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Jackie F.
04-07-2006, 03:14 AM
I cast on for this pink sweater on Monday afternoon and finished late Thursday. Aren't short sleeves much faster?! :happydance: 'Sorry for the fuzziness and bad lighting.

It's a pattern from the Spring issue of Cast On done in KP Sierra (Wild Rose color). This was a fun straightforward knit -- no crazy stuff. I did combined knitting on the 2x2 ribbing at the waist and hips. 'Seems to help, although it's not fluid IMHO. Then again, doing more than 1 inch of ribbing is torture to me no matter what method I use! :rollseyes: It's the constant moving back and forth with the yarn...

Now I'm going to continue working on the KP Sunset Pullover in KP Vacation (Ocean color). This yarn is very comfortable! So far I have just 3 inches of one sleeve done. :XX:

Andrea
04-07-2006, 04:30 AM
You started and finished in a DAY!? It looks absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Great job!!!!!!!! :cheering: :happydance:
It's beautiful!

Ronda
04-07-2006, 06:17 AM
:cheering:

catownedanna
04-07-2006, 06:49 AM
The top really looks great on you!

:cheering:

Ingrid
04-07-2006, 07:57 AM
Beautiful! It fits perfectly, too! :cheering:

kayeknit
04-07-2006, 07:59 AM
Wow! That is so beautiful! And it fits nicely, too. I cannot believe you knit it so fast. Wonderful! :thumbsup:

blueeyes28
04-07-2006, 08:30 AM
I am inspired I have to make that!!!! :shock:

gardenmommy
04-07-2006, 09:42 AM
Wow, you are a speed demon! How many cups of coffee did that project take? ;)

It's beautiful!

jamadian75
04-07-2006, 09:47 AM
:cheering: :cheering:
That is simply gorgeous!!

And it fits you just perfectly!

Where can I find out more about "combined knitting?" I have some ribbing coming up in a couple of projects and I'm always open to new techniques.

Danielle
04-07-2006, 10:00 AM
That is beautiful! Pretty color, too! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Amber
04-07-2006, 12:02 PM
Beautiful! Great color and it fits you perfectly!

rebecca
04-07-2006, 12:13 PM
:D Absolutely stunning :D And...WOW, u r a speed knitter :cheering:

KristiMetz
04-07-2006, 12:15 PM
Wow, that is beautiful. A very flattering design and I love the color. You did a beautiful job! Maybe someday I will be able to knit like that too.

Jackie F.
04-07-2006, 05:52 PM
:Where can I find out more about "combined knitting?" I have some ribbing coming up in a couple of projects and I'm always open to new techniques.

Here's a link to an earlier post that has internet sites on combined knitting including the NonaKnits one:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11638&highlight=

If you're doing 2x2 rib, you only need to change the first purl stitch to combined knitting. If you're doing 1x1 rib, change each purl stitch. Basically, you want to use combined knitting on the first purl stitch that follows a knit stitch in ribbing. This will help tighten up the loose knit stitch that precedes the combined purl stitch. I learned how to do this best from the NonaKnits link and watching Amy's KH videos on combined knitting which are under the knit and purl sections.

The above link to a previous post concerns only knitting in the round where there is no WS. If you're doing combined knitting for ribbing on straight needles, it's even easier because when you do the WS, you do the same exact thing as you did on the RS row. Only the very first row is different: on the first row you wrap the yarn clockwise for the first purl st the follows a knit stitch. The second row on, you add one more action to what you did on the first row: knit into the back loop of the twisted stitches (which were the purl stitches that you did clockwise on the previous row). It seems like a lot to remember, but after just a few rows, it will make sense. IMO it takes longer than regular ribbing, but is worth it if you have any prominent ribbing.

One more thing: when you get to the end of your ribbing, you'll need to quit wrapping your purl stitches clockwise and you'll need to correct the mount of your twisted stitches. If you have any kind of pattern on the first row after your ribbing, you'll need to make the last row of ribbing be correcting the mounts and not wrapping clockwise. If you have stockinette stitch, or something plain like it, on that first row after ribbing, you can correct the mounts and not wrap clockwise on the first stockinette stitch row.

I'm so wordy, aren't I?! Sorry! :blush:

Jan in CA
04-07-2006, 06:20 PM
It's a beautiful sweater!!

jamadian75
04-07-2006, 08:45 PM
I'm so wordy, aren't I?! Sorry! :blush:

Not at all!! This is my kind of information sharing - THANKS!! :D

dustinac
04-07-2006, 09:17 PM
:inlove: that is sooo pretty!!!! you did a great job :thumbsup:

Indygirl
04-08-2006, 10:55 AM
Love your sweater. It fits very nicely and you did a great job. :cheering:

knitterma
04-08-2006, 12:03 PM
How cute are you?!? Great job!

Mer
04-08-2006, 02:29 PM
Great job--it look so cute on you!

Cristy
04-08-2006, 04:04 PM
great job and it fits well! :)

tmsl
04-10-2006, 09:17 AM
WHAHHH!! I looked at every craft store and B & N this weekend and can not find a copy of this magazine.

Your sweater is BEAUTIFUL, I will persist and find a copy of this magazine..... :thinking:

Laura

sara_jayne
04-10-2006, 11:03 AM
Beautiful!

melissa.atkins
04-11-2006, 12:04 AM
Looks great!!!!!! :thumbsup:

How many skeins did you use? Which needle size? :thinking:

kemp
04-11-2006, 10:42 AM
Gorgeous! I need to put that on my list!

Angelia
04-11-2006, 11:32 AM
I absolutely love that sweater, and it looks just gorgeous on you!! :thumbsup:

itscryttle
04-11-2006, 02:10 PM
:inlove: :inlove: :thumbsup:

Jackie F.
04-11-2006, 05:01 PM
Wow, thanks everyone! :blush: I just really liked the pattern when I saw it in Cast ON. It's meant to be a close fit, but it's also forgiving because of the ribbing. The directions were very straightforward, which appealed to me. I had never knit anything top-down before until now.

Looks great!!!!!! :thumbsup:

How many skeins did you use? Which needle size? :thinking:

I ordered 6 skeins, but had enough left over to make a long sleeve shrug for my 15-month-old (see WIP pic below)and will still have a little bit left. When I wound the skeins into balls (Sierra actually comes in hanks), I found a couple of knots, so ended up with more than 6 balls. My point is, I unfortunately can't remember exactly how many skeins I used, but I'll guess at 4-5. I made the second to smallest size and went by the yardage given in the pattern (660?).

For those who are having trouble finding Cast On magazine: I found mine at either Michael's or AC Moore.

Tamar Dohel
04-12-2006, 05:08 AM
How pretty is that?!!!!!

tmsl
04-12-2006, 09:29 AM
Jackie,

I looked at Micheals and AC Moore to no luck and ended up ordering the issue from TKGA. Can you tell me the gauge stitches, needle size and the yarn used in the magazine? I plan to go to LYS this weekend and want to look for yarn while I wait for the magazine to arrive.

Thanks :thumbsup:

Laura

Jackie F.
04-12-2006, 02:51 PM
Jackie,

I looked at Micheals and AC Moore to no luck and ended up ordering the issue from TKGA. Can you tell me the gauge stitches, needle size and the yarn used in the magazine? I plan to go to LYS this weekend and want to look for yarn while I wait for the magazine to arrive.

Thanks :thumbsup:

Laura

No problem! :D Here are the specs:
Gauge: 14 sts & 18 rows = 4"/10 cm stockinette using US 10.5 circular. Needles: Sizes 10.5 (6.5 mm) 24" (60 cm) circular and 9 (5.5 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular. Size 9 (5.5 mm) dpns. Cable needle. Tapestry needle. Yarn: Catalina Baby Alpaca Chunky (http://www.catalinayarns.com/pages/babychunky/babychunky.html) (3.5oz/99g), 109 yd/100m, 100% baby alpaca: 5 (6, 7, 8] skeins #106 coral melange. Finished Measurements: Chest: 32 (36, 42, 47)" Length: 22.5, (24, 26, 27.5)"

Yarn notes: If you have trouble finding a similar yarn at your LYS or perhaps don't want to order the Catalina yarn used in the pattern, Knitpicks Sierra (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/yarn_Display.aspx?itemid=5420129) was a good substitute. My gauge was slightly different (15 sts & 20 rows), but with this pattern it didn't matter because I didn't mind allowing the size I chose to do be ever so slightly bigger. Also, it is SO WORTH IT to use the alpaca (or something with alpaca being the primary makeup) because it will be softer at the top of the sweater where the backs of the cables stretch over your collar bone and shoulder blades (the itch-prone areas).
Length: When knitting the bust area in stockinette st, check to see that it actually covers your bust before beginning the 2x2 rib. I had to do an extra inch.

tmsl
04-13-2006, 09:00 AM
:happydance: Thanks Jackie!!!!

nicolethegeek
04-13-2006, 03:54 PM
Absolutely amazing!!! A great top and less than a week of work! YAY!

CarmenIbanez
09-14-2006, 07:48 PM
Okay, so I have been trying the combined knitting to do the rib stitches. Here is my problem. I am doing a 1x1 rib, and with the combined, my knit stitches actually look more loose. I am wondering if you have tried this technique on a 1x1? I was really excited for great looking ribbing, but alas, it is worse than my normal knitting. The way I understand your post (and Nona's) on a 1x1 rib, on straight needles, I would basically wrap every purl stitch the wrong way. Then on subsequent rows, I would knit into the back loop of every knit stitch and continue to wrap the wrong way on the purls?

That is what I did anyway, and I am obviously not doing it right.

gimmesanity
09-14-2006, 08:09 PM
Holy smokes, girl, you're FAST. Wow.
The sweater looks perfect on you!!

jamiejeans
09-14-2006, 08:59 PM
its absolutely beautiful. I'm impressed! especially with the speed knitting. My hands are cramping just thinking about it!

Jackie F.
09-17-2006, 11:10 PM
...The way I understand your post (and Nona's) on a 1x1 rib, on straight needles, I would basically wrap every purl stitch the wrong way. Then on subsequent rows, I would knit into the back loop of every knit stitch and continue to wrap the wrong way on the purls?

That is what I did anyway, and I am obviously not doing it right.

That's correct. :thumbsup: I also had some trouble with the evenness of the stitches despite using combined method. This little trick helps (especially on 2x2 rib): after completing the clockwise purl stitch, tug your left needle forward and you right needle backward with your wrists at the same time.

kemp
09-18-2006, 09:07 AM
Really pretty and the shaping is perfect!