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Old 03-14-2013, 07:05 PM   #11
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Absolutely beautiful and it looks fabulous on! The lace pattern is perfect with this sweater.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:24 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Antares View Post
Just out of curiosity, did you do any waste shaping? It doesn't look like it from the first photo, but I thought I'd ask.

You know, you're inspiring me to make another one of these--maybe without the buttons and with long sleeves or something. Must finish other projects first! Must finish other projects first! (Does that self-talk stuff really work?)
You are right, no waist shaping. The bamboo yarn is quite stretchy, and also blocks very nicely.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:34 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Antares View Post
Just out of curiosity, did you do any waste shaping? It doesn't look like it from the first photo, but I thought I'd ask.

You know, you're inspiring me to make another one of these--maybe without the buttons and with long sleeves or something. Must finish other projects first! Must finish other projects first! (Does that self-talk stuff really work?)
Nope, well at least it doesn't work for me to tell myself I must finish other projects firstI usually have about 4 projects on needles .
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:35 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by aprilbetty View Post
Antares' "Almost Arlene" sweater was the inspiration for this sweater which I call "Not Arlene." I knitted it from the top down using the formula in Ann Budd's "Top Down Sweaters." The lace is Oriel from Barbara Walker's "Second Treasury." The yarn is a bamboo-cotton-nylon blend, and it is perfect for South Florida. I used size 6 needles. I added the small garter stitch border at the neck after the body of the sweater was finished. I used a sewn bind-off, which is quite stretchy.
I love it! I have been wanting to knit something like this, You have inspired me! Where can I find this pattern?
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:07 AM   #15
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I love it! I have been wanting to knit something like this, You have inspired me! Where can I find this pattern?
Thanks! You can find the free pattern for "Arlene" on Ravelry. Antares' version ("Almost Arlene") added lace at the sleeves and lower body. That was my inspiration, but I used Ann Budd's, "The Knitter's Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters," for my pattern, so I call it "Not Arlene."
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The top looks really pretty - well done on the self-designing or is it self-adapting of another pattern? Either way, it looks lovely on you.

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I love it! I have been wanting to knit something like this, You have inspired me! Where can I find this pattern?
Here's a link to the pattern on Rav (just in case you couldn't find it by spelling it "Arlene").

I hope you'll post a picture when you're done. I'd love to see your version.
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Originally Posted by Antares View Post
Here's a link to the pattern on Rav (just in case you couldn't find it by spelling it "Arlene").
Well, what can I say? I should have linked to Antares' post, and then maybe I could have spelled "Arleen," instead of "Arlene."
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Well, what can I say? I should have linked to Antares' post, and then maybe I could have spelled "Arleen," instead of "Arlene."
Oh no, you're spelling of "Arlene" is perfectly fine--especially since your version wasn't "Arleen" anyway!

But I thought it might be good to include the original info in case someone couldn't find the pattern.
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