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kemp
04-12-2005, 10:23 AM
Isn't this beautiful: http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/pdf_files/Interlocking_Cables.pdf

Hope I can knit that :XX: someday!

MrsBear87
04-12-2005, 10:35 AM
I don't know which would take me longer, knitting the sweater, or losing enough weight to wear it!

It is beautiful!

kemp
04-12-2005, 10:45 AM
;) It does look like it would take forever doesn't it??? Any idea how long...this is way beyone my current experience :shock:

KellyK
04-12-2005, 11:14 AM
I don't know which would take me longer, knitting the sweater, or losing enough weight to wear it!
:rofling: :rofling: :rofling: :rofling: :rofling:

I know whatcha mean!

ekgheiy
04-12-2005, 11:26 AM
Very Preeeetty!!! But WTF?? A six page pattern??? :shock: YIKES!!! That is the longest pattern I've ever seen. I printed it anyway though ... :mrgreen:

I'll probably never make it ... seems way too advanced for me, but hey ... I'm a pattern junky too :oops: ...

kemp
04-12-2005, 11:30 AM
I know...crazy long :doh: but it is sooooooooooooo nice! I would love for someone more experienced (Amy??? Anyone??? Bueler???) to comment on how long they think it would take. Maybe if I start now I can finish by winter??? That assumes of course, that I can figure out how in the heck to do it!

lisak
04-12-2005, 11:41 AM
I've seen that pattern before - It's so awesome! I :heart: it!! Although, I think it would take me a decade just to figure out the pattern...one day maybe. If any one decides to take this plunge, please keep us updated on how it goes!

ekgheiy
04-12-2005, 11:42 AM
I know...crazy long :doh: but it is sooooooooooooo nice! I would love for someone more experienced (Amy??? Anyone??? Bueler???) to comment on how long they think it would take. Maybe if I start now I can finish by winter??? That assumes of course, that I can figure out how in the heck to do it!

Yes ... Crazy-crazy long ...

I don't know about anyone else, but I get major-league discouraged when looking at this pattern. I could never wear it though ... my shoulders are too ugly :verysad:

oshnpashn
04-12-2005, 11:55 AM
Oh my gosh. Beautiful sweater, which now goes on my project list. :happydance: Who knows when I'll actually MAKE it, and I'll most likely be doing a lot of :wall: :frog: :?? !! If anyone decides to do this, let us know! You are brave.

cheesiesmom
04-12-2005, 01:10 PM
Eternity. It would take eternity. I can't even visualize the stitch combos. If you had someone knit it for you, it would probably cost thousands. I've downloaded it, too, just for something to aspire to. It would be a work of art.

Nuno930
04-12-2005, 01:58 PM
I don't like it... crazy I know. I mean I like it for the art and skill it would take... but I don't like the look of it. I do like the style of the sweater, minus all the cables.

benniesma
04-12-2005, 02:56 PM
It's gorgeous!

But YOINK! I got dizzy just looking at the pattern. I can't imagine knitting it! Ignoring the fact that my knitting skill is no where near a regular cable sweater.....I am super tall and I can't even start to think how I would lengthen the sleeves.

ekgheiy
04-12-2005, 03:15 PM
It would take me several days just to complete the guage swatch!!! I mean really ... a guage swatch of 60 sts and 52 rows AND 62 sts and 60 row!!!! This pattern single "handedly" explains why people don't like checking guage; :rofl:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
04-12-2005, 04:42 PM
yikes! scary!

amy
04-12-2005, 11:58 PM
This sweater is in my favorite free pattern links section; I love it! Actually, I think it would look BETTER on someone with a fuller figure. A generous bust & build would be great assets to this sweater! EK, how can you have ugly shoulders? Unless they're very scarred or extremely built up near the neck, like from professional swimming or something, I can't imagine not having nice shoulders. They don't have to look bony or anything, just, you know, round and flesh colored....?! I'm sure yours are fine!!!

You know, at first glance I thought, "Oh that's not so bad, all the cables are identical, so you do the same thing over and over throughout each round." But upon closer inspection, there are two different cable patterns that alternate to make up the body, which would add to how much you have to think while knitting it. Although it still wouldn't be as complex as it might seems when you're looking at the whole sweater at once. Mostly it's just knitting and purling! Cables get twisted maybe every 6 rows (I'm not reading the pattern, just approximating), and that would slow you down, but it doesn't require a tone of thinking on that round.

But there is the fact that the pattern changes dramatically in several places. .....It's not a walk in the park, that's for sure!

It's mostly on size 8 needles: that's as small as I'll work for an adult sweater, I don't like them to take forever and a day. This one is pushing it though, because the cables make it take more knitting to equal the same width, so it's like knitting a large sweater when you're a small size, in terms of how much knitting you have to do.

amy
04-13-2005, 12:08 AM
It would take me several days just to complete the guage swatch!!! I mean really ... a guage swatch of 60 sts and 52 rows AND 62 sts and 60 row!!!! This pattern single "handedly" explains why people don't like checking guage; :rofl:

I totally agree! I often wish pattern designers would get more creative in avoiding having us do these huge swatches "in pattern." EZ used to say to make a hat instead of a gauge swatch, when it's that involved, might as well get something tangible out of it, she'd just guess an approximate hat size, and knit it up in that pattern. She'd say "Well, it's bound to fit someone!" And you just give it to whomever it fits! LOL.

I wonder if there are other creative solutions. Seems to me that a pattern could say: start by making the sleeve (which is in pattern), and if you're not getting gauge, switch needle sizes! So what if the sleeve cuff is a bit loose or a bit tight! Do it on the other side to match, and you'd be good to go! ;) But that's a generalization, and wouldn't work with all styles of sleeves. What else could you do with the swatch?

Also, since that pattern is about half knit and half purl stitches, it seems like a sample in stockinette knit flat (half knit and half purl stitches) would have worked as a sample swatch to determine that you're knitting at correction tension. Correct? :?? Am I missing something? Yes, the knit and purls are alternated, so that can effect tension, but they're not alternated enough in this case to be too significant I'd think...rights? :?? Any thoughs?

beldaraan
04-13-2005, 12:41 AM
Actually, I think it would look BETTER on someone with a fuller figure. A generous bust & build would be great assets to this sweater!
I agree, but there's one problem. A woman with large breasts cannot go without a bra and strapless bras don't cut it when they have to hold a lot of weight {{ahem, cough cough}}

I absolutely love this sweater though. Hubby loves it too, which makes it tempting to bring out the heavy duty tape to hold "everything" in place if I were to ever make it.

feministmama
04-13-2005, 02:40 AM
I don't like it... crazy I know. I mean I like it for the art and skill it would take... but I don't like the look of it. I do like the style of the sweater, minus all the cables.

I'm not big on that off the shoulder look either. Too dramatic for my taste I guess. Maybe if you just showed some collar bone and it fit snuggly on the shoulders. Nice colors though and it actually looks good on the model. I would love to see someone attempt this. Hey maybe we could all knit it. Do about 6 inches then mail it to someone else and they do 6 inches and so on. Well, nah not really, we all knit different tensions and stuff, that wouldn't work, what am I thinking???? Actaully I was thinking about that project in Melanie Falick's Weekend knitting book where she says have a basket of different yarns and needles and when friends come over they take turns knitting a scarf. I think that's col. Whoa I am waaaay OT here, sorry. :doh:

knitwit
04-13-2005, 06:42 AM
I like it- would love to figure out how to do it- but have a slew of other things that I want to try first. Perhaps by the time I'm ready - they'll have found a way to not make the pattern 6 pages long.
Maybe one day :D

ekgheiy
04-13-2005, 10:07 AM
This sweater is in my favorite free pattern links section; I love it! Actually, I think it would look BETTER on someone with a fuller figure. A generous bust & build would be great assets to this sweater! EK, how can you have ugly shoulders? Unless they're very scarred or extremely built up near the neck, like from professional swimming or something, I can't imagine not having nice shoulders. They don't have to look bony or anything, just, you know, round and flesh colored....?! I'm sure yours are fine!!!
...

Yep ... they are scarred. :verysad: I scar EXTREMELY easily and the scars don't even think about fading over time. :evil: :cry: So you say it would fit on a full figure eh? Well ... my figure is VERY FULL indeed !!! If only I new how Mr. Jackson lightened his skin ... do they bottle that stuff, 'cause it sure as $h!7 ain't Ambii!!! :thinking: Put a little application here and there and I'd be SET ... full figure and all!! Watch out now! :rofling:

ekgheiy
04-13-2005, 10:19 AM
Actually, I think it would look BETTER on someone with a fuller figure. A generous bust & build would be great assets to this sweater!
I agree, but there's one problem. A woman with large breasts cannot go without a bra and strapless bras don't cut it when they have to hold a lot of weight {{ahem, cough cough}}

I absolutely love this sweater though. Hubby loves it too, which makes it tempting to bring out the heavy duty tape to hold "everything" in place if I were to ever make it.

That's not necessarily true ;). I know a lady who is a size 40HHH!!!! :shock: I didn't know HHH was bra size; I just thought it was the wrestler from WWE :rofling: Anyhoo - she has a strapless bra for her HHH's. Granted, she had to get it specially made. I think it sank her about $80 or so. But she also said she thought it was well worth the money because she never had a bra that comfortable. She told me she would continue to get her bras from this place depite the sharp price. I know another lady who is a 38DD (not nearly as ... voluptuous :oops: as HHH, but still FULL ;); she also bought a strapless from the same place and loves her ~$40 (?) strapless.

Egeria
04-13-2005, 02:08 PM
That is a beautiful sweater! I'm going to print the pattern in the hopes that 'someday' I'll be able to knit it.

As for strapless bras and all that why not get one with clear straps? They are pretty nice and work very well for me (not that I have a big chest but I do have dusky skin).

Just an idea!

beldaraan
04-13-2005, 03:35 PM
Well, I'll hold my opinion about strapless bras on reserve for a bit. I started going to a really nice bra shop this year, because I love the atmosphere of this place. Department stores and chains do not carry my size. I have always dreaded bra shopping until I went to this place, so my views "are" changing. So are hubby's views ;)

Anyway, I'll keep that in mind when I go there next. Umm, $40 to $80 is way less than what I paid for mine. The starting prices don't even go down that low in my size.

KellyK
04-13-2005, 04:12 PM
EKG & Beld, you're making yourselves sound like just two boobs with feet & heads attached! :shock:

amy
04-13-2005, 04:16 PM
EK, that's a bummer about your scars. I used to get pimples on the sides of my shoulders and have lighter colored specks from scars they left, but I'm so pale that it's not that noticable, so I don't worry about it. ....I don't know, what is that stuff that Michael Jackson used?? Man, I miss MJ the black man, remember him? He used to be good looking. :( Such a Bummer.

I don't know what kinds of large bras are possible, but I've seen off the shoulder stuff on voluptuous women before, and I think it's a fabulous, sexy look!

Feministmama, I love that idea in that book, too! I should set up a basket like that in my house, where friends can contribute to knitting the scarf. It would turn out so original and special! Reminds me of a woman I know who created a whole shawl by having strangers knit a stitch in it, even people who'd never knit before. She says, people would stop her in town and ask "How's our shawl coming?" Such a cool idea!

ekgheiy
04-13-2005, 05:05 PM
EKG & Beld, you're making yourselves sound like just two boobs with feet & heads attached! :shock:

STOP!! :rofling: You're going to make my co-workers suspicious if you keep me in stitches like this.... :rofling:

beldaraan
04-13-2005, 06:08 PM
Well, Kelly, you have seen me before (last night I think?). Do you think I look like 2 boobs with head and feet attached?

KellyK
04-13-2005, 06:11 PM
No....you are two boobs with feet, head, arms and a 1.5 year-old little boy attached.

Actually, I couldnt see your boobs....that leads me to believe that they arent THAT huge.

Should we start a different thread for BOOB CHAT?

Nuno930
04-13-2005, 09:32 PM
No....you are two boobs with feet, head, arms and a 1.5 year-old little boy attached.

Actually, I couldnt see your boobs....that leads me to believe that they arent THAT huge.

Should we start a different thread for BOOB CHAT?

HEY! How did you see her :??

KellyK
04-13-2005, 09:36 PM
Yahoo Messenger + Webcam

Hildegard_von_Knittin
04-13-2005, 10:20 PM
I wonder if it would work with a bra with those clear straps? I use those when i wear a tank top and they're not noticable. Maybe you could knit it and add some knitted straps (but that might make it look extra-80s)

eggplant
04-14-2005, 01:35 PM
Well, call me crazy, but for people who want to make the beautiful sweater, but don't want their shoulders to show, why couldn't we just design some matching shoulder-coverage-sections and attach them to the sweater?

I've seen it done before with tops that have a very wide boatneck (spanning the entire shoulder area from shoulder-point to shoulder-point), where some triangular sections fill in the neckline on top of the shoulder -- these were designed into the garment, not added on later. It can give a very attractive neckline that still maintains the design line from shoulder to shoulder, but offers a little more coverage.

In this case, if the shoulder-coverage triangles were in stockinette stitch, they would lay flat on the shoulders, and the cables would still take center stage.

Of course, adding them on would depend on how people felt about sewing. Definitely something you would want to pin into position first to get the fit just perfect.