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Old 05-26-2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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FINISHED~~~~WIP ~ Banana Tree Cardigan
A search on ravelry will bring the free pattern up.

Banana Tree Cardigan



Eight inches into the pattern and this is what I have so far. I had to go outside to take the picture. Black is a hard color to photograph and an even harder color to knit. I have to sit by the window or outside. If I did not need a good black go to sweater, I would have used another color.

I changed the pattern to a horse shoe because it is easier to work and keep track of, especially on black. The yarn, Lion Brand AL-PA-KA, is a very nice yarn. I get gauge and 22 rows per 50 gram skein using a US#8 options interchangeable circular needle.

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Old 05-26-2011, 06:35 PM   #2
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It looks great. I can't wait to see the finished sweater. I'm glad to know that the Lion Al-pa-ka is a nice yarn. Thanks very much.
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Wonderful progress! I really do like the horseshoe cable! Plus, it is bolder...and shows up on the black very well!

Good job!!!
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Ohhhh that's beautiful!
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Oh, this is coming along nicely! I hope you will post another pic when you're done!
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Originally Posted by Antares View Post
Oh, this is coming along nicely! I hope you will post another pic when you're done!
I have 13 inches of the body done and I'm hoping to separate for the back and fronts by the weekend.

I will post other pictures then.
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Oh you'll love this part! When you can separate the fronts and the back
and work the more manageable armhole regions!!!

Those long long lonnnnnng rows are done!
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Oh you'll love this part! When you can separate the fronts and the back
and work the more manageable armhole regions!!!

Those long long lonnnnnng rows are done!
Artlady, what length did you make the sides on yours'? I am 5'4". I'm thinking 15". I'm making it by the 40" measurements. While wearing the sweater, how much distance is there from your armpit to the underarm seam? if you don't mind me asking.
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My Banana Tree measures 18.5" from cast on to armhole bind-offs, where I divided to begin the armhole shaping. I'm 5 feet tall. I wanted a less sporty look. The slightly longer length is dressier, IMO. It doesn't fit too long or even tunic length.
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I want the sweater to end about mid buttocks or slightly lower (about where my wrist are hanging at my side). If I had an idea where the seam fell below the armpit then I could better judge how long to actually make the sides. The pattern calls for 15, 16, & 17 inch sides. That's why I asked.

OH! I used the long tail CO and my bottom edge is rolling. Will blocking take care of this? The LB AL-PA-KA is 30% wool/ 30% alpaca, & 40% acrylic.
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