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Topic: my 1st sweater SIZZLES!!  (Read 4261 times)
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« on: June 29, 2007 05:19:14 PM »

This sweater has been a few different "firsts" for me.  First knitted sweater, first time picking up stitches (ugghh!), and first time blocking.  I've read so much about how blocking makes all the difference in a handmade garment, but this is the first I've witnessed its miracles myself.  And it really works miracles.  Prior to blocking, my sweater was short, squat and a little baggy.  Overall, somewhat unflattering but still wearable.

Then I blocked it, and I couldn't be much happier with my first sweater.

Now I present to you my Sizzle:

For those of you who are not yet familiar with this pattern, it was written by Wendy Bernard and can be found at Knit and Tonic, along with some more flattering pictures of the top.  http://knitandtonic.typepad.com/knitandtonic/2006/07/sizzle.html

I used SWTC Bamboo yarn with size 5 circuler needles.  The yarn is really soft and has a bit of sheen.  However, the recommended gauge printed on the ball band produced a super-loose, completely see-through fabric.   I went down a needle size or two, and it's still a bit see-through even with the tighter gauge.  Due to my gauge issues, I had to go up a pattern size, but it turned out to be a perfect fit.

I have a question for any knitters who might still be reading this post: 
How do you prevent those little holes that formed at my bust increases (M1)?  I think they were less noticeable prior to blocking, since the sweater became a little longer and narrower.  Is this just something normal that is unavoidable or do you think I might be doing something wrong?

Thanks in advance for any comments or suggestions you might have!
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2007 05:44:16 PM »

I think you are supposed to twist the m1 stitches.... your sizzle looks great though!
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2007 06:15:08 PM »

If I remember correctly, you need knit into the back of the next stitch and that will twist the hole closed.  Again, if I remember correctly Roll Eyes  Give it a try next time though.

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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2007 06:16:31 PM »

It looks very nice.  I made my M1's wrong for the longest time!  I had little holes in mine, too.  Then I realized I was supposed to knit through the back.....the more difficult way to stick the needle in.  Now, there is no holes!  I wonder if you might be doing the same thing I was doing.
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2007 06:19:58 PM »

My bad...  Really nice sweater!  Great fit and I love the color!  I haven't had my miracle blocking experience yet but I think I'm really going to need one for my current project!

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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2007 06:28:44 PM »

That's very nice - a good colour for you Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2007 07:02:05 PM »

Nice work!

Yes, it sounds to me like you knit into the front of the stitch.  It's a little tricksy, but it gets waaay easier after practice!  Don't worry too much -- I made an entire sleeve once using a kfb instead of a m1 and that was a holey disaster.  Smiley

You may want to read up here.  http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/FEATtheresa.html

Oh, and isn't blocking wonderful?
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2007 06:02:03 AM »

Well done, it fits you perfectly.  Very nice colour too. 

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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2007 06:25:16 AM »

It looks great.  I should try blocking sometime.

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