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« on: June 17, 2007 10:03:33 AM »

My boyfriend was looking through my knitting books in search of a sweater for the colder climat we recently started inhabiting (from Phoenix Az. to Edmonton, Canada...oh the places family will make you go...) and found the Jesse's Flames on in the SnB Nation that he liked, only he wanted it completely different! (Well that and it'll be the first sweater I've ever attempted!)

But the main thing is he wants it forest green and gold (simple enough) except instead of flames on the cuffs he wants the Triforce from Legend of Zelda (will the geekiness never end in this relationship...) to be up on the arms, around the bicep area. 

So now that you have the background info just have some questions!

1. Is this acttually possible? Should I try and change the pattern or should I sneak in the Skully pattern while he's not looking and just add a line through the chest on that one?

2. Does anyone have a intarsia and/or fair isle graph of the triforce lazy ol' me could use?

3. Could someone explain to me how exactly the "ssk" decrease works? I looked it up on the abbrieviations table and it may as well have just said "ssk" still instead of trying to explain it.

4. ON the last line of the pattern on the first page it says "...work dec row, then EOR 18 (19, 20, 20) times more - 43 (48, 53, 60) sts" what exactly does that mean? Does it mean every other row I show should the decrease row x amount of times?

5. And finally I looked through the beginning of the book for help on changing the sweater to fit my awkwardly shaped boysquare (seriously, his measurements would make you think he's a square) but I still don't know what to choose, he has a 34" chest and I measured longer than this torso because he likes to wear his shirts long so technically he's shorter in the torso then 19", but we're going with 19" so he won't complain to loudly.  He also wants it to fit loosely on him (god forbid he actually show his great body) so I was assumeing the medium (finish chest is 41 and finished lenther is 26.5) does that make sense for making it fit big and baggy on him? I figured it would....

Thanks for taking the time to read and answer my awkwardly phrased question!

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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2007 10:28:11 AM »

I'm actually making this sweater for my boyfriend right now, in the called for yarn to make gauging easier on myself. I have made many sweaters, and here is my advice to you:

1) The intarsia for this sweater is only on the wrist part of the sleeves, making it pretty easy to change around. Just figure out how many stitches you have to play with and I think a triforce would fit fine. One of the nice things about this sweater is the raglan fit, so if you make the front and back and discover its a little short/long for your boyfriend, you can alter the sleeve width at the top for a fit.

2) I'm sure if you search the boards you can find a triforce chart - but like I said, since you will have a very specific number of stitches around the sleeve you might want to try and make your own. Look up knitting graph paper, I'm pretty sure if you know your gauge you can print out a picture onto a graph that can then immediately be translated into knitting.

3)ssk - I have trouble explaining this without visuals, but here goes. Put your needle in the next stitch as if to knit, but slip it to the right needle. Do this again to the next stitch. Now you have two stitches on the right needle that have been slipped. Take the left hand needle and put it through both stitches from the right side, then wrap the yarn between and knit the two slipped stitches into one stitch. It is strange at first, it feels like knitting backwards, but all it does is knit 2 together so they slant in the other direction from the standard k2tog.

4) every other row, repeat the decrease row the number of times needed for the size you are making, and you should end up with x number of stitches, based on the size you are making, pretty much decrease 2 every row at the ends until you have the called for number of stitches left.

5) My boyfriend is pretty much a store size medium, so I am making him the medium as written. Based on the back so far, it looks like it will fit him just right, so I would say it depends on what size your boyfriend usually wears. The mock ribbing at the bottom of the sweater helps it to stretch horizontally  but also not be too loose, so if he likes his clothes baggy (my boyfriend does not) make him one size bigger.

Just keep checking it against him - my boyfriend is so much bigger than me it took FOREVER to make the back - just so much more fabric to make to cover him! You don't want to get to the end of a side and discover its freakishly long or wide or totally mis-proportioned.

Good luck!
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