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chrislt8
02-01-2008, 05:09 PM
I finished my top down raglan - and have to admit I am pleased with how it came out :D This was my second sweater (first with sleeves) and I knit it based on The Knitting Fool Percentage Method (http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/topdown.cfm)

As others had noted, when you are on the "plus size" these percentages don't work all that great - but it was actually a perfect fit in the shoulders/yoke area. I had to split for the sleeves a LOT earlier than the pattern called for - but once I accepted that (involved frogging) and split it, everything worked out perfectly.

I used Plymouth Encore for yarn and just did it in simple stockinette so I could learn the construction without worrying about staying in a stitch pattern. Here are some pics (the one of it not being worn is the truest to its real color) - and thanks for looking :D

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Suziblues
02-01-2008, 06:55 PM
I REALLY like that! Nice work.
I'm also in the process of knitting my first sweater (adult). I knit in the round instead of following the pattern which knits front and back separte. Now I am trying to figure out the sleeve part.
YOU DID A GREAT JOB! :thumbsup:

The.Knitter
02-01-2008, 06:58 PM
Wonderful job and it looks really good on you. You did a great job figuring out the fit. Congrats to you! You should be really proud of this sweater.

chrislt8
02-01-2008, 07:27 PM
Thanks Suziblues and The.Knitter! I am proud of it - and Suziblues good luck figuring out the sleeve part. It (at least on mine) was easier than I though it was going to be :D

bethany
02-01-2008, 08:54 PM
Yay! It looks really great. Good for you figuring out about the sleeves! They look like a great fit! Nice work!

ah
02-02-2008, 12:47 AM
Looks like a great fit!

WandaT
02-02-2008, 08:01 AM
Congrats!! It's wonderful you could figure all that out. Making my first sweater is something I want to do this year.

sue in canada
02-02-2008, 09:34 AM
Great job, it looks really good on you.

nonny2t
02-02-2008, 09:50 AM
It looks terrific! You did a great job

dustinac
02-02-2008, 11:14 AM
:happydance: Looks great!! Great job :thumbsup:

Denise in Michigan
02-02-2008, 12:51 PM
Lovely!

knit2btied
02-02-2008, 01:23 PM
Fantastic work! I can't believe you were able to do all that guess work so perfectly!

chrislt8
02-02-2008, 08:57 PM
Thanks everyone - I appreciate the kind words :D

ArtLady1981
02-03-2008, 09:38 AM
Hi Chris! :waving:

Well done! I understand from your comments that you designed the sweater yourself...using basic top-down sweater principles? Yes?

It is a great basic sweater! You should be very proud of it! :thumbsup:
I've personally never been brave enough to do what you did!

chrislt8
02-03-2008, 02:30 PM
Thanks ArtLady - but I can't believe there is anything knitting related you've been afraid to try! This was really just basic knitting round and round and trying on at different points to be sure it was fitting - next I'll try one with a stitch pattern in it and figure out how to keep in pattern while increasing/decreasing...Think I'll be thanking goodness for KH help when I get to that!

ArtLady1981
02-03-2008, 10:15 PM
Thanks ArtLady - but I can't believe there is anything knitting related you've been afraid to try! This was really just basic knitting round and round and trying on at different points to be sure it was fitting - next I'll try one with a stitch pattern in it and figure out how to keep in pattern while increasing/decreasing...Think I'll be thanking goodness for KH help when I get to that!

Here a just a few things I have been reluctant ('fraid) to try:
1) socks (yup that's right...not one sock of any kind!)
2) gloves of any type
3) mittens
4) booties
5) entrelac (I tried garterlac...it kicked my butt)
6) Fair Isle (well I tried it...ack! can't get the tension right...gave up)
7) top-down original designs

I heartily admire all of the knitting I see here in Whatcha Knitting!
Very inspiring knitters!!!

Debkcs
02-04-2008, 01:29 AM
Very nice! There'll be no stopping you now, right? You'll soon have a whole closet full of beautiful sweaters. (At least, that's MY plan.)

KnittingNat
02-04-2008, 03:50 AM
Great fit :thumbsup:

chrislt8
02-04-2008, 02:15 PM
Thanks guys! :D And, yep, Debkcs - that's my plan! I'm tall so can never get sweaters that are long enough in the body & sleeves so decided I had to learn to make them myself LOL

ArtLady, socks are next on my list to conquer...hopefully...

knittingymnast
02-04-2008, 06:31 PM
that's pretty! i haven't enough courage to knit a sweater...lol

chrislt8
02-04-2008, 09:32 PM
Thanks knittinggymnast! And...go ahead an try a sweater, it is actually easier than I thought it would be, just takes more overall time because it's "bigger" :-)

dmknits
02-14-2008, 01:23 PM
Great job. Looks like it fits just right!

The.Knitter
02-14-2008, 01:36 PM
Here a just a few things I have been reluctant ('fraid) to try:
1) socks (yup that's right...not one sock of any kind!)
2) gloves of any type
3) mittens
4) booties
5) entrelac (I tried garterlac...it kicked my butt)
6) Fair Isle (well I tried it...ack! can't get the tension right...gave up)
7) top-down original designs

I heartily admire all of the knitting I see here in Whatcha Knitting!
Very inspiring knitters!!!


ArtLady: If I can knit socks, I am sure you can knit socks. It looks intimidating at first, but it is NOT. The hardest part really is turning the heel and if you have ever made a hood on a baby outfit, you can turn a heel. Booties it's the same thing. Easy! Booties are the same basic principle and technique as knitting socks only much smaller.

Do you knit in the round at all? If so, I urge you to try to knit socks. Use Silver's tutorial, its great and will guide you through step by step. Use Shandeh's joining technique (on YouTube) and before you know it you will have a sock in your hands and you will be saying "why did I wait so long?" AGAIN, IF I CAN, SURELY YOU CAN!!!

I warn you though, it is ADDICTIVE! Once you have knit one pair of socks you are going to want to knit them all the time.

Good luck! :hug:

chrislt8
02-14-2008, 04:53 PM
...Use Shandeh's joining technique (on YouTube) and before you know it you will have a sock in your hands and you will be saying "why did I wait so long?" AGAIN, IF I CAN, SURELY YOU CAN!!!...

The.Knitter-do you have a link or title to Shandeh's joining technique video? I tried searching for it on YouTube and couldn't find it. Just like ArtLady, socks are on my list of "must do soon"s :-) Thanks!

Jaxhil
02-14-2008, 05:14 PM
Wow, your sweater turned out really well! Very Nice!! :thumbsup:

chrislt8
02-15-2008, 09:14 PM
Thank you dmknits and Jaxhil - your kind words are appreciated!

Mariblue
02-16-2008, 12:52 AM
Oh, your sweater looks great, you did a fantastic job! :cheering:

chrislt8
02-16-2008, 01:10 PM
Thanks Mariblue - it was a very satisfying knit - learned a lot doing it and already planning my next :-)