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Old 03-04-2012, 01:29 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by fatoldladyinpjs View Post
Sorry for poor quality. Trying to take this pic with a webcam. Here's a closeup of the colors.

Lovely sweater! Good going - I can't imagine how you got the stripes to line up so well at the sleeve! And, that's one darling gdaughter. Congrats on both. Hope she lives close by. What fun you're going to have, knitting for her!
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:57 PM   #22
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Your way makes perfect sense to me. I'm working a top-down cardigan for my daughter and she tried it on after I joined under the arms and so far the fit is what she wants. Now it's just straight knitting to the bottom. I'll have to consult with you on the front bands! I think you could answer my questions in a way that I understand. So far the only thing that comes close to an actual measurement was figuring out how many stitches for the back of the neck, the number of stitches at the sleeve tops was a proportion of that. Sometimes the "right" way to do something is far to complicated for me too grasp. I find myself saying, why not just.....
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:59 PM   #23
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You inspire me! Last night I worked on mittens for my grandson and no pattern to confuse me. I'll have to see if they fit, I hope so, because I don't really have measurements of his hands. I'm going by what I think and the measurements given in a link you post.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:26 PM   #24
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She is ADORABLE! Be sure to post a photo of her wearing the sweater! It's awesome!
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:25 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
You inspire me! Last night I worked on mittens for my grandson and no pattern to confuse me. I'll have to see if they fit, I hope so, because I don't really have measurements of his hands. I'm going by what I think and the measurements given in a link you post.
Here's a generic mitten pattern you might like. You can use any needle, any yarn, and any gauge to knit a pair of mittens. I myself don't like making thumb gores. I'm lazy. I knit my mittens as a tube then do an afterthought thumb (putting waste yarn in a few stitches), then keep knitting straight until the decreases for the top. You end up with a left and right mitten, but it's a lot simpler and faster. I've had a problem with traditional mitten patterns. They're a one size fits all. My cuffs always were too big. When I followed this generic pattern, I realized that I have small wrists and wide hands, as much as an inch difference. The mittens I made with this pattern fit beautifully because they were tailor made to my measurements.

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I'm glad you're home, I hope tomorrow is better.

I have to try the afterthought thumb. I had the idea it would be harder. Why? I've no clue.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:16 PM   #27
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I'm glad you're home, I hope tomorrow is better.

I have to try the afterthought thumb. I had the idea it would be harder. Why? I've no clue.
The only downside, if you want to call it that, is that you can't wear mittens with afterthought thumbs on either hand. You have a definite left and right mitten. This can be difficult if you're doing these for children who can't tell their right from left hand. This isn't a problem for adults or older kids. Kelly explains the afterthought thumb technique really well in her mitten knitting class. However, I knit one stitch then put five stitches on waste yarn. I usually don't need more than that. Kelly does seven stitches, which would be fine if you were knitting mittens for King Kong. I think it's a bit too much. Remember to reverse the thumb to the other side for the second mitten. If you don't, you'll end up with two right hand mittens rather than a pair. It's especially a bummer when you finish the most beautiful complicated convertible mittens only to discover that you have two right mittens rather than a left-right pair. Ask me how I know. Yah, yah. Knit two lefts and give you a pair. lol


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I'm ready to start after thought thumb mittens bearing in mind that they must be left and right. I could end up knitting 2 pair, too. I found Kelley's mitten class on youtube and have looked at it for help, a lot. I've done several sets of mitts with no fingers and gave up on the patterns fairly early on in the first pair! The mittens I just finished turned out OK but somehow I got the stitches on the thumb tighter and it looks a little odd. When I find out if they fit my grandson, I might decide to amputate the thumbs and redo them.

I've done 2 hoods and thought they came out fine, now I'm wondering if maybe they didn't. You and others obviously have much more experience than I do so if you have had problems with them, what am I missing? The 2 I did were stitched on. I used the 3 needle bind off on a scarf with a hood after I messed up the pattern and had to wing it.

ETA: The sleeve stripes lined up with the body stripes on your sweater like they did because you worked it top down with increases, not stitched together after making the different pieces?
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:25 AM   #29
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Yes, this sweater was top down all in one piece for the body. I then put the stitches for the arms which were on hold back on the needles and knit them in the round. Top down sweaters are shaped like rectangles at first, with the raglan seams being the corners, mitered, which explains why the stripes on the body and top of the sleeves match. I didn't do anything to match them. It just worked out that way.

As for the hood, the stitches were picked up around the neck and knitted in stockinette stitch with a 5 stitch garter border by the face. It was knit as a flat piece and I did a three needle bind off for the hood seam. This was my first time making a hood. I frogged it twice and the third time was the charm. I went online and found one instruction to increase stitches at the back of the hood. This wasn't right. It made the hood way too big. I just picked up stitches along the neckline and knitted them without any increases for my final hood. I did do a little bit of decreasing in the center back of the hood on top to round it a bit. That's only because I don't like pointy hoods.
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Lovely sweater! Good going - I can't imagine how you got the stripes to line up so well at the sleeve! And, that's one darling gdaughter. Congrats on both. Hope she lives close by. What fun you're going to have, knitting for her!
Unfortunately, I have yet to meet Emma in person. It's just what I see of her in photos and listening to her coo over the phone. The kids live on the West Coast but are getting ready to sell their house and move back home to Wisconsin.
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