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« Reply #300 on: September 02, 2006 08:45:27 PM »

I used Summer Tweed and a sequin-esque carry along. I am done with the body and ready to start the neck, but looking at the modifications, I think I want to rip back to the start of the lace, remove the purl ridges and keep it more simple. I and small but curvy so I like a clean line.

Waffling on this for sure. Do I want to wind all those skeins up again? But, will I be happy with it as is?
« Reply #301 on: September 03, 2006 10:13:25 AM »

I just bought 14 skeins of Berroco Softtwist in a deep purple color for $3.75 a skein!  from WEBS.  I can't wait to get started... i think i like the version without the purl ridges, but I'm not sure yet...   Undecided  I guess I'll have to wait until I start to see what I want to do!

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« Reply #302 on: September 03, 2006 03:17:34 PM »

Dawnya00- please please post pictures of what ypu have done so far!
I have a bag of Summer Tweed languishing in my stash and I'd love to knit this sweater.

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« Reply #303 on: September 03, 2006 07:20:25 PM »

ok, i am done with the body!  Grin
by the way, dawnya00, i also considered leaving out the purl ridges, and i didn't...so here is what the body looks like on me with them...
so far I am pleased with how it is coming out. i am making the small, and i am surprised that it is coming out a little big...which i guess is good considering i also prefer the 'look' of the long-sleeved version:

sorry for the onslaught of pictures! (just imagine what it will be like when i finish it!)

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« Reply #304 on: September 04, 2006 05:02:30 AM »

Elisha, it looks SOO great !! I'm also relieved to see the fit of your size small, as I'm also doing that size, and hope to have a looser fit like the long-sleeved  version..
(am only 2 rows from separating sleeves, can't wait to try it on for first time  !!)

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« Reply #305 on: September 04, 2006 05:57:10 AM »

Nice pictures! But I'm worried.... my last one was frogged because it was HUGE (my fault, wrong gauge), now I'm at correct gauge but making the same size (2nd smallest). I just put the sleeves on holders, tried it on and it "seems" to fit, but how do you really tell much at this point? Everything I make is always too big on me, I probably should have made a small but I have a fear of too-tight sweaters. I usually wear a size 2 or 4. I don't want to start this over again.
« Reply #306 on: September 04, 2006 08:44:40 AM »

Everything I make is always too big on me, I probably should have made a small but I have a fear of too-tight sweaters. I usually wear a size 2 or 4. I don't want to start this over again.

Tips for knitting pieces that will actually fit you like you want:
1) ALWAYS knit a swatch and check to see if you're hitting gauge.
2) Look at the garment's schematics: This will tell you the dimensions of the actual knitted pieces.
Patterns will give you directions to fit a particular size, but you have to look at the schematics to see the actual knitted dimentions the garment will have in that size. This will include body, sleeve and armhole length as well as bust measurements.
This all has to do with the ease of a garment.
For example, a sweater to fit a size 36, could measure 34, 36, 38, 40, 44...depending on if the ease is very close, close, standard, oversize etc.
Schematics are great tools in customizing the fit of your knitted garments.
This should take care of any hit-and-miss knitting!
« Reply #307 on: September 04, 2006 09:16:17 AM »

Everything I make is always too big on me, I probably should have made a small but I have a fear of too-tight sweaters. I usually wear a size 2 or 4. I don't want to start this over again.

Hmmm.... if you are that small, you may not be happy with the fit of the 2nd smallest size unless you are going for a looser look like Elisha's. I wear a size 8, sometimes a 10 and I'm making that size (gauge is dead on) and I think it fits perfectly, it is fitted, not loose.

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« Reply #308 on: September 04, 2006 11:07:52 AM »

Ooh, I'm surrounded by tiny folks!  Is anyone else knitting one of the larger sizes?  I'm knitting the 40-42 (well, reknitting, my gauge was off too) and was wondering hoe it sizes up.
« Reply #309 on: September 05, 2006 12:10:35 AM »

In the midst of renovation chaos, I've finally found the time to finish my "tester sweater".
Before diving into the Tilli Tomas I decided to knit a sample sweater in a cheap yarn I had in my stash -  Elann Connemara Endless Summer 100% cotton at $1.78 ea.  I'm glad I did too because it sure took a lot of abuse!  I doubt the Tilli could hold up.
This was a major stash buster project as I also used a bunch of stash beads.  I ended up running out (and couldn't get more) of the seed beads that I used on the lace bits so I used some teeny beads I had in my stash (forgot the official name.....thus the term teeny beads).  These I strung on black thread and used it as a carry along with the rest of the yarn.  These beads are smaller but shine brighter than the round seed beads on the lace.  It just looks like the beads glow a bit brighter around my face.  :-D  I really like how it came out.  The clear beads against black yarn look like little diamond chips sprinkled around the collar.
I had to frog the first collar I knit because I picked up too many stitches and it ended up looking like a small cowl.  

Normally I'm a size 8 sometimes 6, depending on cut and designer.  I knit the medium size sweater and added length prior to starting the lace bits at both the waist and the arms.  The best suggestion I'd have is to definitely take the time to try it on!  See where the lace is falling and choose to knit more or not.  I also added length after the lace at the waist. I definitely like longer sweaters and sleeves so I usually add length to most of my things. The one thing I wish I'd done is to knit a little bit wider of a lace panel since I'm so long waisted.
Size 7 needles gave me the larger gauge but I never was able to get the smaller gauge.  I struggled with size 2's for the waist but switched to 3's for the rest and it was much easier.  I did use double pointed needles for the sleeve lace.  It was awkward at first but soon mastered it.  Yay for new skills!

Since I'm worried about the stretch of the Tilli silk I contemplated knitting the next one in the small size but I've decided against it.  I really like a looser fit and the drape of the silk will just make it that much better.

I agree with a lot of what has been said by Almndladybug and others about this sweater.  
I found that I also really love this pattern.   It's such a fun and interesting construction. The fact that it's seamless with very little finishing is just a dream to me.  My one recommendation would be to add length.  Also, despite not getting the smaller gauge, I still wouldn't consider knitting on a needle smaller than 3's.
After the Tilli I'm planning on knitting another in either Plymouth Royal or Madil Eden bamboo OR Misti Pima Cotton Silk.  I think those yarns would be perfect for this.  Still not sure if I'll do the purl ridges on all of them.  But I do admit, I've always loved the fashions on the Jetsons.   Grin

Here are a couple of pics.  A few more are on my Picture trail site. http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=12206087&uid=2462320

« Last Edit: March 08, 2010 02:30:17 PM by jungrrl - Reason: fixed a coding issue » THIS ROCKS   Logged

See some pics of my knitting http://www.picturetrail.com/stormshade
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