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Old 10-05-2007, 07:28 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I just wondered if anyone had made any of the Drops Design items. I love their site, but it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes, and I haven't ever made anything from there (yet). But last night I found this pattern : http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=102&d_id=6〈=en
and I reeeealllly want to make it. I like it much more than the Elann one, but the problem is, I can follow the Elann one and I just can't seem to get my head round this. I don't know if it's a common thing among the patterns, or if I'm just being really dense, but I can't see how it's constructed, or really where the pattern starts.

Any tips or advice would be great, thanks :-)
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:35 PM   #2
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It looks like it starts where the paragraph starts with "Circle."
That tells you what to cast on, and then refers to the directions above it. Think of the first instructions as the 'pattern stitches' found in other patterns.
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Thanks so much - I'm going to follow your sig advice (as I have done in the past ;-)) and 'trust the pattern'. It's got me out of a few messes...
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Old 10-05-2007, 10:43 PM   #4
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Whew! That's a dilly of a pattern! I see it certainly is knit different from the elann pattern. Makes me want to try and figure it out... tried on my pinwheel sweater that just lacks most of one sleeve, and I'm not sure I like how it looks on me.
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Okie, another question : there's a chart that's knits and purls, and instructions for rows 1/2 and 3/4 which say 'knit 120 st' etc, so does it mean 'knit the chart' or are they two different things.... eep! I think it means 'follow the chart'. I hope so...
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It says to see M1 and to turn at the same time on the chart, so you're doing it correctly.
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I made a drops pattern sweater before. There were a few things I did NOT like, and had I been more experienced, I would have changed. It was my first sweater, though, so what did I know?
For example, the ribbing was knit with the same size needle as the sweater. It was HUGE. Didn't look good at all. The finishing directions were minimal. It was a zippered cardigan and it only said, "sew in the zipper." And of course, a zipper just sewn into a sweater looks tacky on the back side, which flipped open at the top, so it looked tacky.

I'd advise that you read through the pattern and even re-type it so you REALLY think it through. If something doesn't seem like it will work, play around with it. Following the pattern can be good, but following your instincts as a knitter has value, too!
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