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Old 05-15-2012, 12:13 AM   #1
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FO: Mulled Cider Jacket
I love this design! Thea Colman patterns are impeccable! I'm drawn to most of what she designs!

My two most pronounced modifications are the height of the collar (for my short neck, I had to
forego all that height, and my collar fits me perfectly)...and the 'leaf frog' closure in the front.



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This "Leaf Frog" design can be found in Nicky Epsteins's book "Knitting Beyond the Edge" on page 119.
I love it! Especially since the coat itself has leaves built into the vines!


I loved the original frogs on the model coat...but for me...when they are closed, they pull that ribbed 'band' something awful. If I were stick straight up-and-down, top-to-bottom...then maybe they wouldn't pull so much. My single little frog stays buttoned, too! Yay!

I could knit up two more, and have the 3 frogs...but so far, I'm not convinced I need 3.



Here is the model coat. It's adorable.

And here are my Rav notes, if you care to read more....
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:36 AM   #2
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That's beautiful!
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Spectacular sweater! I'm always compelled to read your Ravelry notes...one can learn so much.

The model sweater doesn't hang evenly...that would drive me insane!!!



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Beautiful and I love your frog closure. Perfect match!
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Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the "frogs." It is just lovely. Do you make your cardigans so they are long like hip length? They all see to be longer for the most part.
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Originally Posted by nonny2t View Post
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the "frogs." It is just lovely. Do you make your cardigans so they are long like hip length? They all see to be longer for the most part.
I do seem to gravitate to hip-length, now that I think about it.
Longish, but not cupping the caboose. That isn't a pretty side view!

I've made a few waist-length sweaters, the Macao twinset being the most recent. Maybe the reason I like over-the-hip length, and to-the-hip-length, is cuz I'm so short. I think waist-length chops me in half. I could be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time.
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Gorgeous, exquisite and always a delight to see and read about. The detail is perfect. Enjoy wearing this lovely sweater.
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Oh my goodness!!!

Your sweaters could sell in the finest boutiques, my friend!!!

Beautiful job!!!
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Oh, so interesting. The leaves closure is quite unique. Is it a bobble that goes into the loop? Does it hold well?
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Oh, so interesting. The leaves closure is quite unique. Is it a bobble that goes into the loop? Does it hold well?
The 'bobble' is created by folding the i-cord, with the leaf at each end of it, in half...then making a knot at the fold. I was sure to secure the 'knot' bobble by sinking stitches into it...so it won't come unknotted.

Yes, amazingly...it does hold really well! The pattern suggested that you also place a hook and eye underneath the bobble-knot and loop...to add more security...but it wasn't necessary in my case. It holds closed just fine 'n dandy.

Possibly there are instances where people knit a size too small, or are going for "0" positive ease, which I call "T-shirt ease"...and so any closure, frogs or buttons, would be strrrrained. I don't go for that look. I always just think the sweater looks like you knit the size too small. When I have underestimated my sizing...I have been know to knit buttonbands that are wider...so the darn thing doesn't pull and strain. You can get away with a little like that.

I have two cardigans where the button closure has become a bit strained. Gah. Since the two cardigans are designed to be worn buttoned up...I'm going to stitch down the buttonbands, overlapping them with the buttons buttoned...and then permanently close them with hidden running stitches. The neckline is scooped, so the thing can be pulled on over my head. I never wear it unbuttoned anyway, so what's the diff?
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