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Arielluria
05-18-2007, 09:54 AM
I changed my mind, I'm now doing this one.....from pg 5 (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showpost.php?p=874243&postcount=43)
;)



I saw this, and thought it would be a quick knit and fun to have for the summer.........of course my temps in S. TX are already around 80, so I'm a little late, but for most of you it might be just in time. :D

It's the Latoya from Berroco (free pattern)
http://www.berroco.com/images/exclusives/am/latoya/latoya_op.jpg

http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/latoya/latoya.pdf

I'm not sure I LOVE this one. I like the detail at upper left chest but the uneven wonky hem looks like a knitting mistake!

I'd consider others, if you know of any. I personally want thick straps so bra straps don't show through.

lissalue
05-18-2007, 10:02 AM
i will join too! although, i am with you on the uneven hem thing. i don't mind the detail at the top being off center, i think it looks pretty, but stuff that looks off like that bothers me. i will look around and see what i can find. :out:

suzeeq
05-18-2007, 11:46 AM
You could always adapt the lower part and knit it straight.

ArtLady1981
05-19-2007, 04:44 AM
I actually like the asymmetrical hemline...and I don't usually like the uneven style of knitting that VOGUE is plastering all over the place.

I think the asymmetrical hemline takes the eye away from the details on the 'chest' enough to make the whole thing look rather balanced.

lissalue
05-19-2007, 09:00 AM
The more I have looked at it, the more it has grown on me, but it doesn't come big enough for me. Isn't that how it usually happens? :shrug:

Lyndalm
05-20-2007, 11:03 AM
I actually have started this, and have finished the back. I'm now working on the front. The asymetrical detailing at the bottom took a few reads to understand, but I think I've got it. I'm about 3 inches up on the front. So, *let's get knitting people!!!*:cheering::happydance:

Carla1019
05-20-2007, 11:28 AM
http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/kms-tankTop.html


I don't want to step on any toes, :poke:but here is the summer I just started on. If anyone want to do that one?

suzeeq
05-20-2007, 11:59 AM
The more I have looked at it, the more it has grown on me, but it doesn't come big enough for me. Isn't that how it usually happens? :shrug:

There's a couple ways to make it larger -- one is to knit the largest size on larger needles.

The other way is to look at the pattern and figure how the sizes run. The difference in stitches between sizes is 8-10, the exact number has to work with the rib and cable stitch pattern. So to go up 1 size from the largest, CO 115, work the first row as - Knit 35, pm, work R 1 of rib pat over 45 sts, knit to end. The rib pattern is centered in the back. Then follow the pattern all the way up including the shaping nstructions. Keep 8 or 10 sts for the straps and BO the rest of them along the neckline. Do the same for the front, adjusting the number of stitches along the side panels for a larger size.

sue

Lyndalm
05-20-2007, 04:07 PM
Carla, that's a pretty one! How far are you?

kristinw
05-20-2007, 06:28 PM
It isn't a free pattern, but I'm going to start ChicKami (http://www.chicknits.com/catalog/chickami.html) soon. The pattern comes with several variations - skinny or wide straps, shaping or no shaping. And I love that it is knit in the round.

Carla1019
05-20-2007, 09:58 PM
Lyndalm, I have only done about 4 in. of the back. I am kniting it with yellow (Buttercup)Microspun yarn. So far I love the yarn and the pattern.

I have not had time to knit that much. I'm in a "spring cleaning mode" right now. Better to it while I have time. My son just graduated from HS. So he is home helping me. then this summer I will be doing Art camps, plus vacation. Then a Full tummy tuck. Where I am hoping to do a lot of knitting..=)

Kristinw.. I like that pattern, I book mark it to maybe make later.

lissalue
05-21-2007, 08:35 AM
There's a couple ways to make it larger -- one is to knit the largest size on larger needles.

The other way is to look at the pattern and figure how the sizes run. The difference in stitches between sizes is 8-10, the exact number has to work with the rib and cable stitch pattern. So to go up 1 size from the largest, CO 115, work the first row as - Knit 35, pm, work R 1 of rib pat over 45 sts, knit to end. The rib pattern is centered in the back. Then follow the pattern all the way up including the shaping nstructions. Keep 8 or 10 sts for the straps and BO the rest of them along the neckline. Do the same for the front, adjusting the number of stitches along the side panels for a larger size.

sue


thanks for this. i actually would need to make it two sizes bigger. i am a very busty gal. :oops::teehee: so, i will just find something else. it is no big deal. looking now. i will let you know what i find. :muah:

itsjustmeghan
05-21-2007, 12:51 PM
hey all! mind if i join you?:oo:
i tried starting a knit along for this tank top http://www.ohmystars.net/craft/knitting/prazorcami.html
but didn't have any takers, :pout: so i thought i'd join you instead.
i like having people to check in with on my projects so i finish them!

i ordered some KP shine for it in hydrangea and orchid. should be here on wednesday or thursday. :thumbsup:

REVS
05-21-2007, 02:16 PM
Ooooohhh, a KAL for Latoya! :inlove: When I first saw that in their weekly email I fell in love. I really want to join you all, but I have a couple of things I need to finish first. Will you all still be here in a couple of weeks? Please!?!


I actually have started this, and have finished the back. I'm now working on the front. The asymetrical detailing at the bottom took a few reads to understand, but I think I've got it. I'm about 3 inches up on the front. So, *let's get knitting people!!!*:cheering::happydance:

Lyndalm, what yarn are you using? I've been looking at several LYS's around me and none carry the Berroco Love It... :pout:
If this is what you are using, where did you get yours?
Thanks much!

Lyndalm
05-22-2007, 09:49 AM
Ssshhh, I'm on a yarn diet, and am using some pink acrylic from. . . . *whispering extremely quietly* Walmart. Ssshhhh.

marykz
05-22-2007, 11:10 AM
It isn't a free pattern, but I'm going to start ChicKami (http://www.chicknits.com/catalog/chickami.html) soon. The pattern comes with several variations - skinny or wide straps, shaping or no shaping. And I love that it is knit in the round.

I just bought this pattern!! I'm excited about it. I'm thinking of using Cotton Ease and doing the wide strap version. (but it is not going to get started until this summer...)

What do you think you are going to do?

RuthK
05-22-2007, 11:41 AM
I'd love to join in with a different top, if that's all right! I'm planning on doing the ballet camisole (http://www.magknits.com/July06/ballet.htm) from MagKnits, if I can ever get gauge... who knew I was a loose knitter? This will be my first fitted anything.

kristinw
05-22-2007, 12:06 PM
I just bought this pattern!! I'm excited about it. I'm thinking of using Cotton Ease and doing the wide strap version. (but it is not going to get started until this summer...)

What do you think you are going to do?

Yay! :cheering: What brand is Cotton Ease? I was looking at some of the KnitPicks cotton. I definitely want a cotton blend of some sort. I am going to do the wide strap version with shaping. I'm too old for the skinny strap one! :teehee:

marykz
05-22-2007, 12:33 PM
Yay! :cheering: What brand is Cotton Ease? I was looking at some of the KnitPicks cotton. I definitely want a cotton blend of some sort. I am going to do the wide strap version with shaping. I'm too old for the skinny strap one! :teehee:

oops- it is Lion Brand- it is a cotton acrylic blend- I got it at Michael's for 3.99/skein. the new colors for the cotton ease are pretty soft blues, light greens, terra cottas.... I'm thinking I have enough of the light blue. and I want to hide the bra straps etc with the wide straps.... I've got to finish a Monica, a couple hand towels, and sew some goodie bags for my daughter's birthday first.... I'm thinking I'll get started in mid-June. I only have about a week and a hlaf to get the stuff done for my daughter's party- ACK! she will be five, and she has definite ideas of how things should be done! :roflhard:

kristinw
05-22-2007, 12:37 PM
I'll have go take a look at that yarn. The colors sound nice. And I hate my bra straps to show too. I think I will be starting around the same time! That will work out well. I'll be sure to check out that yarn before then. Have you ever used it before?

marykz
05-23-2007, 02:11 PM
the new colors are really pretty- I've swatched it, but not made anything yet. if you look at Lion Brand's website- most of the patterns there are for the old discontinued colors. (brights) you would think they would update the patterns, but there you go. my swatch is going in the wash with the next load of delicates, so I'll let you know what happens. :)

sittenknitten
05-29-2007, 10:45 PM
I'm getting ready to start Wicked in 1824 cotton, so I'll join in. A short sleeved cotton sweater (I'm skipping the pocket, I have enough bulk in that area all on my own) will be a nice addition for those chilly mornings.

Shandeh
06-06-2007, 11:04 PM
I have cast on and done a few rows of the "Ballet Camisole" (http://magknits.com/July06/ballet.htm) on MagKnits.

Arielluria
06-07-2007, 07:32 PM
I think others are interested, like me, in knitting a quick summer sleeveless top, and syndactylus recommended we start a KA, so here goes. I don't have a pattern yet, so if anyone has suggestion, shoot!

Mine has to be LIGHT because I'm in super hot S. TX............but you can do whatever you want, of course ;)

syndactylus
06-08-2007, 10:20 AM
I'll join you! :rofling:
but I decided the cotton I have is actually meant not to belong to me and so now I need something different. I should have it soon though.

Arielluria
06-08-2007, 10:52 AM
I'll join you! :rofling:
but I decided the cotton I have is actually meant not to belong to me and so now I need something different. I should have it soon though."not to belong to me":think:..........hmmmmmmmm sounds intriguing.

I'm searching for a pattern now. I think I'd like it to be a little long, I wear a lot of tunics with leggings and I think that would look really nice with my white summer leggings.

baronreads
06-08-2007, 11:07 AM
If I could find the right pattern, I'd love to do this! I've not done "clothing" before! Was there one that someone posted that could be worn with the "v" in the front or back? Or did I see that in a magazine?

Arielluria
06-08-2007, 11:24 AM
Here's a good place to start Women's Camisoles and Sleeveless Tops (http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/womens_camisoles_sleeveless_tops.php)

RachelJean
06-08-2007, 11:56 AM
I think I might join this KAL as soon as I finish up the socks I'm working on now. I have this pattern (http://www.carodanfarm.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/product1029.html), and I have some Knitpicks shine sport to use. However, now that I've made a swatch, I'm not sure if I can deal with having all those little holes in my shirt. Am I being overly modest? What do you all think?

Shandeh
06-08-2007, 12:12 PM
I think I might join this KAL as soon as I finish up the socks I'm working on now. I have this pattern (http://www.carodanfarm.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/product1029.html), and I have some Knitpicks shine sport to use. However, now that I've made a swatch, I'm not sure if I can deal with having all those little holes in my shirt. Am I being overly modest? What do you all think?
I think as long as you're wearing a bra, it shouldn't be a problem. Or you could wear a thin camisole underneath if you want. :shrug:

Lisa_H-Town
06-08-2007, 12:30 PM
Am I too late?? I would love to knit the Latoya, but I would have to skip the top embelleshment, as I think it will be out of my skill level at this point. I break out in a sweat just looking at it.... but :heart: the bottom hemline.

Arielluria, what kind of yarn did you use? I also live in S TX -- it is only 11:20 AM and 88 degrees.... :hot: so wondering if you had any suggestions...

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OK, I am confused... I see two KAL for summer tops from one person... are these two separate things?

NinaT
06-08-2007, 12:47 PM
http://www.lanaknits.com/images/usa315Lss1_r2_c2.jpg (http://www.lanaknits.com/lgpics/315Ljpg)I am looking for something just like this!! However I want to use my Hemp yarn that is worsted weight. Does anyone know of a pattern that would work?

itsjustmeghan
06-08-2007, 01:08 PM
not to be a dork, but did your other summer shirt kal fall apart?
i was joined in that one, too...:shrug:

i'm working on a razor cami right now in cotton. i do like the picture of the shirt that lacy little top, though. so cute!
i want to try that cotlin yarn from knitpicks for something....

Arielluria
06-08-2007, 01:36 PM
You talking to me? :D I don't recall having started another, or can you post a link so perhaps we can just join that one if it's already started?

Sorry if the confusion is mine..........I am easily confused :shock: welcome to my world!

Lisa_H-Town
06-08-2007, 01:55 PM
http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=58785

not sure if that up there is a proper link... but I had responded as well to the other one...

Arielluria
06-08-2007, 01:58 PM
Perftect, thanks! I guess I'm losing my mind.........will post there so others will come to this new thread.

BTW, H-town, I'm near the Woodlands........check out the Houston knitter's thread (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=52994)

:muah:

Arielluria
06-08-2007, 01:59 PM
I reckon I'm losing my mind, I just started the same KA at http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?p=874101

Let's just post there, shall we???????????

itsjustmeghan
06-08-2007, 02:59 PM
Perftect, thanks! I guess I'm losing my mind.......

i thought i had lost mine! :roflhard:
count me in here too, then. i've gotten a lot more time to work on mine. i think i'm about 1/2 way done. i'll post pictures this weekend.

heykaren
06-08-2007, 03:06 PM
Arielluria, how about something like this:

http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=101&d_id=4&lang=en

to go with some leggings.....

Karen

Lisa_H-Town
06-08-2007, 03:12 PM
OK, I am going to do the Latoya from the other post, any one else?

http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/latoya/latoya.pdf

I am kinda confused myself...:rofling:

This is my first KAL...

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Oh, Karen, that's pretty...... dang... decisions decisions....

syndactylus
06-08-2007, 04:22 PM
ok, hi!

when you started the new thread, I thought maybe you'd just decided you needed many tops at once. :teehee:

Shandeh
06-08-2007, 04:34 PM
I reckon I'm losing my mind, I just started the same KA at http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?p=874101

Let's just post there, shall we???????????

I think it would be easier to combine the two. Just tell a moderator to take care of it for you. This thread was started first, and has the most replies, so that's what I would recommend.:shrug:

Arielluria
06-08-2007, 04:55 PM
Arielluria, how about something like this:

http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=101&d_id=4&lang=en

to go with some leggings.....

Karen:cheering:Oooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh that's just about exactly what I wanted - especially since I like to wear spaghetti strap tops rather than bras!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1,000,000!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.garnstudio.com/drops/mag/101/4/4-1.jpg

Arielluria
06-08-2007, 04:55 PM
Thanks! I didn't know that was possible!

Shandeh
06-08-2007, 05:34 PM
You're welcome! :hug:

You can see who the moderators are on this page:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showgroups.php

Look at the indicator beside their name. If there is a red cross, it means that they are online, so you'll be able to reach them quickly.

heykaren
06-08-2007, 06:04 PM
Youre quite welcome Arielluria! Progress pix required :thumbsup: Im actually thinking of making it, it IS cute!

Karen

Arielluria
06-08-2007, 06:12 PM
I have already printed it out. I haven't read directions, but I'm hoping I can do it with the Lion Brand Cotton Ease..........perhaps in the butterscotch Maize (http://cache.lionbrand.com/yarns/newcottonease.html)

How much do I buy?????????.........I don't get this brit pattern right off, but I am having trouble concentrating with 4 dogs barking :D

baronreads
06-08-2007, 06:32 PM
Arielluria, how about something like this:

http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=101&d_id=4&lang=en

to go with some leggings.....

Karen
This is very cute! I like this one and the one on the first page. Decisions, decisions!

lissalue
06-08-2007, 08:46 PM
I have already printed it out. I haven't read directions, but I'm hoping I can do it with the Lion Brand Cotton Ease..........perhaps in the butterscotch Maize (http://cache.lionbrand.com/yarns/newcottonease.html)

How much do I buy?????????.........I don't get this brit pattern right off, but I am having trouble concentrating with 4 dogs barking :D

what size are you planning on making? be sure to check out the uk to us conversion chart on the page. i was thinking about making it, bjt their XXL is only 42" so it won't fit me. :pout:

Arielluria
06-08-2007, 10:38 PM
Well, I'm a size 10, but perhaps should make it larger if it's loose??????? What do you think?

lissalue
06-09-2007, 09:16 AM
According to their conversion chart, that would be the size small, which has a 34" chest, and 24" waist. If that sounds good to you, you would need 4 skeins of the Lion cotton, which is also how much you would need for the medium. (technically you should only need 3 and a half for the small) hope this helps! :hug:

pmknit
06-09-2007, 10:21 AM
Okay, I'm in. I've never been part of a KAL before, in fact, I haven't posted much to a forum before. I received an email from KnittingHelp this AM that "they missed me" so here I am.

I try my best but tend to make mistakes, but I would like to try an article of clothing. http://www.canadianliving.com/CanadianLiving/client/en/Crafts/DetailNews.asp?survey=1&idNews=2737&idSM=307&idpub=3 seems easy enough. Any thoughts or recommendations for me? I think right now I'm pretty discouraged with my knitting, but I have created a few things thay I'm happy with and so would like to keep going and progress.

Arielluria
06-09-2007, 10:52 AM
Cute! You might enjoy our summer top KA (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=58785)
Just started a couple of days ago, I don't think anyone's actually started knitting yet.

Welcome! KH is addictive!
:muah:

suzeeq
06-09-2007, 10:58 AM
Lu, the two threads have been combined...

sue

baronreads
06-09-2007, 11:09 AM
Okay, I'm in. I've never been part of a KAL before, in fact, I haven't posted much to a forum before. I received an email from KnittingHelp this AM that "they missed me" so here I am.

I try my best but tend to make mistakes, but I would like to try an article of clothing. http://www.canadianliving.com/CanadianLiving/client/en/Crafts/DetailNews.asp?survey=1&idNews=2737&idSM=307&idpub=3 seems easy enough. Any thoughts or recommendations for me? I think right now I'm pretty discouraged with my knitting, but I have created a few things thay I'm happy with and so would like to keep going and progress.
I really like this, but was reading the directions and it sounds confusing! Also, I can't see the pattern up close, is it a ribbed front?

suzeeq
06-09-2007, 11:15 AM
Yes, it's a rib. The pattern only looks confusing, the K3 (0,2), [p1,k3] to last 0(1,3) sts, p0(1,1), k0(0,2) part is for the different sizes; that will keep the middle part of the pattern in a p1,k3 rib but the edge stitches will be a little different because of the different number of CO stitches for each size.

sue

Arielluria
06-09-2007, 11:21 AM
Arielluria, how about something like this:

http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=101&d_id=4&lang=en

to go with some leggings.....

KarenHas anyone looked at the directions on this? I'm totally lost. First of all the translation to the terms on the last page are not anywhere to be found, and I don't see where it explains how many c.o. stitches/stitch direction for what size???????

Not to mention I have no idea what size a medium or size 10 would be in the UK...........:rollseyes:

suzeeq
06-09-2007, 11:25 AM
Okay, CO is - Back piece: Cast on 104-104-121-121-138 sts on 2 needles (2 needles for a loose CO) and Front piece: Cast on and knit like back piece.

As for the chart - even though they didn't quite translate it, it looks like a standard chart - The blank boxes are k on RS/p on WS, the O is a YO, the x is p on RS/k on WS and the boxes with / is k2tog.
sue

Arielluria
06-09-2007, 11:51 AM
Thanks. Now how do I know what # for example 121 c.o. corresponds to what size? :think:

suzeeq
06-09-2007, 01:45 PM
The CO sizes are just to get you started on the Lace pattern. After that's done you decrease sts and work in stockinette, further decreasing sts. Look at the drawing for the dimensions which are in cm, but we know 10cm is roughly equal to 4". At the bust, the Sm is 33", the Med is 34.5", the L 38.5", XL is 43.5" and XXL about 48". So that should help you figure out which number of sts to CO.

sue

Eloewien
06-09-2007, 03:28 PM
I'm trying to find a pattern I like, but I guess I'm just being too picky... I have 800 yds of worsted weight yarn I want to use, and I'm trying to find a sleeveless top to make... I may have found one in the spring/summer Knit simple... but I just can't quite make up my mind.

Question... if I've got a 39" bust, should I do the 37" or the 40" size? I'm not using a yarn that gives- Berocco Softwist...

any thoughts?

heykaren
06-09-2007, 05:58 PM
PMknit - I made that top from Canadian living last summer when I was just learning to knit, I don`t remember it being hard.

Lu - if you look at the bottom of the pattern before the diagram, there are 4 lines =K from RS,P from WS etc. They go along with the stuff written in Danish ( or whatever it is... ) that explains the pattern. Does that help at all?

Karen

NinaT
06-09-2007, 07:37 PM
I'm trying to find a pattern I like, but I guess I'm just being too picky... I have 800 yds of worsted weight yarn I want to use, and I'm trying to find a sleeveless top to make... I may have found one in the spring/summer Knit simple... but I just can't quite make up my mind.

Question... if I've got a 39" bust, should I do the 37" or the 40" size? I'm not using a yarn that gives- Berocco Softwist...

any thoughts?
There's a sleeveless sweater using that exact yarn! It's called "The Edward" and it's designed by Cher Forsberg. I think I found it on Knitting pattern central but you could also Google it.

lissalue
06-09-2007, 07:58 PM
According to their conversion chart, that would be the size small, which has a 34" chest, and 24" waist. If that sounds good to you, you would need 4 skeins of the Lion cotton, which is also how much you would need for the medium. (technically you should only need 3 and a half for the small) hope this helps! :hug:

Arielluria, in this post i tried to help you determine whether a size 10 was what you needed or not. also, the very last button right above the pattern part has us to uk conversions and terms. hope this helps you figure out the pattern.:hug:

baronreads
06-10-2007, 09:11 AM
I've been searching endlessly for a tank top and I think I'm going to knit this one:

http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/sharon/sharon.html

Now I just have to figure out what yarn I want to use. I don't think it specifically says what weight to use, but it calls for sz. 6 & 8 needles. Is that worsted weight, or lighter?

lissalue
06-10-2007, 09:17 AM
I've been searching endlessly for a tank top and I think I'm going to knit this one:

http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/sharon/sharon.html

Now I just have to figure out what yarn I want to use. I don't think it specifically says what weight to use, but it calls for sz. 6 & 8 needles. Is that worsted weight, or lighter?


I looked at the yarn they say they used, and tried to look it up on yarndex, but it wasn't there. But it looks like worsted weight to me.

suzeeq
06-10-2007, 10:11 AM
The weight of the berrocco yarn is worsted. You can click on the link to the yarn itself and see that the gauge (for determining the weight) is 19 sts & 28 rows = 4" (10 cm) on size 8/5 mm needles.

sue

Eloewien
06-10-2007, 11:42 AM
The suede yarndex link is http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=16

The suede deluxe is just a variegated version

I think I found a pattern I like on the drops site...
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=101&d_id=23&lang=en

I already did the worst part- casting on 350 sts!!!

suzeeq
06-10-2007, 11:56 AM
At least you'll be reducing that number soon! Very pretty top.

sue

baronreads
06-10-2007, 06:43 PM
The suede yarndex link is http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=16

The suede deluxe is just a variegated version

I think I found a pattern I like on the drops site...
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=101&d_id=23&lang=en

I already did the worst part- casting on 350 sts!!!
OH, that's very pretty!

baronreads
06-10-2007, 06:43 PM
The weight of the berrocco yarn is worsted. You can click on the link to the yarn itself and see that the gauge (for determining the weight) is 19 sts & 28 rows = 4" (10 cm) on size 8/5 mm needles.

sue
Any suggestions? A cotton blend? Maybe I need to search Yarndex and see what I can find.

itsjustmeghan
06-10-2007, 10:22 PM
uhhh...so i tried on the tube section of my razor cami, and yeah....i'm not sure i'll wear this one...it's kinda tight. i'm hoping cotton relaxes a bit....
and i'm really hoping i'll have enough yarn in the orchid to finish this thing! otherwise i'll have a short tight tank top....which is cool if you're a stick...but i'm not...

more modifications. i'm knitting the straps as ichords, and i'll leave them all long so i can tie them on my shoulders. i used to have tanks like that when i was little. it'll bring back memories!
i need to finish this thing so i can start on my green gables.
just keep knitting...just keep knitting, knitting, knitting....

pmknit
06-10-2007, 11:25 PM
Thanks so much! I will give it a try!

I'm glad that you will be here if I need help!

heykaren
06-11-2007, 04:42 AM
PMKnit - you are very welcome. I will be around till the end of the month, then I go to visit my Mom in the states, so will be computer-less for 3 weeks!!!! :shock: But there are tons of helpful people around here! :thumbsup:

Eloewien - Ive been toying with the idea of doing the same top - I have this bright raspberry cotton blend that would be perfect for gauge, but Im having second thoughts about the color. Its REALLY kinda bright.... I might do the ballet camisole instead. Ahhhh, decisions, decisions....

Karen

RuthK
06-11-2007, 09:59 AM
I've had the yarn for the ballet camisole for weeks, but finally cast on last night! Woo hoo! I've gone back and forth about gauge, because I never could seem to get it just right, but I'm going hold my breath and hope that it works out all right. My husband's advice? "Well, if it's the wrong size, you can always do it again, right?" I didn't sock him; he's lucky.

I'm using Shine sport in orchid, and finally settled on size 3 needles. You guys all have such pretty patterns - I'm really looking forward to seeing pictures. I'm just trying to keep it simple since this is my first garment.

Arielluria
06-11-2007, 04:05 PM
I have never done anything in cotton or cotton blend (I will probably be using Lion Brand Cotton Ease), does this stuff shrink??????????:think: If so we might need to make it one size bigger?

Arielluria
06-11-2007, 05:36 PM
Thank you SO much!

BTW, on that diagram, shouldn't that say "17 cm" instead of "17 m"????????? Where it shows the pattern making stitches? (lower left of the M1 image)

Lu - if you look at the bottom of the pattern before the diagram, there are 4 lines =K from RS,P from WS etc. They go along with the stuff written in Danish ( or whatever it is... ) that explains the pattern. Does that help at all?

Karen

Arielluria
06-11-2007, 05:37 PM
That should look very cute! Post pics when done!
What is "green gables"??????????

i'm knitting the straps as ichords, and i'll leave them all long so i can tie them on my shoulders. i used to have tanks like that when i was little. it'll bring back memories!
i need to finish this thing so i can start on my green gables.
just keep knitting...just keep knitting, knitting, knitting....

Arielluria
06-11-2007, 05:39 PM
Lu - if you look at the bottom of the pattern before the diagram, there are 4 lines =K from RS,P from WS etc. They go along with the stuff written in Danish ( or whatever it is... ) that explains the pattern. Does that help at all?

KarenGreat help again! Thanks!
NOW............since this is a tunic..........I'm a size 10, but perhaps I can make it a size14 even?????????????? I'm afraid of making it too tight (by tunic standards), what do y'all think?

Eloewien
06-11-2007, 05:52 PM
What I did was determine how many stitches I was doing for every 10 cm, and how many stitches I would then need for the bust size... and I did that size on the pattern I picked.
Rather conveniently, my math came out as needing 212 sts and one size is 210... I should be all set!

suzeeq
06-11-2007, 10:52 PM
I have never done anything in cotton or cotton blend (I will probably be using Lion Brand Cotton Ease), does this stuff shrink??????????:thinking: If so we might need to make it one size bigger?

No, cotton ease doesn't shrink. Doesn't grow in the wash either. I made a tank last year from it and just throw it in the washer and dryer with everything elsd.

sue

Shandeh
06-12-2007, 02:51 AM
What is "green gables"??????????
Green Gable (http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item.cfm/2367447/2628822/)

heykaren
06-12-2007, 11:11 AM
Lu,

Im not sure about the 17m, but could it possibly be 17 stitches for a design and that is repeated x number of times? I just read quickly through the pattern and didn`t see anything like that, but if you count the blocks in the M1 pattern, there are 17.

Eloewien, thats a clever idea about measuring the numbers of stitches per 10 cm. Will have to remember that.

Karen

Arielluria
06-12-2007, 03:22 PM
Just saw this on the latest issue of Knitty. It's called Askew (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer07/PATTaskew.html)
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer07/images/askewBEAUTY.jpg

JamOKnit
06-12-2007, 04:28 PM
I just ordered some Shine Sport for a ballet camisole, so hopefully it will arrive soon and I can get started!!!

Shandeh
06-12-2007, 05:48 PM
It's Kemp!!! :muah:

http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer07/images/askewBEAUTY.jpg

kristinw
06-12-2007, 11:06 PM
Well I cast on Green Gable (http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item.cfm/2367447/2628822) tonight. I would consider that a summer top! I'm using Craft, which is from the Vickie Howell collection (http://www.soysilk.com/craft.html). It is 65% organic cotton and 35% milk fiber. It has such a nice feel and drape to it. If you look at the link, you can see the color I am using - it is Todd #767. I love that it is top down, in the round. I think I am going to start a KAL just for this though.

Arielluria
06-13-2007, 09:59 AM
Well I cast on Green Gable (http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item.cfm/2367447/2628822) tonight. I would consider that a summer top! I'm using Craft, which is from the Vickie Howell collection (http://www.soysilk.com/craft.html). It is 65% organic cotton and 35% milk fiber. It has such a nice feel and drape to it. If you look at the link, you can see the color I am using - it is Todd #767. I love that it is top down, in the round. I think I am going to start a KAL just for this though.Love the top down in the round idea. Give us the link if/when you start that KA..........as IF I need something else to start knitting! Oh well, it will be ready for NEXT summer.
:flirt:

zebstriped
06-13-2007, 10:36 AM
Hi everyone, I just joined this KAL yesterday and still need to shop for yarn. I'm a new knitter, and have several scarves, a belt, and a sampler pillow under my belt, but nothing with shaping. Needless to same I'm scared silly about this, but have to give it a go at some point!

Thanks for having me aboard!
-Lisa

syndactylus
06-13-2007, 12:16 PM
I finally got some suitable yarn, now I'm on my second swatch so hopefully I can start this tomorrow or the day after.
It's a little swampy here.
I'm so excited!
This is also the first time I'm trying to knit more than one thing at once. Wish me luck that this time the gauge thing doesn't ruin it all!

Arielluria
06-13-2007, 05:31 PM
I dropped by Hobby Lobby to see what they had that would be suitable. Found some 75% acryllic, 25% cotton Bernat's. I've never used this brand or this yarn, so I hope that's going to be sufficient. Any thoughts?

Arielluria
06-13-2007, 05:32 PM
Hi, nice to have you aboard! KH is ALMOST as addictive as knitting.:roflhard:. Have you chosen a pattern yet?


Hi everyone, I just joined this KAL yesterday and still need to shop for yarn. I'm a new knitter, and have several scarves, a belt, and a sampler pillow under my belt, but nothing with shaping. Needless to same I'm scared silly about this, but have to give it a go at some point!

Thanks for having me aboard!
-Lisa

suzeeq
06-13-2007, 11:01 PM
I dropped by Hobby Lobby to see what they had that would be suitable. Found some 75% acryllic, 25% cotton Bernat's. I've never used this brand or this yarn, so I hope that's going to be sufficient.

Is that Denimstyle? I made a sweater with it. It may stretch in the washer; the sleeves on mine did, but the body didn't which made me think they got tangled up with something and that's how they got stretched.

sue

sittenknitten
06-14-2007, 09:29 AM
I have the yarn and the pattern for this one! Have to finish up my Wicked and a pair of socks first, but this is in the que!
http://www.lanaknits.com/images/usa315Lss1_r2_c2.jpg (http://www.lanaknits.com/lgpics/315Ljpg)I am looking for something just like this!! However I want to use my Hemp yarn that is worsted weight. Does anyone know of a pattern that would work?

Shandeh
06-14-2007, 02:02 PM
It may stretch in the washer; the sleeves on mine did, but the body didn't which made me think they got tangled up with something and that's how they got stretched.
OMG! :help: You're braver than I am. I always put my washable handknit items in a laundry bag before washing them in the machine.

suzeeq
06-14-2007, 02:40 PM
I had no reason to think that this sweater would behave any differently than the other acrylic or cotton knits I've made.

sue

Arielluria
06-14-2007, 03:15 PM
OK, I tried the edge on a swatch and I just don't get it, I MUST be doing something wrong.

Following the English explanation of diagram I did the following, but after I yo'd 6 times in a row, came back around and purled them, all I got was one long loose segment of yarn and still 6 yo's on the needle.

Was I supposed to *yo,k1* - that's the only thing I can think of and will try, but I think if that were it they would have been more specific.

What am I doing wrong?

English explanation to pattern diagram:

= K from RS, P from WS
= K from WS
= yo
= K2 tog


Here's the diagram:

Arielluria
06-14-2007, 08:22 PM
OK. I'm pretty sure mine is *yo, k1*........if anyone has an opinion I'd love to hear it.

suzeeq
06-14-2007, 10:58 PM
Yeah, I looked at that chart and thought - not that many YOs, it must be YO, k1. Or k1, YO, whichever...

sue

heykaren
06-15-2007, 08:23 AM
lu, I wasn`t ignoring you, just didn`t know how to answer you. On the first page of the DROPS website there is a "contact" section - could you try sending them the question about the pattern?

Once you have it figured out, let us know cause I for one have the pattern bookmarked for later! :thumbsup:

Karen

Lisa_H-Town
06-15-2007, 12:25 PM
I have it printed and will be starting it when I finish the Latoya.... as I said-- you will have all the kinks worked out before I am ready to attempt it! :cheering: :lol:

Saw the yarn ??'s and will be anxious to hear what you go with....

Arielluria
06-15-2007, 12:31 PM
As soon as I figure out what to use as a substitute yarn I can start!

lu, I wasn`t ignoring you, just didn`t know how to answer you. On the first page of the DROPS website there is a "contact" section - could you try sending them the question about the pattern?

Once you have it figured out, let us know cause I for one have the pattern bookmarked for later! :thumbsup:

Karen

JamOKnit
06-18-2007, 10:32 AM
Cast on and knit 6 rows so far on the Ballet Camisole from Magknits... I bought some yummy KP Shine Sport in Cherry and it's going to be a great summer top! Progress will be slow as I am crazy busy but I hope to have it done before summer is done!:roflhard:

Arielluria
06-18-2007, 07:22 PM
For those of you out there interested, I'm tempting you with another beautiful tunic!!!!!!!! I think I will HAVE to make this one too!
Bamboozle Tunic with Lace panel (http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns2/bamboozle-tunic-lacefrnt.html)

Eloewien
06-18-2007, 11:50 PM
I just overdyed some yarn I had, so I now need to find a pattern for 750 yds of varigated blue/purple/red yarn :)

Lisa_H-Town
06-19-2007, 12:07 AM
OK, I ripped out my 10 inches of back last nite... made some (maybe fixable) pattern read mistakes, and couldn't decide... so after looking at it all weekend, I did it. :pout:

I get ugly :ick: edges, and messed up on my decreases... soooooo starting over..... Took me a week to get that far, so it was a big deal to me -- don't get alot of time to knit. I am so sad.... But bound and determined to have a nice piece when I am done. :pray:

Arielluria
06-19-2007, 10:18 AM
Hi secret pal! Have you thought of trying to trade or sell it on the trading forum?
Can you post a pic? I might be interested ;)


I just overdyed some yarn I had, so I now need to find a pattern for 750 yds of varigated blue/purple/red yarn :)

jknitj
06-19-2007, 11:46 AM
I am just finishing the straps on the back. Can't wait to start the front. But one question: on the back the right side is stockinette on the sides, but the front looks like it is reverse stockinette. Am I reading that right? Won't it look odd if the sides are different on the front and back? I am a little confused about this.

suzeeq
06-19-2007, 12:04 PM
The back and front of the straps or the actual back and front of the body? The straps are garter stitch and the body is a rib stitch. Or are you talking about another pattern, not LaToya?

sue

jknitj
06-19-2007, 12:23 PM
I am talking about the actual front and back. The stitches before and after the markers for the rib stitch. On the front rows it says (RS) P16, place marker, (p3, k3), place marker, p to end. Where as on the back side on the inc and dec rows it says (RS) k16, work rib pattern, k16.

For the front it even says, "Keeping sts on each side in Reverse St st and sts between markes in Rib Pat, work even until piece measeures 4" from beginning." But the back says nothing about reverse st stitch. To me it comes out as regular st stitch. I like the look of regular st stitch better than reverse st stitch. I don't know why they would have the front and back different.

suzeeq
06-19-2007, 01:48 PM
Hmmmm, design feature? If you don't like the look of them not being the same, go ahead and make both sides in stockinette.

sue

Arielluria
06-20-2007, 03:42 PM
This is cute, in case anyone is still trying to find a pattern.

I just got it in my Knitting Daily email. It's called the Tomato (http://www.knittingdaily.com/freepatterns/tops/Tomato_Free_Sweater_Pattern128-1.html?ET=knittingdaily_blog:e638:28427a:&st=email&ET=knittingdaily_blog:e638:28427a:&st=email&ET=knittingdaily_blog:e638:28427a:&st=email#)
http://www.knittingdaily.com/media/newspics/tomato-tn2.jpg

Arielluria
06-26-2007, 01:08 PM
Mom's been in hospital so I haven't had a chance to even think about this. I just came online for a minute and saw this, some else's post of a cute summer top (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?p=888926)

Arielluria
06-28-2007, 02:06 PM
I just got his in my email box, IM is have a back issue sale (http://www.interweave.com/magazines/back_issues_sale.asp). I'm pretty new to this, my first one is Spring 07......it has lots of good summer tops on it.

jknitj
06-29-2007, 03:54 PM
Has anyone finished Latoya yet? I would love to see some pictures!! I am just finishing the straps on the front piece so I am almost finished. This is my first shirt for myself that I have done - I really hope it fits because I love how it is turning out.

Arielluria
07-01-2007, 11:32 AM
Just got an e-newsletter from Elann........check out page 3 (lower right pic (http://www.elann.com/elannnews/elannnewsjuly2007.pdf)) for a Vogue Knitting's Cabled Twist Top (Spring/Summer 2007)..........suitable for this thread or the Cables Are Cool thread (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=60230).

It's a simple top with a cable going across the top horizontally. Gorgeous!

:muah:

Lisa_H-Town
07-02-2007, 05:55 PM
Has anyone finished Latoya yet? I would love to see some pictures!! I am just finishing the straps on the front piece so I am almost finished. This is my first shirt for myself that I have done - I really hope it fits because I love how it is turning out.

I can't wait to see the pics when you are done... I am almost done w/my back piece (my second go-round:rollseyes:)...

What did you decide as far as the side stitches on the front... have been pondering that since I read your post from 6/19.

Thanks!

Arielluria
07-08-2007, 11:39 AM
This one (Light 'n Lively Tank (http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/60485.html?noImages=)) was in my Lion Brand e-newsletter today. Too bad it's crochet! I love the look, I just prefer the look of knitting stitches.
http://cache.lionbrand.com/stores/lionbrand/pictures/60485a.jpg

Carla1019
07-08-2007, 01:13 PM
Arielluria, I love that tank also.. To bad it is crochet. But I do love that look. With the high up wast-band.

jknitj
07-11-2007, 11:46 PM
My Latoya is finished! I just need to adjust the straps a little, but I love it. I made it like the pattern said to. If I make it again I will probably do knit stitches on the sides of the front instead of purling; but it actually does not bother me now that I have the whole thing together. I can't take a photo now - my camera is out of the country with dh. It was a fun pattern and my very first article of clothing (except a few pairs of socks)!

Lisa_H-Town
07-12-2007, 02:25 PM
My Latoya is finished! I just need to adjust the straps a little, but I love it. I made it like the pattern said to. If I make it again I will probably do knit stitches on the sides of the front instead of purling; but it actually does not bother me now that I have the whole thing together. I can't take a photo now - my camera is out of the country with dh. It was a fun pattern and my very first article of clothing (except a few pairs of socks)!

Whew... I was starting feel like I was at a party, went to ladies room, and when I came out, everyone was gone.....:?eyebrow: :rofling:

:yay: congrats... I had to start over on mine... got some help yesterday in the "how to" section... I stuck w/the pattern also, and the purl stitches kinda bothered me at first but I am fine w/ them now....

Can't wait to see the pics....

phisch
08-06-2007, 09:40 AM
Did anyone finish their Latoya?

I have a question...it looks like you can probably knit this in the round. If I try that, how many stitches do I generally take off from the original number? Do I cast on for front and back but remove two?

JamOKnit
08-10-2007, 03:59 PM
FINALLY picked up my WIP on the Ballet Camisole. I'm now about halfway up the body (it's knit in the round from the bottom up). Kinda tedious, just knitting around and around and around, but hey...at least no complicated patterns to mess up! :)

phisch
08-10-2007, 06:45 PM
Question for those who did Latoya (or those who know their cables): What does it mean when you CF9? I thought cables had to be even numbered, put 4 on the cable needle, move them forward, knit next 4, knit 4 on the needle.

When you do 9, does that mean 4 st or 5 st on the needle?

And in the case of Latoya, the twist goes over a 3x3 rib section. If I have a purl on the cable needle, I assume if it's in the front that I knit it so it will look like the photo, correct? Do I then purl where I get to a purl stitch for the stitches not on the cable needle?

suzeeq
08-10-2007, 10:59 PM
Maybe it's a 3x3x3 cable?

phisch
08-11-2007, 09:10 AM
how does that work?

suzeeq
08-11-2007, 09:22 AM
This is what the pattern says:
"CF9 - Sl 3 sts to cn, hold in FRONT, k3, p3, then k3 from cn
CB9 - Sl 6 sts to cn, hold in BACK, k3, then p3, k3 from cn"

phisch
08-11-2007, 10:41 AM
Oh my goodness. I didn't even bother to check online! I printed it then lost the page that had that and was winging it.

Thank you!

heykaren
08-20-2007, 05:17 PM
JamOKnit,

Im working on the ballet cami as well - Ive got a question for you. Im starting the increasing part, and it says to increase with M1. Cant I just do a "knit into the front and back"? Otherwise Id have to figure out when to do a M1R and M1L, right? Does that make sense?

Karen