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Samsam
12-26-2007, 10:03 AM
Hi, does anyone want to knit Dahlia (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTdahlia.html) with me? I fell in love with it when the issue came out and I received yarn to make it in for christmas..and I'm all ready to start! This will be my first real fitted piece so I'm being really careful and knitted some swatches. I'm using Knitpicks Main Line in Wedgewood which is a really lovely blue. It's so soft and lightweight. I'm making the size small and using the suggested needle size to start. So join along =)

knitwit628
12-26-2007, 10:42 PM
I fell in love with the pattern too when I saw it! Very beautiful. :)

I wish I could join you, but I am currently working on other projects. I did receive a gift card to my favorite yarn shop this Christmas and would love to join you once I buy the yarn. I am thinking about buying Cascade 220 (yarn suggested) in a teal color maybe... Well, keep us updated and I'll join you when possible!

*KnitPixie*
12-26-2007, 11:56 PM
I would love to join but I am a VERY slow knitter due to a rheumatoid condition:aww: I'd feel bad for little progress pics so I wouldnt feel right joining but the shirt is adorable:wink:

Samsam
12-27-2007, 01:17 PM
This pattern is quite tricky, I keep recasting on. I must practice the stitches it uses throughout or I'll keep frogging when I get to a part I'm having trouble with!

knitwit, oh teal would look so nice =) join whenever you can.

KnitPixie, It's okay this is going to go real slow for me too. I keep thinking about the song Hey There Dahlia, in the chorus when it says "It's what you do to me"...driving me crazy that's what.

*KnitPixie*
12-27-2007, 02:58 PM
This pattern is quite tricky, I keep recasting on. I must practice the stitches it uses throughout or I'll keep frogging when I get to a part I'm having trouble with!

knitwit, oh teal would look so nice =) join whenever you can.

KnitPixie, It's okay this is going to go real slow for me too. I keep thinking about the song Hey There Dahlia, in the chorus when it says "It's what you do to me"...driving me crazy that's what.
I love that song and the shirt lol although I think the name in the song was delilah not dahlia but who cares anyway right?!:teehee: I may join you but when I say slow I mean like a turtle, it took me two months off and on to knit a pair of worsted weight socks:/

knitwit628
12-27-2007, 06:37 PM
it took me two months off and on to knit a pair of worsted weight socks:/

Don't feel bad! I am still knitting my first pair of socks and I've been working on them since July. :teehee: But I have been super busy and made a mistake when grafting my second sock... so they are on hold right now.

Yep, I have blue eyes so teal looks really pretty on me :). I hope knitting the shirt goes well for me once I start it, since I haven't knitted a shirt before. This will definitely be a challenge!

Samsam
12-27-2007, 10:41 PM
I love that song and the shirt lol although I think the name in the song was delilah not dahlia but who cares anyway right?!:teehee: I may join you but when I say slow I mean like a turtle, it took me two months off and on to knit a pair of worsted weight socks:/

No wonder I couldn't find the song on itunes..been spelling it wrong :doh:

Well socks are hard..I should know, I've been knitting the heel flap for quite sometime too on the one's I'm making.

Samsam
12-27-2007, 10:42 PM
Don't feel bad! I am still knitting my first pair of socks and I've been working on them since July. :teehee: But I have been super busy and made a mistake when grafting my second sock... so they are on hold right now.

Yep, I have blue eyes so teal looks really pretty on me :). I hope knitting the shirt goes well for me once I start it, since I haven't knitted a shirt before. This will definitely be a challenge!

We can face this challenge together then..it'll be a load of firsts.

*KnitPixie*
12-27-2007, 11:14 PM
No wonder I couldn't find the song on itunes..been spelling it wrong :doh:

Well socks are hard..I should know, I've been knitting the heel flap for quite sometime too on the one's I'm making.
If it helps the song is called "Hey there Delilah" by the Plain White Tees:thumbsup:
Umm ..I will have to think on it a lil more but I think I may join you on this knit along since it will be alot of firsts for all of us;)

knitwit628
12-28-2007, 02:08 PM
hmm.... now that I think about it Cascade 220 might not be such a great idea. I would like to wear this shirt in the summer too, and it can be very hot and humid where I live. So, 100% wool may not be such a great idea. And I would like to buy a machine washable yarn, if possible. Whenever I decide to buy yarn for this project I think I'll ask my LYS to recommend a different yarn for around the same price. A soft cotton maybe? And in the winter I can just layer a t-shirt underneath when it gets cold.

robynbird
12-28-2007, 05:00 PM
This is super cute! My daughter would look adorable in it. Hmmmm...I have some pretty purple cotton that would work great...I may just jump aboard this KAL...although I have to finish up a couple things first. I should be ready to go after the 1st. :)

Knit Princess
12-28-2007, 05:34 PM
Hi everyone! I'm thinking about joining as well, but since I live in Florida - wool will not work for me. :fingerwag: Do you think a worsted weight cotton would work?

Also, I am fairly new to knitting, so this would be my first KAL, first sweater, first knitting in the round.....hmmm, maybe I should think about this a little more. :)

Samsam
12-28-2007, 08:53 PM
Yes cotton would work lovely for this everyone!

The yarn I'm using its 75% cotton and 25% wool. It'll be perfect for spring and summer. It's a hand wash only yarn though, but I'm willing to take care of it. Wouldn't want the washing machine to eat it :teehee:

You're right about layering knitwit. I think I would do that and wear a tank under it like in the second picture.

Samsam
12-28-2007, 08:55 PM
If it helps the song is called "Hey there Delilah" by the Plain White Tees:thumbsup:
Umm ..I will have to think on it a lil more but I think I may join you on this knit along since it will be alot of firsts for all of us;)

Thanks!

*KnitPixie*
12-29-2007, 02:01 AM
Thanks!
Your Welcome:wink:

robynbird
12-30-2007, 02:22 PM
I'm going to use Cascade Luna in Pink for this. I showed my daughter a picture of it and she loved it. Pink is her color. :)

Knit Princess
01-01-2008, 01:36 AM
Ok, so I cast on for this project, and already have a question...:aww: In row 2, it says to "K to marker, RLI, slip marker, LLI" Does that mean that I'm supposed to make both increases into the same under-stitch? If I do that, it makes a hole underneath. :??

Oh, and by the way I'm using Lily Sugar'n Cream in Yellow and my new (Christmas present) KP options in the recommended size. :thumbsup:

Samsam
01-01-2008, 12:27 PM
Ok, so I cast on for this project, and already have a question...:aww: In row 2, it says to "K to marker, RLI, slip marker, LLI" Does that mean that I'm supposed to make both increases into the same under-stitch? If I do that, it makes a hole underneath. :??

Oh, and by the way I'm using Lily Sugar'n Cream in Yellow and my new (Christmas present) KP options in the recommended size. :thumbsup:

I think the pattern describes the increases strange. It says to pick up the stitch below but it's really supposed to be the "leg" I think. Here's a site that displays it better here (http://www.domiknitrix.com/howtos/pairedraised.cfm).
otherwise it would seem to be wrong :??

I did think I did it wrong too but it's looks like a cross stitch with it very ugly. :eyes: good luck I don't know about you but I think this pattern is quite hard with it's fancy increases and m1's off the cast on edge...off to try again.

Knit Princess
01-02-2008, 10:55 PM
Thanks so much for the link. After watching the little animation, I noticed that the Dahlia instructions specify to "pick up the stitch 2 rows below the last stitch on the right needle." The Domiknitrix just shows her going one row below... Maybe that's why it seems to pull so much.

I have been knitting into the back of the stitch, as that seems to be how the stitch naturally falls, and I think is also what the Domiknitrix link shows. Is that what you're doing?

I agree - this is harder than I thought it would be too. So glad that we have a group to work with! :grphug:

Knit Princess
01-10-2008, 07:50 PM
Ok, so i've restarted this a few more times, and thanks to Suzeeq's suggestion, am making progress. She recommended doing the RLI, LLI increases in reverse order, as in "K to marker, LLI, slip marker, RLI". Soooooo much better! :thumbsup:

mom2hancj
01-11-2008, 11:52 AM
I am gonnna join you all! this is a beautiful top and I have been wanting to knit something for myself. I have some nice yarn but it is dk weight. Do I have to use worsted? Or maybe I could truly double knit it. I probably have something else I could use too but this sagey/olivey green would be perfect.

Samsam
01-11-2008, 04:45 PM
I'm sorry knit princess I wasn't a good kal question answer person =/
I honestly have this project on hold because of school work..I hope to start it again after mid terms. I don't understand how to do the increases, next week I'm meeting with a knitting teacher so hopefully I'll have her explain to me. You're brave.

mom2hancj: If you work out a gauge swatch you can use any yarn (within reason of course). You could use your yarn single stranded on a smaller needle or double on a larger one. The amount you cast on and number of stitches will be different. Good luck to you!

Knit Princess
01-11-2008, 09:14 PM
mom2hancj, WELCOME!!!! :cheering: Like SamSam says, I think that as long as you can get gauge, you should be able to use the yarn you want. Olive would be so pretty!

SamSam, don't apologize, we're all in this together! Your link to the domiknitrix was very helpful in figuring out the increases. It really helps to do them in reverse. I hope your tests go well! Crossed Fingers

Knit Princess
01-29-2008, 11:23 AM
:waah: :waah: :waah:

I got 46 rows done....and didn't do the last m1 on each row 6, so I had 29 stitches on one side and 24 on the other. I had to frog back more than halfway to get them even. :frog:

I can't believe what a dumb mistake that was!

Samsam
01-29-2008, 05:02 PM
:waah: :waah: :waah:

I got 46 rows done....and didn't do the last m1 on each row 6, so I had 29 stitches on one side and 24 on the other. I had to frog back more than halfway to get them even. :frog:

I can't believe what a dumb mistake that was!

aw I'm sorry! :(

I've put this project on hold until I can meet with my knitting teacher (she was unable to meet the last two months unfortunately)

Rainny
02-08-2008, 06:09 PM
Well I took a sweater top down class, and I hate hate what I am almost done making. I am also going to run out of the wool for it before its done. The wool was a xmas gift and I love it I just cant stand what I have turned out for the class. I know if I continue this I will never wear it.

Low and behold while surfing I found this KAL. I love love this pattern and its very much something I will wear. I am going to frog back the current one and start this one.

I think I will do like someone suggested and switch the increases too.

Rainny

Knit Princess
02-09-2008, 07:08 PM
Welcome Rainny!!! So glad to hear you're joining!

I've gotten only so far on mine. (see post above about frogging). here's a pic:

Knit Princess
02-09-2008, 07:12 PM
Maybe I attached it correctly this time?

Rainny
02-09-2008, 09:18 PM
Thanks Knit Princess. I cast this on yesterday afternoon and have 2 repeats of increase rows to go before joining it all. Its the purl rows that get to me . I am using some super soft merino and its very slippery on my needles(Boyes). If I had wanted to wait I would have gone and bought some bamboo needles which I much prefer. But everyone knows the story, gotta do it right now....lol I will try to take a picute tonight and post my progress so far.

Rainny

Rainny
02-10-2008, 11:03 PM
Well I finally got to the end of my rounds tonight. But.... :gah: I only had 77 stiches on one armhole and 76 on the other. My fronts and back were ok. I decided not to frog, and on the last row of purl before joining I did the needed increases at the increase lines.

I joined the round and was going to take a picture of it. I was laying it out on the bed when I noticed...... :grrr: I had twisted my stitches on the front CO ones. Ack oh well its not far to tink back, just from the armhole.

I will do a few round of stockinette tonight. Tomorrow I think I will start the sleeves first. Do those then the rest of the body part. This way I know I will have enough yarn. I will most likely just keep going on the body till I am all out of it.

I will post a pic later this week after I upload to the computer.

Rainny