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Knitting_Guy
11-16-2008, 10:30 AM
OK, I've got a start on this sweater. I'm just working with whatever colors I have on hand. It's promising to be a very ugly sweater :rofl:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3146/3034162875_01d4a8a3bc.jpg

Cynamar
11-16-2008, 11:53 AM
It's not ugly so far!

CognizantAmiga
11-16-2008, 01:18 PM
Have to agree with Cyndi-- Not ugly so far. Actually, very nice combination of colors so far! Whatever it is, it will be unique --- just like you!

mks22300
11-16-2008, 02:09 PM
The colors are working very nicely with each other so far! :)

ritaw
11-16-2008, 02:43 PM
I love the colour combination so far Mason . It is looking great :)

sue in canada
11-16-2008, 03:27 PM
It is looking good. However it turns out, you know that it will be unique. Great idea to use up all the stash yarns.

GinnyG
11-16-2008, 03:45 PM
As long as you don't throw any hot pink in there it should be great!:happydance:

Knitting_Guy
11-16-2008, 05:08 PM
I now have all of the colors in it that I plan to use.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3037/3035263943_69c364a593.jpg?v=0

Jan in CA
11-16-2008, 05:44 PM
Ugly?! No way, those colors look gorgeous together! Good job on the turtleneck, too!

cam90066
11-16-2008, 05:54 PM
Looks good! Very autumnal!

I'm a huge fan of stashbuster projects. With my recycled yarns ...and varying quantities... it's always a challenge to calc how much of 'whatever' I have to work a certain area. If I want X rows of a certain color/yarn in diff places (sleeves and the body) don't want to end up short in one of those.

Knit4Pie
11-16-2008, 06:02 PM
Certainly doesn't look anywhere near the realm of ugly to me. Beautiful autumn colors there.

Wanda Witch
11-16-2008, 06:35 PM
Your colors look great together, this sweater will certainly be anything but ugly. Nope, no way.

Slim
11-16-2008, 06:39 PM
Oh, those colors work great together! It looks very masculine. I like the brown at the neck. Can't wait to see you model it!

Cynamar
11-16-2008, 07:26 PM
Man, you're fast!

MerigoldinWA
11-16-2008, 08:30 PM
You're on a roll with the top down sweaters. Colors look good. A little hot pink wouldn't spoil it, but it looks more masculine without it. :-) What size is this going to be? I can't really tell, but it looks smaller than your size.

sgtpam
11-16-2008, 08:35 PM
I could hug a sweater like that!:teehee:

Jenelle
11-16-2008, 08:41 PM
That's such a great idea, and the colors are very autumn like! It'll be a nice alternative.

Knitting_Guy
11-16-2008, 08:48 PM
It's my size, XXL. It probably looks smaller because of the shot angle (trying to catch the natural light through the window) and the stage of the knitting. It's a little less than half way through the raglan increases at the point I shot the second pic.

Being scrunched up on the cable also makes it look smaller.

sabrinasmom
11-16-2008, 09:05 PM
Looking good. I'm amazed you don't use a pattern. I am not that creative, more of a copy cat!!

Jaxhil
11-16-2008, 09:12 PM
That looks *great*!! Love the colors together, they look perfect for a fall sweater. Definitely nowhere close to UGLY :teehee:

I can't wait to see it finished. I'm curious to find out how long it takes, as I want to knit a sweater for DH and he's an XXL too...I've got "fraid-to-start-itis" for fear it'll take forever :p

bambi
11-16-2008, 09:57 PM
I really like it, too, Mason. :cheering: I guess you decided on how long to make your turtle neck. :thumbsup:

Bambi

blueeyes28
11-16-2008, 10:18 PM
I love it! What pattern is that ?I want a stashbuster turtle neck.

Knitting_Guy
11-16-2008, 11:09 PM
I love it! What pattern is that ?I want a stashbuster turtle neck.

No pattern, just made up as I go

ArtLady1981
11-17-2008, 01:37 AM
I disagree! I really like it so far! But whatever you do...
don't throw pink into the mix! :teehee:

blueeyes28
11-17-2008, 08:13 AM
How did you figure how many to cast on for the turtleneck and all that good stuff?

Knitting_Guy
11-17-2008, 09:25 AM
How did you figure how many to cast on for the turtleneck and all that good stuff?
That's actually quite easy. You start with the chest measurement, calculate how many stitches are needed for that based on your gauge, and then everything else is a percentage of that number.


A good way to figure the percentages would be to take your measurements, chest, neck, shoulder, and wrist, and then calculate the percentages using the chest as the 100% base number (that's what I did).

Google the net for sweater percentages and there are a number of formulas for this. These are all "averages" and can be adjusted for specific body type and desired fit.

dustinac
11-17-2008, 12:30 PM
:yay: It looks great!! Not ugly at all

blueeyes28
11-17-2008, 02:03 PM
Wow!that doesn't sound easy at all I am mathmatically challenged you see and I like patterns that just tell me what to do.:aww:

GirlChris
11-17-2008, 03:18 PM
Looks great!

Cynamar
11-17-2008, 09:49 PM
How much did you get done today?

lelvsdgs
11-17-2008, 09:55 PM
That is hardly ugly! The colors go together really well and you'll have a nice fall sweater! I'm still amazed by the "I don't use a pattern" thing. Someday I'll have to try that.

Knitting_Guy
11-17-2008, 09:58 PM
How much did you get done today?

Not done for the day yet :rofl:

I shot a progress pic this afternoon, this is where it was then:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3200/3038498245_10457ef8de.jpg

I'm several rounds past this point now. Pesky house cleaning and cooking dinner slowed me down :mrgreen:

shelluie
11-17-2008, 10:07 PM
I think it looks GREAT! I love the colors and the turtle neck part. I can't wait to see the finished product! (which should be by tomorrow night for as fast as you seem to knit! hee hee)

Knitting_Guy
11-17-2008, 10:11 PM
(which should be by tomorrow night for as fast as you seem to knit! hee hee)I wish. I'm heading back out on the road in the morning (they finally found me a load!). That'll put a real crimp in my knitting time.

Work is the bane of the knitter.

Cynamar
11-17-2008, 10:16 PM
Tell me about it. Dang work and dang kid! Just kidding--love the kid!

tarrentella
11-18-2008, 11:02 AM
that's looking great, the brown turtle neck will make great camoflage for your beard (for those 'stealth beard' moments).
Hope your next delivery goes well.

Plantgoddess+
11-18-2008, 11:36 PM
Looks great Mason. I look forward to seeing you model the finished product.

Jan in CA
11-19-2008, 12:29 AM
That is going to be beautiful! I love the color you've done!

Doodknitwit
11-19-2008, 12:43 AM
you are a creative man:happydance:

Skater
11-19-2008, 12:57 AM
There's absolutely nothing ugly about that sweater (so far). Of course, you could always throw in a few chartreuse and pink polka dots on the chest to make people go "Wah?!?!" for the fun of it. :teehee: Otherwise, just let it be the nice handsome sweater that it is!

ritaw
11-19-2008, 03:12 AM
I am loving this sweater . Have a safe journey Mason :)

KnittingNat
11-19-2008, 04:39 AM
I really love how this sweater is turning out. WTG on the color scheme:thumbsup: ! Be careful on the roads, we'll be waiting here for your progress photos. And yes - work is the knitter's punishment for wanting more yarn, it's a vicious circle:rofl:

jdee
11-19-2008, 06:24 AM
Your stash sweater looks great so far. Nothing ugly about it. Have a safe trip.

The.Knitter
11-19-2008, 08:57 AM
"Ugly" Stash Sweater? Who are you trying to kid? This sweater looks fantastic!!! You are doing a wonderful job and it will look really good on you. My DH is an XXL and if you find this sweater is too ugly for you, then you can send it to him and he will be thrilled with this "ugly" sweater. I love the colour choices and I'm sure he will too! Keep up the good work. Be safe my friend!

Dimpledapple
11-20-2008, 06:48 AM
Another WIP from Mason :yay: That is one gorgeous sweater, by the way!!

OffJumpsJack
11-21-2008, 12:24 PM
No pattern, just made up as I go

...since there isn't enough room in this tread with all the ladies swooning over your knitting prowess. :thumbsup:

Did I keep a straight face?
:roflhard:

The zig zags make me think of Charlie Brown, but the colors work well together. Are you planning to share any of those websites where you found the percentage patterns?

Care if I "borrow" your idea? I've been planning to make the reverse stripes sweater (http://www.patonsyarns.com/patternbook.php?PBS=500840) from a Paton pattern but I wasn't really happy with the reverse st st they used or the seams to finish. This top down raglan looks like a better way to go.

Can you do cables in your pattern?

--Jack

Jan in CA
11-21-2008, 12:35 PM
The zig zags make me think of Charlie Brown, but the colors work well together. Are you planning to share any of those websites where you found the percentage patterns?



Those are just the normal knit stitches..Charlie Brown's zigzag was much bigger. :teehee:

Here's a few percentage links I found after Mason mentioned it.
http://countrywool.tripod.com/freepatterns/betsirag.htm
http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter04/FEATknitbynumbers.html
http://community.knitpicks.com/notes/Percentage_System

Knitting_Guy
11-22-2008, 09:48 AM
...since there isn't enough room in this tread with all the ladies swooning over your knitting prowess. :thumbsup:

Did I keep a straight face?
:roflhard:

The zig zags make me think of Charlie Brown, but the colors work well together. Are you planning to share any of those websites where you found the percentage patterns?

Care if I "borrow" your idea? I've been planning to make the reverse stripes sweater (http://www.patonsyarns.com/patternbook.php?PBS=500840) from a Paton pattern but I wasn't really happy with the reverse st st they used or the seams to finish. This top down raglan looks like a better way to go.

Can you do cables in your pattern?

--Jack

Well since there really isn't a pattern per se, feel free. Cables are no problem, it's mostly stockinette but adding cables should be easy enough.

Jan's links look like good reading on percentages. I calculated my percentages based on my own measurements for a decent fit, and added for ease. The best thing about top down is you can try it on as you go and make any needed adjustments to the fit.

ArtLady1981
11-24-2008, 04:37 AM
Not done for the day yet :rofl:

I shot a progress pic this afternoon, this is where it was then:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3200/3038498245_10457ef8de.jpg

I'm several rounds past this point now. Pesky house cleaning and cooking dinner slowed me down :mrgreen:

This is really turning out great, Mason! Really really great!
I love the autumnal colors! You are distributing the colors just right! Awesome! :thumbsup:

Debkcs
11-24-2008, 05:16 AM
It looks great! I can't imagine anyone referring to it as 'ugly' unless they just accidently have too much beer.

It's amazing how you can figure this out as you go . . .I'm jealous :mrgreen:

Knitting_Guy
11-24-2008, 07:48 AM
My progress has slowed since I am back on the road, but the truck breakdown gave me some knitting time, although I spent the better part of two hours yesterday untangling a skein that decided to be rowdy.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3253/3056012074_5e0803d245.jpg

ritaw
11-24-2008, 09:02 AM
I am loving how your sweater is turning out Mason . It is really lovely :) Thanks for the progress pics x

bambi
11-24-2008, 10:38 AM
I think it's turning out great! ANd congrats for being on the road again.

Bambi

DQ
11-24-2008, 10:54 AM
Looks great so far. I love the colours :heart: