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« on: October 16, 2006 05:19:38 AM »

Hi.  I was hoping to get some information from anyone on your experience with this pattern. 

When you did the waistline pattern (the Ch1, sc), did it "walk around."  Uh, in other words, when I was doing the first 13 rows, I would begin and end at the "seam,"  but in the waist pattern, it shifted to the left one st each time.  Does that sound at all familiar?  I can't figure out any way to get it to not do it.  Ugh, I wish patterns would be a little more explicit about odd things, especially for those of us not so use to unusual things crochet can do.

Any help would be appreciated.  If you want to include any warnings of roadblocks I will find ahead or ways you changed it that you were pleased with, that would be great, too.  I am normally a "figure it out myself" kinda girl, but I'm new-ish to crochet AND I'm trying to get this done before a big party. 

Thanks so much!!

« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2006 06:14:01 AM »

I started this and gave up halfway.

Did you use a bigger crochet hook for the foundation chain? I found out the hard way that it's very, very important.

« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2006 02:49:19 PM »

Yes, Amethyst, I was about 4 rows in when I saw that I needed to use a larger needle to make the initial chain stitch.  I figured it was best to frog at that point than later...!

Maybe you can try this pattern again later.  I think its really going to be nice.

« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2006 12:23:18 PM »

bonitapita-- i have the yarn for this project and have started it several times. i had to frog cause my foundation chain was too tight. as amethyst describes, i decided to do the first row with a larger hook. unfortunately the next largest hook i own from the one i was using for the sweater gauge is about a 2mm jump. this hook caused the foundation row was wayyyyyy to big. so, i'm putting unseamly on hold until i'm able to purchase a better sized hook.
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2006 10:42:16 PM »

Whereever Shine goes, I follow, since we both have been having the same issues with the unseamly sweater. I've frogged the thing about 10 times, and right now I'm stuck on the sleeves (I can't get the decreases right). 

When I did the waist, it "walked around" like you described, but you can barely tell when you do the rest of the bodice.

Good luck! Let me know when you get to the sleeves.
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2006 04:55:59 PM »

so is the next size up hook ok for the foundation chain? and otherwise is the sizing ok? i'm trying to make this for my sister for christmas who is a few sizes bigger than me (and in another state so i cant compare). i just realized the foundation chain is way too small and now im scared to even try and finish even if i make it bigger. any other suggestions?
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2006 09:50:26 PM »

I can't speak about the pattern with any experience. But, I'm assuming this is done in the round.

I've had that problem when working on items in the round, where the 'seam' walks. I have a chunky socks pattern where I think I lose track of the turning chain and stitch into it, so the start for the next row shifts. I don't know ... just a thought ...  Huh

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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2006 01:05:12 PM »

i FINALLY made it to the craft supply store today to purchase a hook that was one size larger than my 6.5 mm, which is the hook i'm planning to use on the body of the unseamly. surprisingly i couldn't find a 7.00 mm. i got a pack of acrylic hooks that range from 8.00 up to 11.50 mm. i couldn't find these larger size hooks in metal, either.

i did discover that my local A.C Moore accepts coupons for Michael's so i got the 4-pack of hooks for 4$ with my coupon.

as soon as i make new progress on my foundation chain and the first few sweater rounds i'll report back!!

msalowishus, is the sweater a surprise for your sis or does she know you are working on it for her xmas gift? given the amount of time you'll surely devote to crocheting the sweater i KNOW you'll both want it to fit. maybe you could ask for her measurements just to make sure you are in the right ballpark size-wise?
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2006 09:12:03 PM »

I made this sweater and had the foundation chain issue as well, and I used a larger hook too.  Next time, I would suggest using a Chainless Foundation.  The following description is from Bonnie Pierce of Elegant Crochet (http://home.comcast.net/~gandal195/MoebiusShawlPattern.htm)

Chainless foundation

Chain 3, yo, and insert your hook in the first chain, yo and draw up a loop, like you would for a regular dc. Now, instead of proceeding with your dc,
chain 1. This is the chain that you will work your next stitch into. Now go ahead and finish your first dc (yo, draw through two loops) twice.

For the next stitch, there is a little bar where you made your chain 1. Yo, insert your hook into the bar, chain 1, then finish the dc.

I also had to upsize the hook for the waist since my waist doesn't go in (I'm more of an apple shape) but the change in stitch pattern helped me look like I did a little.  LOL!

I won a 2nd place ribbon at the Oregon state fair with this, and I didn't even have time to add the sleeves; it was made with blue Silky Tweed.  Picture on my blog:  http://shawneett.blogspot.com/2006/09/oregon-state-winners.html
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