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Old 05-24-2013, 03:12 PM   #41
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It looks excellant! You were very good to persist until you had the look you wanted. I can't wait to see the final finished top.
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:53 PM   #42
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I'll post pictures as soon as I finish the front panel and seam it up.
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I just watched the short row binding off that GG gave me and I have to say I am not getting it not at all. She is showing only binding off 4 sts . I tried working her method and on the second round of binding off the other 4 sts it started looking like it was puckering at the bind offs so I have to go back and frog.

I am guessing that I have to do one shoulder at a time but how do you do the this? I have to bind off 4 sts at armhole edge twice plus once more.

shape shoulder instructions read: Bind off 4 sts at each armhole edge twice, then bind off 4 sts once.

how do I use the short row binding off with these instructions , please I need help. Do I ignore the instructions and bind off 12 sts using the short row method. Can I do that since I only have 12 sts on the needle to begin with??
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I DID IT! I followed Amy's video and walaaaa it worked wonderfully!

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One hopefully last question. I am thinking that this might come out a little larger then I wanted. Would it work if I knitted the front panel piece one size smaller then the back panel?
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That usually doesn't work. The smaller front pulls the side seams around toward the front. You might be able to decrease a few stitches on the front but probably not a whole size.
Btw, the shoulder bind looks very nice. Good going.
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That usually doesn't work. The smaller front pulls the side seams around toward the front. You might be able to decrease a few stitches on the front but probably not a whole size.
Btw, the shoulder bind looks very nice. Good going.
Thank you. I would only be working with 12 less stitches , you think that would throw it off? I went to a Sally Meville class where she was teaching a class on Adjusting and Drafting and this was once of her suggestions ,only she said to make the back piece a size smaller.
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If it's only going to be say, an inch or so on each side, you could give it a try. If necessary you can always run a line of sewing stitches up the side edges of the back and cut off the extra knit fabric (steeking on each side). The edges will be hidden in the seam anyway.
Sally Melville is a great teacher, isn't she? I've only seen her interviewed and of course read her books.
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Sally Meville is awesome . If you ever get an opportunity to take one of her classes do not hesitate. She teaches you to think outside of the patterns. One of the first things she ask is what is the one biggest mistakes that knitters make and the answer back at her is 'we always follow the pattern to the letter' She teaches you that any garment that you have in your closet that you dearly love, knitted or not can be duplicated with the teachings and techniques that you'll find in her last book of tell all, adjusting and drafting and you can do this with out a pattern. It's all about the math (which I am math challenged) I have all of her books and she has autographed each one of them. Sally Rocks!

as for steeking, I've watched videos of it but never tried it yet. on the last tank top I knitted it came out way to big so I just took the top to my sewing room and did what I would have done with any top I down size. I sewed a seam down the sides about an inch and then cut the extra yarn off and it worked out fine. I should say I don't think I would have done that if it were a more expensive yarn that I had use. But this is just some cheap yarn I had sitting around in my stash.
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Perfect! That sounds like steekng on the fly. That same kind of thing will work if you're not happy with the smaller size on the front seamed to the larger back except that it'll probably just be the back that needs adjusting. Pin the back and front together when you're ready and then decide.
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