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« on: November 01, 2007 08:34:21 PM »


i TOTALLY want to knit this jacket.  u can knit it in worsted or bulky and 3/4 sleeves or long sleeves.  i see TONS of great jackets on ravelry (currently 121 projects!).  thing is, ive never knit an elizabeth zimmerman, drops or any patterns that aren't completely written out in ROW 1, ROW 2 form.  this is a MUCH more involved pattern that assumes u know how to knit.  im like an adv beginner.  also this would be my first seamed sweater...first anything bigger than a tank top really =T

i hear its easy but im having a hard time translating certain wording.  does anyone want to knit this with me, i will def need some support and id like to help anyone else!   i have the yarn and needles...and still have sizing and other issues.  any takers?! =)
« Last Edit: November 01, 2007 08:38:11 PM by kappatit » THIS ROCKS   Logged


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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2007 09:26:34 PM »

that's pretty awesome, i might just take you up on it. Smiley but first i have to finish my twinkle hoodie......
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2007 10:01:59 PM »

Here's a link to someone who knitted it:


I would consider it myself, but I have 2 other sweaters to finish first!
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2007 05:22:38 AM »

I was hoping someone would start a KAL on this jacket!  I've been looking around for some other FOs.  I am just over halfway done with mine and I am doing the smaller gauge yarn variation, which I haven't seen anyone else do.  I hope I am happy with the drape of the fabric once its done.

As for the pattern, I was a little afraid of it when I read it because of the way its written.  It leaves a bit up to the knitter's interpretation, but I will say that it helps to constantly measure to make sure that you are doing it correctly.  It's turning out to be a pretty easy knit, but we'll have to see how the finished product looks!  This is a project that definitely requires blocking, even though the pattern doesn't mention the need to do this.
Good Luck and I hope to see some FOs!

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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2007 10:33:05 AM »

I have been eying this as well. This will be my first drops pattern and have a couple of questions...

If I did my math correctly, to make a medium 3/4 sleeve, I would need 14 balls of the eskimo yarn? (each ball is 50g I will need 700g)

Can anyone suggest alternative yarn options for the Drops Eskimo?

And then if I used a different type of yarn, how can I figure out how much I will need? In terms of yardage?

Thanks in advance!

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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2007 02:55:27 PM »

the consensus (from me stalking other drops jackets) seems to be taht the grams....is actually yardage?  even tho it says u need like 14 balls, people knitting a large only seem to need 10.  there are 2 gauge's and the eskimo is the chunky one.  people are subbing laines du nord softlight and rowan yorkshire tweed chunky (which is what i have).  the worsted one seems to be easier to gauge.  i might use all seasons cotton.a LOT of people are using malabrigo for the smaller gauge... im unsure what gauge or size to do because im a size 10ish and i dont know if the chunky is going to be HUGE and incredibly heavy on me cuz its pure wool...not to mention make me look like a tweedy truck.

lastly im editing the pattern (for my ease) and i came across something i didn't understand.  someone (eyeloveit?) maybe wanna take a crack at it?


Knit 2 rows of garter sts, and then 2 rows of Rib with 1 edge st and 2 K sts each side (seen from the RS) see explanation above.

this is under the back piece for the chunky version, which is the first/top one on the page.
« Last Edit: November 03, 2007 02:57:53 PM by kappatit » THIS ROCKS   Logged


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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2007 10:13:14 AM »

I decided to wing it and am going with Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends. The gauge came out OK for me on size 8 needles for the Silke Alpaca instructions. It seems a bit large for the back piece but I'm only an inch into it so we'll see.

Knit 2 rows of garter sts, and then 2 rows of Rib with 1 edge st and 2 K sts each side (seen from the RS) see explanation above.

I was a little confused with that line too but I did this:
Knit 2 rows garter sts.
Next row (RS): sl 1, worked the 2x2 rib starting with k2. I ended the row with k3 (2 for rib and the one extra edge st).
Next row (WS): sl1, worked 2x2 rib and ended with p3 (2 for the rib and one extra edge st).

My guess is that the first and last sts (which I slipped) will be used to seam.

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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2007 08:16:16 AM »

Do you slip 1 knitwise or purlwise?

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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2007 08:32:09 AM »

Do you slip 1 knitwise or purlwise?

I slip knitwise.
« Last Edit: November 05, 2007 08:32:26 AM by MAGENTABABY » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2007 08:24:09 PM »

thanks cvpham!  im continuing to edit the pattern for myself...i cant wait to see how yours progresses!!


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