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Old 06-27-2010, 06:19 PM   #11
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I too would certainly sign up for your blog if you were to start one. I do understand how busy KH and Rav keep you but a blog entry does not have to be words all the time....
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:42 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Freyja View Post
Love that yarn.
What kind of neck are you going to put on your sweater?
Are you going to match the cuffs to the bottom?
Yes, will match cuffs to the hemline border, but instead of a US10, I'll use a
US8 or US9. Will swatch with both. Don't want sloppy cuffs.

Neck? Prolly a 2x2 rib from the pick-up row up to maybe an inch...then polish it off with a teensy st st rolled edge. Not a true rolled neck...just a topper.

At least, that's the "plan". That can change.

I'm very fussy about a neckline. It is so 'visible'.

The pattern says to knit the FRONT and BACK as identical pieces...but I don't want my front neckline to choke up on my throat so much...so I will execute the neckline shaping about 1.5" sooner than I do for the back neckline. This will allow some room for my neck to breath!

I might even do a crab stitch around the neckline...keeping it real simple.
I'll have fun tinkering around with it.

Another modification OPTION for the Front Piece: creating a "slit" in the upper portion.

Like this:

After the armhole bindoffs, each side of the "slit" were simply knit separately,
on separate balls of yarn.

Here is the model sweater: (the blue one above is mine)
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:20 PM   #13
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PROGRESS PHOTOS!
The longest piece is Piece #2, with alternated hanks throughout the st st area.

The shorter piece is Piece #1, and no yanks alternated. It needs 1" more til armhole bindoffs can begin.

The pattern stitch for the upper body is a 4 row repeat:
Row 1: K1/P1 across
Row 2: knit the knits, purl the purls
Row 3: P1/K1 across
Row 4: knit the knits, purl the purls



Still more work to do on the bodice before neckline/shoulder shaping.




The shorter piece will be the Front of the sweater.
IMHO, its color characteristics are more interesting to look at.


This yarn DEFINITELY needs aggressive blocking, that is to say, WET SOAK blocking. The THICK-THIN characteristics of the yarn make some areas look lumpy. I have full faith that blocking will tame the st st spans into submission!
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I really like this .....interesting yarn,......I don't know much about yarn but I do like the differences in the color of this one.......eager to see the finished sweater.

When I have more experience I will probably be everywhere with yarn choice....not going by what the pattern calls for ....now that I think about it I guess I already doing that a little!

Happy knitting!
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:02 PM   #15
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I like the buttons at the base of the slit, nice touch.
You are probably finished but here is another option- shawl collar to show the ribbing on the neck.
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Originally Posted by Freyja View Post
I like the buttons at the base of the slit, nice touch.
You are probably finished but here is another option- shawl collar to show the ribbing on the neck.
Thanks for the link, Freyja! I love that shawl collar pullover. I love most of the DROPS patterns!

But you are right...I'm done!

Here is the Front and the Back, as yet unblocked!


THESE 2 FINISHED PIECES HAVE SHORT-ROW SHOULDER SHAPING. They will be blocked later!


And here is me...I clipped the shoulder seams and side seams together so I could 'try on' for fit. I'm very happy with my neckline treatment. BTW, I will wear a black cotton tank under this pullover, so that the wool isn't next to my skin.

This is me, in the powder room, trying it on!


I didn't like the "fit" of the shoulder seams...so after this photo was taken, I ripped out the last 8 rows for each shoulder (all 4) and re-invented those 8 rows with the use of 'short rows' to shape them. (a pattern with the NEWBIE KNITTER in mind didn't give shoulder shaping any thought...the shoulder bindoffs were straight across all 24 st, which I tried, but didn't like)

Here is the neckline:


Those red yarns are "10 row repeat" markers. By establishing them on the first piece you knit, you can easily knit an identical piece for the other side by simply knitting the same number of rows and repeats. No measuring and re-measuring, no counting of rows, and re-counting and re-counting. Driving yourself insane.
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Don't care what you say, you've got gumption to do this.

It's really awesome. Too scared to attempt one of those myself.
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It's going to look great on you.
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I love following your exploits, Dollyce! You must be great at math, etc., as you seem to be able to figure out all kinds of things that leave me scratching my head.

My 'gift' is working with food. To have something come out when knitting, the pattern has to be fully there and correct. The yarn can't give me problems, and the buttons had best jump off the shelf into my hand.

Anyway, it's going to be a beautiful sweater, and look really good on you. Your WW program seems to be working, congratulations!
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your work always amazes me...that you could design and finish this within days is amazing...i hope to one day be as proficient a knitter as you...
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