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ArtLady1981
03-12-2008, 05:30 PM
HI!

Finished my first ever 'top-down' raglan cardigan. The original pattern is called "Something Red". I found it in the Ravelry database, however, it is available off Ravelry for a PDF download fee of $5.50. Well worth the few bucks I paid! I'm making another one next week!

I made the long sleeves, with cuffs that mimic the skirt. The 2x2 ribbing is increased to K2P3 rib...then K2P4 rib to finish.
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This is me, with my head cut off cuz my hair was a train wreck!
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This is the model sweater.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3025/2296527325_9747f6c003.jpg?v=0

This is my yarn!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2074/2266268080_cd2fe5e518.jpg?v=0

Jan in CA
03-12-2008, 05:40 PM
OMG I love that! It's gorgeous, Dollyce! I am so jealous that you are such a fearless knitter! :thumbsup:

mwhite
03-12-2008, 05:53 PM
That turned out very nice! The top down cardigans are so nice! You did a great job and love the colors. Mary

rosefields
03-12-2008, 06:14 PM
Love it! :inlove:
It looks alot like Mr Greenjeans (a knitty pattern)

The.Knitter
03-12-2008, 06:37 PM
There you go again, knitting up garments that could have been manufactured in Paris and putting us all to shame (LOL). I guess you know that means I think this is just as good, if not better, than the other things I have seen you display. Seriously, this is one really nice piece! Again your work is exemplary! Good job!

Knit4Pie
03-12-2008, 06:48 PM
That is just gorgeous!

knit2btied
03-12-2008, 07:07 PM
Really nice work! I love it!

MerigoldinWA
03-12-2008, 07:10 PM
This is beautiful ArtLady! And again you are designing away. That yarn is wonderful if it produced all those stripes with no effort. Your button is so nice too.

campbellmom549
03-12-2008, 07:33 PM
Beautiful! I love Wendy's designs. I probably have close to ten bookmarked to knit up one day. Great job. :thumbsup:

redheadrachel
03-12-2008, 07:36 PM
My goodness, that's gorgeous! Great pattern, and I LOVE the yarn :D Nice work, as usual! :muah:

chesagrey
03-12-2008, 07:41 PM
Wow, i'm impressed, love the color style. i'm going to start some easy summer sweaters but this will inspire me!

sue in canada
03-12-2008, 08:30 PM
As always, I love it.

Jen81Andi06
03-12-2008, 08:30 PM
:inlove:

LOVE this!! that is gorgeous!!

medic777
03-12-2008, 08:45 PM
AS USUAL!!:passedout: JUST BEAUTIFUL.

knitgal
03-12-2008, 10:00 PM
Looks great! I love the buttons.

Doodknitwit
03-12-2008, 10:04 PM
love it!! how much of that yarn dis it take..I have a few skeins of it :yay: :yay:

Jen17
03-12-2008, 10:10 PM
Wow it is beautiful! What a nice, flattering sweater! And I love the buttons!

Jen:knitting:

wildflower38
03-12-2008, 10:42 PM
It's so pretty!:yay:

WandaT
03-13-2008, 07:06 AM
Wowee!! Absolutely stunning! Love the design and yarn you used. The striping is gorgeous!

Slim
03-13-2008, 07:38 AM
Wow, it's beautiful (as always)!! This is my next project, but I've been dithering over what yarn to use. I've been thinking red, like the model, but I love the colorway you chose. Now that I've seen yours I'm ready to go shopping and get started. Thanks for posting!

nonny2t
03-13-2008, 07:41 AM
There you go again, knitting up garments that could have been manufactured in Paris and putting us all to shame (LOL). I guess you know that means I think this is just as good, if not better, than the other things I have seen you display. Seriously, this is one really nice piece! Again your work is exemplary! Good job!

Doesn't she though? It looks spectacular and the color is great!

dustinac
03-13-2008, 08:46 AM
:inlove: very pretty!! I love Wendy's patterns they are all great and very well written!!

Pat in Ca
03-13-2008, 11:34 AM
Thanks for posting all your pictures of knitted items..That sweater is so gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it is soooo inspirational to me and I am sure the others... I have been "following" your other post on Tempting II...
Which process do you like best for sweaters.. top down, bottom up,
or done in "pieces" and seamed? I have only done 2 sweaters, one cardigan (in pieces) that took forever and I will probably never wear and one top down pullover..(followed that crafster "top down raglan" generic pattern) ... trying to decide what to do next..

GiddyKnitter
03-13-2008, 12:25 PM
Yet again Artlady another masterpiece....I love the yarn that colour is going to go with practically anything. I haven't yet knitting top down cardigan was it easy to do? Those are cute little buttons you have added. I suppose this is going to be another project to add to my list. It would be a great KAL dont you think?

ArtLady1981
03-13-2008, 02:04 PM
love it!! how much of that yarn dis it take..I have a few skeins of it :yay: :yay:

My sweater is a size M...and it took exactly 12 skeins. I have 4 left over. I might make a two-sided cami/tank...this yarn on the front side, another yarn on the back side. Kinda like "reversible"!

saracidaltendencies
03-13-2008, 02:12 PM
How pretty, I love the colors!

ArtLady1981
03-13-2008, 02:20 PM
Thanks for posting all your pictures of knitted items..That sweater is so gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it is soooo inspirational to me and I am sure the others... I have been "following" your other post on Tempting II...
Which process do you like best for sweaters.. top down, bottom up,
or done in "pieces" and seamed? I have only done 2 sweaters, one cardigan (in pieces) that took forever and I will probably never wear and one top down pullover..(followed that crafster "top down raglan" generic pattern) ... trying to decide what to do next..

Hi Pat!:waving:

I prefer conventional sweater construction: front(s), back, sleeves. The reason being: it allows for proper blocking. I mainly use wools and wool blends...and I like to block the pieces before seaming. Just makes for an overall professional appearance! I also prefer bottom up knitting...however, so many patterns these days are very unconventional and call for side-to-side knitting, and all sorts of neat design features that are way-out-of-the-box! I have several of them queued!

This is my FIRST ever top-down sweater! I was completely confused by the pattern directions...but just kept plugging away at the mystery...and after a few boo-boos...I finally got the drift!

I am in the process of making another one right now...in a Manos del Uruguay Silk Blends that I got at the Madrona Fiber Festival in February, along with this cocoa variegated! I really like the performance of this yarn. The colors are not striping...but they are "boldly tweeding". Not in ugly chunks of color or "pools".

This is so like me...to re-knit a pattern in different colors! :eyes:

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bethany
03-13-2008, 02:26 PM
it's lovely! And I love that cute button! I DO love when you post FOs!!

ArtLady1981
03-13-2008, 02:27 PM
Yet again Artlady another masterpiece....I love the yarn that colour is going to go with practically anything. I haven't yet knitting top down cardigan was it easy to do? Those are cute little buttons you have added. I suppose this is going to be another project to add to my list. It would be a great KAL dont you think?

Thanks Pauline! Yes, this sweater would be a good KAL. It would be a good sweater for most levels of experience...although it certainly taxed my brain in places. And what to do about the cuffs! :eyes: Anyway, I like the way they turned out!

One thing that was neat: because of the top-down construction...I could stop and try it on from time to time, to judge length, width, etc. One of these "try-ons" revealed a serious problem with the upper arm areas of the first sleeve! I was able to frog back all my work on the sleeve (from elbow to armpit) and re-knit, using deeper decreases to narrow the upper arm of the sleeve. I was so relieved that it worked out! As it was, the sleeve was HORRID. Baggy and just plain awful. The decreasing more stitches at the outset of the sleeve worked like a charm. You don't usually get away with it! The reason that the upper arm was too big around is because the armhole itself was big around...so decreasing the sleeves 'post armhole' was chancey. All in all, the decreases took the all the bagginess away.

Skater
03-13-2008, 07:39 PM
That's beautiful!
Even though top down is not your favorite right now, I'll bet you'll want to do more. Bet you.

Knit4Fun
03-13-2008, 08:54 PM
Beautiful work, as always! I LOVE that button too!!!

I think I have as much fun looking at buttons as I do fibers...

:muah:

kristinw
03-13-2008, 09:46 PM
Love it! :inlove:
It looks alot like Mr Greenjeans (a knitty pattern)

This pattern came out before Mr Greenjeans, so really Mr Greenjeans looks a lot like this. Wendy has some really great patterns.

Artlady - it came out great! I don't think I've seen a striped one before. Really gorgeous! I'm surprised this is your first top down with all the knitting you do.

ArtLady1981
03-14-2008, 07:31 PM
This pattern came out before Mr Greenjeans, so really Mr Greenjeans looks a lot like this. Wendy has some really great patterns.

Artlady - it came out great! I don't think I've seen a striped one before. Really gorgeous! I'm surprised this is your first top down with all the knitting you do.


I bought a TOP DOWN book several years ago...looked through it more carefully (after I bought it :doh:)...and my mind went on spin cycle! :eyes:

I just never did try any of the patterns. Isn't it funny what things will trip us up??!! Confuse us!? :?? Perplex us??! :shrug:

Well, I have no excuse except to say...I have so many patterns to choose from...why pick one that is a PITA!

But I needed this "Something Red" pattern real bad...to go with the yarn I invested in! I think the combination came out great. It really looks good on me, too. I'll take a photo with me wearing it next week. I'm getting my hair cut. (long overdue I might add). I take such crappy photos. Maybe another hairdo will fix things! :teehee:
I've been so sick with viruses this past 3 months...one virus after another. I couldn't get down with sprucing up my own appearance til this week!

KnittingNat
03-14-2008, 07:44 PM
Well, I hope you feel better now and that the hairdo will give you some spring spirit! Anyway, the cardigan is beautiful! I can't believe it's your first top-down. So how about conquering your fear of socks :poke:?

ArtLady1981
03-14-2008, 08:38 PM
Well, I hope you feel better now and that the hairdo will give you some spring spirit! Anyway, the cardigan is beautiful! I can't believe it's your first top-down. So how about conquering your fear of socks :poke:?

Oooooo ouch! Ya got me! :roflhard:

Yeah, I know...I gotta try a sock! DH and I take our week-long mountain wilderness trips starting in May....then June, July, Aug, Oct.

I thought those wilderness weeks would be a good time to begin a sock. I have nothin' to do except breath mountain air, maintain peace amongst the 4 dogs, cook for DH, and knit. I do indulge in photography and videography, too...but other than that...

So, yup...I promise to start a sock in May.

What do you suggest? Top down, or toe up? DPN's, two circs, or magic loop?

I think I can do a sock...but the concept is intimidating, I must admit. http://bestsmileys.com/paranoid/1.gif

Such a little thing, too. Small things can be the worst!

Debkcs
03-15-2008, 01:34 AM
OMG I love that! It's gorgeous, Dollyce! I am so jealous that you are such a fearless knitter

Plus, I like yours more than the original. The color way makes it so much more interesting.

Not only fearless, you are a fast knitter. Once you start knitting socks, you'll be making them for everyone in your family all the time.

Lovely work!

mare-nitt
03-15-2008, 04:38 PM
Beautiful sweater, your knitting is always a work of art.
This would be a great KAL project.

Maria2009
03-16-2008, 04:56 AM
I love everything in this sweater,the colors,the sleeves and the button is to dye for:)

ah
03-22-2008, 05:33 PM
Fabulous sweater!

ArtLady1981
03-22-2008, 05:36 PM
Fabulous sweater!

Thanks a bunch! It fits me, too! :cheering: I am so happy. I frogged and frogged on the sleeves...to make them the right circumference...which also impacts the way the upper body fits!

I like it so much I am making another one! (70% done) A few little modifications, but pretty much the same but with a diff yarn.

ArtLady1981
03-27-2008, 06:30 PM
Someone asked to see the sweater "on". Here are a couple photos, with my head cut off cuz my hair was a train wreck. Aaargh!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2020/2366724311_b8b98cac53.jpg?v=0

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2282/2366724383_4edd0d4c7c.jpg?v=0

auburnchick
03-27-2008, 06:57 PM
Looks great on you! Wow!

obsessedfae
03-27-2008, 10:22 PM
oh wow, i would so wear that! beautiful!

Jen17
03-28-2008, 08:43 AM
What a beautiful sweater and in my favorite color! Great job as usual!!!

Jen