yanking the purl/knit junction or whatnot. is that right?

i'm still going to knit a swatch and try running it through the wash and hot dryer first, to see if that shrinks it, because really, the whole sweater would benefit from shrinking. if that doesn't work, which i'm not counting on since it is superwash, to work on the sleeves i go!


2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sweater too big, NEED HELP fixing, ideas, etc. on: February 01, 2007 07:51:05 PM
thank you! yes, I will now definitely be knitting a swatch, and washing and drying it rigourously to see what the outcome would be. shrinking it in the washer seems like the easiest way, so i hope the swatch does shrink some.

any other tips are much appreciated, please keep em coming!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sweater too big, NEED HELP fixing, ideas, etc. on: February 01, 2007 06:41:58 PM
Hey guys, I need some help. I searched, but couldn't find it. Please direct me elsewhere if it's been covered.

I'm knitting a sweater here:

It's Avast from knitty.com and it came out beautifully. Except it's too big. Mostly the sleeves are too long, but everythign came out a bit big. the body is easy to live with, but the sleeves are unacceptable.

I used Knitpicks Swish Superwash.  The sleeves were knit from the wrist up and joined raglan to the yoke. Can I unravel the sleeves at the wrist, take out however many rows, then make the folding hem? (the sweater is made with the folding hem where you knit a purl row between all your stockinette then fold it inside and sew it down) I have a funny feeling that won't work.

I dont' want to redo the whole sleeves because they're joined and i've already knit the front facings and sewed them down. it would mean not just reknitting the sleeves, but about half or more of the whole sweater.

I know i made a big mistake not washing my swatch! the sweater was perfect before i got it wet. any other ideas? if i put it in a hot dryer will it shrink? it's superwash and the band says "machine wash gentle, tumble dry low"  Huh?

Please help. Any ideas are appreciated. I knit this for my husband and i really want to salvage it. I'm willing to rip out and do lots of extra work. I'm just trying to not have to do a whole sweater's worth of extra work.

Thanks. Pics are at the thread above and my blog.

4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Avast Men's Zip Sweater from Knitty on: February 01, 2007 06:03:32 PM
I'm using swish, too and it grew! make sure you do a washed swatch to see how it goes for you, esp. before putting the hems on!

i was even thinking of redoing the whole yoke and sleeves, but i've already got the hems sewn on.  Sad

i suppose i could just unravel the sleeves and bind off and let them roll.....

i'll keep you posted, and I'd love to see pics!
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Avast Men's Zip Sweater from Knitty (help!!!) 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:

[click for bigger picture]

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!

6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater on: January 26, 2007 07:46:53 PM
um, maybe this is not what you're looking for but how about just weaving them in? I have been very opposed to weaving in until I found how easy it was and how well it works.  i have felted yarns together before, but it looked kind of messy, like you say with the russion join. maybe it takes the right kind of yarn.

I have recently found I like weaving in ends, after doing all that knitting it's a nice change.

Good luck!

7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Avast Men's Zip Sweater from Knitty 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"


8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Avast Men's Zip Sweater from Knitty on: January 12, 2007 04:57:37 PM
I'm glad I'm not alone! I'll have more pics to post soon, but we're out of a camera right now. I"m almost done with the body. Lots of stockinette but I'm enjoying it.

The swish IS soft. I am so far pretty sensitive to itchiness, but this seems okay. I stuck the swatch down my shirt last night while knitting to see if I'd get itchy and I didn't.  I'm hoping to use swish to make some things for myself. Knitpicks also has the superwash worsted in "bare" so you can dye it yourself any color you want, which I may end up doing.
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater on: January 10, 2007 07:50:59 PM
Sure!  Smiley It helped me A LOT. I found this tip online somewhere. (maybe even here!)

So the pattern says to pick up 6 sts/per inch. You go along the neckline, starting where they say, and tie a little piece of yarn loosely, then measure an inch with your measurement device of choice and attach another yarn marker.  This takes absolutely FOREVER! but then you don't have to pay much attention to the spacing. Just pick up six stitches before the next marker and you're good.

I'm knitting Avast now, from knitty and I picked up stitches around the waist 3 times and ripped them out before resorting to my yarn pieces. When the pattern says to "pick up 3 stitches for every 4 rows" but i used a different gauge....it can get very confusing. So i calculated how many stitches i SHOULD have per inch, and then placed my yarn markers and picked up that many. Worked like a charm!

Hope it helps. Feel free to ask again if anything is still not clear.
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater on: January 10, 2007 09:41:56 AM
re: the neckline, I think I have heard of people doing a crochet edging. unfortunately i don't remember where i read that (maybe this forum?) and I didn't do it myself. I imagine you'd get a deeper neckline that way, so maybe you'd want to do some shaping to make it higher?

Good luck. I also hate picking up stitches. The only way I can survive it is to go along the area to be picked up first with scrap yarn and mark every inch. Very tedious but it makes the job easier in the long run.

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