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Olha
07-20-2011, 03:22 AM
there are some more creations :)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6138/5956920002_ed3d0ca316.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6020/5956360175_59ff61dd07.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6140/5956359995_d780d2b8c0.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6025/5956361045_4276f20193.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6130/5956919402_79ed159ab6.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6023/5956920112_d903d9c525.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6010/5956360029_49e8ac1399.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6005/5956360079_6ed760549f.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6130/5956360861_155526d6b4.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6131/5956360135_f4a67983b3.jpg

salmonmac
07-20-2011, 04:45 AM
All your sweaters have wonderful designs and beautiful details. Well done! Thanks for posting the pictures.

Olha
07-20-2011, 07:20 AM
thanks! I will post some more as I go along with my two other projects.

auburnchick
07-20-2011, 09:23 AM
Wow! Those sweaters are awesome! You have some mad sweater knitting skills!!

Olha
07-20-2011, 09:44 AM
aw, thank you!

It took me some courage to post here after seing all the complicated things people make... these are easy... Unfortunatelly, I am 'pattern challenged' so I just can't make myself to follow one (the same goes for food recipes). But I love looking at pictures and 'stealing' some ideas. Are there other people who prefer to start with a skein of yarn and don't really know what they are making until it's done?

I would like to find a 'knitting without patterns' thread but of course with those keywords in the search I get pretty much every thread on this forum :)

Jan in CA
07-20-2011, 10:16 AM
You really do beautiful work! :inlove:

nonny2t
07-20-2011, 12:22 PM
I am sure the boys love them!:inlove:

Danisty
07-20-2011, 05:44 PM
I love them!

dreamsherl
07-20-2011, 06:40 PM
"I am 'pattern challenged' so I just can't make myself to follow one (the same goes for food recipes)."

That's great. I haven't lratned to knit without one. That goes for the cooking to.

Olha
07-20-2011, 08:57 PM
That's great. I haven't lratned to knit without one. That goes for the cooking to.

that would be my mom who is an advanced knitter and a good cook AND my teacher of both! :)

nannaknits
07-20-2011, 10:41 PM
Wow! I love them all, but I really love the vest. So nice.

auburnchick
07-21-2011, 02:04 PM
aw, thank you!

It took me some courage to post here after seing all the complicated things people make... these are easy...

I think that the longer you knit, the more you'll discover that people tend to knit certain things well.

I, for instance, am a sock knitter. They come easily for me. However, sweaters? That's another thing altogether. I'm petrified of them.

You do wonderful work. Don't doubt yourself. And, consider yourself fortunate that you can use patterns loosely. I'm a knit-by-the-lines kind of gal. I cannot improvise. That has proven difficult at times.

Give yourself a pat on the back. You're doing a great job!

Breezed
07-21-2011, 02:23 PM
Wow, every single one is just perfect looking. I wish I was that inspired and talented! Great work. Those are just wonderful.

Jaxhil
07-21-2011, 08:49 PM
You are so talented! I love all of these! Especially the gray one with the buttons..and the cream one!

ArtLady1981
07-29-2011, 05:57 PM
Oh my goodness...your work is priceless...and impeccable! I love this collection of sweaters for your son! Fantastic! I can't say enough! I am very impressed with your ability to pick up the stitches around the neckline! Perfection! It's always been a critical area, IMHO. (A pet peeve: bad or sloppy neckline pick-ups) Your work is wonderful.

Olha
07-29-2011, 07:19 PM
... your ability to pick up the stitches around the neckline! Perfection! It's always been a critical area, IMHO. (A pet peeve: bad or sloppy neckline pick-ups)

I am all blushing and smiling :) Thank you for your comments on my threads.

As per stitches around the neck, there are a few things that were discovered experimentally :) Say, I always do the 'slip first and purl last' edge stitch on all edges even for the neck line. However, sometimes it's better to knit the last to make this long stitch, not the twisted one. So the whole edge looks like a chain, like an edge stitch. Sorry, if it's confusing, I think I should make a video at some point :)

So usually, when picking up stitches I go under this edge stitch, leaving both loops on the wrong side. And I pick as many stitches as there are loops, that's it.

But just a few days ago I discovered a secret, sort of "reverse engineered" it from the sweater someone made for me as I was frogging it to make, ahem, a lilac sweater. It also had the same round "roll type" collar made with stockinette stitch (please, insert the proper name for it in the comments) :)

So, the stitches were picked up through the edge stitch, leaving one loop on the right side and one on the wrong side. So loop on the right side serves as 'padding' and leaves no holes, and the one on the wrong side looks like a line and doesn't stick out.

Lighting57
07-29-2011, 10:00 PM
Wonderful work. With skill like this who needs to follow a pattern?

MerigoldinWA
07-31-2011, 03:19 PM
I love your neck treatment on the first sweater, but my favorite is the ragg looking one with the button placket at the shoulder. Very rugged and masculine looking for a little outdoor boy. Simple but I love it.

Good work on all of them.

TreshaRuthe
08-01-2011, 11:09 PM
I've seen a few other items by you and your work is amazing, always, but I think you've outdone yourself on these sweaters. They are wonderful pieces and I'm sure your son will love them.

As for being someone to work without patterns, when it comes to crochet I definitely do that for most things as I have a hard time following a pattern too. (I often get lost in it, forget where I left off when I put it down, etc.) But as of yet, I don't know enough about knitting to be able to do that as much. Right now I'm working without a pattern on a kitchen hand towel that will button onto my apron. So, yes, there is someone else around here that likes to just see what comes off the hook... er.. needles.

Olha
08-02-2011, 11:34 AM
Very rugged and masculine looking for a little outdoor boy.

Isn't it funny when you make a 'grown up' outfit for a little one? I am a bit fed up with Doras and Diegos and Cars... but I also dislike 'sexy' outfits for little girls. Tacky! So this is my middle ground :)

aprilbetty
08-02-2011, 09:24 PM
Your work is beautiful! I am especially impressed with the v-neck vest. How old is your little boy?

Olha
08-02-2011, 09:56 PM
Thank you! He is two years and three months. He is very verbal for his age and when I dress him, he sometimes says something like 'wow, it's beautiful. mama knit it for me'. hearing something like that from his older sister who is 4.5 y.o. certainly helps. so it's definitely worth it :)

fatoldladyinpjs
08-05-2011, 11:13 PM
Okay, I'm dying to know what kind of buttons those are on the placket sweater and where you got them. That has so many possibilities for cardigan baby sweaters.

My knitting is mostly practical stuff like hats, mittens, etc. I detest patterns. I'm always losing my place in them or forgetting where I left off when I set it down. Yes, I know, printed patterns but I'm always losing them. I'm more of a tape measure type of knitter. I'll work through a pattern if it's something I really like, take measurements, write them down, and measure for the next thing I make from it.

I'll admit, I cheat. If a pattern is fairly simple and has directions for umpteen rows, I look at the knitting gauge. Okay, it says 16 rows per four inches that's four rows per inch. The pattern says to knit 10 rows. That's 2 1/2 inches. Knit a bit and out comes the tape measure. You reach the target zone and Eureka, you're there.

My typical adult mitten pattern goes something like this: k1,p1 ribbing for cuff for 3 inches, stockinette stitch for 2 1/2 inches, make opening for afterthought thumb, knit straight for 4 inches, 1/2 inch for the decreases. Total length from cast on to tip of mitten: 10 1/2 inches. Knit thumb for 2 1/2 inches. Done. I know it's crazy, but it works for me. My tape measure is my best friend.

Olha
08-07-2011, 09:36 AM
Okay, I'm dying to know what kind of buttons those are on the placket sweater and where you got them. That has so many possibilities for cardigan baby sweaters.


Well, they are not really buttons. I don't know the proper name... it's like a little decorative buckle. They are sewn on both sides and they lock together in the middle. They are useful if you don't want to have an overlap in the middle. I think JoAnn Fabrics might have something like that.

I got them here http://www.fabricville.com/notions.php :) it's just a local fabric store.

And depending on a baby, some might be interested in unbuckling them if they go all the way down the cardigan :)