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Old 07-29-2012, 11:51 AM   #11
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[quote=ArtLady1981;1353169]You can say that again! What makes it worse...if you make a mistake in the banana tree leaf chart, with 'work' on RS & WS, it's almost impossible to fix....and imagine the depressing thought of frogging or tinking 235st rows!

I don't even want to imagine that! Anyway, I think that it's looking great--even before blocking out the wonky stitches! I love the color, too. The pattern is just beautiful!
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:26 PM   #12
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Lovely color and gorgeous design. I hope the wonkiness will right itself after a good submersion and blocking. You're well on your way to a great looking cardi. Can't wait to see it "on"!
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The body is done! Oy vey! Knitting in hot weather is very tedious, isn't it?

The body used 848 yds of my yarn.

I omitted 2" prior to the arrmhole shaping and bindoffs. Sure glad I did that!

Last night, I clipped the shoulders and back neck extension together...and had a try-on in the bathroom mirror. holds breath... ...drum roll....

It fit perfectly. Even if it stretches lengthwise during blocking, it will still be a nice length. I dodged a bullet with my decision to shorten the body by 2". It looks much sportier, casual.

The hem is rolling, but from my experience with the first Banana Tree, it will lay down after blocking. It might roll a teensy bit, but not as radically as it is when I let it run wild.



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Old 08-06-2012, 05:43 PM   #14
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Gorgeous! I can only imagine what the finished project will look like, considering how lovely it looks unfinished.
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Aug 6 blocking:
So I was freaked out that when this gets fully soaked…it would grow and grow. So here’s what I did before soaking it: I laid it out on the gridded blocking table. I didn’t tug and pull the garment. I just laid it out, gently coaxing it out. Then I pinned it all around the outline of the garment, not in the knitting, but just outside of it. This forms a ‘body image’ with pins. Then, I lift out the garment and take it to the blocking bath.

When it was fully soaked (Unicorn Fiber Wash, then Unicorn Fiber Rinse) I rolled it gently in thirsty bath towels, and laid it out inside the ‘body image’ on my blocking board. If since it has grown into a monstrous size, I coaxed it back into its original size. I’ve done this before, and it is a marvelous technique! (the coaxing is smushing it with the palms of your hands, this way and that, plucking it up a bit in areas, then dropping it, and smushing it some more....all with a view to settling the stitches back into a smaller conformation)

But remember, you have to commit to this 'pinned body image outline' technique BEFORE you soak your garment! When it’s wet, it’s too late.


Edited to add:

Really glad I laid out the ‘body image’ outline with pins! The body was very stretched out, mostly due to the unwieldy ‘total body in one piece’ factor.

It responded well to coaxing. Really happy that the exaggerated rolled hemline tamed down when wet! yay!


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it will be a very pretty cardigan!!!
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It's looking great, ArtLady!
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Originally Posted by Antares View Post
It's looking great, ArtLady!
Thanks, Antares!

The body is all blocked and dry, and shoulders seamed, neckband seamed to the back neck! It's fitting perfectly, widthwise and lengthwise!

But I'm worried about the sleeves. I mock-seamed one (unblocked) sleeve to the body, and had a try-on. The sleeves seem a bit too roomy. Ugh.

I'm going forward with the blocking anyway, thinking I might pull the sleeve down , and by lengthening it by two inches will diminish the width. Hope hope.

Of course, that will mean my sleeves will be TOO LONG, but I'll either hem them, roll them, or cut them off using a technique I learned about from a KAL at Ravelry.

Stay tuned.
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