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« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2005 03:23:00 PM »

I have a question. I am in the process of my first sweater and I noticed the comment about knitting the sleeves at the same time. How would one do this? I guess I just can't quite wrap my brain around it.

Any suggestions?


Just cast on the number of st for one sleeve, knit across, and then with a new ball of yarn, cast on the number of st for the other sleeve. Knit away! Don't forget to change balls when you come to the end of a sleeve. (I hope that made sense Wink )

Congrats on starting your first sweater!

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« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2005 03:40:16 PM »

calico13- thanks for the help. I think I can figure that out. I'll have to try it, if I can ever get passed the front part.

thanks again,

« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2005 03:51:49 AM »

A great Knitty guide to sweaters of all kinds:

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« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2005 06:36:31 AM »

Oh it's been a long and winding road - I'm only about 1/2 way done with this sweater I began ages ago, but I have some PROGRESS! 

Let me say this - I guess you only learn by making mistakes.  Well, I've made plenty.  First of all, I had to confess that my begining piece (the front) just wasn't right - knit up the whole thing, and then it just looked wrong, fit wrong, and had structural problems... I didn't take into account the fact that the guage can change so much as you're knitting  I ripped out all I'd done and started over from scratch.  This time, I'm knitting the project as a circular raglan self-made pattern (based on proportions - a great tip I got from an article on knitty.com)  So far so good.  I swear, though, that this wool I'm using is getting tired of being ripped out and re-knit.  I think it will all rest well once I'm done and I can block the whole thing.

Sooo - the pics of the sweater in progress.  Remember, this is my first, so be gentle with me...
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« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2005 06:43:41 AM »

Ok, first, yay!  It's looking pretty good.  I got started on a couple sweaters, got frustrated and ended up making up my own first pattern as well!

Second, I wish there were an eye-brow-waggling smiley.  Closest I can get is the eye-popping one, but that isn't quite right.  I wish my husband knit so I could waggle my eyebrows at him...  *sigh*  A girl can dream.

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« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2005 06:47:12 AM »

i think that it looks faboo!  love the way you did the ribbing...nice style element.   Wink

(iirc, you are using the Elann wool?  that does so hate being ripped out...but wet blocking it is like magic)
« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2005 06:50:20 AM »

I like! It looks great! I am getting ready to knit my first tank, but I'm stil in the yarn shopping phase. The color is awesome. Are you still gonna add the stripe in somewheres?
« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2005 07:54:30 AM »

hey john -
it's lookin good, i'm especially fond of the pensive-sleeve-wearing picture. 
gauge is a trickly little beast, but at least with wool, you can block it and it really does even out a bit!
i've been working on a sweater since christmas, so the fact that you're making progress is impressive.  mine's knit in one piece, back and forth (in a small 2x2 ribbing) - it takes me about 20 minutes to finish one row, which is why i keep putting it down (i used to fancy myself a quick knitter, but this sucker is kicking my ass) 

so again, great job!  Smiley

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« Reply #28 on: March 23, 2005 09:41:16 AM »

The sweater is looking good!  And I agree the pensive sleeve shot is a classic!  A whole sweater............that is great!

Silly me, I am just working on a tank top and suffering a severe case of guage rage!  I am a tight knitter which means bigger needles......which as I have discovered means large holes to stretch and see through which means that I need to be sure the tank isn't too tight BUT my gauge is hardly consistent with the odd super loose stitch here and there.  So I try to lift the sagging stitch and if unsuccesful......I frog it.  At this rate, I am hardly getting anywhere especially when I had to correct a silly mistake that cost me six inches!!!!!   SIX!!!

My yarn is 25% wool and 75% cotton...........can I stop sweating the odd loose stitch?  I think I need a first garment support group!!!!! 


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« Reply #29 on: March 23, 2005 03:54:43 PM »

oh, i already thought you were cute from your avatar, but now i'm impressed with your skills too! yay for you for such great progress on your sweater! just make sure that when it is finished and you wear it, go somewhere that there are women. because guys would never compliment your sweater, but women will go, "oh what a nice sweater!" and you can say, "why thank you, i knit it myself!" and then they will gush over you and you will feel warm fuzzies. in fact, i'm having a minor warm fuzzy moment thinking about it right now because it makes me remember the first time i got a compliment on a garment i made.

sorry for the ramble! it's been a long day...

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