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CrafterInIL
« on: August 07, 2007 07:44:50 PM »

I knit these two sweaters with the basic top down raglan pattern in the knitalongs.  This was such an easy and quick knit - I definitely plan to make more. 

First one knit with Martifil stripes:


Second knit with a cotton/ecospun yarn I picked up at a fiber fest for 99 cents a skein (used 4 skeins):
Turtleneck all the way up:


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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2007 07:47:17 PM »

Wow!  I really love the first one.  I've never done a sweater top down.  I really should learn.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2007 07:49:48 PM »

I love the stripes!
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2007 07:50:05 PM »

I love them both!!!  The turtleneck looks so nice and cozy!!!
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2007 07:58:07 PM »

Thanks!  They're both really cozy.  The sleeves are a bit long on the stripey one, but it works out perfectly for the ribbed cuffs to be turned up (one of them wasn't turned correctly because I was in a rush to get out of the sweater in this 90+ degree heat!).

This is such an easy sweater pattern for a beginner to try or for an easy quick knit for any level.  The striped sweater is knit with Martifil, which is a chunky yarn and I think this was done in under a week with knitting a few hours a day.  The second took a bit longer, but it's a simple pattern.
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2007 08:18:26 PM »

i love the first one!  i've never knit a sweater before, but maybe i'll try it.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2007 08:35:19 PM »

I really like both of those, but I love the stripy one!  Good colour choices, and it looks really good on you.  It looks very comfy but flattering at the same time.  I might think of trying out that pattern myself!
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2007 08:59:05 PM »

I really like the last one. Great job.
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2007 08:59:47 PM »

Love the first one and I've never knit a sweater so maybe I'll try too! Could you give me the link that you learned it from?
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2007 09:58:19 PM »

those are great...do you happen to know where in the knit along the pattern might be...thx
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2007 10:00:55 PM »

Wow, I really like both of them! Great job!!
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« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2007 03:10:36 AM »

Love the first one and I've never knit a sweater so maybe I'll try too! Could you give me the link that you learned it from?

Look here:
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The construction is ingenious for the raglan topdown, but can be a tad tedious. Good way to learn though.
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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2007 04:07:49 AM »

They looks so comfy!   I really love that first yarn.
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« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2007 04:31:49 AM »

Very nice!  I love the colors in the stripey one!
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« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2007 05:25:45 AM »

The first one is gorgeous! I love how the stripes came out.
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« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2007 05:37:39 AM »

Love the first one and I've never knit a sweater so maybe I'll try too! Could you give me the link that you learned it from?

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https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=152316.0

The construction is ingenious for the raglan topdown, but can be a tad tedious. Good way to learn though.

Thank you!
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« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2007 05:50:58 AM »

WOW!  They both look great!
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« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2007 06:25:03 AM »

Those look great!  Did you do any shaping as they look so nice and fitted around the waist area?
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CrafterInIL
« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2007 06:46:47 AM »

Thanks for posting the link - I should have done that.

I did do waist shaping on both of these - I did the shaping suggested in the pattern, which I believe was decrease once every 5 rows 5 times then increase once every 5 rows 5 times. 

It's a perfect project to do while watching TV.
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« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2007 06:51:19 AM »

They look nice but the first one is my favorite.  I love the stripes.
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« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2007 11:09:43 AM »

 :)Well done.  I love both jumpers. Did you follow a pattern? Please can you share your pattern. If you followed the top down jumper with pattern, how did you get the that lovely neckline on the striped jumper.

Lulu
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« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2007 12:06:00 PM »

I really love the colors and pattern of the first one!
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« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2007 12:39:38 PM »

:)Well done.  I love both jumpers. Did you follow a pattern? Please can you share your pattern. If you followed the top down jumper with pattern, how did you get the that lovely neckline on the striped jumper.

Lulu

I did use the basic top down raglan pattern.  The Martifil yarn used for the striped sweater was a bulkier yarn than called for in the pattern, so I ended up casting on what the pattern recommended and that gave me a wider neckline.  It also made it quite a quick knit, which was a bonus!  That's the beauty of this pattern -- you really can use a variety of yarns for this pattern.

For the turtleneck, I ended up casting on about half the recommended number of stitches, but that was trial and error -- I kept frogging and restarting until the neck was how I wanted it to feel. 
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« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2007 02:37:04 PM »

I am not a knitter, but I wanted to comment on your lovely sweaters...  Smiley  They are both gorgeous- the black and white looks so soft and chunky-warm but also still flattering.  And the first is the exact colors of my living room chair (I bought for the color)  Cheesy  Anyhow, thought I'd comment- looks great!
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« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2007 02:46:39 PM »

Both of your sweaters turned out fabulous. I'm especially fond of the striped one.
I originally printed off that same pattern but, I never started the sweater. The reason was that, I was unsure of how to make it into a long sleeve version like you did.
Do you have any advice for a fairly newbie, on how to do the long sleeve version? I didn't want to make it a short sleeve sweater, like what was shown.
I'd really appreciate any advice that you could give me, for making the long sleeve version.
Great job!   Grin
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« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2007 02:49:38 PM »

Thanks all for the lovely comments!

queen_geuneviere - for the long sleeve versions, all I did was follow the sleeve instructions in the pattern and when they felt cozy around my arm, I just stopped doing decreases and knit straight.  I have fairly thin arms, so this worked for me.  I'd suggest just doing the decreases and trying it on as you go.  The pattern is really easy to follow.
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« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2007 02:54:18 PM »

These are very lovely!!  You make me want to become a knitter. Smiley

Hopefully this doesn't sound weird or offensive, but you have the perfect hourglass shape. *jealous*
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« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2007 03:09:54 PM »

Thanks so much CrafterInIL, for your help with the sleeve issue.
I had asked for help about that at the original knitalong, but nobody answered that question for me. I appreciate you taking the time, to let me know what I should do.
I also have thin arms. So what you did for long sleeves, should also work for me. I made a note on the pattern, so I'll know what to do when I get to that point.
Thanks again, and your sweaters turned out lovely.   Grin
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« Reply #28 on: August 08, 2007 03:59:40 PM »

Wow, those are beautiful! I wish I could knit!
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« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2007 04:43:36 PM »

the stripey one looks great; the sleeves are just right!
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« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2007 06:44:56 PM »

These are very lovely!!  You make me want to become a knitter. Smiley

Hopefully this doesn't sound weird or offensive, but you have the perfect hourglass shape. *jealous*

Thanks all - I'm so glad I posted these!  And I'm happy to take the body compliments!
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« Reply #31 on: August 08, 2007 06:55:43 PM »

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« Reply #32 on: August 09, 2007 03:57:18 AM »

What lovely sweaters!!!  I have a basic question -- how did you make the stripes on the arms come out so perfectly symmetric??  Did you find the colorway at a certain point and just use that as your guide?  That assumes that the dyeing was done pretty consistently too....

I can never figure that part out!

Thanks for sharing,
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« Reply #33 on: August 09, 2007 06:04:04 AM »

They look great!! and fit you perfect too  Smiley i reeeeeally have to learn to knit...
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« Reply #34 on: August 09, 2007 06:20:11 AM »

These are just gorgeous. They are both a really flattering fit.  They make me want to knit more too!
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« Reply #35 on: August 09, 2007 06:27:58 AM »

What lovely sweaters!!!  I have a basic question -- how did you make the stripes on the arms come out so perfectly symmetric??  Did you find the colorway at a certain point and just use that as your guide?  That assumes that the dyeing was done pretty consistently too....

I can never figure that part out!

Thanks for sharing,
L

I did start the arms at the beginning of the same color and it worked out well.  All of my skeins were from the same dyelot, and I probably got a bit lucky along the way.  Through the body of the sweater I saw how the skeins and colors were going, so I was able to assume how they would end up on the sleeves.
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« Reply #36 on: August 09, 2007 06:28:21 AM »

They're both gorgeous but I'm especially fond of the the first sweater.  I love the colors.
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« Reply #37 on: August 14, 2007 01:30:36 AM »

I LOVE the first sweater. The shaping makes it! Well, that and the stripes-who can resist them!
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