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« on: July 10, 2008 05:20:45 PM »

I just finished the Ballet Pullover from IK Summer 2004.  This pattern is only slightly different than the Ballet t-shirt from Teva Durham's Loop-d-Loop book.  I own the book, but I liked that the IK version had a little smaller gauge, more size offerings, and longer sleeves.  This pattern is 4 years old, so it's nothing new, but I really love this top and wanted to share.  I love this so much (comfy, relatively flattering, and super easy to make) that I plan to make another in wool with full length sleeves for winter.


The center increases/decreases give this pattern much of its charm (IMO), so I think it's a little sad that they don't stand out as much as they would if I had used a solid colored yarn.

The yarn is a Cotton/Ramie blend rescued from a rather unattractive ribbed turtleneck found at a local thrift store.  For those of you who are as unfamiliar with ramie as I was, Wikipedia says that "Ramie has been around for so long that it was even used in mummy cloths in Egypt during the period 5000-3300 BC and has been grown in China for many centuries...Ramie is one of the strongest natural fibers. It exhibits even greater strength when wet. Ramie fiber is known especially for its ability to hold shape, reduce wrinkling, and introduce a silky lustre to the fabric appearance."  Pretty interesting, eh?

Other details: knit on size 11 Denise circulars with yarn held double.  Lenghtened body by approx. 2.5"
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2008 06:45:38 PM »

really nice, i like the color

« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2008 08:29:06 PM »

the color makes me think of a a tv gone fuzzy.. or snowy.. it very hypnotizing to look at.. the shape is very flattering
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2008 01:43:40 PM »

Do you have any idea where I can get this pattern?  I really really like it, but IK doesn't have the pattern or magazine for purchase.  I've looked on ebay, and no luck either.  Little help please!
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2008 04:22:30 PM »

Do you have any idea where I can get this pattern?  I really really like it, but IK doesn't have the pattern or magazine for purchase.  I've looked on ebay, and no luck either.  Little help please!

I sent you a PM, but in case anyone else is looking for this, I bought my copy of the magazine on ebay about a year ago.  There are some other good patterns in this mag, so if you can get your hands on a copy, it's probably worth the trouble.  You could check local libraries to see if they have back issues on hand.  If you can't find the magazine, this pattern is very similar to the ballet t-shirt in Teva Durham's Loop-d-Loop book.  The book also has some lovely patterns in it and might be worth the investment (or worth checking out at a library).  Amazon.com can have some really good prices on used items.

The gauge in the book is 10st/4", the magazine pattern is 12st/4".  You can easily cast on extra stitches if you need a larger size than what's printed in the book (the small size in the book has the same number of stitches cast on as the smallest size in the mag, and the larger size is the same number of stitches as the next size up).  There's also a couple extra bust decreases in the mag, longer sleeves (approx 3/4 length), and single crochet around the neckline to keep it from pulling.  Since it's knit from the top down, you could try it on and make adjustments, if needed.
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2008 10:16:35 AM »

This is nice

« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2008 12:11:32 PM »

Pretty! I know what you mean about the increases/decreases blending into the yarn, and it's too bad, but it fits you very nicely!

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