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yuyay
02-03-2008, 04:33 AM
Here is my first sweater and first successful attempt at following a pattern! I'm really happy with it. It's Amy Swenson's Emerald (http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTemerald.html) in Misti Alpaca Chunky in Copper Melange. It's so soft. It's a bit droopy and heavy for the pattern but I love it anyway! I especially love the cabling between the raglan decreases.

Click photo to see it larger.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2095/2232335080_b8579e02ea.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/23344761@N07/2232335080/)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2177/2232335078_3f2398702d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/23344761@N07/2232335078/)

And here is the shoulder detail.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2179/2232300654_664a45a182.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/23344761@N07/2232300654/)

And here's the button. I couldn't find one big enough so I bought a wooden spoon and made my own. :)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2224/2232310872_241c3b9cdf.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/23344761@N07/2232310872/)

The.Knitter
02-03-2008, 08:23 AM
That is a gorgeous sweater. You did a very good job on it! Great work. Congrats!

sue in canada
02-03-2008, 08:51 AM
That looks fantastic. Great job.

ritaw
02-03-2008, 09:02 AM
Beautiful! And it looks lovely on too :)

ArtLady1981
02-03-2008, 09:03 AM
WOW!:passedout:
I just love this sweater! And, THE BUTTON is to die for! I've had the same problem...can't find BIG BUTTONS! How did you make a button out of a spool?
And, you mean an empty wooden thread spool? Where did you find the spool?

Now I'm gonna have to add another pattern to my queue!
BTW: I like your sweater better than the blue one shown on the model! Something about your yarn makes it look nicer!

Thanks for sharing all the detailed photos, too!

yuyay
02-03-2008, 10:33 AM
Thanks everyone!

Artlady, I think the sweater drapes differently because of the Alpaca so it hugs the body better. I prefer it that way. It's a trade-off though because it droops more, too.

As for the button, I used a wooden spoon, not a spool. ;) Anyway, all I did was cut off the handle, cut out a bit more to round it off and then switched to a very coarse sand paper to round it off and then a fine one to smooth it out. A couple of drill holes, and, voila!

GiddyKnitter
02-03-2008, 10:38 AM
You are so clever!!!
I just love the jacket and I want one NOW!!
I too think yours looks better than the one shown on the pattern...yours appears softer and the colour is lovely x

ArtLady1981
02-03-2008, 10:43 AM
Oh! Gotcha! A wooden SPOON! :doh:

Wonderful idea!!!

auburnchick
02-03-2008, 10:48 AM
I just LOVE this sweater! :inlove: The color is wonderful, and I love what you did for the button! So creative!!!

dustinac
02-03-2008, 11:19 AM
:inlove: I love it...it looks great...and I would have never thought to use a spoon :yay:

bethany
02-03-2008, 11:30 AM
YOU ARE A GENIUS! That sweater is beautiful! From pattern to color to draping, but that you made that button too...VERY COOL! If I knew where your closet was I'd steal it. ;) Because I know if I try to make this it just won't be the same...Very nice work!

** I just looked at the original on Knitty--I like your colorway and button so much better...you need to submit a pic to them!

Jan in CA
02-03-2008, 02:18 PM
Wow is that pretty!!:thumbsup:

Debkcs
02-03-2008, 02:24 PM
That really is nice, and looks great on you. I'm impressed that you made the button as I never would have thought of using a wooden spoon and power tools.

Slim
02-03-2008, 05:50 PM
BTW: I like your sweater better than the blue one shown on the model! Something about your yarn makes it look nicer!
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Me too! Your's drapes much better. What a gorgeous sweater!

knitgal
02-03-2008, 06:02 PM
That is absolutely GORGEOUS! The colour is lovely too. I've been coveting that Misti Alpaca for months- what a great sweater for it.

knit2btied
02-03-2008, 07:30 PM
All I can say is Wow! That is impressive! I loved the sweater in the pattern, but I like the drape of yours better. Far less chunky looking.

Anyway, great job!

WandaT
02-04-2008, 08:34 AM
Congrats!!!! It looks awesome! And your button is way cool! What a unique idea!

Eccie
02-04-2008, 08:46 AM
Great job, it look terrific!

yuyay
02-04-2008, 09:41 AM
Thanks everyone!

ArtLady1981
02-04-2008, 11:01 AM
I just have to say it again! Your sweater should have been the model sweater! The model sweater looks so stiff and chunky. Kinda clunky.

Yours is divine.

I printed the pattern this weekend, and I will use a yarn similar to yours! I am glad you paved the way for me! :happydance:

yuyay
02-04-2008, 12:12 PM
I just have to say it again! Your sweater should have been the model sweater! The model sweater looks so stiff and chunky. Kinda clunky.

Yours is divine.

I printed the pattern this weekend, and I will use a yarn similar to yours! I am glad you paved the way for me! :happydance:

:aww:
Thanks!

astonh
02-04-2008, 01:06 PM
OMG! THAT is a GORGEOUS sweater. You did a beautiful job on it and I LOVE that color! WTG!!!!

GinnyG
02-04-2008, 04:31 PM
Just LOVELY! Great idea with the button!

knittingymnast
02-04-2008, 06:33 PM
that is just gorgeous! it reminds me on a penny..

rosefields
02-04-2008, 08:12 PM
:heart: Love, love, love it!!:heart:

gal51
02-04-2008, 08:32 PM
very nice - I :heart: it ... I especially love your ingenuity at making the buttons :)

Knit4Fun
02-04-2008, 09:45 PM
The color is very pretty and it turned out wonderfully! :inlove:

ah
02-10-2008, 02:38 PM
Great sweater! It looks very comfy and warm.

scout52
02-10-2008, 05:49 PM
:cheering: :cheering: I love it!!

dmknits
02-20-2008, 02:56 PM
Beautiful sweater! Great job! :thumbsup: