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1  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.

2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Avast Men's Zip Sweater from Knitty 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


3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to make Stone Buttons for clothing on: December 29, 2006 11:08:41 AM
hi! This may belong elsewhere, but i thought it was appropriate here, too. So I have been looking for stone buttons for a sweater i'm going to knit, and I've found a few online but none quite right for me. I'd like to make my own, like take a stone of my choosing and attach a metal loop on the back that I could sew onto the sweater. Anyone know where i could find these things, or any better method of doing it? I've looked online at Joann and generally searched, but can't find anyway to make buttons for clothing in such a way. Any help or ideas is appreciated!!! Thanks.  Smiley

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