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Old 01-30-2009, 05:11 PM   #1
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FO: John's Jacket!
THE PATTERN: My own pattern, using Sweater Wizard 3.0
YARN: Elann Peruvian Highland Donegal Wool (12 skeins)
TOTAL YDS: 1308
SIZE: 44"
COLOR: Cypress
PATTERN STITCH: Faux Rib

Well, here it is, finally done! My DH likes it better than the basketweave sweater I made him in 2006! Yeah! He might even wear this one!




The yarn is really this color! Outside lighting faded the color a bit!
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:40 PM   #2
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That is just gorgeous! My DH would LOVE it (and wear it!) but I think he'd drop dead of a heart attack if I ever made anything that nice lol!!
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That is just um, I was going to say beautiful, very handsome. Very professional. You should be proud.
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Dollyce, that is exactly the kind of pattern I've been looking for. Michael can't wear pullover's because he gets to warm (due to M.S.). Are you going to sell the pattern anywhere? I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

You do such gorgeous work; do you ever tire of us saying that?
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Oh, what a great fit! It's just perfect for him!
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You do such wonderful work! And the color --- I love green!
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Looks great on your hubby Lovely work . xx
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WOW! Just WOW, don't know what else to say. What a classic. Incredible. I've said before, but I'll say it again ... I wanna be you when I grow up.
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Dollyce, I had been on the fence about sweater wizard, but with that glowing recommendation I think I'll take the plunge next month!
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Old 03-18-2009, 06:01 PM   #10
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Yes, Jan...I wish I had used my Sweater Wizard lonnnnnng ago.
It would have saved me COUNTLESS HOURS of re-knitting and DOLLARS of new yarn purchases to get my brother's jacket done right!

If you have any questions about it's basic operation, let me know, but I do know this for sure:

FIRST: select a yarn
SECOND: decide upon a 'pattern stitch' for the body AND the ribbing, if any.
THIRD: find needle sizes that makes that pattern stitch look its best, and of course the ribbing, too.
FOURTH: knit a gauge swatch using steps 1-3

Now you're ready
to enter your information into the Sweater Wizard. He will ask you certain things like for man, woman, child? chest/bust size? style? pullover? cardigan? tight fit? relaxed fit? neckline? sleeve style? dropped shoulder? modified drop shoulder? inset sleeve? tunic length? reg length? cropped? weight of yarn (you already have this info), needle size (you have this info already), gauge (you have this already). This is why you need to follow steps 1-4 above before visiting the Wizard.

The Sweater Wizard doesn't tell YOU what yarn, pattern stitch, gauge or needle. You decide that first, then he works up a blueprint for you, based on ALL the information.


Anyway, by the time you click CREATE, you've told the Wizard exactly what you want him to do for you! He delivers a blueprint for you, including schematics! He'll even tell you how many yards you need!

He is the best ARCHITECT! But you're the boss!

When I was getting ready to make John's Jacket, I had made swatches of the 3 different colors I had bought from Elann.
I made the 3 swatches in faux rib, and I was gonna show these to DH to see which color he liked best! I had already printed the Sweater Wizard info for the color HAZELNUT, cuz I was dead certain he'd pick that color! HE DIDN'T! He liked the Cypress Green, and NOT the other two colors at all!

So I started in with the jacket, using Cypress and the pattern printed up for Hazelnut...and after a while, I could see that the LEFT FRONT was way too small looking. Hmm. I was really stumped.

Know what the problem was? The CYPRESS GREEN swatch was a slightly different gauge than the HAZELNUT, same IDENTICAL brand yarn! Matter of fact, the 3rd color (LICORICE) also gauged slightly different from the other two!

So back I go to the Wizard. I entered the st and row gauge that CYPRESS GREEN faux rib delivered, and the blueprint that Wizard gave me was DIFFERENT!

Anyhoo, my sizing was 'right on' after that! I can't believe what a perfect fit this jacket is on my husband!

So, swatch, swatch, swatch. Then visit the Wizard!
Swatching is the "designer's' work. The Wizard is just the architect.
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