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kurango 02-05-2010 02:47 PM

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I have been so afraid to make anything that wasn't a square or rectangle. Now I ask myself . . . WHY?

This was a super easy pattern (from Patterfish Reynolds 82093) and I learned something about myself as a knitter. I knit super tight. Pattern called for 660 yards of Lopi Bulky, (Gauge 10 st.= 4 in. on size 13) using size 11 needles. In order to get the proper gauge I would had to use at least size 13 needles, and then it would have been too loose of a knit.

Instead . . . I used Rowan "Big Wool" (Gauge 8 st.= 4 in. on size 17 or 19) on size 11. I used almost almost all 10 skeins (870 yds.) I had purchased.

At any rate . . . I want to encourage others, who are also afraid, to dive in and go for it! But buy extra yarn, LOL.


Jan in CA 02-05-2010 03:02 PM

That's beautiful! :yay:

borealowl 02-05-2010 03:53 PM

I love your sweater! Was the Rowan Big Wool softer than the Lopi? I think it is a bit scratchy unless there is something else next to your skin. I just had a similar problem with a Lopi cardigan I am making. Had to rip out a foot I knitted because my knitting was tighter than the guage swatch I did. Started over and now I am distracted by other projects. Will get back to it soon. I can hardly believe this is your first sweater.

newwooley 02-05-2010 06:39 PM

Bravo :yay: :yay: It turned out beautiful and I love the style. It looks nice and cozy.

Sknitter56 02-05-2010 09:21 PM

Kathy, your sweater is beautiful! Sweaters can be intimidating, but you've now been there, done that. Good for you. It looks really great on you...the fit is perfect. Congratulations!

ArtLady1981 02-06-2010 03:17 AM

Oh wow Kathi! Your FIRST SWEATER???!!!
It's stunning in more ways than one: love the yarn, love the color, love the fit, love the perfect st st!

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Kudos to you, Sister!

JudyD 02-06-2010 08:17 AM

That sweater is so perfect it doesn't look hand-knit!!!

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:


Slim 02-06-2010 08:54 AM

It's beautiful, and it looks lovely on you. I love that pattern!

Tamar Dohel 02-06-2010 09:53 AM

Beautiful! Fantastic! Just your size. Easier done than said.
:heart: :muah: :inlove:

lelvsdgs 02-06-2010 10:05 AM

Great job! It looks wonderful on you!

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